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Improved sex may be a bonus of weight loss surgery

Study finds that that sex life may become better for long term and the results are equally good in both men and women.

According to the findings of a recent study, sex life may improve after a weight-loss surgery. Researchers find that that sex life can improve for a long time and the results are equally good in both men and women.

President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Dr. John Morton, who wasn’t a part of this research, stated, “Improvements in sex life are an additional benefit that goes beyond weight loss.”

ASMBS and The Obesity Society hosted a yearly meeting where the research findings were presented in Los Angeles at Obesity Week.

Lead author of the research is Dr. Kristine Steffen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo. She and her colleagues followed over 2,000 people,  80 percent of whom were women, and questioned them about their sex lives during the first five years post weight-loss (bariatric) surgery.

During the first year after the weight loss surgery, participants reported improved sex life and activity. The study authors said that they also reported a more satisfied sex life and fewer weight linked issues that limited their sexual activity. Study also finds that the advantages are usually long-term.

Steffen’s team reported that all steps of sexual functioning improved over a sustained period of time when compared to prior to surgery. After five years, almost 52 percent of women and 58 percent of men reported moderate to satisfied sexual function.

Study researchers said that is most cases depression acted as one of the most important factors in both men and women who enjoyed better sex lives post surgery. Overcoming or reducing the effects of depression lead to improved sex life.

“Limited research has suggested that bariatric surgery is associated with short-term improvements in sexual function,” Steffen said in a meeting news release. “This study shows these improvements are long-lasting.”

Experts on the subject said that findings presented at medical meetings are usually treated as preliminary until they are published in a peer-reviewed journal.