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Has a bad habit from my past harmed my fer­til­ity?

If all we’re talk­ing about here is a few puffs on the odd night out and the oc­ca­sional toke on a joint, you needn’t worry about last­ing dam­age down there. If you lit up reg­u­larly, how­ever, it’s a bit murkier. ‘Cur­rent cig­a­rette smok­ers take longer to get preg­nant, have in­creased com­pli­ca­tions and have lower preg­nancy rates af­ter fer­til­ity treat­ments,’ ex­plains Dr Sheeva Talebian, an Nyc-based fer­til­ity spe­cial­ist. ‘In women who used to smoke, these same find­ings are noted, but to a lesser de­gree,’ she adds. It’s also known that smok­ing ac­cel­er­ates the rate of egg loss. Un­for­tu­nately, a lack of re­search means that we don’t know as much about the fer­til­ity con­se­quences of cannabis use. ‘I think it’s very likely we’ll find a neg­a­tive im­pact sim­i­lar to that of to­bacco, as smok­ing mar­i­juana ex­poses you to some of the same tox­ins,’ says Dr Talebian. ‘Our re­pro­duc­tive or­gans are ex­posed to ev­ery­thing we in­gest and in­hale, so we can’t to­tally erase the con­se­quences,’ she adds.

But don’t self-flag­el­late: quit­ting is hard, and by stop­ping when you did, you’ll have ex­er­cised sig­nif­i­cant dam­age con­trol.

Now keep it up.

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