A medical expert has revealed that the effects of smoking cigarette on men’s penises include shrinkage and erectile dysfunction.
Based on his clinical experience of over 17 years, Marc Laniado, who is a Harley Street Urologist, explained: “I see erectile dysfunction a great deal.”
Laniado’s warning comes as part of Vice’s Change Incorporated mission to get people in the United Kingdom (UK) to quit smoking cigarettes for good. Penis shrinkage is a decrease in penis size. Sometimes, the shrinkage is permanent, and other times, it is the result of a treatable condition or due to lifestyle habits. Penis size varies amongst men, and in some cases, considerably.
A study shows that neither race nor ethnicity has anything to do with penis size. While many men may think they have above average size penises, most fall into the range experts consider normal size. However, the comment of the urologist underscores the impact of smoking on the male reproductive organ.
Laniado has been a consultant since 2002 in full time clinic practice specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of men with prostate cancer and Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Speaking further on the damage cigarettes wreak on the penis, he said:
“To have a firm erection, you need sufficient blood flow.” On the contrary, Laniado explained that smokers have a higher incidence of artherosclerosis in all blood vessels, including those in the penis, which can reduce blood flow.
“The chemicals in smoke may also have an effect on firmness; nicotine causes blood vessels to become narrow. This can be temporary or – eventually – permanent,” reported the ‘Mirror’.
Worryingly, Laniado similarly noted that smoking cigarettes could also cause the penis to shrink over time. Citing the examples of the ordeals of some smokers who experienced shrunk penises, he explained:
“Often they will say ‘my erection is not so good; I don’t wake up with an erection in the morning as much as I used to or my penis isn’t quite so hard when I’m having sexual relations’.
“But also sometimes, people say that their penis is getting shorter as they get older, as smoking stops the blood flowing through the penis, which stops the spontaneous and nightly erections that are needed to stretch the penis and keep it at a good length.
“So, in summary, smoking can make your penis appear shorter or in fact become shorter.” According to him, female smokers, too are not spared from the negative impact of smoking cigarette. Laniado added that smoking could also affect the sex lives of women. He added: “Women’s arousal is – if you think about it – also affected by blood flow to the area.”
Previous research showed that smoking cigarette is also associated with erectile dysfunction (ED). This according to a 2017 study reported in the BJU International.