Q: I’m in my 40s, and I’ve started dating a man in his 20s. We’re having a wonderful time — but sadly not in bed. When we start to have sex there are no problems at all, but he quickly loses his erection during intercourse. He drinks quite a lot and occasionally smokes cannabis. I wonder if these have an effect in the bedroom
A: People who smoke cigarettes are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction because smoking damages the vessels that supply blood to the penis. Smoking cannabis only makes it worse.
Research by Antonio Aversa in the department of experimental medicine at Sapienza University in Rome found that regular cannabis use causes changes to the cells lining the penis, which increases the risk of erectile dysfunction. The men in his study were all under 30 years of age and they were not necessarily heavy users. Aversa and his team found