One of the most common phrases I hear from my patients is, “As soon as I get pregnant I will stop drinking coffee and alcohol.” The trouble with that strategy is that the pregnancy may never happen if the liver is compromised. Let me explain. No, there is too much, let me sum up. (Name that movie!) Did you know: Any alcohol consumed during an IVF cycle reduces its chance of success by 50%. Coffee constricts blood vessels while tea opens them. In order to ensure optimal functioning of a woman’s reproductive organs, there must be adequate blood flow. Having said that, I wholeheartedly agree with one of my...
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