Typically, infertility isn’t something that women think about, until the day she wants to get pregnant. Most people go along merrily assuming that getting pregnant can be an easy thing, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The fact of the matter is, one in every eight couples all around the world are experiencing infertility. This translates to approximately 10% of all couples. Being proactive and watching your diet, avoiding alcohol and steering clear of cigarettes are likely to increase your chances of conception; but there is one important element that we don’t think about – egg health.
“The condition of the eggs produced in a woman’s ovaries” is defined as egg health. The health of the eggs plays an important role in a woman’s ability to conceive. In recognizing this, the Female Health and Egg Quality Initiative was introduced in 2002 by the National Institute of Health.
This initiative addressed the increased concern that poor egg quality is the reason behind fertility problems. This stems from the lack of mitochondria which are required for an egg to become an embryo. In some cases, even physicians are unable to diagnose what causes poor egg health. Leading researchers do believe that our lifestyle choices or environment may have a negative effect on fertility.
Some researchers also link infertility and poor egg quality to the increase in chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. If you have any health concerns, going for a fertility check-up at a reputed fertility clinic can help you analyze your situation.
What is your Egg IQ?
Did you know that a woman’s egg is the size of a grain of sand and can be seen with the naked eye? That’s 16 times bigger than sperm!
Now that we have the fun facts out of the way, let’s move on to a review of eggs in general.
By evaluating your ovary and your egg health and learning about the quality and quantity of your egg reserve, you can understand the challenges you’re up against.
Women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have, and that number is around 1 million. From those 1 million eggs, only around 300 to 500 will mature over their lifetime.
Studies indicate that women’s eggs are picky meaning they appear to give preference to the sperm with intact DNA and allows only that sperm to enter by softening the outer layer of the egg.
Multiple ovulation, meaning the release of two or more mature eggs during a single cycle has a 10% chance of occurrence. That means that on average a woman releases two eggs in a single cycle at least once a year.
These are some facts to help jump start your basic egg IQ, but it’s important to understand that the choices that you make will greatly influence the quality of the eggs that your body produces. Your eggs are chosen approximately 150 days before they are released. At this time, they begin the maturation process.
Improving egg quality or not letting egg quality degrade is something that you want to spend your life supporting, but it’s always better to start now than never start at all.