Smoking and Infertility

Smoking & Fertility in Palm Beach

What Your Infertility Specialist Wants You to Know

Trying to get pregnant can be a wonderful opportunity to make positive changes for your health and the health of your future baby. Though it might seem daunting, quitting smoking should be at the top of the list. Everyone knows that smoking is unhealthy, but for couples trying to have a child, it can be especially harmful. Not only can it damage your baby, but it can actually damage your ability to conceive. Many future mothers find that quitting smoking can make the process of conceiving much easier.

Our fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist, along with the rest of the Palm Beach Fertility Center team, are here to give you advice for the safest ways to quit smoking before pregnancy while supporting you through the infertility treatment process.

Following are facts you should know about the effects of smoking on both women’s and men’s fertility, conception and pregnancy:

  • Male fertility: Men who smoke cigarettes have a lower quality sperm. This means they have a lower sperm count and motility, as well as increased abnormalities in sperm shape and function. Additionally, men who smoke pass on secondhand smoke to their partners, thus reducing their fertility.
  • Female fertility: Smoking cigarettes is harmful to a woman’s ovaries, causing the eggs within to have a greater risk for genetic abnormalities. Ingredients in cigarette smoke have been shown to interfere with the ovary’s ability to produce estrogen. Smoking can hasten egg loss in women, significantly reducing their reproductive potential. Women who smoke might experience menopause sooner than women who don’t smoke.

How Smoking Affects Pregnancy & Infancy

Although it may just seem like statistics, it has been proven that smoking really does affect the ability to get pregnant and the overall success of the pregnancy. It is important to consider this information if you are struggling with infertility.

Women who smoke have a higher rate of both miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. Babies born to women who smoke are more likely to be born prematurely and have low birth weights. In households where someone smokes, there’s a higher rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Smoking Affects the Potential Success of Fertility Treatments

Female smokers require nearly twice as many in-vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts as nonsmokers. These fertility patients also require higher doses of hormonal medications to stimulate their ovaries. Adopting healthy habits now is something we strongly encourage, as research shows that women who quit smoking even just two months before starting their first IVF cycle have a significantly higher chance for successful implantation.

If you are a smoker seeking fertility treatment, don’t worry; there’s still hope for a successful outcome.

Please contact our team at Palm Beach Fertility Center to set up an appointment so we can help start you on the road to better health and a positive pregnancy. Call us now at (888) 819-5177.

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