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Alcohol's Effect on Sperm

Men Should Watch Alcohol Consumption Before Conception

A drunken night on the town or romantic dinner over a good bottle of wine may seem like the perfect precursor to an evening of baby-making, but men might want to think again before pouring another cocktail. A man's sperm count can be directly affected by toxic chemicals, including alcohol. According to the Mayo Clinic, only 50 to 70 percent of a man's sperm are healthy enough to fertilize an egg. When alcohol and tobacco are added to that mix the number of healthy sperm decrease significantly.

It said:

Heavy drinking may reduce the quality and quantity of sperm. Limit alcohol to no more than one or two drinks a day. The combination of tobacco and alcohol is particularly harmful.

So if you and your partner are actively trying to conceive, it may be time to reduce the number of drinks you both consume each week. There's no harm in a little early prep work for once the baby arrives.


AnnaLove AnnaLove 8 years
I agree, but for other reasons. My boyfriend and I were going out and drinking a lot when I became pregnant. Our son was born with Down Syndrome and they say there's "nothing you can do" to cause it. I really feel that putting your body in a suppressed, weakened state can make those tissues more prone to defecting at conception. Just an extra precaution. I'm dying to get my M.D. and do research on this!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I guess.... when I saw my ob, though, and talked to her about ttc, she said that we could go about our lives as normal. And when I asked if I accidently drank before I knew I was preg? she said "if the human was that fragile, we would have gone extinct a while ago... do you know how many women get sloshed when pregnant and don't know it, and end up having healthy babies?"
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