Stressful work environments seem to be creating emotional and physical health problems not immediately visible
but having the capacity to rock the foundations of family life. Infertility, impotence and sexual problems are
increasing in urban India, and so are divorces according to studies.
While in laws and dowry problems was the culprit behind failing marriages previously, the reason this time round has been traced, for an
alarming number of cases, to the software industry. Along with fat paychecks and top class working ambience, the sector also is reputed for
stressful work pressures, unsynchronized working hours among couples, leading to sexual dissatisfaction and as a result, divorces.
Recent reports from studies conducted in India point out that professional who work night shifts stand at a greater risk of infertility.
Health experts clarify that sexual transmitters like non-adrenergic substances are more likely to be secreted more during nights and when this
time is kept aside for work; couples lose out on valuable time for sex life also bringing down their chances of having children.
A study by a Bangalore based institute to identify the incidence and types of reproductive problems faced by IT couples found that of
the 900 patients examined in a year, 180 had not consummated their marriage, 300, both men and women, had infertility problems, 200 suffered
from penile dysfunction, and 99 had what is known as sexual anorexia or a decreased libido.
Besides irregular working hours, late-night cocktail parties, eating junk food, smoking, anxiety, stress, all can lead to infertility,
impotence, and fatigue. Worrying also is the fact that the drugs taken to combat depression, ulcer, and high blood pressure have the potential
to cause sexual disturbances.
Unless steps are taken to rectify eating and lifestyle habits, things could go out of hand warn health care professionals and researchers.