Most of us know that smoking can cause a plethora of health problems, including adversely affecting fertility, but did you know that smoking can also influence your egg quality?
When studying effects of nicotine on ovarian reserve, doctors noted that there was a decrease in the number of eggs retrieved during a stimulation cycle in women who smoked. There were also disruptions in egg maturation, ovulation rates, and fertilization rates. These are all indications of poor egg quality and quantity. Doctors also found that chromosomal abnormities were higher in women who smoked cigarettes.
A recent study conducted by Dutch scientists, looked at the effects of smoking on 8,000 women, ages 20 to 40. They found that cigarettes added 10 years to the reproductive age of the women who smoked. Their success with IVF was also drastically reduced. This can be problematic for women who are planning on freezing their eggs to use at a later date.
If you are considering egg freezing, remember that healthy lifestyle changes can increase your chances of a successful retrieval. Eating right, cutting back on caffeine, quitting smoking, and starting an exercise routine can all greatly influence not only your fertility, but the health of your future pregnancy.
August 22, 2013 Posted by Jenn Nixon