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CPAP Device Does Not Interfere With Sex Life, Study Says

CPAP Device Does Not Interfere With Sex Life, Study SaysUsing a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t appear to disrupt patients’ sex lives, researchers have found.

A person with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has a blocked airway passage that causes breathing to stop for several short periods during sleep. These intervals can last for a few seconds to a few minutes. Untreated OSA can lead to heart problems and stroke. The condition has also been linked to erectile dysfunction (ED).

One common treatment for OSA is a CPAP machine. This device helps keep the airway open, making it easier for the person to breathe normally during sleep. Users of a CPAP machine wear a mask and hose connected the device.


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Unfortunately, many patients feel that the mask and hose make them less sexually attractive. The machine can also get in the way of foreplay. For these reasons, some people do not use the machine as they should.


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