Most women on dialysis 'satisfied with their sex life'

A new study to be published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that most women having long-term hemodialysis treatment - including those who lack an interest in sexual intimacy - are satisfied with their sex lives.

Led by Dr Steven Weisbord from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a team of researchers found that sexual dysfunction was far less common than it was previously thought to be, even though many of those surveyed claimed to be sexually inactive.

This was said to be perhaps because previous investigations did not distinguish between sexual dysfunction or difficulty and sexual inactivity - rather, the latter could in fact be by choice.

Results of the study revealed the most frequently cited reasons for sexual inactivity were a lack of interest (43 per cent) or no partner (39 per cent), with just two per cent saying it was a result of difficulties.

Just under two-thirds (64 per cent) of those surveyed were moderately to very satisfied with their sex life.

"Sexual inactivity is particularly common, yet does not appear to be bothersome to many women on dialysis," commented Dr Weisbord.