The Science of Egg Quality

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How To Increase Egg Quality For IVF

Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, the quality of your eggs will have a powerful impact on how long it takes you to get pregnant and whether you face an increased risk of miscarriage.


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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