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Moderate drinking 'does not appear to affect women's fertility'

Moderate drinking does not appear to affect a woman's fertility Credit: PA

Drinking moderately does not seem to affect a woman's fertility, a study suggests.

According to figures, one in eight women in Britain experience difficulties conceiving a baby during their first year of trying.

But consuming low to moderate amounts of alcohol does not seem to affect their ability to conceive, the study claims.

However, experts maintain women should avoid alcohol during their fertile window until pregnancy has been ruled out.

The study, which examined 6,000 Danish women attempting to conceive, monitored their drinking habits.

But after studying the results it concluded that consumption of lower amounts of alcohol "seemed to have no discernible effect on fertility".

Number of bottles of wine a week which made no difference to women's conception rate
The reduction in chance of conceiving if drinking more than two bottles of wine a week
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Annie Britton, a reader in epidemiology at University College London, said that infertility sometimes has "devastating" effects on couples.

In an accompanying editorial, she wrote: "Given that it can take many months to become pregnant, a woman may choose not to abstain from drinking for the duration.

"If alcohol is consumed moderately, it seems that this may not affect fertility.

"However, it would be wise to avoid binge-drinking, both for the potential disruption to menstrual cycles and also for the potential harm to a baby during early pregnancy.

"If a couple are experiencing difficulty in conceiving, it makes sense for both partners to cut down on their alcohol intake".

She added that, with many things in life, "moderation is the key".

Current health guidelines state that women should not drink during pregnancy to avoid harm to a fetus.

If you are pregnant or think you could become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.

– UK chief medical officers
Women over this age who give birth are at higher risk of complications
Percentage of mothers over the age of 45 in 2014