I read somewhere that cigarette smoking can affect sperm - abnormal sperms, which in turn may cause a birth defect. Is this true? If it is, can quitting smoking reverse this? How long before conception should the male wait after quitting smoking?
Yes, smoking impairs sperm production, morphology and impairs sperm motility. It can also result in genetic changes in offsprings. If you want to father a child then you must quit smoking at least 3 months prior and get a semen analysis for confirmation.
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