A new survey from France published in the British Medical Journal documents a number of concerns about the sexual health of obese people:

…the rate of unplanned pregnancies is four times higher among single obese women than normal weight women, despite them being less likely to have been sexually active in the past year.

Obese women are less likely to seek contraceptive advice or to use oral contraceptives.

Obese men have fewer sexual partners in a 12 month period, but are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and develop sexually transmitted infections than normal weight men.

Sexuality and obesity, a gender perspective- results from French national random probability survey of sexual behaviours

The accompanying editorial also notes that:

Around 68% of respondents in a populationbased telephone survey from Washington said they would be reluctantto discuss a sexual problem for fear of embarrassing their doctor.4

Two take home points:

  1. Weight loss may improve your sexual health
  2. If you are obese or overweight, try not to let that get in your way of discussing sexual issues with your doctors.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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