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Turning Back Your Ovarian Clock
a blog by Marc Sklar, January 22, 2014
A healthy egg (ovum) is the basis of conception. Without this essential component, a viable pregnancy is not possible.
Egg health is related to a number of factors including:
- a woman’s age
- exposure to environmental toxins
- drug and alcohol consumption
- blood and oxygen flow
- hormonal balance.
Because a woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever possess, lifestyle factors beginning as early as birth can have a direct impact on the health and quality of her eggs. Moreover, the home to the eggs- the ovaries, are also impacted by these lifestyle factors. Each month at ovulation, chance of conception is based upon both the health of the egg and the ovarian environment in which the egg developed.
Ovarian reserve is another fundamental factor linked to fertility. Ovarian reserve refers to a woman’s current supply of eggs within her ovaries and is closely associated with reproductive potential. In general, the greater the number of eggs remaining, the better the chance for conception. As a woman ages, her supply diminishes over time, reducing her fertility, until all of the eggs are depleted at menopause.
The Good News
But what most women don’t know, is that there are things you can do to help support the health of the ovaries and eggs, but it must be done for at least 90 days to have an impact.
During the cycle of an eggs journey towards ovulation there is a window of opportunity, a period of time when certain factors can affect the health of the eggs that are preparing for ovulation.
Blood Flow and Proper Oxygenation
Blood flow and proper oxygenation is key to healthy ovaries and healthy eggs.. Blood flow can become impaired from stress, lack of exercise, dehydration. To increase blood flow to the ovaries follow these suggestions:
- Stay hydrated
- Move! Not only does it move your blood, it reduces stress which also encourages blood flow to your reproductive organs.
- Get Fertility Massage or Learn Self Massage Techniques
Massage is great for increasing blood flow to the reproductive system. You can have a massage therapist perform abdomen massage or find a therapist who specializes in fertility or Maya abdominal massage. There are also self massage techniques that you can learn that you can do on your own at home to encourage blood flow to your ovaries and uterus.
- Acupuncture and Moxibustion!
Top foods for egg health:
- Royal Jelly
- Dark Leafy veggies
- Pumpkin seeds
Foods that may damage egg health:
- Take a multivitamin, antioxidants and L-arginine
Note: Every condition requires different supplementation. Please consult with your fertility specialist. If you have questions about the supplements you should be taking, please do not hesitate to contact us.