10 Coffee Side Effects for Women

There is nothing like the smell of fresh coffee in the morning. It is the smell and the taste that gets most of us through the day. Some like it strong, some like it mild. Some drink it with sugar and cream, others drink it plain. But do we know everything we should about coffee?

Although coffee helps us wake up and keeps us concentrated, it does have some side effects on our bodies. Sure, one cup of coffee a day will do you no harm, but having too much of it could. Here are coffee side effects for women you should pay attention to.

1. Addiction

Half awake woman cradling a mug of coffee

Whether you want to believe it or not, coffee does cause addiction. You don’t have to drink 20 cups of coffee a day to consider yourself being addicted. As long as you can’t get through a single day without coffee, you’ve developed a minor addiction. People with more serious addiction to coffee can experience nervousness, hand tremble, cold sweats and even anger until they get their dose.

2. Insomnia

GirlHaving Problems with Insomnia

Having too much coffee will meddle with your sleep, especially if you’re drinking coffee in the evening. Sure, there are people that claim that coffee doesn’t have that effect on them, but you know what – that’s even worse. It means that you are already having too much coffee and your body is building resistance towards it. Caffeine keeps you awake. Too much coffee causes insomnia, restlessness and overall bad sleep.

3. High Blood Pressure

Caffeine increases your blood pressure. The effect is temporary, but if you drink a lot of coffee, it can cause permanent high blood pressure. You can feel the effects of your blood pressure rising by experiencing ringing in your ears and headaches. If you’re having these problems, you might want to think about switching to decaf.

4. High Cholesterol

Drinking unfiltered coffee is said to increase the levels of your total cholesterol (both HDL and LDL) and triglycerides. Over years, this may increase the risk of having a heart attack. Generally speaking, coffee is linked to higher risks of heart diseases and it is absolutely not recommended for people who are already having heart problems.

5. Dehydration

It is a common fact that for every cup of coffee you drink, you need two cups of water just to compensate for the fluids you’ve lost. Coffee causes dehydration and unless you make up for the water you’ve lost it can lead to headaches and nausea.

6. Cellulites

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Even though a lot of anti cellulites products contain coffee, drinking it can actually increase the risk of developing cellulites. Caffeine in the coffee dehydrates you and makes your body hold the water it already has. Holding water is the most common cause of cellulites.

7. Osteoporosis

Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day for years can lead to decreased bone density. This means that you will be in a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is an illness lots of women suffer from and it causes fragile bones. Keep your coffee amount to three cups a day tops.

8. PMS

Scientists have discovered that women who are generally prone to having strong PMS can experience it even stronger due to drinking coffee. This side effect of coffee is unfortunately also a side effect of eating chocolate. I’m sorry ladies – but if you want to get rid of your PMS, it’s a no on two things we love the most.

9. Panic Attacks

Due to the fact that caffeine causes addiction, not having the amount your body is used to can cause panic attacks. Caffeine actually induces the so called “fight or flight” mechanism in our bodies. High consumption however, reduces that mechanism to panic attacks. You start to sweat, your hands start to shake and you expect bad things to happen to you.

10. Emotional Fatigue

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Caffeine wakes you up and gives your body more energy. However, what it doesn’t do is let your body rest. Having too much coffee will make you run around and feel like you can do so much more. But, since your body does need rest, once you actually sit down and stop working, you might feel even more tired and emotionally drained then without coffee.

These are the 10 coffee side effects every woman should pay attention to. Coffee does bring you a lot of benefits, but you must not neglect the bad things. It would be best if you could limit your coffee to just one cup in the morning.

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  • Im impressed with your tips on coffee side effect we have being agguing on it with my friends but i.m clear. Tank you sarah

  • This is a good article about coffee side affects but I believe there are more. Coffee is hard on the bladder, hearing not to mention heart burn etc…..

  • as coffee quality inspector back home, the most side effect of coffee in our body is the inbalance it makes in acid base balance, which lide us to GI problem like ulcer.

  • Thanks for tips about coffee, I like coffee, I take it a little amount every day, , but now I am afraid how I will stop to take coffee,

  • thanks sarah! i’ve been drinking coffee so much lately that it does not effect on me any more is that possible

    • iam a coffee addict,i take it more oftenly which is really hard for me to quit.i cant go a day without coffee if i do my day will be dull.

  • not good for health because it couse acedic to our body……
    but not problem twiace a week or once a week .

  • Um nor habitual to coffee neither addicted to it, I drink in winter seasons sometimes daily sometimes occasionally, bit today I felt something after having a cup of coffee.I noticed marked tremors in my hands, and unusual feeling of anger. Um surprised why is that so


  • I am so glad to read your coffee passage I’m fear about it may stop flowing during the period now I’m clear thanks sarah