Many of us turn to our morning cup of coffee for a quick pick me up that gets us ready to start the day. However, could that morning ritual actually be harming our fertility? There have been many studies that indicate that drinking too much coffee (or any caffeine for that matter) can actually have a negative effect on fertility and can make getting pregnant much more difficult.
However ,the subject is controversial because while some studies have shown a connection between increased caffeine intake and decreased fertility, other studies have not shown a connection. Many doctors also have conflicting opinions, which means different doctors give different advice to their patients, which can lead to a confusing time all around for women who are trying to get a straight answer.
There are several studies that have shown that in testing on mice, the cells that help the egg move from the fallopian tubes to the uterus were negatively affected by caffeine. This could definitely be a reason why women who consume large amounts of caffeine take longer to get pregnant than women who do not consume caffeine at all. Their bodies have to simply work harder to get the egg where it needs to go, and this can lead to longer waiting times to get pregnant.
A 2002 study also showed that failure to achieve a live birth after one round of in vitro fertilization was associated with caffeine intake of more than 50 milligrams per day. Women who limited their caffeine intake to less than 50 milligrams per day had increased success rates with IVF.
All of this conflicting advice and information can be very confusing for women who are trying to conceive. The best advice? Be cautious when it comes to caffeine and trying to conceive. The average cup of home brewed coffee contains about 100 milligrams of caffeine per cup, so keep that in mind. Most doctors say a cup of coffee per day (or equivalent) will not hurt fertility, but more than that could have a negative effect.
It’s best if you can cut caffeine out completely when you are trying to conceive, but cutting back is better than nothing. All in all, the effects of caffeine on fertility are still unknown territory and scientists are still trying to figure out just how caffeine affects fertility. In the meantime, it is the best idea to be as careful as possible and try to avoid any potential problems. If you have questions about caffeine and your fertility, be sure to talk to your doctor or health care provider.Giving Up Coffee to Boost Your Fertility,