ZocdocAnswersCan you have sex if you have a blood clot?

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Can you have sex if you have a blood clot?

I'm 62, in good health.

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The best thing to do is to discuss this with your primary care physician. Generally speaking, the answer to your question depends on where the blood clot is. Many people develop blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. We call these deep vein thromboses or DVTs for short. These blood clots are generally treated with blood thinners to help prevent them from getting larger and prevent them from breaking off going towards the lungs. There's no specific reason why someone with a DVT would not be able to engage in sexual intercourse. However, if your blood clot is in the lungs this might be a different issue. We call a blood clot in the lungs a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can make it harder to breathe because it blocks blood from getting into the lungs. It can also put strain on your heart. Because sexual intercourse involves what is basically exercise with an increase in the demand of your heart, it might not be the best idea if you've just had a large pulmonary embolism. Therefore, the answer to question really depends. I would suggest that you discuss this issue with your primary care physician. It might also be worthwhile to discuss what treatments are getting for your blood clot and how long your doctor plans on continuing the treatment. In addition, you can discuss your overall heart health and make sure that you are healthy enough to engage in sexual intercourse.

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