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Can Caffeine Affect Your Ability To Conceive - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" for the week of July 22, 2011, Bailey Mosier discusses a study on how caffeine may affect a woman's ability to conceive, a proposed bill in congress that may lead to free birth control, and how a woman's mood may affect her shopping habits.

Hi, I'm Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER's HER Week In Health.

In this week’s edition, we learn why women who drink caffeine may have a difficult time getting pregnant, that a new healthcare reform policy may mean free birth control for women in the U.S. and we find out that if you hit the mall happy, you’re likely to make smarter, more economical purchases.

A team of researchers from the University of Nevada School of Medicine found that women with high caffeine consumption often take longer to conceive than women who do not drink caffeine.

The team studied Fallopian tubes in mice and discovered that caffeine reduces muscle activity in Fallopian tubes, ultimately inhibiting eggs from being delivered to the womb. This weakening of muscles in mice, researchers say, is the same thing that happens in women who drink large quantities of caffeine.

In addition to uncovering caffeine’s affects on Fallopian tubes, the team says their work can also help doctors treat pelvic inflammation and sexually-transmitted diseases more successfully.

But for those of us not trying to get pregnant, a new healthcare reform policy, if it passes, would mandate insurance companies to cover birth control expenses, leaving women free of co-pays.

Free birth control was just one of eight recommendations made by a committee whose aim is to identify preventive services for women and help reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies in the U.S. The committee also recommends patient education and counseling for all women of reproductive age.

Whether or not the policy is adopted rests with the Department of Health and Human Services for which the deadline to decide is not known.

A new study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals that when we go shopping in a foul mood, we’re more likely to make impulse buys.

When in a bad mood, we focus merely on what we like about a product and seek out confirming responses from sales people as opposed to weighing both the positive and negative benefits of making a purchase.

Researchers also found that being heartbroken or socially rejected can lead to overspending, the purchase of unwanted items, and even criminality.

Experts warn that if you're interested in making smart purchase decisions, you should not shop when you're unhappy – or at least don't shop for things that you haven't decided to buy beforehand.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week In Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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