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Does Beer Affect Men's Fertility? The Answer May Surprise You

Abstaining from alcohol is advice commonly given by medical professionals in order to increase mens fertility naturally.  Recent research has called that advice into question, as beer has been found to increase the likelihood of a couple becoming pregnant. Understanding alcohol's affect on fertility can help you to make the changes you need while trying to conceive. 

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Alcohol Intake

Research done by Massachusetts General Hospital looked at IVF success rates and drinking behaviors.  The research indicated that when men have alcohol daily they are twice as likely as their non-drinking counterparts to have children through an IVF cycle.  The threshold for a positive effect on fertility was 22 grams of alcohol a day, the equivalent of a pint and a half of beer.  

The research was done on 105 participants from 2007 to 2013.  The average age study subjects was 37, and then men were a part of couples that were undergoing IVF treatment. 

Caffeine Intake

Caffeine can inhibit the positive effects of alcohol on fertility.  When evaluated based on caffeine it was determined that those individuals that had the largest caffeine intake were least likely to have success in IVF treatment. Men that drank less than a cup of coffee a day had the highest IVF success rates.

Overall Health

The largest factors in mens fertility is maintaining general health.  Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep at night are all important.    Additionally, effectively managing stress is key in improving health and fertility.

Fertility Testing

Although women have the stigma of being “barren”, men are just as likely to be the cause fertility concerns.  When a couple is having difficulty trying to conceive it is important that both partners be tested to evaluate and address any health issues.  For men, the testing process is simple.  A sperm sample can identify quality and quantity issues with sperm.

Receive additional information on improving mens fertility through natural methods by contacting the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

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