Sometimes science is weird. As most of us know, heavy smoking decreases your chances of getting pregnant. Recently, a study was done on some women who smoked and were also undergoing IVF therapy at the time of the study. The study classified women who smoked less than ten cigarettes per day as light smokers, and women who smoked more than ten cigarettes per day as heavy smokers. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The women who were light smokers had a 54 percent chance of conceiving. The women who were heavy smokers only had a 34 percent pregnancy rate. It was not surprising that the heavy smokers had less of a chance of becoming pregnant than the light smokers. However, there was something that came out of the study that was a huge surprise.
While the heavy smokers were less likely to get pregnant, the ones who did get pregnant had a 60 percent greater chance of having twins! The heavy smoker group had 60 percent of its pregnant women expecting twins, and the light smoker group only had 31 percent of its pregnant women expecting twins.
What does this mean for women who smoke and IVF? We really don’t know too much about it yet. It might be a quirk of the study, or this study might really be on to something. Doctors think that it might be possible that the tobacco actually helps implantation in some women (the ones who got pregnant with twins!). The tobacco probably also hurts the implantation process in some women, making it harder for them to get pregnant. Doctor Soares, the leader of the study, says:
“It could be that heavy smoking disrupts the stability of cells in the lining of the uterus differently in some women to others or triggers a response in the embryo itself, resulting in a reduced general pregnancy rate overall, but an increased chance of multiple pregnancy in those who do become pregnant.”
Smoking is dangerous, whether or not you are trying to get pregnant. It is linked to so many different kinds of health issues, it is just not worth the risk. Dr. Soares wants to remind smokers that even if they do get pregnant, there is less chance of a successful pregnancy than if they didn’t smoke.
The thousands of toxins that are found in cigarettes and secondhand smoke should be avoided by all women who are trying to conceive, pregnant, or breastfeeding. Not only does smoking lead to lower birth weight and premature labor, but it can even lead to decreased egg count in women, making it harder for them to get pregnant in the first place.
The bottom line? If you want to get pregnant, or if you are pregnant, you should avoid smoking and areas where other people smoke.