Smoking can seriously affect your ability have children. Research shows that smoking is harmful to a women’s ovaries, and the degree of damage is dependent upon the amount and length of time a woman smokes. Nicotine and other harmful chemicals in cigarettes interfere with the body’s ability to create estrogen, a hormone that regulates ovulation, and cause women’s eggs to be more prone to genetic abnormalities. While some damage is irreversible, stopping smoking now can prevent further damage.
For more information about smoking, visit the American Lung Association’s website at www.lungusa.org.
- ASRM’s Paper on Smoking and Infertility (Microsoft Word document)
- ASRM’s Public Service Announcement on Smoking and Infertility(Adobe Acrobat document)