Scientists from France have shown that smoking has a detrimental effect on
Researchers from Nantes University Hospital photographed embryos as they
were developing in an IVF clinic before they were implanted in women undergoing fertility treatment .
Using time-lapse photography techniques, they found that embryos donated by
smokers developed less quickly than embryos donated by non-smokers.
The study's lead researcher Dr Thomas Freour noted that the impact was so
consistent that people trying for a baby should seriously consider quitting
Dr Freour told the BBC: "Embryos from smoking women, they behave
slower, there is a delay in their development."
He didn't hold back from pointing out the damaging effects of smoking,
telling the public broadcaster: "You should quit smoking, it couldn't be
easier. What else can I say? You want a baby, quit smoking."
For men, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence warns
that overeating, drinking and smoking can all negatively impact on sperm count.
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Infertility treatment news : 9 July 2012