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Your overall health is very important for conception. That’s why it’s so important to do everything you can to stay healthy. For some people, cannabis can have the following negative health effects:
In general, it’s thought that marijuana can affect the production of luteinizing hormone in women. LH regulates testosterone production in men and stimulates female ovulation. When men smoke frequently, they tend to have lower levels of testosterone, and women who smoke frequently have less LH.
2. Lower sperm count
There’s no conclusive evidence that marijuana use causes infertility, but research has found that it can lower sperm count, increase anovulatory cycles, and disrupt the balance of hormones in the body that encourage pregnancy.
Since there isn’t a conclusive determination on the subject, if you have a male partner who smokes, try to discourage him from doing so while you are trying to conceive — especially if his sperm count is low.
If a couple cannot get pregnant after a year of regular unprotected sex, they may have a fertility problem. This is fairly common — 1 in 7 couples worldwide need more than a year to conceive. However, it’s important to understand all the factors that lead to infertility and do everything you can to eliminate them, including limiting or stopping marijuana use.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, marijuana use can impair a man’s sperm count and ability to reproduce. Other research has suggested that marijuana is bad for men’s fertility.
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Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Despite the relaxation effects that many people associate with marijuana use, research has shown marijuana has negative effects on the male sexual response.
Obviously, if you are both smoking marijuana, you risk increasing the chances of infertility as a couple.