Can Smoking Cause Impotence?
Smoking is bad for physical health, but did you know that it could also affect your sexual health? It is common knowledge that smoking tobacco could lead to serious medical conditions such as lung cancer, chronic lung disease, and heart disease. However, there has been research that has shown results that smoking can have a negative effect on your sex life.
Does Smoking Tobacco Affect Your Sex Life?
- Lower Sexual Desire/Low Libido: Smoking lowers testosterone levels in individuals along with increasing the levels of carbon monoxide in the body. The latter, too, reduces testosterone production which can lead to a lower libido.
- Erectile Dysfunction: Nicotine, present in cigarettes, negatively affects blood flow which is significantly important for apt sexual function. Furthermore, cigarettes can also cause inflammation in the blood vessels which only worsens the blood flow required to sustain an erection. Smokers have an increased risk of developing ED regardless of their age or any commodities they may have.
- Infertility/Impotence: Tobacco use can affect fertility in both men and women - from DNA damage in the egg/sperm to reducing the chances of pregnancy. If the male suffers from ED, this too can make it hard for a couple to conceive.
Sexual health is as important as physical and mental health. In most cases, one consultation can go a long way. If you have concerns with smoking and have experienced any sexual dysfunction symptoms, consult with an expert today. Personalised, discreet, and judgement-free treatment at your fingertips - book an online consultation with one of Allo’s leading experts.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Sandip Deshpande