Is coffee going to help you get pregnant?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019

1 to 5 cups of coffee a day may increase your chances of getting pregnant during an IUI cycle

A recent Danish study investigated whether female coffee consumption affects the chance of achieving a succesful pregnancy among women and couples receiving medical assistance to get pregnant.

What did they do?

They studied the correlation of coffee consumption with the pregnancy / live birth rates in a total of 1,708 women and potential partners undergoing fertility treatment, contributing with 1,511 intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles, 2,870 in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles, and 1,355 frozen embryo transfer cycles.

(That's a whole load of cycles!)

What did they observe?

Among women receiving IVF or ICSI treatment, coffee consumption did not seem to affect their chances of achieving pregnancy. However, women treated with IUI who had a daily coffee consumption of 1-5 cups were more likely to achieve a pregnancy!

What did they conclude?

Women consuming 1-5 cups of coffee versus none had a 1.5-fold higher probability of achieving a pregnancy or a live birth when receiving IUI treatment.

Besides, no associations were found, however, between women's daily coffee consumption and achieving a pregnancy or a live birth from IVF/ICSI.

Fertil Steril. 2019 Apr 28. pii: S0015-0282(19)30287-0. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2019.03.014.

How does this apply to YOU?

Coffee has been known to have many health benefits for decades. But, the addition of milk, cream, sugar, sweeteners, etc nullify some or all of its benefits. After reading this study one is tempted to almost prescribe 1 to 5 cups of coffee to couples undergoing IUI to increase their pregnancy rates! However, one needs to consider the consumption of additives and intake of excess calories while considering this option.

All in all, if you basically follow the principal of moderation, you can continue to enjoy your favourite cuppa while trying to get pregnant!

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