Coffee, hormones and menopause symptoms – is there a link?
High coffee intake has been associated with early menopause (1) and with lower estrogen and higher progesterone levels. (2)
There is also evidence from a survey based study of over 2500 women that those women who drink coffee are more likely to suffer worse vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes) compared to women who do not drink coffee or caffeinated beverages.
- Mikkelsen TF, Graff-Iversen S, Sundby J, Bjertness E. Early menopause, association with tobacco smoking, coffee consumption and other lifestyle factors: a cross-sectional study. BMC public health. 2007;7:149.
- Kotsopoulos J, Eliassen AH, Missmer SA, Hankinson SE, Tworoger SS. Relationship between caffeine intake and plasma sex hormone concentrations in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Cancer. 2009;115(12):2765-74.