A new study suggests that men intending to conceive a child with their partner should reconsider their marijuana use. Men who are frequent cannabis users are twice as likely to see their partner’s pregnancy end in a miscarriage, according to new data-driven research.

When examining miscarriages related to regular marijuana use, researchers found that miscarriages typically happened within eight weeks of conception, U.S. News & World Report first reported.

Other studies have shown that frequent marijuana use lowers sperm count and mobility of sperms in males. Alyssa Harlow, a doctoral student at Boston University and lead author on the study, suggested that her team’s research could demonstrate just how marijuana affects sperm’s DNA in a foundational manner.

“We would expect that the sperm was healthy enough to fertilize an egg, but any damage to the sperm might result in early pregnancy loss,” Harlow said.

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