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Deciding to have a child is one of the most exhilarating experiences a couple can have. However, the period leading up to conception can be emotionally jarring and stressful. If you are interested in improving your sperm quality or want to raise your odds of conception, there are steps you can take to improve both. One way is to be aware factors in your diet that may impact fertility.
Every substance you consume has some effect on your body. Maintaining a nutritious, balanced diet provides necessary nutrients for your reproductive system. Just as certain foods are associated with increased fertility, substances like caffeine may have an adverse effect.
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a naturally occurring stimulant natural found in the fruit, leaves, and beans of coffee, cacao, and guarana plants. Caffeine, also known as 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine, is found in many foods and beverages we consume daily, like tea and coffee.
It can be easy to unintentionally consume excess amounts of caffeine. Caffeine found in beverages like coffee or tea is absorbed quickly by the digestive system and remains in your body for hours or longer. Consistent caffeine consumption may cause you to develop a tolerance, so you wind up consuming more caffeine to get the same stimulant effect.
The Impact of Caffeine on Male Fertility
There is some conflicting evidence on the connection between moderate caffeine consumption and male fertility. Some studies found no association between moderate caffeine intake and semen quality. However, many studies have shown some correlation between caffeine consumption and male fertility. Some data suggests that caffeine may damage sperm DNA and lead to poor sperm quality and impaired fertility. It’s a good idea to speak to a healthcare provider if you have questions about how your caffeine intake may affect your fertility.