5. CF Does Not Define a Patient’s Sex Life
Cystic fibrosis affects the all body and life of a patient, and that includes reproduction and sexuality. However, there is no reason for patients to let their sex lives be affected by the disease. CF patients may be concerned that sexual activity may exacerbate their symptoms and cause shortness of breath, coughing, or hemoptysis, but it should not prevent them from having a fulfilling sex life, and the disease itself does not diminish sexual performance or the desire for intimacy.
“Unsurprisingly, the ups and downs of having a chronic illness can affect your sex drive, and you may find that your desire to have sex decreases during times when you feel especially ill,” according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “When your health declines, maintaining intimacy with your partner, spouse, or significant other without being sexually active can be challenging. During these times, it is important to remember that there is a distinction between sex and intimacy.”
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