The tobacco industry works hard to make smoking seem sexy. Companies have long used sexual themes in tobacco advertising as a strategy for increasing the overall appeal of their products. Unfortunately for tobacco companies, reality isn’t on their side. Far from sexy, smoking can negatively affect a person’s sex life in big ways.

There are studies drawing links between smoking and its effect on sexual health particularly for men. A quick internet search on the topic and you’ll soon be thrown a list of stress-inducing results: erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, slower arousal, poor performance in the bedroom and the list goes on.

If the risk of contracting cancer was yesterday’s news and those stomach churning graphics on tobacco packaging weren’t enough to stop you from smoking, here’s a quick round-up of how putting that lighter out for good could fire up your sex life.

  1. Quicker arousal

It’s not you, it’s him. Studies have linked smoking in men to decreased sexual arousal, appetite and satisfaction in the bedroom. On one report it is suggested that non-smoking men had sex nearly twice as often as their smoking counterparts. If the prospect of more sex and greater satisfaction for both you and your partner hasn’t stopped you from reaching for another one, keep on reading.

  1. Firmer, faster erections

A firmer, faster and stronger erection that can last longer and leave both of you satisfied is what all men strive for. Research suggests that men who stop smoking could experience firmer, faster erections. The nicotine found in cigarettes causes blood vessels to contract, restricting blood flow required by our little (or big) friend to get and/or maintain an erection. So, gents, if you want to keep it up, put that cigarette down. Way down.

  1. Increased sexual performance

Ever felt a sudden lack in sexual desire after a smoke? Well, it might also be affecting your performance in the bedroom. Smoking reduces the body’s ability to carry oxygen, an element responsible for producing 90 per cent of our energy. It also wreaks havoc on the airways, lungs and predisposes to heart disease.

Continue to smoke and you could experience an increasing loss of stamina and shortness of breath. Quit smoking and you might just be able to give that 2000 pocket sprung mattress the bounce it deserves.

  1. Higher satisfaction for you and your partner

According to a report published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, a decrease in libido, combined with a fallen ability to get aroused, could give rise to poor sexual performance leaving both you and your partner as satisfied as rhino without mud. When it comes to sex, it really does take two to tango.

If you find yourself struggling with any sexual problems that are related to Early Ejaculation, Erectile Dysfunction, Low Libido, STI or Circumcision. Do get in touch with us to book a consultation with our professional doctors who specializes in Men’s Sexual Health.

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