Nicotine Effects on Sexual Function
Erectile dysfunction devastates the functional success and pleasurability of tsexual intercourse. In 1998, The Massachusetts male ageing study suggested that the incidence of ED at around 20% and this data was further reinforced by the 2001-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which showed, based on questionnaire findings, that nearly 20% of males aged 20 or older experienced erectile dysfunction. That number jumps to 50% or more when other health factors exist, such as smoking or high blood pressure or diabetes.
Nicotine Effects On Sexual Function – The Importance of Blood Flow
Nothing is more basic to a successful sexual experience, both for men and women, than good blood flow. Blood engorges both male and female organs during intimacy. Most realize that smoking is damaging, but many are not aware that the nicotine found in cigarette smoke, chewing tobacco, some electronic cigarettes, and even nicotine gum has a predictable effect of slowing down blood flow.
Nicotine Effects On Sexual Function – The Negative Effect of Nicotine on Blood Flow
This occurs through the Nicotine, which activates receptors called nicotinic receptors, which then cause activation of muscles that shrink blood vessels. Just the word shrink as it applies to sexual function sounds bad. Shrinking a blood vessel is like crimping a garden hose, and when that garden hose called a blood vessel is clamped off by nicotine, the organs that are so dependent on blood supply simply cannot fill up and perform their intended function.
Nicotine Effects On Sexual Function – The Good News
The good news is that endocrine researchers have found that the clamping down effect can fairly rapidly improve with the removal of smoking and nicotine. They measured penile tumescence, a measure of firmness with males who smoked and then stopped, and found that tumescence improved within days of smoking cessation. So once the smoke and nicotine are removed, the garden hose kink is relieved, and blood is allowed to flow more freely to the appropriate location!
Nicotine Effects On Sexual Function – The First Step Toward More Hot Monogamy
As a physician, stopping nicotine use and smoking is the first behavior that we encourage patients to adopt. The reward of immediate improvement in sexual function is often rapidly apparent, and deeply gratifying to patients and their partners. So stop the nicotine and look forward to the start of a new and improved intimate experience!