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The sexual rehabilitation of the hemodialysis patient

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Abstract

The sexual functioning of patients maintained by hemodialysis is severely comprised. The causes for these dysfunctions include medical, pharmacological and psychological reasons. As to psychological ones, these include the effects of depression, anxiety, reversal of family role, loss of urination and loss of ability to carry through life functions which individuals associate with gender identity.

The method of treatment of these dysfunctions should be addressed to its cause. Psychologically caused dysfunctions may be treated by a variety of forms of psychotherapy including the use of medications and the newer behavioral sexual techniques.

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Correspondence to Dr. Norman B. Levy M.D..

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Levy, N.B. The sexual rehabilitation of the hemodialysis patient. Sex Disabil 2, 60–65 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01101082

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Keywords

  • Hemodialysis Patient
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Functioning
  • Family Role
  • Life Function