Effects of Cannabis & Tobacco on Early Miscarriage Risk
Patients dealing with a history of recurrent pregnancy loss after often facing two very important challenges: the trauma of repeat miscarriages which is compounded often by an absence of any identifiable cause or reason for the miscarriages. It is very important to provide evidence-based suggestions on how to help reduce the risk of miscarriage as many risk factors are modifiable and in doing so it can help to empower the Patient to help make positive changes in their reproductive health.
A growing topic of interest is the use of recreational drugs, such as, cannabis. Over the last few years we have seen mounting evidence that recreational use of cannabis is strongly associated with reduced health of eggs/sperm cells and reduced fertility rates.
In parallel we are now seeing a growing body of evidence that has suggested that the use of tobacco or cannabis, even if it did not affect the ability of the patient to conceive, is strongly associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in the first trimester. This may be due to the impact of exogenous cannabinoids impairing the role of the endocannabinoid system in the reproductive system.
For patients that are trying to conceive, whether they have a history of infertility of recurrent pregnancy loss, researchers in a newly published paper suggest that the discontinuation of tobacco and cannabis products may be an important factor in supporting both fertility and helping to potentially reduce the risk of miscarriage. It is important to discuss with your licensed healthcare provider for available alternative options and the impact these products may have on your reproductive health.
This article is being shared as educational content and is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor. Please discuss with your healtcare provider and only make changes to your medications regimen if recommended by your doctor and under their guidance and supervision.