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Smoking & Fertility: How to Improve Your Chances of Pregnancy Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on January 10th, 2017

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Smoking & Fertility: How to Improve Your Chances of Pregnancy

Wellness | Women's Health | men's health

Smoking, Infertility & Pregnancy#OneSmall Change – If you're trying to conceive, there are changes that you can make in your life that will help.

One important thing that board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists (fertility doctors) agree on is smoking.

Stop smoking.

It's simple. It's science. And it's real.

Smoking damages genetic material.

There's more, but that's the important point. And secondhand smoke is not any better for either partner contributing genetic material, like an egg or a sperm.

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Smoking is dangerous to a pregnancy in the following ways:

1. Smoking impedes becoming pregnant.

2. Smoking works against fertility treatment cycles, makes a cycle (IUIor IVF) far less likely to succeed.

3. It makes miscarriage far more likely. Each cigarette smoked per day increases miscarriage risks by 1%.

4. Secondhand smoke is just as bad.

5. Smoking causes low birth weight babies- already a slight risk in certain situations for babies born from IVF fertility treatment cycles.

Quit Smoking to Improve Your Fertility

Quitting smoking can be one of the biggest challenges of your life. If, however, you smoke and are also challenged with infertility, there's one that you can do something about that will also improve the chances of the other.

Quit smoking. Improve your health. Improve your chances to become pregnant, stay pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby.

One small change.

Let us know how we can help.

About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.