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Avoid alcohol to improve chances of conception

More than 14 units of alcohol a week reduces fertility, research shows.
Fertility and alcohol links

Although total abstinence is not necessary, high alcohol intake reduces fertility rates.

That’s the conclusion of a study of 6,120 Danish women aged 21-45, in stable relationships, trying to conceive but not using fertility treatment, from 2007-16.

Each completed bimonthly questionnaires for a year, measuring alcohol consumption in servings (330ml of beer, 120ml of wine, 20ml of spirits).

Those drinking 14 or more servings a week were slightly more likely to have reduced fertility, suggests a study published by the BMJ, although authors sounded a note of caution as only 1.2% of women admitted to drinking alcohol at that level.

Women who drank 14 or more units a week reported 37 pregnancies in 307 menstrual cycles, compared with 1,381 pregnancies in 8,054 cycles in women who did not drink.

Abstain

Low to moderate drinking, up to 7 servings a week, seemed

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