A new study has revealed that obesity may lower levels of sexual satisfaction, especially for women.
The study evaluated 91 obese men and 134 obese women who completed a sexual functioning questionnaire before enrolling in a weight loss study.
“We found that there was lower sexual satisfaction and lower sexual quality of life among women than men, and overall sexual quality of life was low among both groups,” Dr. Truls Ostbye, a professor in the department of community and family medicine, said in a Duke news release.
The researchers also compared the obese patients’ scores to the results from a group of cancer survivors and a general population group. Obese women’s scores were lower than both those groups’ scores, while obese men’s scores were between the scores of the cancer survivors and the general population group.
“Our findings contribute to a growing body of research that indicates obesity is associated with reduced sexual functioning and sexual quality of life among both men and women,” Ostbye said.
The study questionnaire included nine areas: interest, desire, arousal, orgasm, satisfaction, behavior, relationship, masturbation, and sexual problems.