Alcohol consumption and male infertility

Alcohol consumption and male infertility

Studies have found that alcohol is a testicular toxin that causes abnormalities such as low sperm count and impaired sperm motility. In men, chronic alcohol consumption has been associated with adverse effects such as testicular atrophy, decreased libido, and decreased semen volume.

These effects are shown to be duration-dependent and reversible. Within 3 months of reduced alcohol consumption, sperm parameters improve. 

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National, Regional, and Global Trends in Infertility Prevalence Since 1990: A Systematic Analysis of 277 Health Surveys

Male fertility, a critical review (Micronutrient Initiative. Investing in the future: A united call to action on vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Global Report 2009).

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