Impact of Tobacco on Sexuality

When one associates tobacco with health issues, cancer usually comes first in mind. Now, if it is indeed a disease linked to smoking, cancer is not the only one. Cigarette also has an impact on sexual health.

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December 12, 2018

Effects of tobacco on sexuality

Studies have proven that nicotine has harmful effects on sexual arousal. This is explained by the fact that tobacco has negative consequences on blood circulation. And do not think that heavy smokers are the only ones to be exposed to these types of problems. Even a smoker who considers himself as a low tobacco consumer can actually be concerned. Besides, according to studies, the toxic components of cigarettes – nicotine, carbon monoxide and free radicals – are responsible for vasoconstriction. And this plays a role in sexuality for men and for women.

Men are concerned by erectile dysfunction, since the penis is not correctly irrigated. Studies have shown that 40% of male smokers are affected! Moreover, cigarette smoke also impacts libido, desire, for smoke tends to reduce testosterone secretion. So forget about the association between cigarettes and masculinity you may have encountered; it is actually the exact opposite of reality. For women, having a poor circulation of blood has impacts on the vaginas lubrication, which leads to a vaginal dryness and thus limits sexual arousal.

However, sexual excitement is not the only damage caused by tobacco in the field of sexuality. Fertility is also affected, and not only on women's side. A Singaporean study from the beginning of the 2000’s showed that smoking had negative effects on spermatozoids. Not only their volume and quality are concerned, but their density and viability are also at stake. Furthermore, a folic acid deficiency – phenomenon that concerns more smokers than non-smokers – has for consequence not only a reduction of the number of spermatozoids, but it also leads to potential damages on chromosomes and thus on fetal deformities.

Women are concerned by other incidences: tobacco is known to be the source of 35% of ectopic pregnancies, and smoking multiplies by three the risk of causing a miscarriage in the first quarter. To fulfill your desire for a child, it is thus strongly recommended to stop smoking before the beginning of pregnancy. During the pregnancy, a woman who smokes increases the carbon monoxide in her blood and passes it on to her baby. The fetus does not receive all the oxygen required, and the substances contained in smoke can also cause stunted growth. Babies born to mothers who smoke are also more likely to be premature. Risks existing during pregnancy do not disappear during the breastfeeding period. As a matter of fact, a smoking mother who decides to breastfeed her child passes on to the baby – in addition to all the benefits of maternal milk – the nicotine she consumes each day. It is like putting a cigarette directly in a baby’s mouth. If you desire for a child, it is strongly recommended to both woman and man to quit smoking. This will increase the chances for her to get pregnant with a viable embryo well implanted, and eventually give birth to a healthy child.

Far from the image conveyed by cinema, smoking is not favorable for sexuality. Indeed, with time, tobacco has negative impacts on a fulfilled sexual life, and reduces the full ability of men and women to have children. Also, smoking has damaging effects on a harmonious and balanced relationship between people.

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