The findings of a new study have revealed that drinking just one sugary drink each day can lower a couple’s chances of conceiving.
Researchers at the University of Boston’s School of Public Health came to their conclusion after surveying 3,828 women and 1,045 of their male partners.
The participants, who were all aged between 21 and 45, were asked to fill out a web-based questionnaire shedding light on their medical history and lifestyle choices.
Details concerning the subjects’ consumption of beverages sweetened by sugar were also recorded.
After completing the initial questionnaire, another form was sent to the focus group every two months over a period of 12 months – or until they fell pregnant.
‘We found positive associations between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility, which were consistent after controlling for many other factors, including obesity, caffeine intake, alcohol, smoking, and overall diet quality,’ said Elizabeth Hatch, who worked with the team.
Researchers advised couples wanting to get pregnant to limit their consumption of sugary drinks
Elizabeth then went on to share a suggestion for a way individuals trying for a baby might be able to boost their probability of conception.
She continued: ‘Couples planning a pregnancy might consider limiting their consumption of these beverages, especially because they are also related to other adverse health effects.’
Other than discovering that guzzling a single fizzy drink a day was associated with a 25 per cent reduction in fecundability in women and 33 per cent in men, the team did, however, state that little association was found regarding diet sodas and fruit juices.
The academics behind the study believe that their findings have raised awareness about a significant issue in the States.
‘Given the high levels of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed by reproductive-aged couples in North America, these findings could have important public health implications,’ the academics behind the study added.