School taught us that a positive and a negative make a negative. The same holds true when it comes to good sex and smoking. The cardiovascular ill effects of smoking are well known. However, there is a lot of evidence which suggests that smoking and sexual dysfunctions are, in many ways, directly related to each other.
How does smoking affect sexual health?
Blood circulation plays a very important role when it comes to maintaining an erection and getting sexually aroused. However, it is a well-known fact that smoking alters the blood circulation in the body resulting in the reduced supply of blood to the body organs. There are over 4000 toxins in a cigarette that harm the body in various ways. Smoking regularly can also lead to other sexual problems like low fertility, reduced sperm count, and early menopause. In addition to that, research suggests that erectile dysfunction is an early sign of cardiovascular diseases. Studies also suggest that around 40% regular smokers have issues when it comes to maintaining an erection or performing in bed.
According to Panayiotis M. Zavos, Ph.D., director of the Andrology Institute of America and professor of reproductive physiology and andrology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, "Smoking has a direct, negative effect on the sexuality of a man on every level."
Let’s discuss the ill effects of smoking on your sex life in a little more detail:
Loss of stamina: People who smoke on a regular basis are unable to last long in bed. This is because the muscles in their pubic and groin area are unable to remain stretched for long hours and at the same time, their lungs find it difficult to inhale and exhale quickly. They get tired very easily in bed due to loss of stamina.
Problems during pregnancy: Smoking can cause a variety of sex-related problems like cervical cancer, early menopause, irregular menstrual cycles, etc. In addition to that, smoking cigarettes regularly can adversely block the fallopian tube which restricts the meeting of the sperm and the egg. There are studies that discuss the relationship between smoking and miscarriages.
Reduced blood flow to genitals: In males, an erection is caused due to the flow of blood to the genital area. As smoking negatively impacts the blood circulation in the body, men find it difficult to get or maintain an erection. Nicotine also blocks the arteries with fatty acids which restricts blood flow to the genital area. In the long run, this results in sexual problems like erectile dysfunction.
Fast climax: Multiple studies conducted on people across the world have found that the average ejaculation time for a smoker is very less as compared to that of a non-smoker. Female smokers experience reduced sensations in their genital areas which spoils their overall arousal process and sexual experience.
Loss of libido: Smoking negatively affects the libido of a person as it reduces the production of testosterone in both males and females. Smoking cigarettes increase the levels of carbon monoxide in the body which in turn reduces libido cause loss of interest in sex.
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