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The scientific evidence about how low to moderate drinking affects women’s fertility isn’t clear. People often have difficulty accurately reporting their alcohol consumption and it’s hard to do research that isolates alcohol as a lifestyle factor.
However there is enough evidence that alcohol has a negative effect on fertility for the National Health and Medical Research Council to recommend that women trying to get pregnant should not drink alcohol at all.
Heavy drinking affects fertility, increasing the length of time it takes to get pregnant and reducing the chances of having a healthy baby.
Heavy drinking can definitely affect fertility, increasing the length of time it takes to get pregnant and reducing the chances of having a healthy baby.
The National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines also say that:
"A woman should stop drinking alcohol once she is pregnant, but until then there is no reason to."
Heavy drinking affects fertility, increasing the length of time it takes to get pregnant and reducing the chances of having a healthy baby. For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option.
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