Despite the relaxation effects that many people associate with marijuana use, research has shown marijuana has negative effects on the male sexual response.
Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Although the link between marijuana and fertility is not straightforward—plenty of marijuana smokers get pregnant and get their partners pregnant—some research has demonstrated that marijuana use can negatively impact you, your partner, or the fertility of both of you.
Furthermore, the effects of marijuana on fertility seem to accumulate over time. This means that although teenage girls who smoke marijuana are more likely to get pregnant, by the time a chronic marijuana smoking woman is in her mid-twenties, she may be more likely to experience a delay in getting pregnant.
Obviously, if you are both smoking marijuana, you risk increasing the chances of infertility as a couple.
Research suggests that marijuana can negatively affect female fertility in the following ways:
Quitting marijuana can be harder than many long-term marijuana users expect, so you and your partner would be wise to quit as soon as possible, while you still have time to get help before getting pregnant. If either or both parents still use marijuana when the baby arrives, you are increasing the risk that your child may use drugs in the future, and parental drug use is implicated in many difficulties for children and families.
* AGE – the older women and men get, the fewer chances they will be able to conceive a child. People who are in their early 20s are more fertile and it alleviates through aging.
* ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS – this is comprised of one’s way of living. The factors include vices such as excessive smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and even too much exposure to toxins.
THE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA SEEDS IN THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
* HORMONAL IMBALANCE – hormonal imbalance’s effects are usually weight gain or weight loss, strenuous workouts, irregular and or absent periods, abnormalities of hair growth, and acne development.
* BODY WEIGHT – too much or too low body fat can affect one’s fertility in line to the person acquiring hormonal imbalance.
Monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO), surveys that were conducted 1990 up until 2010 are living proof that worldwide infertility rates remain stagnant. It does not progress nor alleviates. Proven that the public reproductive health has been the problem, neglected areas are the ones suffering not being able to conceive a child. These problems arise as caused by sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, changes in lifestyle, and factors of such. Male and female are both candidates for infertility and there is no exception. Environmental factors may be an aspect, yes, but in the long run, there is not enough evidence to sustain these hypotheses.
Still, most experts recommend that pregnant women and women who are considering becoming pregnant – avoid the use of cannabis altogether both during and before pregnancy. This recommendation is more pressing than ever, as cannabis use among young reproductive-aged women is rising.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2015 appears to suggest that it can. The study observed over 1,200 Danish men aged 18-28, 45% of which had smoked cannabis in the previous three months. Twenty-eight percent of study participants used marijuana more than once a week. The study discovered that those who used cannabis regularly had a 29% reduction in sperm count.
Potential Impact of Cannabis Use on Female Fertility
Another pressing concern – and an ongoing topic of debate circulating for decades – is whether or not marijuana can cause male infertility.
The answer may shock you!…
Furthermore, a separate study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that cannabinoids can alter hormone secretion related to reproductive function. Authors suggest that cannabinoids, specifically THC, can “inhibit secretion of LH, FSH, [and] prolactin,” resulting in “decreases in sex steroid hormones [as well as] changes in ovulation.”