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Heavy Drinking, Smoking Won't Harm Men's Sperm: Study
Date:6/13/2012

doesn't give would-be fathers a free pass to smoke or indulge in unhealthy behaviors.

"The study did not find that cigarette smoking was a culprit, yet did not examine the effect of passive smoking on the female partner's fertility," Hershlag noted. And, he said, "while it is reassuring to know that sperm is resilient, I still recommend a healthy lifestyle to improve your chances to conceive."

He also noted that, as regards the finding on race, "this study was done in the UK, and therefore may not apply to African-American men."

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The American Urological Association has more about male infertility.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Avner Hershlag, M.D., chief, The Center For Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.; Natan Bar-Chama, M.D., director, Center of Male Reproductive Health, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and associate professor, urology and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; June 12, 2012, news release, University of Manchester


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