Moderate drinking holds little impact on fertility, study finds

A new study out of Denmark shows that consumption of less than 14 servings of alcohol per week seemed to have no discernible effect on womens' fertility.

Study participants included 6,120 female Danish residents, ages 21-45, in a stable relationship with a male partner, who were trying to conceive and not receiving fertility treatment.

Researchers from the department of clinical epidemiology at Denmark's Aarhus University asked women to report their weekly alcohol consumption and timing of menstrual cycles until they got pregnant, according to United Press International. They found that 4,210, or 69 percent, of women got pregnant. Median alcohol intake among the women was two drinks per week.

Women who consumed up to 14 drinks per week did not appear to have trouble getting pregnant, while those who consumed more than 14 servings of wine, beer or spirits saw an 18 percent decrease in their chance for pregnancy, reports United Press International.

Researchers do note some study limitations. For instance, according to United Press International, participants self-reported their alcohol consumption, which means it could be inaccurate, and the researchers failed to distinguish between regular and binge drinking.



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