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Things to consider before Starting Treatment
Giving up smoking
The Fertility Unit strongly encourages all patients to stop smoking before beginning fertility treatment.
Why give up smoking?
Smoking reduces fertility in both men and women. A series of expert scientific reports has shown that smokers have less chance of getting pregnant. Studies have shown a poorer response to fertility treatment amongst smokers when compared to non-smokers.
Effects on male fertility
Smoking reduces the quality of semen. Men who smoke have a lower sperm count than non-smokers, and the semen often contains a higher number of abnormal sperm.
Effects on female fertility
Women who smoke are twice as likely to be infertile as non-smokers.
Smoking may also reduce the likelihood of fertilization, implantation and successful pregnancy following fertility treatment.
Smoking is associated with an increased risk of ectopic (or tubal) pregnancy and miscarriage.
Women who stop smoking take no longer to get pregnant than women who have never smoked.
The effects of smoking during pregnancy
Research has also shown that smoking increases the risk of complications in pregnancy and can cause:
Quitline is an organisation that helps people give up smoking. Phone: 131 848 or ask for a brochure at the Fertility Unit.