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CHAPTER 8










                                        SEXUALITY





                   exual difficulties
                   are common
                   complications
                   related to chronic
           Skidney disease,
           affecting both sexes. It is
           a problem that can cause
           real concern, impacting
           on your sense of
           self-worth and self-
           confidence. Yet while this
           is well-known, it is often
           the one issue that is
           avoided by both patients
           and their healthcare
           professionals. Keeping
           silent helps no one,
           especially the patient
           who may feel completely
           isolated and unsupported.






                     WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CAUSES OF SEXUAL DIFFICULTIES?

        There are multiple causes of sexual difficulties in those diagnosed with or on treatment for kidney disease.

            SOME OF THE PHYSICAL CAUSES                          SOME OF THE EMOTIONAL CAUSES

          ● Loss of libido                                       ● Guilt
          ● Difficulties with sexual arousal                     ● Feelings of dependence

          ● Fatigue                                              ● A lowering of self-esteem
          ● Erectile dysfunction                                 ● Feelings of anger

          ● Hormonal imbalance                                   ● Depression

          ● Anaemia






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