Is There a Link Between Smoking and Premature Ejaculation?

An important question that we’ve recently been asked is whether smoking is linked to premature ejaculation in any form. The simple answer to this is a resounding yes.


Premature Ejaculation may not be the most talked about subject, but it is a common sexual problem faced by Australian men. In fact, a study published in March 2006 found that almost 20 to 30 percent of the population face this “incompletely understood” dysfunction.


So while premature ejaculation isn’t the stuff dinner table conversations are made up of (unless, of course, they are in your house, in which case, NOICE!), this is an important subject that needs to be addressed so that it may become of a less taboo topic.


This post talks about how smoking and premature ejaculation are linked and what could be possible solutions to the problem, besides the obvious where one stops smoking! But before that, here’s a quick explanation of what is premature ejaculation and why it is so common.


What is Premature Ejaculation Exactly?


It is easy to get confused between different subjects like premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, and low sex drive. To put it in the simplest of terms, premature ejaculation is when there is a lack of control over ejaculation, causing it to happen sooner than you may want it to.


However, premature ejaculation is much more complicated than simply “cuming too soon”. Premature ejaculation can be classified into two main types:


Primary: When one has faced premature ejaculation from almost their first sexual encounter, and it happens a majority of the time during sex, this may be primary premature ejaculation.


Acquired or Secondary:If one starts facing premature ejaculation after a certain time, with no indications of this previously, this may be acquired or secondary premature ejaculation.  


How Does Smoking Cause Premature Ejaculation?


Smoking is considered extremely harmful to the human body. This is nothing new in terms of information.


However, if we delve deeper into specifics of how smoking impacts the body, we will learn that the toxic chemicals present in cigarettes and cigarette smoke have the ability to damage the lining of your blood vessels, subsequently impacting how these blood vessels function. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this will have a corresponding impact on your penis since erections are pretty much dependent on blood flow.


To explain this better, here’s how an erection happens. In response to arousal signals from the brain, the nerves in the penis signal to the arteries in the penis to increase blood flow and expand.


Now, if your blood vessels are damaged from all the smoking or smoke inhalation, it’s going to be hard (see what I did there!) for your penis to become erect.


Studies have also found that smoking may cause a reduction of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is what helps the muscles in the penis to relax, allowing the arteries to fill with blood and help the penis become erect. Here’s an interesting study that talks about the levels of nitric oxide and how this may have an impact on premature ejaculation.   


In Conclusion


Based on scientific evidence, it is easy to conclude that smoking isn’t really doing any favours to your sex life. Treating premature ejaculation can be done through a mixture or combination of behavioural techniques, physical exercise, as well as medication. Of course, the first step to overcoming this problem would be to consult a doctor who will be able to give you a clear diagnosis.


Helping you take control of your sexual health is one of our primary goals and motivations, here at BIOV8. With the perfect balance of specialised knowledge and the training of qualified doctors, BIOV8 is here to help you smash those goals. Get in touch with our friendly team.