While all smokers are not infertile, if your husband smokes, there is a high probability that his sperms are damaged and hence not likely to fertilize your eggs. There are multiple research studies that point out that smoking and infertility in men are closely linked. In fact, if you consider the long list of problems that smoking may lead to, there is no better time than now as you are planning to start a family to encourage your husband to kick this habit. Let us look into why and how you can encourage your husband to quit smoking.
If you are trying to conceive, here are five important reasons why your partner should quit smoking NOW
Research clearly shows that smoking can lower the sperm count and cause motility problems (lesser the motility, slower the sperm would move, hence reducing the chances of it reaching the egg). A healthy sperm count with high quality sperms is necessary for you to get pregnant – and smoking can impair that.
So how many couples get pregnant when the husband is a smoker? If your partner has plenty of high quality sperm, then smoking may or may not affect his fertility. But if he has borderline quantity and quality, then smoking would further degrade the quality affecting his fertility. So if you are having difficulty getting pregnant, then smoking could very well be a culprit. Read more about smoking and low sperm count here.
There are also multiple studies that have documented a strong association between smoking and erectile dysfunction. Smoking can result in atherosclerosis, which is a plaque-like build up in arteries. This causes circulatory problems, including, but not limited to, erectile dysfunction. Put simply, more smoke = higher chances of impotence.
Even if the woman trying to conceive does not smoke, you are still exposed to the toxic chemicals if you are a passive smoker, which is as damaging to your fertility as it would have been if you smoked yourself. Some of the problems that can occur are ovulation problems, egg damage and reproductive organ damage.
If you are exposed to the toxins, then the risk does not end at the moment you get the news you have conceived. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests that women exposed to passive smoking show a higher probability of miscarriage. Smoking also results in multiple health problems for yourself and baby while in the womb, like genetic issues, ectopic pregnancy and preterm labor.
If your partner quits smoking, there will be a marked improvement in his fertility within 1-2 months: One point of relief among all these morbid facts is that if your husband quits smoking, his sperm count and motility will show improvement within 4 to 6 weeks. In fact, it might become as healthy as a non-smoker’s in a year. This means that every month after quitting, there is a higher chance of you getting pregnant.
The reasons do not end here. Even if you conceive and deliver a healthy baby, smoking can continue to pose a risk to your family. Smoke hangs around for up to 5 hours inside the house. This can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and a host of respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis and croup. It is also known to cause more serious and severe diseases like cancer and meningitis in children.
There are many health centers and online help material available on this topic. But here are few tips that you can start with.
You can even ask him to read the study that clearly states the effect of smoking and men’s fertility by clicking here.
Here is hoping you will be welcoming a little one soon into your family! All the best!
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