Thursday, August 21, 2008

Alcohol Dependence Among Women Is Linked To Delayed Childbearing

ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2008) — Alcohol use during the teen years can not only lead to subsequent alcohol problems, it can also lead to risky sexual behavior and a greater risk of early childbearing. An examination of the relationship between a lifetime history of alcohol dependence (AD) and timing of first childbirth across reproductive development has found that AD in women is associated with delayed reproduction.

Results will be published in the November issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.

"Reproductive dysfunctions include a range of menstrual disorders, sexual dysfunctions, and pregnancy complications that include spontaneous abortion or miscarriage," explained Mary Waldron, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and corresponding author for the study. "Teenagers who drink tend to have disruptions in their menstrual cycle as well as unplanned pregnancies."

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nickysam said...

Alcoholic women in both groups had delayed onset of childbearing, but alcoholism had little or no effect on men.It use can cause reproductive dysfunctions for both teenage and adult females. For women, alcoholism is linked with delayed childbearing.

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justin said...

If a women was suffering from Symptoms of Alcohol Dependency I would think delays in child bearing would be good until she could seek help.