image:(Thinkstock)Male Reproductive System Damaged Because of Smoking - Male smokers are significantly at risk of impotence (erectile dysfunction) than non-smokers.
The longer you smoke, the higher the risk you get. Thus the conclusion of a study conducted by researchers Millet, C., Wen L.M., and a team published in the journal Tobacco Control in 2006.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient to achieve satisfactory sexual performance.
Erectile dysfunction can have an impact on a man's ability to have a satisfying sex life and can hamper their ability to have children.
There are several causes of erectile dysfunction. Circulatory problems and blood vessels are the most common physical causes.
According to the Board of Science and Education and Tobacco Control Resource Center, the British Medical Association, smoking can also contribute to the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Atherosclerosis occurs when there are constriction and blockage of the arteries, resulting in a reduction in blood supply, including the blood supply to the penis.
In addition, nicotine in cigarette smoke can cause vasospasm (temporary constriction of the penile artery) and this can also affect blood flow to the penis.
Other studies have also shown evidence that smoking aggravates other disease risk factors that increase the risk of erectile dysfunction, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes.
These risks are not limited to ordinary tobacco cigarettes but include smoking cigars and exposure to tobacco smoke by the environment.
Smoking can also affect the development and quality of sperm, reduce sperm count and reduce semen volume. Toxins in tobacco smoke such as cadmium, nicotine, benzopyrene can damage genetic material in sperm cells.
Is that just the loss suffered by men because of smoking? No! U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and research published in the journal Human Reproduction Update 2000 (Smoking and reproduction: gene damage to human gametes and embryos) says children of fathers who smoke can experience increased risk of cancer during its development.
Researchers suspect it happens as a result of damage to sperm father.
In addition, smoking is also associated with an increased risk of invasive penile cancer. This risk is about four times more than non-smokers.
Quitting smoking will reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction. For those who are already experiencing erectile dysfunction, some studies suggest that quitting smoking can aid recovery. Stop right now or never try to smoke.