From the journal BJU international, researchers say that men who smoke have a higher percentage of sperm damage and potentially their offspring too.
The quality of sperm will become frail as the part of the sperm that releases the very enzymes that enable sperm to penetrate the shell of the ovum had partially and sometimes totally produce inactive mitochondria.
Researchers, led by senior author Ricardo Pimenta Bertolla of the São Paulo Federal University, done a small study of 20 smokers and 20 non-smokers analyzing the sperm.
They’ve assessed 422 proteins in participants’ sperm. One protein was absent, 27 proteins were underrepresented, and 6 proteins were over-represented in smokers.
Dr. Bertolla also added, “More and more studies are demonstrating a harmful effect of smoking on males. Our results point in the direction of important semen alterations: semen of smokers presents an inflammatory nature, associated with decreased capacity of sperm to achieve fertilization and to generate a healthy pregnancy.”
It tells that the message is clear: Smoking has a detrimental impact on male fertility to produce quality sperm that will be able to fertilize an egg, and that impact could extend to the fetus.