Sex After Weight Loss Surgery Improves for Men and Women

New evidence supports the theory that overweight and obese men (those whose BMI exceeds 30) can increase testosterone and regain sexual satisfaction by having weight loss surgery. Obesity may have a significant impact on men’s sexual satisfaction.

According to the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, obese men may have less satisfying sex lives than their lighter counterparts.

The study by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism followed heavier men for two years after weight loss surgery, and it reported a better overall sexual life than prior to surgery.

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How Testosterone and Weight Loss Are Linked

Obesity and testosterone have a dependent relationship: excess body fat makes it more difficult for your body to produce testosterone, and lower testosterone levels make it more difficult to get rid of fat.

Testosterone is a key part of your metabolic health, which is why men with higher testosterone levels are able to more easily burn fat. In addition, testosterone provides your body with energy and drive. That’s why mean with lower levels of testosterone tend to have a harder time exercising — a big part of burning fat.

The Effect of Testosterone on Men’s Sex Lives

In the study, men were asked to self-report a questionnaire about their quality of life, sexual life, and sexual performance before it began and once it was complete. Researchers also collected data on men’s reproductive hormone levels before and after the study.

The study was conducted for two years on overweight men whose BMIs were 46 at the start of the study.

Not surprisingly, men who have undergone bariatric surgery can expect to see an increase in testosterone.

“Weight loss and declining BMIs in men who had weight loss surgery were directly linked with increases in all measures of testosterone levels, declines in levels of the female sex hormone estradiol, and improvements in self-reported sexual quality of life,” according to Christine Ren Fielding, MD.

Fielding is an associate professor of surgery and the founder and director of the New York University Program for Surgical Weight Loss in New York City.

Weight Loss Can Also Improve Women’s Sex Lives

Though the researchers only studied overweight men, some researchers think there might be some relevance to overweight women. “We have always had the feeling that the physiological, psycho-emotional, and physical changes that occur after bariatric surgery can have positive effects on a person’s sex life, but now we know.”

Increased testosterone is just one more benefit of weight loss surgery, along with decreased risk for diseases, increased lifespan, and higher overall quality of life.