Smoking does disastrous things to the body and the mind. Nicotine and the other 7000 chemicals that the body takes in with every cigarette causes more and more damage to just about every part of the body. Cancer and diseases can show up just about anywhere, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs. In addition to cancer and disease, smoking cigarettes decreases the male sperm count and affects fertility, decreasing your chances of a successful conception.
Cancer and other diseases can take years to develop but a low sperm count can happen more quickly. While these other symptoms are obviously very serious, a low sperm count can affect a man’s ego as well as his ability to procreate. If a man is looking to get a woman pregnant, he must be in the right mindset, as well physically fit. The best way to get your sperm count back to normal is by quitting smoking.
This article will examine the effects of smoking on sperm count, what happens to the sperm count after quitting smoking, smoking and infertility, and how Joseph R. Giove can help you quit smoking using hypnotherapy in order to improve your sperm count.
How Does Smoking Affect Sperm Count?
Smoking will damage your sperm count and motility (this is the ability of the sperm to make its way through a woman’s fertility track). Once this happens it makes it that much harder for the man to fertilize the woman’s egg.
While scientists are still testing many theories as to why this is, one doctor has come up with a theory. Dr. Mohamad Eid Hammadeh and his research team have found that sperm is comprised of two main chemicals, protamine 1 and protamine 2. In non-smokers these two are at an even ratio and are considered healthy enough to fertilize an egg.
The problem that comes with smokers is that they do not have enough of the protamine 2 chemical. This imbalance can cause the sperm to become highly vulnerable to DNA damage. This means that those sperm will either not fertilize an egg, lead to a miscarriage, or the child will develop birth defects.
Smoking damaged sperm cannot fight off destructive oxygen molecules, called free radicals, to the same degree as healthy sperm. Smoking then leads to oxidative stress, and therefore more free radicals. Free radicals are much more prevalent in smokers than nonsmokers and also cause sperm motility issues in addition to fertilization problems.
This means that smoking will decrease your sperm count as well as the quality of the sperm. If the sperm quality is low than there is an even greater chance that it will not be able to fertilize an egg.
What Happens to the Sperm Count After Quitting
Women unfortunately have a limited number of eggs that can be fertilized over their lifetime, but men are a little luckier. After you quit smoking, your sperm count and motility should return to normal reasonably quickly. This is because sperm has a regenerative property that allows it to replace itself every 70 to 90 days. However, it may take a little longer if you have been a heavy smoker for a long time. Smoking takes its toll on the whole body, the reproductive system included. If you want your sperm count and motility rate to get back to normal you should quit immediately. If you are trying to conceive a child, the chances of fertilization and fewer complications greatly increase after 3 months of being smoke free.
Not only does smoking decrease sperm count and motility for men, it affects women too. Smokers of either gender are much likelier to develop fertility problems than non smokers. Some of these problems include:
- Genetic issues
- Reproductive organ damage
- Ovulation issues
- Premature menopause
- Damage to the eggs
- Cancer of the reproductive system
- Increased risk of miscarriage
- Hormonal issues
- Erectile dysfunction
All of these factors are increased when one or both of the parents smoke. Secondhand smoke can cause any of these fertility issues as well. So if you and your partner are trying to conceive, it is best that both of you quit smoking right away.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Smoking has been linked to dozens of health problems ranging from cancer to erectile dysfunction. Many of these health problems are associated with the reproductive system, including low sperm count in men and infertility in women. While a low sperm count is just one of many problems associated with fertility, it is also the most correctable. By quitting smoking, your sperm count and motility will increase back to healthy levels. Sperm only takes about three months to regenerate itself so if you are planning on conceiving, now is the time to quit, and Joseph R.Giove can help.
Joseph R. Giove is a licensed Clinical Hypnotist with over 30 years of experience helping people who are trying to conceive a child quit smoking. He doesn’t use chemicals or carcinogens that could be damaging to your body or the future baby’s body. He simply uses the power of the mind to slightly alter your brain pattern so you no longer crave cigarettes. For your health and the health of your future child, quit smoking now with the help of Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy!