The Effects of Smoking on Sperm

Thinking about your overall health as a soon-to-be dad is vital. The leading cause of infertility among men is abnormal sperm. Sperm is affected by a lot of lifestyle factors, which includes smoking.
We all know that smoking affects your overall health, however, you might not be aware that smoking affects fertility, both male and female fertility. The truth is that couples sometimes overlook the wellbeing of the male partner when it comes to fertility. Bear in mind that getting pregnant requires both, a healthy sperm and a healthy egg.

Human sperm cells The toxins found in cigarettes damage not only the lungs, but has a detrimental impact on the overall health of the body, including your reproductive system.

Smoking Leads to Decreased Semen Quality
Many studies have shown that smokers have a lowered quality of semen. Various effects include the following:
● Sperm Concentration: this refers to the amount of sperm found in a calculated quantity of semen. According to studies, there is a substantial decrease in sperm concentration among men who smoke.
● Sperm morphology: this refers to the sperm’s shape. A male who smokes has less healthy shaped sperm as compared to a non-smoker.
● Sperm motility: this refers to the ability of the sperm to swim. If the sperm can’t swim properly, it may have a hard time getting to the egg to fertilise it. Researchers found that men who smoke have a decrease in their sperm motility.

What can you do?
The obvious answer is to quit smoking, which is obviously easier said than done. If becoming a father is high on your priority list I am sure this goal can be achieved with determination and effort.
What about the damage that was already done?
● Diet
Include plenty of vegetables in your diet.
Eliminate sugar a processed foods.
● Antioxidants
Take supplements high in antioxidants such as selenium, zinc, CoQ10, Vitamin C