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Can smoking affect my sperm count?

Yes, it is possible. Smoking is harmful not just to a woman who is trying to conceive, but also to the guy. I advise all couples undergoing fertility counselling to quit smoking as soon as feasible. Many programmes are available to assist.

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Tobacco use has been linked to a reduction in the quantity and quality of sperm in male smokers. Antioxidant levels in sperm can potentially be harmed. Antioxidants protect sperm from free radical damage, which can decrease motility and fertilisation capacity. When a couple is seeking fertility treatment, poor results have been observed during in-vitro fertilisation when the male spouse smokes.

There is strong evidence that marijuana use reduces male fertility as well. Marijuana has the ability to change the endocrine system, which governs reproductive hormones, and diminish testosterone levels in men (the hormone responsible for sperm production). Human sperm are likewise toxic to marijuana, which reduces motility and fertilisation potential.

When trying to conceive, marijuana and tobacco should be avoided.

Editor’s note: Find out how smoking affects you and your baby when you’re pregnant.

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FAQ

  1. Does smoking lower sperm count?

    Smoking’s Effect on Sperm and Semen Quality

    Men who smoke have lower sperm counts, lower motility (the ability of sperm to swim), fewer normally shaped sperm, and more sperm DNA damage.

  2. How long after quitting smoking will sperm improve?

    His sperm will become healthier as soon as he stops smoking. Sperm maturation takes about three months. Men who quit smoking at least three months before having a child have much healthier sperm that have a better chance of fertilising an egg and producing a healthy child.

  3. How many cigarettes can affect sperm count?

    When compared to men who did not smoke, men who smoked >19 cigarettes per day during pregnancy had 19 percent lower semen volume, 38 percent lower total sperm count, and 17 percent lower sperm concentration.

  4. Can one cigarette a day affect fertility?

    A study of over 50 years of smoking data found that smoking just one cigarette per day increased the risk of heart disease and stroke, and other research has found negative effects on fertility in women who claim to only smoke a few cigarettes per day.

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