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So you’re happily married. In fact, you’re so blissful you haven’t noticed you’ve both developed massive love handles over the years.
But recently, you’ve realised that it’s been a while since you and your man got it on. It’s just a phase, you tell yourself. We’re just busy and tired.
Well, think again. Researchers say those extra kilos you’re lugging around can negatively affect your sex drive.
“We are beginning to see that the width of the blood vessels leading to the clitoris in women are affected by the same kind of blockages that impact blood flow to the penis,” says Dr Susan Kellogg Spadt, director of female sexual medicine at the Center for Pelvic Medicine in the US.
When this happens, a woman’s body is far less responsive, and a drop in desire is not far behind, according to the WebMD article she’s quoted in.
Other research also shows a big difference in sexual behaviour between normal weight and obese people.
The shocking findings: The rate of unplanned pregnancies was four times higher among single obese women than normal weight women. This is despite the fact that the former were less likely to be sexually active.
The authors also found that obese women were less likely to seek contraceptive advice or take birth control pills.
As for men, the obese had fewer sexual partners but were two and a half times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
It’s not too late, of course, to do something about it. Scientists say that losing weight can help too, especially for men. Weight loss can improve testosterone levels, which in turn boost sexual drive and function, reports one study.
More research is definitely needed where the fairer sex is concerned, but we probably don’t need someone with a PhD to tell us that the confidence boost from getting back in shape is likely to lift the libido, too.