After a Kidney Transplant, the patient is suggested to follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid triggers that may damage the kidneys. Is it ok for a post-transplant patient to have sex?
The answer is 'Yes'. However, sexual intercourse should be avoided till the abdominal incision would is completely healed. This may take 4-6 weeks. If one's serum creatinine level is less than 2mg/dl and he is on least amount of immunosuppressive drugs has not had a rejection in last 6 months or so, the patient should have no problems with sexual intercourse.
Kidney Failure affects a person's sexuality. Kidney transplant can improve some aspects of the sexual functioning. Chronic fatigue should diminish and make sexual life more enjoyable. Typically, males will have fewer problems in gaining and maintaining an erection. A female may resume her menstrual cycle and pregnancy is often possible.
Still, some things may not get better after kidney transplant:
1) Patients may still need to take blood pressure medications which may affect their sexual functioning. You can talk with your doctor to change the medicines to minimize or eliminate side effects that affect your sexual activity, while controlling the blood pressure level;
2) Anti-rejection medicines can cause certain side effects such as a 'moon face', acne, bruising, and/or increased body hair. If a person feels less attractive due to these changes, he or she may feel less interested in sex. Talk with your doctor about how to diminish the side effects.
It is common for patients with Kidney Transplant to resume a more normal life, including sex life, as they recover. If there is still any questions about post-transplant life, feel free to consult us online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.