Broach­ing the sex sub­ject...

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QMy hus­band had a heart at­tack six months ago and we haven’t had sex since. Is that nor­mal? Kath, North­fleet

AThere are sev­eral pos­si­bil­i­ties here.

Of­ten peo­ple are afraid of trig­ger­ing an­other at­tack. This is un­likely un­less he’s been told oth­er­wise by his doc­tors. Your hus­band should be back to full phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity by now, and sex shouldn’t be a prob­lem.

Maybe he’s on med­i­ca­tion that in­ter­feres with his erec­tion, or which mean he can’t use erec­tion drugs like Vi­a­gra. His GP can rec­om­mend al­ter­na­tives.

But also, he might have erec­tion wor­ries, have lost in­ter­est in sex or be­come de­pressed be­cause his con­fi­dence has been knocked by his heart at­tack.

En­cour­age him to dis­cuss things with you and his GP.

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