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Drinking wine three times a week can reduce the chance of conception

It is a fairly well-known fact that drinking wine, especially red wine, in moderation, can be beneficial to your health in a number of ways, but if you are looking to get pregnant or having trouble conceiving you may want to abstain from drinking vino.

Excessive drinking of wine is known to be detrimental when it comes to reproduction as it reduces fertility and has been linked to lower rates of conception, but a recent study states that if women drink three or more glasses of wine a week, it could drastically reduce their chances of getting pregnant.

Doctors at a New York fertility clinic - Reproductive Medicine Associates - did a study on 91 women who were undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments.

They found that they all the women who abstained from drinking had a 90 percent chance of conceiving, but the women who drank wine on a regular basis, even once or twice week, could reduce their chances of getting pregnant by thirty percent.

While three or more glasses a week reduced the chance of getting pregnant by two thirds.

It seems that even low levels of alcohol can harm the development of unfertilized eggs.

Dr Dara Godfrey, of the Reproductive Medicine Associates presented her findings during the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston

Dr Godfrey, who is the lead author said: "My advice to patients is always to limit or abstain from alcohol. But whether they do or not its up to them. Alcohol definitely has a detrimental effect on pregnancy success."

While Dr Allan Pacey, a fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, also advices avoiding any type of alcohol if trying to conceive.

Dr Pacey said told The Telegraph: "I would wonder whether alcohol could be a surrogacy marker for something else - that the women who have something to drink are more likely to be stressed."

Stress and anxiety are known to raise the levels of cortisol and adrenalin, which in turn can also impair fertility.

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