Impotence emerging as major cause of divorce: Study
New Delhi: Impotence is emerging as a major cause of divorce in India, says a recent study, adding that around 20-30 percent marriages in India are breaking up for want of satisfaction in sexual life. The study, conducted by Alpha One Andrology Group, an association of doctors dealing in sex-related problems in men, took into account nearly 2,500 Indian men suffering from erectile dysfunction or impotence.
The study found that erectile dysfunction affects 50 percent of men over the age of 40 and 10 percent of men below 40. "The analysis revealed that of the 2,500 men suffering from erectile dysfunction, one in five were divorced while the marriages of one in 10 were on the verge of breaking over their physical health," Anup Dhir, a reconstruction surgeon and andrologist, told IANS.
Impotence is the most poorly understood and mismanaged of all medical disorders and results in marriages breaking up, the study found. "Maintaining a healthy marriage requires time, effort and compromise from both spouses. When one or both spouses find a marriage to be unsatisfactory, it is likely because of problems that arise due to issues with communication, expectations or sexual dissatisfaction," said Dhir.
The study found that a married couple on an average has sex 58 times per year, or slightly more than once a week.
"If the number lacks, it means there is a problem with partner. Sexual impotence is becoming a common problem among couples in major cities due to sedentary lifestyle, hypertension and busy schedule," he said.