However, alcohol might only be an additional factor among many. The study only shows associations between drinking and trying to conceive, but it might not be the only rational cause. Dr Taylor claims that the results of the study should not mean alcohol fully prevents pregnancy. In her own words, “alcohol is not birth control,” meaning if a woman has unprotected sex, she can still conceive.
Fecundability and fertility
Some people might mistake fertility for fecundability, or vice versa. However, these are two distinct concepts.
In the study, the researchers refer to fecundability as the chances of conceiving a child amidst a single menstrual cycle, or a month. Fertility on the other hand means a person’s natural capacity in conceiving a child. One is related to menstrual cycles; one refers to the ability in itself of conceiving children.
Another important takeaway from the study mentioned above is that alcohol intake can only reduce chances of one’s fecundability, not fertility itself. This means that the chances of conceiving within a menstruation cycle can be lowered, but it can’t be stopped completely.
Many factors also play into affecting one’s fertility and fecundability, some of the most impactful ones could be age, ethnicity, smoking, and plenty of other biological mechanisms.
Use protection at all times
You might think that just because alcohol can reduce chances of pregnancy, it might make it a new and much more accessible form of contraception. According to the researchers of the study, it is not advisable.
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