What does it really do to women smokers?
The effects of smoking on the ovaries are well known. The chemicals in cigarette smoke are able to enter immature egg cells in the ovaries and cause the release of a gene that drives the eggs to die. Although this happens as women approach menopause, Smoking can start the process as early as the 20s and 30s. The faster the eggs die, the earlier the ovaries decide to close and then menopause begins.
A serious implication is that Harmful substances from cigarette smoke enter your baby's bloodstream and reduce oxygen supply, which can affect its development. Every time you smoke, your baby's blood flow is affected for a few seconds. Babies may also be underweight.
Smoking can cause another blow to women. It can reduce the chances of success when a fetus is implanted in the uterus. Finally, smoking can interfere with the body's ability to produce estrogen, making eggs more vulnerable to genetic abnormalities.
E-cigarettes are not the answer either. The effect on fertility depends on nicotine, so they cause the same problems.
So what is the good news?
Is there any good news? Yes! The damage caused by smoking to fertility can be reversible. It is never too late to stop, but it is much better do not smoke when starting IVF treatment, at least a few months before to help your body recover. If your partner is also a smoker, it is best to quit together and avoid the effects of secondhand smoke.
* The content on this blog is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health care providers with questions you may have about medical conditions.