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Sexual health after transplant

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source: Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT InfoNet)

year: 2018


Not everyone experiences these changes, but in a study by Syrjala et al, nearly half of men and 80 percent of women reported lower sexual activity five years after transplant.


Sexual difficulties in women after transplant:

• The chemotherapy and/or total body irradiation (TBI) received before transplant can cause premature ovarian failure (less common in women who undergo a reduced intensity transplant), early menopause, etc.

• The problems often reported by women after transplant might include pain during sex, worries about germs and infection, etc.


Sexual difficulties in men after transplant:

• The chemotherapy and/or total body irradiation (TBI) before transplant can reduce testosterone (most men recover normal levels within two years) damage small blood vessels or nerves in the penis over time, etc.

• Some men report problems after transplant such as problems getting and/or keeping an erection, change in body image/perceived attractiveness, etc.


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