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Information and Patient Support

Objectives:

At the end of the session, the participant will have:

  • An increased understanding of the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on sexual issues.
  • An increased awareness of how to manage common problems.

Facilitator:

This session may be facilitated by a respiratory nurse or sexual and reproductive health nurse.

Topic


Content


Resources


Introduction.
Impact of COPD on sexuality.


Factors affecting sexual drive.


Indicate which factors are capable of being addressed.

Depression.

Medications impacting on sexual drive and function.

Self-image.

Breathlessness.

Fatigue.


Patient perceptions.

Link to guidelines for sexual activity
Sex versus love.Multiple aspects that contribute to a relationship.
Tips and solutions.Suggestions to address common problems.Handouts on alternative sexual positions for energy conservation.
Summary and questions.Contact details for further / confidential discussion.