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Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction

Does smoking cause erectile dysfunction?

Smoking causes erectile dysfunciton

Guys, if some of you wonder what’s wrong in the bedroom, here’s a clue. If you want to smoke in the bedroom, quit smoking. New research adds to the evidence that smoking may be a major cause of erectile dysfunction.

While the majority of Americans recognize that cigarette smoking is a health hazard, many are unaware of how varied its adverse health consequences are—despite the vastness of the scientific evidence of such consequences and of their remarkable diversity. Among the least publicized risks of cigarette smoking are its possible effects on reproductive processes and human sexual behavior.

Approximately 30 percent of Americans of reproductive age smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking affects reproductive processes in both males and females. In women, it can adversely affect the menstrual cycle, the function of the fallopian tubes (ducts through which ova [eggs] pass from the ovaries to the uterus), and the viability of ova. As for men, cigarette smoking can decrease both the quality and quantity of spermatozoa and can cause erectile dysfunction (a consistent inability to sustain a penile erection sufficient for sexual intercourse).

For men in their 30s and 40s, smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) by about 50 per cent.

Did you know?

  • The British Medical Association estimates that up to 120,000 men have ED because of smoking.
  • Erection can’t occur unless blood can flow freely into the penis, so these blood vessels have to be in good condition.
  • Smoking can damage the blood vessels and cause them to degenerate: nicotine narrows the arteries that lead to the penis, reducing blood flow and the pressure of blood in the penis.
  • This narrowing effect increases over time, so if you haven’t got problems now, things could change later. Erection problems in smokers may be an early warning signal that cigarettes are already damaging other areas of the body – such as the blood vessels that supply the heart.

 A study looking at the impact smoking has on a man’s ability to get an erection was reported today at the American Heart Association’s annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention being held in Miami.

 “This is not the first study to document an association between cigarette smoking and erectile dysfunction,” says researcher Jiang He, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist with Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, in a news release. But this study is unique in that it looks at other factors associated with erectile dysfunction – also known as impotence — and was able to adjust for these factors, he says.

 Both smoking and erectile dysfunction have often been associated — individually — with plaque build-up in the arteries, called atherosclerosis. The plaque obstructs blood flow through vessels, causing a host of circulatory problems throughout the body, such as erectile dysfunction.

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 In this study, researchers examined data on 4,764 Chinese men — average age 47 — who completed a health survey. Smoking history and quality of sexual relations were among the questions.

Among the findings:

  • Men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes daily had a 60% higher risk of erectile dysfunction, compared to men who never smoked.
  • 15% of the past and present smokers had experienced erectile dysfunction.
  • Men who currently – and formerly — smoked were about 30% more likely to suffer from impotence.
  • Among men who had never smoked, 12% had erection problems.

Sexologist Sidney McGill notes that smoking (no matter what the substance) means inhaling the active ingredients, whether the nicotine in tobacco or THC (the active chemical compounds) in marijuana that cause health problems.  Over the counter erectile dysfunction  pills such as Endurnz and Extenze are often taken to counter act the effects of smoking on the penis and sexual health.

Smoking reduces blood flow to the penisAccording to him, the main risk posed by smoking – the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. McGill notes that the sexual function of men and women depends on the work of blood vessels. If a male smokers suffer more what nibut diseases such as diabetes or hypertension, it could face with a weak erection.

A recent study by Dr. John Spangler of Wake Forest University, U.S., found that male smokers with hypertension is 26 times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, better known as impotence.

Smoking has a fatal effect not only on sexual abuse, but also on reproductive health. Nicotine causes infertility in women and can cause various diseases in the fetus, including cancer.

According to McGill, smoking has a greater impact on men between the ages, as younger members of the stronger sex higher testosterone levels, which protects them from cardiovascular disease.

Researcher warns: the more a person smokes, the more his problems with libido. Many studies have shown that the toxins in cigarettes, have a negative effect on the testicles.

In addition, smoking decreases the density of sperm, its amount, number of motile sperm and the amount of citric acid in semen. Use of nicotine also alters the composition of semen reduces sperm quality and sperm, writes Neboley.

The Tobacco control fraternity are circumspect about the enthusiasm for impotence warning messages. Their argument runs that because impotence is uncommon in younger men, and that widespread advertising for campaigns for impotency therapies construct impotence as a fate awaiting middle and older aged men, that young smokers will greet such messages with incredulity and discount any concern because of its distant threat. This scepticism may even spill over to other warnings. They see the impotence message as alas lending titillating, prurient and possibly a trivialising edge to what they believe ought to be a more “deadly” message. Focus group testing of candidate messages for the recent introduction of graphic pack warnings in Australia saw an impotency warning discarded after those interviewed suggested the warning was unbelievable and “easily laughed off”. However, such a reaction may well have reflected a group dynamics issue in the context of the research setting, with men being ill at ease in admitting concern about erectile problems in front of other men. So is this pessimism reasonable?

Such criticisms can of course also be levelled at all health focused messages because age is the single biggest predictor of the onset of disease and far fewer young compared to older smokers have had personal experience of such outcomes. Like all chronic disease caused and aggravated by smoking, erectile dysfunction is not an acute effect of smoking, but a consequence that develops from years of vascular assault. Importantly, Doll et al‘s 50 year follow up of their British male doctor cohort reminds us that “those who stopped before middle age [age 40]… had a pattern of survival similar to that of men who had never smoked”. Cardiovascular damage from smoking can reverse with smoking cessation and early signs of impotency, generating the distress it can, may act as a powerful motivator for life saving cessation in middle aged men.
Even the most corpulent tobacco control campaign budgets pale into insignificance alongside those for mainstream consumer goods. Experienced tobacco control campaigners understand well that controversial, conversation‐generating health advertising can often generate far greater exposure via associated news coverage and media debate than the ads themselves.
The impotency issue also holds potential to subvert decades of tobacco industry cultivation of smoking as a symbol of male potency. If widespread publicity came to forge a natural apposition between the cigarette and a vision of a flaccid dejected penis, the semiotics of smoking may change radically.

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  1. Kamagra / Dec 1 2011 4:56 pm

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  2. Ivan, bgseo / Dec 5 2011 1:10 pm

    I have learn a lot from this. Maybe you could write more articles relating to this Erectile Dyfunction. I want to learn more issues about it!

  3. chris colbert / Feb 5 2012 10:28 am

    Maybe you could publish your results allowing for confounding factors such as age, medical history ETC..

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