Here is another reason to use hypnosis early on to stop smoking.
Two new studies have shed more light on how smoking may damage fertility, and give further weight to advice that mothers and fathers-to-be should stop smoking before attempting to conceive. The research is published online in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction today (Wednesday 8 September).
In the first study, researchers found that a mother's smoking during early pregnancy dramatically reduces the numbers of germ cells (the cells that form eggs in females and sperm in males) and somatic cells (the cells that form every other part of the body) in the developing foetus. They believe that this may have an adverse effect on the fertility of the baby in later life.
In the second study, researchers looked at specific proteins called protamines in the sperm of men who smoked and compared them with the protamines in non-smokers. Protamines play an important role in the development of sperm -- they are necessary for the process that results in the formation of chromosomes during cell division -- and, therefore, have an effect on subsequent male fertility.
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