Hey, we’re talking women’s egg health and egg quality, here at Life and Cycles.
Women, we’re born with all the eggs we’re going to have (although some newer studies say that may not be true) so it makes sense to take the best care of them.
Let’s try to protect them before we plan a baby and let’s improve egg quality when we actually want a baby.
There’s no natural conception without ovulation of a healthy egg. And if you’re planning IVF or similar with your own eggs, egg health is super important too.
The message is love up our eggs.
Does egg quality decline with age?
A fab question. The answer is yes and NO.
The number of eggs and egg quality does generally decline with age.
How many eggs we have and how healthy they are is also partly in our genes. Reaching menopause early and naturally can run in families, but that’s not always the case.
Plus we really can influence the health of our ovaries and our eggs with food, lifestyle choices and natural therapies. In doing that, so we’re also supporting regular ovulation, healthy eggs and a nurturing womb.
My eggs are “old” or “unhealthy” or I have “low egg reserve” !
If you’ve been told that, please stay calm.
We can influence the health of our remaining eggs with super preconception care. We do have some control.
Of course, if you have been given this news, also talk with your doctor about all your other options too, like IVF or using an egg donor.
And a “low reserve” diagnosis tells us about the quantity of eggs; it doesn’t say anything about egg quality. And you only need one healthy egg to make a baby.
How long does an egg take to mature?
It takes about 90 days for an egg to mature ready for ovulation.
That means today’s little egg is the product of what we ate, drank, breathed in, touched, suffered from, stressed over about 3 months ago.
That’s it, biology over. We try to keep it simple here at Life and Cycles, Norwich.
How can I improve egg quality?
Here are some simple ways we can look after our health to protect and boost egg quality.
#1 EAT TO NOURISH OUR EGGS, OVARIES AND BALANCE HORMONES.
A fertility friendly diet improves women’s and men’s health and boosts fertility. That’s what we teach our 1-1 clients here.
For starters, here are some fertility-fuelling foods to include in your diet are:-
- Dark leafy green veggies
- Wild or organic salmon
- Seeds and nuts
- Legumes – beans, chickpeas, lentils.
- So called “superfoods” maca, Royal Jelly and green powders. Avoid Royal Jelly if you suspect allergy to bee products.
Some things to avoid include:-
- Trans fats -look out for hydrogenated vegetable oil on labels and avoid takeaway and fast foods.
- Caffeine – in regular tea, coffee, cola drinks, chocolate and some over-the-counter meds
- Processed, packet, ready-made, GMO foods
- Meat and dairy that is NOT organic
We can’t cover everything here as we’re all individuals and there’s so much we can teach you both from a preconception care viewpoint and a Traditional Chinese Medicine position.
#2 LIVE A FERTILITY FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
Another of our top tips. Again it’s a big topic.
Our strong guidance for starters is :-
- Don’t smoke
- Avoid alcohol
- Quit street drugs and review over-the-counter and prescribed medications (never just stopping taking things)
- Detox your life of hormone harming chemicals and they are everywhere.
#3 BOOST BLOOD FLOW
Getting oxygen-rich blood to the pelvis helps egg health and egg quality. Not a lot of people know that,
So how do I boost blood flow to my womb? Here are our simple suggestions:-
- Drink plenty of filtered water or glass-bottled mineral water
- Exercise – move your butt to get your heart pumping and fresh blood flowing around your body
- Speak to a qualified fertility acupuncturist like Rebecca here at Life and Cycles or a qualified fertility massage expert (we can put you in touch with someone local).
#4 REDUCE STRESS
Stress can affect ovulation. Hormone imbalances can even stop ovulation temporarily. Some women continue to ovulate despite stress, but it can hinder chances of sperm meeting egg and egg implantation.
So, its key to work out ways of managing stress. And that’s different for all of us – try yoga (also good for pelvic blood flow), massage, meditation, qi gong or tai chi, a talking therapy like individual or couples counselling or hypnotherapy. Again, we have excellent practitioners, we can recommend.
So our message today is it IS possible to protect and influence egg quality with good diet and healthy habits. Get in touch with us using our Contact Form or call us on 01603 514195 to find out more about how we might help you.