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Can Kidney Disease Affect Male Sexuality

Kidney disease can cause physical and emotional changes. These changes can affect sexuality, resulting in sexual problems.Common sexuality issues associated with male sexuality mainly include:

Tired for sex

Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection

Difficulty achieving ejaculation

Low sex drive

Concern about body image

Male sexuality issues associated with chronic kidney disease is mainly due to the following attributable factors.

In kidney disease, kidneys are damaged and fail to filter out the metabolic wastes from body normally. High levels of wastes and fluids can leave the patients feel tired and sluggish. This can make the male with chronic kidney disease feel tired for sex.

Changes in hormone production also can influence male sexuality. Kidneys are part of the endocrine system which can produce chemicals. However, in chronic kidney disease, the hormone levels become out of balance so it may lead to a decrease in sex drive.

Erectile dysfunction can affect the male sexuality. When kidneys are damaged, it can influence the distribution of blood over the whole body. If blood vessels and nerves to the penis become damaged. Without proper blood flow, the penis cannot maintain an erection. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two major conditions which can affect blood flow and weaken blood vessels.

Additionally, some psychological components have significant effects on male sexuality.

After diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, men may feel worried, anxious and depressed. This may cause loss of energy and low interest in sexual activities.

Some men with chronic kidney disease may afraid that sexual intercourse can affect their condition and be harmful to their partners. In fact, most people with kidney disease are able to enjoy active sex lives.

If the male with chronic kidney disease have sexuality issues, they should report them to their doctors. Medication treatments can help relieve the issues and make the patients enjoy a fullest life.

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