So, just how exactly does smoking contribute to impotence? It is all a matter of blood flow. In order to achieve and maintain an erection one needs a healthy flow of blood to the penis. If there is insufficient blood flow then it is not possible to maintain, or even achieve an erection. This is where smoking rears it's ugly head. One of the effects nicotine has on the body is constriction of blood vessels. This constriction slows the flow of blood throughout the body; including the flow of blood to the penis. Smoking damages the vessels and capillaries that feed blood throughout the body. Even worse, log term smoking can cause permanent damage to the blood system and hardening of the arteries. The smaller and more delicate penile arteries are typically the first arteries damages by long-term smoking.
And this isn't a problem reserved for older men. The damages to sexual performance caused by smoking can even effect younger men. The more that younger men smoke, the greater the chance that they will experience ED now and in the future. Younger men experiencing "equipment failure" may be surprised to find out their problems are caused by their smoking habit.
It is important to know that there are several factors that can lead to Erectile Dysfunction. But it is generally accepted throughout the medical community that an overall healthy lifestyle can lead to improved erections. A healthy lifestyle is a non-smoking lifestyle. Quitting smoking now can immediately start improving blood flow and improve your ability to achieve an erection. Many male smokers have reported that their ED issues were completely reversed once they quit smoking.
So there you have it; smoking does in fact lead to impotence. But the good news is that you have the ability to improve your sex life by living a healthier lifestyle by quitting smoking. If you needed one more reason to quit smoking, this might be the one that helps you to finally get serious about quitting smoking.