We know about the harmful effects of drinking while pregnantbut what about drinking before pregnancy? And how does drinking affect male fertility? Is it a big deal?
I am a year-old man who sends you this email you with some degree of frustration, having been married for three years now. My wife and I have been trying for a baby for the last eighteen months with no favourable outcome! While I am enjoying the process, when a man is expected to perform on demand for the sake of procreation, it will undoubtedly take the sizzle out of sex.
In80 countries published national alcohol policies, while a further eight countries had regional policies and 11 others had a total ban on alcohol. Guidelines generally give recommended amounts measured in grams g of pure alcohol because of differences in the size of alcoholic drinks and different definitions of alcohol units worldwide. The NHS in the UK recommends that men should not regularly drink more than units g of alcohol per day and women should not regularly drink more than units per day.
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.
Being underweight or overweight can have negative effects on a man's sperm, and it can kill a couple's sex life because weight problems can affect a man's libido and performance. Sticking to a healthy diet that contains a good mix of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, grains, and dairy, and fitting in physical activity on most days of the week can help him reach or maintain a healthy weight. Folic acid isn't important just for moms-to-be.
Back to Food and diet. A study involving Danish military recruits found that even moderate drinking, if done regularly, was associated with a drop in quality. The study involved 1, young Danish military recruits with an average age of 19and assessed their semen quality, as well as questioning their alcohol intake in the week preceding the sample, or binge drinking in the past 30 days.
Drinking alcohol — even in moderation — can have a dramatic effect on the reproductive system. It can impact hormone production and decrease semen parameters such as sperm count, motility, morphology, and concentration. A large Danish study of healthy young men between the ages of found that even modest drinking habits — as little as 5 drinks per week — can negatively affect the amount of sperm producedthe concentration of sperm per milliliter of semen, and the morphology of sperm a measure of how well-formed the sperm are. As you might expect, the more alcohol a person drinks regularly, the more serious the effects on sperm quality.
Diana Lucia does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The main concern surrounding alcohol exposure during pregnancy often relates to well-established evidence of newborns developing a range of behavioural, physical and cognitive disabilities later in life.
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.