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            Most women usually stop menstruating while on dialysis. Following kidney transplantation, many
                           women find that their periods return within a couple of months. However,
                                sometimes they will be irregular for the first few months. If you  persist being
                                   very irregular let your doctors know and they may arrange for you to see
            “It is important
         to be aware that you        a gynaecologist.
                                         It is important to be aware that you may become pregnant at any
        may become pregnant            stage post-transplant if you are sexually active and do not take
              at any stage             precautions. We advise that you do not become pregnant for 2 years
        post-transplant if you         after kidney transplantation. If you plan to become pregnant discuss it
          are sexually active         with your doctor before you stop any contraceptive measures.
            and do not take

                 All transplanted women, who are sexually active, need to have a
                                              smear test annually

                                        HAVING A BABY AFTER
          When you have a                KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
          kidney transplant you       If your transplant is functioning well
          need to discuss your        and your blood pressure is well
          contraceptive               controlled, and you do not have
          requirements carefully      much protein in the urine, then you
          with your transplant        may well be able to safely have a
          nurse or doctor.            baby. There have been thousands of
          Generally, the pill is      babies   successfully    born    to
          not suitable for            transplant patients across the world.
          transplant patients         However, you should not plan to
          because of the risks of     become pregnant until one year
          blood clots and blood       after transplant.  Many of the
          pressure. The most          medications that you are on may
          suitable forms of           interfere with a baby's growth and,
          contraception are           so, your doctor should switch these around prior to you becoming pregnant.
          either for the man to       It is also important to take vitamins, like iron and folic acid, prior to becoming
          wear condoms or for         pregnant.
          women to use the                                    BREAST SCREENING
          Progesterone only pill           Breast cancer is no more common after a kidney transplant than in
          or the DepoProvero                 the general population. It is none the less, common in women in
          contraception                   general. The best way to treat breast cancer is to diagnose it early.
          injection.                           Mammography is available for women between the ages of 50
            The Mirena coil can                and 65. If you are offered a free mammogram you should keep
          also be considered.
                                                                                            the appointment.

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