Sex after gastric sleeve surgery is a touchy subject – to say the least.
Sex life is usually enhanced after gastric sleeve surgery. In fact, one of the most appreciated aspects after surgery is SEX!
It’s quite simply a part of life.
Confidence, Compliments, and Sex!
Your body is the focal point of sex – which makes every insecurity being morbidly obese magnified during sex.1
Losing weight, receiving compliments, and feeling more confident all ties into more active sex life and an increase in pleasure – thus creating more connected and intense partnerships.
Weight loss is also known to boost physical attraction in relationships. In nearly all patients, libido (sex drive) increases after gastric sleeve surgery – intensifying passion, feelings, emotion, and desire.2
The only downside – after gastric sleeve surgery emotions can be all over the place. Changes in moods are common, which can correlate to some unexpected feelings sexually. This could mean sex drive is through the roof at one point in time and the next moment could be completely unwarranted.
How Long Should I Wait to Have Sex After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve patients need to wait at least 2-4 weeks before having intercourse. The waiting time to have sexual activity should be similar to the recovery time set by your bariatric surgeon. Recovery varies from patient to patient, so make sure you don’t push yourself and understand the limits of your body.
Sex should stay “less intense” for the first few weeks after surgery. It should not be painful or uncomfortable, and if it is then it’s important to wait longer to fully recover. Stay on top of your post-op diet with an amazing 5-day pouch reset diet.
Creating a Healthy Relationship After Weight Loss Surgery
Research data published in JAMA shows that people who have undergone weight loss surgery have a higher likelihood of starting a new relationship, getting married, and separating from their spouse/significant other.
Divorce is a staggering 80-85% for married couples who have had one spouse go through bariatric surgery. As one spouse feels better about themselves, the other spouse feels worse and tends to want to control the relationship. This insecurity can cause a lot of problems.3
So how do you deal with that?
Well – “Solid relationships generally last through change and weak relationships grow apart or fail.” Patients who make sure their interpersonal relationship is genuinely strong before surgery increase their likelihood of staying together drastically. Counseling can be of great support for your partnership to overcome friction or dysfunctional communication.
Remember, sex and intimacy play a major role in healthy relationships.
PCOS, Pregnancy, and Prevention
PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is proven to drastically improve after weight loss surgery. Patients who have struggled to get pregnant before surgery are more prone to becoming pregnant.
Thus you should be preparing in advance and choose a contraceptive, like birth control.
Gastric sleeve surgery is not a “cure” for PCOS. It does, in fact, reduce PCOS symptoms and can restore ovulation for women to become more fertile.
Armed with the right knowledge, you can take your relationship to the next level and really enjoy sex after gastric sleeve.