No Smoking Day: 6 Lifestyle Choices That Disrupt Hormones And Impair Fertility

Dr Suparna Bhattacharya shares six lifestyle choices, including smoking that might hurt an individual's reproductive health.

Written by Tavishi Dogra | Updated : May 31, 2023 10:03 AM IST

No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day aims to raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking and encourage people to quit smoking. While smoking is well-known for its detrimental impact on overall health, it can also have specific effects on hormones and fertility. Dr Suparna Bhattacharya, Fertility Consultant at Nova IVF Fertility East, Uttam Kumar Sarani, Kolkata shares six lifestyle choices, including smoking that might hurt an individual’s reproductive health.


Smoking cigarettes contains harmful chemicals that can negatively affect fertility in both men and women. It can reduce sperm count, motility, and morphology in men, cause hormonal imbalances and damage the eggs in women. Also Read - Ayurvedic Herbs for Men's Energy!


Alcohol abuse can disrupt hormone levels in both men and women. For example, it can reduce testosterone levels in men, decreasing sperm production and quality. In women, excessive alcohol intake can disrupt the menstrual cycle and hormone balance, affecting ovulation and fertility.

Poor Diet

An unhealthy diet high in processed foods, saturated fats, and sugar can contribute to hormonal imbalances and impaired fertility. In addition, leading to insulin resistance and inflammation, disrupting hormone production and affecting reproductive health. Also Read - 'Jawan' Movie Actor Nayanthara's Beauty Routine Revealed!

Sedentary Lifestyle

What contributes to hormonal imbalances and fertility issues? Conversely, regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, improves blood flow to reproductive organs, and promotes hormonal balance, which is essential for fertility.

Environmental Toxins

Heavy metals, and chemicals in some plastics, can disrupt hormone balance and impair fertility. These toxins, known as endocrine disruptors, can mimic or interfere with the body's natural hormones.

Lifestyle Choices

Lifestyle choices can have a varied impact depending on the individual; making the right lifestyle choices not only help increase fertility but also helps to optimize overall health.  Also Read - 10 Baby Names Inspired By The Name Yuzvendra