Though advertisements and films have glorified smoking, the reality is that the habit is far from sexy.
We know smoking can cause a plethora of health issues, and aside from lung and digestive problems, male smokers can develop erectile dysfunction if they don’t kick the habit out of their lives for good.
Studies have shown that smoking has a strong correlation with men who develop erectile dysfunction. Nicotine, carbon monoxide, and free radicals in cigarette smoke damage blood vessels and sexual arousal, affecting interest in intimacy and physical performance.
If you’d like to remain sexually healthy for the rest of your life, it would be best to stop smoking for good.
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At Smokefree Clinic, we offer a range of strategies to help you quit smoking, which, in turn, can help treat erectile dysfunction caused by smoking. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at how smoking can cause erectile dysfunction in men.
Can Smoking Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
If you’re wondering whether smoking can cause sudden erectile dysfunction, the short answer is yes.
Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, refers to the inability to produce and maintain a stable erection. In order to get an erection, the penis needs to fill itself with blood so it can enlarge and become firm enough for sex.
Smoking impacts blood circulation, which is necessary for an erection. In other words, smoking disrupts the blood vessels in the penis, which means that producing an erection can become difficult or impossible.
As mentioned, dangerous chemicals and nicotine affect smokers physically and mentally. Cigarette smoke constricts blood vessels and affects your cardiovascular performance. Nicotine intake has also had a negative correlation with sex drive in men.
It’s also a fact that erectile dysfunction is not exclusive to older men. In fact, smokers as young as 20 can experience problems with blood circulation, which can lead to erectile dysfunction.
So, if you want you and your partner to feel satisfied by performing better, it’s best to kick smoking for good.
How To Cure Erectile Dysfunction
Fortunately, research shows that quitting smoking can prevent and aid in curing erectile dysfunction.
In a 2011 eight-week quit program, an all-male group of sexually active smokers participated in erectile testing. At the end of the study, 75% of the group that had quit smoking were free of erectile dysfunction.
With nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other dangerous substances from cigarette smoke out of their systems, these men were able to produce firmer, wider erections. Compared to those that had relapsed, this group reached the highest level of sexual arousal more quickly, without climaxing.
From this, we can see that quitting smoking can significantly improve orgasmic function, perceptions of arousal and can cure erectile dysfunction.
However, we also have to keep in mind that smoking is just one contributor to erectile dysfunction. Other factors that can cause erectile dysfunction, such as high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyles, obesity, and other comorbidities, can also affect the way you perform in bed.
Alongside quitting smoking, some mental and physical activities that help with nicotine withdrawals may help you improve your erectile dysfunction too.
How to Get Started Quitting Smoking
Fortunately, there’s a seamless way to stop smoking for good. With the help of GPs and the right tools, you can quit within a month and stay smokefree for more than a year.
Go Through First-Line Solutions First
You need a nicotine prescription before you can purchase NVPs. As a second-line solution, one requirement is that you’ve already tried and failed to quit smoking with a first-line treatment, such as NRT products.
NRT products (like patches and gums) are the most trusted quitting option available for motivated smokers. They might not imitate cigarettes, but they contain a small dose of nicotine that may be enough to alleviate your withdrawals.
While NRTs can be effective, they don’t work for everyone. If these haven’t done the trick for you, you may now be eligible for a nicotine prescription.
Chat to a GP
As mentioned, NRT products have worked for many successful ex-smokers. But, you might have ingrained behaviours and triggers that only something that mimics a cigarette can successfully address, such as the hand-to-mouth motion, and needing something to use while having a drink with friends.
If your GP deems it necessary, they can write you a nicotine prescription for NVPs.
You can chat to your usual GP about this, or book a bulk-billed phone chat with an authorised prescriber of nicotine.
Visit Your Local Pharmacy
Once you have your nicotine prescription, you can pop down to your local pharmacy. Over 2,200 pharmacies across Australia hold these products in-store, but any pharmacy can order these in for you if they don’t currently stock them.
Both your pharmacist and GP can advise you on how best to use the product, such as the initial setup, and the number of puffs to take when you feel withdrawals.
Use Pharmacy Nicotine Vaping Products (NVPs)
NVP products sold in pharmacies are made under stringent pharmaceutical standards on the manufacturing process and ingredients, are toxicologically assessed for inhalation, are locally insured, and are specifically designed to help you stop smoking.
They can only be purchased via pharmacies with a prescription from your GP. Your pharmacist and GP can guide you on the proper way to use these.
They’ve also been proven to work better than NRT products. The latest Cochrane Review found high-certainty evidence that NVPs are more effective than NRT in helping people stop smoking.
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We know you’re reading this post because you want to learn about treating erectile dysfunction and quitting smoking.
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