How Does Smoking Affect You Sexually?

Do you smoke cigarettes often? If you answered yes, then you might want to read this article.

If you are a smoker, it is important that you know the effects of your habit on your sex life and how it can impact your partner’s sexual health as well. You should be aware of the negative consequences of smoking before you start smoking again.

How Does Smoking Affect Your Sex Life?

Smoking affects many aspects of our lives including our physical and mental health. It also has an effect on our social life, family life, career, and even our love life.

Smoking has been linked to numerous diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses. It also increases the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and depression.

Not only do smokers have higher risks of these illnesses but they also face problems in their relationships. These are the ways in which smoking can impact your sex life. 

Your Sex Drive

It might be a surprise to you but smoking is known for decreasing a person’s sex drive. This can happen to both men and women to smoke. The reasoning behind having a decreased sex drive when smoking is simple.

Smoking is known to lower testosterone levels in both men and women. It does this because smoking increases the levels of carbon monoxide in your body.

The increased levels of carbon monoxide have a direct impact on the levels of testosterone in the body as it reduces the production of testosterone. 

Testosterone plays a major role in increasing one’s libido. This means that if you are not getting enough testosterone in your body, then you will not feel aroused or ready for sex.

Sexual Performance

Another thing that smoking can cause is poor performance during sex. When you smoke, you increase the amount of carbon monoxide in the body.

Carbon monoxide is known to interfere with oxygen delivery to the brain. It causes vasoconstriction (tightening) of blood vessels. This makes it difficult for oxygen to reach the brain.

As a result, you may experience erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or maintain an erection. It is common among smokers who use tobacco products.

The good news is that there are things you can do to reverse this problem. One way of doing so is by using nicotine patches. They help deliver nicotine directly into the bloodstream without exposing the user to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.

This doesn’t just apply to men. There have been recent studies to suggest that smoking can also impact a woman’s ability to reach an orgasm.

This is due to the nicotine reducing blood flow so the blood flow to a women’s labia and clitoris is reduced. This can cause them to not become aroused. 


This might not quite be part of the sex life you were thinking of. However, if you are someone who is trying to have a baby and you smoke, then you should know there is a link between smoking and fertility issues.

In fact, smoking is one of the most common reasons why couples struggle to conceive. Studies show that women who smoke have a greater chance of miscarriage than those who don’t.

Men who smoke also have a higher rate of infertility. This is because smoking decreases sperm quality. If you want to improve your chances of conceiving, then quitting smoking is a must. 

Of course, not only does smoking impact sperm quality, but the things we have listed above that smoking harms could also be impacting your fertility. 

How Quitting Smoking Will Make Your Sex Life Better

So what can you do about all of these problems? Well, first off you need to quit smoking. You can do this by going cold turkey or using nicotine patches. Both methods work well.

Once you have quit smoking, you will notice some positive changes in your sexual health. Your sex drive should return to normal. You will also notice that your erections will be more consistent.

You will no longer suffer from erectile dysfunction. Finally, you will find yourself becoming aroused much easier. All of these benefits come from the fact that you are no longer exposed to the negative side effects of smoking.

These are some things you might notice about how quitting smoking will make your sex life better. 

Faster Erections

The problem with smoking is that it decreases blood flow. If you are a smoker, you might have noticed that you are struggling to get an erection quickly because of the reduced blood flow.

Well, once you quit you won’t have these problems anymore. In fact, you’ll notice that the time it takes to get an erection is reduced. This means faster erections. 

You’ll also notice that your erections are a lot firmer than before. This is all due to the fact that your blood flow is no longer restricted. 

Women Will Be Sexually Aroused

This issue with restricted blood flow doesn’t just affect men, it affects women. Now that women’s blood flow is not restricted, they will find that they are able to become sexually aroused. 

If we are being honest, the issue with arousal concerns both men and women when they are smoking. Both men and women will find it takes less time for them to become aroused once they stop smoking. 

Better Sexual Performance

Smoking has many different negative impacts on our bodies. One of these is that it reduces our performance during sex.

When you smoke, you are putting stress on your body which makes it harder to perform. This might be in the form of being short of breath, after all, smoking affects your lungs and oxygen. 

When you stop smoking, your body is able to have the right oxygen levels in your body and your lungs aren’t suffering as a result.

This means you won’t suddenly become out of breath when you are in the bedroom. You’ll find you will have an increase in stamina which is something that is desired. 

More Satisfaction

Finally, smoking has been linked to lower satisfaction in relationships. The poor sexual performances and lack of libido can really lead to less satisfaction in your relationship.

The great thing about quitting is that these problems are eliminated. So you and your partner are guaranteed to be more satisfied as a result. If this isn’t a good enough reason to quit, we don’t know what is. 

Final Thoughts

So if you are having problems with your sex life and you are someone who smokes regularly, smoking might just be the problem. It could be affecting your ability to have a healthy sex life. This could be impacting the relationships in your life. 

However, there are ways around this. First of all, you need to quit smoking altogether. Secondly, you need to ensure you are getting plenty of rest and exercise.

Thirdly, you need to eat a balanced diet. By doing all of these things, you will find that your sex life will improve dramatically.

We hope that you found this article useful in working out how smoking can be having a negative impact on your sex life. Please share this article with others you think this article would help. 

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