Effects of alcohol on your reproductive health

Responsible Service of AlcoholAlcohol not only affects you when it is consumed, but it also has effects that are long lasting. This includes your reproductive organs. It can have effects on not only men but also women and their reproductive organs, which can affect your quality of life now and into the future.

So how exactly does alcohol affect your reproductive health? Our reproductive systems are built on three (3) components, including the brain, the pituitary gland and the ovaries in women and testicles in men. These three basic components, when alcohol is consumed, are directly and indirectly affected. The more alcohol you consume, the higher the risk of long- and short-term effects to yourself and your body.

Effects on men:

– Alcohol reduces the amount of testosterone in the blood stream – and increases the breakdown of testosterone in the liver, which in turn decreases levels of testosterone

-High levels of alcohol consumption can cause male infertility

-Drinking alcohol can lower sex drive and performance

Effects on women:

– Drinking high levels of alcohol can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, making it more difficult to become pregnant

The effects of alcohol on your reproductive system, however, are readily revisable; this can be done by halting all consumption of alcohol and/or decreasing consumption. Alcohol can affect your reproductive system which can, in turn, affect your relationships with your partner now and into the future, and also make getting pregnant more difficult. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation so that the listed symptoms and effects are moderate or short term.

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