Dr Aradhya Achuri
WAYS TO IMPROVE EGG QUALITY BEFORE PREGNANCY OR IVF.
Updated: Feb 21
WAYS TO IMPROVE EGG QUALITY BEFORE PREGNANCY OR IVF
The biological clock is real ladies which means your age impacts your egg quality and can lessen your chances of conception and increases your chances of enduring a pregnancy loss. That’s because, by the time you reach 40, less than half of your eggs are considered “normal”, impacting your odds of pregnancy mainly because of your ovarian environment.
Once you are in your later 30s and 40s, your egg quality, unfortunately, isn’t as high making ovulation and fertilization more challenging. So if you are trying to conceive, you should know that good egg quality sets a solid foundation leading the way to a healthy pregnancy, and there are things you can do to boost your egg quality for optimal chances for conception.
HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR EGG QUALITY?
While there is no accurate method to determine the quality of eggs precisely before extracting them, there are some hormone indicators:
FSH: When the ovaries do not respond to the normal signal of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), their quality is questionable. Higher levels of FSH (on days 2-3 of periods) in a woman can be an indicator of diminished reserve and poorer quality eggs.
AMH: Another gauge for ovarian reserve is the Anti-müllerian Hormone (AMH), which drops as we age. Lower levels of AMH clearly indicate poor ovarian reserve, which often comes with poor-quality eggs.
However, it must be noted that even women with poor ovarian reserve can conceive. If the few eggs they have are good quality. In the end, all we need is one healthy egg to be pregnant.
SOME WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR EGG QUALITY:
You can increase the ovarian environment by making some beneficial changes:
● Eat healthy foods: Consuming nutritionally rich foods boost egg quality. Incorporate whole grains, lean meats, leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fruit, and nuts in your diet to give your body what it needs to support your eggs. Avoid processed foods and meats when possible and limit your salt and sugar intake.
● Improve your blood flow:
Producing blood flow to the body that is oxygen-rich makes for better egg health. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water (ideally 64 oz. each day) is a great goal!
● Avoid cigarettes:
Cigarettes have chemicals that actually mutate your egg cell’s DNA so they aren’t usable for conception while also speeding up egg loss in your ovaries.
● Acupuncture and Yoga
Acupuncture and yoga can both reduce anxiety and stress, improve blood flow to the ovaries and help your body get rid of toxins—all factors that may, over time, result in improved egg quality and ovarian function.
● -Stay away from caffeine and alcohol:
Both of these habits interfere with fertility function, so limit caffeine and avoid alcohol altogether to support your egg quality.
SUPPLEMENTS AND CLINICAL METHODS:
● DHEA Supplements
● CoQ10 supplements
The above-mentioned supplements and antioxidants help in improving the quality of eggs, reduce the stress on eggs, and improve the blood supply to the uterus.
● Freeze your eggs now:
This is done to ensure their highest quality and chances of conception since your egg quality diminishes with age. You can counteract that by freezing your eggs now with cryopreservation so that your eggs will stay at the same level of health and quality as the day they were frozen!