Obesity Can Ruin Your Sex Life – Here’s How!

 

It is a well-known fact that rates of overweight and obesity are on the rise not only in the US but worldwide. Unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are the primary reasons for weight gain. Excessive weight is a major risk factor for numerous diseases and has a tremendous potential to endanger your life. That’s not all; overweight or obesity can also ruin your sex life as well. Throughout this post, you’re going to see how your weight influences sex life. This can serve as an additional motivation boost to start making some lifestyle changes today.

“Obesity and Testosterone Levels”

Overweight and obese men are more likely to have lower testosterone levels than men within a healthy weight range. Also, men with low testosterone levels are more likely to gain weight or become obese. It can be said that lower testosterone and obesity go hand in hand. The primary cause behind this relationship is that fat cells metabolize testosterone to estrogen thus lowering the levels of the important “male” hormone.

Moreover, excessive weight decreases levels of SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), a protein that carries testosterone in your blood. Lower the SHBG, lower the testosterone levels. While numerous studies have confirmed that a bigger BMI leads to the low-T issue, scientists have also discovered that weight loss can address this issue successfully.

Since testosterone is vital for your health and sex life, it is clear why obesity has such a bad impact. But, that’s not all; excess weight can ruin your sex life in many other ways as well.

Erectile Dysfunction

Overweight and Erectile Dysfunction

Are you overweight and obese and struggle with achieving or retaining erection? Erectile dysfunction (ED) is yet another way your weight can influence the quality of the sex life. For example, scientists from Denmark carried out a study which sought to examine a link between sexual disorders such as ED and obesity. The research included 863 males, old between 20 and 45. Findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, showed that ED was more prevalent amongst men with higher BMI, thus leading to the conclusion that obesity or overweight can lead to erectile problems in men.

Additionally, a separate study published in the same journal discovered that obesity-related conditions like hypertension or high blood pressure are a cause of erectile dysfunction. The research found that abnormal penile blood flow is strongly linked to high blood pressure. Scientists at the University of Florence explained that for men, the impact of obesity on sexual function is purely physical; the problem isn’t about the self-esteem and emotional state of an individual.

Is there hope? Of course! Just as weight loss leads to increase in testosterone levels, making lifestyle adjustments can also improve the quality of erections. A research from the JAMA found that lifestyle changes such as physical activity, lower BMI etc. were positively associated with improvement in erectile dysfunction.

There’s More…

At this point, it is evident that obesity affects your sex life primarily through lower testosterone levels. When the levels of this important hormone decrease, men experience various symptoms and consequences like the above-mentioned erectile dysfunction. But, what are the other ways obesity or low-T can affect someone’s sex life? Here are some of them:

Obesity affects your sex life
  • Weak Stamina – The key is to last long in bed and have energy for mind-blowing sex. Sedentary lifestyle affects your stamina and decreases the sexual performance
  • Limits Your Positions – Good sex life doesn’t only depend on your testosterone levels or ability to have intercourse longer than 3 minutes, it also needs excitement and passion. That’s why it’s always useful to spice things up and try out different positions. Let’s face it, you can’t (and probably don’t want to) have sex in one and the same position every single time. Different sex positions demand the use of different muscle groups, just like a workout, and a lot of energy at the same time. Overweight and obesity prevent you from exploring some positions and making you feel uncomfortable
  • Orgasm Troubles – what everyone wants to achieve in sex is the big “O”, orgasm, or the “Oh my God” moment, take it however you like. That said, some obese individuals struggle to make it happen. The reason behind this is simple, being overweight leads to decreased blood flow to your genitals. Healthy blood flow is crucial for arousal and orgasm
  • Low libido – one of the most common symptoms of lower testosterone levels is weak libido. This means that you don’t really feel in the “mood” to have sex and it makes a huge impact on your relationship

Conclusion

Being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk of various diseases, but your sex life suffers as well. Excess weight and lower testosterone levels go hand in hand, plus they affect the strength and durability of your erections. As seen in this post, obesity affects your sex life in numerous ways. The problem doesn’t stay between the sheets; your relationship with significant other suffers too. Fortunately, making some lifestyle adjustments to lose weight can help you boost testosterone levels, get better erections, and so much more.

References:

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18624963

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.