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Evidence of concerning correlation between smoking and reproductive health issues among young women

There has been a worrying increase in reproductive health problems among young women who smoke in recent decades. 

Teenagers and young professionals, who are usually between the ages of 20 and 40, are facing a variety of issues.

Smoking has been closely associated with a number of potential reproductive health issues, which has a negative impact on women’s health and that of their progeny.

Smokers may experience the following possible problems with their reproductive health:

Menstrual irregularities

There is a link between smoking and irregular menstruation, especially in people with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Obstacles to Fertility

Smoking has been linked to increased infertility. Conception can be more difficult because of the detrimental effects of nicotine and other dangerous ingredients in cigarettes on the ovaries and disruption of hormonal balance.

High-chance of Pregnancy Complications

Smoking during pregnancy increases the chance of several complications, such as low birth weight, premature delivery, and developmental problems. Unfavourable consequences have been associated with second-hand smoke exposure for both the mother and the growing foetus.

Increased Risk of Miscarriage

Compared to non-smokers, women who smoke are more likely to miscarry a child. Cigarette smoke’s harmful ingredients can jeopardise a growing pregnancy’s viability.

Potential risk of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is a preventable disease and is the third most frequent malignancy in women worldwide. In addition to making HPV, a known risk factor for cervical cancer, more persistent, smoking adds to the already complicated picture of women’s health.

Over all risks

Smoking by young women can put their reproductive health and the health of future generations at risk, even when they are not aware of it.

We have observed a marked increase in reproductive health problems among young women who smoke, and we must act now to reverse this trend. More than ten percent of women who come with different reproductive problems are habitual smokers.

More than ten percent of women who come with different reproductive problems are habitual smokers. As “stress busters,” smoking and drinking are common among women. In addition to endangering their health, young women who smoke face serious and particular threats to their general well-being.

Reduction in fertility can occur from smoking, as it speeds up the loss of eggs. The amount of eggs that women have at birth decreases with time, and smoking can hasten this process. The fallopian tubes, where fertilisation normally takes place, can be harmed by smoking.

It may be difficult to conceive as a result of this injury interfering with the egg’s path from the ovary to the uterus. Hormone levels necessary for conception and pregnancy can be upset by smoking. It may have an impact on the generation of oestrogen, which is essential for the menstrual cycle and the preservation of a healthy reproductive system.

Smoking raises the possibility of miscarriage.

An individual’s ovarian reserve, or the quantity and calibre of eggs that are accessible for fertilisation, can be decreased by smoking. Smoking women may experience menopause earlier than non-smoking women.

By Parvathy Sukumaran

Parvathy Sukumaran is a Content Creator and Editor at JustCare Health. She is an Educator and a Language Lecturer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and an M.A in English Literature. She is passionate about writing, archaeology, music and cooking.

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