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    How does Cigarette Smoking affect Fertility - How to conceive if one smokes?

    • 4.7   (7 Votes)
    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MS, MBBS on 16 Jul 2018 - Written by Dr. Bhavna Banga - MS, MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MS, MBBS

    Cigarette Smoking can significantly reduce the chances of getting pregnant among women. Cigarette smoking is one of the major infertility causes in men and women. In men, smoking causes cancer in some of the cases. It also affects sperm motility in men. In women, it leads to ovulation problems.

    We’ve all read the warnings and seen the cautionary photos, ads, and commercials—smoking is dangerous. That said, plenty of people still smoke, despite the known risks.

    It’s important for women of child-bearing age to know that smoking is definitely a risk if you’re trying to get pregnant, or are currently carrying a baby. Despite the fact that our mothers and grandmothers might have smoked during their childbearing years, the data is clear that lighting up is really a problem if you’re hoping to conceive.

    The chemical of cigarettes can hurt your egg and ovarian function, and also cause earlier menopause. The fertility outcomes are affected by the amount that a person smokes—the more cigarettes per day, the more likely you'll have issues and spend a long time trying to get pregnant. Miscarriages are also more likely if you smoke because the genetic material inside of your body has been affected by the cigarettes over time. Smoking affects fertility, so think twice if you are getting pregnant. 

    Smoking Affects Fertility, Getting Pregnant

    Secondhand smoke can also affect your chances of conception. And if your male partner smokes, you'll have a harder time getting pregnant, too: Tobacco use has been shown to hurt sperm count and motility.

    Quitting smoking has a positive effect on your fertility, although you can’t repair the damage that has already been done to your eggs. Fertility typically recovers considerably after about one year of sobriety.

    That said, quitting smoking isn’t easy, no matter how desperately you may want a baby. Addiction is real; it affects your body and your brain. If you know that you want a baby soon or in the near future, one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of conceiving is to quit smoking. Smoking affects badly and if you are getting pregnant then no more smoke. Smoking affects fertility, so think twice if you are getting pregnant. 

    Cigarette smoking can cause infertility

    Smokers are more likely to be found to have infertility problems than those of nonsmokers. If you are smoking since last 2 or three years, or smoke more than 2 cigarettes per day, you are at risk of infertility problems that can be increased. It can cause infertility and problems if you are getting pregnant. Smoking affects fertility, so think twice if you are getting pregnant. 

    When you smoke a single cigarette, more than 7000 chemicals spread throughout your entire body with blood to all of your organs. This can lead to infertility problems that include the following:

    • Ovulation problems
    • Genetic issues
    • Damage to your reproductive organs
    • Damage to your eggs or premature menopause.
    • Increased risk of cancer and increased risk of miscarriage

    How smoking causes fertility problems for men

    Men that smoke cigarettes are at the risk for the following male fertility problems:

    Smoking Affects Fertility, Infertility, Fertility

    • Low sperm count and sperm motility problems
    • Hormonal disorders
    • Erectile dysfunction - trouble getting or maintaining an erection while intercourse

    Dr. Bhavna Banga

    Written by

    MS, MBBS
    Infertility Specialist, Gynecologist

    Dr. Bhavna Banga is a reputed Gynecologist, Obstetricians and IVF specialist in Delhi. She has vast experience in treating patients with different infertility and gynecological health issues. She is the prime choice for women and infertile couples looking advanced fertility treatments including Intrauterine Insemination(IUI), In-Vitro Fertilization(IVF), Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection(ICSI) Normal Vaginal Delivery(NVD), PCOS, Gynecological Problems, Donor Egg Programs as well as Surrogacy Procedures. She is well-versed with the latest technological adancements in ART treatments and follows modern methods to attain highest success rate.

    Dr. Bhavna Banga completed her MBBS and attained her MS degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is highly qualified infertility specialist anda member of the Clinical Fellow in Reproductive Medicine, Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology Society of India (FOGSI) and Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR). She has a work experience of over her decades and have successfully treated thousands of patients. She has also received many awards and recognitions from reputed institutions from India and abroad. Due to her deep expertise, she is a preferred IVF specialist of patients in Delh as she has trained in many welll-known hospitals including Monash IVF in Melbourne, Australia, Yale Fertility at Yale University,U.S.A. and at Royal Victoria Hospital, Mcgills University at Canada. She is presently practicing at Max Multi Speciality Centre as an Assistant Director and Infertility specialist.

    Max Multi Speciality Centre is a Super Specialty Hospital as well as an IVF center situated in Panchsheel Park, Delhi. Established in the year 2000, it is one of the leading and renowned hospitals which provides superior care to all the visiting patients. The hospital has separate departments for all the specialties such as Orthopaedics, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Kidney Transplant, Cardiac Surgery, Infertility Clinic, and Bone Marrow Transplant. The Gynecology and Obstetrics services include In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (MESA). The hospital has a huge facility equipped with state-of-the-art medical instruments and devices. They perform every treatment with care and accuracy to ensure positive results and fast recovery. The doctors are also backed by talented professionals and staff to make it every procedure quality and to avoid complications. One can also find treatment for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disease (PCOS), Endometriosis, Hyperandrogenism, Follicular Cyst of Ovary and other women and men related disease.


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    Satiish Chand

    I have erectile dysfunction and it is a side-effect of smoking. Thanks for sharing this, I will quit smoking now.

    Oct. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.m. 4.5


    Divya Raao

    Quitting smoking and drinking helped me to conceive very easily. And I am not addicted to it anymore.

    Oct. 2, 2018, 9:59 p.m. 4.5


    Payal Tann

    I strongly agree with the points listed in this article. Smoking does influence infertility and is injurious to health too.

    June 23, 2018, 6:09 a.m. 5.0



    What can I really do to make my husband abandon smoking? I am trying to conceive from last 2 years.

    June 21, 2018, 2:43 p.m. 5.0


    Kapil Kumar

    Yes, it is absolutely true. Smoking affects fertility. It causes more complications for women rather than they cause for men. New sperms are being produced in men continuously but women have limited number of eggs present in their ovaries since birth which can be easily impacted by smoking.

    Sept. 19, 2017, 6:13 p.m. 5.0


    Trishna Sahpathi

    Infertility has a long relationship with smoking. Getting pregnant or fertility is quite more possible for women after they stop smoking. As per a research, females who smoke can elevate their chances of conceiving if they quit smoking at least 2 months before trying to get pregnant.

    Sept. 19, 2017, 5:12 p.m. 4.5


    Sarita Bhagat

    I am addicted to smoking so, I use evolve vapors as I want to conceive. Does evolve vapor too influence infertility?

    Sept. 12, 2017, 9:04 a.m. 4.5

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