Coffee, cappuccino, latte, tea, chocolate cake, brownie, coke – caffeine is present in many yummy foods! But we also know that too much of caffeine is not very good for health. How does it impact our health? More specifically, how does it impact one’s fertility? Does it have same or different effects in men and women? Should you avoid caffeine altogether, or is there a safe consumption limit? For answers, read on.
There are many ways caffeine effect a woman’s fertility and pregnancy:
There is conflicting research on caffeine’s effect on men’s fertility. For instance, one study found that caffeine does not affect semen quality or sperm count. Another study found that heavy caffeine users have low success chances during fertility treatments such as IVF. Another group of studies indicates a direct correlation between cola and sperm count, but strangely caffeine does not seem to be the villain here. So, while men do not have to be overtly anxious about their caffeine intake as women, they still need to keep a control over their consumption, especially if the couple has been trying for a child for some time or is undergoing a fertility treatment.
Unfortunately, there is no guided safe range for consuming caffeine. Generally, it is agreed that:
To give you an idea of how much is “200 mg of caffeine”, see the following guide:
So if you restrict yourself to one or at max two of the above items in a day, then you are alright.
There are few things you need to keep in mind while putting the above inferences and research in perspective. While studies have proved a relation between high caffeine content and fertility, there are no high-quality studies done on this topic that shows a direct link between caffeine and fertility. However, since there is a risk factor, however minimal, it is best to avoid consuming caffeine in high quantities while you are trying to conceive. Saying good bye to caffeine has multiple advantages because it does lead other proven health related problems such as insomnia, restlessness, high blood pressure, muscle tremors and an upset stomach. So overall, we are to gain if we reduce the caffeine content in our daily diet.