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What are the effects of Caffeine on Fertility

With the rapid increase in infertility among people, experts are constantly trying to find possible causes and viable solutions. Some dietary habits have been found to have a negative impact on fertility. Many lifestyle choices have been condemned as the reason for reduced fertility among men and women.

Caffeine has been known to have many negative health effects. It is a stimulant and energy booster. This is the reason many people drink coffee or caffeinated drinks when they feel tired or lethargic. Caffeine is also believed to be an asleep deterrent. Folks, who need to stay awake late, usually drink a strong coffee to resist sleep and keep their brain alert. Most energy drinks have a very high content of caffeine. The side effects of caffeine are not very pleasant. Over the years, many researchers have studied the effects of coffee on fertility. Most of these research studies have come to similar conclusions.

Regular caffeine consumers faced difficulty conceiving. In most studies, it was found that those who drank coffee took twice as long to conceive. This has led to the belief that caffeine slows down the ability of a woman to conceive.

A recent study found that caffeine affected the regular contractions of the fallopian tubes. The fallopian tube is the passage for the female eggs to move from the ovary to the uterus. The interference in the regular contractions of the fallopian tubes hinders the movement of the egg for proper conception.

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Risk of miscarriage

Regular caffeine intake increases the risk of a miscarriage. This has been concluded by multiple research studies. The possibility of caffeine reaching into the placenta and affecting the development of the baby cannot be ruled out. Caffeine is believed to affect the brain development of the embryo.

Babies born with mental retardation or other mental abnormalities are on the rise in the US. When we study the lifestyle habits of the American people, we find that most American people drink coffee in the morning to start their day. The average coffee consumption in the US is about 2 -3 large cups a day.

Caffeine and IVF

Patients who drink coffee regularly are at a higher risk of IVF failure. When undergoing IVF or any fertility treatment, it is advisable to stay off caffeinated products. This includes coffee and flavoured drinks.

Coffee is also believed to affect the development and the quality of a woman’s eggs. Women who regularly drink coffee were found to have poor quality eggs. This seriously impairs the IVF treatment. For a healthy baby, you need to have healthy eggs and sperms.

Caffeine is said to prevent the eggs (oocyte) from maturing. Immature oocytes do not fertilise, leading to failure of the pregnancy. Caffeine also affects the functioning of the corpus luteum by altering the hormone levels.

Caffeine effects on male fertility

Caffeine is believed to lower sperm count. Caffeine also affects sperm motility, which is the ability of the sperm to swim to the fallopian tubes once it is inside the female partner. Men who consumed caffeine had a one out of five chance of success for IVF treatment.

Foods and beverages with Caffeine content

It is not just coffee that is bad for you but other foods and beverages that contain caffeine that you should avoid too.

Some over the counter medicines like cold and headache medicines also contain caffeine. Even allergy remedies have some caffeine content. It is advisable to study the label for possible caffeine content before purchasing.

If you are planning to start a family, it is advisable to remove caffeine and all caffeinated products from your diet. Caffeine consumers who have conceived naturally should also eliminate caffeine from their diet. The regular excessive consumption of coffee can affect the normal development of your baby.