Poor Egg Quality

Improve and Increase Your Egg Quality in San Diego

Poor egg quality is a leading cause of fertility problems among women in San Diego, often making it difficult or even impossible to conceive. At Reproductive Wellness we provide tailored care and treatment to those in La Jolla, La Mesa, Bonita, Chula Vista, Poway, Carlsbad and Del Mar who are ready to grow their families either naturally, or through IVF or other assisted reproductive technologies.

What is poor egg quality? Simply stated, the quality of eggs is essential to embryo quality and a healthy, viable pregnancy. As we age, the quality of the eggs begins to decline or diminish. This is why it becomes more difficult to become pregnant as women reach the age of 35, 40, and older.

When the quantity and quality of eggs diminishes, women often undergo tests for low AMH (anti-mullerian hormone), FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) levels, and other hormone testing. A diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve or DOR is often the result, along with poor egg quality. The good news is that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are often effective for improving egg quality.

Acupuncture and Poor Egg Quality

Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that has helped many women with poor egg quality conceive, whether naturally or with IVF treatments. Acupuncture helps regulate hormone levels and menstrual cycles, reduces stress, and increases blood flow to the ovaries and entire pelvic region. This means a healthier reproductive environment as ovaries become more receptive to FSH and circulating hormones, resulting in better egg quality.

While it may seem that poor egg quality becomes more common as we age, it is actually related to hormonal fluctuations that occur as we grow older. There is no specific point in time when your eggs will “expire.” Just like our other cells, organs, and bodily systems, our eggs respond to stress, environmental factors, energy, surroundings, and overall health. Acupuncture helps women with poor egg quality by creating a healthier environment for eggs, providing essential nutrients and blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

IVF and Egg Quality

The quality of eggs is critical to success with IVF and other ARTs. When an egg is of poor quality, embryo implantation may fail; eggs may not fertilize. Even if the procedure is successful and you do become pregnant, miscarriage is more common with poor egg quality.

Many patients who choose in-vitro fertilization are more concerned with the number of eggs than the quality, but it is important to understand the quality of eggs is vital for success, as embryos often will not develop properly with low-quality eggs.

Acupuncture, along with other complementary therapies that help reduce stress and create an optimal environment such as massage, herbal supplements, and nutrition therapy, is helpful when undergoing IVF treatment.

There is hope for women who have fertility issues related to poor egg quality. Developing a treatment plan personalized to your unique needs is crucial for success and may include acupuncture, stress reducing techniques, dietary changes, herbal supplements, lifestyle modifications and more.

At Reproductive Wellness your fertility and overall health are our top priorities. If you suffer from poor egg quality or other conditions that are making it difficult to conceive, learn more about how acupuncture and integrative medicine can help. We invite those in San Diego and surrounding areas to contact us now at (858) 381-2281.

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