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Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Can smoking cause impotence?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Male smokers may be at risk for impotence, which is the inability to either achieve or maintain an erect penis. While the juries still out, some studies have found a link between these two issues.

    Nicotine lowers blood flow to the penis, which makes it harder to get an erection. Think of penile blood flow as water shooting out of a garden hose. Then nicotine ambles over in a garish Hawaiian shirt and absently stands on the hose, causing it to go limp.

    Over time, damage done to the blood vessels by smoking can affect a man's ability to achieve or sustain an erection. In other words, although it's not 100% clear that smoking will cause impotence, the evidence out there suggests a link. By not smoking, you are probably lowering your chance of having erection problems. To my mind, that sounds like reason enough to put down the cigarettes.
  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Yes, guys, smoking can cause impotence (erectile dysfunction, or ED). If you're a male smoker, your chances of having bedroom trouble are a lot higher than a nonsmoker - sixty percent higher if you smoke a pack a day or more. Smoking causes atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which affects blood flow to the penis. Not enough blood, no erection. Quit the cigarettes and your circulation everywhere, including to your penis, will improve.
  • AIvan Hernandez, MD, Psychiatry, answered on behalf of Bayview Center for Mental Health, Inc.

    Smoking can produce vascular disease, which leads to decreased blood flow. Decreased blood flow to the penis is one cause of erectile dysfunction.

  • ARobert S Kaufmann, Internal Medicine, answered
    Yes it does.  The penis is a circulatory organ so if you effect the blood vessels you can effect the ability for the penis to have an erection.  Anybody with peripheral vascular disease or any other medical  problems who smoke will have severe problems so definitely any circulatory organ will have difficulty if you continue to smoke.
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