Fertility Danger With Moderate Alcohol Consumption?

posted on: September 9, 2016    |    by: Adam Reith

Heavy alcohol consumption is a well understood health no-no as is drinking during pregnancy.  But what about drinking and fertility?  On the male side, we know that alcohol impairs sperm quality but how does it affect females?  This question has been explored before but the findings have been inconclusive, so in 2007 Danish researchers began a large study to more completely answer the question[1].

The scientists recruited over 6,000 women in stable relationships that were trying to get pregnant.  These women were not on fertility treatments and were studied for up to 12 menstrual cycles.  The investigators tracked consumption as well as pregnancy success rates, while adjusting their data for many factors such as the time and frequency of intercourse.  So what did they find after 7 years of investigation?  Drum roll, please…they found that consumption of less than 14 drinks per week did not in fact affect fertility.  So cheers!

[1] http://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i4262

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