FAQ

Is it safe for me to have sex after having had a heart attack?

Dr Rob Hicks, Spring Chicken’s GP, gives his advice here.

Yes – unless your doctor has advised you to the contrary.

A person can resume having sex once they feel ready and comfortable to do so. This varies between individuals but is often around a month after having the heart attack.

There’s no evidence that sex increases the risk of another heart attack, and anyway, exercise is beneficial for the heart and circulation, and for a person’s emotional well being.

Keep any prescribed medication, for example an angina (GTN) spray, handy in case it’s needed.