For those of you who have not yet read my book 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 egg quality has a profound impact on fertility and miscarriage. It is also something we have the power to influence – through diet, lifestyle changes, and a small number of carefully chosen supplements. All of the suggestions in the book are based on scientific studies, with citations to over 500 scientific papers.
Why is Improving Egg Quality So Important?
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. These chromosomal abnormalities, which become much more common as women age, are 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.
Doing so is especially important if you fall into one of the categories where egg quality is likely to be a major contributing factor:
- Age-related infertility
- Diminished ovarian reserve/ Low AMH
- A history of IVF cycles with a poor fertilization rate or poor embryo quality.
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Unexplained infertility
In all of these cases, poor egg quality can be the biggest stumbling block to conceiving a healthy pregnancy. Taking steps to nurture egg health, by providing the nutrients needed for energy production, for example, can make a dramatic difference to how long it takes to get pregnant while also reducing the risk of miscarriage. 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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