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Alcohol consumed in moderation can boost male fertility

Alcohol effect on fertility: A new study says that moderate alcohol intake is linked with higher semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count.

sex and relationships Updated: Jul 19, 2018 14:26 IST
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Moderate alcohol intake can boost semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count.(Shutterstock)

The effect of alcohol intake on the male reproductive function has always been a controversial topic of research. However, in a recent Andrology study, moderate alcohol intake was found to be linked with higher semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count.

In the study of 323 men patients, median semen volume was found higher in the 4-7 units per week group, as was total sperm count, compared to men who drank almost 3 units per week.The association with sperm concentration was also significant, with a U-shaped trend in groups of alcohol intake.

Lead author Dr Elena Ricci said, “As regards the low intake, our findings are consistent with other research. In Italy, alcohol consumption is common but usually limited to small quantities, and this applies in particular to men referring to our Infertility Clinic. Since the dose makes the poison, they are counselled to limit but not avoid alcohol,” he added.

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First Published: Jul 19, 2018 14:24 IST