How Does Alcohol Affect Fertility?

Drinking alcohol can reduce fertility levels in both men and women. Although it is not clearly understood completely, there is a link between drinking alcohol and increased levels of infertility.

In this Blog we take a look at how alcohol affects female and male infertility.

How Does Alcohol Affect Fertility?

There is evidence to suggest that people who drink alcohol are more likely to take longer to conceive and suffer from infertility problems. Alcohol can affect fertility levels in both women and men in the following ways:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Ovulation issues
  • Reduces egg & sperm quality
  • Lowers testosterone production
  • Increased risk of early pregnancy loss

What Are the Benefits of Not Drinking Alcohol?

Healthy conception starts with healthy sperm and healthy eggs. Drinking alcohol increases the time it takes to conceive and the chance of having a healthy baby. Not drinking alcohol whilst trying to conceive has so many fertility benefits such as:

  • Reduces the chances of infertility
  • Improves egg & sperm health
  • Reduces the risk of miscarriage
  • Improves the chance of conception
  • Minimises ovulation problems

It is advisable that both partners stop drinking alcohol completely at least 1 month before trying to conceive to improve and maximise the chance of a pregnancy.

Stop Drinking Alcohol Tips

Here are a few tips when deciding to stop drinking alcohol:

  • Set a date. Having a start date will help you to remain focused and to achieve your goal.
  • Start new hobbies. Taking up a new hobby will help to take your mind off drinking.
  • Reduce triggers. Arrange social gatherings where people are not going to be drinking.
  • Distract yourself. Engage in new activities to allow the urge to drink pass.
  • Deal with stress. If stress makes you drink, then try and find healthier alternatives such as exercise.
  • Think positively. Remind yourself daily why you are doing this, and the outcome will be worth it.

How Long Does Reproductive Health Take To Improve

Medical evidence suggest that it takes approximately 3 full months before the benefits can be seen in egg and sperm health. Stopping drinking alcohol will help to increase  your chance of a pregnancy and reduce infertility issues.

How Do I Stop Drinking Alcohol?

If you’re struggling to stop drinking alcohol, then it’s important to remember there is plenty of help available where you can access expert advice, support and feel encouraged to help you stop drinking. The NHS website offers advice, tips and support on how to stop drinking alcohol.