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IVF Couples Warned About Drinking

BBC News,  Oct 20, 2009
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Couples trying to conceive through IVF could be significantly harming their chances if they share the equivalent of a bottle of wine a week, experts warn.

If both partners drink six units a week - equivalent to half a bottle of wine each - their chance of a live birth is cut by a quarter, a study suggests.

Doctors said couples may want to "play it safe" and not drink at all to maximise their chances of IVF success.

The findings are based on a US study of more than 2,500 couples.

The study was presented at a fertility conference in Atlanta.

In the study, men and women who each had six UK-equivalent units a week - the equivalent of two strong pints of beer or two large glasses of wine - or more "significantly reduced their likelihood of pregnancy".

It may be that if you are trying for a baby with IVF and want to maximise your chances of success, you may want to 'play safe' and not drink at all

Tony Rutherford of the British Fertility Society
For women, it cut their chances of getting pregnant by 18%, while men reduced their chances of a live birth by 14%. Read more.


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