Coffee and Kids: Do they mix?

No. Don’t give your kids coffee. But do kids and coffee go together…in other ways?

Apparently, yes, if this research is anything to go by. Researchers at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland discovered that men who had two or more cups of coffee per day the week before attempting to conceive were more likely to conceive. This is interesting because anecdotal evidence suggests that cutting out caffeine increase’s a couples’ chances of success. So what gives?

Well, the authors theorize that the caffeine might make the sperm faster, even if it decreases the overall amount produced. With millions of those swimmers given off, but only one needing to make it to the egg, it stands to reason that making more isn’t the problem.

What’s also interesting is that this is literally saying that it’s the caffeine that does it. We’ve all heard about the studies which say having more books in the house will make your kids smarter. But this of course isn’t how it works; that result simply reflects the reality that households with more books are more likely the households with the resources to buy many books and also endow their children with other educational opportunities. This coffee study isn’t saying that men who consume more coffee are more successful. That kind of a result could instead reflect men who are more likely to work in offices with higher salaries and have a potentially more comfortable life to conceive multiple children in a planned way. No, remember, this study says that men who had two or more cups of coffee per day the week before attempting to conceive were more likely to conceive.

Does this mean you should just chug espresso if you and your wife are having difficulties conceiving? No. Seriously, don’t do that.

But maybe you shouldn’t beat yourself up over having one too many cappuccinos while at work. At least that’s one habit you don’t have to change just to grow your family.

-Colin McCann, Managing Director, Fathers & Friends

Colin McCann