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Can drinking alcohol before a semen analysis affect the result?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine
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In brief: Long term use

Semen analysis tests are better indicators of health 2-3 months before the test.
The sperm development cycle is 75 days, so an insult like alcohol usually shows up later. Sometimes we see effects sooner too. Alcohol is a sperm toxin in my experience but the effect is unpredictable (think alcoholics with kids) . Many men who stop all alcohol have improved sperm and then pregnancy. Moderation good.

In brief: Long term use

Semen analysis tests are better indicators of health 2-3 months before the test.
The sperm development cycle is 75 days, so an insult like alcohol usually shows up later. Sometimes we see effects sooner too. Alcohol is a sperm toxin in my experience but the effect is unpredictable (think alcoholics with kids) . Many men who stop all alcohol have improved sperm and then pregnancy. Moderation good.
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