Many people have questions about how Kidney Disease and Sex are connected so I would like to cover some of the most frequently asked questions about kidney disease and dialysis effects on sex drive enjoyment and ability as well as what STD’s can lead to Dialysis.

Can I still engage in sexual activity although I receive dialysis?

Yes people who have kidney disease and even on dialysis still have the desire to spice up the bedroom in their relations with spouses or significant others. But what do you do if the disease wears you down or the dialysis sessions are so hard that you can barely walk let alone try to engage in an intimate relationship with your spouse. REST! REST! REST!

Being diagnosed with any disease is in itself depressing. This affects a person self esteem & sense of feeling less attractive. In fact many women, more than men, do not engage in sexual activity when diagnoses with CKD or on dialysis.

In time, as the person starts getting their toxins removed from their body and feeling better/ healthier, this always is a boost to one’s self esteem. And eventually boost the bedroom scene.

Sexually transmitted disease can lead to kidney failure and dialysis?

Yes. Hepatitis B or C, obtained through sex, can lead to protein in the urine, kidney failure and sometimes dialysis. Other symptoms are swollen legs, rashes on the legs, yellow eyes, large abdomen or even cancer of the liver. Choose your partner wisely!

A sexual partner(s) with AIDS or HIV can pass the disease on to you. So much damage from the drugs used to treat the disease or from the disease itself, that one needs dialysis!

Yes, one must protect themselves no matter what.

How to maintain normal sex drive with kidney disease & on dialysis?

First of all, cure the disease. Check our previous NNT article for diet eating tips.

In the meantime…..with your non processed fresh diet, you will have to go to the dialysis sessions as instructed to get the toxins out of your body. Also eat enough leafy green/fiber to clean the toxins from your colon as well. The more you maintain normal bodily functions—eliminate toxins, sweat, exercise, normal blood pressure, strengthen your body….the happier and healthier you will become.

What about men and renal failure?

Men seem to never lose their sex drive for nothing. They can be psychotic or homeless and still manage to find a girlfriend. Hence why the most complaints about and interruption in sexually function seems to come from them. Blood pressure medicines can lead to poor stamina, not maintaining an erection or just zaps their libido.

Why? FACT: the disease that affect the kidney arteries—diabetes, hypertension, the medications making BP too low—also affect the arteries to the penis! Good blood flow with normal systemic blood pressure 120-130/70 is needed to engage/sustain/preserve normal functioning of these organs.

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