Egg reserve as well as egg quality decreases as age advances. Egg quality is directly related to fertility. Women are born with egg reserve, every month an egg matures and is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube. But older eggs may not always be normal and may pose a risk of developmental anomalies in new-born.
Low quality eggs do not fertilize, but if exceptionally it gets fertilised it will lead to miscarriage or other complications in baby. Many women with advanced maternal age take more menstrual cycles to get pregnant by IVF process. More failure rate of IVF is attributable to the increased age. Consult today in the best IVF centre in Hyderabad.
Anti-Mullerian hormone test shows potential egg cell reserve of a woman but till date there is no test that shows quality of egg. These are some important points that will help in improving the quality of eggs.
Improve your blood flow and oxygenation: A healthy heart will take care of optimum blood supply to all parts of the body. Incorporating cardio-exercises like walking, running, swimming, cycling as well as yoga, aerobics will improve circulation. Keep yourself hydrated with at least 7 to eight glasses of water every day. Enjoy a massage which will enhance your blood flow.
Balanced Diet: Studies show that egg quality is compromised due to consumption of refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates break down fast and spike the blood sugar level. women trying to conceive naturally or by IVF should cut down their carbohydrate intake up to 40%, instead add proteins like eggs, legumes; antioxidants in the form of leafy vegetables and a variety of fruits; whole grains etc. Consult today in the best IVF centre in Hyderabad.
Fertility Supplements: Along with prenatal supplements, good quality fertility supplements can improve the quality of egg, take them as per strict supervision of your gynaecologist.
Coenzyme Q10 is antioxidant and enhances mitochondrial function. Melatonin is also an antioxidant. It encourages ovarian function and promotes sleep. Fish oil (EPA/DHA) can help improve eggs quality and aid in reproductive function at advanced maternal age.
Maintain healthy body weight: Increased weight leads to poor quality eggs due to low oxidative stress and impaired mitochondrial function. Body weight as per your body mass index or BMI can decide your pregnancy outcome.
Consult your dietician or nutritionist, to monitor your body mass index (BMI) regularly and get back to your normal weight to improve IVF success rate.
Getting pregnant at a healthy body weight will improve future complications of pregnancy.
Quit smoking and alcohol consumption: Smoking is known to cause depletion in egg reserve as well as it reacts with DNA and leads to mutation. Women who are trying for a baby should quit smoking.
Drinking alcohol and caffeine interfere with pregnancy outcome. Women have to sacrifice these habits while trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy.
Stress management: Stress can lead to hormonal imbalance which is not good for pregnancy. Stress increases hormonal levels of prolactin and cortisol which decreases egg production and affects egg quality.
Stress management is important for good quality eggs. Spend quality time with your friends and family. Indulge in hobbies like reading good books, listening to music, gardening, painting etc. Meditation every day will bring on positivity and reduce stress. Book your appointment with the best IVF centre in Hyderabad.
Egg freezing: Many women want to delay their pregnancy till late 40s due to other priorities, but at this stage it is disappointing to know about depleted ovarian reserve and poor egg quality. Cryo-vitrification can enlighten the hopes of such women and give them the opportunity to preserve their eggs at the right reproductive age and ensure good quality eggs for IVF. It will not put their fertility at stake and decrease chances of miscarriage and birth defects.
Though it seems an unconventional way, for women who decide to get pregnant at an advanced age, it may be a safer option for them and their baby.
For expert advice, book your appointment with Dr. Chandana
Esha IVF centre Hyderabad.