Obesity Surgery

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 352–364 | Cite as

Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Female Sexual Function in Obese Patients: a Meta-Analysis

  • Zhiguang GaoEmail author
  • Yuzhi Liang
  • Weijun Deng
  • Peicai Qiu
  • Min Li
  • Zhiqiu Zhou


We aimed to make a meta-analysis regarding the effect of bariatric surgery on female sexual function. PubMed, EMBASE, and CENTRAL were searched from database inception through August 2019. Articles were eligible for inclusion if they examined the effect of bariatric surgery on obese women’s sexual function assessed by the Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI) or/and the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12). Twenty articles were included into meta-analysis. Bariatric surgery was associated with significant increase in the total FSFI score. When parameters included in the FSFI scoring system were separately evaluated, significant improvements were observed in sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, orgasm, sexual satisfaction, and sexual pain. However, the PISQ-12 and FSFI scores in women with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) were not significantly changed postoperatively. Bariatric surgery improves female sexual function in obese patients, but not in women with PFD.


Bariatric surgery Female sexual function Obesity Meta-analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryDongguan 3rd People’s HospitalDongguangChina
  2. 2.Department of Medical ImagingDongguan 3rd People’s HospitalDongguangChina

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