Smoking Link to Infertility

The Evening Standard (London, England), February 11, 2004 | Go to article overview

Smoking Link to Infertility


Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT

BMA probe finds catalogue of reproductive risks Experts warned that smokers were gambling with their reproductive health and urged young people to quit the habit to safeguard their chance of having a family.

The message follows a major investigation by the British Medical Association into the adverse effects of smoking and passive smoking on reproduction. The research, which covers all aspects of reproductive health at different stages in life, is the first of its kind in Britain.

Drawing together hundreds of recent scientific studies, it covers the effects of tobacco use on male and female fertility, menstruation, pregnancy, the unborn child, breastfeeding, and the menopause. It also . damages sperm count.

DOCTORS have compiled the most powerful evidence yet that smoking damages fertility.

The dangers are particularly serious for women, whose chances of conceiving are slashed by up to 40 per cent. A new report also reveals that the habit: .

leads to up to 5,000 miscarriages a year . makes about 120,000 men impotent . …

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