AHMEDABAD: After 9/11, research showed couples took to sex as a stress-buster in the US. Psychologists are now curious about the impact of the
market meltdown on sex lives.
Findings in Indian bedrooms primarily show that sex lives suffer when the sensex is on a high or a low. And recession is likely to put the sex lives of many Indians in the deep freezer. A joint research has now been undertaken to study the impact of the financial crisis in bedrooms across India, the US and Europe.
The study, supported by the World Association of Sexologists (WAS), will cover the impact of the worstever financial crisis staring in the face of couples between the sheets across the world.
Ahmedabad-based sexologist Paras Shah is conducting the Indian part of the research along with New York-based Judy Kuriansky on how the global recession is affecting testosterone levels and thereby hampering performance of men and women in bed. These researchers will tie up with a sexologist in Europe to complete the picture and present the findings at a WAS conference in Sweden in ’09. Given the financial crisis, the study gains importance as sex is a relationship binder and many couples are teetering on the edge of separation due to pressures of losing money and intimacy, says Dr Shah.
Of the 97 subjects that Dr Shah enrolled for the study so far, nearly 15-20 are on the brink of divorce as the money lost on bourses even claimed their physical intimacy. A majority of them are under 35 years of age, some married for just one or two years. Dr Shah has titled his study, ‘Teji ma time nathi, mandi ma mood nathi (No time for sex during a bull run, no mood for it during a crash).
“Most of my patients are directly or indirectly linked to the stock market. When the sensex had touched the 21,000-mark, I got women patients complaining that their husbands had no time for sex. Now that it has crashed, men are turning up by the dozens, saying they don’t feel like having sex. Poor performance in the bedroom further pushes them into depression and leads to marital discord,’’ says Dr Shah.
Doctors say the findings indicate that the financial crisis is lowering testosterone levels in men, causing erectile dysfunction. “The average finding is that testosterone has dropped to 250 ng/dl (nanogrammes per decilitre) as against the normal 300-1,200 ng/dl. For good sex, the levels of hormone should be above 400,’’ says Dr Shah.
Doctors cannot wait for the findings. “After 9/11, the US had embarked upon Armageddon sex, producing babies, while a similar research during the 2002 Gujarat riots showed sex had taken a back seat as Indians do not really bust stress through sex,’’ says Dr Shah.
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