How Much Influence Does Alcohol Have On Female Fertility?

Portrait of a young woman drinking a pint of hard cider.Drinking alcohol is a major problem today and the impact on fertility is of great interest.

Key takeaways:

  • 18.2 percent of women between the ages of 18 to 44 years in America engage in binge drinking at least three times per month.
  • Abstinence from alcohol is often recommended for women when trying to become pregnant.
  • Drinking more than one drink per day during pregnancy is associated with low birth weight, preterm birth, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Women in the highest alcohol consumption group (14 units or more per week) had 37 pregnancies in 307 cycles, and those who did not drink had 1,381 pregnancies in 8,054 cycles. These figures equate to an 18 percent decrease in the probability that the women would conceive.

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