As we often see in cigarette advertisements, smoking can cause impotence. In health, yes, for men, nicotine can cause erectile difficulties. However, in addition to causing impotence, he said smoking can also make the penis shorter. Wow, really?
Can smoking make penis size shorter?
Smoking can cause lung cancer, it is an unavoidable fact. So is impotence, but what about ‘penis shortening’? It turned out to be true too.
Loh, really the size of the penis can change when we have gone through puberty? Penis growth does stop after puberty ends. Everyone has a different time, some guys will probably have a fixed penis size at 16 years old, and some may have a longer time.
How does smoking affect penis size?
So how can smoking cause penis size to be shorter? Several studies do prove this statement. Actually what is shortened here is the size of the penis when erect. The size has decreased due to the substances contained in cigarettes. One example is nicotine.
When nicotine is inhaled (both for active smokers and passive smokers ), these substances will enter the blood vessels. Meanwhile, for an erection, you need healthy blood vessels (arteries), so that they can widen, so that blood will flow to the penis. The blood will be trapped in the corpora cavernosa (part of the penis) and an erection occurs.
Well, what is the relationship between nicotine and blood vessels? Nicotine can cause hardening and impair the elasticity of blood vessels. Researchers found damage to the flexibility of blood vessels not only occurs in the lungs and heart but also in the penis. As a result, your erection will become shorter because the blood vessels cannot dilate as normal. You certainly do not want, do you, penis size to shrink due to the puff of cigarette smoke that you inhale?
This statement is reinforced by a Boston University School of Medicine study involving 200 men, the results concluded that smokers have a shorter penis size when erect compared to non-smokers. Even though you can still get an erection, you still don’t get the maximum size when you get stimulated.
Of course, this will be a problem for you and your love relationship. The shrinking size will affect your psychological condition so various psychological problems begin to appear. Over time, this condition can also trigger difficult erections or erectile dysfunction.
Smoking also lowers sperm quality
Yes, in addition to shrinking in size during erection, smoking can affect sperm quality. This can affect the sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg. Sperm become unable to survive to make their way to the egg.
Sperm cells carry two proteins called protamine 1 and protamine 2. But based Mohamad Eid Hammadeh, Ph.D., lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of the Saarland, Germany, quoted by WebMD, said the average smoker only carries protamine 2 only. This imbalance makes sperm vulnerable to damage.
Although the sperm cells successfully penetrate the fallopian tube, the sperm is unable to fertilize the egg due to the imbalance. Still, according to Hammadeh, men must stop smoking for three months if they and their partner are undergoing a program to have children or an in vitro fertilization (IVF) program, aka IVF, where fertilization is carried out in a laboratory with medical procedures.
Can the penis return to its original size after quitting smoking?
Quoted to Men’s Health, there are about 20 men who quit smoking, and the result is that the penis can be erect with a longer size. Of course, you may rarely measure your penis size when erect, so it looks normal, there is no difference. Especially when you have been a smoker for a long time, you certainly do not realize the size of the penis before smoking. But you can try to measure it, before and after a few months of quitting smoking.
When you stop smoking, blood circulation increases again, blood pressure returns to normal. If you have erectile dysfunction, then after quitting smoking, the ability to get an erection will slowly return. The benefit of getting rid of erectile dysfunction and penile shrinkage is that you become more confident and get your sex life back.
Quitting smoking is difficult, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. There are several ways you can do this, from drinking ginger tea to hypnosis. The important thing is that you don’t just give up.