It’s no secret that bad habits don’t have a beneficial effect on health, they just hurt. Smoking is mistakenly considered the least dangerous habit, but it is not.
After all, tobacco smoke adversely affects all systems and organs in the human body. And, of course, men’s health is also disrupted. How does smoking affect men's potency? This article answers this question.
Effects of tobacco smoke on blood vessels
Smoking and potency are incompatible things. This is caused by damage to the bloodstream, including the genitals.
Oxygen is the most important component of the vital activity of every cell in the human body. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen.
Thus, during each breath in the lungs, the erythrocytes in the pulmonary circulation are saturated with oxygen molecules.
With the next heartbeat, saturated red blood cells enter the systemic circulation and carry oxygen through the arterial bloodstream.
Once the blood cells (erythrocytes) have given up oxygen, carbon dioxide is extracted from the cells and returned to the heart through the venous current.
Red blood cells enter the small (lung) circulation again and are released from the carbon dioxide in the lungs, which is exhaled.
The same process takes place when smoking, but the erythrocytes carry tobacco smoke molecules saturated with harmful substances instead of oxygen:
- Carbon monoxide;
- Nitrogen oxides;
- Hydrogen cyanide and about 4, 700 other chemically toxic compounds in varying proportions.
Nicotine is a substance that causes addiction and the development of addiction to smoking.
Tobacco toxins also affect the circulatory system.
Thus, smoking products affect the deposition of cholesterol in the blood vessels, provoking blood density, i. e. , the risk of thrombosis increases.
Smoking strongly constricts blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to small blood vessels and capillaries throughout the body.
Such processes affect the whole body and the causes of such diseases and pathologies are:
- Brain (smoking causes headaches, irritability, insomnia, brain cancer, stroke);
- Digestive system (disorders of the digestive system, loss of appetite, severe intestinal disorders - diarrhea, gastritis, peptic ulcer);
- Vision (impaired visual acuity, amblyopia (tobacco), cataracts);
- Affects hearing sharpness - hearing loss;
- Teeth (yellow plaque, tooth loss, gum disease);
- Nail plates in shades of yellow;
- Skin (dark circles under the eyes, gray skin tone, early wrinkles, skin pigmentation);
- Cardiovascular system (hypertension, ischemia, heart attack, severe damage and thinning of the walls of the blood vessels, edema, varicose veins, gangrene);
- The combination of smoking and potency is manifested in pathological processes such as impotence, poor sperm motility. In women, the pathology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor force activity.
After reviewing the list, you need to think about whether the cigarette is worth the risk of developing such consequences.
How does smoking affect potency?
Does smoking affect potency? The impotence of smokers is precisely the damage to the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis.
In addition, the process of vascular deterioration can be observed even in novice smokers and passive smoking (common presence in smoky rooms).
In addition, the suppression of the endocrine system affects the health of men. During a toxic attack (smoking), the body enters an emergency mode.
The functions of the endocrine glands are to protect the immune system and other systems in the man. But there is no more energy and strength to produce testosterone (the secret produced by the prostate gland).
The effectiveness of smoking depends on the duration of smoking and the number of cigarettes smoked, but even one cigarette affects erectile activity and reduces it by 20%. Smoking is often combined with frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages and daily stress.
Transient impotence can be attributed to nervous work, overload, but not smoking. Of course, stress and alcohol also affect men’s strength, but smoking is not the last. Quitting smoking can restore a normal erection over time.
How does smoking affect potency? According to statistics, of the 120, 000 middle-aged men (aged 28-52) surveyed, they have temporary or permanent erectile problems (impotence). However, only 15% of men (impotent) recognized the relationship - smoking and potential in men.
Decreased testosterone levels inhibit sexual desire, and "libido" drops to almost zero. This problem should lead one to the idea of finding out what is causing the potency to be impaired.
One of the main causes of erectile dysfunction is the effect of smoking. So smoking 1 pack of cigarettes a day leads to male impotence in 60% of cases.
Smoking and impotence are directly related. But along with erectile function, reproductive function is also impaired, meaning that smoking degrades the quality of sperm. According to statistics, in 75% of experienced smoking men, sperm are unable to fertilize the female egg.
Treatment of tobacco dependence
The negative effects of smoking on the potency of men necessitate measures to stop smoking and restore erectile function.
In order to get rid of nicotine addiction, a smoker with impressive experience lacks the willpower, and withdrawal syndrome manifests itself in significant deterioration in health.
Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include:
- Increased appetite;
- Inability to concentrate (distracted by the thought of a cigarette);
An integrated approach that combines the elimination of psychological and physical components should be used to address this addiction.
The psychological factor of nicotine addiction is eliminated by hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, reflexology, drugs. The craving for smoking decreases during treatment.
Reflexology - Acupuncture is very popular on hotspots and boasts good results.
This method can significantly reduce the rate of dependence and eliminate the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Smoking is considered more potent than alcohol or drug addiction. 60% of men who smoke need professional help. Only 5% of long-term smokers quit successfully and completely without outside help.
Before choosing a treatment method, the health status of the smoker and the severity of the nicotine addiction must be determined. The severity of the addiction is determined by psychological tests, such as the questionnaire of Karl Fagerström (Sweden).
The simplified form of the questionnaire consists of three questions:
- How many cigarettes are smoked per day?
- How long does it take to smoke your first cigarette?
- Is your urge to smoke strong or do you have withdrawal symptoms?
These data are enough to find out the true condition of the man and choose the treatment method.
Smokers most often try to forget about the smoke break by replacing it with snacks. In this case, you need to monitor your calorie content so that you do not gain weight.
It is recommended to follow a separate diet - in small doses, but often.
With this diet you can make up for the smoke breaks in time. Mint and lollipop as well as nicotine patches help well.
After two hours of giving up bad habits, including smoking, the body begins to clear itself of nicotine, 2-3. day sputum tobacco sediment leaves the alveoli, the circulatory system already supplies oxygen to the body, not the burning of tobacco. Products. The craving for nicotine subsides within a month.
Along with restoring the structure of the blood vessel walls, the circulation of all organs and systems, including the penis, improves, which means that smoking cessation helps to normalize the potency and quality of sperm.
Therefore, it is worth forcing yourself to stop this addiction and improve your lifestyle qualitatively.
Former smokers believe quitting smoking is difficult but possible. If the smoker did not start smoking again within six months, this time is enough to completely cleanse the body and gradually restore all functional abilities.