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How does smoking cigarettes affect your sex life?

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  • AHarry Fisch, MD, Urology, answered
    When most people think of the health hazards of smoking, they naturally think of consequences like lung cancer. But smoking does a lot of other bad things to your body, some of which are directly related to things that guys care a lot about: their sexuality and fertility.

    Smoking makes it harder to get and maintain an erection because it releases adrenaline and other stimulating compounds that clamp down on the flow of blood to the penis. Less blood means weaker erections and erections more likely to fail. (Maybe that's why people often smoke after making love -- doing so beforehand can put a damper on things.) In studies of erectile dysfunction, smoking consistently ranks as one of the biggest modifiable risk factors.

    Smoking may also hurt a man's ability to father children. Several studies show that men who smoke have lower sperm counts, on average, and their sperm are somewhat more likely to be abnormally shaped. Both of these factors lower a man's fertility; so if you're trying to have kids, try to kick the habit first.
  • AMadeleine Castellanos, MD, Sexual Health, answered on behalf of Good In Bed
    Before cigarettes kill you for good, they will first kill your sex life. Cigarettes can be just as fatal to your sex life due to the components found in the smoke itself, and especially the active ingredient nicotine and its effects on blood flow. In fact, smokers are about twice as likely to develop erectile dysfunction than non-smokers. The World Health Organization estimates that about 1.5 billion people throughout the world smoke cigarettes, with more than 46 million of these in the U.S. alone. No surprise then that nearly 40 million Americans identify themselves as being stuck in sexless marriages - how many of these people are smokers?
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