Obesity and sexuality in women

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2009 Jun;36(2):347-60, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2009.04.004.


Sexual health is an important part of an individual's overall health. This article presents the definitions and classifications of female sexual dysfunction (FSD), emphasizes the importance of obtaining a sexual health assessment, and describes the tools that can be used for this assessment. The impact of obesity on reproductive health over a women's entire life span (in the family-planning years, reproductive years, and menopause years) is described. The treatment of obesity will have a positive effect on a woman's sexual health, with a likely improvement in FSD and a decrease in risk factors related to contraception, pregnancy, infertility, and menopause.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / prevention & control
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Sexuality* / physiology
  • Sexuality* / psychology
  • Women's Health