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How long does it take to improve egg quality?

w long does it take to improve egg qualityHow long does it take to improve egg quality?

A: Egg quality is really simple. It takes 4 months for each of 2 different stages of egg to be able to actually get to a full brand-new egg ready for ovulation.

We, women, we are born with all the eggs that we will ever have. Science and research have kind of started figuring out that we can from stem cells grow new eggs, but right now for the sake of this discussion and probably for the next 10 to 20 years, we are born with all the eggs that we will ever have.

In which case, what that means is that if we are going to do things to optimize your chances of conception, you need to improve the quality of the eggs that you have.

Since we are born with all the eggs that we will ever have, the primordial eggs or the primordial follicle, which goes from primordial follicle to primary follicle – that physiological process takes 4 months.  From primary follicle to ovulatory follicle, it takes another 4 months. So the true answer is 8 months.

However, every little bit count towards the ability to create a new outcome and certainly optimize the chances of conception and everything else occurring.

When I say to you that it takes 8 months, it takes 8 months from beginning to end. For some couples, it may take longer because a sperm cycle is about 3-1/2 months to 4 months. It can take 3 to 4 sperm cycles to improve sperm quality.

That’s why we see after each Fertility Challenge, the people who continue doing all the things that they need to be doing they are improving their chances. Then we start hearing several months after about pregnancies in our patients.

It’s really about making sure that you are putting in place all the things that are going to make a difference and continuing with it even when it feels hard, and like you’ve been doing this forever and it doesn’t feel like anything is happening, because we’re tweaking and fine tuning as we go along.

It’s so important particularly for some of you who may have been experiencing infertility for 10 plus years. If we do it properly, with the right strategy and the right focus, things happen where otherwise they probably would not like for example in the case of this couple with 19 failed IVF cycles.

Now they may not have ever done this and probably got disheartened after 19 failed cycles and their doctor is telling them that, “You just need to use donor egg.” They were not prepared to do that at this point, which is fair enough.

Certain couples they are prepared to do it and we guide them through that process; other couples are not and they just want to keep doing what it is that they want to be doing.

Really ultimately what it comes down to is doing everything you possibly can because in doing that and picking out those minor factors, I cannot emphasize enough how important minor factors are.

I take notes and I go through and assess patients’ situations prior to taking them on board my program, and every single time, I’m able to pick a number of minor factors just by going through all of their results, their questionnaires, all the information they give me.

One thing I know for sure is that minor factors are pervasive. They are hugely important in the grand scheme of things and especially when we’re talking about IVF, they become even more so.

The basics just need to be progressively implemented for a very long period of time, and if that’s not working, then we need to figure out strategy. Each time with our patients, we’re always looking at, “Okay, what else needs to happen in order for results to change.

Just be aware that IVF is not a magic bullet. It’s not just going to happen because you will it to, because you put all of your energy and heart into it and money into it. And despite advice to the contrary it not just a numbers game. Pre-conception preparation needs to be done properly.

I’ve seen people who go through donor egg cycles who fail because I haven’t addressed all the things that needed to be addressed and they later succeed once the do through our program.

It’s really important to make sure that we get the right strategies in place and that again you are consistent and you literally just keep going and being super consistent in conditioning your body. I know that from personal experience and from the experience of literally thousands of my patients. .


Gabriela Rosa MScM, ND

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