If you’ve been struggling to get an erection , the location of your home may be to blame, according to a new study.
Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University have revealed that men who live on main roads are more likely to struggle getting erections.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers looked at the effect of gasoline vehicle exhausts on male rats.
Thirty rats were exposed to vehicle exhausts for two hours, four hours, and six hours daily for three months.
Meanwhile, 10 control rats weren’t exposed to any vehicle exhausts.
An analysis of the rats revealed that those who had been exposed to four hours or six hours of vehicle exhausts had significantly reduced erectile functions, as well as lower lung function.
In contrast, the control rats had normal erectile function.
While the reason for this remains unclear, the researchers suggest that the car fumes may affect the production of nitric oxide, which is needed to produce an erection.
In their study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , the researchers wrote: “Our results raise concerns about the potential role played by long-term exposure to gasoline VE in the development of erectile dysfunction.”