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Can Women Have Sex after Heart Attack?

Sex after heart attack “I’m not just a heart, I’m a whole person.” Recently, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association expressed calls from many patients of heart attack. Women patients believe it would be easier to overcome their fears of sex activity after having a heart attack if doctors can give them more information.

  “Although many women experience fear or other sexual problems after heart attack, they don’t have discussions with their doctors about resuming sex,” said Emily M. Abramsohn, M.P.H., the lead author of this study and a researcher at the University of Chicago. Of the very few women patients who discussed with their doctors about resuming sex, most initiated the talk and were not satisfied with the quality of feedbacks they got.

“We hope to have a better understanding of women’s sexual recovery and how it can be improved.” The researchers investigated 17 women in depth about their sex lives before and after their heart attacks. These women ranged from 43 to 75 years old and were 60 years old on average. They were married or in long-term relationships.

The researchers found that most women and many of their partners were afraid of having sex again. They wondered when it was safe to resume sex lives and how much exertion their hearts can handle.

However, despite of the fear, most women resume sex activities within four weeks. Most of them hoped to be close to their partner again through sex lives and get back to a “normal” life.

Abramsohn notes: “It’s important for you and your partner to know that you are not alone in such confusion and fear about returning to sex after heart attack.”

If cardiologist could talk openly with their patients about what to expect, they are able to ease concerns about resuming sex after heart attack. “If your doctor is not giving you information to help you feel more comfortable about it, it is important for you to ask them for it,” Abramsohn suggested.