- Dr. Singh, ND
Improving Egg Quality with Naturopathic Medicine
Supporting egg quality before and during a fertility treatment cycle is incredibly important as a higher quality of eggs usually leads to higher quality of embryos. Higher quality embryos help to improve the success rate for fertility cycles, either naturally or with IVF/IUI.
This is vital for patients that are 35+ years old because as egg reserve declines, so does egg quality. The integrity of the follicles begins to decline as well.
To help boost egg quality and improve fertility there are several approaches. Focusing on the approaches that have the most evidence behind them, the following treatment approaches should be prioritized:
1. Fertility Supplements (Nutrients and Vitamins):
Supplementation with several micronutrients has been shown to help boost fertility and egg quality. A common one is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which has been shown to help support the integrity of follicles and also improve the chances of success for Women trying naturally. It is also important to assess Vitamin D levels as lower levels have been associated with a lower chance of success with IVF. Optimal Vitamin D levels help to improve success rates with IVF and also support better implantation of the embryo.
Fertility acupuncture has been shown to support egg quality. Even in patients with primary ovarian insufficiency, studies have been shown to help support the quality of follicles. Studies have also shown that fertility acupuncture can help to improve success rates during assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), such as, In Vitro Fertilization.
3. Optimize body-mass-index (BMI):
Having a BMI between 19-25 helps to support optimal success rates for fertility cycles. If it is greater than 25, there is a steep decline in success rates. Same as if the BMI goes lower than 19.
Glutathione is a potent antioxidant and it also supports egg quality. There has been an association with low glutathione levels in the follicular fluid with lower quality embryos during IVF. And higher glutathione levels are associated with a higher quality of cycle day 5 embryos.
This article is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor or Primary Care Provider.