Using weed is thought to reduce sperm count, for instance. One study involving 1,215 men found that 130 individuals who smoked marijuana more than once a week in the past three months saw a cut in production of the total sperm count of 29 percent. But the cells were still able to swim and were the same size and shape in this study.
In women, marijuana is thought to prevent or delay ovulation—where the egg is released from the ovaries. A study of 201 women found that the bodies of the 29 participants who smoked the drug in the past three months seemed to put off ovulating for between 1.7 to 3.5 days on average.
Asked if there is a risk that as cannabis is decriminalized and legalized people will see it as safe and be less wary of the potential harms, Ian Hamilton of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York recently told Newsweek: “There is a potential risk that these policy changes are perceived by young people and adults as signalling that cannabis is harmless.”
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2015 appears to suggest that it can. The study observed over 1,200 Danish men aged 18-28, 45% of which had smoked cannabis in the previous three months. Twenty-eight percent of study participants used marijuana more than once a week. The study discovered that those who used cannabis regularly had a 29% reduction in sperm count.
Unfortunately, there are still challenges associated with carrying out quality cannabis-based research.
There is a body of evidence suggesting that marijuana causes infertility. However, even more concerning is relatively recent research that suggests that fertility, especially in males — may be declining overall.
What About Male Fertility? Does Cannabis Reduce Sperm Count?
Another interesting publication on the broader topic of weed and infertility appeared in 2018 in the peer-reviewed academic journal Fertility and Sterility.
The answer may shock you!…
Additional Research on Weed and Infertility
In the study, researchers analyzed nearly 2,000 male and female participants that were trying to conceive. Eleven-and-a-half percent of women admitted to using cannabis during this period, along with 16.5% of men. The study results suggested that cannabis use did not have a negative impact on the time it took for couples to become pregnant.
In this article, we discuss relevant contemporary research relating to the topic. We’ll also discuss whether “marijuana infertility” is truly a concern. Read on to find out more.