Each of us have several friends in our surroundings who can’t live a day without some cups of coffee. It makes no sense to deny: the coffee has long been a part of our lives. Caffeine, in fact, is the most widespread available drug. According to statistics, every other drink coffee every day, and every fourth adult from time to time uses this invigorating drink. According to the survey, on average, women of childbearing age consume about 100 mg of caffeine a day, and top 10% of them get more than excess 229 mg a day.

Just a cup of coffee

Coffee is so widespread that it is impossible to ignore its impact on our health. Undoubtedly, the coffee is an excellent nervous system stimulant due to which the body begins to work in the morning. But the impact of the caffeine on the body is not limited to these things. It’s no secret that caffeine intake increases blood pressure and heart rate. Additionally, caffeine accelerates the formation of urine and metabolism.

But how does coffee affect fertility? Could coffee be an obstacle on the path to desired pregnancy?

Pregnancy, fertility, IVF and caffeine

To determine the relationship between the consumption of caffeine and problems with conceiving, scientists have occurred a lot of researches.  Studies say: Caffeine consumption significantly increases the risk of miscarriage. The more caffeine a woman consumes, the greater the likelihood of miscarriage. Women who consume more than 200 mg caffeine per day had twice as many miscarriages (25.5%) compared to those who did not drink coffee (12.5%).

Another danger lies in the fact that pregnant women are more sensitive to caffeine. Firstly, caffeine is slowly eliminated from the body during pregnancy. And secondly, caffeine has a nasty feature to cross the placenta and affect the embryo development.

Thus, scientists advise to limit caffeine intake during pregnancy. In fact, besides the risk of miscarriage coffee negatively affects the ability to get pregnant. The more coffee is consumed by the woman, the less the chance to conceiving a child. Women who drink a couple of cups (or more) of coffee a day have twice less likely to become pregnant per cycle. When it comes to IVF, even a small dose of caffeine significantly reduces the chances of success and the probability of a live birth.

The mechanism of influence of caffeine on pregnancy is unknown until now but the fact remains that women of childbearing age who wish to have children, and pregnant women should give up coffee.

Recent studies in mice and monkeys have shown that caffeine inhibits the development of oocytes and adversely affects their quality. Conception may not occur with the participation of immature eggs, so pregnancy does not come.

Tips for coffee drinkers

Scientists compare the adverse effect of five cups of coffee Consumed per day, with the impact of smoking on pregnant women. If you don’t know several recent surveys and studies have shown that tobacco smoking has a negative effect on the number of oocytes retrieved for IVF cycle, implantation, fertilization rates, pregnancy and even live birth. So be careful with this beverage. And do not forget, however, that caffeine enters the body not only from coffee. Carefully watch your diet. If you’ve drank a lot of coffee, do not give up it immediately. Do it gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms: irritability, nausea and headaches are not the most pleasant thing in your life. The extra risks are not necessary, so try not to drink coffee while trying to become pregnant and during pregnancy to minimize any possible harmful effects.


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