For those of you who have not yet read It Starts with the Egg, I wanted to give a brief overview of what the book is about and who is most likely to benefit.
The fundamental idea of the book is that taking steps to improve egg quality is likely to have a profound impact in the following scenarios:
- Age-related infertility
- Diminished ovarian reserve/ Low AMH
- A history of IVF cycles with a poor fertilization rate or few embryos surviving to 5-day blastocyst stage.
- Recurrent miscarriage (particularly early losses and chromosomal abnormalities)
- Unexplained infertility
In all of these cases, poor egg quality can be the biggest stumbling block to conceiving a healthy pregnancy. Fortunately, egg quality is something we have the power to influence – through diet, lifestyle changes, and a small number of carefully chosen supplements. The supporting science for this approach is all laid out in the book, with citations to over 500 scientific studies. (Read a little more about me and my education background here).
What Does it Mean to Improve Egg Quality?
The term “egg quality” refers to an egg’s ability to produce sufficient energy when needed and to process chromosomes correctly, i.e. to avoid chromosomal abnormalities. Chromosomal abnormalities, which become much more common as women age, are in fact the single most common cause of failed IVF cycles, failed embryo transfers, and early miscarriage. Importantly, most of these abnormalities form in the three months before ovulation, providing a window of time when there is much we can do to prevent these problems by supporting egg development.
Taking steps to nurture egg health, by providing the nutrients needed for energy production, for example, can make a dramatic difference. It Starts with the Egg will guide you through evidence-based strategies to improve egg quality, with dietary advice, recommendations on avoiding toxins that harm developing eggs, and supplement regimes tailored to different scenarios.
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