Marijuana Smoking May Lead to Sperm “Burn Out”

Marijuana Smoking May Lead to Sperm "Burn Out"

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It’s not like we didn’t already know that drugs were bad for you. We all know the negative impacts that drugs can have on a person’s health, and life in general, but here’s yet another reason that couples trying to conceive should stay away from the drugs. A study from the University of California at San Francisco found that smoking pot can lead sperm to “burn out,” proving that marijuana can wreak havoc on fertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What Pot Does

What the study found was a little bit alarming, but also interesting at the same time. It seems that the marijuana actually mimics an important chemical that is released by the egg. When the marijuana mimics this chemical, it causes the sperm to activate prematurely, while they are still in the male reproductive tract.

This, in turn, leads to the sperm “burning out,” and not being able to swim all the way to the egg. So, smoking pot can lead the sperm to be “burnt out” and essentially finished before they even reach the egg. You can see how this can be a problem. If the sperm can’t reach the egg, there is no way that you can get pregnant!

Other Issues

There are other issues associated with smoking pot while trying to conceive as well. First of all, men who smoke marijuana have lower sperm counts, and their sperm also moves more slowly than men who don’t smoke. As we previously mentioned, marijuana can cause sperm to swim too fast, too early.

In women, smoking pot while pregnant can impair fetal growth, negatively shorten pregnancy, and cause the quality and duration of labor to be negatively impacted. Other studies show that newborns who were exposed to marijuana during pregnancy have withdrawal symptoms at birth, and may have problems paying attention in school when they reach school age.

What To Do

The main thing to remember is to stay away from drugs while you are trying to conceive. Make sure that your partner is staying away from drugs as well. This includes secondhand smoke, or just being around others who are using drugs. The research on marijuana during conception and pregnancy is still relatively new, and more research will definitely be needed in the future.

However, it looks like, at this point, there are some things about marijuana that can make things harder for couples trying to conceive. The best advice at this time is just to avoid all drugs completely, during conception and pregnancy especially.

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Lindsey Zaldivar
Lindsey Zaldivar | ConceiveEasy
Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.