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Weight affects sexual function in women

 Obesity actually negatively affects several aspects of sexual function (Courtesy)

A woman’s body confidence is related to her sex drive. The more she loves the way she looks, the higher the chances she will want to have sex more.

In 2007, sexology experts published a study that investigated the distribution of body fat and sexual function in women.

The study revealed that obesity actually negatively affects several aspects of sexual function. These include:

  • Arousal
  • Lubrication
  • Satisfaction
  • Orgasm

Sexual desire and pain, however, did not correlate with BMI. 83 per cent of the overweight and obese participants had sexual dysfunction.

These findings underscore the speculation that the factors involving the fat cell are an important factor in the manifestation of female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Being underweight doesn’t help matters either.

A survey carried out in Denmark showed that being underweight affected men’s sexual function more than women. It carried the same effects as being overweight; sexual dysfunction and lower sex drive.

Also, does anyone want to break a bone during sex? When your body fat is too low, your bones may become too brittle due to lowered oestrogen levels.

Oestrogen is needed for maintenance of healthy bones. Your bones end up becoming too fragile due to lack of calcium deposition in your bones.

And since sex is like exercise, depending on the amount of energy you put into it, you do not want to come out with an injury.

Low body weight also brings fertility problems to women. Lowered estrogen levels interferes with menstruation and you may even end up having irregular cycles.

Women may also have trouble conceiving or carry a pregnancy to term due to the inability of the uterine lining to support a growing fetus.

And since estrogen is also essential for spermatogenesis—sperm production—unhealthy levels directly affect sexual function in men.

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