Shisha and infertility

shisha and infertility

Shisha and infertility


The consumption of some chemical and toxic substances can cause infertility in both men and women. Shisha (flavored tobacco) and cigarettes are two very established habits in Kuwait, and in the Arab world in general. If your desire is to have a child soon, the best option to improve your chances of pregnancy is to stop smoking, both men and women.

Shisha and infertility: How does this affect fertility?

The shisha is a ritual in which you meet your friends or family to spend a relaxed time. It is believed that the shisha is healthier than cigarettes, but this is not true. Both, shisha and tobacco contain nicotine, tar and heavy metals that directly affect the quality of sperm and eggs. In addition, if the pregnant woman smokes directly or indirectly, it can cause the baby to be born with low weight, develop growth problems. It especially happens in the first trimester or affect the baby’s future fertility.

Statistically, male smokers have 14% less of the essential protein to possess a good seminal quality, protamine. In the case of women, 55% of the fetuses of smoking mothers have a 55% decrease in germ cells, responsible for the formation of semen and ovules in the fetus. The somatic cells are also affected by 37%, responsible for the good development of the fetus in pregnancy. So shisha and infertility are not complementary. 


How to reverse the effects of the shisha to improve fertility?

To improve fertility in smoking couples, or in the case one of you either husband or wife are smokers, the first step is to quit that habit. Once we have managed to quit smoking, both shisha and cigarettes, we will have to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Increase the consumption of foods which are rich in antioxidants such as green tea, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, etc. You can check our post about Healthy lifestyle habits to guide you on this path to fertility.

For a healthy young couple under 35, the normal time of conception is 12 calendar months. In the case of women aged 35 or older, it is advisable to go to a specialist if pregnancy has not been achieved after 6 months from the start of the attempt. 

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