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PKD & Kidney Cysts

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Family and Life with Polycystic Kidney Disease and Kidney Cysts

2013-03-06 15:07

To some people, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) diagnosed by doctor is a relentless disease for the patient himself and the family as well. Because PKD is an inherited and incurable kidney disease at present, it must affect patients’ family and life. However, blindly sadness can’t have any effect for their treatment. On the contrary, a good family atmosphere is able to help them fight against their PKD.

Can the person with PKD have a lover?

PKD is an inherited disease but isn’t an infectious disease. Therefore, the person with PKD surely can have a lover. However, they should pay attention to contraception and safe sex. The best-known methods of contraception are the oral pill for women and condoms for men. In fact, you can choose other method of contraception that depends on your preferences and your healthy problems. If your doctor worries about prescribing some contraception pill because of your overweight or high blood pressure, you’d better choose other method.

Are persons with PKD able to have children?

To female patients, having a child may become difficult when their kidney function starts to get worse, because their menstrual periods often become irregular. What’s more, periods often continue to be irregular or stop completely once on dialysis. Periods are likely to return and most women can become pregnant after a kidney transplant.

To male patients, having a child will also become difficult once their condition gets worse or they need dialysis, because they develop abnormal sperm.

In conclusion, patients with PKD are able to have a baby when their condition is not so bad, but it will be difficult once their condition gets worse or they need dialysis.

What should you do if you want to have a baby?

If you want to have a baby, talking to your doctor first is very necessary because:

● You will need to be carefully monitored to avoid the risk of complications such as high blood pressure.

● Your baby will have a one in two chance of being affected by ADPKD, if you are a patient with ADPKD.

● Contraception remains important and you should protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections.

What should you pay attention to once pregnancy?

PKD unlikely affect the course of your pregnancy, if you are healthy. However, you should also pay attention to the following tips:

● If you have high blood pressure, you have to change your medicines such as ACEI.

● Monitor your high blood pressure and proteinuria even though your blood pressure and proteinuria are both normal.

● Doing examination regularly to avoid your pregnancy aggravate your condition.

How can the family member help these patients?

Living with PKD can be overwhelming, angry, sad and stressful. At this time, the support coming from the family member can be a big energy. Therefore, the family member should not only supply a healthy and a good nursing care but also a spiritual support for their loved. Having a travel on the weekend is also very useful to help the patient have a good mood.

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