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How Alcohol & Marijuana Consumption Affects Your Fertility

Marijuana SmokerOur fertility specialists recommend that you take a – better safe than sorry – approach and abstain from the consumption of alcohol and marijuana use during fertility treatment. Alcohol and marijuana have no place in your fertility treatment plan. Most patients become self-aware of alcohol consumption and marijuana use when they are trying to get pregnant. Drinking and drug use should never be excessive or sustained – regardless of whether or not you are trying to get pregnant.

Drinking Alcohol and Fertility

Heavy consumption of alcohol has harmful ramifications on all aspect of one’s health – liver function and inflammation. Mental health is also disturbed. According to 2017 Study published in the Fertility Research and Practice journal, alcohol presents a risk of fetal loss and stillbirth. The authors of the study advised women to avoid alcohol when trying to get pregnant.

Women and Alcohol

  • Excessive drinking can make conceiving a baby take a lot longer, because it can make periods heavier and ovulation more irregular
  • Some studies suggest that current heavy drinking can lead to a low ovarian reserve (less eggs)

Men and Alcohol

  • Drinking heavily can cause hormone shifts that lead to lower sperm counts and lower testosterone for men
  • Lower testosterone is associated with a lower sex drive
  • A low sex drive correlates with less intercourse and reduced chances for pregnancy

Consuming Marijuana and Fertility

A governmental study found:

  • A 55 percent drop in sperm count among men who regularly smoked marijuana
  • Marijuana use contributes to poor semen quality

You must be proactive about increasing your fertility health by making strategic recreational drinking and drug-use decisions when you are trying to get pregnant – both short and long term.

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Helpful Resources to Boost Your Fertility

It is important to work with a fertility care team that can help educate you on implementing healthy lifestyle changes to increase your overall wellness and chances of pregnancy. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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