Drinking large amounts of coffee may hurt a woman's chances of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study from Denmark suggests.
In the study, woman who drank more than five cups of coffee per day were 50 percent less likely to become pregnant through IVF compared with women who did not drink coffee, the researchers said.
Drinking between one and five cups of coffee a day did not affect women's chance of pregnancy with IVF.
But perhaps the coffee itself isn't behind the link.
It's possible that women in the study who drank more than five cups of coffee a day were less likely to become pregnant for reasons other than the amount of caffeine they consumed, Hershlag said. For instance, these women may have experienced high levels of stress, and turned to coffee as a way to cope, Hershlag said.
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