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Sep 25, 2011

What Smoking Can Do To Your Sex Life

Impotence is the inability to have or maintain an erection. This condition effects roughly 1 in 10 men between the ages of 21 and 75. Risk of impotence is increased to nearly 50% by smoking cigarettes for men in their 30s and 40s. Diabetes, high cholesterol and drugs used to treat high blood pressure also increase the chances impotence.

During an erection, blood flows into the penile arteries causing the veins which drain the penis to become compressed, preventing blood from leaving the penis. This process is significantly impaired by smoking. Less blood flows into the penis if the route is blocked by fatty deposits in the arteries, (atherosclerosis) caused by smoking.
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