October 5, 2018

The Impact of Male Partners Who Smoke And Pregnancy

The Impact of Male Partners Who Smoke And Pregnancy

In women who smoke, the adverse effects on fertility and pregnancy have been well-documented. The impact of male partners who smoke and pregnancy has not been studied as extensively, however. A recent study looked at pregnancy outcomes in women whose partner smoked during early pregnancy. These researchers found that women whose partner smoked during the first few months of pregnancy were more likely to miscarry than women with nonsmoking partners. On the flip side, women whose partners quit smoking around the time of conception experienced an 18% lower risk of miscarriage than those whose partners continued to smoke. These findings highlight the importance of smoking cessation for men and women prior to pregnancy.

At Fertility Centers of New England, many patients come to us because they are struggling with infertility and/or miscarriages. We are proud to have helped thousands of patients realize their dream of becoming a parent. While fertility treatment often feels like a marathon, the majority of patients will ultimately be successful. Our pregnancy rates are outstanding, and we are very committed to delivering exemplary patient-centered care. If you have questions about your fertility or would like to set up a consultation, please contact us today.

For more information on smoking and the effects on pregnancy:

Infertility and Early Menopause Linked to Smoking

Stopping Smoking Prior To Attempting To Conceive


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Beth Plante, M.D.

Beth Plante, M.D. Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility