If you’re a medical marijuana patient or marijuana user planning to have a child and grow your family, here’s what you need to know about how marijuana affects fertility. Some studies suggest cannabis has a negative effect on the potency of a man’s sperm, but more recent studies may say something different. A study which began in 2013 and lasted until 2017 from Boston University’s School of Public Health that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (JECH) suggests cannabis does not impact fertility. As the first study to evaluate the relationship between cannabis and fecundability, the results determined there is no correlation between marijuana use and infertility. The study involved 4,194 women between 21 and 45 years of age who were in stable relationships and did not use fertility treatments in the United States and Canada. Of those women, 1,125 also had their partners enroll in the study. Throughout the study, 12% of the women and 14% of the men used cannabis, and researchers found their probability of pregnancy was comparable to that of non-users. Unfortunately, a more thorough investigation is desired due to the fact the study relied on self-reported data, and the frequency of marijuana use was unclear. The researcher hope for “future studies with day-specific data on marijuana use might better be able to distinguish acute from chronic effects of marijuana use, and evaluate whether effects depend on other factor.”
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