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The significance of high-quality eggs in IVF

When it comes to female fertility, the quantity of a woman’s remaining eggs is frequently emphasized, but egg quality also plays a role. As a woman ages, her egg quality naturally declines. Despite the fact that a woman is born with all of her eggs, older eggs are more likely to be defective. An egg can’t produce a healthy baby if it lacks healthy DNA. As a woman ages, the longer she waits to become pregnant, and the lower her odds of having a successful IVF procedure become.

It has been found that as women become older, the percentage of malformed eggs increases. It is estimated that less than 1 percent of low-quality eggs will be fertile. Miscarriages are occurring in some cases, and genetic defects in the child are also present in some cases.

What can you do to improve the quality of your eggs for pregnancy (IVF)?

Improve the flow of blood in your body

As discussed above an egg can’t produce a healthy baby if it lacks healthy DNA and it also lowers her odds of having a successful IVF procedure. The health of the eggs depends on the availability of oxygen-rich blood to the ovaries. Maintaining a fluid intake of 6 to 8 glasses of water a day can help enhance blood flow. As a healthy heart provides good circulation throughout your body, exercise helps to boost blood flow. Both massage and yoga can help to increase blood flow in the body.

Other activities that you can do are:

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
  • Do exercise every day such as-walking, running, hiking, fertility yoga and more.
  • Get fertility or abdominal massages

Take care of your health by eating right

What you eat and drink has a major impact on the health of your eggs, so it’s important to improve your overall health. Nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains have been shown in studies to boost fertility. Additionally, you should avoid processed meals, saturated fats, and excessive sugar and salt, and you should try to limit your alcohol usage as much as possible.

Take Multivitamins or Antioxidants During Pregnancy

In order to ensure that your body receives all of the nutrients it needs to promote good egg production, prenatal multivitamins help.

In addition to improving fertility, antioxidant health products can also help to protect your eggs from crucial damage. Even at the cellular level, free radicals can destroy your eggs, which has an impact on both your capacity to become pregnant and the health of your pregnancy. DHEA, Co enzyme Q 10 and Omega 3 fatty acid may help you in the process.

Stop using tobacco products.

Studies have revealed that smoking has a negative impact on fertility, which in turn has a negative impact on future fertility. Smoking can cause a woman’s eggs to become inappropriate for pregnancy, and it can also speed up egg loss from the ovaries.

Maintain an appropriate body mass index (BMI)

It indicates you’re overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 and obese if your BMI is above 30. Due to increased oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction, obesity has been associated to worse egg quality. Diet and exercise can help you reduce weight, which can improve your chances of becoming pregnant, as well as protect you against the complications that can arise from being overweight during pregnancy.

De-stress

Egg quality and production can be affected by stress hormones like prolactin and cortisol. Making time for loved ones and doing meaningful things, such as spending time with them, can have a significant positive impact on your health. Meditation, yoga, and spending time with pets and other animals can also help alleviate stress. Taking naps, resting, or booking lengthy, hot baths might also help you relax. De-stressing treatments include aromatherapy and massage.

So in a nutshell, you can de-stress yourself by:

  • Taking walks in the morning.
  • Relax by taking a bubble bath, reading a good book, or doing whatever it is that brings you joy.
  • Relax and rejuvenate with a massage or rubdown therapy.
  • Take the guidance of a licensed professional therapist.

It is very important that fertility is addressed as early as possible. Many women by the time they are ready for a family unfortunately find themselves struggling with the issue of poor quality eggs. Last but not the least, it is important you see an expert fertility specialist who will guide you regarding the best way forward, in terms of protocols, IVF, embryo pooling forward. She will also guide towards third party reproduction or adoption , if need be.

About Dr. Banerjee

Dr. Banerjee is infertility and IVF Specialist, trained from the prestigious Guys and St. Thomas Hospital, London, where she went as a Commonwealth scholar and has spent three years in London (UK) doing rigorous training in the domain of infertility and IVF. She completed her MBBS and MD in Obstetrics & Gynecology from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She has done her membership from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (MRCOG), London and is also a member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (MNAMS). She is actively involved in writing articles & columns in the international journals, scientific publications, and presentations for the IVF website and has been presenting at several International Conferences as an invited faculty.

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Disclaimer - Dr Kaberi is not associated with any Hosptial/Clinic other than "Advanced Fertility and Gyne Center (AFGC)". AFGC has only three centers at present 1. "Lajpat Nagar" 2. "CR Park Delhi" 3. "Noida".