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Hi I am Siddhartha, age 22. I am a kidney transplant patient and have had my kidney transplanted 9 years ago on 17th june 2002. I currently have a single functioning kidney as my left kidney had malfunctioned at the age of 3.
What are the precautions i need to take especially as i am soon going to join in ma first job.
Also will my condition affect my sexual health in any way in the future or affect my chances of being a parent?
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replied March 1st, 2017

Welcome to e health forum.

Kidney transplantation is a life-extending procedure.

The typical patient will live ten to fifteen years longer with a ‎kidney transplant than if kept on dialysis. The years of life gained is greater for younger patients. People generally ‎have more energy, a less restricted diet, and fewer complications with a kidney transplant than if they stay on ‎conventional dialysis.

Chronic renal failure, dialysis, and immunosuppression after transplantation may cause reproductive failure.

In patients who have developed renal failure and other multiorgan damage before having a transplant, the fertility rates are slightly lower than the general population.

But In young patients who have a renal transplant before the onset of renal failure, the outcome is more favorable. In such young male recipients of renal transplants who get married and father children, the transplantation procedure appears to have no significant effect on the children fathered afterwards, on the recipients' health, or on the functioning of the transplanted kidney.

It is very important to indicate that, in addition to needing contraception if they do not conceive, male renal transplant recipients should expect fertility rates that are similar to those of the general population.

So as explained above, since you are still young and have had the transplant early in your life, you should have a normal fertility.

If you have doubts, you can consult a doctor and get tests including hormonal assessment, semen analysis which may help to provide a clear picture to you.

I hope this helps.

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