Does Smoking affect your chances of falling pregnant?
Are you trying to get pregnant? Do you smoke?
If so, chances are you’ve been having a hard time of trying to conceive and there are many reasons why this is. Quitting now is by far the best thing you can do for your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby.
Yes, plenty of women who smoke become pregnant and many also deliver perfectly healthy babies. However, many more women experience problems with infertility due to smoking and those problems can and do disappear when they quit.
How can cigarette smoking affect your ability to conceive? Let’s have a look…
7000 Chemicals in cigarette smoke
Cigarette smoke has over SEVEN THOUSAND chemicals in it, many of which directly affect a woman’s reproductive health. These chemicals can affect your ability to conceive if you smoke or simply live with someone who does. Here are just some of the issues that those chemicals can cause:
- Ovulation issues
- Damage to reproductive organs
- Egg damage
- Early menopause
- Ovarian and uterine cancer
The More You Smoke, the Longer it Takes
The amount you smoke has a direct correlation to how long it will take you to get pregnant. If you have been trying for months or even years and you have smoked or lived with a smoker the entire time, the chances that the cigarettes are impeding the process are great.
A recent U.S. study focused on a group of over 4000 women who were attempting to become pregnant. After approximately 15 weeks, a majority of non-smokers were successful. Women who smoked up to half a pack per day were only half as successful as those who didn’t. Women who smoked a pack or more saw success that decreased with the increase of the number of cigarettes they smoked.
Other Reproductive Problems
The evidence may have its variables but one thing is certain: it will absolutely be harder to get pregnant in the first place if you smoke. Smoking also leads to contraction of the fallopian tubes which can prevent pregnancy altogether or cause ectopic pregnancy (which can be exponentially worse).
Cigarette smoke also causes changes to the cervix and damages eggs. It can also alter the uterine lining creating an environment that is not favourable for embryonic implantation. The result is the loss of a healthy embryo – a miscarriage at a very early stage.
Quit Smoking Now – Your Baby Will Thank You
Quitting now will not only help you conceive, it will aid in curtailing a litany of other problems that can arise during your pregnancy. With my help, you can drastically increase your odds of conceiving and greatly decrease the odds of other health complications visiting upon your baby.
My smoking cessation hypnosis services have helped clients throughout Australia and they can help you, too. I work with individual clients in person, over the phone and via Skype, all with remarkable and consistent success. If you are trying to become pregnant and you still smoke, you have many reasons to call me and let me help you kick the habit for good.