Making a baby can take a little more time than we might expect, so when do we know when it's time to seek help from a specialist? Obstetrician/Gynecologist Mark Kan explains. (Have a question for our fertility expert or another advisor? Send it to us here!)
Mark Kan, MD

Your question:
My husband is a smoker (about 1 pack a day). Has there been any research done on how the chemicals effect the male's fertiity or longterm health of the fetus.



The expert answers:
Great question. There have been many studies of smoking and fertility. Male smokers have decreased sperm parameters and decreased fertility. Female smokers also have decreased rates of fertility and decreased fallopian tube function. smoking can lead to all kinds of serious problems with the baby. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health and well-being, including your fertility. Smoking cessation programs are available through most major hospitals.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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