A common question many women ask is during
my in vetro fertilization cycle “Can I smoke, can I drink alcohol, can I use certain recreational
drugs, can I even have intercourse?” These are all very good questions. There are obviously
many very good reason to not smoke and drink for health related issues. From a fertility
standpoint we do know that smoking has a very profound effect on egg number and egg quality
over the long term. It’s even been shown that women who smoke heavily will go into menopause
even years earlier than their non smoking counterparts. There is no evidence that a couple of glasses
of wine per week or a couple of mixed drinks per week during the fertility process is going
to have an adverse affect on egg quality or on chances of conceiving. Heavy alcohol consumption,
however, can very much have an affect on a potentially causing genetic damage in eggs.
When that occurs specifically is not completely known. There are no good data suggesting how
much alcohol puts you at risk of any egg damage or fertility abnormalities, but fertility
doctors will state that it is best to not drink heavily or to smoke at all, or to use
any recreational drugs during the fertility process.