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Delhi kills desire: What’s taking away sex life in national capital

Stress, travel and lifestyle affects men and women, says a survey of 800 residents.

health Updated: Sep 11, 2017 11:41 IST
Anonna Dutt
A survey of 800 Delhi residents by a city hospital shows nearly 16% — both men and women — have some form of sexual dysfunction. (Representational Photo)
A survey of 800 Delhi residents by a city hospital shows nearly 16% — both men and women — have some form of sexual dysfunction. (Representational Photo)

Stress from work, travelling in crowded cities, erratic sleep and smoking — all can impact your sex life.

A survey of 800 Delhi residents by a city hospital shows nearly 16% — both men and women — have some form of sexual dysfunction.

“It (sexual dysfunction) is more evident in males as they have to perform and hence it can be psychologically frustrating. Women also have problems like reduced desire but it is not so obvious. This is the reason we get more men in our clinics than women,” said Dr Sujeet Jha, director of endocrinology, diabetes and obesity at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, which conducted the survey.

The survey looked at people between the age group of 21 and 45 from Delhi–NCR and found stress to be responsible for the low sexual drive in 35% of the people.

“The lifestyle plays a very important role when it comes to sexual health and sexual satisfaction as most sexual dysfunctions result from metabolic problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and obesity besides hormonal problems like low testosterone levels,” Dr Jha said.

Of those suffering from sexual dysfunction, more than 50% are related to the onset of diabetes or other metabolic problems, he said. Nearly 70 million people in India have diabetes.

“There is also a strong correlation between erectile dysfunction and heart disease. Studies have shown that 15-30% of the people suffering from erectile dysfunction have sub-clinical heart disease. So, when a person comes to me with problems of sexual dysfunction, I am worried about his heart and his metabolic syndromes.”

The study also reports a correlation between the amount of travelling a person does for work every day and their sexual health — 83.7% people who do not have to travel much for work show a high sex drive as compared to 76.5% people who do.

Among younger respondents (aged 21 to 30 years), 35% had reduced sexual frequency due to extensive work-related travel as compared to 7% who did not have the stress of travelling.

Erratic sleep can be another factor. The study showed that over 73% of the people who had a good night’s sleep had strong sex drive as compared to 29% of erratic sleepers.

When it comes to smoking, the study showed that 19% of heavy smokers (from 21 to 40 cigarettes a day) had a strong sex drive as compared to 50% non-smokers. However, the study also showed that smokers had no difficulty in achieving sexual satisfaction.

“We need a bigger sample size to conclude anything, but we found young smokers with better sexual performance, although we have to look into the reasons. But we also found that in the older age group it led to reduced sexual performance, meaning smoking impacts sexual drive over the years,” said Dr Jha.

Forty-six per cent of smokers aged between 21- 30 are not very sexually active as compared to 49% of those between 30 and 45 years, the study showed.

The survey by Max Healthcare also showed that people who are physically active have a higher frequency of having sex, but it also enhances their sexual threshold, making it difficult to attain orgasm.