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The impact of smoking on fertility treatment

It is widely known that smoking has a detrimental effect on the health of both males and females and can have a negative impact on fertility, however recent studies presented in Spain at the 2018 ESHRE conference have revealed that smoking can also have an adverse effect on the IVF outcome of patients, resulting in a reduced ongoing pregnancy and delivery rate.

The studies demonstrated that male smoking is a significant factor for decreasing the chances for a delivery and compromising the quality of an ongoing pregnancy.

There were a significant number of early miscarriages observed among young men who smoked, influencing the overall result of the IVF process and delivery rate.

The scientists were able to conclude from the study that smoking by males will decrease the success rate of assisted reproductive treatment, affecting the fertilisation rate and impeding healthy embryo development due to damaged DNA in the sperm.