Recently the term “egg quality” has become a common topic on female fertility websites and forums. It is a concern for women trying to conceive either naturally or using assisted reproductive technology.
When we talk about egg quality, we are referring to both the genetic make-up of the egg and the ATP (energy) in the egg when it is released from your ovary. Oocytes (eggs), like all other cells in your body, respond to their environment. Ensuring that your follicles develop in the best possible environment will ensure they are of the best possible quality.
Acupuncture treatments are a great way to improve egg quality, and ensure that your dominant follicle has enough ATP in it to drive cell division once a conception is achieved. Regular treatments are recommended for 3 months in order to achieve optimal results. This is because it takes three months for a follicle to fully mature from its tiny primordial state. Acupuncture will balance the environment inside your ovary where your follicles are growing; it helps encourage blood flow to your ovary, bringing oxygen and nutrients to your follicles; it helps reduce stress hormones in your blood stream and makes sure that your ovaries are receiving the hormonal triggers from your brain.
Other ways to create the best environment inside your body include:
- getting enough sleep
- eating a nutrient rich diet
- monitoring your sugar consumption
- moderate exercise
- try yoga, meditation, tai chi or qi gong (to help bring down your stress levels naturally)
- staying well hydrated
- managing your stress
- taking herbs and supplements (to help boost egg quality). A qualified health care practitioner can help pick the best ones for you.