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Breast Implants Give Women a Sexual Boost

Update Date: Oct 09, 2013 05:42 PM EDT

Breast implants may help boost women's sex lives, according to a new study.

Brazilian researchers recently discovered that women who went under the knife experienced significant improvements in their arousal and sexual satisfaction after their breast augmentation surgery. However, researchers noted that women who experienced stretch marks as a result of their breast augmentation surgery did not experience any improvement in their sex lives.

The latest study involved 45 women who wanted to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Researchers asked the women to dill out a questionnaire before the surgery that assessed their sexual desire, arousal and sexual satisfaction. The patients were then asked to fill out the same questionnaire at two, four and 18 months after surgery.

The findings revealed that the 36 women who did not develop postsurgical stretch marks said they had experienced improved levels of arousal and were more satisfied with their sex lives. Researchers noted that women reported this improvement at both four and 18 months after their breast implant surgery.

However, the nine women with stretch marks after their surgery did not report any improvement.

The latest findings will be presented this week at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual meeting in San Diego.

Tomi-Ann Roberts, a professor of psychology at Colorado College and a member of the American Psychological Association's task force on the sexualization of girls, isn't surprised by the findings.

"Here are 45 women who spent a great deal of time and money and effort augmenting their breasts because the media has clearly convinced them their breasts are inadequate, so we shouldn't be surprised they are pleased with the breast augmentation," Roberts told HealthDay.

"We further shouldn't be surprised that they are pleased in the arena of their sexuality," she added.

"Feminine heterosexuality is very much about our sense of whether or not we are pleasing our partner, and here we have 45 women who have spent a great deal of money to that purpose. If these breasts are now pleasing to their male partners, then they are likely to feel more sexually attractive," she explained. 

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