Since I was legal age to drink (actually several years before legally being able to drink) I would drink for what seemed like any occasion. If something was going well, I’d drink; if something wasn’t going well, I’d drink; the weekend, I’d drink; if I was anxious, I’d drink. You get the picture. I grew up in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago and it was the norm to go out and drink for all occasions. I recall one time being sick and going out anyway and someone recommending a hot toddy to drink to cure my sickness. Ha! So, needless to say, when I moved to the city I took it with me and surrounded myself with people who enjoyed it as well. Most nights after work I would go to happy hour with colleagues, have wine with dinner when I got home, and more wine after dinner on most days of the week.
So, before I go any further I just want to state that I’m not knocking drinking in moderation, but I started wondering why I felt it was necessary for EVERY occasion and was it helping my fertility? The answer for me was no. It was too much sugar inflaming my gut and throwing my whole system off (i.e., digestion, hormones and robing me of minerals). My theory is it becomes a way of coping with uncomfortable situations at times as well as a habitual thing, just doing it because that’s what I’ve always done. Also, there’s a bit of worry that things will change in certain relationships and I wasn’t ready to deal with it. Then, the worry of being labeled as a teetotaler, strange or boring because I’m not drinking. By the way, none of these things were reality! Just silly fears of change.
Over the past year or so I’ve been cleaning up my lifestyle which includes drinking less and paying closer attention to everything I put into my mouth because, believe it or not, what you consume affects your hormones which affects your fertility health. Now I realize that most of us were conceived after a drunken night out for our parents (I was one of them apparently) or maybe several of your friends have that story. But for some it may not be that easy and drinking may possibly be hindering your fertility by messing with your hormones if you’re consistently doing it.
If you want to know why letting the wine glass go more often while trying to conceive and find out how to become more fully fertile, reach out to schedule a free consultation.
If you think you have an alcohol addiction, please call your doctor or the local AA for support.
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