It’s really, really important to consider the egg itself , that way we can consider how to improve egg quality for fertility.
So some facts about the egg. You were born with all of your eggs. So when you were developing in your mum, so when your mum was pregnant with you, your eggs were present then within her.
You were born from an egg that was present in your mum when she was in your grandma. So there’s massive impact on the maternal health and the grandmother’s health as well on your eggs.
They are degenerative, but bear with me on that because we can get nervous about getting pregnant after 35, we are told its more difficult, and we talk about quality of eggs reducing but there are lots of other factors that affect the egg quality, its not just based on the health of your mum and grandma.
23 chromosomes are present within the egg as with the sperm, and they take 90 days to mature. The primordial eggs are what you are born with, and then they develop and mature, ready to be picked to be in the follicle and then perhaps the one that will be released.
The sperm can take up to 12 hours to travel, some 45 minutes, but some can take up to 12 hours to travel. So it’s really really key that there are sperm waiting for the egg, waiting for ovulation itself is possibly too late.
The egg is the biggest cell in the human body and it’s actually visible potentially to the naked eye. The diameter of it is the same as a human hair. You have to know where it was.
It is the largest cell in the human body, and it’s beautiful and amazing.
The egg quality is not tested. Whether you ovulate or not, is tested. The quality of the egg is not tested.
Degeneration of eggs over time
I said bear with me when I spoke about degenerative effects on the egg earlier and you may have heard of the ‘Fertility Cliff’ or seen charts about fertility and age and it goes along it gets to 35 and then it plummets.
There is some research that is showing that the actual percentage of people who get pregnant after 35 is not that much lower than people who get pregnant much before 35.
It’s just a couple of % difference, still in the 90s. They collected data after a year of trying and after two years of trying.
So it is really, really key. There is a higher number of people over the age of 35, who have miscarriages and there is a higher number of people over the age of 35 who may be have babies with a chromosomal abnormality. But the cliff is rather misrepresented.
We cant ignore the effect on stress and worry, because there are some really interesting figures about the number of pregnancies, particularly unplanned pregnancies over the age of 40. In the heat of the moment, with mother nature at her absolute best.
What’s important is egg quality and therefore doing what you can to support that quality is important.
Now, I have clients who have gone through IVF. And it hasn’t worked the first time and then at their review appointment, they are told that they are most likely looking at the egg quality if there isn’t anything else, (there are of course other issues, as you know from my posts before.
Sometimes there is visible suggestions, the shape of the eggs and sometimes even the colour of the eggs is something that clinics are talking about.
What affects egg quality for fertility?
Things we need to consider are nutrition, blood flow and oxygenation.
So plenty of hydration is key here, the pelvic space and the flow and restrictions within the pelvic space, and I talk about these in the sustenance section of the free course.
Stress can have a huge effect on every living cell in the body, the egg being one of them. I talk about t his in the safety section of the FREE course about that in the safety section, brief action plans because there’s going to be lots more in the safety section in the sustenance section but I just wanted you understand that little bit more about the egg.
What can you do?
In the FREE Course I talk about the factors in more detail and the steps you can take which include
- Address Nutrition and supplements,
- Ensure adequate hydration
- Take appropriate tests,
- reduce stress (big bear with me here, but I do cover this in a practical sense)
- Identify and address any issues with the pelvic space
- Treatments and therapies (Fertility Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Herbs
So, Egg quality is vital and often overlooked as we tend to focus on ovulation itself. In order to really let. the importance of egg quality sink in, think less about getting pregnant and more about maintaining a healthy pregnancy and having a healthy human, because the quality of the integral factors and chromosomes with these 2 vital cells are what enables just that.