Sexual Medicine and Health

Obesity and Sexual Health: The Yo Yo Effect of Weight Gain and Libido Loss

June 24, 201512 min
Host: Michael Krychman, MD

As many clinicians have become increasingly aware, the problem of obesity involves a complex interplay of habits and hormones, influenced by genetic predispositions and cultural practices alike. Whereas the supposed magic bullets of weight loss pills and fad diets are always in high demand, few to none have demonstrated consistent benefit for patients, and the struggle to avoid the "yo yo effect" of regained weight goes on. Sexual health problems represent some of the most difficult issues reported by patients who are obese, but rarely are these complaints properly registered or addressed by clinicians. Joining Dr. Michael Krychman at ACOG’s annual scientific meeting to focus on this neglected aspect of obesity is Dr. Maida Taylor, Clinical Professor of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences of the University of California-San Francisco. They discuss counseling strategies and interventions for patients striving toward better sexual health as they pur

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