The true costs of smoking aren’t just monetary; cigarettes can even take their toll on your sex life
Most smokers initially experiment with cigarettes in an endeavor to fit in with their peers at a young age. To the average youth it looks cool, appears more adult and allows them to strike a ‘rebel stance.’
Ironically, it seems that misguided attempts to boost youthful sexual auras leads to long term problems in that very area.
Recently scientific studies have examined the connection between smoking and libido and concluded there absolutely is one – and it’s a little one!
Specifically, smoking has long been linked to coronary artery blockage, but now we know that arteries in the penis are also damaged by smoking.
In a study of men with penile artery blockage (average age 35), smokers were significantly more affected than non-smokers.
As erections are primarily facilitated by clear blood flow into the penis, unclogged arteries are crucial in maintaining and enhancing one’s sex life.
Nicotine is essentially a vasoconstrictor; it tightens blood vessels and restricts blood circulation. Over time it has been shown to cause permanent damage to arteries.
To compound the affect, another related study found that carbon monoxide within the blood caused by smoking inhibits the production of testosterone – the hormone that initiates the sex drive.
Research shows that around 40 percent of men affected by impotence have a smoking history, a significant figure when you consider it affects only 28 percent of the total male population.
It’s not just men who suffer negative sexual consequences from smoking.
Females should be concerned about impotence too – even if their partner doesn’t smoke.
Just as nicotine restricts blood flow and triggers erectile dysfunction in men, blood circulation is restricted in female smokers too, and may have a negative impact on both sensation and arousal.
Although smokers may have basked in a much misunderstood positive image in the past, it’s increasingly understood that if you want to get it on you need to stub it out!