LAP-BAND surgery brings a world of possibilities to your life. New clothes, more energy, increased self-confidence, better health, and physical intimacy. Whether you are starting to date someone new or reconnecting with your partner, the sex-talk after LAP-BAND surgery is one we have often. Just like any other topic related to your LAP-BAND surgery it is important to set realistic expectations.
Patients can start practicing intercourse as soon as they feel comfortable. Dr. McEwen’s outpatient LAP-BAND procedure is minimally invasive though still requires patient to go under anesthesia. Because of this, we advise waiting until you are fully recovered. Everyone is different, so this will depend on your body and adherence to guidelines.
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For men, sex drive after weight loss may increase. There are a number of weight-driven health and psychological issues related to sexual performance and drive such as erectile dysfunction, inadequate testosterone levels, low self-esteem, and lack of strength/stamina. After LAP-BAND surgery as men start to lose weight, their energy level and physical strength may improve. Some of our male patients report an increase in sex-drive after weight-loss post lap band surgery.
Unlike men, women’s sex drive isn’t as strongly linked to a chemical or hormonal balance. It is mostly tied to self-esteem and a secure physical comfort level, which increases their libido. Ultimately, for both genders, it will rely on comfort. Participating in intercourse should be comfortable for each participant, both physically and emotionally. Regardless of weight numbers, sex will be something different for all. Each patient will experience different levels of energy at different times, so remember to listen to your body. You are in charge.
Will it be better than before weight loss surgery? That will depend on each patient. Once patients lose the recommended amount of weight, they experience higher energy levels which could mean less shortness of breath during intercourse, more stamina, and an increase in overall satisfaction. Patients feel more comfortable trying new positions, having sex longer and more often. Again, this all depends on your comfort level with your partner and, of course, personal desire.
If at any point you should experience consistent physical discomfort during intercourse, contact your doctor.
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