Ladies, if you like to drink a lot and you want to have kids, then you may want to slow down. A recent study found that women who drink 14+ servings of alcohol a week are likely to have an 18 percent decrease in their fertility. The study included over 6,000 Danish females from ages 21-45 and examined the association between preconception alcohol consumption and time to pregnancy.
The study took into account overall alcohol consumption, specific types of alcohol including beer, wine, and spirits. In terms of consumption, alcohol consumption was self-reported in the following manner.
- Beer (330 mL bottles)
- Red or white wine (120 mL glasses)
- Dessert wine (50 mL glasses)
- Spirits (20 mL)
The above categories were then separated into standard servings per week ranging from none, 1-3, 4-7, 8-13, and 14+more.
The results were as followed: among the women who drank 14 or more servings of alcohol a week, there were 37 pregnancies in 307 cycles. However, there were 1381 pregnancies in 8,054 cycles in women who did not drink. The key thing to take away from this study that the type of alcohol doesn’t affect fertility, it is more the idea of excessive and high drinking that has the negative impact. The study also points out that the extent to which drinking affects infertility is unknown.
If a couple is looking to get pregnant, researchers say couples must not drink during the period when they are both fertile. If the couple does drink then the fetus may be susceptible to the harmful effects during the first few weeks after it is conceived. Currently, in developed nations, 24 percent of couples experience infertility which means reducing alcohol consumption could aid with fertility efforts.
It should be noted that there are several other reasons that a woman could be experiencing infertility and should thus speak with their doctor before declaring one thing to be the sole reason for infertility. However, reducing alcohol consumption never hurt anyone.