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TTC with IVF? Skip the Alcohol Tonight

By Sonja Kristiansen, MD on December 31, 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, we at Houston Fertility Center would like to wish everyone a healthy and fertile 2010!

And as a physician, please allow me a little nagging space before the celebrating begins: alcoholic beverages can negatively impact both your overall health and fertility.

It's true.

Now, complete teetotaling may not be necessary for everyone, but if you're about to invest in IVF treatment, you might consider a sober New Year's Eve.

This article on ConceivingConcepts.com refers to a study that even pointed to specific types of alcohol that seem to stand in the way of success for patients going the IVF route to pregnancy.

Taking advantage of Internet searches this week for "all things Party", The Harvard Gazette points to a full related article on London's Guardian that was written earlier this year when the research results were first publicized.

The study was large (over 2,500 couples interviewed before IVF treatment) and the results were striking.

Besides, if you're just about to undergo fertility treatment, now may be a good time to get used to the little sacrifices that parents make. Keep looking to the future!

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