Mayo Clinic reproductive and infertility expert Dr. Jani Jensen says, “Although quitting smoking can be very difficult, the motivation to become pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy may help some women attempt to quit using tobacco. Similarly, this new study may be motivating even to partners to quit tobacco use to reduce the risks of secondhand smoke on pregnancy.”
Although the researchers did not explore how secondhand smoke impacts fertility and menopause, Dr. Jensen says one theory behind the menopause issue is that early onset is the result of accelerated loss of healthy eggs.
The researchers of the study say their findings underscore the importance of shielding women from active and passive tobacco smoke.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics:
40 million American adults smoke
Close to 15 out of 100 (15 percent) of American women smoke
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States
More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease
If you want to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help.