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Fact: smoking damages fertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 22, 2007 | 0 comments

[BioNews, London] A report published by the Board of Science and Education of the British Medical Assosiation (BMA) presents powerful evidence that smoking harms sexual and reproductive health in both men and women.

The report, called 'Smoking and Reproductive Life', looked at both active and passive smoking by both sexes, and the impact of this on peoples' reproductive and sexual health and the health of children. The study finds that the damaging effects of smoking can be seen throughout the whole of a person's reproductive life - from puberty onwards. It concludes that 'smoking can compromise the capacity to have a family, and parental smoking can have long-term and serious consequences for child health. Exposure to second-hand smoke is a risk during pregnancy, and harms infants and children'.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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