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Smoking and Fertility: Not a Good Combination

Know the facts of smoking on your fertility

Smoking and fertility is not a good combinationSmoking and fertility do not play well together. Studies show that tobacco use can cause fertility health problems for both men and women who are trying to conceive.

The recent anti-smoking campaign aimed at teens from the Food and Drug Administration plays up the long-term health effects of smoking on gum health and skin. One graphic TV ad shows a teenager buying a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store and literally pulling out a tooth with a set of pliers to pay for them.

“What’s a pack of smokes cost? Your teeth,” the narrator says. “Smoking can cause serious gum disease that makes you more likely to lose them.”

This got us thinking. What if one of the ads in the campaign illustrated the risks of smoking on the teen’s future fertility? What particular body part might this teen have to pay with when he or she was purchasing their pack of cigarettes? The graphics would be quite chilling!

While it can be hard to quit smoking, knowing its consequences on fertility may motivate patients

We get it. Smoking is a very difficult habit to break. You may know dozens of people that smoke and have had no trouble getting pregnant. But for infertility patients spending thousands of dollars on treatment, knowing the cold facts of smoking on your fertility may just be the motivation you need.

The health consequences of smoking on your fertility include:

  • Smoking accelerates the loss of eggs and advances menopause by several years.
  • Smoking makes oocytes (eggs) more prone to genetic abnormalities.
  • Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, premature birth and risk of stillborn.
  • Nearly twice as many IVF attempts are required to conceive in smokers versus non smokers.
  • Men who smoke have lower sperm count and motility.

Indeed, what are you thinking? Stop throwing away your money and your fertility.

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