Latest Study Indicates That Bariatric Surgery Enhances Sexual Drive in Women

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We are all well aware of the health threats of being obese, with high risk of type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke and specific cancers being the most obvious problems. But, how many of you know that it also affects the sexual drive in women too? This is what few researchers from the Pennsylvania University have recently uncovered.

Obese women who have gone through bariatric surgery are found to experience enhanced sexual drive and life quality, while also going through an enhancement in reproductive hormones, according to a new research.

Positive Impact of Bariatric Surgery

Some years after undergoing bariatric or weight loss surgery, a majority out of the 106 women in the research reported considerable enhancements in overall sexual drive and main aspects associated with sexual functioning like greater level of desire, lubrication, arousal, and satisfaction, according to David B. Sarwer from the University Of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Obesity has been a big challenge in the United States with over 33-percent of the adults and 17-percent of youngsters found to be obese in 2009-2010, as per a study published in 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In reality, these statistics seem to be even more frightening- 78 million adults and 12.5 million kids and youngsters are believed to be obese.

Long-Term Improvement in Sexual Drive

According to the study that has been conducted recently, women who complained of poor sexual drive before surgery experienced a drastic enhancement in sexual drive one year after the surgery. And, the positive signs continued even during the second year after the surgery. Over this period of two years, these women lost around one third of their pre-surgery body weight.

The results of the research indicate that enhancements in sexual functioning may be included in the list of advantages of huge weight losses experienced with weight loss surgery, according to the report.

The Bottom-Line

The study report concluded stating “Future studies should investigate if these changes endure over longer periods of time, and they should investigate changes in sexual functioning in men who undergo bariatric surgery.”

According to the American Psychological Association, depression and obesity go hand in hand most of the time, stating that obesity in women is related with 37-percent increase in depression. Thus, it is not surprising that the study indicates that women who underwent bariatric surgery had considerable enhancements in their life quality, related to weight and health, depressive symptoms, and body image.


This article was initially published on stixs.in.