7 Easy Sex Positions for COPD Patients

Save Energy; Reduce Shortness of Breath; Maintain Intimacy

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The Spoon Position

Spoon Position
Spoon Position. Artwork by Carolyn Russell

COPD is a debilitating illness that has a dramatic impact on all activities of your life, including your sexuality. In fact, many couples tend to avoid sexual intimacy for fear that COPD symptoms, namely dyspnea, will interfere with the act itself. This leaves couples feeling lonely, disappointed and extremely frustrated.

The good news is that COPD does not have to mean the end of your sex life. The following image gallery presents 7 easy sex positions for you to try with your partner that will help you conserve your energy, decrease your shortness of breath, and best of all, maintain intimacy. And, don't forget to read my tips for enhancing sexual intimacy to help make sex more enjoyable and rewarding for both you and your partner.

Source:

Snowdrift Frontline Treatment Monographs. Frontline Advice for COPD Patients. 2000.

An excellent position for either partner wearing an oxygen cannula, in the Spoon Position, both partners will be lying on their sides, one facing away from the other while the man enters from behind. To get the most out of this position, you should allow your legs and arms to overlap and entwine with your partner's legs and arms.

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The Cross Position

The Cross Position
The Cross Position. Artwork by Carolyn Russell

The Cross Position is an excellent position for 02 dependent patients as an oxygen cannula can easily be worn without getting in the way. For this position, the man lies slightly to one side with his lower leg bent and the top leg straight. His arms can be stretched out as pictured, or he can hold on to his partner's legs. The woman lies on her back, perpendicular to the man, with her legs draped over his pelvic area. Pillows can be used for extra support.

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The Side-to-Side Position

Side to Side Position
Side to Side Position. Artwork by Carolyn Russell

Intimacy at its best is found with the Side-to-Side Position. The man lies on his side and faces the woman, who is also on her side. Legs and arms of both partners should entwine naturally. For this position, the man may need to be a bit lower than his partner, for greater comfort during penetration. Pillows can be used by both partners for support.

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Woman-on-Top Position

Woman on Top Position
Woman on Top Position. Artwork by Carolyn Russell

This position requires that the woman do the most work, so, it works best when she is the non-COPD partner. The man lies flat on his back while the woman sits comfortably on top of him, knees bent and shins flat on the bed or ground. A pillow can be placed under the man's legs for added support. In the Woman on Top Position, the man can easily wear his oxygen cannula, if needed.

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The Intersection Position

The Intersection Position
The Intersection Position. Artwork by Carolyn Russell

The Intersection Position allows for a unique angle of penetration which many couples may find appealing while also allowing for easy use of oxygen. The woman lies on one side while the man positions both legs between the woman's top and bottom legs, which are opened up like scissors.

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The Scissors Position

The Scissors Position
The Scissors Position. Artwork by Carolyn Russell

Another great position for oxygen dependent patients, the Scissors Position is slightly different than the Intersection Position in that both partners have their legs opened like scissors and not just one. The man lies on his side with his legs opened to accept the woman, who is also on her side with her legs apart. The use of pillows is highly recommended for greater comfort.

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The Kneeling Face to Face Position

Kneeling Face to Face Position
Kneeling Face to Face Position. Artwork by Carolyn Russell

A fun variation of the standard missionary position, the Kneeling Face to Face Position works best if the man is the non-COPD partner as he will be doing most of the work. The woman lies on her back comfortably propped up against a stack of pillows, so she is practically sitting up. The man enters from the front on bended knee. This position also works well when using oxygen.

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