When can I have sex after my liver transplant?

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Sexual activity can resume early after discharge from the hospital. Because of illness, many patients experience impotence or lack of desire prior to the liver transplant. This usually reverses itself after transplant, but a patient's libido tends to return slowly. Immunosuppressed individuals are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases; therefore protective barriers such as condoms should be used (unless in a long-term monogamous relationship).

Because of their chronic illness, many people are unable to conceive prior to transplant, but this may not be the case afterwards. Birth-control methods should be discussed with your transplant team and implemented when sexual activity resumes.

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