Erectile Dysfunction

How do Alcohol, Smoking and Lack of Sleep Affect Potency?

Almost everyone knows about dangers of smoking, alcohol, drugs, sleepless nights. Only few people can give up bad habits, while others lead their habitual way of life, not realizing that it worsens health, leads to infertility, impaired reproductive function, chronic diseases.

In this article, we will talk about how smoking, alcohol, drugs, nightlife affect potency of men.

Enemy №1 – Alcohol!

bad habits and potencyAlcohol, used in large doses, has the most destructive effect on person’s sexual life. Daily use of half liter of strong liquor or equivalent amount of alcohol in the form of wine, vodka or beer for only five to eight years can cause complete loss of sexual function. There is evidence that 80% of hard drinking men observe impotence, infertility, sharply reduced sexual desire.

Male sex glands, testes, which cells are gradually destroyed, are most likely to be affected by alcohol, as a result of which you remain with atrophied (wrinkled) testicles. One of the main functions of male sex glands is production of male hormone testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for occurrence of sexual desire and potency. Excessive use of alcoholic drinks for a long period of time leads to significant decrease in production of testosterone, which manifests itself in reduced sexual desire and development of impotence.

In addition to testicles, alcohol has damaging effect on liver cells, which, among other things, leads to violation of hormonal balance, and the body produces excess female sex hormones. There are also data on toxic effects of alcohol on brain regions that control pituitary gland, which in its turn controls production of sperm and testosterone in testicles.

In addition to testosterone, testicles also produce sperm. As a result of destructive effect of alcohol, content of spermatozoa in it drastically decreases, and in the end it leads to infertility, that is, to impossibility of having children. Strangely enough, it is the latter circumstance that makes the greatest impression on men, forcing them to take closer look at their health.

Alcohol can have negative impact on your sexuality also even if you are not a chronic alcoholic. Some violations can be observed even after isolated cases of abundant libation. If the morning after a party you have hangover, which means that amount of alcohol consumed was sufficient to cause temporary drop in testosterone levels.

Enemy №2 – Smoking!

In comparison to alcohol, role of smoking in development of sexual disorders is not so well studied. However, there is reliable information about its harmful effects on male potency, and equally it has to do with both immediate reaction and longer term tendency. Smoking increases risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, which in themselves are also capable of causing impotence.

Smoking only two cigarettes with high nicotine content immediately before sexual intercourse can inhibit development of sexual excitement and cause significant weakening of erection, even in young healthy men. Its role is probably played by direct vasoconstricting effect of nicotine, which leads to decrease in lumen of small blood vessels that provide blood supply to penis. The result of lack of adequate blood filling is weak erection or even complete absence of it.

Studies have shown that smokers have reduced blood pressure in vessels of penis, which again indicates unsatisfactory blood supply of this organ and certainly contributes to development of impotence. And level of this decline is directly dependent on length of smoking period and number of cigarettes smoked per day.

In general, it can be said that smoking is one of risk factors for development of impotence, not yielding in its degree of influence to many serious diseases. Its influence on male body is mainly explained by vascular reactions, in particular, narrowing and clogging of blood vessels that provide blood filling of penis.

It is quite clear that smoking is not the only factor that causes problems with erection, so sometimes giving up cigarettes is not enough to restore potency. However, think about more than a third of men who could regain their erection without any additional treatment, only due to the fact that they stopped smoking.

So if you value opportunity to continue your sexual relationships, remember: by smoking pack or more cigarettes a day, you are approaching time when you will be no longer able to do it. In addition to the number of cigarettes smoked per day, your experience as a smoker also counts. And with increasing of your experience of smoking, its harmful effect on your body also accumulates. Smoking not only contributes to narrowing of blood vessels, but also contributes to development of atherosclerosis, a disease at which walls of vessels become rigid and brittle.

Of course, taking into account influence that cigarettes and alcohol have on your sex life, you must take into account their complex interlacing with other social factors and human relationships. Strict abstinence from cigarettes and alcohol still does not guarantee you complete absence of sexual problems in future, just as you can not predict how much lost sexual function is to be restored if you manage to overcome your habits. But we always come to the fact that with age we have to take care of our health as much as possible, and therefore we need to get rid of potentially dangerous and harmful factors, to which alcohol and smoking addictions are fully attributed.

Enemy №3 – Narcotic Substances!

Unfortunately, drug use is becoming common in our society.

Immediate effects of psychoactive substances on sexual sphere of a person are extremely diverse and largely depend on social factors. For the most part, however, single use of a small dose of substances such as marijuana, cocaine and amphetamine causes feeling of emancipation and increases sexual susceptibility. But, like alcohol, use of large amounts of these drugs leads to violation of sexual reactions such as erection, ejaculation, and their continued use causes progressive loss of sexual desire, which in men manifests itself in the form of loss of erection and ejaculation.

Heroin and other opiates suppress sexual reactions in almost any dose. With chronic use, marijuana suppresses sexuality. In addition, marijuana, like other drugs, damages chromosomes, thereby causing genetic mutations.

Enemy №4 – Lack of Proper Sleep, Chronic Fatigue!

narcotic drugs withdrawalPotency is greatly influenced by the degree of your emotional and mental fatigue. Ways to combat such fatigue – a long healthy sleep. Have a good enough sleep every day, not just on weekends. Absence of full sleep, nocturnal lifestyle leads to the fact that man’s immunity decreases, «heart problems» can arise, chronic diseases can become aggravated.

The easiest and most enjoyable way to avoid problems with erection is regular sex. Everything is fine: sperm is produced actively, prostate gland is working at full power, but only on one condition – you do not get infections.