Updated 22 March 2016

Enjoy a better sex life after surgery!

Both men and women may benefit between the sheets from the advantages of weight-loss surgery, researchers suggest.

After weight reduction surgery, action in the bedroom might get more frequent as the kilo's fall away, a new study finds.

The study finds the effect might be long term, and comparable for both men and ladies.

Increased sexual desire

"Improvements in sex life are an additional benefit that accompanies weight reduction," said Dr John Morton, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He was not included in the new study.

The discoveries were to be presented in Los Angeles at Obesity Week, a yearly meeting facilitated by ASMBS and The Obesity Society.

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The study was driven by Dr Kristine Steffen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Her group followed results for more than 2,000 individuals almost 80 percent of whom were ladies who were reviewed about their sexual experiences for 5 years after they experienced weight reduction (bariatric) surgery.

One year after the technique, patients normally reported increased sexual desire and activity, more noteworthy fulfillment with sexual activity, and less health related constraints in their sexual functioning, the study authors said.

The advantages seemed to carry on long-term. Five years after the surgery, all measures of sexual functioning remained enhanced contrasted with before surgery, Steffen's group reported.

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At the five-year point, around 52 percent of ladies and 58 percent of men remained reasonably to extremely fulfilled by their sexual capacity contrasted with around 31 percent and 28 percent, separately, before surgery.

Lasting improvements

Likewise, around 39 percent of ladies and 55 percent of men said they were more sexually dynamic after the surgery than they had been for some time until recently, the study reported.

Depression was regularly a key variable, the study authors noted, with both men and ladies normally having better sexual experiences after surgery if they had also achieved an improvement in depression symptoms.

"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 note that findings presented at medical meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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