A Man is said to be suffering from infertility problem when he is experiencing:
- Low sperm counts or,
- A poor semen quality or both.
So hence we know that any abnormality in the sperm count or sperm quality is the causes of male infertility.
Reproduction phenomena are the worst affected by the infertility factor i.e. couples find it very difficult to conceive a baby and hence this may result in long-term depression.
The male fertility depends on the quality and quantity of sperm and if during ejaculation the sperm count is low or is of a very poor quality then it may be impossible for him to cause pregnancy and produce a baby.
So now we know that to produce a healthy baby the sperm should be healthy in quality as well as quantity.
Here we will see the effects of smoking on male sperm:
There is a popular saying that smokers take longer to conceive than non-smokers and are more likely to have fertility issues.
Effect of smoking on sperm count:
- Smoking decreases sperm concentration in men by up to 23%.
- Smoking results in decreasing the sperm motility by 13% i.e. make it weak. Sperm motility is the ability of the sperm to swim and reach the female egg.
- Sperm morphology refers to the shape of the sperm.
Oddly shaped sperms may not seem well enough to reach the egg and cause fertility and smoking results in the sperm deformity in the sperm morphology.
- Smoking can adversely affect the sperm DNA and a damaged sperm DNA may further result into problems with:
- Egg Fertilization,
- Embryo development,
- Embryo implantation,
- Decreased body fitness and
- May increase probability of Miscarriage.
- Smoking can result into abnormal hormonal levels which can further adversely affect fertility.
- Furthermore, smoking can cause erectile dysfunction i.e. inability of the penis to get erect and so it is not able to enter the vagina properly and perform sex.
- Smoking can damage the sperm DNA and adversely affect the health of the child.
- Smoking excessively by the father can result in various health problems to the newborn in his childhood.
Good news for all:
The Sperm takes 3 months to develop i.e. one can quit smoking 3 months before conception (making a baby). So at the time of conception his sperm will be least under the harmful effect of smoke and there are high chances to produce a healthy baby.
Moreover, if one quits smoking one year before his marriage he can reverse most of the harmful effects the smoking had on his body.
Our body always keeps on repairing itself and quitting smoking at the right time can have many benefits such as:
- It can reverse the unhealthy sperm condition i.e. it can increase the sperm count and also reverse the sperm morphology damage and sperm DNA damage.
- Can help reproducing a very healthy baby,
- It can reverse if its effects on erectile dysfunction and after a series of proper diet and regular exercise may result into rock hard erections.
- Quitting smoking can repair the damaged brain cells and bring them to normal activeness.
Other benefits of quitting smoking are:
- It improves vision by stopping the damage done by the smoke on our eyes,
- Will improve hearing/ speech recognition,
- Will result in clean and healthy mouth( comprising of gums and teeth) which is the window of all processes happening inside our body and should be kept clean and healthy all the time,
- Result in clearer skin,
- Decrease risk of heart disease,
- Beneficial to cure diabetes.
- Preserve the health of lungs,
- Lower down the cholesterol level,
- Prevention from Cancer,
- Stops body from further sperm DNA damage,
- Most of all quitting smoking will result in overall sexual health i.e.
- No more issues of erectile dysfunction,
- No more infertility issues,
- Increased stamina in bed and
- A sturdy and balanced hormonal body.