Risks of Smoking to Penis Health
Smoking for many years has been known to be harmful in terms of causing heart attacks and other problems related to blood circulation. Chain smoking over several years clogs up the arteries in the human body. When blood flow is restricted and clogged, several organs start to fail without proper blood.
The penis is no different than any other part of the body when it comes to being affected by smoking. In fact, the penis is at more risk than other parts of the body as the arteries that flow into the penis as are especially narrow or thin. The result is that these arteries are the first to be affected in the human body.
When these arteries get affected, the men start to have trouble getting an erection on maintaining an erection. For a penis to be erect, it depends on blood flow. The penis is like a balloon that holds blood. When it is erect, it has three chambers that are full of blood. When an erection subsides, the chambers contract back to normal size with the blood flow returning to normal levels. When the arteries flowing into the penis start to get clogged up, the man struggles to get an erection as these chambers do not receive enough blood. The penis is either limp or at a half erection. This is the problem that is commonly known as erectile dysfunction or ED.
Who is at risk of erectile dysfunction caused by smoking?
Anybody who smokes more than 3 cigarettes a day
Middle aged men in the 30+ age group are especially susceptible to the ED risk of smoking.
A person who is a smoker and who is also overweight. Having a lot of fat in your body makes your heart work harder as it has to pump blood at a faster than normal rate to push it through the clogged arteries.
If one starts to develop ED, he should take it as a strong sign of potentially far worse problems. One of the biggest reasons for ED is clogging up of the arteries into the penis as discussed earlier. It is ideal to give up smoking in general for health reasons. The onset of ED should give you a very strong incentive to quit it for good. The ED should be treated as a warning sign. You body is trying to tell you that the arteries are starting to clog up and it will eventually start to clog up the bigger arteries as well.
Could years of smoking have reduced my penis size?
It could have done so. The reason is that the reduced blood flow might have caused the penis chambers to become smaller. The penis chambers all have cell walls around them. When the blood flow is weak or not at optimum levels, the cell walls start to thicken. As they thicken, the chambers are able to hold less and less blood thus becoming smaller. People who are completely inactive sexually will also face a similar problem. For those who are smokers with even a very active sex life, damage of smoking is still possible over a long period of time and it is just best to quit to be on the safer side.