What Smoking Does to Your Urologic System

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Urology Services Plano, TXThe dangers of smoking have been evident for many years and have been a catalyst for millions of people to quit a habit that could cost them their life. Still, we continue to see far too many smoking-related diseases in the clinical setting. More than 16 million a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here, we shed light on specific urologic conditions for which smoking may be responsible. If such conditions are not directly caused by smoking, they are exacerbated by the habit.

Smoking and the Bladder

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder affects more than 30 million people in the United States. Factors that may incite a sudden, strong urge to urinate include certain types of food and certain medications. Another factor that should not be overlooked is smoking. According to statistics, women who smoke have triple the risk of overactive bladder in non-smoking women. The connection between smoking and overactive bladder? A buildup of toxic chemicals in the urine.

Bladder Cancer

When toxins accumulate in the urine, the lining of the bladder becomes irritated. Smoking, being a persistent habit, continually introduces toxic chemicals to the body for processing. This significantly increases the risk for bladder cancer. Statistics indicate that smoking is relevant in as much as 60 percent of bladder cancer cases in men. In diagnoses for women, smoking is a relevant factor in as much as 30 percent of new cases.

Smoking, Sex, and Reproduction

Erectile Dysfunction

The inability to get or maintain a full erection is something that is largely perceived as an age-related problem. However, studies show that younger men are also showing signs of a struggle in the area of erectile function. Smoking is a hormone-disrupting habit, and it is also a habit that adversely affects the circulatory system. In these two aspects alone, smoking may be a strong indicator of a man’s risk of developing erectile dysfunction.

Infertility

Like erectile dysfunction, there is a link between smoking and infertility that travels through hormone production. It is important that both partners stop smoking months, if not years, before trying to conceive. The disruption to hormones and buildup of toxicity in the tissues of the body present a risk for both infertility and miscarriage.

The team at Collin County Urology offers services to treat urologic conditions and support to help smokers improve their long-term health. To schedule a visit to our Plano office, call (972) 403-5425.

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