Bariatric Surgery Could Improve Sex Drive


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Many people undergo bariatric surgery because they want to improve their appearance and health. A new study has shown that there is another major benefit that can be reaped from undergoing bariatric surgery. People who undergo bariatric surgery may be able to improve their sex drive. The study was performed by a team of researchers at Perelman School of Medicine. There were 106 women involved in the study, and they had a mean body mass index of 44.5. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater. People who have a BMI of 40 or greater are classified as being severely obese.

The Study
All of the women underwent bariatric surgery. Eight-five women had gastric bypass surgery and 21 had the gastric banding procedure. The first year after surgery, the women had lost an average of 32.7 percent of their body weight. They lost an average of 33.5 percent during the second year after bariatric surgery. The women also noticed an improvement in sexual arousal, function, desire and lubrication.

The Results
Interestingly, the women had the poorest sexual function before surgery noticed the most improvement in sexual function. It is estimated that half of the people who have bariatric surgery had sexual dysfunction. This can lead to stress. Additionally, there is a strong correlation between obesity and depression. Thirty-seven percent of people who are obese are also depressed.

David Sarwer was the lead author in the study. He stated that since sex is such a big part of people’s life, a person’s overall quality of life is likely to diminish if he or she is not satisfied with his or her sex life. That is one of the reasons people’s quality of life often improves after they get bariatric surgery.

Hormonal Improvements
The researchers also noted that the women had improvement in all of the hormones that are related to sex. These hormones not only affect sexual behavior, but it can also affect fertility. Even though the study did not directly examine the effects of weight loss surgery and fertility, the results of the study did imply that getting weight loss surgery could potentially help a woman improve her fertility. Furthermore, the women in the study reported improvements in their relationship satisfaction and depressive symptoms.

The results of the study are promising, but the researchers noted that it has its limitations. The study only followed the women for two years, so the long-term effects of weight loss surgery on sex drive are not known. There were also not any males included in the study. Researchers are hoping that in the future they will be able to do a study that examines the effects that weight loss surgery has on a man’s sex drive as well as the long-term effects of surgery.

Obesity is a major health problem. It is estimated that 33 percent of American adults are obese. Obesity not only affects adults, but it also affects children and teens. It is estimated that 17 percent of young people who are under the age of 18 are obese.

Robert Joginas works at Bariatrx for the past 3 years now. He enjoys blogging about dieting, exercise advice and bariatric surgery information.