Weight Loss Surgery Boosts Sexual Satisfaction
For women, having a healthy number on the scale isn't just good for those on-trend crop tops. It can also make for better sex.
Researchers at University of Pennsylvania found that bariatric (weight loss) surgery also enhances sexual satisfaction for many women. Further research found that women had boosted levels of reproductive hormones following the surgery.
Medical Daily reports that more than half of the women looking into bariatric surgery cite sexual dysfunction as part of their motivation.
To understand the actual effects on women's sexual function after bariatric surgery, researchers followed 106 women, 85 of whom chose gastric bypass and 21 of whom chose gastric banding procedures. Two years following surgery, not only did the women report huge amounts of weight loss, they also experienced a dramatic improvement in their quality of life as well as their sexual function, including higher levels of desire, arousal, lubrication, and overall satisfaction.
David Sarwer, Ph.D., professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery, stated in a press release, “This is one of the first studies to show that women also experience improvements in their sexual functioning and satisfaction, as well as significant improvements in their reproductive hormones.”
The same phenomenon has even been noted among men who undergo bariatric surgery. According to a 2009 University of Utah study, men who lost weight after gastric bypass surgery saw improvements in their overall health and also in their sex lives. "Weight loss was associated with increases in the male sex hormone testosterone," WebMD writes.
Medical Daily reports that about 200,000 Americans have weight loss surgery each year, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Those people will lose 25 and 35 percent of their initial body weight and see other health benefits including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.
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