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You might be tracking your ovulation so that you know when your most fertile days are.
You might be planning sex so that you are having sex during your ovulation week for the highest chance of conception.
You might be changing your diet, trying to lose weight, or taking a prenatal vitamin.
All of those things are great, and all of those things have been proven to help increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant.
But, what if your problem is the quality of your own eggs?
Many women find that they have poor quality eggs, and this can be a real detriment towards trying to conceive. So, what can you do if you have poor quality eggs? Are there any ways to improve egg quality to help you get pregnant faster? What even causes poor egg quality in the first place? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more, and hopefully give you a heads up on what to do if your egg quality is not the greatest.
Poor egg quality is one of the most common causes of infertility in women over age 35. The cause of most cases of poor egg quality is something known as diminished ovarian reserve, which is just a fancy way of saying that the body is running out of eggs, and the eggs that are left are not the best. This is something that every woman will have to face at some point in her life.
This is because every woman is born with a set in stone number of eggs, and she loses them throughout her life.
Every month, a new egg is released and her egg supply will dwindle. The human body is also smart enough that it will use up the best quality eggs first, and leave the not so good ones behind. This is the reason that you see less birth defects and problems in younger moms, and more of them in older moms.
Once a woman hits age 35, her fertility takes a dramatic drop.
By this point, a woman usually doesn’t have too many eggs remaining, and the ones that are left are usually not the best quality. A very disheartening fact? By the time a woman reaches 40 years of age, she will usually have more poor quality eggs remaining than she does good quality eggs.
These poor quality eggs can cause a plethora of problems when it comes to getting pregnant. Many of these eggs will never be able to be fertilized, and if they are, they will simply result in a miscarriage, or be unable to implant. It is why the miscarriage rate is so high for women over 40. Many of these eggs contain chromosomal abnormalities, which means if they do become fertilized, it can cause a wide range of birth defects in the baby.
This one is a little bit up in the air. Some experts say that once a woman has diminished her egg supply to the point that she doesn’t have very many good quality eggs left, that it might actually be too late to improve her egg quality.
However, other doctors believe that there are always steps that can be taken in order to help women improve their egg quality. It’s even better if women start thinking about their egg quality before they get to the point that they have a diminished ovarian reserve.
For example, if women in their late 20s started thinking about and paying attention to their egg quality, they might not have such a hard time getting pregnant in their early 30s or beyond. The point of the matter is, it’s not going to hurt for a woman to try to improve her egg quality, and it can only help matters. Read on for some ways to potentially improve egg quality in women.
Eating a healthy diet is important for all aspects of the body, and that includes egg health as well. Women might not be able to reverse the damage done to their eggs, but by starting early to try to preserve egg health, they can go a long way towards protecting their fertility.
Avoiding fast food, sugary snacks and unhealthy processed foods is a good idea for women who are concerned about their egg quality as well as their fertility.
Filling up on a diet full of whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and full fat dairy products can go a long way towards helping women maximize their fertility. It’s just really important to pay attention to your overall diet and what you are putting into your body when you are trying to conceive, since diet plays such a big role in fertility.
This is where weight loss also comes in as well.
For women who are overweight (and sometimes women who are underweight as well!), hormone production can be out of whack, and these women can experience fertility problems. Doctors believe that this can have an effect on egg health as well. For this reason, maintaining a healthy weight is super important for fertility. Eating right and also getting proper exercise can help to improve egg health in women. The exercise aspect will also help to reduce stress, which as we are going to talk about now, is another very important aspect when it comes to egg health.
Multiple studies have shown a direct correlation between a woman’s stress levels and the time in which it takes her to conceive. Stress can be one of those environmental factors that can have a detrimental effect on egg health.
Of course, stress is also one of those things in life that we cannot avoid, but we can actually change the way that we handle stress.
For some women, regular moderate physical exercise is what is needed to maintain optimal stress levels and help to remain calm. Other women find strength through meditation, counseling, or simply talking with a friend. Whatever it is that works for your particular situation, use that to help reduce your stress levels. Stress can take a toll on all aspects of a woman’s body, not just her fertility, so keep that in mind as well.
There are many other things that can affect egg health as well. Many of those things include poor lifestyle choices, or things that might not be the healthiest things to do for your fertility or otherwise.
For example, smoking has been shown to be very damaging to egg health.
This is because nicotine has been shown to actually have a detrimental effect on egg quality. Stopping smoking as soon as possible will be imperative to keeping healthy egg quality.
The same goes for drinking.
The way that we see it is, if it is something that doctors recommend that you stop doing once you get pregnant in order not to harm the baby, we think it’s probably a pretty good idea to stop doing it when you are trying to get pregnant, since it could potentially harm the eggs as well.
The same goes, of course, for illegal drugs, which we shouldn’t be using at any time at all.
As for marijuana, which is becoming recreationally legal in many states in the West, it actually has a similarly negative effect one egg health as smoking. So while a little bud may be fun, it may not be the best idea when thinking of your potential egg health.
When it comes to caffeine intake, this one is up in the air.
Some doctors say that caffeine might have a negative effect on egg health, but others say it’s fine. We will leave this one up to each particular woman and let her decide for herself. At least everything in moderation!
Okay, we know, this one might sound a little bit crazy, but hear us out. In the world of alternative medicine, there are so many different things out there that can improve fertility and overall health.
However, one of the most powerful things that has been found to help improve egg quality is something called Royal Bee Jelly.
Royal Jelly is a substance that only the queen bee eats. It is literally what makes the queen bee ‘The Queen Bee.’ When the queen bee begins eating royal jelly, she begins to produce up to 2000 eggs per day (wow, wouldn’t that be great for us!).
If it helps the queen bee produce eggs, maybe it can help us humans too!
Royal jelly is rich in amino acids, and has been shown to balance hormones in women who take it. Some doctors say that it can even help to improve egg health or reverse damage that has already been done to eggs.
Now, if you are trying to conceive, you should already be taking a prenatal vitamin to help you balance your hormones, make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals, and to protect your baby if you do happen to get pregnant. However, there are many other supplements out there that can be great for improving egg quality in particular.
One that seems to be very helpful is CoQ10.
CoQ10 has long been shown for helping with heart related issues and also blood pressure, but now, experts say that it can also help to improve egg health and fertilization rates, especially for women who are over age 35.
L-Arginine is another amino acid supplement that has been around for a long time for heart health, but is now shown to help with ovarian response and pregnancy rates in some patients. Definitely do your research on supplements and you will be able to find out which ones will help improve egg health in your particular case.
An ancient stronghold of Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been around for hundreds of years and has been used for hundreds of different sicknesses and ailments. Many people believe that acupuncture can also be effective for improving egg health and increasing overall fertility.
Acupuncture can increase blood flow to many areas of the body where blood flow was previously poor, and this can help to increase fertility. An acupuncturist with extensive fertility knowledge and experience will be so important for this process, so make sure that you do your research when finding someone to help you. A general rule of thumb is that the longer you go through the acupuncture treatment process, the more pronounced your results will be, so the sooner you get started, the better.
There are also several different fertility herbs that can help improve egg quality and egg health overall. Again, this is another place where you definitely need to do your research and make sure that you are choosing the best herbal supplements for your particular situation.
Maca Root is one of the best herbal remedies for egg health and fertility problems.
Maca helps to support the thyroid and overall hormonal balance. It has been shown to help improve overall egg health and supports the female reproductive system in general. Some other popular herbal remedies for fertility issues include Dong Quai, Lemon Balm, Milk Thistle, and Ginger Root. As mentioned before, please do thorough research before deciding on the right herbal fertility remedies for your particular case.
If you have been to a fertility specialist or doctor who can tell you more about the quality of your eggs and how much your ovarian reserve has diminished, that is a good place to start.
If you have not seen a doctor and you are concerned about your egg quality, definitely see a doctor to get some advice on what you can do. If you find that your ovarian reserve is diminished to the point that you cannot conceive, you will need to speak with your doctor about other assisted reproductive techniques and treatments.
In many cases, women find success getting pregnant using alternative methods like donor eggs. If your egg quality is so poor that you may not be able to conceive using your own eggs, don’t lose hope. There are many options out there for women who are trying to conceive, so stay the course, and find a way that best suits your particular case.