Worried that your chances of having baby is going up in smoke because of your partners habit of smoking? Does smoking really affect the sperm count in men thus making it one of the factors for infertility? Well, it is one of the most controversial topic of modern times. There are many researches which suggest that sperm count is not affected by smoking and also, you will find so many scientists claiming that smoke can cause lower sperm count and male infertility. So, what to believe and how to understand the concept of smoking and male infertility?
In order to help you with the topic below are some key points which can help you understand the both sides of studies.
What Is Meant By ‘Low Sperm Count’?
Male sperms can result in a pregnancy if your partner has a healthy sperm count (quantity) and motility. Quantity and quality, both these attributes of a sperm are crucial for fertilization and hence pregnancy. Low sperm count essentially means that semen your male partner ejaculates contains fewer sperm than normal. Your male partner’s sperm count is considered low if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen.
How Does Smoking Affect Sperm Count?
Webmd.com says that men who smoke are less fertile than men who are non-smokers. The study states that a human sperm contains protamine 1 and protamine 2, two proteins in a one-on-one relationship. However, in the sperm of men who smoke, protamine 2 gets affected thus making the sperm susceptible to DNA damage. The below lines would help understand the effects of smoking on sperm count:
Recently one more study has come into focus which claims that sperm count is not affected by smoking and our life style choices. Researchers of the study have found that low sperm count of men who never smoked is similar to the man who smoked 20 cigarettes a day. So, delaying the fertility treatment for the couples in order to make the changes in their lifestyles, can actually harm them instead of helping. One other fact stated in the study was researchers did not look at the size and shape of sperm, or the quality of DNA, they just counted the sperm motility for the study.
So, perhaps, there can be a small chance that smoke will not affect your sperm count but in spite of the result of study, it’s important for men to follow a healthy lifestyle and stop smoking as most smoking-related health issues such as erectile dysfunction and other problems are caused by nicotine stimulation. These problems can be immediately reversed if the person stops smoking.
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