For women, vaginal dryness is often a problem after kidney treatment. If vaginal tissues aren’t moist or if they lose their stretchiness, a woman’s ability to be aroused before or during sex can be impacted, says Heron. In particular, chemotherapy can dry out skin and tissues, including those around and in the genitals, she says.
“We talk about how chemo dries out your mouth, and how this puts you at risk for cavities,” Heron says. “Those same mechanics can dry out the vaginal canal.” Egan strongly recommends addressing these physical effects with your gynecologist, who may be able to recommend vaginal lubricants, long-lasting vaginal moisturizers, and vaginal estrogen products that can help, she says.