Vaping Could Impair Fertility & Pregnancy in Young Women: Study
Researchers have found that e-cigarette usage may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes in young women.
Many young and pregnant women are using e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking, but little is known about its effects on fertility and pregnancy outcomes.
"We found that e-cigarette usage prior to conception significantly delayed implantation of a fertilized embryo to the uterus, thus delaying and reducing fertility (in mice)," said study author Kathleen Caron from the University of North Carolina.
For the study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, the researchers used a mouse model to examine whether e-cigarette exposure impairs fertility and offspring health.
After exposure to e-cigarette vapour, female mice showed decreased embryo implantation and a significant delay in the onset of pregnancy.
Female offspring exposed to e-cigarettes in utero also failed to gain as much weight as those of control mice.
E-cigarettes are driving increases in tobacco product use among youth, researchers noted.
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