Hi, I’m Sonia and I’m a fertility coach with Fertilligence.
And today is Q&A Mondays!
In these series, I am answering YOUR questions about all things fertility — everything from lifestyle hacks to boost fertility to handling things when pregnancy DOESN’T happen so fast.
If you have questions, be sure to post your questions in the comments below, and I’ll answer as many as I can in future videos.
So, onto today’s question: Does caffeine affect fertility?
The short answer is that it might.
Some studies have found a link between caffeine consumption and a woman’s ability to conceive, while others have not. Most experts say there just isn’t enough evidence to make a definite conclusion about caffeine and fertility, which means a couple’s ability to conceive a baby.
While results are inconclusive when it comes to caffeine preventing a couple from conceiving, it has shown an increased risk of experiencing a spontaneous miscarriage during early pregnancy. The reason for that is that caffeine can decrease the blood flow to the uterus, which can interfere with implantation. It may also increase the risk of clotting, which can also lead to miscarriage.
Also, as you know if you’re using the Fertilligence App, studies show sleep disturbances cancontribute to infertility, both for women and men. Sleep deprivation alters your hormone balance (which can lead to irregular cycles and affect ovulation for women, and lower sperm quality and count for me) and is linked to other fertility-disrupting lifestyle factors. And guess that may cause sleep disturbances? Aha, you guessed it, Caffeine. So here’s another reason to limit it.
As you also know, in the Fertilligence app we also ask you to track your stress levels and encourage you to limit stress as it can impair your fertility and hormonal balance. When trying to promote a more calm, relaxed lifestyle, limiting caffeine is, yet again, very useful for almost all of us.
And, last but not least, drinking Coffee will promote dehydration. As we share in our Fertilligence app, dehydration is not your friend when it comes to fertility… so here’s another reason to limit Coffee and drink lots of water to make up for the dehydration effects.
So, how much caffeine can you have, when trying to conceive?
It’s generally considered safe to consume 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of caffeine daily while trying to conceive, in fact this is the limit that the World Health Organization advises. That’s a maximum of 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day. However, many experts suggest that the 200 to 300 mg of caffeine per day might be too high, which is you’ll hear that you should try to limit your caffeine intake to 1 cup of coffee per day (about 90mg of caffeine) when trying to conceive.
And now, the big question becomes: How can I cut back on caffeine?
If you decide to drink less caffeine, cut back slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms, such as fatigue and headaches.
You might want to start by switching to a drink that’s half regular brew and half decaf. Or reduce the caffeine in homemade hot beverages by watering them down or brewing them for a shorter time. If you love to start your day with a cup of English Breakfast tea, steeping your tea bag for one minute instead of five reduces the caffeine by as much as half.
My personal tip is to slowly try to substitute coffee or caffeinated tea by herbal tea, turmeric latte, smoothies or natural fruit juices.
If you’re struggling to reduce caffeine, feel free to reach out to me via the Fertilligence app. You can ask me questions through Messenger or, even better, book a 1 on 1 session with me where we can take a deep dive into your specific case to ensure you’re clear about how to boost YOUR fertility.
So this is my answer to today’s question. Now I’d love to hear back from you ladies: do you drink coffee or have any other form of caffeine while trying to get pregnant? What are your tips to avoid coffee? Please share so we can all learn from each other!
I’ll see you next Monday! Remember: write your questions in the comments below and I’ll answer as many as I can.
Have a wonderful week, bye!
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