Improving Egg Health & Fertility

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For years, doctors believed that the only factor influencing the heath of a woman’s eggs was her age. However, as medical research advances we are able to learn that there are indeed many factors which influence the overall viability and health of a woman’s eggs. If you’re an intended mother attempting to use her own eggs, this information could be very important to consider.

Scientists now know that many things, including environmental factors, hormones in one’s diet, stress, circulatory health, and the consistency of regular menstrual cycles all play a role in overall egg health. Due to the number of items we now know can impact an eggs health, scientists believe that there may be a window of time each month where certain actions can help improve the egg health of future cycles.

According to Natural-fertility-info.com, focusing on stress reduction, proper blood flow, proper blood oxygenation, nutritional intake and hormonal balances over a 90 day period can show significant increases to overall egg health. Here are a few things you can trying working into your regular routine to help improve each of these areas.

 

Blood flow/ Oxygenation

Better blood flow to the ovaries, especially when the blood is thick with oxygen, is a key component of egg health. Make sure you’re getting at least eight 8 ounce servings of water a day. You should also make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise to help aid blood circulation.

Hormone Balance

You’ll likely want to talk with your doctor to gauge where your hormone levels are currently, and if they need altering. Simple steps that you can take at home include consuming fertility “superfoods” like maca and reducing your exposure to xenohormones. Xenohormones, substances not found in nature that have hormonal effects on the body, are often found in non-organic meats and fumes like car exhaust.

Nutritional Intake

A quick search online will lead you to plenty of fertility and egg health diets. Instead of blindly following one of these, try instead to focus on consuming whole foods with a diet rich in vegetables and fish. Avoiding things like cigarettes, alcohol, sugar and caffeine can help, too. Of course, you can also improve your nutrition by adding daily supplements or a multivitamin to your diet.

Stress

Finally, try to take a good look at the amount of stress in your life and how you could go about managing it. Try giving yourself mandatory “quiet time” in your day and find activities that help you unwind. Common examples include taking walks, doing yoga, reading, or taking a warm bubble bath.

Ultimately, these things may or may not be able to improve your egg health. You should always talk with your doctor about any new lifestyle changes you may be considering before getting started.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.