Sexual dysfunction with Chronic Kidney Disease – Impotence and Low sex Drive with CKD
Impotence and sexual dysfunction in patients with CKD is nothing new. It can be caused by Medicines such as high blood pressure pills, hormones, nerves, energy levels or fatigues. My initial fear was having family or fathering a child. After speaking with my Nephrologist, I realized that it is absolutely possible for me to father a child or even children.
It is a known fact that 40% of men and 55% of women dialysis patients do no achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse and erectile dysfunction can be up to 40-80%.
Men with kidney disease have it a little bit easier than women with kidney disease when it comes to raising family. Pregnancy with kidney disease can put the health of the mother and the unborn child at risk. It can also worsen the kidney condition. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, please discuss it with your doctor and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Staying intimate with love ones is important. Many men think that sexuality means sexual intercourse. That is just wrong because sexuality includes things like hugging, kissing, touching, how you feel about yourself and how willing you are to be close to someone else.
If you are in a relationship, you need to know that it is not just about you. Every person wants to feel desirable. Do not hide your condition from your partner. Speak openly with your partner about it. Do not make them feel like they need to understand. Make them realize that you desire them, but the drive is just not there.
Fear can cause some people to avoid sexual activities, if sexual activity does not strain or place tension on the kidneys, it will not cause any damage whatsoever. No limitations need placed on kidney disease patients sexually.
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Fitness and exercise: It as been well known that exercise improves physical and mental strength. During exercise, blood flows smoothly through the vessels. Fitness is generally known to prevent erectile dysfunction. Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease can benefit from daily workouts, not only on their overall health but also on their sexual satisfaction.
It doesn’t have to be a marathon. There are many ease ways to increase your Fitness level. The best, most natural way is to start to go for a walk. Experts recommend 10,000 steps a day. The American Heart Association uses this metric as a guideline to to improve health and decrease the risk of heart disease. Especially patients with Hypertension or High Blood Pressure can see immediate results.
Ginger: for ages, ginger has been known to spark sex drive emotions, raise sex performance and improve erection duration. Ginger can also increase female sexual appetite, improve libido and boost the frequency of sex sensations. However, it is important that patients with chronic kidney disease should discuss any herbal therapy such as ginger with their doctors before commencing on such.
Green tea and Coffee: researchers have discovered that the caffeine in green tea and coffee may have a stimulating effect on the part or section of the brain responsible for sexual arousal. Consumption of caffeine may increase sexual desire in women. Although green tea is health beneficial in some chronic disease cases, caution should be taken with the quantity taken because of the abundance of caffeine it contains.
Watermelon: the nutrients found in watermelon can have a Viagra-like effect on the body as it boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels. Watermelon may help improve blood flow to erectile tissues. If you are trying to conceive, don’t overdo it.
Saffron: either as tea or as herb, saffron not only helps to increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure in kidney disease patients. This seductive spice contains antioxidance which are believed to be responsible for increasing sexual desire and arousal.
Strawberries: these are high source of vitamin B, which has been linked to high sperm count in men.
Remember: do not over do any of the above named tips. Consult your doctor before you start with anything.
Do not hesitate to ask your doctor questions. (Prepare your questions from home)
Pay close attention to your body and take note of every changes or reactions