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Effects of Smoking on Women’s Fertility

Introduction to the problem

Smoking is a bad habit injurious to the health of the smoker. It is also harmful for all those who are passive smokers as they are forced to inhale many of more than 4000 carcinogens that are found in the smoke exhaled by a smoker. But in this article we shall remain confined to the effects of smoking on the female who is preparing for pregnancy and to some extent on the pregnant lady. Dangers of smoking have been well delineated in health magazines and scientific journals but there is still string need to make more and more people aware of the risks of smoking especially women who are preparing for pregnancy.

Smoking: women’s health

Smoking is one habit that has been criticized and derided by one and all as it has been proved beyond doubt that smoking causes many different types of cancers and ailments of lungs. Smoking is equally bad for men and women and it harms and kills both of them. But women smokers are at a greater risk of developing various diseases such as premature menopause, female infertility, cervical cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

Smoking is bad for the lungs and heart of a female smoker but it also damages her reproductive system. There have been studies linking cigarette smoking to early menopause. Smoking leads to depletion of oocytes from the ovarian pool that is premature. This aging of ovary makes a woman infertile. Thus smoking increases infertility risks because this habit is inextricably linked with trouble to conceive.

Cigarettes per day and infertility

It has been observed that women smoking more than 10 cigarettes per day are much more likely to experience infertility than non smokers. Lower number of cigarettes does not mean that there are no problems in conception but only that these problems are not as clearly co related with smoking as when the number goes beyond 10. Heavy smoking in females leads to blockage of fallopian tubes which does not allow the male sperms to meet female eggs. There are also cervical changes that interfere with the process of fertilization. Thus it is clear that smoking leads to lowered fertility. Smoking in females has been shown to be liked with the risk of developing ovarian and cervical cancers both of which hamper with conception. Smoking is one of many infertility risk factors. Long term smoking on a regular basis does cause damage to the conception ability of females.

If you want to protect your fertility, do not smoke

Smoking is a habit that causes only problems for the smoker. For smokers, whether men or women, smoking cause changes in reproduction system that leads to infertility. Despite smoking men and women becoming parents, it is clear that smoking hampers with the ability to conceive in case of women and in case of men, it damages their sperms so that they find it difficult to fertilize female eggs. Long term smoking causes changes in the quality of sperms and they are damaged in such a way to be less likely to fertilize female eggs. Smoker’s sperm is less fertile than non smoker’s sperm. Infertility and smoking go hand in hand. Also there is a number of risks for fetal development because of so-called second hand smoking.

Side effects of smoking cigarettes

Smoking is a habit that is mainly taken up to experience the high associated with consumption of nicotine. No smoker is thinking about its harmful side effects and dangers of smoking when he starts on this habit. Inability to conceive is one of the side effects of smoking that very few women think about when they start smoking. But infertility is one of the risks of smoking that has devastated many women in the past. By the way, many specialists say that a smoking woman may meet with a so-called SVT attack symptom. It is a clear warning signal to females preparing for pregnancy that they must give up on this habit before planning to conceive.

Why smoking is harmful is not difficult to fathom

The analysis of smoke exhaled by a smoker contains more than 4000 harmful chemicals. These chemicals also contain carcinogens that can affect the lungs of small children and other adults who happen to be nearby. But the most harmful effects of smoking are experienced by the smoker himself as shortness of breath; ailments of lungs, and finally cancer await someone who is a heavy smoker. However, smoking has more pronounced and harmful effects for women smokers as they experience cervical cancers, ovarian cancers, and infertility.

Need to create awareness about health hazards of smoking

Most people are by now aware of harmful and dangerous effects of smoking. Despite this, the trend of smoking is seen on an increase in teenagers, especially girls, which has a grave medical problem for the generations to come. Smoking among women leads to infertility and problems during childbirth because of changes in reproductive systems. There is need to create awareness among little girls about dangers of smoking so as to let them have a better tomorrow and the ability to conceive, which is their natural right.

Final word

We are strongly recommend you to read the book “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” written by Allen Carr. The book is simple and easy-read bestseller, it is about 90 pages only. We guarantee that you will stop smoking right the next day after you finish. Why so? Because we did it in the past, and we got a success!