Supplement that may optimize egg quality in women with diminished ovarian reserve (or PCOS)

Many of the supplements that we recommend for our patients to use are based upon theory or observational studies. That’s why when we have additional research to support a recommendation; it creates even more excitement and promise. That’s how we currently feel about inositol. Inositol is a naturally occurring vitamin-like chemical that is common in … Continue reading Supplement that may optimize egg quality in women with diminished ovarian reserve (or PCOS)

Egg Quality: new insights into why human eggs don’t age well

It has long been accepted that the primary reason that human eggs don’t age well is due to a dysfunction in when and how the chromosomes separate. This reduced chance of becoming pregnant associated with aging as well as the increased miscarriage rates. A new paper has now demonstrated that it’s not just the DNA … Continue reading Egg Quality: new insights into why human eggs don’t age well

EGG QUALITY 3.0: “ovarian priming” can be another useful strategy for women with diminished ovarian reserve

Finding at least one high quality egg is the most important factor in achieving a successful pregnancy. In previous blog posts, I have outlined various strategies to achieve that goal. But what about women whose ovaries do not respond well to standard ovarian stimulation protocols? For them treatment can sometimes seem frustrating or even futile. … Continue reading EGG QUALITY 3.0: “ovarian priming” can be another useful strategy for women with diminished ovarian reserve

Egg Quality and Antioxidants; why Acai berries may provide another key to achieve a successful pregnancy in women with a history of poor egg quality

An important aspect of “lifestyle medicine” is helping our patients take control of the factors of their daily routine that may tip them towards a higher pregnancy rate. Toward that end, one of important determining factors of egg quality has to do with whether not the egg has been damaged prior to fertilization. So let’s … Continue reading Egg Quality and Antioxidants; why Acai berries may provide another key to achieve a successful pregnancy in women with a history of poor egg quality

UPDATE ON EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY; why it matters and what you can do about it

Most of today’s fertility treatment focuses on boosting the number of eggs available for fertilization. But in reality, only about 5% of the eggs produced [G1] are even able to become healthy embryos, implant and then result in the birth of a child. I think that it is also important that we explain to women all … Continue reading UPDATE ON EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY; why it matters and what you can do about it

Egg Quality: here is the reason that your medications matter

A reader of this blog recently requested that I explain why I utilize certain medications for my IVF/fertility patients and caution against the use of others. It all comes down to their effect upon egg quality. Although there is still much to be learned, most fertility specialists agree that what is going on hormonally in … Continue reading Egg Quality: here is the reason that your medications matter

“What else can I do to improve the quality of my eggs?” the new frontier in fertility treatment

Unlike men, it is very difficult to assess a woman’s fertility at any given time. A man simply needs a quick trip to the video closet to collect a sperm specimen for viewing under the microscope; whereas it is only through the process of IVF that it is possible to truly assess the quality of … Continue reading “What else can I do to improve the quality of my eggs?” the new frontier in fertility treatment

Recharging Egg Health for Women Trying to Conceive; the role of CoEnzyme Q10

One challenge to diagnosing and managing fertility problems is our inability to estimate the healthfulness of any woman’s eggs. We know that as women age; egg quality declines. But that doesn’t really help us know the viability of the eggs that someone has now. Even more bothersome is nobody fully understands the physiology of immature … Continue reading Recharging Egg Health for Women Trying to Conceive; the role of CoEnzyme Q10

Recharging Egg Health for Women Trying to Conceive; the role of CoEnzyme Q10

One challenge to diagnosing and managing fertility problems is our inability to estimate the healthfulness of any woman’s eggs. We know that as women age; egg quality declines. But that doesn’t really help us know the viability of the eggs that someone has now. Even more bothersome is nobody fully understands the physiology of immature … Continue reading Recharging Egg Health for Women Trying to Conceive; the role of CoEnzyme Q10

How Many EGGS do you think you have left?

You were born with every egg that you’ll ever have. Although studies suggest that there may be a process where we can create eggs; such technology is far into the future. More importantly, you’re losing eggs at a rate that far exceeds what you would guess. Current research suggests that most women will lose about … Continue reading How Many EGGS do you think you have left?