How Bariatric Surgery Can Improve Your Sex Life

romantic coupleThe decision to have bariatric surgery is first and foremost about improving your health and adding quality years to your life. It also happens to have plenty of fringe benefits as well.

According to research presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, close to 70 percent of women who undergo weight loss surgery experience improvements in their sex lives in the first six months.

There are many possible reasons for this, not all of which are directly tied to how much weight is lost. Here are just a few:

Your self-confidence improves. One of the most logical, yet powerful, ways to feel sexier after weight loss surgery is that, as you see positive improvements in your appearance, you feel better about yourself. Self-confidence is felt on the inside, but it impacts the way you carry yourself on the outside, which not only makes you feel better, but it becomes apparent to your significant other, or prospective mates.

For many people, low self-esteem itself is a powerful deterrent to intimacy, because the psychological state often makes people reject the notion of romance. They may feel unworthy of the love or they fear what negative thoughts their partner may have about their appearance, real or imagined.

Your performance is enhanced. Everyone feels sexier (or sexually confident), if they perform well in the act of lovemaking. Obesity has an adverse effect on not only how well people perform, but the level enjoyment they get out of sex.

Studies have shown that women can see increased levels of reproductive hormone levels and overall sexual function, which is not only good news for the quality of lovemaking, but it also improves fertility for those who are looking to become parents. For men who undergo weight loss surgery, they can see an increase in testosterone and a decline in estrogen levels.

Snoring and sleep apnea are reduced. Obesity is linked to an increased risk of snoring and sleep apnea. What’s that have to do with a better sex life? There is a growing body of research that shows a correlation between sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction in men and an increased occurrence of of sexual dysfunction in women.

You will have more energy. There are a number of reasons losing weight will increase your energy levels. For one, if you are snoring less, your sleep quality will improve, leaving you well rested. Eating better and exercise can also normalize blood sugar levels and avoid sudden spikes or drops, which sap your energy. If you have more energy, you are more likely to be in the mood.

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