How Smoking Causes Erectile Dysfunction

It is common knowledge that smoking actually causes a restriction of blood vessels which ultimately leads to artery blockages. If a man’s penis is receiving insufficient amounts of blood to and through it a man may not be able to achieve or maintain an erection.

Smoking is actually one of the most common reasons for impotence. Clinical studies have showed that being a smoker may increase a man’s risk of erectile dysfunction in men between 30 and 50 years by 50 percent.

Considerable Damage Is Done To Smokers

Not only does smoking affect a man’s ability to form an erection but it is also responsible for decreasing a man’s sperm count, increasing sperm mortality and decreasing a man’s sex drive.

Other Factors Which Contribute To ED

There are a number of other lifestyle factors that make a man more likely to suffer from impotence. Being overweight and not exercising often are possible causes sexual dysfunction. Cigarettes contains nicotine which causes restriction to the arteries. If this occurs, the chemicals released occurs when a man becomes aroused cannot adequately send the right signals to allow a penis to relax. Instead there is a restriction of blood flow to and through the genital area.

How Nicotine Impairs Blood Flow

When nicotine travels through the arteries it restricts the ability to trap blood flowing specifically to the penile tissue and thereby makes it more and more difficult for men to keep an erection for sexual intercourse.

How To Prevent Impotence

The best way to prevent it is to not smoke or quit smoking asap. The three ways to do reduce your chance of suffering from sexual dysfunction include:

1. quitting smoking

2. talking to a doctor about the problem

3. speaking to a therapist or joining a support group

If these three methods do not work to stop a man’s smoking addiction then the next step would be using a preventive ED treatment as a man reaches around 30 years of age or when the first signs of symptoms appear.

Even through impotence is not a life-threatening medical condition it can compromise overall well-being and quality of life for both a man and his partner.

Author:  Ian Hastings ,

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