It is widely acknowledged that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can negatively impact fetal development, but what are the specific guidelines for alcohol intake while undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment?

With the Christmas Holiday period upon us, where alcohol is even more pervasive, we asked Beacon CARE Fertility’s Medical Director, Dr Ahmed Omar to answer some common questions regarding this topic. 

Can I Have Alcohol During IVF Treatment?

We advise avoiding alcohol while undergoing IVF treatment, especially while taking IVF medication (injections etc.). 

The guidelines regarding alcohol and IVF are similar to those regarding alcohol in pregnancy (i.e. avoid it). 

Why Should I Avoid It During Treatment?

Alcohol is a type of drug, and just like other drugs and medications, it is not advisable to use them unless there is a specific need. 

Alcohol can cause dehydration, which is not conducive to conceiving.  It is especially important to hydrate yourself well when you are taking stimulation medication. 

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Should Men Avoid Alcohol Before IVF Treatment? 

From a sperm health perspective, some studies suggest that restricting the consumption of alcohol to fewer than 4 units per week is considered acceptable. 

What About Caffeine Consumption During IVF Treatment? 

From our standpoint, caffeine in moderation is acceptable during IVF Treatment. It is not necessary to give up your morning cup of coffee or tea, but don’t overdo it. 

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