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Friday 27 May, 2016 by Liv

We all know that smoking is bad for our health; but did you know smoking can affect our fertility too?

And contrary to popular belief it is not just a female's smoking that can cause fertility problems, but also a male's.

In fact if you or your partner smoke it can have a significant impact on how long it takes to get pregnant, as well as the health of your baby – before and after birth.

For couples planning a baby, the good news is as soon as you quit your body starts repairing – which can improve your fertility and general health!

And the financial benefits aren't too shabby either – the average pack-a-day smoker could save $7600 after a year of quitting, and double that if both partners smoke! That's a huge amount of cash that could be put towards essentials for the baby – or yourself.

Plus when couples tackle their smoking together it actually increases their chances of quitting successfully. It's also a great way to start your journey into parenthood – smokefree.

To reassure prospective parents on the benefits of quitting before, during and after pregnancy – for males and females  – Quit Victoria and Your Fertility have teamed up to create a hub of information featuring an interactive online tool and suite of videos featuring fertility and quitting. Prospective parents will have all the information they will need to have healthy babies.

Female screen grab from fertility widget

 

Male screen grab from fertility widget

For more information visit www.quit.org.au/fertility and www.yourfertility.org.au or call the Quitline (13 7848) for personalised advice and support.

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