Lousy sex life? Blame the pile of papers on your desk. The more taxing your job is, the more likely you are to suffer in the sack, finds new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Researchers analyzed the link between job-related stress and sex and found that a hard 9-to-5 can make you less horny, weaken your erection, and cause premature ejaculation, among other sexual difficulties.
The reason: Stress makes it tough to focus on erotic sensations, says study author Aleksandar Stulhoger, Ph.D., a sociology professor at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.
Two fixes: Relationship intimacy and fatherhood were both shown to reduce the risk of sexual difficulty, regardless of how much job strain people felt. “There’s ample evidence that emotional support buffers professional stress,” says Stulhoger, so a strong bond with your wife and kids goes a long way.
Don’t have someone to distract you from the daily grind? Don’t worry—your sex life isn’t doomed. Just try these 15 easy ways to bust work stress.