As we all know, there are quite a few health risks that come with smoking, and unsurprisingly one of those is erectile dysfunction.
Well, as you know smoking can damage just about every part of your body. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can injure the lining of your blood vessels and affect the way they function. Those chemicals can also harm your heart, brain, and kidneys, along with other tissues throughout the body.
The risk of smoking to your erectile health is mainly due to the effects that those cigarette chemicals have on your blood vessels in the penis. An erection results when the arteries in the penis expand and fill with blood after receiving signals from nerves in the penis. The nerves usually respond to sexual arousal signals from the brain. Even if the nervous system is operating well, an erection may not be achievable if the blood vessels are unhealthy, possibly due to smoking.
So, what do you do?
Well, obviously you get help. The sooner you can deal with your erectile dysfunction, the better. If you don’t have a primary doctor already, make an appointment with a urologist. Erectile dysfunction is a very common health problem. You may, however, be advised that one of the things you should do is quit smoking.
If you have attempted to quit smoking before, do not assume that quitting is impossible. Instead, take a new approach. Here are some recommendations from The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:
- Make a list of the reasons you want to quit and why your earlier attempts were unsuccessful
- Pay attention to what triggers your smoking
- Get support from family and friends
- Talk with your doctor about prescription medications designed to help with smoking cessation
- Find new alternatives to smoking
- Be prepared for cravings and setbacks