Women who drink too much coffee are damaging their chances of getting pregnant.
A study carried out on mice proves caffeine slows down the progress of eggs from the ovaries to the womb, making it harder for coffee-fueled women to conceive.
“This provides an intriguing explanation as to why women with high caffeine consumption often take longer to conceive than women who do not consume caffeine,” study leader Professor Sean Ward reveals.
It’s not the first time coffee consumption has been linked to fertility problems; a study of 9,000 women in the Netherlands found those who drank four cups a day or more cut their chances of conceiving by a quarter.
But experts had never found a scientific explanation, until now.
Researchers at the University of Nevada, lead by Professor Ward, found excess caffeine slowed down contractions in the walls of the fallopian tubes, which are needed to carry eggs to the womb.
Doctors hope the study will help them better understand why some women can’t conceive and lift the lid on problems during pregnancy.
What do you think about these findings HollyMoms? Could you quit your coffee habit?
— Ian Garland
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