While erectile dysfunction (ED) is pretty common in men, there are still numerous guys who’re oblivious about the causes.
Many factors can have an impact on sexual performance and potentially contribute to a less than satisfactory erectile response. Cigarette smoking is one of them.
If you’re looking for yet another reason to quit, you’ll definitely need to read the following article.
The Causes Of Impotence
Erections involve a couple of complex and delicate processes.
For an erection to take place, the corpus cavernosum of the penis has to get filled with blood. This will happen if the blood vessels and the heart are in a good enough condition. Having more blood entering the penis will contribute to a bigger and harder erection.
Any problem with the heart or the cardiovascular system can interfere with male erections. The impact could be so serious that a cardiovascular issue may lead to complete impotence.
Guys that have heart problems, high blood pressure or atherosclerosis are more likely than others to experience ED. The same applies to individuals that are either obese or overweight, as well as pre-diabetic men or guys suffering from type 2 diabetes.
The Link Between Cigarette Smoking And ED
Keeping the previous explanation in mind, it’s easy to see what the link between ED and cigarette smoking is.
The tobacco in cigarettes supplies the body with nicotine. Nicotine is a drug that makes the blood vessels narrower. As a result of this constriction, smaller quantities of blood get to pass through.
This is the main reason why men who smoke a big number of cigarettes per day and the smokers that have an already existing cardiovascular problem are at a higher risk of experiencing sexual problems like ED (not to mention infertility).
Researchers have been working on establishing the link between cigarettes and ED for some time. They’ve managed to produce a couple of interesting clinical studies.
Evidence-based analysis was published in the Journal of Urology in 2001. Researchers went through medical literature relevant to smoking and sexual dysfunctions.
All of the studies provided strong indirect evidence that cigarette smoking contributes to cardiovascular problems, which in turn are linked to issues with the erectile response.
A study called “Do Cigarette Smokers with Erectile Dysfunction Benefit from Stopping?” was published in the BJU International journal in 2004. The smokers (281 people) who volunteered underwent nicotine replacement therapy.
Before the beginning of the experiment, the correlation between the number of packs smoked and ED was assessed.
Researchers found that the severity of ED was correlated to the number of packs that the men smoked per year. In the end of the experiment, 118 of the patients quit and 163 continued smoking.
Within a year, the non-smokers saw a serious improvement in their ED status in comparison to the smokers.
Get Some Help
For many men, ED is an embarrassing issue to talk about. They don’t seek the assistance of an experienced urologist and suffer in silence.
If you have ED, however, you should know that treatment options do exist. Talk to your physician first and you’ll have your overall health assessed. It’s very important to rule out a medical issue prior to seeking an alternative solution.
Are You A Smoker?
If so, the time is right to quit. Cigarettes are affecting your sex life and they’re increasing your risk of experiencing cardiovascular problems. While it may seem impossible at first, there are many methods that you can try to quit and there’s also professional assistance that some smokers find beneficial.
People who have tried to quit previously but have failed may benefit from drafting a motivational list. Sit down and write about all of the reasons why you want to get rid of the nasty habit.
Needless to say, having better sex is a very nice objective to work towards.