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Smoking is found to be one of the major factors for sterility in males. It has been confirmed by a study that sperms of smokers are less fertile and inadequate for embryo survival. Smoking reduces sperm count and damages sperm protein.
Smokers take comparatively longer time in conception as compared to non-smokers. Smoking is equally bad for both males and females.
Read on further to know the negative effects of excess smoking on sperm protein and sperm count.
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Excess smoking reduces sperm count and also affects sperm motility.
In case of hardcore smokers, the DNA alphabet of these sperm has one or two letters missing and this is irreparable in nature.
Thus, excess smoking leads to sterility in males and the prospective fathers must quit smoking at least 3 months before conception. It is because sperm needs at least 3 months to transform from germ cell into full sperm.
Adam Griffin, MD, of the University of Rochester explained, "Free radicals can cause sperm DNA fragmentation as well as issues with sperm motility and fertilization."
Women who either smoke or get exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to take longer time in conceiving baby. Also, women exposed to second-hand smoke reach menopause a year earlier than non-smokers.
Smoking by either of the parents during conception might cause leukemia in the baby.
According to the study conducted at BJU International, the sperms of smokers were extremely damaged. Damaged sperms not only reduce the chances of fertilization but also lead to health complications in the baby.
If you are a chain smoker, then your sperm might have already been damaged. However, you can improve natural fertility by quitting smoking and results might be evident within a year.
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