Kilkari Special Series: Some habits of your partner can deprive you of child happiness. One of these habits is the level of your partner’s smoking cigarettes. Here you will say that if your partner smokes cigarettes, then how will you have to bear the brunt of it. So the answer is that even passive smoking can create obstacles in your dreams of becoming a mother or father. Because, pacific smoking also increases infertility and this has been proved in many researches.
According to Dr. Aswati Nair, Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, if a woman does not smoke, but lives with her husband, friend or co-worker who smokes, her chances of getting pregnant can drop significantly. Passive smoke contains all the carcinogenic and toxic substances that a smoker takes directly. The toxins in passive smoke are not filtered out like direct cigarette smoke, and side-stream smoke builds up at lower temperatures and therefore releases more hazardous compounds.
Has a negative effect on the ability to conceive
According to Dr. Aswati Nair, passive smoking affects the fertility of men and women in different ways. A recent research has proved that due to passive smoking, there is a negative result on the ability of women to conceive. It affects not only the ovaries, but also the endometrial lining, affecting women’s ability to fertilize. If the woman’s husband smokes, or she spends time inhaling the smoke of others, it may be difficult for her to become pregnant.
In addition, due to passive smoking, pregnancy is likely to take longer than usual. At the same time, passive smoking in men causes damage to the DNA of spermatozoa, which not only leads to infertility, but also causes epigenetic changes in the potential fetus.
Passive smoking is a big threat to the cervix
Dr. Aswati Nair explains that due to passive smoking, the hormones that aid in conception and pregnancy are not able to do their work properly. This condition can also pose a big risk to the cervix of women. Let us tell you here that the cervix is the passage of the uterus through which the sperm enters to fertilize the egg. It is said that due to passive smoking, the number of eggs available to compensate also decreases.
In addition, various cigarette smoke products, such as benzopyrine, cadmium, and cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, reach the ovarian corpuscles and cotinine residues have been associated with a reduced ability to fertilize the egg. Current or quit smokers have a 14% higher risk of infertility, while passive smokers with the most exposure to smoke have an 18% higher risk of infertility than non-smokers.
How to protect yourself for pregnancy
According to Dr. Aswati Nair, the only way to avoid this condition is to quit smoking and try not to go near the person who smokes. Staying away from tobacco smoking can increase fertility, but the loss in egg production cannot be completed. The longer a person stays away from tobacco smoke, the lower the risk of pregnancy from smoking. On the other hand, it is necessary for the smoking partner to quit smoking.
Let us tell you here that about 12 percent of the world’s smokers live in India. It is also a fact of the shocking statistics of the World Health Organization that more than 30% of adults in India are victims of passive smoking in places like public transport, indoor workplaces and restaurants. Passive smoking usually occurs when someone close or loved one is a smoker. It is natural that when you are around that person, then the smoke of the cigarette being blown by him will go into your breath along with him.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2022, 16:25 IST