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Men With Erectile Dysfunction Less Productive at Work, Study Finds

Men With ED Less Productive at Work, Study FindsErectile dysfunction (ED) might interfere with workplace productivity, experts report.

Their study, published in August 2019 in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, found that men with ED were more likely to have productivity issues than men with normal erectile function.

The results are based on data from 52,697 men aged 40 to 70 from eight countries: Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. About half of the participants had ED.

The men answered questions about their work productivity over the previous week.

Overall, men with ED were more than twice as likely to report work productivity issues. For example, 7% of the men with ED reported absenteeism (missing work because of a health problem), compared to 3% of the men without ED. Presenteeism (going to work with a health problem) was reported by 23% of the men with ED, compared to just 10% of the men without ED.

The men with ED were also more likely to smoke and drink alcohol. Obesity and lack of exercise were other concerns for the men in this group.

ED severity seemed to be linked to productivity impairment. In other words, men with more serious erection problems tended to be less productive.

“The results of the current study further suggest the need for better management and appropriate treatment, especially among those with ED in the work force, as the burden may prove to be a significant, under‐recognised concern for patients and employers alike,” the authors wrote.


International Journal of Clinical Practice

Goldstein, Irwin, et al.

“The association of erectile dysfunction with productivity and absenteeism in eight countries globally”

(Full-text. First published: August 6, 2019)