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Coffee and Menstruation? Explore the Myths and Facts

Brewing a fresh cup of coffee every morning is a ritual of millions across the globe. But for women, it is important to understand the impact of coffee on their menstrual cycle and well-being.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
Coffee and Menstruation? Explore the Myths and Facts (This image has been created with MidJourney)
Coffee and Menstruation? Explore the Myths and Facts (This image has been created with MidJourney)

For many females, the relationship between coffee consumption and menstruation is quite sacrosanct. Well, who can say no to that aromatic indulgence? However, it has been an age-old debate that coffee may cause some problems during menstruation. Let us have a quick understanding of it.

Myth: Coffee Makes Period Cramps Worse

It is a widespread belief that caffeine worsens menstrual cramps. However, scientific evidence suggests otherwise. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, titled ‘Caffeine Intake and Delayed Conception: A European Multicentre Study on Infertility and Subfecundity’ found no significant association between caffeine intake and the severity of menstrual pain.

Myth: Coffee Increases Menstrual Flow

There is a misconception that drinking coffee during menstruation can lead to heavier bleeding. Despite anecdotal claims, there is no scientific evidence to support this notion. Menstrual flow is primarily regulated by hormonal fluctuations, not by caffeine consumption.

Myth: Coffee Aggravates Mood Swings

It is believed that caffeine can amplify mood swings commonly experienced during menstruation. While excessive caffeine intake may lead to anxiety or irritability in some individuals, moderate consumption is unlikely to have a significant impact on mood during menstruation.

Myth: Coffee Causes Dehydration

Coffee is often associated with dehydration due to its diuretic properties. However, moderate coffee consumption does not lead to dehydration in healthy individuals. While it is essential to stay hydrated during menstruation, moderate coffee intake is unlikely to cause dehydration.

Having debunked the popular myths, let us quickly look at some facts:

Fact: Coffee Can Cause Fatigue

While coffee may not directly affect period symptoms, it can cause fatigue and boost energy levels, which are common concerns during menstruation. The caffeine acts as a stimulant, temporarily increasing alertness and reducing feelings of tiredness.

Fact: Moderation is Key

While coffee consumption during menstruation is generally safe for most women, moderation is crucial. Excessive caffeine intake can lead to side effects such as insomnia, jitteriness, and increased heart rate. It is advisable to limit coffee consumption to moderate levels, no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day.

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