Sexual health and well-being in adults with congenital heart disease: a international society of adult congenital heart disease statement

Lorna Swan*, Jonathan Windram, Luke Burchill, Laila Akbar Ladak, Leigh C. Reardon, Beatriz Fernandez, Roni M. Jacobsen, Maggie Simpson, David Harrison, Liza Morton

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Abstract

As health care outcomes improve the priority for those living with adult congenital heart disease have changed to a more holistic focus on quality of life and well-being. Although health care has embraced this, there are still areas where there is a deficit in advice, allyship, and advocacy. One of these deficits is in the area of sexual health and well-being. A healthy sexual life has a myriad of physical and psychosocial benefits. However, individuals with adult congenital heart disease may have significant barriers to achieving well-being in this aspect of their lives. These barriers and their potential solutions are outlined in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100716
JournalJournal American College of Cardiology: Advances
Volume2
Issue number10
Early online date18 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • adult congenital heart disease
  • sexual health
  • advocacy
  • contraception
  • gender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)

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