As part of SmokeFree Wisconsin’s countdown to September 1st’s increase in the cigarette and tobacco taxes we are highlighting a reason to use September 1st as an opportunity to quit smoking and using tobacco and informing Wisconsinites of a resource that is available to assist them in their resolution to quit.
Today’s reason and resource are:
REASON #7: SMOKING CAN CAUSE INFERTILITY
Smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco-containing substances can greatly increase infertility. Men who smoke have been shown to have abnormalities in sperm production, translating into higher rates of infertility. Smoking can also lead to impotence by causing damage to blood vessels. For women, tobacco’s toxic substances may harm the ovaries and cause hormonal changes that can lead to menstrual irregularities or even menstrual cycles where ovulation fails to occur. Women are also at greater risk for cervical cancer, which could involve the removal of the uterus and ovaries, leaving women permanently infertile.
RESOURCE #7—MY TIME TO QUIT—TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
The “My Time to Quit” website provides helpful tips to talking to your doctor about quitting options. “My Time to Quit” also offers a valuable “Doctor Discussion Checklist” to ease you into a discussion with your doctor about quitting. Additionally, you could find out about a prescription treatment option that may help you quit smoking. And learn more about a behavioral support plan, too.
For more guidance about how to start the discussion with your doctor, CLICK HERE!