Avoiding Alcohol for Fertility
Most doctors will recommend that you quit drinking while trying to conceive or at least reduce alcohol consumption.
I mean, of course we know it’s better for us to completely cut it out, but if you socialize often, you likely will have a drink or 2 at any particular event, maybe more.
Studies are ongoing and can vary, but overall what seems to be a common theme is that excess alcohol intake can decrease fertility. Low to moderate consumption of alcohol seems to have little effect on fertility.
So how is “excess alcohol intake” defined exactly?
According to some studies, heavy drinking (on average 5 alcoholic beverages a week or more), has been proven to be associated with increased infertility.
These studies show that consumption of less than 5 alcoholic beverages per week does not greatly reduce your chance of conception. Here in the United States, a standard drink contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol.
So now, you’re saying, “aaaand how exactly am I supposed to know when I’ve had 14 grams of alcohol?”
Well I’m here to help you figure it out; here is a list of what one “standard” drink is:
- 12 ounces of regular beer – about 5% ABV (Alcohol By Volume)
- 8-9 ounces of malt liquor – about 7% ABV
- 5 ounces of table wine – about 12% ABV
- 5 ounces shot of distilled spirits (vodka, rum, tequila, gin, whiskey, etc.) – about 40 % ABV
And now at this point you might be asking yourself, “do I drink more than 4 drinks a week?”
You may be surprised to find that the answer might be yes…
…and not because you are ordering that many drinks, but because what you might be considering one drink, may actually be more than that.
We all know that restaurant or bar that is a little heavy handed…and have you actually ever measured out at home what the “standard drink” looks like?
Wine is typically poured somewhere between 6 to 8 ounces and you’ll easily get 2 or more shots of liquor in your cocktail. A couple of glasses of wine with dinner and an after-dinner cocktail may land you in the “heavy” drinking zone before you know it.
So, I think it’s no surprise to hear that heavy drinking is associated with impaired liver function. Your liver plays a role in hormone function, including estrogen and progesterone release. If your liver is affected by heavier drinking, the disruption to the release of these fertility hormones can clearly affect your ability to get pregnant.
Today, binge drinking and higher alcohol consumption are on the rise. It may be difficult for some to completely give up drinking, especially in social settings.
For me, a drink in hand meant that people were more likely to stop asking me questions about being pregnant or trying. I found that discreetly ordering a “mocktail” helped to avoid the hassle and helped to curb the feelings of social pressure.
When I was home, if I felt the want to have a nice relaxing glass of wine at the end of my workday, I got out the wine glass, but instead, I filled it with my favorite flavored seltzer water and added a little fruit for an extra added visual appeal.
It felt indulgent just because I was holding stemware that would otherwise be reserved for a nice dinner or special occasion.
So now that you’ve read this article, you can put what you’ve learned here into practice immediately and increase your chances of getting pregnant.
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The information in this document has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.