I often write on how women over 35 who are trying to conceive should eat Mediterranean diet because there is good scientific support to it, but recently I became convinced that some aspects of Paleo Diet, when cleverly combined with Mediterranean eating style, could be prove useful for increasing fertility in both women and men. […]
OK, what is a first thing a woman who wishes to get pregnant after 35 should do?
Talk to her mom.
Knowing when your mom has reached menopause is useful, as size of ovarian reserve is pretty much genetically determined.
While it is possible an even likely for women to have wonderful pregnancies in later age, for […]
We all now know that DHEA can improve egg quality in women, especially those who are not 20 anymore.
But it was not always like this. It took a lot of dedication, research, luck, and even some self-experimentation (very important, without one brave woman who experimented on herself, we maybe still would know that DHEA […]
CoQ10 is a naturally occurring nutrient that is needed for energy production. CoQ10 has potent antioxidant properties and cell membrane stabilizing properties, which make it beneficial for fertility and egg quality. CoQ10 works within the mitochondria (the cellular power stations) in the cells and is essential for energy production.
Until recently, CoQ10 was not thought […]
Aging is something that no one can stop. Our eggs are getting older (meaning they lose the capacity to make babies) all the time. Regardless whether women are taking oral contraceptives, or being repeatedly pregnant, or even having supressed ovulations due to years of lactating – aging continues inside just like on the visible surface of the body.
Even assuming that […]
DHEA is produced naturally in our adrenal glands in large amounts. Some women are surprised to hear that, as they often expect a synthetic compound to hide behind that name.
Many would like to supplement DHEA to improve egg quality for IVF or ICSI, but are scared of DHEA. While I don’t wish to call […]
Diet and nutrition play a huge role in fertility and can help improve chances to get pregnant. A few simple changes might make all the difference. What have you got to lose? You eat some tasty meals, get to feel better as a side effect, and increase your chances of getting pregnant as another […]
By the time a woman reaches 30, over 90% of her ovarian reserve is gone. According to the study published by the University of St.Andrews and Edinburgh University in Schotland, 95% of women have less that 12% eggs left by age 30 and only 3% by the age 40.
Most women are aware of this […]
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the leading dietary deficiencies worldwide.
It is especially prevalent among women and children. Vitamin D deficiency affects every 1 out of 3 women in the reproductive years of 19 to 45. Depending on your skin color, amount of time you spend outdoors and the latitude of the place you […]
Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART), better known as in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), involve manipulation of several steps of conception – from the stimulation of gamete production to the culture of embryos in the laboratory.
These manipulations include: the use of hormones to stimulate ovaries to produce eggs, in vitro maturation of those eggs, the use […]
Vitamin D receptors (proteins which actually do the work in the cell but need vitamin D to dock onto them so they can change in shape and convert to the active form) have been found in all fertility-related organs and cells, including sperm, ovaries and placenta. Vitamin D was found to affect sperm motility. […]
So how can we rejuvenate our eggs, once the ovarian reserve starts to run out? Is it possible to energize the batteries in our eggs and our ovaries?
Yes. This is not only possible but also scientifically and practically proven to work. One of the ingredients which helps a lot is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) which has been […]
In the body, CoQ10 exists either in its oxidized form, ubiquinone, or in its reduced form, ubiquinol.
When oxidized CoQ10 (ubiquinone) accepts an electron, it becomes reduced (ubiquinol). In the same way, when ubiquinol donates an electron, it becomes ubiquinone.
Many studies demonstrated that orally ingesting CoQ10 in the ubiquinone form had beneficial effects on the heart, […]
The drop in female fertility between 35 and 40 is substantial: the chance to get pregnant goes from 20-25% down to about 5% per cycle. This happens because the eggs are aging and deteriorating in quality, making them more difficult to fertilize. That amounts to about a 60% chance per year that one will catch […]
I always feel sad when I see women abandoning natural methods of improving egg quality only because they entered fertility treatments, or losing faith in their bodies once they turned 35 or have been trying to get pregnant longer than a few months.
There’s really no need to.
After having researched the topic of improving egg quality for […]
Just yesterday I got a following email. I decided to take a quote out of it, to illustrate something that I often get to hear:
I have found your blog in Internet and I have been reading it nonstop for 2 days. It is very interesting and enriching, thanks a lot for this information! And […]
When it comes to egg quality, the age of the mother is the most important factor. The older the egg, the more difficult it is to be fertilized, for a variety of reasons. Poor egg quality could also be partially due to inherited reproductive issues, chronic medical conditions, and even environmental and lifestyle factors.