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Is it common for people who quit smoking to suffer from low libido and a temporary sexual dysfunction? I gave up smoking for a couple of weeks now and my sexual energy seems to be diminished. I attribute this symptom to the smoking cessation as it started while trying to quit. I can, more or less, manage the other symptoms but this is somehow unbearable. Why is this happening and what can I do to help the situation?

Answered by: Philip Muskin

Smoking cessation itself should not impact on energy and libido; however these might be symptoms of a depression. Please make an appointment with your health provider to discuss your symptoms.