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IVF success reduced by alcohol

Drinking even a small amount during early IVF stages may prevent fertilisation

Posted: 21 December 2010
by Kimberley Smith
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IVF success harmed by alcohol?

Drinking as little as four alcoholic drinks a week has been linked to a lower IVF success rate by a new study in the US.

After taking into account age, weight and smoking as well as other factors that may affect the success of IVF, the study found that a higher drinking rate was linked to a 16% lower chance of conception.

The study also found that the success rate for couples where both partners drank four alcoholic drinks a week was 21% lower than average. However, Dr Rossi, who led the study, could not explain the findings conclusively.

Despite appearances suggesting that drinking alcohol reduces conception chances, Dr Rossi explained that there may have been other factors at work.

“There are so many factors that patients have no control over like their age or oestrogen levels. But they can change their drinking habits,” said Dr Rossi. “I would encourage people to try to decrease, or even stop, drinking when they start IVF.”

If you’re considering IVF in the New Year, try to cut down over the festive period with these great alternative non-alcoholic party drinks.

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