The Number of Eggs

The health of a woman’s egg is the cornerstone of her fertility. It has been a long held belief that, as women, the amount of eggs we were born with remain fixed, and decrease over time. As a woman ages the number of eggs decline. Protecting the eggs that you currently have is vital. ” Women are born with a finite number of eggs within their ovaries and as they age, both the number and qualty of the remaining eggs declines”. comments Dr Nick Raine-Fenning consultant gynaecologist and reproductive specialist at Nurture Fertility and Nottingham University Hospital.

The Cycle of an Egg

The cycle of an egg is 90 days. This is the egg’s journey towards ovulation. During this time the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation. The ovaries are programmed . Just one egg grows to maturity each month and is released each cycle. This is the one chance that a woman has to conceive.

Fertility and Egg quality

There is a difference in egg quality between a 25-year-old and a 40-year old. It is more likely that an older woman doesn’t produce a quality egg each month. This is usually not discovered unless she goes for IVF. The bad news is that about 95% of 30-year-old women have only 12% of their orginal number of ovarian follicular cells which can develope into eggs and at 40 only 3% of the cells remain. This information, is according to research carried out by the University of Edinburgh.

The Good News and the Bad News

The good news is that, by the time you reach 30 you still have 88% of the approximately 600.000 original cells. Which still leaves 72,000 cells. During your early 30s your eggs can decline in quality and you might begin ovulating less frequently. By the time you reach 40 the odds drop to about 5% per cycle. according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. http://www.asrm.orgThis is why FSH, AMH and Estradiol testing are important

Health Choices

There are a number of factors for increasing the health of your eggs. Blood flow to the ovaries is key. This can decrease through lack of exercise, dehydration and thick blood. Environmental factors, stress and poor nutrition contribute to hormone imbalance. Good nutrition plays an important part too. There are many things that can be done to protect egg health prior to conception. It’s important that these are done for at least 90 days to have the optimum effect.

Egg Quality To Do List

Improve Your Blood Flow and Oxygenation: Hydrate – drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, walk and hike, have fertility acupuncture, yoga.

Take charge of your nutrition and eat foods that support egg health. The fertility superfoods such as Maca and Royal Jelly should be on the list.

Say no to: sugar, soda, non organic meats and dairy, trans fats, processed foods, cigarettes – cut down on alcohol and caffeine.

Say Yes to: Salmon, halibut, organic eggs, broccoli, dark green leafy vegetables, pumpkin seeds, berries, avocados, nuts and seeds


There are a lot out there to choose from – try not to skimp and buy those targeted for pre conception. CoQ10 has been recommended for many years, along with L-arginine.

Stress: is the big one when trying to improve your egg health. Tackling this should be an important focus because stress produces prolactin, cortisol and other hormones which can interfere with ovulation. Go for a walk or hike. Have a massage or reflexology Take up yoga. Find an acupuncturist specialising in fertility and stress.