Can egg quality be improved?

“Egg quality” describes an egg’s genetic normality or abnormality. A girl child is born with all the eggs for her lifetime, about one or two million; each month, one of those eggs becomes ready for ovulation. The maturity of the eggs begins after they are chosen for ovulation. If the eggs are of good quality, then a strong embryo will grow, and the likelihood that the embryo will implant into the uterus increases. Successful pregnancies are the result of higher-quality embryos created by higher-quality eggs. A high-quality, healthy egg must have the necessary chromosomes and the capacity to fuse with sperm.

Features of a Good Quality Egg And Poor Quality Egg

Egg quality is an important aspect that impacts the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy and a successful conception.

Signs Of Good Quality Egg

After fertilisation, good-quality eggs grow into an embryo, and implant and result in pregnancy. The genetic material required for the development of the embryo comes from eggs. A chromosomally defective egg cannot be fertilised, and even if fertilisation occurs, it may result in an aberrant embryo that will cause a miscarriage or produce an unhealthy child. 

  • Women have balanced hormone levels
  • Their menstruation cycle is regular with normal flow
  • Women experience variations in the body’s baseline temperature and cervical fluid.
  • A healthy egg with proper genetic makeup has 23 chromosomes (euploid). 
  • An egg with chromosomal abnormality has less or more chromosomes than 23. 

Indications of Poor Quality Egg:

As opposed to good quality eggs, poor quality eggs make it difficult to conceive, raising the risk of miscarriage.

Signs of poor-quality eggs

  • Hormonal imbalances can be observed as irregular or inconsistent menstrual cycles.
  • Unusual chromosomal count.
  • Repeated miscarriages.
  • Low levels of Follicle follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH hormone released by the pituitary gland instructs the ovaries to release an egg each cycle.
  • Low oestrogen levels indicate poor egg quality. 
  • Reduced anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) levels indicate poor egg quality. AMH aids in the development and maturation of the eggs and is secreted by egg cells during their early developmental stage.

How To Improve Egg Quality?

From the above information, one can easily understand the importance of good-quality eggs. But the good news is that one can take a few steps to improve the egg quality. However, if you are having trouble conceiving or having miscarriages, please consult a ZIVA fertility expert now. 

We will look at a comprehensive list of all the steps one can take to improve the egg quality.

Focus on healthy Diet 

Overall, general health is one of the critical aspects of high-quality eggs. General health is influenced by what one eats and drinks. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and other nutrients can enhance fertility. Avoid processed, sugar-filled, and high-saturated-fat foods. Certain vitamins aid in egg production. Consuming fish oil, vitamins A and E, and melatonin improves the quality of eggs.

Maintain a Normal BMI

A healthy weight helps in the proper production of hormones. If women are obese, it causes lower egg quality and increased oxidative stress on their cells.

Healthy blood flow

For healthy egg production, the ovaries should receive oxygen-rich blood. Good hydration is needed to boost the oxygenated blood flow to these organs. Every day, consume six to eight glasses of water or other fluids. Regular exercises and hydration improve circulation throughout the body and boost blood flow to the heart. Periodically try massage therapy to help improve blood flow.

No stress, please !!!

Stress releases hormones like prolactin and cortisol, which can disrupt or stop ovulation and reduce the generation of eggs. Practising breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation should be part of your life. After a long, stressful day, relax with a warm bath. 

Quit Smoking And Alcohol

Women who are planning conception or those undergoing IVF shouldn’t smoke. Smoking causes the loss of eggs, and the dangerous compounds in cigarettes alter the DNA of egg cells, rendering them ineffective for pregnancy. As age increases, women produce fewer eggs, so keeping viable eggs away from potentially dangerous substances is preferable. Reduce the amount of alcohol and caffeine because they may impact your fertility.

What Diet Can Help In Improving Egg Quality?

Your overall health, energy, emotions, and fertility are greatly influenced by the foods you eat. The human body produces hormones, heals itself, and eventually produces healthy eggs using the nutrients you consume. Your eating habits have a significant impact on your fertility.

The following foods are frequently suggested to boost reproductive health and improve egg quality:

  • Incorporate leafy greens, like Swiss chard, kale, spinach, and fenugreek into your diet.
  • Incorporate broccoli, oranges, bell peppers, and berries.
  • Regularly take omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods, including walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and fatty fish. All these foods can also improve hormonal balance and reduce inflammation.
  • Regularly eat protein-rich foods such as fish, poultry, eggs, lentils, tofu, and lean meats.
  • Make whole grains, which are high in fibre and vital nutrients, such as quinoa, brown rice, oats, and whole wheat bread, part of your Diet.
  • Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil assist the formation of hormones and offer vital nutrients.
  • Antioxidants in berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and green tea help shield eggs from oxidative stress and enhance reproductive health.
  • Eat fermented foods, such as yoghurt, as they improve nutrition absorption and promote intestinal health.

Can egg quality be improved in a month?

An egg takes about three months or ninety days to become a mature age from an immature oocyte. Hence, that’s the best period to implement dietary and lifestyle modifications. The egg quality will improve three months before conception, but the benefits will show early. 

A vital step on your journey to parenthood is realising the significance of egg quality. Please know that it may take some time and work to improve the quality of your eggs. Remember, we are always available at ZIVA Fertility clinics if you suspect low egg quality. 

We at ZIVA Fertility Centers have provided reproductive solutions to individuals and couples worldwide. Our fertility practice is unique in providing cutting-edge clinical care in a personalised and encouraging setting. Our complete staff, comprising well-known embryologists and exceptionally talented nurses, collaborates as a unique and competent professional care team to maximise your chances of becoming pregnant. For more information, please visit our website or at +91-9100002737 or +91-9392834024.