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Smoking: A major factor for Infertility in Males

Posted On : April 28,2014

We all say that Smoking is injurious to health.

Yes, but it affects majorly the fertility of an individual.

In fact, most experts say that male health and fertility is never considered as important as female health and fertility during conception.

This even though, pregnancy requires both egg and sperm to be in optimal condition.

Dr. Rita Bakshi from International Fertility Centre explains that how smoking plays a major role in raising a number of infertility amongst males in the society.

Smoking issues:

• Sperm concentration

Sperm concentration refers to the number of sperm found in a measured quantity of semen. Studies have shown 23% decrease in sperm concentration in men who smoke.

• Sperm motility
Sperm motility refers to the swimming capabilities of the sperm. If the sperm cannot swim properly, they may have trouble reaching the egg and fertilizing it. In men who smoke, researchers found a 13% decrease in sperm motility.

• Sperm morphology
Sperm morphology refers to the shape of the sperm. Oddly-shaped sperm may not swim well enough to get to the egg and may not be able to fertilize an egg. Male smokers have fewer healthy-shaped sperm than non-smokers.

• Abnormal hormone levels
Male smokers may also have abnormal hormone levels, which can affect fertility.

So, next time if you are going to smoke, do keep in mind its side effects on your life.