Ovarian Reserve & Egg Quality: What can I do to improve them?

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 Age is not the only factor that determines ovarian and egg health. Many factors can impact the health of a woman’s ovaries and eggs including environmental factors, hormones and stress, just to name a few! There are habits and factors you can focus on to increase the health of your eggs. 
Oxygen flowing to the ovaries is important for good egg health. To increase blood flow to the ovaries consider:
  • Drinking at least 8, 8oz glasses of water everyday. Dehydration can cause your blood to become thick and decrease circulation in the body
  • Exercise. Stay moving, run, dance, play a sport. Exercise increases blood flow and helps oxygenate the blood. However, avoid intense workouts andrunning 
  • Get a massage. A common therapy for increasing blood flow to the reproductive system is by massaging your uterus and ovaries. Massages and acupuncture may help bring fresh, oxygenated blood to the ovaries and removes old stagnant blood. You can have a massage therapist perform an abdomen massage or find an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility
  • Some supplements (such as CoQ10 and DHEA) may be helpful to egg quality. Please discuss this with your doctor before taking any of these
  • Eat Healthy  

 

What you are eating can also impact the health of your ovaries and eggs in good or bad ways. 
Foods known to make a positive impact on Egg Health Include:
Broccoli            Berries            Dark Leafy veggies            Halibut
Salmon            Pumpkin Seeds            Sesame seeds            Ginger
Foods known to make a negative impact on Egg Health include:
Caffeine            Alcohol            Sugar                        Soda                        Processed foods           
Trans Fat            GMO Foods
Check out our useful app that will educate you on how simple dieting can help with fertility: http://theinfertilitydiet.com/
Life is overwhelming and women are constantly multi-tasking a variety of roles and responsibilities. To improve you egg health, reducing the stress in your life needs to be a priority. You need time for YOU! (and deserve it) Consider some of the following ideas:
·      Go for a walk
·      Take a warm bath
·      Read a good book
·      Craft or learn a new skill
·      Meditate
Supporting egg health is important for every woman who is trying to conceive. These simple habits can support and protect your egg health.

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