Giving up smoking is one of the best steps you can take to boost your chances of having a baby – whether you are a man or a woman.

As early as 1998, a major review of all the research into smoking and fertility concluded that cigarettes reduce female fecundity.  This conclusion was repeated ten years later, when a systematic review of all the literature on the relationship between smoking and reproductive function found strong evidence that smoking compromises fairly evenly every system involved in the reproductive process.

Smoking has also been found to have an impact on the motility of sperm as well as the quality of its DNA.  It has also been shown to increase sperm morphological defects while reducing sperm density and total sperm count.

The message is overwhelming: smoking seriously impacts on fertility.  If you are trying for a baby, quitting is essential, whether you are hoping to become a mum or a dad.  Not only will giving up boost your chance of conceiving, stopping your habit now will create a healthier environment for when you do get to hold your little bundle of joy in your arms.