When patients meet with Dr. Janelle Dorsett, they know that they are meeting with a leading fertility specialist in Lubbock. She offers patients ample fertility and infertility information, empowering them with education and helping ensure the best outcomes possible.
We've fielded a number of questions about the links between smoking and female factor infertility. Let's go over some of the basics right now.
Smoking and Tobacco Products Can Cause Many Different Health Issues
If you smoke or use any kind of tobacco products, it can lead to a number of serious health problems. This is a given, and you are probably well aware that cigarettes increase your chances of developing heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
In addition to impacting your general health, however, cigarettes can also lead to issues with infertility, or a lower chance of successful conception in general.
Smoking Can Cause Delays in Conception
Studies have found that regular smokers and casual smokers experience issues with delayed conception. This means that it can take longer for smokers to have a child than non-smokers.
Nicotine Can Cause Problems with Eggs and Ovulation
Nicotine products have been shown to cause issues with egg quality/viability as well as problems with ovulation. Both of these are crucial for successful pregnancy, and it's just one reason why couples and individuals who smoke have a lower chance of successful pregnancy. Part of the ovulation issues may have to do with the way that smoking impairs proper hormone release within the body.
Increased Chance of Ectopic Pregnancy
In addition to affecting the eggs, women smokers are 5 times more likely to experience an ectopic pregnancy than non-smokers. Ectopic pregnancy occurs when an egg is fertilized in the fallopian tubes rather that the uterus.
Smoking Can Effect In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Not only does smoking affect regular conception, it can also lead to problems with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Looking at multiple studies of smokers who undergo IVF, the numbers across the board show that smoking makes IVF failure more likely.
Smoking and Tobacco Products Can Increase Rate of Miscarriage
Perhaps most alarming is that tobacco can have major impacts on women who are pregnant. Studies have found that smoking and using tobacco products increases a woman's risk of experiencing a miscarriage. Some studies say that women smokers are twice as likely to experience a miscarriage than non-smokers.
Quitting Smoking Is Ideal for Improving Fertility
As you can imagine, it's best for any women who are trying to become pregnant to quite smoking. This should be done months prior to any attempt to have a baby in order to ensure hormone levels return to normal and so patients are in a fit condition while bringing a child to term.
Consult Your Physician for Help Quitting Smoking
Quitting smoking is easier said than done. Be sure to speak with your general practitioner if you would like tips and resources to help you kick the habit for good. This will help improve your chances of natural conception and fertility treatment, and it will simply improve overall wellness in the long run.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett
To learn more about the options available to address female factor infertility and male factor infertility, we encourage you to contact our fertility treatment center today. Dr. Janelle Dorsett and the team at the practice will work with you to help you start the family of your dreams.