We know about the harmful effects of drinking while pregnant , but what about drinking before pregnancy? And how does drinking affect male fertility? Is it a big deal? Should you even worry about it? Alcohol, even in moderate amounts, can affect your sexual health.
Even drinking lightly can reduce the chance of pregnancy. Heavy drinking increases the time it takes to get pregnant and reduces the chances of having a healthy baby. It is not clear how drinking small amounts of alcohol affects unborn babies but it is well known that drinking high amounts can be harmful. A woman should stop drinking alcohol once she is pregnant, but until then there is no reason to stop. Drinking increases the time it takes to get pregnant and reduces the chances of having a healthy baby. For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, choosing not to drink alcohol is the safest option.
Does Alcohol Kill Sperm? And Other Fertility Facts
Many things can damage your sperm, including being overweight, smoking, older age, and exposure to harmful chemicals. Being overweight can reduce your fertility because it lowers your sperm quality, including sperm count and movement. It also makes you more likely to produce abnormal sperm. Being overweight also reduces testosterone male sex hormone production, which can cause sexual problems, such as difficulties getting an erection.
So why does alcohol cut your chances of having a baby? The Chief Medical Officers' alcohol unit guidelines does not have specific advice on the effects of alcohol on fertility. But they do have specific guidelines for those trying to conceive.