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Alcohol linked to male and female fertility outcomes

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, October 16, 2009 | 3 comments

Alcohol linked to male and female fertility outcomesGiving up alcohol can help boost a couple's chances of conceiving, according to natural fertility experts.

Homeopaths Nicola Berman and Cassie Everett believe that avoiding drinking for three months can help improve the likelihood of pregnancy by creating the best possible conditions for healthy eggs and sperm.

"If you're trying to conceive, it's tempting to have a glass or two of your favourite tipple to relax and de-stress," they said.

"But research in the British Medical Journal shows that for women, alcohol can disrupt the hormonal balance during the menstrual cycle and reduce the chances of getting pregnant by half."

In addition, evidence suggests that alcohol consumption can also reduce a man's sperm count and mobility.

According to the Daily Express, TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball managed to conceive her second child after five years by giving up alcohol with her husband.


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  1. Its really not a shocker that alcohol is linked to infertility. But many people arent aware of this. Great post.

  2. john says:

    Alcohol is used far too freely and does have a lot of negative side effects. I am not surprised that it does decrease fertility rates. it is also a contributor to erectile dysfuntion in men. Go easy on the alcohol.

  3. Women usually take the brunt of the infertility stigma but the male can also have issues relating to their age as it relates to the ability conceive. A study of over 12000 couples done a couple years ago concluded the age of the male was a contributing factor the number if miscarriages and issues conceiving at all.

    Sperm quantity and quality was examined as part of the In-vitro Fertilization process. Miscarriages were more prevalent when the male was of 40 years of age, even if the female was not. Researchers felt the data supported the findings that the age of the male as a significant factor in the viability of the fetus. These researchers also recommended that in case where the male was over 40, couples having fertility issues should elect to have the sperm injected directly in the egg to help the chances for success.

    Although no technique is guaranteed, studies like this one gives credence to the idea that couples over 40 who have issues trying to conceive, may not entirely be an issue with the female. Men over 40 can be a contributing factor that can delay or even prevent a successful pregnancy.

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