A major impact
The chemicals in cigarette smoke have a huge impact on a number of bodily functions. Your sexuality is no exception. In spite of the dangers of smoking such as lung cancer, heart and cardiovascular issues, low immunity, and even a propensity to picking up chest infections, as well as many other health issues, people are actually very reluctant to make the effort to quit smoking.
However, some folk get concerned when they weigh up the abundant evidence that smoking can have a very negative effect on their sex life, from erectile dysfunction to a lack of sex drive. It is common knowledge that cigarettes are full of harmful chemicals, which do damage when you are between the sheets.
Smoking and fertility
Smoking can affect the fertility of men and women. Here are some of the ways:
- The chemicals in cigarette smoke hinder the ovarian cell’s function of making estrogen.
- Females are born with all the eggs they will ever have, and they are lost or die as time passes. Smoking speeds up this loss of eggs and can result in early menopause and fertility issues.
- In men, smoking has been linked to a change in the shape, as well as the function and motility of the sperm. This may result in it being more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, bearing in mind that the female-only releases one mature egg when ovulating.
- Smoking is also associated with a lower volume of semen and a reduced sperm count.
A good chance of achieving a healthy pregnancy without fertility hassles may be dependent on both prospective parents quitting the smoking habit.
Smoking and your sex life
Smoking can affect your sex life in the following ways:
- Nicotine from smoking increases the levels of carbon monoxide in the body which then reduces the production of testosterone in both men and women. This leads to a reduction of the sex drive.
- The nicotine in cigarettes may narrow the arteries and affect your blood flow to all parts of the body, including the genital areas, where a good blood flow is needed for strong erections. When sexually aroused, nerves in the brain promote the production of certain chemicals to increase the flow of blood to the penis and make it firm.
- Women who smoke may suffer from decreased vaginal lubrication and a higher risk of delayed orgasm during sexual intercourse.
- Studies have also shown that some women who smoke derive less enjoyment from sexual encounters than they should.
Although smoking is inhaled into the lungs, this is where the chemicals and poisonous gases are absorbed into the bloodstream, which goes to all areas of the body.
Smoking can damage your heart
The toxins in cigarettes may damage your heart. These chemicals in the bloodstream cause the blood vessels to narrow, making the heart work harder just to get the blood through. They can also make the walls of the arteries inflamed and sticky, allowing bits of fat and plaque to build up until the artery is almost blocked.
If this happens and a complete blockage occurs, you may have a heart attack, or a stroke, which could prematurely end your life. Experts agree that you should consider quitting while you can.
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