Last updated: October 25th, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Author Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH
Alcohol and fertility, to drink or not to drink when trying to get pregnant? When it comes to alcohol and fertility, many women ask “Can alcohol affect fertility?” A new study has shown that women who drink at least one glass of red wine per week could support ovarian egg reserve better than those who do not.
The researchers studying alcohol and fertility have come to the conclusion that drinking red wine may boost fertility based on the content of Resveratrol in red wine. Resveratrol is abundant in red grapes, blueberries and cocoa. It is an antioxidant that protects cells against biological stress. Physicians at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, studied the association between various alcoholic drinks and ovarian reserve.
They found a connection between red wine and fertility. Their findings are that women who drink one glass a week of red wine may boost their fertility. Click here to read the study in The Medical Journal Fertility and Sterility.
The study consisted of 135 women. They were between the ages of 18 and 44. Each woman in the study kept an alcohol diary, where they noted how much they consumed each month. During this time period the physicians also conducted regular ultrasound scans on each of the women and calculated their ovarian egg reserve. What they found was that those women who regularly consumed red wine, regardless of other factors such as age and income, had a better ovarian reserve.
An article about this wine and fertility study in The Independant stated: “However, the study’s results don’t indicate that those trying to conceive should have a glass of red wine every day. The research only showed the fertility boosting benefit for women who drank moderate amounts of red wine (around 5 glasses each month).
“Experts have also been quick to point out that the results should be considered with caution, as the study hadn’t proved that the wine was solely responsibly for the fertility boost in participants. Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, told The Times that the research was “interesting,” but insisted that further studies would be necessary in order to prove the findings. “This is an interesting study, albeit with a small sample size which means that it doesn’t reach statistical significance. “However, the exposure of the developing foetus to alcohol may cause irreversible developmental damage, so alcohol consumption should be less than six units [roughly two large glasses of wine] per week for women wishing to conceive.””