Alcohol effects on sex, fertility, and pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

An infographic showing the implications of prolonged alcohol abuse for men and women RE: sex and sexuality. Also, what happens to the fetus when a mother drinks during pregnancy? And how does drinking affect breastfed children? Find out here.

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Alcohol can harm men’s and women’s sexuality and fertility. Chronic and prolonged drinking habits can lead to Central Nervous System (CNS) damage, as well as damage to the peripheral nervous system, which leads to loss of libido and ability to perform sexually. Another side effect is impotence, caused by hormonal imbalance as a result of excessive alcohol intake.

Alcohol’s effects on men

Alcohol can reduce man’s testosterone levels and lead to loss of sexual desire. It can also damage the quality, structure and movement of sperm by stopping the liver from properly metabolizing Vitamin A. Another side effect is a condition called hyperoestogenisation, which can lead to testicular failure, as well as occurrence of feminine treats in men including gynecomastia or development of male breasts.

Alcohol effects on sex, fertility, and pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

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The effects of alcohol in women

Alcohol can increase estrogen levels in women too, and in some studies high levels of estrogen have been related to an increased risk of breast cancer. Long-term heavy drinking can cause women to have irregular menstrual periods or completely abrupt the ovulation. Periods can stop altogether or women can have an early menopause. Heavy drinkers who do become pregnant are more likely to have a miscarriage.

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Alcohol and the developing brain

If a mother drinks during pregnancy the developing brain can experience a range of physical, learning, and behavioral implications. One of the most serious possible side effects is called FAS or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome where infants are smaller than average, with a lesser brain volume, and distinct facial features. A smaller brain volume usually also means the child will have fewer brain cells, resulting in long-term or life-long problems in learning and behavior.

Alcohol’s effects of sexuality and fertility questions

Not every alcohol addicted person is alike.

There are different degrees of sexual impairment, different conditions and different origins of problems. So, if you or a loved one need help don’t forget to seek treatment. In fact, you can ask us through the comments section below if you have any inquiries. We also welcome your feedback and re-sharing of the infographic.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.

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