Few people realize that morning cup of java that extends to soda in the afternoon may have a negative impact on fertility. Many women turn to caffeine to wake up in the morning and get a boost in the afternoon. But caffeine consumption and infertility have been linked. Minimizing caffeine consumption can boost fertility over time.
What Too Much Caffeine Means
Women often don’t count the cups of coffee and soda they drink during a day. It may take a couple of cups of coffee to get going in the morning. When the afternoon comes, people turn to another cup of coffee or soda to keep going. Even in the evening, women may have a glass of soda or iced tea with dinner and another cup of coffee or caffeinated tea with dessert. Another caffeine culprit is that coveted dark chocolate. How much caffeine is too much when it comes to fertility?
Researchers found women who consume high levels of caffeine take longer to get pregnant than women with low or no caffeine consumption. Some find it difficult to conceive at all. Anything over 300 milligrams of caffeine daily is considered too high. This equals two eight-ounce cups of coffee or 15 ounces of dark chocolate.
When it comes to soda, it equals about eight or nine 8 ounce glasses and tea is around four eight-ounce cups. Pregnant women are advised to only have the equivalent of one cup of coffee per day or 150 milligrams of caffeine.
Caffeine, Fertility and Men
Caffeine may also have a negative impact on male fertility. Some resources indicate it helps men, but that has been shown to be untrue. Caffeine can affect the DNA of a male’s sperm. Regular consumption of caffeine can also decrease sperm mobility, making it more difficult to get a woman pregnant. Excessive caffeine consumption is not recommended for couples who are trying to conceive.
How To Quit the Caffeine Habit
Quitting the caffeine habit can be difficult. For those who depend on a perk from caffeine throughout the day, it may seem nearly impossible. Wean off caffeine slowly to avoid headaches, fatigue and other minor withdrawal symptoms. Try decaffeinated beverages but still watch for some that may contain minor levels of caffeine. Make sure to have a good breakfast with protein to fuel your day without adding caffeine. Lowering caffeine consumption during conception makes it easier to do during pregnancy, when it is essential to ensure a healthy fetus.
This article is for informational purposes only. We are not doctors.