You may feel like drinking increases your sex drive, but in reality alcohol negatively affects the key parts of our body’s reproductive system.
Drinking alcohol can decrease your sex drive and performance, as it affects the hypothalamus area of the brain and your pituitary gland. Drinking alcohol above the Australian Guidelines can affect your sex drive as well as your ability to conceive or have children.
For men, alcohol can be damaging to testicles by causing them to shrink. This decreases testosterone blood levels, which may lead to the development of female characteristics such as enlarged breasts.
Drinking heavily or in excess can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation, making it difficult to conceive a baby. This can be reversed, however, by putting a stop to or reducing alcohol intake.
Find out more about alcohol and pregnancy.