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Fertility Over 40 :: Improve Egg Quality and Sperm Health

How to Improve Your Egg Quality and Sperm HealthThe reality is that no matter your age, improving egg quality and sperm health is not just a straightforward process, you can’t start doing something today and expect to have immediate or quick results.

Ladies first…

Women are born with all the eggs that we’ll ever have. Each egg begin developing from the primordial follicles that we are born with, they develop into what’s called the primary follicle The primary follicle is the second stage of development that takes up to the egg that’s ovulated.

Development from primordial to primary it takes about four months, and from primary to ovulated egg, it takes about another four months, so technically speaking, it can take up to eight months to see a full impact of the changes that you make to egg quality. The longer you are living a healthy lifestyle and doing all of the things that you can do in order to optimize egg quality, the better.

In saying that, a minimum of four months or 120 days is what I generally recommend because the time of primary follicles to ovulated follicles is actually the most critical time of development in the short term.

Focus on that 120 days of preconception preparation, this is what I mean when I emphasise the importance of acting pregnant now to get pregnant later – because you want to be doing every thing possible today that you would do if you found that you were pregnant right now.

Many women tell me that if they found out that they are pregnant today, they would improve their eating habits, start taking supplements, exercise regularly, basically being pregnant would motivate them to become as healthy as they could possibly be, to support the creation of the healthiest possible baby.

The important part to realize when looking to improve egg quality and sperm health is to understand that you need to be doing all of these things before a pregnancy is even in place.

The reason being that it takes at least 120 days to optimize the quality of the egg, the quality of the sperm, and of course then to ensure that that child has the best possible start in life. 120 days as the minimum.

For more detailed information you can pick up a copy of the two-hour webinar How to Improve Egg Quality in which I shared very specific advice about the actions to take to optimize egg quality for women over 40.

In saying that, the things that are vital are also pretty obvious. They are the health and lifestyle factors that you would know to optimize for a healthy pregnancy – everything that you’ll begin or stop doing if you were pregnant right now! including:-

  • Minimising exposure to chemicals, radiation and environmental toxins
  • Reducing stress and getting enough rest
  • Taking the right nutrients – coenzyme Q10, arginine, inositol
  • Eating the right foods
  • Exercising and losing weight

All positive lifestyle changes that are going to make a very big difference to improving egg quality. I cover all of this in detail in the ovarian reserve and improving egg quality webinar and we will look at all of these important factors during the Fertility Challenge.

Consider also that male fertility problems are an issue for at least 40% of couples seeking fertility treatment:

  • “Women experiencing miscarriages typically had husbands with lower sperm counts and 48% visually abnormal sperm.”(Drs. Mirjiam Furuhjelm & Brigit Johnson – Dept. of Obst. And Gyn, Sabbatsberg Hospital, Karoliska Institute, Stockholm Sweden)
  • “The odds of having a miscarriage or child with birth defects rise dramatically when fathers have lower sperm  counts.”   (Dr.   J.K.   Sherman,   University   of Arkansas Study)

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If you want to maximise your chances of making a baby the man in your relationship must also take into account simple measures to ensure his body is healthy, and his sperm count, motility and shape are robust. And this isn’t difficult. Studies have shown that males supplementing with certain proteins, amino acids, and other nutrients have increased the quality and quantity of their sperm.

Male fertility and sperm health is also heavily influenced by environment

  • “Men experiencing infertility were found to be employed in agriculture/pesticide related jobs 10 times more often than a control group of men not experiencing infertility.” (Dr. N.E. Skakkebaek)
  • Men exposed   to   chemicals   in   the   polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) which are found in common household cleaning products, dry cleaning fluids to name a few sources are 60% more likely to have sperm damage.(Environmental Health)

Simply put, proper diet and supplementation combined with limiting exposure to environmental hazards can improve male fertility and decrease the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Purchase a copy of “The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Male Infertility” for all the details.

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About Gabriela Rosa MScM, ND

We help couples struggling with fertility difficulties and recurrent miscarriages for over 2 years take home healthy babies, even when other treatments have failed. The Fertility Challenge online event is FREE and works to redefine fertility and empower couples through a proven, interactive and transformational 12-day journey on their path to parenthood. We have now successfully educated and inspired over 100,000 people in 100+ countries toward their dream of becoming a parent. Click Here to Register Today.