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Sexual Life After Bariatric Surgery: What You Should Know

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Arzu Cetinkaya Medical Content Writer
Sexual Life After Bariatric Surgery: What You Should Know

Because the healing process after bariatric surgery varies from person to person, there is no specific time for a return to sexual activity. However, it is necessary to avoid heavy work as much as possible and not to put any weight on the abdominal area for the first 2 weeks after bariatric surgery. After this stage is completed, most patients can resume their sex life.

For some patients, the return to sexual life takes up to a month. As sexuality requires a high level of effort, the duration of the return to sexual life is determined taking into account the state of health.

Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Sex Life

Overweight patients are dissatisfied with their appearance and the resulting insecurity has a negative effect on their sex life. The overweight of obese patients leads to early fatigue, constant sweating and restricted movement. All this has a negative impact on sex life, and serious health problems such as respiratory and heart diseases also lead to reduced sexual performance. In addition, the change in hormones caused by obesity can lead to a lack of desire and even impotence in sexual life.

After bariatric surgery, the patient can resume their sex life once the surgical wounds have healed. Positive changes in sexuality are observed with the increase in self-confidence of the patients, who feel more comfortable in their sexual life again.

The psychological problems caused by obesity are overcome when the patient starts to lose weight and realises the change. Overcoming mental health problems has a positive effect on social life and enables healthy communication when forming partnership relationships.

After bariatric surgery, the obese patient begins to like their body and overcome the discomfort caused by obesity, such as fatigue and inactivity. With the balancing of the hormones, the unwillingness caused by being overweight disappears. The sexual life is freed from the negative effects caused by obesity in the post-operative stage. It is expected that those who undergo bariatric surgery will have a happier sex life.