If you’ve had any tests done with your GP relating to your fertility you’ve probably received an AMH level. AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) is a hormone secreted by cells in developing egg sacs (follicles). Unfortunately, your AMH level doesn’t tell you about the quality of your eggs. The normal range for a fertile woman is 1.0 – 4.0ng/ml. Under 1.0ng/ml is considered low and you are likely to be told you have low ovarian reserve. That doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have enough eggs though, it might instead be a sign that your eggs are not maturing as they should due to poor ovarian function. For most healthy, menstruating women, one egg will mature and be released per cycle.
Remember you only need one good egg! Make sure you get the best out of the eggs you have available. Eggs need to be nourished to mature – it is not age related!
Factors impacting egg quality and how they mature
There are factors that can impact egg quality and how they mature:
Toxins – environmental such as cleaning materials, pollution or BPA; heavy metals
Hormones – diet, hormone disruptors like plastics
Stress – stress hormones influence hormonal levels including sex hormone levels
Improve egg quality to improve fertility
To improve fertility and healthy egg production you need a healthy diet and lifestyle and a healthy hormonal cycle.
Remember the lifecycle of an egg is around 90 days, so changes may take some time to improve your egg quality. Changes you can make to improve your egg quality include:
- Drinking plenty of water – the importance of water on general health is well documented.
- Make sure you get at least 2l of water per day.
- Getting regular exercise and fresh air. Exercise does not need to be strenuous, a walk in the park, a swim, dancing in your front room – do something you enjoy!
- Eating a healthy diet – reduce sugar, eat healthy fats (your body needs fat for healthy hormones). Eat organic as much as possible.
- Supporting a healthy gut, this is important to assimilate vitamins and minerals from your diet and supplements.
- Reducing stress, as you know stress is not good for fertility. Here is a link to a blog I’ve
previously written on stress.
- Balancing your hormones, this is important to get your cycle to optimum level to get the healthiest egg possible to ensure conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Let me repeat myself – you only need one good egg! Make it the best it can be!
Homeopathy is a great way to support you. We can detox toxins, including heavy metals, improve gut health, improve your general wellbeing and balance your hormones. To find out more, book a free 15 min no obligation chat here to find out more.