Researchers recently reported that women who lost weight after undergoing weight loss surgery gained a more satisfying sex life in the end. According to a study published in Jama Surgery, women reported better lubrication and an increased libido two years after their bariatric surgical procedures.
Blood tests revealed that these women had higher levels of sex hormones as well; so researchers are looking into the possibility of improved fertility in women after massive weight loss. The study focused on 106 women with an average BMI of 44.5 who underwent bariatric surgery. The question remains: are the effects physical or psychological... or both?
"I think this is an important nuance that shows the interaction in sexuality between the physical and the psychosocial," said lead author David Sarwer, a professor in the psychiatry and surgery departments of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Sexuality truly is one of those phenomena where our behavior lies at the intersection of what's happening with us physiologically and what we are experiencing psychologically," Sarwer said.