What are the Risk of Smoking for Women?
Jayanagar, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
There is almost no positive side to smoking and it is one of the most hazardous habits, be it for men or women. If you are a woman and think that smoking one puff a day is harmless, you are greatly mistaken. Smoking can do a great deal of harm to women apart from the usual disadvantages.
Let’s understand the ways in which smoking is negatively affecting women’s health.
- DECREASED BONE DENSITY
Menopausal women who smoke have a lower bone density, increasing their risk of osteoporosis. Women who smoke are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory, chronic disease.
Women who smoke are more likely to get cataracts that affect their vision, making their eye lens cloudy or foggy.
- GUM DISEASE
Smoking is linked to gum disease that causes bone and tooth loss. It also stains your tooth and puts you at the risk of other dental problems.
- ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES & SMOKING
Women smokers who use oral contraceptives are at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases including, blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
- MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS
Women who smoke often go through irregular and painful periods with complaints of abnormal bleeding, vaginal discharge, infections, etc.
Women smokers are likely to go through menopause at an early age than those who don’t smoke. They are likely to develop worse symptoms of menopause.
The chemicals in tobacco is passed on from the mother to the foetus through the bloodstream, posing serious risks to the child. It can cause preterm delivery, low birth weight, premature rupture of membranes, placenta previa, miscarriage, neonatal death, SIDS, respiratory problems among a number of other complications.
Just as men who smoke are likely to have a low sperm count, chemicals in tobacco may alter the cervical fluid, putting women at a substantially greater risk of infertility. Women smokers who are in their 30s and 40s are more susceptible to infertility.
Women who smoke put themselves at a greater risk of developing breast cancer, vulvar cancer, cervical cancer and pelvic inflammatory diseases.
- SKIN & HAIR
Smoking can cause hair loss, wrinkles, acne and premature aging. It also stains your nails and you end up smelling like an ashtray.
The bottom line is that smoking is an injurious habit. If you don’t smoke, never try. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. There is plenty of help available for smokers trying to get rid of the habit. Smoking is a toxic habit that one should steer clear from.