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.
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.