Can Smoking Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Jay Motola Health Pro December 05, 2006
  • I’m 26yrs old and have had erectile dysfunction since I was 16 yrs old. I have tried everything available from Viagra to injections and the doctors and urologists have not got a clue what can be the cause of this, also it isn’t physiological – I smoked heavily since I was 12 years old up until I was 20 years old, and smoked cannabis heavily since I was 15 years old until I was 20 yrs old. I personally think that this could be the cause but doctors are not sure. For the past 4 years I have not used alcohol; I eat healthily and exercise regularly, but still nothing has helped my impotency. The only option left is to get a 3 piece penis prosthesis, which I have been on the waiting list for 2 and a half years for.

    It is true that the microcirculation can be affected by the effects of long term cigarette smoking; however at younger ages, I do not suspect that this is the underlying etiology. Psychogenic dysfunction is more likely the cause of the erectile dysfunction.

    Younger men are also not usually candidates for penile prostheses and in this case, it would be helpful to seek out additional consultation to help determine the true cause of the sexual dysfunction.

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