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Can alcoholism make me sterile?
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Drinking too much alcohol can affect your fertility.
Alcoholism can affect the hormone system of your body, as well as affect the nutrition that you get out of food. These effects may resolve after you stop drinking, or they may become permanent. However, you should not count on alcohol making you sterile or impossible to father or conceive a child. Also, you should not drink while pregnant.

In brief: Yes
Drinking too much alcohol can affect your fertility.
Alcoholism can affect the hormone system of your body, as well as affect the nutrition that you get out of food. These effects may resolve after you stop drinking, or they may become permanent. However, you should not count on alcohol making you sterile or impossible to father or conceive a child. Also, you should not drink while pregnant.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Alcoholism leads to impotence in men 70-80% of the time, including testicular atrophy, infertility and decreased libido.
Moderate alcohol abuse can also increase the risk of infertility in women and alcohol abuse during pregnancy has a 50-70% chance of causing fetal abnormalities.

In brief: Yes
Alcoholism leads to impotence in men 70-80% of the time, including testicular atrophy, infertility and decreased libido.
Moderate alcohol abuse can also increase the risk of infertility in women and alcohol abuse during pregnancy has a 50-70% chance of causing fetal abnormalities.
Emily Lu
Emily Lu
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Dr. Patricio Gargollo
Pediatrics - Urology
In brief: Maybe
Severe alcoholism can lead to liver disease and in some cases cirrhosis and liver failure.
In any cases of extreme alcohol consumption you may be prone to hypogonadism or "lower function" of your gonads ( ovaries or testicles). In essence heavy alcohol consumption can negatively affect your fertility but can only make you "sterile" in extreme cases usually those associated with liver failure.

In brief: Maybe
Severe alcoholism can lead to liver disease and in some cases cirrhosis and liver failure.
In any cases of extreme alcohol consumption you may be prone to hypogonadism or "lower function" of your gonads ( ovaries or testicles). In essence heavy alcohol consumption can negatively affect your fertility but can only make you "sterile" in extreme cases usually those associated with liver failure.
Dr. Patricio Gargollo
Dr. Patricio Gargollo
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