Smoking and Sperm Count?

Can smoking affect my partner’s sperm count?
BySamuel Wood, MD
Reproductive Endocrinologist
January 30, 2017
Hero Image

Among the long list of smoking’s evils is the effect that tobacco smoke can have on reducing both sperm count (quantity) and motility (how fast those swimmers can reach an egg). While doctors aren’t clear on the direct effect this may have on fertility (there are countries out there with high rates of smokers that are still making babies every minute of the day) there is good evidence that if your partner breaks his habit, he’ll see a marked improvement in his sperm within four to six weeks.

If your partner has plenty of sperm, smoking may or may not make a big difference in his ability to help you get pregnant. But if his sperm is only borderline quality, it can make a difference in helping you conceive. Either way, since there are a ton of health risks associated with cigarettes, helping him quit smoking now will be one of the smartest ideas and biggest gifts he can give to both you and your soon-to-be-developing family.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Related Video
Shawn Johnson gives birth to a baby boy.

Shawn Johnson and Andrew East Welcome a Baby Boy

profile picture of Lauren Barth
Lauren Barth
Senior Editor
Singer Halsey gives birth to newborn baby.

Halsey and Alev Aydin Welcome Their First Child

profile picture of Lauren Barth
Lauren Barth
Senior Editor
Happy mom holding her curious baby.

The Most Curious Babies Become the Smartest Learners, Study Says

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Article removed.