These 3 Factors Might Be Impacting the Quality of Your Eggs.
We may not realize it, but our everyday decisions can significantly affect our fertility journey. Our rituals and well-being may be directly correlated to the quality of our eggs. Taking care of our general needs can greatly optimize our egg health in the process. We can start with seeing where we stand with these three factors.
#1 Smoking or Vaping
Smoking cigarettes not only damages the genetic material in eggs, but the chemicals in cigarettes also contribute to speeding up the loss of eggs. According to the American Heart Association, vaping isn’t exempt either. Vaping can also damage eggs as well as their quality as they develop. The good news is that experts say that your body will have visible health benefits as early as a few weeks after quitting.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, “psychological stress could impact the biology of female reproduction by targeting at the level of ovary, follicle and oocyte.” Increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and oxidative stress can decrease egg quality and ultimately your reproductive outcome. The good news is that sleep can go a long way. As you sleep, melatonin levels rise, which is powerful because it acts as an antioxidant within the egg cell, thus improving egg quality. Studies show that a consistent sleep schedule and at least 8 hours of sleep not only maintains your overall health, but also the health of your developing egg cells. In addition, you can meditate, practice yoga, and exercise to help reduce stress and promote healthy eggs.
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Recent studies show that improved nutrition can not only improve egg and embryo quality, but can also increase the implantation rate. According to the National Library of Medicine, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seafood in your diet is beneficial to your fertility journey. Conversely, highly processed foods as well as foods that are high in trans-fats and sugar have been linked to having a negative impact on fertility. To improve egg quality, you can also nourish your body with supplements. Experts recommend taking at least 400 mcg of folate, 300 mg of CoQ10, and 500 mg of fish oil for omega-3s. You can easily take these three in pill form to add to your fertility regimen.
If you need guidance on any of these three areas or want to inquire about an ovarian reserve test to see where you stand, you can seek support from our team at the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center. We have a comprehensive fertility wellness division that includes nutrition counseling, acupuncture, spiritual counseling and fertility therapy. We are here to help, just call 949-516-0606 to speak with our office about booking a session, or you can book an online consultation with our founder, Dr. Rosencrantz, to speak about your fertility needs.