Did you know that smoking severely affects both female and male fertility?
Research has shown that smoking negatively impacts women’s ovaries, an effect closely related to the duration and frequency of smoking.
Smoking and Female Infertility: A Toxic Relationship
Nicotine intake from smoking affects the cells in the ovaries, making a woman’s eggs more prone to genetic abnormalities. “Studies show that female smokers are 30% less likely to conceive naturally,” notes a fertility expert. Indeed, nicotine is a poison that damages egg cells and causes menopause to occur earlier than expected. Even before menopause, the ovaries of women who smoke become resistant to producing healthy eggs.
Smoking and Male Reproductive Health
The relationship between smoking and male reproductive health is less clear. However, men who smoke heavily, such as one or two packs a day, tend to have more shape and movement abnormalities in their sperm. Additionally, secondhand smoke can harm the reproductive health of their non-smoking partners.
Smoking and Infertility Treatments
In cases where women smoke, couples undergoing infertility treatments produce fewer fertilization-ready eggs, achieve lower pregnancy and birth rates, and experience a significant increase in miscarriages. “I quit smoking 3 months before my infertility treatment, and the results were incredible,” shares a patient.
Conclusion: A Call to Action for a Healthier Life
Smoking not only harms reproductive health but also reduces the success of infertility treatments. Discover how quitting smoking improves your chances of conceiving and gives your future baby a chance to be born healthier.