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Video:How Smoking Impacts Infertility

with Dr. Ingrid Rodi

Smoking can increase the risk of infertility and can impact pregnancies adversely as well. Watch this About.com video to learn how smoking impacts infertility.See Transcript

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Transcript:How Smoking Impacts Infertility

Hi, I'm Dr. Ingrid Rodi and I am a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with RodiMD.com.  Today I am here on behalf of About.com to talk to you about how smoking impacts infertility. It will not come as a surprise to anyone that women who are pregnant should not smoke. What some people don't know is that women who are attempting pregnancy should not smoke.

Smoking Can Increase Infertility

We know that women who smoke while attempting pregnancy, during pregnancy, and once the child is born, face a long list of problems: It takes longer to get pregnant. More pregnancies end in miscarriage. More pregnancies are ectopic (not in the uterus). The women are at higher risk of cervical cancer. If a woman requires fertility treatment, she is less likely to get pregnant from the treatment, treatment may take longer and be more expensive. Women who smoke go through menopause earlier.

Effects of Smoking on Pregnancies

Pregnancies of women who smoke are further complicated by placental problems, premature delivery, and small babies. Babies who are born to mothers who smoke have more problems including: SIDS, respiratory infections, and colic.

Effects of Partner Smoking on Infertility

The partners who smoke should also stop smoking. To begin with, it is easier for the woman to stop, if her partner stops as well. Secondhand smoke from the partner can lead to some of the same issues that arise from the woman smoking. And then there is the guilt. None of us want to think that we compromised our children's health by engaging in a behavior we could have stopped. So, smokers, you know what you need to do. If you can't do it on your own, consult your health care provider for advice on how to quit.

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