A research in Denmark carried out between 1997 and 2006 on over 200,000 married couples found that men who earn less than their wives tend to use erectile dysfunction medicine more! They also tend to suffer more from insomnia and tend to have anxiety-related disorders.The study didn’t find any similar effects in unmarried couples or among men who earned less than their wives before marriage. Some other findings from the report showed that humour can be a handy tool to resolve relationship conflicts but only when the jokes are chosen carefully. The research discovered that anxious people using self-deprecating humour was a major turn-off and distressed the partners further.

What is erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) aka impotence is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sex. Impotence is different from infertility. While impotence is the inability to maintain an erection, infertility is the inability to father children. An erection is caused by the hydraulic effect of blood entering and being retained in spongy bodies within the penis.  ED can be caused by alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes, medicinal side-effects or obesity. Some psychological issues which can cause ED include stress, depression, performance anxiety or low self-esteem. Prescription medicines like Viagra are usually used to treat impotence. 

The finding appeared online in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.