We know that smoking tobacco has a multitude of adverse effects on fertility and obstetrical outcomes. The impact of smoking marijuana has been less clear, however. A recent study published in Human Reproduction found that smoking marijuana during fertility treatment may increase miscarriage. Further, the study found that amongst women undergoing fertility treatment, those who were current marijuana smokers had double the risk of miscarriage compared to women who were past users or had never used marijuana.
It has also been found in past research that women who use marijuana during pregnancy are more likely to be anemic, have lower birth weight babies, and to have more neonatal intensive care admissions than occurs in infants of mothers who did not use marijuana during pregnancy. Nevertheless, these findings suggest that women who are trying to conceive should limit their exposure to marijuana.
At Fertility Centers of New England, we encourage all of our patients to lead a healthy lifestyle in order to have the best chance possible of conceiving. If you have questions about you or your partner’s fertility or what’s safe or not safe when trying to conceive, please contact us today!
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