Intimacy and Relationships with an LVAD
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.
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.