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BJU Int. 2012 Mar;109(6):888-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10503.x. Epub 2011 Aug 23.

Association between smoking cessation and sexual health in men.

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Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA. charte@mail.utexas.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide the first empirical investigation of the association between smoking cessation and indices of physiological and subjective sexual health in men.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Male smokers, irrespective of erectile dysfunction status, who were motivated to stop smoking ('quitters'), were enrolled in an 8-week smoking cessation programme involving a nicotine transdermal patch treatment and adjunctive counselling. Participants were assessed at baseline (while smoking regularly), at mid-treatment (while using a high-dose nicotine transdermal patch), and at a 4-week post-cessation follow-up. Physiological (circumferential change via penile plethysmography) and subjective sexual arousal indices (continuous self-report), as well as self-reported sexual functioning were assessed at each visit.

RESULTS:

Intent-to-treat analyses indicated that, at follow-up, successful quitters (n= 20), compared with those who relapsed (n= 45), showed enhanced erectile tumescence responses, and faster onset to reach maximum subjective sexual arousal. Although successful quitters displayed across-session enhancements in sexual function, they did not show a differential improvement compared with unsuccessful quitters.

CONCLUSIONS:

Smoking cessation significantly enhances both physiological and self-reported indices of sexual health in long-term male smokers, irrespective of baseline erectile impairment. It is hoped that these results may serve as a novel means to motivate men to stop smoking.

PMID:
21883852
PMCID:
PMC3235242
DOI:
10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10503.x
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