How to Improve Egg Quality Before IVF

written by Sansan


I’ve had irregular menstruation ever since I could remember and I didn’t really think much about it until I had a check up before Archie and I got married and discovered I had Polycystic Ovaries. I just thought, wow I have lots of eggs. Well, yeah but it wasn’t until we were having our fertility workups that I realized that most of my follicles were actually of very poor quality.

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The question is, is there a way to improve your eggs’ quality? The older we get, our eggs also get poorer and uglier. Not to say that a 43 year old woman can never produce a great egg, she still can. The odds are just not in her favor, unfortunately. But yes, there are a few things that we can do to improve our egg quality.

One that I’ve been hearing a lot before I even went to Taiwan is Coenzyme Q10. “Studies have shown that the presence of the most biologically active form of coenzyme Q10 Ubiquinol in the cell membrane may help reduce cell and DNA damage caused by free radicals, which has been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve egg health, sperm health and in turn embryo quality.” Before I went to Taiwan, I was already taking CoQ10 but I was actually also prescribed one during my 2nd IVF cycle in Lee Women’s Hospital, which only confirmed how effective it is.

Another supplement I had been hearing about is DHEA. It’s said to help especially those who have diminished ovarian reserves. I read that women with PCOS should actually avoid taking this as it contains male hormones which most women with PCOS already have a surplus of.

I was also prescribed Vitamin D while I was in Lee Women’s and apparently, women who took Vitamin D are said to have better quality embryos and have higher successful implantation rates. Another way to get more Vitamin D, aside from drinking supplements is getting out in the sunlight or eating fortified foods like cheese, orange juice, milk, egg yolks and fatty fish such as tuna and salmon.

I recently had a conversation with a friend who recently went to Lee Women’s Hospital and just heard her baby’s heartbeat for the first time, that prior to her IVF cycle, she eliminated carbs and sugar from her diet. I also read an article that doing this definitely helps improve your egg quality but this is something that not everyone can do unless you have tremendous will power. 🙂

Acupuncture is another popular procedure that more and more couples are trying out. I actually had acupuncture a few years ago during our early workups with the very popular Sister Regina Liu. There are studies show an increase in pregnancy rates for women undergoing IVF and doing acupuncture at the same time. This made me want to go back for a few sessions with Sister Regina. I just stopped going because it’s a bit of a drive from our place plus it gets really busy there so you have to bring lots of patience if you plan to try it out.

I’m sure there are a lot more things written out there that are said to improve egg quality but these are just a few of the things that I’ve encountered or personally tried. Archie and I dream of having another baby so I really should start preparing for that too.

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