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Parental Smoking May Damage Women's Reproductive Health

Miscarriage risk higher in women whose parents both smoked

MONDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Women who were exposed to secondhand smoke before birth or during their childhood may experience poorer reproductive health as adults, researchers report in the Sept. 1 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

John Meeker, Sc.D., of the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, and colleagues analyzed pregnancy outcomes, exposure to parental secondhand smoke as children, and other data involving 2,162 women who underwent assisted reproductive treatment at three Boston clinics from 1994 to 2003.

The researchers found that women who grew up in households with two smoking parents experienced a higher risk of miscarriage later in life than women whose parents had never smoked.

"A trend for increased risk was observed for women reporting that zero, one, or two parents smoked," Meeker and colleagues write. "In secondary analysis, the authors also found suggestive evidence for increased risk of failed embryo implantation among women reporting current secondhand tobacco smoke exposure."

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