How Does Caffeine Affect Fertility
Is coffee the reason why you can't conceive...
4 October 2017
A host of experts claim that caffeine intake might affect a woman’s ability to conceive, others argue they don’t have enough evidence on that, yet.
A study that have been widely spread suggested that having more than a moderate amount of caffeine – that is 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) daily – might actually affect one’s ability to conceive by 27%. In comparison to women who intake less, or don’t intake caffeine at all.
In simple terms, drinking more than 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day might negatively affect your fertility. And not just coffee, all caffeine sources are guilty as well.
However, one must take into consideration the amount of caffeine in different servings, as it differs between coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate, chocolate ice cream, and some herbal products or drugs.
Other studies came to different conclusions, as one of them found out that women who consumed half a cup of tea daily were twice as likely to become pregnant, per cycle. Whilst other sources of caffeine didn’t any effect on fertility.
A supporting study indicated that women who consumed 400 to 700 milligrams of caffeine a day had higher pregnancy rates, while other who consumed more than that took longer to conceive.
One more research on the matter also suggested that caffeine intake had no impact on pregnancy chances whatsoever, if however was less than 200 milligram daily.
Despite the contradictory evidence, it is advised to moderate your caffeine intake if trying to conceive with IVF or GIFT, as a clearer evidence indicated a link between caffeine and assisted reproductive techniques.
Amount of Caffeine in Common Foods And Beverages:
- large mug of instant coffee = 100 milligram of caffeine
- 1 cup of instant coffee = 75 milligram
- 1 cup of coffee, brewed = 100 milligram
- 1 cup of tea = 50 milligram
- 1 can of soda = 40 milligram
- 1 can of energy drink = 80 milligram
- 1 50g chocolate bar = 50 milligram
- 1 50g milk chocolate bar = 25 milligram
- Decaffeinated coffee = 2 milligram