Moderate Alcohol Consumption Does Not Affect Fertility in Women

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Moderate alcohol consumption did not affect fertility in women.
Moderate alcohol consumption did not affect fertility in women.

HealthDay News -- For women trying to conceive, moderate alcohol consumption has no impact of fertility, according to a study published online in The BMJ.

Ellen M. Mikkelsen, MPH, PhD, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues conducted a prospective study involving 6120 female Danish residents in a stable relationship with a male partner who were trying to conceive. Alcohol consumption was self-reported and categorized into standard servings per week.

The researchers found that during follow-up, 69% of participants achieved a pregnancy. The adjusted fecundability ratios for alcohol consumption of 1 o 3, 4 to 7, 8 to 13, and 14 or more servings per week compared with no alcohol consumption were 0.97 (95% CI, 0.91-1.03), 1.01 (95% CI, 0.93-1.10), 1.01 (95% CI, 0.87-1.16), and 0.82 (95% CI, 0.60-1.12). 

For women who consumed only wine (3 or more servings), beer (3 or more servings), or spirits (2 or more servings), the adjusted fecundability ratios were 1.05 (95% CI, 0.91-1.21), 0.92 (95% CI, 0.65-1.29), and 0.85 (95% CI, 0.61-1.17), respectively, compared to no alcohol intake. 

The data did not differentiate between regular and binge drinking.

"Consumption of less than 14 servings of alcohol per week seemed to have no discernible effect on fertility," the researchers wrote. "No appreciable difference in fecundability was observed by level of consumption of beer and wine."


  1. Mikkelsen EM, Riis AH, Wise LA, et al. Alcohol consumption and fecundability: prospective Danish cohort study. BMJ. 2016;354:i4262. doi:10.1136/bmj.i4262.
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