When it comes to cigarette smoking, erectile dysfunction is just one of the negative impacts. Smoking is addictive due to nicotine and quitting from it is a struggle. On one study1 researchers found a connection between smoking history and sexual function. This study was conducted on 4,764 Chinese men whose age at average is 47. Here are the findings;
- Smoking over 20 sticks of cigarettes per day could result in over 60% risk of erectile dysfunction than men who don’t smoke.
- Fifteen percent of both present and past smokers developed erectile dysfunction.
- Men who never smoked only had 12% erection problem, which probably due to stress or other unhealthy lifestyle practices.
Fortunately, there is good news. According to a different study2, simply quitting smoking can improve erectile dysfunction condition in a considerable proportion of men who smoked. Another study3 also found quitting smoking can significantly enhance sexual health looking at long-term perspective regardless of the baseline for erectile problems. This means men who smoke and quit smoking enjoys a boost in erection quality, and so does men who don’t smoke enjoy a similar improvement in the quality of erections and even sexual satisfaction.
Before getting into ways of quitting smoking, let us first learn how cigarette smoking causes erectile dysfunction.
In the past, quitting cold turkey is the most widely use technique for quitting smoking. However, the majority of smokers don’t find it easy and it’s usually a struggle. Moreover, many who have tried cold turkey but eventually relapse and return to smoking again. The benefits they’ve experience are negative once they return smoking cigarettes. One trick of quitting smoking is somewhat a blessing in disguise, which means after quitting smoking, there is no much positive changes notice. In fact, most of the noticed changes during the first phase of quitting smoking are negative like coughing, intense craving for cigarettes and among many others.
This is when most people who quit on their own and yet don’t have any clear goal about quitting don’t succeed. It seems the body is showing bad signs upon quitting, but in fact, it begins its restoration for the damage being made through smoking for years. However, this restoration process is not pleasant most of the time. Think of it like a road in town in the process of restoration and repair. In the beginning of the repair, there won’t be any order as traffic jams are everywhere, and people are angry due to heavy traffic, and add to it the dust and noise it causes during the construction process. However, as the project comes to its completion, things change as well as the ambiance. It is now better and it just a matter of time when the road opens again for traffic and people experience smooth travel.
Quitting smoking undergoes a similar process and if the person doesn’t seek assistance from people who really know the consequences to undergo during the quitting journey, one might think that quitting is a torture. So, with that, here are three ways to quitting smoking that might be able to help anyone who wants to put an end to his or her smoking career.
1. Seek Counselling and Support Group
If you’re really serious about quitting smoking aside from doing research knowing how to quit properly and what are the possible effects along the way, seeking a support group is really helpful. Normally, there are quit smoking support group from all over the country, not just in the United States but from other countries as well. In the United States, you’ll find many online support groups like SmokeFree.Gov where you can consult an expert on how to go about quitting and what things to be done when things get worst during the process. You can also find various other online support groups and forums listed by WhyQuit.com.
2. Talk To Your Doctor
Probably, the next thing you should do in order to support you during quitting after consulting a support group is to consult your doctor and ask professional guidance to quit. Throughout the quitting process, your doctor can also monitor the changes specially negative changes being notice, yet it’s the body starting its repair process for the damage tissues through years of smoking. This way, once you find it’s something positive even if you feel it’s negative, motivation to stay on track of the quitting process is always high. Knowing exactly what’s going on inside the body during quitting provides more confidence, and eventually the constant high motivation to keep on track.
The doctor also can assist and give particular temporary solutions to ease the intense cravings for instance, but usually, cravings usually last for 5 to 10 minutes and when you can get over it, it will be gone. However, it keeps coming back so make sure to be ready. Doctors may recommend some kind of nicotine replacement therapy which comes in various forms including patches and gums. Although these solutions help, but if you can do it without it… go for it. You have been there enjoying the cigarette, yet it destroys the body. Now the reverse is happening…feeling sick during quitting but the body is doing its job to return to a healthy state.
3. Take Medications When Necessary
As mentioned earlier, NRT or nicotine replacement therapy can be helpful during times when intensive cravings for cigarette occur. NRT helps in reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms by giving the body just a little nicotine but not too much where to a level similar to smoking. Through this method, the body experience a gradual decrease of nicotine dose and eventually eliminate it from the body. NRT are both available through doctors prescription like Chantrix and Cyban, or natural formulation that can be bought over the counter from an online store like Amazon.com. Among the NRT that do not require prescription include NicoDerm CQ, and Nicotine Transdermal System that are both in patch form. Other forms of NRT like gums, spray, and even tea are also available.
There you have it! The 3 ways to quitting smoking for those who have difficulty going cold turkey. Keep this in min always, if you fail the first time, it does not mean you’re a failure. Try again and the second time you try it, be more confident you can do it and seek more support and seek ways that can divert your attention when cravings for cigarette comes along. If you’re quitting for the sake of health, you’ll thank yourself later that you persist and keep on going. When it comes to sexual health, you’ll be happier you did quit.
Sure, using Penomet pump as part of the overall penile health therapy is helpful. But, if smoking is still present, it won’t be much of a benefit. Healthy sex life hugely depends on the body’s overall health and wellness. When fixing something such as improving erection quality, all other consideration should also be taken, and that’s the body’s overall quality of health.
What About E-Cigs or Electronic Cigarettes?
Now you’re thinking, and yes I hear you about e-cigarettes. A lot of people promoting e-cigs for quitting smoking. However, not that e-cigs are not safe at all. Early studies found e-cigs contain harmful chemicals just as those found in a real cigarette. It may not be as many, but definitely harmful when it is used in the long run. According to gaspforair.org, there are over 40 chemicals identified in electronic cigarettes.
On the other hand, according to PHE(Public Health England) as reported by The Guardian, e-cigs is safer compared to real cigarettes. In one recent study4, researchers discovered e-cigarettes emit toxic chemicals it get hotter with use. One of these toxic chemicals is formaldehyde, which was also found in previous studies5. It is clear that harm is present in e-cigs. And, although some people who already quit smoking through e-cig found it helpful, it should be used accordingly.
How To Use E-Cig Appropriately To Quit Smoking?
There are 3 ways in which one can take advantage of e-cigs as a quit-smoking tool.
- Upon switching to e-cigarettes for the purpose of quitting, don’t divert the attention of quitting. Quitting should still be prioritized while using e-cig to ease the intense feeling of cravings during the process.
- Use only e-cigs when cravings occur. Do not use e-cig when there is no cravings happen and it is important to keep in mind always to minimize using e-cig and only use it when cravings are unbearable.
- Use e-cig as a tool to quit and not a replacement to cigarette. Most people are using e-cigs as a replacement to cigarette and when that happens, these people maybe able to quit real cigarette smoking, but replace it with another, which is e-cig. And, as mentioned earlier it contains numerous harmful chemicals not healthful in the long run.
On the other hand, just recently this month of August 2015, another news heats up the internet and various media outlets about e-cigs. This time it’s about teens using e-cigs who will likely to smoke tobacco according to an NIH funded study. 6
But that’s not all. One recent study as reported by ABCNews… More Teens Using E-Cig Devices to Vaporize Pot.
I guess we’ll leave that to the authorities for control and regulation for the use of e-cigs. On the other hand, using it responsibly and accordingly for quitting smoking purposes can helpful. Checkout the tips about on how to use e-cig for quitting smoking and stay on track on your goal until you are a smoke-free and gain back your health and wellness.
- Cigarettes send male sex life up in smoke ↩
- Do cigarette smokers with erectile dysfunction benefit from stopping?: a prospective study ↩
- Association between smoking cessation and sexual health in men ↩
- Emissions from Electronic Cigarettes: Key Parameters Affecting the Release of Harmful Chemicals ↩
- Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols ↩
- Teens using e-cigarettes may be more likely to start smoking tobacco ↩