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Can impotence caused by smoking be reversed?

Updated February 21, 2017

For men, one of the most alarming risks of smoking is impotence. If you find it hard to quit smoking for other reasons, curing or avoiding impotence might be the reason you need to quit.

How Does Smoking Cause Impotence

According to Ahealthymecom, the link between smoking and impotence is the fact that nicotine causes your blood vessels to constrict tightly, restricting the flow of blood to your penis.

The Effects of Impotence

Impotence has a negative effect not only on your sex life, but your self-confidence, and possibly your partner's feelings about you.

Can Quitting Cure Impotence?

Medical News Today reports that quitting smoking can eliminate the risk of impotence caused by smoking. However, if you have irreversibly damaged your blood vessels, you may still experience some trouble with erections.

How to Quit

Your doctor may prescribe medications to help with cessation and impotence. You can also try other therapies such as hypnosis, acupuncture or acupressure.

When to see Your Doctor

If you cannot get an erection, you should see your doctor as soon as possible for a complete physical examination.

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About the Author

Leslie Lane has been writing professionally since 2007. Her areas of expertise include landscape and garden design; trees, shrubs and perennials; plant care; and plant pests and diseases. An education in landscape horticulture from Lansing Community College is paired with several years experience working for one of Michigan's premier wholesale/retail nurseries and growing farms.