Drinking Cola “Lowers Sperm Count”


New research suggests drinking cola may drastically reduce male sperm counts.

Danish researchers tested 2,554 young men who were being forced to undergo medical examination to determine their suitability for use as cannon fodder.

They gathered data on dietary habits, particularly their consumption of caffeinated beverages, and collected semen samples, which they analysed for sperm count.

Men with low to medium caffeine intake were found to have normal sperm counts, but those taking over 800mg of caffeine each day or 7 litres of cola a week had sperms counts some 30% lower than the norm.

The study also tested for a link between other beverages containing caffeine, such as tea and coffee (which actually contain more caffeine than most soft drinks), but found no link at all between consumption and lowered sperm count, seemingly placing caffeine itself in the clear.

The study also noted cola drinkers tended in general to live less “healthy” lifestyles, enjoying a poorer diet.

Although the link between drinking cola and a lowered sperm count was clear, researchers are unsure as to what actually causes the phenomenon, only saying they were unable to exclude “the possibility of a threshold above which cola, and possibly caffeine, negatively affects semen quality.”

The study did not target specific brands, so unfortunately for shareholders it seems no maker will be able to claim use as an oral contraceptive as a unique selling point.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shit, and I've been drinking Coke every other day since June 2009... I shall become the Grim Raper :(

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    Comment by GHS
    19:32 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man not this again. First it was Mountain Dew now all cola.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:46 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least coke doesn't make you guys more retard ~_~

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:26 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Said the guy who forgot to put the "ed" after retard in order to correctly describe us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hardly drink that stuff. I'll stick to my root beer thank you very much. *sips root beer*

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    Comment by Kelvin
    22:33 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pepsi is better than Cola! HA!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, you dumbass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sorry Kev, I can call you Kev can I? Anyway, Pepsi tastes like crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course, snorting coke is bound to lower your sperm count.

    Hang on. Cola? Oh.

    Noobs. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:43 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, less waste when fapping. That's... good, no?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    AFAIK, sperm is pretty alkaline. It has to be alkaline to negate vaginal acidity and to protect the sperm.

    Cola on the other hand is pretty acidic. When you drink cola, you're probably forcing the body to focus on maintaining body pH from getting too acidic, meaning less time and effort spent on producing alkaline cocktails in your groin. Something has to give to ensure your body is chemically stabilized.

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    Comment by Nanaya Shiki
    13:25 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it's true that Cola can abort pregnancy like in a manga I read?
    Wow that's awesome <3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cola doesn't abort a pregnancy. Pouring it into your girl's pussy would only cause a yeast infection or something worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's that goddamn HFCS I tell ya, that stuff doesn't just make us fat, it reduces our sperm count...

    Comment by Takumi
    11:56 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's interesting, I rarely drink that stuff anyways...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i drink coke alot...

    but never 7 litters in a week lol...

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    13:54 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *holding a can of Coca-Cola*

    Always Coca-Cola~

    *strikes a pose and chugs it down*

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    Comment by Tofuman
    14:16 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't want any kids. So this doesn't bother me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I don't have any use for sperm. In fact it would be nice to be able to turn off ejaculation at will when having sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But....That's the best part..

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't care about specific brands. What I want to know is if they studied regular cola or diet cola. Furthermore, if they studied regular cola exclusively, why did they not also study the difference in effects from different kinds of sodas: cola and the 7-up/Sprite types, as well as the Mountain Dew/Mellow Yellow types, AS WELL AS Root Beer and Cream Soda.

    Perhaps they might discover that carbonated sugar water with caffeine has no effect on sperm count, but that something specifically within the regular dark cola recipe (Coke/Pepsi) is the root of the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll stop drinking it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the thing about cocacola is that they use small amounts of phosphoric acid instead of large amounts of carbonic acid (aka carbonated water) because its cheaper. if you read the back of the can than you will notice that phosphoric acid in in the top 5 main ingredients. i personally think that might have something to do with the low sperm count

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 05/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't fucking care about that... because I love coke

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never wear condoms so I should have got someone pregnant by now. Guess I now know the cause.

    Pot, cigarettes, alcohol, tight-jeans in a tropical country AND 3-4 litres of coke a day!
    Guess I don't need that vasectomy, heh.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    09:34 05/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good thing I hate the damned beverage and its soft drinks cousins.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 05/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why no new studies about "the uncocained coke" that comes itself with Coke?

    Anyway I have been drinking coke since 15 years ago--- no problems with fat or sugar, but DO try to keep your theeths safe somehow.

    Comment by GreasyWeeabooVirgin
    19:34 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Neat. :l It just so happens people who shouldn't breed drink sodas: overweight, weeaboo, gamers.

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    07:05 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awwwwwwww fuck, i enjoyed drinking Cola for at least 10 years..

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "quite frankly my dear, i don't give a damn"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is awesome news. It's mostly obese gamers and weeaboos like yourselves that drink sodas. This will certainly help curb your kind. xD

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    Comment by koral
    01:17 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad that i'm not drinking it, i'd rather get a bottle of nice juice ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>"Danish researchers tested 2,554 young men who were being forced to undergo medical examination"

    Why does this sound hot to me? "Young men" and "forced" in a same sentence....

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:02 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We must get the developing world to drink moar cola.
    Japan on the other hand probably should stay away from it as they have negative population growth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have been drinking Coke like a fish since high school. I have two kids. I call bullshit.

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    Comment by Sukunai
    07:11 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cola likely has some hidden chemical if coffee isn't as bad.

    But many things impact sperm count.
    Boxers is better than briefs, cold showers is better than hot baths. There's a number of things you can do to increase or decrease.

    But let's face it, if you shoot several millions of sperm cells into a woman, or just hundreds of thousands, she's likely still getting pregnant.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    09:54 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    unless all of your sperm are retarded,....

    then does it really matter?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Reads title.... looks at cola standing right before him...*

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    09:55 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    drink it, you can regret it later - dood why did you buy it in the first place? not that its gonna make any difference, its not like you're gonna be breeding a whole bunch of "mini'me's" anytime soon.

    so drink it - relax, enjoy.

    spank your monkey later and dump all those useless sperm in the trash where they were going to end up anyway.

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    Comment by Lyzander
    06:34 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Over 800mg of caffeine each day"

    > An average cup of coffee has ~133 mg of caffeine in it.

    > A regular can of Coke has 54 mg of coke.

    > A can of Red Bull has 80 mg of caffeine in it.

    So basically, unless your intake is obscene, there's really no cause for any concern.

    Source, if anyone is curious for other figures:

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    Comment by Baronight
    06:51 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The study also tested for a link between other beverages containing caffeine, such as tea and coffee, but found no link at all between consumption and lowered sperm count, seemingly placing caffeine itself in the clear."

    In case you didn't read the whole article, it is not caffeine that contribute to the lower sperm count...

    It is the cola, with all that caffeine and high acidic content...

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    Comment by Lyzander
    10:50 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, the 800mg figure was what set me off on a quick Google, and I (evidently) neglected to read that paragraph.

    Ironically, your attribution of "It is the cola, with all that caffeine and high acidic content..." seems to be off the mark as well, since the researchers also noted that they were unsure of the actual cause. Correlation and causation are of course very different things.

    I think the study's note that the cola crew tended to pursue "less healthy" lifestyles may be reflective of the true cause, whatever it turns out to be.

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    Comment by Reizo
    07:27 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And 7 liters of coke a week? That's a liter bottle a day.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    09:53 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    BAck before when cocacola was cheap, I used to drink about a liter every day.

    Iiving in a warm climate does help, since a coke on ice is a lovely thing on a hot sunny day.

    But nowadays, coke isn't the inexpensive beverage of choice.

    so its a pointless exercise to discuss.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "A regular can of Coke has 54 mg of coke."


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    Comment by Anonemuss
    10:56 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmmm so if a gram is 20$, then how much is 54 mg? hmmm, jk

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    Comment by Lyzander
    11:08 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would be 1.08$ .

    ... Which is strangely close to the cost of a can of coke from a vending machine.

    Coincidence? You be the judge.

    *dun dun dunnnn*

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    Comment by Lyzander
    09:37 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I noticed that typo later, after the editing window had expired.

    That'd be one bloody small can of coke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about pepsi?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yosh! No need for condoms and pills if she won't get pregnant at all! XD

    now if there was just a way to safeguard against STD's...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:45 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    try pouring cola in there..
    makes 69 a whole lot sexier anyway

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