First things, first what is egg quality? And why do you need to improve your egg quality? In simple terms, egg quality is whether an egg is ‘normal’ in terms of chromosomes.
So high-quality eggs are those that have the best chance of being fertilised, implanting in the uterus and ultimately resulting in a pregnancy.
Review your diet and lifestyle approach to balancing your hormones
Your hormones are regulated by your endocrine system, it uses the vitamins and nutrients that you put into the body to create these fertility hormones. As such having a nutritional deficiency or excess can cause hormonal imbalances. Take a moment to read my blog about balancing hormones to discover more.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep
It’s crucial to get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Sleep affects the production of our most important fertility hormones including estrogen, progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). A good night's sleep is vital to keeping these hormones in balance.
Another hormone affected by sleep is Leptin. Regular sleep is required to produce proper amounts of leptin, which regulates your menstrual cycle and intimately affects ovulation. Leptin levels change daily, and this change is a result of how well you slept the night before.
If you struggle sleeping, I recommend getting yourself into a bedtime routine that works for you. Turn off your phone, take a hot bath, spray some lavender on your pillow and try to relax yourself to sleep.
Take the right supplements
Nutritional deficiencies have been linked to ovulation issues, hormonal imbalance, poor egg quality, and low sperm count. Certain nutrients such as vitamin D, folate, fish oil, CoQ10, and prenatal vitamins specifically promote fertility health and prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.
It’s important to get advice from a medical practitioner or your fertilty coach on which supplements are best for you. Many turn to Chinese Herbs or herbal teas and natural remedies to help boost fertility.
Stress does impact fertility and egg quality. Stress produces cortisol, and high levels of cortisol can affect the production of other hormones like progesterone and estrogen.
Try increasing your levels of Dopamine and Oxytocin. Do this by spending time with loved ones (a hug works wonders) and at work or at home give yourself realistic goals to tick off your list. You can’t eliminate all the stresses of your life but you can focus on the things that are important to you and those which help you relax as much as possible.
Focus on blood flow
Staying hydrated helps improve blood flow. The main reason for this is that it helps improve blood flow to the uterus and the developing follicles meaning more nutrients and hormones reach the area’s they are needed, supporting better quality eggs and a greater chance of implantation
Ways to improve blood flow include:
Exercising (I’d recommend yoga)
Reducing intake of alcohol and caffeine
Try fertility massage or acupuncture
Taking these steps to improve your egg quality can result in falling pregnant faster and having a very healthy, happy pregnancy and birth. If you’d like further information, subscribe to my mailing list or email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you all the best on your fertility journey,
Marketa, CEO of Love Fertility Coaching