Smoking and how it affects fertility

We all know how unhealthy smoking is for us, yet often we turn to cigarettes in an attempt to de-stress, especially when we are going through something as stressful as trying to conceive, but smoking can have more of a bad effect than we think.

Smoking can have an effect on quite a few things when it comes to fertility and the stages of the reproduction process, for example;

1) The genetic material of both eggs and sperm

2) The hormone production for both men and women

3) A fertilised egg's chances of reaching the uterus

4) The environment inside the uterus

For men smoking could mean having problems with getting and keeping erections, it could cause DNA damage within the sperm which could later be transferred to the baby, if the father is a heavy smoker (smokes more than 20 cigarettes a day) at the time of conception, it increases the chance of childhood leukaemia. Also, sperm takes three months to mature, this essentially means that if you stop smoking at least three months before conception makes sure that the sperm will be healthy.

For women smoking means the possibility of a miscarriage is increased, every cigarette smoked increases the risk by one percent, there's also an increased risk of low weight and premature births and an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy.

Thankfully the effects of smoking on sperm and eggs can be reversed, and quitting can increase the chances of conception and having a healthy baby!

There are numerous benefits of quitting smoking, for men sperm becomes a lot healthier as soon as smoking is stopped, for women natural fertility and some of the effects of smoking can be reversed within a year of stopping, also stopping smoking before conception, or within the first three months of pregnancy can reduce the risk of a premature birth to the same level of risk for a non-smoker.

For some people stopping smoking could be one of the easiest things in the world and for others...maybe not so much. Hypnotherapy is a very simple one step solution to stopping smoking and something we can absolutely help you with.

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