Say “No” to Drugs & Alcohol:
Our fertility specialists recommend that you take a – better safe than sorry – approach and abstain from the consumption of alcohol and drug use during fertility treatment.
Alcohol and drugs like marijuana have no place in your fertility treatment protocol. Most patients become self-aware of alcohol consumption and marijuana use when they are trying to get pregnant. Drinking and drug use should never be excessive or sustained – regardless of whether or not you are trying to get pregnant.
Drinking Alcohol & Fertility:
Heavy consumption of alcohol has harmful ramifications on all aspects of one’s health – liver function and inflammation. Mental health is also affected by alcohol use.
According to the National Institute of Health, exposure to alcohol during pregnancy presents a risk of fetal loss and stillbirth. It is advised that women avoid alcohol when trying to get pregnant.
Women & Alcohol:
Excessive drinking can make conceiving a baby take a lot longer because it can make periods heavier and ovulation more irregular. Some studies suggest that heavy drinking can lead to a low ovarian reserve, which means fewer eggs.
Men & Alcohol:
Drinking heavily can cause hormone shifts that lead to lower sperm counts and lower testosterone for men. Lower testosterone is also associated with a lower sex drive and a low sex drive correlates with less intercourse and reduced chances of pregnancy.
Drugs & Fertility:
The use of recreational drugs can reduce the chances of pregnancy for both men and women.
Taking cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, cannabis and other recreational drugs can ultimately reduce the chance of having a baby. Long-term use of these recreational drugs can cause infertility or even permanent damage to the reproductive system for both men and women.
Recreational drugs can also cause serious problems in pregnancy, as all drugs pass through the bloodstream and can directly cause harm to the baby. For men, recreational drugs can lower their sperm count or stop the production of sperm altogether.
You must be proactive about increasing your fertility health by making strategic recreational drinking and drug-use decisions when you are trying to get pregnant – both short and long-term.
Customized IVF Treatment:
Since every patient’s personal, medical, and financial needs are different, we offer customized IVF treatment for all of our patients.
New Hope Can Offer You:
It is important to work with a fertility team having the research and clinical experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. Here at New Hope, our world-renowned fertility specialists will guide you through the most successful path. To schedule your initial consultation with our fertility experts, call us at (212) 517-7676 or visit our website.