We don't need another reason for why smoking is harmful to both yourself and those around you -- however, if you or your spouse is trying to get pregnant, you better learn about about the effects of second-hand smoke and female fertility.
Ever wondered if there is a real correlation between second-hand smoke and female fertility? You might not like this ugly truth, but here are some cold hard facts about the relationship between second-hand smoke and female fertility .
Women exposed to second-hand smoke, as adults or children, are significantly more likely to face fertility problems and miscarriages.
Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center conducted an analysis of more than 4,800 non-smoking women that showed: those who were exposed to secondhand smoke six or more hours per day as children and adults faced a 68% greater chance of having difficulty getting pregnant and suffering one or more miscarriages.
The study, published online in Tobacco Control, found four out of five women reported exposure to second-hand smoke during their lifetime. Half of the women grew up in a home with smoking parents and nearly two-thirds of them were exposed to some secondhand smoking at the time of the survey.
More than 40% of those women had difficulty getting pregnant — infertility lasting more than a year — or suffered miscarriages, some repeatedly, the study said.
Now that you know the effects of second-hand smoke and female fertility. Read on for a doctor’s tips on how to quit! Or get your significant other to kick the habit.