Does Smoking cause Impotence?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 15, 2012

Does Smoking cause Impotence

Smoking can most certainly cause impotency. Even though, the causes of impotency ranges from physical injuries, psychological factors, surgery, nerve damage to diseases but smoking also significantly contribute to impotency.

To the surprise of many, recent researchers have found out smoking to be one of the main culprits behind impotence. So if you haven’t found the reason to quit smoking then it’s time to consider benefits of smoking cessation on your sex life.


[Read: Kick the Smoking Habit]


How Does Smoking cause Impotency?


Latest researches have shown direct link between regular smoking and impotence. However it does not happen overnight. Instead smoking cigarette for a long time leads to conditions that increase risk of impotency and other sexual dysfunctions


  • Researchers have found that smokers are twice at risk of impotency than the non-smokers. In order to understand the effect of smoking on sexual health it is essential to understand the process of erection. Rapid and sudden blood flow to penis causes erection. Anything that inhibits this process leads to erectile failure. Smoking leads to fatty deposits and lead to abnormally low blood flow thus making it hard to achieve erection.
  • Smoking leads to nicotine stimulation to the brain, which cause contraction of penile tissues.
  • Regular smoking can lead to condition known as venous dilation wherein, the value mechanism of penis (responsible to keep blood in penis) is damaged.
  • People who have been smoking for long (more than eight years) and those who smoke more than thirty cigarettes a day are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction.


[Read: What Smoking Does to your Body]


A study conducted in Australia showed that smokers are 27% more likely to experience erectile dysfunction. Smoking was found out to have significant impact on erection. In another experiment done on smokers, the controlled group was given candies and smoker subjects were given two cigarettes to smoke before watching an erotic movie. It was found out that smokers had mild erection than the controlled subjects.


[Read: Curing Impotency Naturally]

Impotency that is caused by smoking doesn't respond well to the medications. Since smoking damages endothelium and weakens the response of nitric oxide, drugs such as viagra are not effective for its treatment.


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