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What are my pregnancy options if I am on dialysis?

If you are on dialysis, some changes in your body make it hard to become pregnant. For example, most women on dialysis have anemia (a low red blood cell count) and hormonal changes. This may keep these women from having regular menstrual periods.

Women with kidney failure are usually advised against becoming pregnant. The rate of complications is very high. Risks to both the mother and developing fetus are high. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider. If you become pregnant, you will need close medical supervision, changes in medicine and more dialysis.

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