Good Eggs and Bad Eggs

Good Eggs and Bad Eggs

Quality versus Quantity

When women think about their fertility, the most common thing that they think of is their eggs, and how many they have left. Most women know that as they age, their fertility decreases, due to their egg supply being lowered each month. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, something that most women do not take into consideration is their egg quality. While egg quantity is important, egg quality is as well. Many women don’t realize that as their egg quantity diminishes, so does their egg quality. This is because women’s bodies use up the best eggs first, and save the lesser quality eggs for last.

What does egg quality mean?

Diminished egg quality is a really big deal when it comes to fertility. If a woman’s eggs are not good quality, they will have trouble implanting. This means that the woman will have trouble getting pregnant, and if she does get pregnant, she will most likely have trouble maintaining the pregnancy.

The lesser quality eggs that are left over as a woman gets older are usually eggs that don’t have all of the needed chromosomes. This puts a woman who gets pregnant with lower quality eggs at a greater risk of having a baby with birth defects or other health problems.

What causes poor egg quality?

The most common cause of poor egg quality is age. As a woman ages, it is just a fact of life that the quality of her eggs will decrease. However, there can be other factors that cause poor egg quality. Some younger women deal with decreased egg quality due to either genetics or health problems.

There are also some different lifestyle factors that can damage a woman’s egg quality. One of the most common factors that damages a woman’s egg quality is smoking. Radiation and chemotherapy, as well as endometriosis are all other things that can contribute to poor egg quality.

Testing for poor egg quality

Your doctor can test your eggs and see how their quality measures up. While there is really no treatment method available for poor egg quality, there are some things you can consider. Sometimes doctors can prescribe something to help improve your egg quality, but often, what you have is what you have.

If this is the case, you might consider using an egg donor to get pregnant. Of course, adoption is always an option as well. Ask your doctor for his or her input about what to do in the case of poor egg quality in your situation.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).