Infertility Causes: Poor Egg Quality

Last updated on Jan 11, 2013

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Infertility Causes: Poor Egg Quality

It is a known fact. Age is a huge cause of infertility. If you have poor quality eggs, it will be hard to get pregnant. And as you age, your eggs do deteriorate over time.

While there are many different causes of infertility, one of the most common causes is poor egg quality. Just because a woman has poor eqq quality doesn’t have to mean that she will never be able to get pregnant. However, egg quality can really have an effect on fertility. Read on to find out more about how poor egg quality can impact fertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

All about eggs

Every woman is born with a finite number of eggs in her body. That means, they will one day run out. A woman will release eggs every month, and as she gets older, the number of eggs remaining will get lower and lower. The body uses up the best eggs first, and leaves the less desirable eggs. As a woman gets older, not only does the number of eggs continue to decline, but the eggs that do remain are often not viable.

What is egg quality?

The quality of the eggs that are remaining in a woman’s body depends on many different factors. The older a woman is, the more likely it will be that her eggs are damaged, or unable to result in a healthy pregnancy. Some eggs simply do not have the right number of chromosomes, and therefore will never be able to develop into a successful pregnancy. Other eggs simply don’t have the energy to survive.

What determines egg quality?

Probably the biggest factor in egg quality is a woman’s age. The older a woman gets, the worse her egg quality will also get. Sometimes by the time a woman reaches age 40, she will even have more “bad” eggs left than “good” eggs. Some younger women also have a problem with egg quality. This can be due to genetics, health problems, or lifestyle choices such as smoking or drug use.

Poor quality eggs and pregnancy

If you have poor quality eggs, it will be hard to get pregnant. Most of your eggs will probably not even be able to be fertilized and implant. If you are able to conceive, poor egg quality can still damage the pregnancy. Poor egg quality can cause eggs to be unable to implant properly, or to be able to grow and thrive properly, which can result in miscarriage. So it is good to find out how to improve egg quality.

Egg testing

Doctors have tests available that are able to determine both the number of eggs that you have remaining and the quality of those eggs. If your doctor thinks that you might have poor egg quality, you might take fertility drugs such as Clomid to increase both the quantity and quality of your eggs. If fertility drugs do not work for you, you can always consider an egg donor as an option for getting pregnant.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • Marie

    Hello my consultant has told me i have lots of eggs but they’re not great quality. Amh 7.21. What are my chances of conceiving naturally or with help and what help or treatment would you suggest? I am really grateful of any advice as my husband and I are desperate to start a family and feel devastated about our situation.

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