Rethink That Venti!

New Studies Show Copious Coffee Consumption Proves Bad for Infertility Treatments

07/5/15 6:22 PM

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The history of coffee is long and varied. Now popular in almost every country on earth, the rich, dark beverage first surfaced in Ethiopia in the 1400’s. In less than a century, coffee spread throughout the nations of the Middle East, northern Africa, India, and Indosnesia, reaching mainstream Europe, and spreading across the western world.

According to the innumerable studies conducted on the subject, coffee appears to have just as many health benefits as it does risks; among these benefits are the apparent preventative effects on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, gallstones, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, Parkinson’s, gout, and more.

The Effect of Coffee on IVF

However, research has also indicated the beverage’s negative effects on gastrointestinal issues, anemia, pregnancy, cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation of the coronary arteries – particularly when consumed in large amounts. One of the most recent studies, conducted by Danish specialists at the Fertility Clinic of Aarhus University Hospital, examined the effects of java on various methods of assisted reproductive technology. Concentrating on in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, researchers noted that women who consumed more than four cups of coffee a day reduced the likelihood of successful pregnancy through clinical procedure by a whopping 50%.

This danger is equal to the risk rate of cigarette smoking. While the detrimental impact of coffee on IVF and ICSI was certainly anticipated, it wound up reaching a much higher degree of impairment than scientists had foreseen. The proportion of live births was likewise affected by those five-plus daily cups of joe, which brought the success rate down by 40%.

The Study

The study, led by Dr. Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, observed almost 4,000 women undergoing ART treatment. Information was gathered regarding each woman’s respective coffee consumption, and following treatment, coffee consumption was measured against the treatment’s results. The researchers also took into account the patients’ various ages, weights, smoking and alcohol habits, and primary infertility problems. Needless to say, the conclusions were still far more drastic than the team projected.

The lesson derived from all of these studies comes as no surprise: like everything else, moderation is the key to maintaining wellness, gynecological or otherwise. Coffee spans all ethnic, educational, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, more so than any other libation. It is consumed in unthinkably huge amounts every day and in every part of the world. However, like everything else, our beloved cup of coffee comes with its share of risks. As always, it’s certainly possible to have too much of a good thing.

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