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Moderate alcohol use and waiting time to pregnancy
Recent research has indicated that even a moderate consumption of alcohol in women trying to become pregnant is associated with longer waiting time to pregnancy. The findings, though, according to Mette Juhl et al are based upon few observations.

This study by Mette Juhl et al in Denmark studied self-reported data on alcohol intake and waiting time to pregnancy (02, 35, 612 and >12months).39, 612 pregnant women were recruited to the Danish National Birth Cohort within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy from 1997 to 2000. The main outcome measures were odds ratios (OR) for a prolonged waiting time to pregnancy according to alcohol intake.

Results: In nulliparous women neither moderate nor high alcohol intake was related with longer waiting time to pregnancy compared with a low intake. In parous women, a modest association was seen only among those with an intake of >14 drinks per week (subfecundity OR 1.3; 95% confidence interval 1.01.7). Women who reported no alcohol intake had a slightly longer waiting time (subfecundity OR 1.2; 95% confidence interval (1.11.3) than women with a moderate intake of alcohol.

Conclusions: The findings do not corroborate recent results suggesting a marked reduction in fecundity associated with a moderate intake of alcohol.

Correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: mju@ssi.dk Source: Human Reproduction, Vol. 16, No. 12, 2705-2709, Dec. 2001). Authors: Mette Juhl, Danish Epidemiology Science Centr , Statens Serum Institut, 5, Artillerivej, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Anne-Marie Nyboe Andersen Department of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, 3, Blegdamsvej, DK-2200 Copenhagen

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