You probably know that taking illegal drugs during pregnancy is not a good idea. But if you are trying to get pregnant, there is compelling evidence that recreational drugs could reduce your fertility.
Recreational drug users often claim there are no side effects to moderate use. However, if you’re struggling to conceive and like to indulge occasionally, you owe it to yourself to look into the scientific evidence around recreational drug use and fertility.
It is acknowledged that studies on the effects of recreational drugs on fertility are scarce due to ethical considerations, as well as under-reporting of the issue, however there is still compelling evidence that illegal drugs can negatively impact on your fertility.
As far back as 1990, scientists found evidence that even low-level marijuana use could reduce a woman’s fertility due to ovulatory abnormality, while cocaine use carried a much higher risk of tubal abnormality.
A study published in 2006 showed that cannabis taken by a woman can constrain pre-implantation embryo development
But the impact is not just restricted to female fertility. Research published in 2003 showed that marijuana can reduce the amount of seminal fluid a man produces, lower total sperm count and make sperm behave abnormally. In 2006, a team established a progressive link between Delta-9-THC (the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana) and reduced motility of sperm. Two years later, scientists concluded that marijuana can impact negatively on male reproductive hormone secretion and testicular function, as well as affecting the functionality and motility of sperm.
As if that weren’t enough, in 2008, a report joined up the dots between male and female fertility, concluding that marijuana reduces the fertility of both men and women by affecting signalling pathways, making hormonal regulation erratic and creating mistiming during embryo implantation.
The scientific evidence shows that recreational drugs can impact on your fertility. If you’re struggling to conceive, this may be one of the lifestyle changes you can make to boost your chances of having your own baby.
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