Why Women and their Partners should Stop Smoking, Now!

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Cigarette smoking causes problems for women by increasing their PMS symptoms, causing infertility problems, and risking the health of their babies.  According to a 2008 University of Massachusetts study, smokers are more than twice as likely to develop premenstrual syndrome (PMS) than non-smokers. Women who began smoking before age 15 reported suffering from severe PMS – backaches, bloating, breast tenderness, acne, severe cramps, headaches and mood swings. The smoking habit affects the levels of several hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, such as estrogen and progesterone, and irregular cycles increase with the number of cigarettes smoked. Smokers on birth-control pills are nearly 50% more likely to have spotting or bleeding.

In addition to PMS difficulties, female smokers may have a harder time getting pregnant, and male smokers generally have a low sperm count, so smoking is a danger to your fertility. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine “Smoking appears to accelerate the loss of eggs and reproductive function and may advance the time of menopause by several years.” The study also showed that genetic mutations of sperm due to smoking may cause infertility. Men who smoke are also at a higher risk for erectile dysfunction, which can hamper your love life considerably.

Not only does smoking cause problems with conception, but it also causes problems in the pregnancy if she conceives. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to experience ectopic pregnancies, in which the fertilized egg begins to develop in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus, which can be life-threatening to the mother and fatal to the baby. Cigarette poisons also travel into the placenta, which cuts a significant amount of oxygen flow to your baby. Smoking also causes problems for the baby at birth. According to a National Institutes of Health, their study found that a woman who smokes is also 50% more likely to deliver prematurely. And according to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking can cause your baby to have birth defects and a lower birth weight.

Cigarette smoking is also detrimental to your children, once their born. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop asthma, and have much higher rates of ear infections, and upper respiratory problems as well. A 2010 British study found that children have an increased tendency for mental health problems when their parents smoke, too.  

These are all very important reasons to stop smoking now, especially if your are a Christian, who believes that your body is the temple of the Lord.  As Christians we should always do our best to stay healthy and live longer to serve the Lord as long as possible.  Not only that, God’s word tells us to “be fruitful and multiply” and smoking certainly doesn’t help us in that respect.  If you’re a smoker, please reconsider! If you’re a Christian Smoker, for God’s sake, stop now!

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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