Washington: Many female kidney failure patients on dialysis may experience sexual problems, warn researchers.Additional studies are needed to understand how sexual dysfunction affects dialysis patients’ quality of life and psychological wellbeing.Patients on dialysis can experience symptoms—such as pain, depression, impaired sleep, and fatigue—that affect their quality of life. Sexual dysfunction may also be a problem for many.While there is increasing awareness of erectile dysfunction in men on hemodialysis, the sexual health of female dialysis patients has been examined in only a few suboptimally designed studies.To look at the issue more thoroughly, Giovanni Strippoli, MD, PhD (Diaverum AB and Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, in Italy) and his colleagues in the Collaborative Depression and Sexual Dysfunction in Hemodialysis Working Group examined the responses of 659 female dialysis patients in Europe and South America who completed a questionnaire called the Female Sexual Function Index.The researchers’ analysis represents the first large study to examine sexual function in female dialysis patients.They found 84 percent of all women and 55 percent of sexually active women in the study experienced sexual problems.
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