Freezing eggs is a way of storing unfertilised eggs to use later in life, it’s a way of preserving fertility. Whilst it’s not a guarantee to always end in a baby later in life, it is a chance to preserve frozen eggs that are a younger cellular age and will have a better potential for creating an embryo when you are older.
There are many reasons why women choose to do this ranging from not being in the right circumstances at the right age to have a child, to medical reasons. Egg freezing can be a wonderful tool to put someone’s mind at ease knowing they have ageless eggs waiting, but how good are those eggs? They are only as good as the health you have when you collect them. Your health at the time of collection influences the quality of your eggs, and what they carry on to the child. It takes roughly 100 days for a follicle to mature in the ovary to then release as an egg. In this time exposure to the right nutrients and avoidance of toxins can have a big influence on that egg.
Research shows us that those with low folate, zinc, B vitamins and other nutrients have poorer egg collection and quality than those with the optimum levels. Not only do these nutrients influence egg quality, but they influence hormones, your nervous system, and many other aspects of your health. Lifestyle factor such as poor sleep and sleeping patterns have also shown to yield poorer results with egg collection and quality, as have those with exposure to certain toxicants. If you are going to freeze your eggs, you want to make sure they are the best quality that you can possibly have, so not only will you have a better collection but also a higher chance of creating a healthy embryo with that egg.
What are the first steps for egg freezing preparation?
A question I get asked all the time, can egg quality change? Research shows certain supplements and diets clearly can make a big change in egg quality; the benefits usually take 3 -4 months of making the changes. In my experience I see changes all the time in egg quality in my patients, and it is worth the wait.
What can you do today to start preparing?
To book into have your health assessed for optimal egg support or optimal fertility support please book in with Samantha Van Dort Womens Health Expert