Erectile Dysfunction Effects Beyond The Bedroom

Erectile dysfunction mainly affects a man’s ability to engage in intimate moments in the bedroom. However, the condition was recently found affecting men in many places, including the workplace. 

The inability to achieve or maintain an erection has long been linked to stress and lower quality of life among men. Researchers previously believed these changes affect only couples or families. 

A new study, published in The International Journal of Clinical Practice, suggests the effects of erectile dysfunction may also reduce men’s productivity at work. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 52,700 men, aged 40 to 70, from eight countries. 

The participants from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the U.S. were asked about their erection problems, quality of life, work impairment and other activities. Erectile dysfunction affected 49.7 percent of the men in the study. 

Researchers also looked at other factors that may affect work productivity, including household income, marital status, level of education, age, employment, general health, body mass index and tobacco and alcohol use.

Results showed that the condition caused high impairment in the U.K. and the U.S. But British participants reported greater decrease in their work productivity compared to other countries, Medical News Today reported Wednesday

"Absenteeism, presenteeism, overall work productivity loss and activity impairment were more than twofold higher in men with ED than men with no ED," the researchers said. 

In eight countries, the men with erectile dysfunction associated their condition with the reduced time at work. The findings support previous research that suggested erection problems could lead to poor quality of life across the world. 

"This study shows that ED remains a prevalent concern, one that impacts work productivity and absenteeism," Wing Yu Tang, co-author of the latest study, said. 

There could be more men experiencing significantly reduced work productivity because of erectile dysfunction worldwide. A separate study predicted that the condition would affect 322 million men by 2025.

"Stemming from eight countries, the global coverage of the data also suggests that this issue is pervasive across geographies," Tarek Hassan, senior author of the latest study, said. 

In 1995, erectile dysfunction affected 152 million men around the world. 

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