16th Jun, 2014
In addition to the many health risks such as cancer and heart disease, smoking also directly affects fertility in both women and men. Before beginning fertility treatment we strongly advise you to give up smoking to significantly improve your chances of becoming pregnant (Practice Committee of the ASRM, 2008).
Remember: Passive smoking can be just as harmful to fertility so it is important that both partners give up smoking together!
Not only does smoking affect natural fertility, there is a strong link between smoking and poor outcomes of fertility treatment (ESHRE, 2010).
Smokers may need to undergo nearly twice as many IVF cycles than non-smokers to achieve a pregnancy.