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Being intimate with your spouse or partner is a normal and important part of a healthy relationship. You should be able to resume sexual activity six to eight weeks after your surgery, but be sure to consult with your LVAD team beforehand.

You may have to make some changes to account for the driveline and external equipment. It’s important that the driveline doesn’t get pulled, caught or kinked. But most couples find that with patience, good communication and a little creativity, they’re able to have a satisfying intimate life.

Visit the Community Forums to discuss intimacy with fellow LVAD recipients and loved ones.

Pregnancy

Women who have an LVAD must not become pregnant: a growing fetus could dislodge the pump, resulting in internal bleeding or even death. So it’s extremely important to use birth control if you are sexually active and of childbearing age. If you do become pregnant, tell your LVAD team immediately.

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I'm not finding this area to be as simple as resuming to sexual activity after surgery. I've had my VAD since April 2015. Our activities have remained the same. What suggestions can be provided?

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My husband recently received an LVAS and I am curious how others handle the intimacy issues. The dressings/drive line are a huge concern and the controller is an issue because we are afraid of pulling on the driveline. I know this isn't an easy topic to discuss but I am sure we are not the only couple who have found it is frustrating and need suggestions.

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My husband and I took a while to where we felt comfortable enough to attempt it. Not knowing how his heart rate would react, driveline and controller, etc. After a few adjustments of the controller and batteries we discovered what works best for us. You really just have to communicate and just be cautious and do what is comfortable for the 2 of you.

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