Can Alcohol Affect Fertility?
Can alcohol affect fertility?
Yes, very much so, through direct chemical action on the reproductive organs.
Testosterone, the male sex hormone, is made in the liver. When the liver is damaged by alcohol the hormone levels are reduced. Drinking acohol also damages sperm formation.
In women, drinking alcohol even in moderate amounts reduces fertility. The precise cause for this is not known. The best advice for women who are trying to conceive is not to drink at all. This helps them and their subsequent babies as well.
Drinking alcohol increases the desire for sexual gratification, and lowers inhibitions, but it reduces the performance. In men it can lead to loss of libido and impotence.
If fertility is an important consideration for a man or woman or both when finding it difficult for the woman to conceive a child, the simplest course of action is for both to give up alcohol. They can always drink it again after the baby is born. But they may find that they no longer wish to do so. They may be happy enough with the baby in their lives and don’t want to do anything that might disturb that happiness. Anyway, they might want to have more children.