Moderate alcohol intake 'may not impact female fertility'

2 September 2016

New research has indicated moderate levels of drinking may not actually have a negative impact on fertility rates in women.

A new Danish study, published in the British Medical Journal, assessed overall alcohol consumption among 6,120 females aged 21 to 45 years who were trying to conceive and were not receiving fertility treatment.

It was shown that women who drank 14 or more servings of alcohol a week were slightly more likely to have reduced fertility, but a low-to-moderate intake - defined as one to seven servings a week - seemed to have no effect, nor did the type of alcohol consumed.

In an accompanying editorial, Annie Britton from University College London, said this shows that "total abstinence may not be necessary to maximise conception rates", noting that "moderate alcohol consumption may not affect fertility".

Nevertheless, it was still recommended that couples cut down on or abstain from alcohol while trying to conceive, as the foetus may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol during the first few weeks after conception.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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