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Erectile Dysfunction Common In Marriages With Income Inequality [Study]

Erectile Dysfunction

A study has found in cases when a wife out-earns her husband, the man is more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Research from Washington University Olin Business School in St. Louis, Missouri called “In Sickness and in Wealth: Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage,” outlines the correlation between income inequality and erectile dysfunction. The study was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. The problems can stem from certain medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood circulation, alcoholism, exhaustion, stress, and psychological issues. Lifestyle changes, medications like Viagra, and therapy can help treat the condition.

Professor Lamar Pierce and his colleagues analyzed 200,000 married couples in Denmark from 1997 to 2006. Of those couples, in the cases when wives earned more than their spouses, a notable number of men suffered from erectile difficulties. This was true even in situations of minimal financial variances.

As a result, wives suffered from stress, insomnia, and anxiety. The overall psychological distress ultimately effected significant decisions on marriage, divorce, children, and careers.

These findings were not present in unmarried couples or situations where men earned less money prior to marriage.

It was speculated the likely cause of erectile dysfunction primarily involved stressors associated with the dichotomy of stereotypical social breadwinner roles.

Typically men are expected to earn more than their counterparts. However the progressive growth of women in the workforce in recent decades, and the economically-triggered gender gap (mancession) between men and women, has boosted more women into the primary role of provider.

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