More on Caffeine


Do you need a cup of coffee to get you going in the morning? According to a recent study done by researchers from the Netherlands, you might want to grab a glass of orange juice instead.

After looking at 9000 questionnaires that where completed by women who had experienced a failed in-vitro fertilization procedure, researchers were able to determine that if you drink more than 4 cups of coffee a day you may have a 26 percent lower chance of becoming pregnant.

Bill Leger, a fertility specialist from the University of Sheffield, explains that caffeine effects fertility by creating a toxic effect on the eggs and sperm. This toxic state creates an environment that is not pregnancy friendly. Leger believes that this is especially true for women who are already suffering from fertility problems. It is as if the caffeine is the last straw and completely compounds any existing infertility issues.

On the flip side, Leger believes that if you are not experiencing any problems with your fertility, that the effect of caffeine is minimal. Given this, he cautions women when looking at the results of this study because the 9000 women were already struggling with fertility since they had opted for in-vitro fertilization.

So if you are struggling to conceive, you may want to talk with your doctor about your caffeine intake!

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