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Bariatric Surgery Tied to Improved Sexual Function in Women

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Bariatric Surgery Tied to Improved Sexual Function in Women

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AT THE AUGS ANNUAL MEETING

WASHINGTON -- Obese women experienced significant improvements in sexual function over 6-24 months after bariatric surgery in a multi-study review.

The findings suggest that this outcome should be listed among the possible benefits of surgery in this patient population, Dr. Kalaivani Ramalingam said at a joint annual meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society.

In a review of studies published between 1996 and 2013, Dr. Ramalingam, who is affiliated with the department of gynecology at Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames, England, and her associates identified five original studies of 254 obese women undergoing bariatric surgery that reported Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) scores before and after surgery.

Studies of nonsurgical weight loss treatments and those that included both men and women were not included in the review.

The FSFI evaluates sexual function in six domains: desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain.

Patients in the studies had statistically significant reductions in body mass index (BMI) over 6-24 months of follow-up (P = .001).

In one of the five studies, which enrolled 36 patients, FSFI scores did not improve after surgery.

But in the remaining four studies, there were statistically significant improvements among the patient in the overall FSFI scores after surgery (P = .003), Dr. Ramalingam said.

In addition, statistically significant improvements in all domains of the score were observed after surgery: increased desire (P = . …

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