Dr. Janelle Dorsett takes great care when helping her patients with their health and wellness needs. This holistic approach to assisted reproduction has made her a leading fertility specialist in the Lubbock area.
An important part of male and female fertility treatment is infertility information and patient education. It's with this in mind that we'd like to consider the effects of smoking on male fertility.
Smoking Has Many Negative Effects on Your Health
If you smoke, you probably know that smoking can have a major effect on your health. The warnings have been publicly known for decades. Smokers face an increased risk of numerous health problems, such as heart disease, lung disease, hypertension, serious infections, and cancers.
It should come as no surprise, then, that smokers are also more likely to experience infertility as a result of cigarettes and cigars.
Smoking Could Mean Delays in Conception
When couples that smoke or have one smoker attempt to conceive through natural means, studies have found that successful pregnancy can take longer to achieve. This also applies to couples who are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Smoking and Lower Sperm Count
Smoking can have a negative impact on a man's sperm count. With fewer sperm, successful conception is less likely. According to a analysis of multiple studies involving men who are fertile and smokers, they heave roughly 23 percent fewer sperm when they ejaculate.
Smoking and Poor Sperm Motility
Apart from sperm count, sperm motility is also important to consider. This refers to the ability for the sperm to move around and swim. From the same analysis of studies above, researchers found that men who smoke have a 13 percent decrease in overall sperm motility.
Smoking and Sperm Morphology Issues
Sperm shape (also known as sperm morphology) can also be negatively impacted by smoking. In this case, a sperm may have a shorter or elongated tail, a poorly formed head, or other kinds of serious problems. These can lead to issues with motility as well as increasing risk of birth defects.
Erectile Dysfunction More Likely Among Smokers
Smoking has shown notable ties to erectile dysfunction in many men. This is due to the effects of cigarettes on blood circulation. Some studies suggest male smokers are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than non-smokers.
Get the Help You Need to Quit for Good
As you can see, kicking the habit is the best way for you to restore fertility and to help ensure that your child is healthy. With regard to erectile dysfunction alone, some research has shown that up to three-quarters of smokers who quit were able to achieve and maintain erections again.
Quitting can be a challenge, and your general practitioner can help direct you to resources and support groups that can assist you in achieving a healthier and better lifestyle in the future.
Speak with an Experienced Fertility Specialist
For more information about treating smoking and addressing issues with male fertility, be sure to contact our infertility treatment center today. Dr. Janelle Dorsett and her team will work closely with your to ensure the best possible results for good health, total wellness, and a healthy family.