How Smoking Affects Female And Male Fertility
Smoking and infertility
If you smoke, it is likely to take you longer to get pregnant than a non-smoker. Most couples who have regular, unprotected sex (every 2-3 days) will get pregnant within a year. But for smokers, the chance of getting pregnant are cut by almost half each month.
Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb. If you give up smoking now, your chances of getting pregnant faster will increase.
If you have not become pregnant after 12 months of trying, this is described as infertility. Women who smoke are twice as likely to be infertile as non-smokers.
This is true for women trying to become pregnant for the ﬁrst time and for women who have been pregnant before.
Smoking can also affect the success rates of fertility treatment, such as IVF (In vitro fertilisation).