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Can Caffeine Hinder a Woman’s Ability to Get Pregnant?

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What do you think?  Is coffee ok when you’re trying to get pregnant? ~Erin

Drinking Maxwell House may mean women won’t see any newbies in their house.

Research out of the University of Nevada suggests women who drink caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and soda have a tough time getting pregnant.

Before you toss out your stash of Diet Coke and packets of Lipton, though, bear in mind the research was done on mice, not humans. The science behind the idea may be a little tricky, so we’ll boil it down like the water used to make a nice pot of chamomile. Researchers say, “Caffeine reduces muscle activity in the fallopian tubes that carry eggs from a woman’s ovaries to her womb.”

This new finding offers fresh insight into the correlation between caffeine and the ability to conceive. A study that appeared in Medical Science Monitor last year found no link, while a 2002 study in the journal Human Reproduction discovered women who enjoyed less than 50 milligrams of caffeine daily had a better chance of getting pregnant through in vitro fertilization than those who gulped down their fair share of carmel macchiatos at Starbucks.

While the jury is still out on whether caffeine can have a negative impact on a woman getting pregnant, research earlier this year revealed a more positive change ingesting it can have, namely a lower risk of stroke.

And there’s also the clothing manufacturer that claims lining its pants with caffeine will help people shed pounds.


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