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How Can Green Tea Help Increase Fertility?

Green tea is a popular type of tea that is made of unfermented tea leaves. Green tea has been used for thousands of years by people in Eastern countries for a variety of health reasons.

One of the primary benefits of Green Tea in regard to fertility is not in what it contains, but rather in what it does not contain. Green tea has a much smaller amount of caffeine than regular tea, or even coffee. Caffeine has been shown, in some cases, to negatively impact fertility. So, drinking green tea is a viable alternative to coffee and some other teas.

Some research suggests that two of the main ingredients in green tea, hypoxanthine and polyphenols, may lead to a higher percentage of viable embryos. Other research has suggested that these compounds help increase the maturing of eggs, and may even make the eggs more fertile. In addition, polyphenols serve as antioxidants, which help protect your body from various diseases and other conditions.

Drinking green tea may even help not only with female fertility, but with male fertility problems as well. Some green tea advocates suggest that green tea may help with low sperm count, and even with sperm motility.

Green tea is usually sold as a dried leaf tea. Often, green tea is available in a decaffeinated form, as well. You can also purchase a green tea extract. Capsules and liquid preparations are also available.

Other health benefits of green tea that some people have suggested include:

- Increased success at weight loss attempts
- Reduced risk of heart disease and heart problems
- Reduces risk of various types of cancer
- improves cholesterol levels, both lowering the bad cholesterol and raising the good
- Help prevent tooth decay when used alongside a regular oral hygiene regimen
- Increases the overall effectiveness of the autoimmune system.

As few as two cups of green tea per day may not only be able to help with conception, but may provide you many other health benefits as well.

Drinking more than a few cups of green tea a day can hinder the body’s ability to effectively absorb folic acid so it is recommended that you take extra folic acid if you intend to drink large quantities green tea to help your chances of conceiving.


Last modified: October 6, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.