Does Alcohol Consumption Affect Your Fertility?

Alcohol Consumption Affect Your Fertility
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Link Between Alcohol and Fertility

While the vast majority of couples manage to conceive relatively quickly, others are not quite so lucky. According to a recent article in The Globe and Mail, there are approximately 330,000 Canadians have been struggling with infertility at any given time. Or, to put it another way, one out of every six couples who set out to become parents will find themselves struggling with a fertility problem. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year or more of regular sexual relation without contraception, or inability to carry pregnancies to a live birth. About one in every ten women of childbearing age is sub fertile and unable to have babies. Your fertility is indivisible from the fertility of you and your partner together. In some circumstances the marginal fertility of both partners may result in sterility.

The incidence of infertility is high and expected to increase*. Consumption of alcohol is a probable underlying issue of public health importance as alcohol consumption is wide­spread and increasing* in many countries. Although as many as 20% of married women in the USA have experienced infertility during their lifetime, little attention has been given to the effect of that many exposures, including exposure to alcohol, have on a woman’s ability to reproduce.

How Much Alcohol is Too Much?

According to the Department of Health, the pregnant women as well as any women who are planning to have babies should avoid alcohol. If anyone woman who trying to conceive should not consume more than 2 units of alcohol that is equivalent to a 175 ml glass of wine at once or twice a week; and never should not to get drunk. If your male partner drinks heavily it could reduce* significantly the chances of conceiving. The lower risk guidelines of government suggest if any guy is trying for a baby with his partner should not to have more than 3-4 units (that is equivalent to a pint and 1/2 of 4% beer) once or twice a week.

Does Alcohol Affect Male Fertility?

The continuing effects of prolonged alcohol consumption comprise erectile dysfunction, and also reduced* libido. The reduction* of the amount of serum testosterone is caused by reducing* testicular production, which is the one of the side effects of them.

Alcoholism and hepatic cirrhosis cause changes in the HPG axis those results in testicular dysfunction. Moreover, the oxidation of alcohol contends with testicular production of testosterone, which mechanisms lead to succeeding reduction* in semen volume as well as sperm density. One more factor seems to be a raise in serum estrogen produced by the marginal alteration of testosterone to estrogen through enlarged activity of the enzyme aromatase, which is contemporary both in liver and in fat cells.

“Social Drink” or “Light Alcohol” consumption does not seem to inhibit your partner semen quality. But, acute alcohol drinking does have hostile effects on male productiveness by causing reduced* serum testosterone deliberations. Excessive alcohol abuse causes impairment of spinal reflexes that introduce condensed sensation and innervation of the penis, and thus may also affect the fertility of your partner.

Does Alcohol Affect Female Fertility?

The absorption rate of sulphated steroids seems low in an alcoholic woman than non-alcoholic. Similarly, recent research shows that prolonged alcohol consumption in women has been related to changes in hepatic oestrogen receptors. Females, who consume frequent alcohol, have been identified as patients with menstrual cycle disorder like irregular menstrual periods. A pregnant woman who has a history of high alcohol ingestion has a higher occurrence of placental abruption, miscarriages, pre­term deliveries, and stillbirths. Alcohol in high doses is teratogenic and responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome. Alcohol in large amount may cause impotence.

Tips for Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle ensures your fertility is in good shape. Nutrition and fitness of the parents-to be begins a smooth journey of conceiving and parenthood. That’s why it is important to pay close attention to your diet and lifestyles as well as your general state of health before you make the decision to try for a baby. Definitely, consumption alcohol by obeying the government’s lower risk consumption guidelines adds a new dimension of your healthy lifestyle.

Alcoholism during conceiving time pregnancy can result in severe prenatal growth deficiency. If you and your partner have alcohol on a daily basis, then it is obvious to talk with your family physician; particularly if you have been trying consistently to get pregnant for at least last one year and till remain unsuccessful. Once you have decided to abstain from alcohol, then keep in mind it usually takes three months for eggs to mature. Hence, if you don’t get pregnant right away after you have stopped alcohol consumption, you should certainly continue trying. In some countries the intake of red wine into the pregnancy is not only acceptable, but also recommended which is completely wrong, unsafe, and health injurious. Not a single drop of alcohol is safe for your baby.

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Expert Author : Fouzia Khan (Consumer Health Digest)

Fouzia Khan is a graduate from University of Lethbridge. She has years of teaching and research experience in Computer Science and Engineering. Apart from teaching she is passionate about conducting research, writing, and sharing new innovations of science with others.