How does chronic kidney disease (CKD) affect reproductive organs and fertility?

Updated: Oct 26, 2020
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Puberty is often delayed in boys and girls with significant CKD. Women with advanced CKD commonly develop menstrual irregularities, and those with ESRD are typically amenorrheic and infertile. However, pregnancy can occur and can be associated with accelerated renal decline, including in women with a kidney transplant. In advanced CKD and ESRD, pregnancy is associated with markedly decreased fetal survival.


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