I can’t live without coffee!
For all you folk here that are feeling “Oh, my gosh! I can’t live without my daily coffee.” That means that you might need to live without a baby, which is unfortunate. It’s not going to be the only factor, yet it is certainly is a factor.
Coffee, even though it’s so socially accepted, it is actually a drug. It’s a psychoactive drug and it really does impact the way in which the brain works. It also does negatively impacts and causes havoc on reproductive hormones, nutritional balance and that it increases the risk of miscarriage. Proven facts.
If you’re trying to have a baby and you’re not succeeding, quit now because ultimately here’s the thing: Yes, you have the people that drink, smoke, do drugs, you name it and conceive supposedly healthy babies. But that’s not happening for you. Therefore, you need to adjust what it is that you’re doing.
Now I went and I did a quick search of the scientific literature as I was saying before, and I looked in very mainstream and I mean very mainstream science journals, medical journals like Reproductive Toxicology, Fertility and Sterility, Andrology –all very mainstream medical scientific journals. There was also Human Reproduction and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
Here’s what we found about caffeine in particular – which includes energy drinks and everything else that has caffeine , so that would include tea.
Caffeine is an adenosine-receptor antagonist. Adenosine is an amino acid making it very important for creating hormones and hormonal balance within the human reproductive system.
What coffee does is it affects ovulation in a negative way, so it makes cycles become very irregular. It impacts the menstrual characteristic and hormonal balance. It certainly has been shown in the journals to impact the LH and FSH ratio, which is already impacted in conditions like PCOS for example.
If you’ve got PCOS, you should not be drinking coffee, and in fact if you’ve got irregular cycles, if you’ve got irregular ovulation, you should absolutely be avoiding coffee because it will impact the lining of the endometrium and it will stop implantation from occurring.
Even if you’re doing IVF and you’ve got A grade, wonderful, beautiful embryos and you’re drinking coffee, you are decreasing your chances of implantation actually occurring.
Now there are some research studies out there that show that coffee will improve motility, which is the swimming of sperm, but on the other hand at the same time that it improves motility and kind of makes the sperm be on Speed, it actually decreases morphology, which is the shape or the quality of the sperm.
If morphology isn’t what it needs to be, guess what, fertilization, which is the sperm getting into the egg, isn’t going to occur in the way that it needs to. It’s really vital that you take this into consideration as a bigger picture of how drinking coffe is impacting your chances.
Caffeine negatively impacts the Sertoli cells, which are the cells that basically make sperm, and it makes those cells become more prone to oxidative damage, so that spermatogenesis, which is the making up of sperm, is negatively impacted as well and becomes abnormal.
It makes no difference in my life whether you quit coffee or not, but it makes a huge difference to yours that’s why I really wanted to share this and to make sure that you all understand why we consistently say “No, you shouldn’t drink coffee.”
I’m not saying this to make your life hell. I’m not saying it because I want you to suffer. Not at all. I actually want the very opposite of that. I want you to enjoy. I want you to experience the exact thing that you want, which is the healthy baby of your dreams.
Sometimes I’m going to have to say to you in this journey: suck it up and do the thing because that’s what’s going to give you the result that you are looking for. The #FertilityChallenge is only the very beginning.
Trust me. I know exactly what it’s like to suck it up and do the thing. I decided in February last year that I was going to quit sugar and I was a sugarholic. Yes, I admit it. My name is Gabriel Rosa and I was a sugarholic. Really it was tough.
The toughest part wasn’t actually the doing of it. The toughest part was thinking how hard it was going to be and thinking about all the reasons why it wouldn’t be a good thing or why I shouldn’t do it, and imagining what I was going to miss out on. That was the hardest part.
When I decided that’s what I was going to do, all the excuses fell away. I was just like, “You know what, that’s what’s going to happen, full stop,” and it made all of the difference to my health. It made all the difference to my life. I’ve done it. I feel fantastic. I feel great.
Do the work. It pays off. I’m doing it not even because I’m trying to have a baby. I’m doing it because I want to be the healthiest that I can and I want to be here, be able to contribute and do more, even more for many, many more years to come.
Interestingly one of the articles talk about caffeine decreasing the number of eggs retrieved through IVF. It didn’t decrease fertilization but it decreased the number of eggs that couples got through an IVF process.
Caffeine is not great at all; therefore, tea or anything that has caffeine in it should be avoided, and of course caffeine has also been shown to decrease glucose uptake and metabolism of glucose and insulin become problematic, which is essentially again a problem for women with PCOS, diabetes, obesity, and who are trying to conceive.
Even Decaf is not okay, even if it’s the Swiss method water coffee, decaffeinated, it’s still not good, not okay. The reason is there are other compounds in coffee that will be inflammatory. You definitely do not want to be having coffee, caffeine, teas, soft drinks.
Time to change to water.
If you have been struggling to conceive and with decisions about your fertility then we encourage you to register for the next #FertilityChallenge, an education and activity series designed to help you make better, more informed choices.