Sexual dysfunction and activity avoidance in female kidney transplant patients

Panpan Xiao, Min Liu, Lina Cui, Siqing Ding, Jianfei Xie (Corresponding Author), Andy S.K. Cheng

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Sexual dysfunction is common after kidney transplantation and has an adverse effect on patients’ quality of life. This paper aims to evaluate the female sexual function, activity avoidance, and kidney function among a convenience sample of patients who had a kidney transplant. A cross-sectional study was conducted that included 250 patients had undergone a kidney transplant procedure >3 months ago, from multiple transplant centers and answered a self-reported sociodemographic questionnaire, the female version of the Arizona Sexual Experience Scale, and the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia-13. A correlation was found between sexual function and activity avoidance (r =.361, p <.001, n = 250) as well as between activity avoidance and kidney function (r =.198, p =.012, n = 250). Less education, having no child, post-transplant time for <36 months, and smoking (active and passive) were risk factors for female sexual dysfunction after kidney transplantation. The results suggest that physicians that the importance of recognize the relationship between fear of sexual activity and sexual function and that they should provide patients with more education and guidance on post-transplant sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14363
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number8
Early online date17 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • activity avoidance
  • kidney transplant
  • sexual dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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