Avoid using tobacco, it causes infertility: Study

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New Delhi: According to the information given by the doctors, the consumption of tobacco products such as smoking causes infertility in both females and males.

Fertility experts have said tobacco and other types of narcotics can also cause occurrence of early menopause in women.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), till 2015, India had 12 per cent of the world’s tobacco users with over 108 million smokers.

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“One should avoid using tobacco (cigarettes) and marijuana. They reduce fertility, especially by reducing sperm counts. Smoking damages sperm, making them less likely to fertilize eggs. The embryos they create are less likely to survive,” said Arvind Vaid, an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Specialist at Delhi-based Indira IVF Hospital.

Studies have also revealed that compared to non-smokers, active smokers were 14 per cent more likely to be infertile and 26 per cent more likely to have early menopause.

Noting that while cigarettes do not necessarily cause infertility, Vaid said they can have an adverse effect on a couple’s ability to conceive.

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“The problem exists in men as much as in females,” said Vaid.