Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction: 5 Shocking Facts

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking, side effects

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is characterized by repeated problems or difficulty sustaining an erection. Men with this condition often have a healthy libido, however, their body fails to respond. This does not only make sexual intercourse stressful but also detrimental to their well-being and intimate relationship. It may cause him to feel unattractive, and may cause his partner to feel rejected. According to the study carried out by the Massachusetts Male Aging, around 18-30 million American men suffer from ED.


Here are some important facts that link smoking with ED

ED is common among smokers.

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While erectile dysfunction is more common among older men, aging does not always resort to this condition. ED has also been linked to other health problems such as diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), kidney failure and multiple sclerosis. However, a huge body of scientific evidence suggests that ED is more common among smokers.

Cigarette smoking hinders blood flow, increasing the risk of ED.

Lifestyle choices may also hamper blood flow, leading to problems with erection. Among the major lifestyle factors for ED is smoking. Erectile dysfunction is mainly a problem with blood flow to the penis. Other factors that increase the odds of erectile dysfunction are substance abuse and excessive alcohol drinking.

Nicotine has a direct impact on the blood vessels. Cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals that hinder the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body by damaging the blood vessels. Nicotine, in particular, restricts blood flow into the penis, making erection more difficult.

Regular smokers have 60% chance of suffering from ED.


DID YOU KNOW?

It is highly possible to recover from erectile dysfunction after quitting smoking. The problem however depends on the degree of damage inflicted by smoking on the man’s body. The longer the time spent on smoking, the greater its effects on his reproductive health.

A 2003 study carried out by the American Heart Association adds to the growing evidence that smoking may be a major cause of erectile dysfunction. In this study, researchers asked 4,764 Chinese men, with average age of 47, to complete a health survey. The results showed that men who smoked 20 cigarettes every day were 60 percent more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, compared to men who never smoked. Furthermore, men who smoke and those who smoked in the past were 30 percent more likely to suffer from impotence.

Stopping may significantly cut ED risk.


It is highly possible to recover from erectile dysfunction after quitting smoking. The problem however depends on the degree of damage inflicted by smoking on the man’s body. The longer the time spent on smoking, the greater its effects on his reproductive health. In 2004, research by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences revealed that stopping smoking may significantly reduce a man’s risk of ED. Furthermore, stopping may also increase the rate of recovery among those who are already suffering from it.

An enjoyable and satisfying intimate relationship starts with good health. Erectile dysfunction, which is one of the most common reproductive health problems in men, can be caused by varying factors such as age and the presence of a health problem. Nevertheless, studies have shown over and over again that smoking may also result to ED. To cut your risk or improve your chance of recovering from this debilitating condition, STOP SMOKING TODAY. Not only will it protect you from ED, its amazing benefits to your reproductive health will make your intimate life much, much better.


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