A man who finds his wife’s salary is eclipsing his own may feel that earnings difference in the bedroom — and not in a good way.
That’s according to a new study that found that men who made less than their wives were more prone to require impotence drugs, compared to when the income gap was the other way around.
Admittedly, the difference wasn’t much: Men who were out-earned by their wives were 10 percent more likely to take drugs for erectile dysfunction, said study co-author Lamar Pierce, an associate professor of strategy at Washington University in St. Louis.
However, even a relatively small difference in income between the spouses boosted the odds that a man might need pharmaceutical help in the bedroom.
“Men who make [even] $500 less a year than their wives are 10 percent more likely to take ED medications than men who make $500 more,” he noted.
The study was published online recently in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.