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Coffee And fertility in Women

by Sharon Gotthardt-Harsch
(Canada)

I just turned 41 and got married in August 2011 for the first time.

I have never been pregnant but we would still like to have a baby-it has been 2 months, since trying to conceive.

Is coffee hindering my chances of conceiving? (I drink 6-8 cups a day).

Please advise.
Thanks, Sharon

Answer:

Hi Sharon,

There is plenty of evidence to show that caffeine, especially in the form of coffee, decreases fertility.
Experts say that drinking as little as one cup of coffee a day can decrease your changes of conceive by 55%.

A study conducted at Yale University School of Medicine reported that consuming over 300 milligrams of caffeine per day reduces fertility. 300mg of caffeine a day is about 3 cups of coffee. Others studies have reported that any amount of coffee in trying-to-conceive women should be avoided to prevent miscarriage during early pregnancy. The journal of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, in 2003, published a study that demonstrated the negative of coffee during gestation. It can cause increased nausea and increased risk of miscarriage.

If you drink coffee you are losing important nutrients as coffee is a diuretic substance. In fact, drinking coffee drains your body from important fertility minerals and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin Bs, magnesium, calcium, and zinc. Lacking these nutrients can affect your body's ability to produce female hormones necessary to stimulate ovulation and support pregnancy. Did you know that women who go through IVF are recommended to stop drinking coffee, as studies have shown decreased egg quality? In men, drinking coffee or caffeinated drinks and foods may affect sperm motility and sperm count.
I you want to increase your chances of conceive, I would recommend decreasing all the foods that contain caffeine, not just coffee.

Switching to decaffeinated coffee would not be a good idea either, because the chemicals used to filter out the caffeine are even more toxic to fertility than caffeine itself. So, you really need to slowly decrease coffee intake, especially because you will feel withdrawal symptoms if you quit cold turkey.

The best way to do it is to cut down one cup of coffee per day until you are only drinking 1 cup a day.
Once you are only drinking one cup of coffee a day, make you coffee weaker each day.

Once you are only drinking a quarter of the amount of one cup of coffee, you can safely quit.
You may feel a few symptoms (headache, irritability, desire to sleep) for a few days, but they will easily go away. Consider that it will take up to 3 weeks for your brain to completely release the emotional need for coffee. So, make sure to drink lots of water and add lemon juice to curb the cravings.

This is the perfect time to introduce other herbal teas, like FertiliTea, which is specifically designed for women who are trying to conceive. This tea really tastes great and it will help support your fertility, increase healthy ovulation and help you conceive faster. It contains important anti-oxidants that help keep your eggs healthy and it includes vitamins like vitamin A, C and D, and minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and sulphur.

I hope this helps you.

Fertility Blessings!




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