Care about your swimmers? We all have been told that smoking is bad for you: this nasty habit could lead to lung or tongue cancer. However, new evidence has come to light that it might affect more than just your risk of cancer.
A recent study provides reiterates why smoking is a terrible idea: it might be responsible for lowering sperm count in men. Yes, gentlemen, not only does smoking slowly kill your current body – it also has an influence over the life of your offspring.
Originally it was expectant mothers who were warned about the dangers of smoking before and during pregnancy, but studies are now showing that males who smoke can influence fertility, and the normalcy and well-being of future babies.
In one study, just under 6,000 participants were involved in twenty experiments done by the European Association of Urology and the findings showed that men who were exposed to cigarette smoke had reduced sperm count (quantity) and motility (speed at which sperm can make it to the egg). It was also found to reduce quantity of morphologically normal semen, with more pronounced deterioration in men who were moderate to heavy smokers.
“More and more studies are demonstrating a harmful effect of smoking on male fertility. Our results point in the direction of important semen alterations: semen of smokers presents an inflammatory nature, associated with decreased capacity of sperm to achieve fertilization and generate a healthy pregnancy,” Dr. Ricardo Pimenta Bertolla, from the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Human Reproduction Section, Sao Paulo Federal University, Brazil.
Cigarette smoke causes an inflammatory response in the male reproductive tract and damages male DNA, reducing sperms ability to create a healthy pregnancy.