Friday, September 5, 2008

Does drinking coffee or even decaf coffee affect fertility?

I love coffee and really didn’t want to give it up. Most doctors say that you can drink 1 to 2 cups a day and not have any effect on your chances for conceiving a baby. I decided to do my own research so that I can make a better decision for myself.

I found out that I should have given up coffee at least 3 months before I started any kind of IVF treatment. It takes 90 to 150 days for changes in the diet to affect the body. In some research caffeine can prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. Below are links to the web sites that I found and quotes from the articles.

For me, since I don’t have a problem getting pregnant but I do have a problem staying pregnant, caffeine is now totally out of my diet. I did cut out caffeine a month before I became pregnant with my DD. So I have substituted hot water for my morning cup of coffee.

Below are links to some of the web sites I have found and quotes that I wanted to highlight.

“Diet soda should be avoided, as it contains aspartame. Caffeine should also be limited, especially if you're having trouble conceiving, or while undergoing IVF. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to the uterus and prevents eggs from attaching to the uterine wall.”

“The research on whether caffeine can affect fertility is mixed. Experts generally agree that low to moderate caffeine consumption (less than 300 mgs a day or about two 8-ounce mugs of coffee) won't get in the way of getting pregnant. But you might want to cut out caffeine altogether if you're having difficulty conceiving or undergoing in vitro fertilization, says fertility specialist Leondires. He says that caffeine constricts blood vessels, slowing blood flow to the uterus and potentially making it harder for an egg to grab hold.”

Let me know what you have decided to do.


Anonymous said...

Excessive caffeine consumption is never a good thing. Caffeine consumption over 300 mg/day during pregnancy has also been linked with still births.
As a biostatistician, I do get fed up with people quoting information that has not been scientifically proven! There is enough pressure on women to be healthy, especially during IVF. The amount of crap I find on the internet that is incorrect and/or misleading, posted by paranoid women is one of the most annoying things I've ever come across. In particular is the fact that money women still feel that acupuncture is effective in increasing their chances of a live birth when in fact the latest research shows that this is incorrect. Despite this, many women are still seeking acupuncture and many professionals, if you want to call them that, are promoting acupuncture to improve one's chances of a live birth, monopolising on vulnerable women while the do so.

There is nothing wrong with a cup or two of coffee, it will not affect your chances of conceiving!

Anonymous said...

I like your comment, you ara soooo right about it! Thanks

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