Coffee and Infertility
For some couples drinking coffee can be a signfiicant contributor to infertility. That’s really tough for coffee lovers because COFFEE is so intertwinned with enjoyment of life isn’t it? For some women, giving up coffee to boost fertility success could be akined to loosing a special friend and it’s tough going already with trying to get pregnant!
Addicted to Coffee | Take it or leave it?
For most of us, we can live with a coffee “habit” and perhaps even keep it under control – if there are concerns. And there are medicinal benefits to reassure, should there be any conflicted feelings about coffee drinking but perhaps you are one of those people who can take it or leave it?
Trying to Conceive?If you have a fertility issue, if you’re having difficulty to get pregnant or if you have had any miscarriages, then research has shown it is in your very best interests to eliminate coffee. There are some startling facts revealed from research: the risk of infertility is 55% higher with just 1 cup per day and a woman is twice as likely to miscarry with 5 or more cups a day. One explanation for this is to do with the effects of coffee on blood sugar. coffee raises blood sugar and can encourage higher insulin levels. Coffee can also contribute to the overstimulation of the adrenals. both these effects are fertility unfriendly and for some make a difference to whether they conceive or not. Coffee also has a purgative type action which could be playing some part in upsetting successful implantation. The research is not conclusive but there is evidence that suggest some women are vulnerable to the effects of even a small amount of coffee.
Is coffee an issue for your Fertility Health?Questions you could think about, if you’re having difficulty conceiving could be:
- Is coffee having an adverse effect on your ability to get pregnant?
- Are you physically or emotionally dependant on coffee whereby it will be difficult to give it up?
- Decide to just give up coffee without proving to yourself that you need to?
- Need proof first before deciding whether to elimate, reduce or do nothing?
- Do nothing but feel bad?
Some Tips:If you’d like to give up here’s some ideas:
- Start by only drinking coffee after you have had a meal. In this way you train yourself not to stimulate your digestive system outside of a “eating and digestion” mealtime window.
- Extend this idea to only consume food and all drinks other than water within “eating and digestion” mealtime windows that are separated by 4-5 hours of fasting – drink plenty of warm water once digestion is complete and stop drinking water for 30 mins before the next meal.
- Once you are used to this feasting and fasting way rather than the way of grazing which is so common thesedays – and a major contributor to blood sugar imbalances, in my opinion – then try to stop drinking coffee or begin to cut it down by:
- Replace coffee with green or white tea.
- Use a smaller cup and only drink half. Steadily reduce the amount you drink over a time scale that makes the transformation comfortable.
- Drink your coffee slower so it ends up going cold and you don’t drink it.