OK....I know I need to ask my doctor but wanted input from some of you that may have gone through the same situation. How long before I can safely have sex (not talking about just using a condom!). I underwent open-heart surgery last week (7 bypasses) and am home now trying to recouperate. Chest isn't as sore as I thought it would be but my left leg was sliced open for necessary vain use. (I guess I was/am lucky....a friend had to have both of his legs opened.) I admit the first few days out of the hospital I had no sex desire because of the pain and bleeding from my leg. I'm wondering if I can masturbate (assuming I can even get up a hard!) or wait and discuss it with my doctor this coming Thursday when I have a checkup? I thought when I made the appointment that I was only going to have to have stent(s) however they found too many clogged arteries. And if anyone is wondering, I quit smoking almost twenty years ago howver I do have to watch my blood sugar and cholesterol.