New research has revealed that women who consume sugary drinks while having IVF drastically cut their chances of conceiving.
According to the Harvard University study, drinking more than one soft drink a day reduces a woman’s chance of having a live birth after IVF by up to 16 per cent.
Even having just one sugary drink a day is a no-no, lowering the chance of IVF success by 12 per cent.
The news keeps getting worse for those who like their soft drink. The research has shown that sugary drinks also reduce the number and maturity of a woman’s ovarian cells.
The study also shows that the consumption of soft drinks also lowers the number of high-quality embryos.
Research has long shown that sugar stimulates the release of stress hormones that may impact reproduction. Eggs and embryos can also struggle to survive in high blood glucose environments.
Researchers from Harvard University studied women during the ovarian stimulation stage of IVF, when the aspiration is to harvest as many mature eggs as possible.
The women revealed their soft drink consumption in a questionnaire and the results collected and analysed.
The findings were published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.