Evaluation of female sexual function among renal transplant recipients

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Abstract

Purpose

To determine the effect of renal transplantation on female sexual function and the relationship with sociodemographic and clinical variables.

Materials and methods

A total of 100 female patients were enrolled; 50 received kidney transplantation and 50 were included in a control group. Patients included were 18–45 years old, mean age 32.71±7.34 years, on hemodialysis for 12.71±5.62 months, followed by fully functioning kidney transplantation, and on a stable corticosteroids immunosuppressive regimen. Demographic data were obtained from all patients and they were asked to fill out the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). We evaluated the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction according to the FSFI cutoff points, pregnancy, and menstrual status after successful kidney transplantation.

Results

There was a significant decrease in the score of the total female sexual function score and all domains that included desire, arousal, orgasm, and vaginal lubrication, except for pain, in comparison between renal transplant and control women. There was a significant decrease in the full FSFI score as the duration of dialysis increased.

Conclusion

Restrictions in the lives of women with transplanted kidneys included ceasing sexual activity and leaving an active working life because of fear of possible organ damage.

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