Our expert says:
It is unlikely that the 3% morphology is entirely related to smoking and it is also unlikely that complete cessation of smoking will bring the morphology back to normal. However it may improve morphology slightly but I would believe that the presently accepted standard for morphology if applied in the future would show only a moderate increase in the morphology. However a new test which is now available at our centre which checks for DNA fragmentation which is a lot more accurate with the respect to the effect of smoking can be applied to determine the absolute effect of smoking on the DNA content of the sperm. This test I believe would become more and more routine in sperm analysis in patients who have specific causative factors that are identifiable.
Answered by: Dr M.I. Cassim
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