Men who use e-cigarettes are giving up more than just their tobacco use. A recent study on male rats revealed that vaping can cause the testicles to shrink in size, impairing sex drive and lowering sperm production.
The testicle size of the rats was measured both before and after they were exposed to cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapors.
Turkish researchers also looked for stress biomarkers in the rats’ blood and genitalia. Researchers confirmed that conventional cigarette smoke has an even worse effect on the male organ than previous studies had suggested.
Rats exposed to e-cigarette vapor had a sperm count of 95.1 million per milliliter, while rats not exposed to any nicotine substances had a sperm count of 98.5 million per milliliter.
Despite age restrictions, millions of children and teenagers have joined the estimated 12 million adults who use e-cigarettes in the vaping community.
According to the journal Life, which warns against the idea that e-cigarettes are a “safe” alternative to smoking cigarettes, along with the risks now connected with e-cigarette use, including lung injury and poor mental health, vaping has also previously been linked to preventing fertility.
Doctors first advise smokers to give up tobacco if they are having issues getting pregnant or fertile.
However, growing research on the makeup and effects of vaping liquid has shown that e-cigarettes might not be the best alternative to tobacco products for people who are having fertility issues.