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Study: Lower Productivity, Life Quality for Men Who Have ED

What does erectile dysfunction have to do with productivity at work? A lot, recent study shows. Scientists have found a link between absences from work and ED. 

The connection between productivity and erectile dysfunction has not been studied in-depth so far, at least not on a global scale. A team of reproductive health scientists decided to fill that gap. They studied over 50 000 men aged 40-70 from eight countries.

Large study reveals ED affects work productivity

Findings from all countries confirm that erectile dysfunction has a negative impact on men’s professional activity. In over 7% of cases men took sick days off (compared to ca. 3% of men without ED).

The scale of so-called presenteeism (reporting to work while sick, which may affect the quality of performance) was even higher. 22.5% for men with erectile problems experienced it vs. 10% of those without ED.

Overall productivity on the job was also much worse for men with ED (almost 25%) compared to men without ED (ca. 11%).

The study showed that the severity of erectile dysfunction was also a factor. More erectile problems meant more work issues and poorer health-related quality of life.

ED is often linked to other health conditions

Researchers point out that many cases of erectile dysfunction are linked to other health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. They also note that the problem is likely to get worse as younger men are being diagnosed with ED these days.

When it comes to health, everything is connected. Cardiovascular problems, obesity or diabetes lead to erectile difficulties. Problems in bed may trigger mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

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Diabetes is often linked with ED

The cost of treatment is enormous. If all men who have erectile dysfunction in connection with obesity or diabetes were to see the doctor, the cost of medication would exceed 4 billion dollars a year!

And what about burden for companies? We’re talking thousands of men taking sick days off. Those who do present at work are not able to give it everything they got, due to underlying physical or mental health issues.

Scientists suggest changes in health systems. With better detection and earlier treatment, it is possible to reduce the effect on the economy.

Does your ED affect work productivity?

What do these global study results can teach us? If you’re suffering from ED, you may have not realized it could affect your job. Perhaps you put off going to the doctor and dealing with your problem because you were busy. Maybe you were ashamed to talk about intimate issues with a physician.

Now is a good time to take a look at your personal situation. Get a full check-up with your doctor and ask if your health conditions or medication may cause ED.

Ask for pills such as Viagra if necessary. If you feel confiding in your family doctor is too much, consider using our our online, confidential consultation with a licensed physician.

Address your ED as a couple

Also, analyze your own work productivity and absences in relation to your intimate life. Do you find it hard to concentrate at work because you can’t stop thinking about your intimate problems?

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Talk about your ED with your partner, you’re in this together

Or maybe you are arguing more with your partner and this impacts your job? You may be wondering why you two are constantly fighting. See if your ED-related stress is not a trigger here.

If you notice a worrying pattern, talk to your partner and look for solutions together. You’re in this together. Sometimes it’s worth to combine medical treatment with couples’ counselling. Research relaxation techniques such as mindfulness and meditation. They can help too. The good news erectile dysfunction is easily treatable with pills. Go here to learn about your treatment options.

Anka Grzywacz is a sexologist, reproductive health expert and Certified Sex Coach™. In her online practice she helps busy parents solve their intimate problems.