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Drinking in moderation 'has no effect on fertility'

By Ella Pickover

Published 01/09/2016

Around one in eight women in Britain experiences difficulties conceiving a baby in the first year of trying to get pregnant
Around one in eight women in Britain experiences difficulties conceiving a baby in the first year of trying to get pregnant

Drinking moderately does not seem to affect a woman's fertility, according to a study.

Around one in eight women in Britain experiences difficulties conceiving a baby in the first year of trying to get pregnant.

Low to moderate amounts of alcohol may not affect a woman's fertility, the study suggests.

But the authors said women should steer clear of alcohol "during their fertile window until a pregnancy has been ruled out" to ensure they do not accidentally drink while pregnant.

The study examined 6,000 Danish women who were trying to get pregnant, and monitored their drinking habits.

It found women drinking up to the equivalent of two bottles of wine a week had no difference in conception rates within 12 months compared with women drinking no alcohol. But those who drank more had an 18% lower chance of getting pregnant.

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