Smoking is really bad for your health, and continuing with the use of cigarettes during pregnancy is absolutely detrimental to the baby's development. But, does smoking make you infertile? Smoking and female fertility Infertility rates are on the rise in industrialized countries. There are, of course, many reasons for failure to conceive, including maternal age, obesity, and medical problems like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Recent research has shown that around 13 percent of subfertile women have a reduced chance of getting pregnant because of smoking cigarettes. The more cigarettes a woman smokes per day, the less likely she is to get pregnant. Sec0nd hand smoke has now been shown to be just as harmful as smoking yourself. Smoking can damage the reproductive system your fallopian tubes can be blocked, and changes can occur to your cervix and the eggs themselves too. Your eggs can prematurely age as a result of smoking, and the risk of a miscarriage is also higher for women who do get pregnant. These risks are especially great if you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day. Male infertility and smoking Just as smoking is bad for the female reproductive system, men are affected as well.
According to some sources, men who are smokers have a 30 percent higher chance of being infertile than their non-smoking counterparts. Smoking cigarettes will reduce a man's sperm count, as well as negatively impacting the shape and speed of the sperm. Cadmium, one of the components of cigarettes, may find its way into the sperm production system, and this is one of the main reasons why sperm quality is affected so badly by smoking. Just quit! Quitting smoking isn't an easy job, that is for sure. But you know what? Smoking is one leading cause of reduced fertility that is within your control. If you need help stopping smoking, talk to your doctor. But you can do it. I've done it, and so have millions of others. It gets easier, and the health benefits of being cigarette free extend far beyond your fertility.