Can Coffee Actually Affect a Man’s Fertility?

Surprisingly enough, yes, the question begs: Can coffee actually affect a man’s fertility? It is no secret that men are more pressed for time today than any other era in history. There are so many varying factors in life that quite often getting enough sleep is too difficult. To that end, some men just love the taste and the rush of coffee.

Did you know? On average, Americans drink over 580 million cups of coffee each day. If all of the population drank coffee, that would average out to three cups per person per day. Notwithstanding that fact, most studies find that coffee in moderation poses no serious risks, and actually carries some health benefits. Research has also looked at caffeine’s effect on mood, consciousness, perception, and behavior. Afterall, this is the most widely consumed psychoactive beverage. What was the result?

Not shockingly researchers found that barring overconsumption, coffee’s affects are usually positive. In that, the rush it provides is able to provide a boost and assist in focus, thus resulting in productivity. On the other hand, should one have it too late in the day, they would suffer its wrath. Namely, a poor night’s sleep or night terrors. Nonetheless, a meta-analysis study published in the Nutrition Journal, focused on how coffee affects the male reproductive system. 

These analysts looked at 28 studies covering 20,000 subjects total. Each study varied, examining topics like DNA health, sperm quality, and sperm count or concentration. Much to our  delight, researchers found that moderate caffeine consumption did not lend any adverse effects. However, among those who drank four or more cups per day there was an issue. These men were more likely to see problems arise in sperm morphology. That is, the size and shape of sperm. Overconsumption of coffee could cause sperm to be likely to be abnormally shaped.

Unfortunately, that is not the end of the worry. There was also evidence that daily caffeine intake could possibly damage sperm DNA. But for now, the evidence is weak and more research is needed to conclusively decide whether this claim has validity or not. That said, should this finding be so, this would increase the risk of aberration among children born of men who over consumed coffee. What is the exact cause and effect? Does the problem lie with caffeine specifically or coffee generally? To the extent that someone wishes to reproduce, is this a cause for concern?

It is hard to determine wether this data should affect the way men go about their daily lives. Nevertheless, a man’s health should be of utmost priority. He does well to recognize his medical, psychological, and sexual needs, as well as his lifestyle choices and their potential consequences. If a man desires to have children or wishes to prolong his lifespan—even if he simply wants to alter his physical appearance—he would start by regularly exercising along with eating wholesome foods. These would build a healthy body and sound mind.

If a man has already been trying for over a year to reproduce but to no avail, he and his partner should consider their options—medically and otherwise. They would investigate their personal desires, relationship status, past health and current health. To that end, they may even research their treatment options.  Ultimately, the choice to have coffee belongs to each individual. So, choose wisely recognizing that today’s choices will bring tomorrow’s results.