How many reasons do you need to quit smoking?
Here’s an important one for you – cigarettes can be detrimental for your sex life. The toxins found in tobacco smoke can interfere with your ability to have great sex in a couple of ways.
So what exactly is it that smoking does to ruin sex? There are a number of important things to keep in mind, especially if you’re struggling with a sexual problem already.
#1 Smoking And Erectile Dysfunction
The nicotine found in tobacco products has a powerful impact on the cardiovascular system. It makes the blood vessels narrow, enabling little blood to pass through.
You probably already know that an erection occurs when blood enters the corpus cavernosum of the penis. If the blood vessels are narrower, it would be very difficult for the penile tissue to get properly filled with blood.
As a result, smokers are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than non-smokers.
Smoking also makes ED worse in people that already suffer from the condition. Research suggests that quitting has a profound positive impact. According to one study, 75 percent of the smokers who previously suffered from ED overcame the problem after they quit.
#2 A Negative Effect On Sensation
During intercourse, the male and female genitalia become engorged with blood. This is an important element of arousal. It contributes to more intense sensations and sex being an incredibly pleasurable activity.
If nicotine can constrict blood vessels to a degree causing ED, it can also have an impact on the sensations experienced during sex.
A study that had smokers and non-smokers watching porn revealed that the non-smokers reached a full level of arousal faster than the people that used tobacco products. What’s even more important – this high level of excitement didn’t contribute to faster climax for non-smokers.
Both men and women that smoke are likely to experience less intense sensations during sex due to poor circulation. The issue may get even more troublesome in the case of accompanying issues – hormonal imbalances, chronic stress, obesity, etc.
#3 Fertility Problems
Trying to get a partner pregnant? If so, you need to quit smoking right now.
Cigarette smoking is linked to a lower sperm count and reduced sperm motility. This means it will be more difficult for you to get a partner pregnant. Fertility problems are even worse in men that have other poor lifestyle habits – a bad diet, sedentary lifestyle and excessive alcohol consumption.
If you’re incapable of getting a partner pregnant in approximately a year and a half, chances are that you’re experiencing a fertility problem. See a doctor to determine what the issue might be and weather cigarettes are contributing to it.
#4 Low Libido
If all of this wasn’t enough, there’s another disastrous sexual problem that results from the use of tobacco products – low libido.
The male libido is heavily dependent on the production of testosterone. The hormone regulates sexual desire and it also plays an important role in male fertility.
Smoking increases the carbon monoxide levels in the blood. In the long run, carbon monoxide inhibits testosterone production. Low testosterone will cause you to lose your sex drive. The effect could be severe enough to have an impact on your relationship.
#5 Less Stamina
Smokers have a decreased lung capacity and their stamina is generally low.
Sex is a physical activity. As such, it required good breathing, energy and stamina. Smokers could have problems with those, which means they’re not going to last long in bed. On top of that, the exertion will feel far from pleasurable in the case of a reduced lung capacity.
You may feel that quitting is impossible but there are things you can do. Talk to your physician and inquire about the most effective methods for quitting. If going cold-turkey isn’t the right approach for you, there could be other things to do.