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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Male Impotence as a Consequence of Smoking

Impotence Due of Smoking
Tobacco use is popularly known to be a significant health concern. Nevertheless, there are still millions of men and women throughout the world who continue to use different tobacco products. The majority of anti-tobacco education and advertising efforts greatly focused on the traditional warnings of heart disease, lung cancer, as well as pregnancy complications. However, in the last two decades it has been found out that there is a significant link between smoking and male impotence. Now, if stroke, heart disease, and various cancers are not enough reason for men to quit smoking, then they have to be aware that the habit increases their risk of erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction is also called as impotence or ED. This refers to a man's inability to sustain an erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse. The majority of men experience brief periods of erectile difficulties which are nothing to worry about. But when one has the inability to reach or maintain an erection for a few weeks, or even months, then medical help should be sought. Erectile dysfunction causes anxiety, stress, and affects self-confidence which can have a great impact on relationships.

There have been emerging researches showing that men who have a pack-a-day habit are nearly 40% more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than those who don't smoke. Smoking delivers nicotine and vasoconstrictors that close down the blood vessels. For those who smoke less than a pack every day have 24% risk for erectile problems. And as the number of consumption increases, so are the chances of ED. Different literature about the link of smoking and impotence describe various mechanisms for the link. They have found evidence that ED can be caused directly by smoking-induced reductions in nitric oxide concentrations, which is responsible for impairing the endothelium-dependent relaxation of arteries, and indirectly by smoking-induced atherosclerosis.

A considerable number of men who are suffering from erectile problems are ashamed to discuss the problem with their doctor. But experts highly recommend that they should see a doctor. The reason is not merely because the said condition is often effectively treated, but because erectile dysfunction could be a sign of underlying health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or cardiovascular diseases, diseases and conditions which could be life-threatening. When an underlying health problem has been detected and effectively treated, then ED may have been resolved as well.

Smoking Causes Male Impotence
Signs and Symptoms of ED

  • difficulty to achieve erection
  • inability to sustain an erection
  • reduced libido
  • only achieves erection during masturbation, not during sexual intercourse
When a man sees or feels something that could be sexually stimulating, the brain sends signals that tell the muscles in the penis to relax, which then results in the engorgement of the corpa cavernosa (two tubes that run the length of the penis). This is what causes the penis to harden and expand. As these tubes expand, they press against the veins that carry blood away from the penis and effectively blocking them, making the penis stay erect. But because of smoking, it becomes difficult for the blood to flow and cause an erection. Thus, seeing the doctor and quitting smoking are some of the best ways to end this suffering and enjoy and live a normal life.


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