For both men and women, taking cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, cannabis and other recreational drugs can reduce the chance of having a baby. Taken over a long period of time, recreational drugs can cause permanent problems with the reproductive system and infertility. Recreational drugs can also cause serious problems in pregnancy. All drugs pass into the bloodstream.
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Marijuana May Impair Male Fertility
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There are always new articles popping up about what a woman can do to enhance her fertility potential. These enhancements run from the practical—eating healthy, exercising, having an ideal BMI —to the more superstitious—eating exotic fruits and nuts or standing on your head after sex. While the man will not be carrying the baby, male factor is the cause of infertility in 40 to 50 percent of couples and male infertility may arise if his sperm count is low or the sperm have mobility issues. The fact that men produce millions of new sperm every day makes it highly beneficial to men who want to alter their lifestyle habits. Sperm take about 74 days to mature , which means that men who do make lifestyle changes only need to wait about three months before seeing improvements in sperm quality—increasing their chances for reproductive success.
As legal access to marijuana continues expanding across the U. New research from Duke Health suggests men in their child-bearing years should also consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they've been using the drug. Much like previous research that has shown tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants and even obesity can alter sperm, the Duke research shows THC also affects epigenetics, triggering structural and regulatory changes in the DNA of users' sperm. Experiments in rats and a study with 24 men found that THC appears to target genes in two major cellular pathways and alters DNA methylation, a process essential to normal development.