Uncontrolled asthma affects sex life

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the quality of life of the patient. That includes sexual performance.

In recent decades, various studies have analyzed the impact of this respiratory disease on sexual function. Research has considered aspects such as libido, the ability to reach orgasm and the presence of pain during intercourse, among others.

“It has been found in all the studies that the patient with the most problems is the patient who has asthma that is not controlled”Says Antonio Castillo, a specialist in asthma, allergies and clinical immunology.

According to the doctor, patients with uncontrolled asthma may experience lack of sexual desire, anorgasmia, poor lubrication for women, and erectile dysfunction for men.

For example, the study “Impact of asthma on the sexual life of patients”, published in 2017 in Archives of Bronconeumology, found a relationship between the existence of sexual problems and poorer asthma control. Compared with a control group, asthmatic women had worse results in the female sexual function index (test that evaluates the sexuality of women), while men showed a “significantly greater erectile dysfunction”.

Could there be a crisis?

Castillo does not rule out the possibility that the patient suffers a crisis during or immediately after the sexual act. An individual with chronic or uncontrolled asthma who performs some physical activity -exposes the doctor- faces the risk of presenting respiratory distress, cough, sensation of chest tightness and wheezing.

“To have sex you have to be in good health, that your oxygen is at good levels. If you can’t even breathe well, you will hardly be able to have sex. So here comes all these problems. There will be no desire ”, explains the specialist of the Center for Advanced Medicine Dr. Abel González.

In 2013, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences analyzed the case of a young newlywed who suffered severe dyspnea and physiological compromise after his first and second marital encounter, an entity that the researchers called “moon asthma of honey”.

Some authors have pointed out the incidence in allergic asthma of factors such as allergy to semen (in women) and to the latex of the condom wave transfer from allergens during the intercourse.

Rhinitis, sinusitis and gastroesophageal reflux, which are complications related to asthma, also affect intimate life. “If the patient has these diseases, you have to improve that to improve his asthma,” recommends the doctor.

The expert comments that patients have come to his office seeking to control their disease due to the inconveniences they face in their relationship and that some have spent months of abstinence due to respiratory difficulties. But many times shame and stigma associated with these issues make the problem overlooked.

Finally, Castillo remembers that in sex the psychological component has enormous weight. The difficulties faced by patients with chronic or uncontrolled asthma are not solely due to physical factors; excitement and emotions also play a role.

“These types of patients, if their asthma is controlled, they will not have problems with sexual life, unless there is no other psychological problem involved,” concludes Castillo.