Weight Loss Improves Sexual Function, Not Fertility

Obese women are usually instructed to lose weight in order to increase the chances of becoming pregnant. Recent research says weight loss may be more likely to improve sexual desire and frequency rather than combat infertility problems.

Researchers followed 29 morbidly obese women for two years after gastric bariatric bypass surgery and ultimately found that the effects of weight loss on reproductive function are more modest than originally hypothesized. “In terms of ovulation, there doesn’t appear to be a window after surgery where fertility is improved,” says Richard Legro, professor of obstetrics and gynecology. “The door appears to be open at all times. Other factors may be involved with infertility in obese women, such as diminished sexual desire and thus less intercourse.”