We’ve all been there. You’re out at a bar with a member of the opposite sex, or you opted to watch Netflix at your place. You had a little too much to drink, and suddenly your partner is irresistible. In your rush to get it on, you forget one minor – but very important detail: birth control. However, if you opted for wine out of a nightly habit, you may have nothing to worry about, because a new study shows that drinking vino and fertility actually go hand-in-hand.
Researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark took a look at 6,000 females between 21-45 to determine how drinking affected their fertility levels, and found that women who drank seven “large” glasses of wine every week were 18% less likely to get knocked up than other women of the same age who drank less or no alcohol during the same time period. I’m not sure what quantity counts as a “large” glass of wine, but since I do typically exceed the standard 5-ounce pour, I’m pretty sure I count. The study was conducted among women trying to conceive, so you can be reasonably certain that they didn’t just drink too much and fall asleep fully clothed either.
Okay, so maybe an 18 percent lower chance of getting pregnant isn’t enough to toss your birth control out the window, but for those of us not looking to settle down just yet, this added benefit of wine is just one more excuse to open a new bottle tonight. For those of you out there who are looking to start a family in the near future and have been going through wine like crazy, no worries – the research shows that by simply reducing the amount you drink a week, your fertility rates won’t be affected. For the rest of us, however, you may want to pop some bottles because congratulations – you’re officially not a parent. .
[via Food & Wine]