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close this bookWhere Women Have No Doctor - A Health Guide for Women (Hesperian Foundation, 1997, 600 p.)
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View the documentHealth problems from smoking
View the documentSmoking is worse for women

Smoking is worse for women

In addition to the problems above, women who smoke have a greater risk of:

· difficulty getting pregnant (infertility).
· miscarriage, and babies born too small or too soon.
· problems when using birth control pills.
· monthly bleeding that ends earlier in life (menopause,).
· weaker bones that break more easily during mid-life and old age (osteoporosis).
· cancer of the cervix and womb.

A woman who is pregnant should try to avoid other people who are smoking, so that the smoke will not harm her baby.