Why smoking causes ED

Smoking Causes ED

Smoking is one of the risk factors for vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED). Smokers have a significantly reduced ability to get a strong erection, sufficient for a full sexual intercourse.

The cause of vasculogenic ED is incorrect blood circulation, which can be caused by prolonged or frequent smoking.

Men who smoke for more than 10 years, are at an increased risk of atherosclerosis, in which:

  • Plaques and clots are formed on the walls of blood vessels.
  • The lumen in the penile artery is blocked.
  • The arterial flow to the penis decreases.

Prolonged smoking also causes a decrease in the oxygen blood concentration and increases blood viscosity. As a result of this effect, blood circulation slows in cavernous tissues of an inveterate smoker, which leads to a disruption of the erectile function.

In men who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, the blood vessels are constantly in a spasm, which leads to a violation of blood circulation in the male genitalia.

After quitting smoking, spasms of blood vessels decrease, and blood coagulation gradually recovers. Thus, blood circulation in the genitals gradually improves in men, who quit smoking, and their erectile function restores.

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