Infertility: Tobacco, Marijuana and Other Drugs

Infertility: Tobacco, Marijuana and Other Drugs

When it comes to improving fertility, more and more couples prefer a natural approach, without taking supplements or medication. As a matter of fact, a healthy lifestyle that implies reasonable physical exercise and a balanced dietary plan has great results in increasing sperm count and motility and in regulating the ovulation process. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, this also means that you must get rid of all the habits that can be harmful for your health and ability to conceive. The excessive consumption of alcohol and coffee can lead to a drastic reduction of your chances to become parents. Here are 3 interesting pieces of information about some of the most important factors that contribute to infertility: tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs.


Smoking is a very unhealthy habit that affects fertility negatively in both men and women, due to the toxic substances cigarettes contain. In men, the use and abuse of tobacco is responsible for low sperm count and low motility of the spermatozoa. Also, it can cause erectile dysfunctions and even impotency.

In women, some of the most common effects of smoking are the thickening of the cervical mucus and the poor quality of the eggs and follicles. It is no point in tricking your body by chewing tobacco, because it contains a lot of substances that can cause infertility too.


Along with alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is one of the most widely used “recreational drugs“. Although the users strongly deny its negative effects on their health, these are shown in many medical studies and experiments. In men, this substance is responsible for a low quality of the seminal material, caused by some drastic modifications that occur in the DNA of the spermatozoa, which present reduced motility.

The chances of the men who smoke marijuana on a regular basis to become fathers are, thus, considerably diminished. Besides altering the quality of the eggs produced by the women’s ovaries, the toxic substances contained in marijuana can cross the barrier of the placenta, having a harmful effect on the baby. So marijuana and fertility have been shown not to go hand in hand.

Heroin, cocaine and ecstasy

The consuming of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and other such toxic substances not only makes you addictive, but it also modifies the structure of some of your organs, including that of your reproductive system, in a negative way. Illegal drugs and fertility are a clear no-no.

If you dream of being a parent, if you worry about the health of your reproductive system, you have to say goodbye to drugs of any kind, as they lead to infertility: tobacco, marijuana and other drugs can deprive you of the fulfillment of parenthood, so avoid them at all costs.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).