I have asthma and cigarette smoke can affect it." Or, if you’re talking about exercise you enjoy, you could say, "I go cycling regularly – actually, it’s really helped my asthma." The chances are the conversation may go no further at this stage.
Simply saying you might need to use your reliever inhaler or you may need to change to a different position can really take the pressure off.
Even if you’ve been seeing your partner for a while, it’s good to talk frankly about how asthma sometimes affects you during sex if you’ve never mentioned it before.
If they are concerned, you can reassure them – you could direct them to this website for more information. You can tell them how asthma does – or doesn’t – affect your life, and say that you know how to manage your symptoms and what to do if they get worse.
Although it’s unlikely, there is the possibility that your new partner or the person you’re dating may not know what to do or say when you tell them you have asthma.
If you’ve ever had concerns about how asthma affects your relationships, you’re not alone.
People with asthma often tell us they worry about symptoms getting in the way.
Here, we’ll look at how to cope with any anxieties you might have.
Sex with a new partner can be nerve-wracking anyway, but you may have a few extra concerns because of your asthma.
If they are put off by it, remember this is more to do with them than you and most potential partners won’t be put off by your asthma.