Is it possible to get pregnant with peritoneal dialysis?
The frequency of pregnancies in women on dialysis is extremely low. In addition, gestation in patients on renal replacement therapy is a risk for both the mother and the fetus. You should discuss with your nephrologist the risks and complications of pregnancy for your health and the possibility of using contraceptive methods.
Can I have pets?
Ideally, you should not have them as they carry an added risk of infection. If you have pets, you must be careful not to let them into the room where you undergo the dialysis.
Is there a lot of space available at home to store the material?
The commercial house will deliver the material for at least 2 weeks. This means about 20-30 boxes of material that cannot be stored on balconies or terraces. Although it may seem like a lot, a solution can always be found.
What do I need to do to take care of myself?
When you understand the benefits of following a prescribed diet, medication, and treatment, and have been under your treatment routine for a while, you will feel more in control and more confident in being able to adapt to this new lifestyle. It is also important that you return to as many of your past activities as possible. Getting back to your old routines will help you feel "normal" again. Although you may feel lonely at times, your family, doctor, nurse, and other team members are sensitive to the concerns of kidney patients, and you should feel free to talk to them.
Can I switch to hemodialysis after starting treatment with peritoneal dialysis?
Choosing a treatment does not mean you cannot change to another if you or the peritoneal dialysis team find it convenient.
Is there a risk to my health if one day I cannot perform dialysis?
It is important for your health that you perform the prescribed treatment daily. However, if necessary, you can discuss with your peritoneal dialysis team the option of not being dialysed one day. This should be considered an exception as you need the prescribed dose of dialysis.
Do I need to have a family member trained in the technique?
It would be advisable for your spouse or other family member to know how to do the dialysis in case you are indisposed one day and you cannot.