11 Harmful Effects of Smoking on Women’s Health
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Maybe you’ve heard that smoking causes cancer, lung and heart disease, and stroke. But, did you know that smoking causes other problems for women’s health?
Smoking also causes the following health problems for women who smoke:
Decreased bone density
Women who have gone through menopause and who smoke have lower bone density. This means they have a higher chance of breaking a hip than women who do not smoke.
Women who smoke are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an inflammatory, chronic disease. People with RA have swelling and pain in their joints.
Women who smoke are more likely to get cataracts that affect their vision. Cataracts are an eye disease where the lens of the eye is cloudy or foggy.
Smoking is linked to gum disease, which may lead to bone and tooth loss.
Smokers with gum disease are also more likely to get ulcers in the stomach, which can lead to death.
Smokers have worse survival rates after surgery. They’re also more likely to have complications and poorer wound healing than non-smokers.
It is important for women to know about the link between smoking and depression because women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression.
Some studies show that women who smoke have more irregular or painful periods.
Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to go through menopause at a younger age, and they may have worse symptoms of menopause.
Women who smoke may also have a harder time getting pregnant. They also have a higher chance of losing their baby before it is born. Studies show there is an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome, also called "crib death") in babies born to women smokers.
Teen girls who smoke have lungs that don’t grow as much as non-smokers’ lungs, and adult women who smoke have lungs that don’t work as well as non-smokers’ lungs.
Quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. Use our Quit Guide to quit smoking today!