You just had heart bypass surgery: Cardiac surgeons cracked your breastbone, opened your chest and grafted blood vessels from one part of your body onto another. You have fresh surgical wounds, both on your leg and chest – the famous zipper – and it takes all the energy you’ve got to simply get out of bed and walk to the bathroom. As you cope with recovery and process the enormity of what you’ve been through, sex is the last thing on your mind.
Eventually, though, you and your partner wonder if it’s time to, well, get busy. But you’re anxious: Are you ready? Is it safe? Maybe your doctor gave you some guidelines; maybe not. Here’s what experts say about resuming sex after major heart surgery.