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Impact of Caffeine, Alcohol, and Exercise on Sperm Quality

October 14 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FERTILITY SOCIETIES 21st WORLD CONGRESS ON FERTILITY AND STERILITY AND THE 69th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

Impact of Caffeine, Alcohol, and Exercise on Sperm Quality

Boston, MA – Several studies presented at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting examined the issue of factors which influence sperm count. They found that neither coffee nor alcohol consumption was associated with a decrease in sperm count but that exercise did increase it.

Measuring semen parameters in fertility patients, and asking them about their consumption of alcohol and caffeine, investigators from Harvard found that caffeine and alcohol consumption were both unrelated to semen quality parameters such as sperm count and motility. A French team also investigated coffee consumption and semen quality. Overall they concluded that caffeine consumption did not have a detrimental effect on semen quality.

Another team examined the relationship between exercise and semen quality. They measured semen parameters and gave the subjects a questionnaire to assess levels of exercise. They found that higher physical activity levels were associated with higher sperm concentrations.

“Helping men understand how their behavior may impact their fertility is very important. These studies help us provide better information to our patients,” said Rebecca Sokol, M.D., M.P.H. Vice President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

O-37 Alcohol and Caffeine Intake in Relation to Semen Parameters Among Fertility Patients
AE Karmon et al
 

P-224 Caffeine Intake and Sperm Parameters: Analysis of a Cohort of 4474 Consecutive Semen Samples
S. Belloc et al
 

O-405 Physical and Sedentary Activities Related to Semen Quality
AJ Gaskins et al
 

 

Representing more than 50 fertility societies from around the globe, the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) is the world’s principal international fertility organization. The IFFS was founded in 1951, and held its first congress in New York in 1953. The IFFS mission is to stimulate basic and clinical research, disseminate education and encourage superior clinical care of patients in infertility and reproductive medicine. Website: http://www.iffs-reproduction.org/ 

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, founded in 1944, is an organization of more than 7,000 physicians, researchers, nurses, technicians and other professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive biology.  Affiliated societies include the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists.


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