The conventional thinking is that women are born with all the eggs they will ever have and that the quality of those eggs declines drastically with age. But this is not the whole story…
Most of our lives, our eggs are in a state of suspended animation as immature cells, but in the three to four months before ovulation, an egg must undergo a major transformation. It grows dramatically in size and starts producing much more energy. The egg must then execute a precise process of separating and ejecting copies of chromosomes.
If this process goes wrong, and it often does, the egg will have chromosomal abnormalities. These chromosomal abnormalities are the single most important cause of early miscarriages and failed IVF cycles as well as the reason it takes older women so much longer to conceive.
Many women are told there is little they can do to improve egg quality, but the latest research defies that old assumption.
The growth phase before ovulation is a critical time during which many things can happen that affect the quality of the egg, both positively and negatively. These include harmful effects from exposure to toxins such as BPA and phthalates as well as protective effects from added antioxidants and other nutrients. As a result, there is a brief window of opportunity in which you can make a difference to your egg quality.
It Starts With The Egg is a detailed guide to specific strategies that are supported by strong scientific research. Importantly, the advice in the book is not based on isolated animal studies that provide enticing hints as to the causes and solutions for poor egg quality. Individual studies, and particularly animal or test-tube studies, provide only limited evidence and must be taken with a grain of salt. Instead, the book is based on a comprehensive analysis of a large body of medical research involving studies that have been confirmed by multiple groups and that involve real patients. (For links to over 400 of the scientific studies cited in the book, see my collection at the NIH PubMed website ).
Part 1 of the book explains the basics of egg quality, the importance of avoiding hormone-disrupting chemicals such as BPA and phthalates, and other common obstacles to fertility such as celiac disease and hypothyroidism.
Part 2 explains how to choose the right supplements for your specific circumstances, with detailed explanation of which supplements are supported by scientific research and which are best avoided.
Part 3 of the book addresses the bigger picture, such as nutrition and factors that impact sperm quality.
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Acclaim for It Starts With The Egg
“With detailed, up to date research Rebecca Fett provides a clear, cool-headed guide to both the science that determines IVF success, and the practical changes that patients can make to drastically increase their chances of IVF success.” -Dr. Lindsay Wu, Laboratory for Ageing Research, University of New South Wales Medical Center, Australia.
“This timely synthesis of scientific literature is essential reading for both women and men wanting practical, evidence-based recommendations to enhance their fertility.”
– Dr. Loretta McKinnon, Epidemiologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital.
“Rebecca Fett did a stellar job of researching and summarizing the current understanding of the impact of egg quality on IVF pregnancy chances.”
– Dr. Norbert Gleicher, Reproductive Endocrinologist at The Center For Human Reproduction, New York.
“A thoroughly-researched and eye-opening account of how small, simple lifestyle changes can have powerful, positive effects on your health and fertility. A must-read for women wanting the best chance of conceiving a healthy baby.”
– Beth Greer, bestselling author of Super Natural Home
“Rebecca Fett’s stellar constellation of perspective, experience, knowledge, and scientific background may well revolutionize our current global conversation, understanding and practices related to fertility… It is hard to overestimate the impact that this book may have on the lives of many.” – Dr. Claudia Welch, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life.
“It Starts with the Egg presents a reasoned and balanced review of the latest science linking environmental chemicals to reduced fertility and other health problems. Readers will find sound advice for how to avoid chemicals of concern, providing a useful guide for couples that want to improve their chances of a healthy pregnancy.” – Dr. Laura Vandenberg, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Public Health.
“With ‘It Starts with the Egg,’ Rebecca Fett delivers a much needed overview on the available scientific evidence regarding the influence of nutrition on fertility and fertility treatment, providing a valuable resource for couples trying to conceive.” – Dr. John Twigt, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands.
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