Marijuana and infertility? Learn more about the link between cannabis and fertility
More states have legalized marijuana, including Nevada, the home of The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. However, just because it’s legal doesn’t mean marijuana won’t affect your fertility. New research is suggesting that cannabis and fertility might not be the best combination.
Some evidence suggests that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, activates cannabinoid receptors in the reproductive organs. Scientists believe that this could be harmful for women and men who want to conceive. Our Las Vegas fertility doctors explain what you need to know.
Exploring the link between cannabis and fertility
It seems that marijuana affects the fertility of both women and men. For example, one study of 1,215 men found that 130 men who consumed/smoked marijuana more than once a week within a three-month period had their sperm count cut by 29%. However, the men in the study had sperm that were still able to swim and had a normal size and shape.
As for the ladies, a study of 201 women found that consuming/smoking marijuana within a three-month period delayed and even prevented ovulation (when the egg is released from the ovaries) in some women. Specifically, 29 of the study participants delayed ovulating by 1.7 to 3.5 days on average.
Both these links between cannabis and fertility could cause issues for couples who want to conceive, especially ones who have existing fertility issues. Additionally, the safety of cannabis in pregnancy has not been determined. As a result, a woman should eliminate it, along with other unnecessary drugs and medications, once she conceives.
There’s still no need to panic
Scientists believe that more research is needed before women and men panic about marijuana use. The studies on cannabis and fertility have been small so far, which means it’s hard to draw real conclusions. However, our Las Vegas fertility doctors believe that avoiding marijuana, THC and CBD products can only help when women and men are struggling to conceive.
Contact us if you have more questions about how marijuana affects fertility. Our team is always happy to answer your questions as you grow your family.