Smoking and Fertility


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We’ve all grown up hearing that ‘smoking is bad’. Parents, teachers, and even commercials give us all the reasons to quit. You know the big ones, heart disease and lung cancer, but did you know that smoking, and just as importantly second-hand smoke, can also affect your fertility?

According to a recent study done by the British Medical Association, women who smoke have a 40% lower chance of conceiving. Some studies have even shown that smoking actually changes the amount of estrogen a woman’s body produces and affects the blood flow to your reproductive organs. Smoking can also cause the eggs to not develop correctly. So when there is ovulation and the egg is met with healthy swimmers, the egg itself is not healthy enough to continue to grow.

While female infertility seems to be studied more often than that of a male, smoking is as much of an issue for the guys to. It can decrease not only sperm count, but also affect the quality of the sperm. And without quality soldiers to swim and conquer, the egg will die off as it waits ever so patiently like a damsel in distress.

There has also been some rather new research that has even shown smoking while you are trying to conceive and during pregnancy can affect the fertility of your own children. This study shows that the fertility of daughters whose mothers smoked, may have up to a two-thirds reduction in fertility. Two thirds!

So, if you’re trying to get pregnant, stop smoking.


If you need help quitting, please go talk to your doctor or search online for quitting resources. There are lots of people out there that want to help you better your health. And if your friends smoke, you may just have to find a pleasant way to say you’ll be standing far, far away while they light up.

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. Alison @ Wholesome Goodness says:

    I think that the issue of a woman’s lifestyle choices affecting her daughters’ fertility is a really important one (and so often overlooked). It makes perfect sense, of course. A female baby will form all of the eggs she’ll ever have while she’s still in the womb. I wonder if this explains why it is our generation that has unprecedented fertility problems. Our moms were the first women to grow up with TV dinners and processed foods. Coincidence?

    I look forward to reading more on your blog! My health has improved so much since switching to a clean, nourishing, whole foods diet.

  2. Coincidence? I think not! :-) So many ‘new’ and ‘processed’ foods started with our parents and grandparents and it seems the infertility rate for young women has increased so much just in the past couple generations. I’m sure it’s part of it!