When you smoke, 7000 chemicals are released into the body impacting all of the organs. In men, it can cause hormonal imbalances, including and not limited to higher testosterone levels, and erectile dysfunction. Not only does smoking reduce sperm count, but it can also have a negative impact on all reproductive organs in the body.
In other smoking news, a study done by the School of Medicine at the University of Rome Tor Vergata found an association between regulated sperm count and a cannabinoid receptor, named CB2.
Using mice as their subjects, the research team found that mice who had their CB2 receptor stimulated had accelerated sperm cell development, known as spermatogenesis, while those who’s CB2 receptor was inhibited had slower rate of spermatogenesis.
While the same study found that cannabis can actually decrease fertility, the findings about the CB2 receptor proves potentially promising as a treatment for male infertility.
Still, if you are trying to conceive and having trouble, quitting smoking may be the remedy.