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Br J Nurs. 2005 Apr 14-27;14(7):362-6.

The effects of smoking on the reproductive health of men.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Hertfordshire.

Abstract

This article discusses the impact smoking can have on men's sexual and reproductive health. There is evidence to suggest that smoking can result in alterations of the male sex hormones and is a key cause of and contributor to erectile dysfunction. Smoking can therefore endanger the man's ability to have a family and enjoy sexual activity. A reduction in sperm quality and a reduced response to fertility treatments has also been linked with those men who smoke. The damaging effects of smoking are apparent throughout the lifespan of a smoker. The benefits associated with cessation of smoking are wide and varied with respect to the reproductive health of men; these benefits can include a reduction in the risk of male impotence and an improvement in sexual potency.

PMID:
15924009
DOI:
10.12968/bjon.2005.14.7.17939
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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