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Posted by: Sandi | 2009/03/09

Smoking &  infertility

Hi Doctor

Could you please tell me what an effect smoking has on fertility.
I have been seeing a Gynae for the past year, and TTC for 2 years.
I quit smoking 2 months ago.

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Dear Sandi

Smoking certainly effects the implantation potential due to the release of free radicals and the well-known toxic effect of theses on cell growth. Should pregnancy occur then the effect of smoking on the foetus is also well documented in terms of growth retardation.

Answered by: Dr M.I. Cassim

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