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Obesity and sexual health

  • Posted on- Aug 23, 2017
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When a person is obese, their sex life often suffers. This is not just a physical issue it's a psycho social issue involving body image and performance anxiety. Obese people are entitled to have the same quality of life as anyone else. You don't have to hate your body or your weight and ensure some steps to improve it.

If someone is really struggling with obesity issue, obese people need to seek out some help. Sexual Problems arises with the increase in weight. Losing weight is the only the answer for the solution of all kind of sexual problems raised due to obesity. If the doctors show open attitude towards sexual issues and obesity then the patients will find it easier to discuss their difficulties.

Adverse Effects of obesity on Sexual health

Some of the effects of obesity on sexual function are as follows:

1.Erectile Dysfunction

Did you know that obese men are far likelier to suffer from Erectile Dysfunction or impotency? Problems related to obesity like high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes prevent efficient blood flow to all parts of the body including penis, thus causing issues with erection. Studies have shown that losing weight can help in beating the condition.

2.Nerve damage

Sexual health depends in part on nerve function, which is also affected by obesity in certain aspects. The excess weight simply results in too much pressure on the nerve tissue, restricting its ability to transmit pleasurable sensations to the brain. Secondly, type 2 diabetes, a common obesity-related problem, is known to destroy nerve tissue both of these issues can cause reduced penis sensitivity and impair the ability to enjoy sex.


In men, obesity is directly related to infertility as it affects sperm. It has come to knowledge that men who consume a fatty diet have lower quality of sperm. Men who consume more saturated fats had lower total sperm count and lower sperm concentration than men who ate healthier.

4.Cardiovascular problems

One of the most dangerous aspects of obesity is its effect on heart health. According to some statistics, men who are obese have a 60% greater chance of suffering a fatal heart attack than men of normal body weight. Obesity-related circulatory problems are also a prominent factor in loss of penis function, which affects the ability of a man to achieve and maintain an erection.

5.Lack of Stamina

Obesity is often associated with laziness and an inactive lifestyle and this may often filter into their sex lives as well. In men, it will also decrease the time they can maintain an erection.

6.Buried Penis Syndrome

Folds of abdominal fat and skin in obese men make the penis look very small or even buried at many times. Buried penis syndrome can seriously hamper sex lives. This is mostly a congenital disorder in children and can affect around 0.6% of the male population.

7.Low Libido

Obesity is directly related to hormonal imbalance and lower testosterone levels, which in turn can inhibit sexual desires in both men and women. Increased body fat leads to more sex hormone binding globulins (SHBG) in the system. SHBG is a natural chemical that binds to testosterone, which means that there is less amount of sex hormone left to handle the demands of a normal sex life.


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14-03-2018 02:09 PM

I have less stamina due to which I am not able to perform sexually. Would like to book my appointment with a doctor through Lazoi.

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14-03-2018 02:06 PM

I am an obese and suffering from erectile dysfunction problem, this information is very good and would like to lower down my weight as early as possible.

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