Dec 21, 2010

Caffeine and Women’s Fertility

I still drink coffee; but not every day now. I drink only one cup of coffee, most often in the morning. How often and how much coffee do you drink per day?

I guess you have known that there’s much debate about the health effects of caffeine, particularly in coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant. For healthy adults, drinking coffee can make you feel more alert, less sleepy and momentarily increase metabolism. Because it’s a stimulant, the effect of caffeine is comedown in a few hours after intake.

For women, it’s wiser to avoid excess caffeine consumption. So, one cups of coffee in one day is enough for me. When it comes to women’s fertility; the results of the researches about caffeine’s effects on fertility are still debatable.

But there’s a recent study found that the risk of miscarriage doubled with the consumption of 2 or more cups of coffee per day, and other studies have related high caffeine consumption with reduced fertility. Some studies also found that high caffeine intake by pregnant women correlates with low birth weight. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women and breastfeeding moms consume no more than 1 cups of coffee per day. Since fertility is my most concern nowadays, I should obey this.

In 1990, three studies mentioned that breast cancer risk is not improved by caffeine. More studies in the 1990s also concluded that ovarian cancer risk does not increase in caffeine users. Caffeine is also not discovered in the expansion of osteoporosis.

Bad effects only occur if you have excessive caffeine consumption, so, be wise!
Ruby Tuesday

Data source: several sites in google

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