When you are trying to conceive it is important to understand how lifestyle choices can affect your fertility. Dr. Ketan Patel, expert fertility doctor at AZARH, explains how smoking affects the decrease of fertility of men and women.

Smoking decreases fertility in men and women in the following ways:

  1. Men: smoking is associated with abnormal sperm parameters.
  2. Women: smoking is associated in multiple decreased fertility issues such as ovulating dysfunction as well as miscarriages.

Other factors that affect fertility for men and women include:

  • Recreational drug use has also been shown to decrease fertility in men and women.
  • Woman who are too thin or too obese are also at risk for fertility issues.

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Learn tips for increasing fertility. Our team of Arizona fertility doctors included studied topics on what to avoid while trying to increase your fertility and what to do to increase your fertility.


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Many women elect to have children at later ages. There are varied reasons for doing so, from fulfilling career obligations to not finding the right partner until later in life to simply not feeling ready. Learn more about how AZARH can extend your fertility.