Is it confidence or increased hormones that make sex better after weight loss?

Weight loss shown to improve sex lives for women, but is it hormonal or psychological?

Female sexuality is an incredibly complex thing. One night, you may be raring to go with just a dollop of personal lubricant, but then a slump can set in that makes you pull away from physical intimacy.

In a recent study, medical researchers from the University of Pennsylvania sought to determine how one physical factor – dramatic weight loss – could affect a woman's sexual pleasure. The scientists surveyed a group of 106 women who had undergone some form of weight loss surgery and found that, two years after their procedures, most women reported higher levels of satisfaction across the board.

The researchers, led by professor David Sarwer, observed increased levels of sex hormones in the blood of the participants, but this change alone may not be the only factor in play.

"Sexuality truly is one of those phenomena where our behavior lies at the intersection of what's happening with us physiologically and what we are experiencing psychologically. I think this is an important nuance that shows the interaction in sexuality between the physical and the psychosocial," Sarwar told HealthDay News, adding that the boost in confidence these women may have felt could play just as great a role as the hormones in their blood.

The jury is out on what exactly led to this surge in sexual pleasure, but  it should go without saying that confidence is an incredibly sexy quality – whatever the size of your waistline. If you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, there's no need to fixate on societal ideals of beauty. Just trust your instincts – and your favorite bottle of water based lubricant – and let the good times roll.

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