Does Smoking Hurt Sperm Motility?

Does Smoking Hurt Sperm Motility?

Of course, we all know by now that smoking and using other forms of tobacco is not good for you. There is so many different kinds of problems that tobacco use can cause, that it would take forever to list them here. Lung cancer, emphysema, and birth defects are only a few of the serious problems that tobacco use can cause. But, today we explore the question of whether or not tobacco use can hurt sperm motility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is sperm motility, anyway?

You might already know about sperm count and sperm quality, but what is sperm motility? Sperm motility refers to the way the sperm move during conception. Sperm have to swim a long way to get to the egg, so it is important that they be fast, strong swimmers. Sperm motility, like sperm count, can be affected by many different factors.

What tobacco does to sperm

Numerous studies have shown that tobacco use can cause sperm to be slow and sluggish as it moves through the body. Sperm from men who smoke are less likely to be strong enough, or have enough energy to make the journey all the way to the egg. So, what these studies have shown us is that sperm motility is in fact affected by tobacco usage. Some studies show that in men who smoke, sperm motility is decreased by as much as 13 percent. This proves that the sperm of men who smoke or use tobacco are just not as strong of swimmers or as fast of swimmers as the sperm of men who do not use tobacco products.

What to do

Of course, the best thing for a man (or woman!) to do if he is ready to have a baby is to quit smoking. Besides improving his sperm motility, quitting smoking will improve his overall health and add years to his life. Plus, we all know how dangerous secondhand smoke can be not only to a pregnant woman, but to a baby as well. The fact of the matter is, smoking and tobacco use is dangerous for all people, but even more so for those who are trying to conceive, pregnant women, or infants. All smoking should be kept away from pregnant women and infants at all times. Quitting smoking or using tobacco remains to be one of the most prominent things that a person can do to improve their overall health.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)