What are the natural ways of supporting egg quality?
There are many natural ways of supporting egg quality and so support the chances of getting pregnant. It is important to have good quality eggs in order to become pregnant whether naturally or using IVF.
Using IVF, when women have good egg quality and a good reserve (which means more eggs to choose from) the success rate is likely to be higher.
So if you find out you have poor ovarian reserve or poor egg quality, what can you do to support egg quality and your chances of getting pregnant?
Natural support for Egg Quality
Conventional medicine to date does not have any answers of how to support egg quality. There is however time during the period that eggs are maturing towards ovulation that the quality can be affected both negatively and positively. During the 90 day period that an egg takes to reach full maturation, the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation. At this time they are affected by both healthy or unhealthy influences. Contributing factors to egg health are:
- A healthy diet
- Plenty of sleep
- A stress free lifestyle
- Moderate exercise.
- Good blood flow to uterus
- Hormonal Balance
- Reducing exposure to chemical, toxins, and pesticides and electromagnetic radiation
- No alcohol, cigarettes, coffee or recreational drugs
- Be checked for STI’s and UTI’s
- Avoid hormone disrupters- (hormones found in some plastics and metal cans for example)
Factors that can impact on the health of the ovaries and eggs range from contaminants in the environment and hormones in the diet to stress and anxiety.
Oxygen rich blood flow to the ovaries is essential for good egg health. Blood flow can decrease from lack of exercise, dehydration, and thick blood.
To increase blood flow to the ovaries follow these suggestions:
Drink sufficient water to help circulation.
Take plenty of exercise - find something you enjoy that includes movement, such as tennis, walking, running, dancing, or fertility yoga. Exercise boosts circulation of blood in your body, bringing fresh blood to all your cells and helping to oxygenate the blood.
Gentle Abdominal massage is one of the best therapies for improving blood flow Massaging the abdomen will help blood flow to reproductive organs, bringing fresh, oxygenated blood to the ovaries.
If you are currently trying to conceive, perform the massage techniques from the day after your period has ended up until ovulation.
Help balance hormones and nourish the endocrine system.
Reduce exposure to xenohormones
Natural therapies such as acupuncture or reflexology
Jane Sheehan is an experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge and experience - especially with fertility related issues where she offers a multidisciplinary approach to support women going through IVF or trying to improve the chances of conception.
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