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The Golden Egg
When it comes to conception the value of a good egg is priceless. Yet we women all too often take for granted that our eggs will be there for us when we need them to give us the most precious gift possible -- a baby. Our eggs, in the form of miniature cells called oocysts, are with us from almost the beginning during the first trimester of our life in our mother’s womb. It is very accurate to say that when a woman is pregnant with her daughter she is also carrying her grandchildren.
Some rich facts:
· A Woman is born with somewhere between 1 million and 7 million eggs stored in follicles inside her ovaries
· By puberty only about 25% of a woman’s eggs remain.
· New studies suggest that women have stem cells in the ovaries that continue to produce eggs, but this has not been proven. Before this it has always been believed that woman cannot make any new eggs.
· Approximately 1000 eggs die each month after puberty.
· When a woman is out of eggs the ovaries stop making estrogen and menopause occurs.
All these facts are interesting, but here is a more important fact.
The Number of eggs a woman has is not as important as the quality of the eggs!
Each month a certain number of eggs are chosen to begin the maturation process.
An Egg begins the maturation process about 150 days before ovulation when a follicle is chosen from the primordial pool to double in size.
The second phase of maturation occurs at about 120 days when the follicle again doubles in size.
During the next 65 days the follicle goes through several phases and grows to about 1 mm.
The 90 days before ovulation may be the most important time to influence egg health.
During each of these phases the health of the egg is being influenced. So starting at 150 days before conception you can help create healthy eggs.
What makes this time period so important? The biggest issue in an egg’s development is the correct number of chromosomes. Healthy chromosomal number can determine if an egg is fertilized. The rate of ovulation in chromosomal abnormal eggs it extremely low. The number one reason for early miscarriage, especially before the blastocyst stage at five days after conception, is abnormal chromosomes.
Some studies say that only a third of fertilized eggs actually make it to the birth of a live baby. Others say that as high as 70% of fertilized eggs end in miscarriage. This percentage could be so high because many miscarriages occur so early. Chromosomal abnormality is credited with 80% of early miscarriage in the first trimester. The good news is that you can improve egg health and minimize chromosomal errors thus increasing your fertility rate and lowering miscarriage rate.
A woman's age does not directly impact egg health in terms of chromosomal abnormalities. This is because the egg chromosomal health is not determined until 150 days before ovulation.
What affects egg health: toxins and lack of energy!
Toxins are BPA and Phthalates which cause errors in chromosomal reproduction.
Steps to improve egg quality: Do a detox of your home to remove products with BPA and Phthalates. They are a type of xeno-estrogen, or fake estrogen, and the higher the levels a woman has in her body it can dramatically lower the rate of conception and raise the rate of miscarriage.
BPA has been banned in children's bottles and cups but is still found in plastics, the lining of tin cans, dental sealants, and thermal cash register receipts.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals found in plastics to make them more flexible. They are in soaps, detergents, cleaning products, nail polish, hairsprays, fragrances, shampoos, children’s toys, and shower curtains.
Lack of cell energy results in errors during chromosomal copying. Coenzyme Q10 produces energy in the mitochondria, the power plant of our cells. Having adequate CoQ10 ensures an egg’s ability to produce energy during its preparation when the chromosomes are multiplying and for preventing chromosomal issues. It is also essential after fertilization of the egg for continued growth of the embryo until implantation occurs. Some fertility experts believe that the ability to make energy when needed is the single most important factor in determining the competence of eggs and embryos because without energy an egg is likely to fail to fertilize and quit maturing.
In one study 600 mg of CoQ10 daily has been shown to lower the number of eggs with abnormal chromosome numbers. Studies conclude the best type of CoQ10 for fertility is Ubiquinol. If someone is low in CoQ10 or when someone begins taking it a dose of 300 mg per day for the first two weeks can be beneficial and then it can be lowered to 100 mg a day.
You can purchase Ubiquinol CoQ10 here: Ubiquinol CoQ10
Women who are older may be more toxic, have depleted nutrients, low hormones, poor blood and oxygen levels, but so may younger women and all these can be addressed.
I want you to consider, even if you have intercourse at the perfect time to achieve conception, if your egg’s chromosomes are abnormal you are not likely to have a viable pregnancy. This extends to in vitro fertilization. Even if you are able to harvest a good number of eggs, if they are chromosomally abnormal it is not likely to result in a successful pregnancy. It is not the number of eggs that we are concerned with as much as the quality
Other factors that affect egg health are:
· Diet and proper nutrients, especially antioxidants, are essential to healthy eggs
· Hormones for proper cycle and stimulation of maturation
· Blood flow bringing good nutrients and hormones to the ovaries
· Stress will deplete the hormones, blood flow and can stop ovulation.
The power to get pregnant and stay pregnant is in your egg’s health and you have the power to create healthy golden eggs.
For more information on egg health and conception read :
2. Advanced Maternal Age and Egg Quality by Randine Lewis, Ph.D., Lic.Ac.
3. It Starts with the Egg by Rebecca Fett
5.. Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation and Oocyte Aneuploidy in Women Undergoing IVF–ICSI Treatment
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