Smoking e-cigarettes comes with a price to both male and female fertility
Long gone are the myths that vapes or e-cigarettes like Juule are a healthier alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes. In fact, the CDC has come out with a specific lung disease associated with vaping named EVALI or E-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury. Every day more studies are showing harmful facts on this new fruity fire free smoking fad. Fertility experts have long been aware of the negative effects of smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes on the reproductive system, and now, more recent studies are starting to show similar negative outcomes from vaping as well.
Are Vapes Safe When Trying to Get Pregnant?
According to reproductivefacts.org, smoking regular tobacco cigarettes increases infertility rates in both male and female smokers around twice the rate of nonsmokers. Vaping, e-cigs, hookah pens, or e-pipes so far have not fare well in preliminary studies related to fertility.
A study published in the Journal for Endocrine Society shows that the chemicals and nicotine in vapes or e-cigs may negatively impact an embryo’s ability to implant in the uterus. The same study also shows negative effects on sperm.
Vaping and Male Fertility
For male vapers or e-cig enthusiasts, studies show that, compared to non-vapers, sperm counts were lower; more specifically, there was an average decrease in sperm counts from 147 MM compared to 91 MM. This is especially important for males already struggling with low sperm counts.
Is Vaping a Better Alternative to Smoking When Trying to Conceive?
About 25% of women quit smoking when trying to conceive, but replacing your Virginia Slims with a Blue Razz vape is not a safe or better alternative. In fact, the chemicals and toxins found in vapes, like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, are linked to reduced fertility in women. These chemicals were found to cause inflammatory, neurological, and metabolic changes that negatively affect fertility. The toxins in vapes may also cause damage to ovarian follicles and egg quality.
Vaping During Fertility Treatments
At RHWC fertility center, Dr. Marcus Rosencrantz, FACOG recommends patients stop smoking both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes or vapes alike. “Smoking can harm both sperm and egg quality which can make conceiving more difficult,” says Dr. Rosencrantz. “The best plan while trying to conceive is to stop smoking period”.
For more information on getting pregnant, call us at 949-516-0606 to speak with a fertility specialist today.