Men’s fertility may be harmed by e-cigarettes.
For the first time, a public health campaign in the United Kingdom has warned that vaping can harm men’s fertility.
E-cigarettes are listed as a factor affecting men’s testicular health and fertility alongside smoking, using steroids, and drinking excessively.
Men should avoid using a laptop on their lap and taking long hot baths, according to the British Fertility Society, because testes need to stay cool for optimal sperm production.
Lifestyle changes are thought to have contributed to a massive drop in sperm counts in recent decades.
In 2020, a Danish study discovered that men who vaped had lower sperm counts, while an earlier University College London study discovered that chemicals in e-cig flavorings made sperm swim slower.
‘We know e-cigarette flavorings can be toxic to sperm,’ said Kevin McEleny, a male fertility specialist at Newcastle University who helped develop the BFS campaign.
Because these devices do not go through the same rigorous testing as drugs, there are legitimate concerns about their impact on male fertility.
If at all possible, I advise men undergoing IVF to avoid vaping, though cigarette smoking is likely to be worse.’
‘Although we don’t yet have large-scale data on its effects on human fertility, it makes sense to avoid vaping from that point of view,’ said Dr Raj Mathur of the British Fertility Society.
The devices have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, lung disease, and erectile dysfunction in the past.
Poor sperm production is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, so the new evidence is concerning.
It comes as England prepares to become the world’s first country to offer e-cigarettes on prescription to help smokers quit.
Because vaping assisted smokers in quitting, John Dunne of the UK Vaping Industry Association claimed the BFS campaign could have “serious and dangerous repercussions for public health.”
He claimed that a “vast array” of factors, including alcohol, can disrupt the “delicate balance of male fertility.”
Vaping could damage men’s fertility, a British public health campaign warns E-cigarettes are listed alongside smoking, using steroids and drinking too much as factors affecting men’s testicular health and fertility British Fertility Society also cautioned men against using a laptop on their lap