Nicotine and Sex
Nicotine and Sex: how cigarettes impact your sexuality. Nicotine influences sexuality in both positive and negative ways. Some studies suggest short term use of nicotine may improve sex drive by increasing the DHEA and dopamine, while decreasing the serotomin. Due to the increase in cortisol and progesterone, nicotine usage diminishes sexual responsiveness. Long term use, due to the hardening of the arteries, diminishes blood flow to the pelvic area. In men, this means increased difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, and in women, decreased lubrication. Lastly, prolonged use of nicotine will decrease fertility.
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