How Does Obesity Affect Sex Life?

How Does Obesity Affect Sex Life
How Does Obesity Affect Sex Life

Do you find yourself in obese category? Are you worried about its effects on your life? Does it have any impact on your sex life? Well, the answer to this question is Yes, but it is not often talked about! This article will help you find answers to all these questions!

How Does Obesity Affect The Body?

Obesity is simply being overweight. It is known as an excess of adipose tissue. This disorder is closely related to body mass index (BMI). Obesity is common in today’s world where junk food and cold drinks have a major place in the diet!

This disorder has many side effects like blood pressure issues, physical inactivity and other health issues. It is also known to affect the sex life of a person about which we will talk in the next section!

How Obesity Affects Sex Life?

How Obesity Affects Sex Life
How Obesity Affects Sex Life

In today’s world, physical looks matter a lot. It is very important for one to look attractive physical so as to date and mate a partner! So, obese people are physically not in shape and are affected a lot! It is also seen that obesity in men affects their reproductive system adversely.

1.Blood pressure

Obesity leads to blood pressure problems and diabetes. Both of these problems are known to lessen your sexual activity.

2.Physically inactive

Obesity means excess fat on the body. This leads to restrictions on physical movement. Sex is a physical thing and requires a lot of movement. Physical restrictions can prevent sex and intimacy.

3.Hormone imbalance

Studies show that when a person loses or gains weight, the testosterone levels in him, which are responsible for sexual arouse, tend to fall. This results in reduced sexual activity.

4.High cholesterol

This is a side effect of obesity. It is observed that high cholesterol leads to blocking of blood vessels due to plaque buildup. This slows down the blood flow to genitals, which inhibits the sexual arousal.


More than physical, this is a psychological thing. If you constantly think about your body flaws or how your partner thinks about them, then you will never get into the mood. This may also disappoint your partner.

6.Comparison with others

Studies reveal that when women compared themselves with a thin ideal, they tend to have the negative effect on their sexual life. It lessens their self-confidence and their sexual activity.

7.Busy schedule

If you are too busy and have no time for sex, this may be a big turn off for your relationship. Maintain some intimacy, even when you have a busy schedule, to maintain that sexual drive in both of you.


Obese people tend to sweat a lot when they go through physical activity. This can lead to decreased sexual arouse and so maintain hygiene. Try having a shower before having sex.

9.Excess alcohol

As alcohol is a depressant, it can lead to reduced hormone secretion that is responsible for sexual feeling. It may result in reduced sexual activity.


As obese people suffer through a lot of other diseases as a side effect, they tend to have medicines. Some medicines, like anti-depressants or birth control pills, disturb the hormonal balance, that leads to decreased sexual arouse.

11.Erectile dysfunction

Obesity leads to inflammation, decreasing testosterone and damaged blood vessels. These side effects can lead to erectile dysfunction(ED).

12.Low libido

Obesity is known to affect the hormonal balance. This will affect the testosterone levels that are responsible for the sexual drive. This, in fact, leads to low libido.

13.Sex positions

These are known to give pleasure but at the same time, they demand the use of a lot of stamina and specific set of muscles. This becomes little difficult when you are obese.

14.Small penis

Even though the size of the penis is the same, when you become obese, your penis definitely looks small as compared to your body.

These are the ways in which obesity affects one’s sexual life! Though, it makes you look physically unattractive, having a high self-confidence can help you overcome your flaws and still enjoy in bed.

Be confident and enjoy it!


Dr. Ashish Paul is a qualified Ayurvedic physician and a Medical Herbalist, based at Harley Street, London.She uses western and eastern herbs and Ayurvedic therapies with her patients. Dr. Ashish consults a lot of couples on their journey of conception, whether its natural conception or via IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).