A new study found that men who consumed more than two cups of coffee a day during their ‘love-making’ period increases their wives or girlfriend’s chance of having miscarriages by up to 74 percent.
According to a research published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, caffeine intake of both men and women appear to have an impact on miscarriage risk or pregnancy loss. This is a monumental findings in the medical field, especially since it’s been previously thought that only women’s excessive caffeine consumption has been linked to pregnancy complications.
The research team from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Rockville, Maryland, headed by Dr. Germain Buck Louis examined a total of 344 couples whose lifestyles were followed and assessed. Apart from caffeine intake, the researchers also investigated the couples’ cigarette and alcohol consumption, and multivitamin intake.
During the course of seven weeks, a total of 98 or 28 percent of women who consumed more than two cups of coffee together with their husbands had a miscarriage. The study also found that on top of the caffeine use of both couples, the age of a woman increases the risks of experiencing a miscarriage. A woman hitting the 35-year-old mark, doubles its risk to experience a miscarriage.
In a report from Reuters, lead researcher Louis said it’s not appropriate to conclude that caffeine per se is responsible for cases of miscarriages. Thus, she said they would not ban pregnant women to stop drinking caffeinated drinks.
“Rather, our data suggest that men and women, should they continue to drink caffeinated beverages, might be advised to keep the amount to less than three daily drinks. We did not find drinking one to two daily caffeinated beverages to increase the risk of miscarriage,” Louis was quoted as saying by Reuters.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, caffeine, which is a common type of stimulant, can also affect the developing child as it crosses via the placenta. It noted that developing fetus cannot tolerate an increased amount of caffeine unlike their mothers and the baby’s metabolism is not fully-develop to handle excess amount, it said.