Coffee and IVF Treatment

The Results of a new study from Denmark looking at coffee consumption on 3959 women having IVF or ICSI as fertility treatment in a large public IVF clinic were quite astonishing.

IVF treatment coffee study

The study showed women who drink five or more cups of coffee a day severely reduce their chance of success from IVF treatment. The investigators described the adverse impact as “comparable to the detrimental effect of smoking”.

The study was presented at the annual meeting of ESHRE July 2012, by Dr Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel from the Fertility Clinic of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Results showed that the consumption of five or more cups of coffee a day reduced the clinical pregnancy rate by 50% and the live birth rate by 40%.

The good news out of this study… is that no harmful effects of coffee consumption were found at lower levels of intake. Meaning you can still have a couple of cups of coffee a day and not be concerned you are doing any harm to fertility and/ or pregnancy.