Top 2 Reasons Smoking is affecting your fertility

13 November 2013

With all the advertisements and literature, by now you will have heard time and time again that smoking is bad for you. So it probably comes as no surprise that it affects the fertility of both women and men. The toxins contained in cigarettes not only take a toll on the lungs, but also on the entire body's health, especially the reproductive system.


It’s best to quit smoking before considering pregnancy, however, we understand that this doesn’t always occur, but here is why you should stop today:

  1. Second-hand smoke is just as damaging as smoking.

    Secondhand smoke can come from your friends, partner, family or even a smoker you don’t know. Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center (source *) have found that women exposed to second hand smoke, were significantly more likely to face fertility problems and suffer miscarriages. Breathing in the more than 4,000 chemicals in smoke can cause permanent, irreversible damage to your reproductive health. It is best to be aware of your surroundings and avoid exposure.

     
  2. Smoking increases the likelihood of infertility.

    Besides damaging your cervix and fallopian tubes, smoking increases your risk (source #) of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. For male smokers, they are more likely to have a lower sperm count (source %) and a higher incidence of abnormal sperm compared to non-smokers.

Conclusion:

Stop now! Whether you are trying to conceive or not, cigarettes have no positive effect on your health. We know quitting is hard, so it’s important to take the steps now for your health now and in the years to come. Therefore speak to the team at Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast and find out about the best methods for you to quit today.


Sources -
* http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081205113932.htm
# - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/female-infertility/DS01053/DSECTION=risk-factors
% - http://www.fertilityfactor.com/helping_conception_vices.html