How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days

How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days

In the past a common belief was that the only factor which determines ovarian and egg health was age. Based on new studies, we now know that this may not be true.

There are many factors that can have an impact on the health of the ovaries and eggs including environmental factors, hormones in the diet, and stress just to name a few.

In addition, having healthy fertility is based on many additional aspects to consider, including:

  • Proper circulation
  • A healthy fertility cycle
  • Balanced hormones
  • Healthy eggs

Why Is Egg Health Important?

Egg health is one of the cornerstones of healthy fertility. The health of your eggs (ovum) can affect whether or not fertilization and implantation will occur as well as the viability of a pregnancy. In the past it has been thought that we are born with all of the eggs cells we will have for the rest of our lives, hence the reason age can have such an impact on egg health. Egg cells are some of the only cells in the body that do not regenerate… or at least that has been the belief up until now. Recent research has brought up some promising new views on egg production – women may actually produce eggs throughout the reproductive years. Scientists have found stem cells within the ovaries that produce new egg cells (Nature, 2004).

Regardless of this study’s finding, age still had an impact on the new eggs since the ovaries continued to age, causing the “housing” for the eggs to be less than optimal. Protecting the eggs you currently have as well as encouraging ovarian health through diet, herbs, supplements and increased circulation to the reproductive system is of the utmost importance.

90 Days: The Cycle of an Egg

Many women who are having trouble getting pregnant have been told by their doctors that their eggs are not healthy, or that their eggs are “old”. The options usually given to these women include using an egg donor, IVF, or adoption. 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 egg’s 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.

The cycle of an egg in preparation for ovulation is around 90 days.

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During this 90 day period before an egg reaches full maturation, the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation. At this time they are affected by both healthy or unhealthy influences. Contributing factors to egg health are:

  • Blood Flow
  • Proper oxygenation
  • Hormonal Balance
  • Nutritional intake
  • Stress

These are the factors you’ll want to focus on when increasing the health of your eggs. Let’s look at each factor closer, and examine how you can have an impact on that area…

Blood Flow and Proper Oxygenation

Oxygen rich blood flow to the ovaries is essential for good egg health. Blood flow can decrease from lack of exercise, dehydration, and thick blood. To increase blood flow to the ovaries follow these suggestions:

Get at least 8, 8oz. glasses of pure water every day
Dehydration can cause your blood to become thick and decrease circulation in the body, as well as many other issues. Make sure to drink purified water that is NOT bottled in plastic. An easy way to get a head start every morning, is to put a quart of water next to your bed when you go to sleep. You can then drink a quart of water upon rising and you are half way done with your water intake for the day.

Exercise
Find something to do that includes movement, such as tennis, walking, running, dancing, or fertility yoga. Exercise increases the blood flow in the body, brings fresh blood to all of the cells and helps to oxygenate the blood.

Get Abdominal or Fertility Massage
One of the best therapies for increasing blood flow to the reproductive system is by massaging your uterus and ovaries. Massage helps to bring fresh, oxygenated blood to the ovaries and removes old stagnant blood. You can have a massage therapist perform abdomen massage or find a therapist who specializes in fertility or Maya abdominal massage. You can also learn how to apply Self Fertility Massage and do it in the comfort of your own home. It is best done starting the day after your period has ended and continue all month long, practicing at least 4 times a week. If you are currently trying to conceive, perform the massage techniques from the day after your period has ended up until ovulation.

Hormonal Balance

Hormonal balance is essential for proper egg health. Due to environmental factors, stress, and modern diets more and more women are becoming hormonally imbalanced. If hormonal balance is off the eggs may not respond, the fertility cycle gets out of balance, and ovulation may not occur. An intricate hormonal symphony is at play every month in preparation and fulfillment of the fertility cycle. But there is good news, balancing your hormones is possible. Here are some ways to help balance your hormones and nourish the endocrine system.

Nutrition

During this window of opportunity, what you are eating can also impact the health of your ovaries and eggs either positively or negatively. It’s up to you. The types of nutrients your eggs depend on are found in a diet dense in nutrition. Check out the Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet for a complete guide about eating for fertility and egg health. Here are some quick food suggestions for supporting egg health:

Top foods for egg health

  • Halibut
  • Salmon
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger

Dietary and lifestyle habits that may damage egg health

  • Soda
  • Low fat diet
  • Processed Foods
  • Trans Fats
  • GMO Foods

Supplements

Take a Multivitamin

A major key to supporting egg health and preparing the uterine lining is to take a preconception specific or prenatal multivitamin. Making sure your body has all of the nutrients necessary is a lot easier when you are taking a multivitamin. My favorites are the 100% whole food Fertile Woman One Daily Multi for preconception health and the prenatal multivitamin Baby and Me from Mega Food. Synthetic multivitamins won’t have the same effect as multivitamins made from whole foods. It is also a great idea to begin taking a multivitamin specific for fertility health, in preparation for pregnancy, since there are specific nutrients needed by the embryo/fetus before pregnancy can even be detected.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are one of the most important components to having healthy fertility that every woman needs to focus on, especially if you are wanting to support your egg health. Antioxidants help to protect the eggs from free radical damage. Free radicals are able to damage cellular health including the cell’s DNA, this could have an effect on the ability to get pregnant, sustain a healthy pregnancy and may increase the chances of possible birth defects. The ovum (egg) are one of the longest living cells in your body, as the years pass they become exposed and vulnerable to free radicals on a daily basis. This adds up. We created Fertilica Choice Antioxidants to help you get the most important antioxidants for fertility, daily. This blend is great for both men and women and should be a part of everyone’s health program, especially for egg health.

In addition to taking an antioxidant supplement blend, studies have shown that CoQ10 Ubiquinol supplementation improves egg health and fertilization rates, especially in women over 35. There are two forms of CoQ10, ubiquinone and Ubiquinol. CoQ10 starts off as ubiquinone and then is converted within the cell to the more powerful Ubiquinol. As a woman ages, her body’s ability to convert ubiquinone to Ubiquinol declines. Most all CoQ10 supplements available are in the form of ubiquinone. Ubiquinol is different in that it is the most biologically active form of coenzyme Q10 and does not need to be converted by the body. Ubiquinol is eight times more potent than ubiquinone. For women over the age of 35, CoQ10 Ubiquinol supplementation alongside an antioxidant blend may greatly help to improve egg health over a few months time.

L-arginine

L-arginine is an amino acid that has been shown in studies to increase ovarian response, endometrial receptivity, and pregnancy rates in IVF patients who supplemented in large doses of L-arginine. (Published in Human Reproduction 1999).

Fertility Superfoods

Fertility superfoods are nutrient dense foods that help to nourish the body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One of my favorite ways to take fertility superfoods is to put them in fertility smoothies.

Maca

Maca is an incredible fertility super food. It helps to balance the hormones, but does not contain any hormones itself. It is able to do this by nourishing and balancing the endocrine system. This is essential in preparing for pregnancy and IVF because healthy hormonal balance greatly contributes to healthier eggs.

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a fertility superfood which may help to increase egg quality and quantities. Royal Jelly is the food that only the queen bee eats. What makes a queen bee the queen is eating royal jelly exclusively. She was an ordinary bee and then she was chosen and fed royal jelly and became the queen bee who lays up to 2000 eggs a day. It should be taken for at least three months before natural conception or IVF procedures begin.

Royal jelly is the Queen bee’s equivalent of hormonal stimulation. Take daily for best results. Caution:: If you are allergic or think you are allergic to bees or bee products, do not take royal jelly.

FertiliGreens

FertiliGreens is a nutrient rich green powder. It contains antioxidants, minerals, and proteins that help to alkalize the body and nourish your eggs. Take two teaspoons of the powder daily.

To purchase a kit with these ingredients click here…

Stress

We live in a fast paced world, and being a woman today has many blessings, one of them being a professional life, but are we constantly trying to hurry up and rush things in order to meet all of our commitments?

Dr. Allen Morgan and Dr. Douglas Rabin (reproductive medicine physicians) discovered that “stress also has a detrimental impact on fertility. Women who are constantly under stress produce prolactin, cortisol, and other hormones, which can interfere with or even block regular ovulation.”

The types of stress they are talking about range from traumatic, to less cataclysmic but still upsetting situations, such as an ongoing conflict at work.

So, if you are trying to improve your egg health, reducing your stress levels should be a major focus in your life. How can this be achieved? Well, first it needs to become a priority. Book some quiet time in your calendar for yourself. During your “quiet time” you could:

  • Go for a walk
  • Take a bubble bath (my favorite)
  • Cuddle up with a good book
  • Get a professional massage or reflexology treatment
  • Drink some relaxing herbal tea, such as chamomile, kava kava, or peppermint
  • Practice meditation
  • Go to therapy
  • See an NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) coach

You could also create a ‘stress support system’ for yourself so you have a go-to plan when things get stressful. Try to have these habits already in practice so stress will not affect you as much when it does happen. My current ‘stress support system’ is daily meditation, weekly acupuncture, deep breathing and EFT as needed. There are many options to choose from, make yourself a priority and create a plan for yourself you can put into practice right away.

“In a study of women who were not ovulating, one group received cognitive behavior therapy and the other group was just observed. 80% of the women who received cognitive behavior therapy started to ovulate again, as apposed to only 25% from the randomized observation group.”

Step-By-Step Guide to Supporting Your Egg Health

Since the cycle of an egg and our window of opportunity is 90 days this guide is laid out in a 90 day cycle.

Month One

1. Fertility Cleanse
2. Take Multivitamin
3. Take Fertilica Choice Antioxidants and CoQ10 Ubiquinol
4. Royal Jelly, Maca, FertiliGreens
5. Eat the Fertility Diet
6. Apply Fertility Massage (Don’t do while menstruating)
7. Implement a Stress Reduction Plan

Month Two

1. Take Multivitamin
2. Take Fertilica Choice Antioxidants and CoQ10 Ubiquinol
3. Royal Jelly, Maca, FertiliGreens
4. Eat the Fertility Diet
5. Apply Fertility Massage (Don’t do while menstruating)
6. Exercise
7. Practice Your Stress Reduction Plan

Month Three

1. Take Multivitamin
2. Take Fertilica Choice Antioxidants and CoQ10 Ubiquinol
3. Royal Jelly, Maca, FertiliGreens
4. Eat the Fertility Diet
5. Apply Fertility Massage (Don’t do while menstruating)
6. Exercise
7. Practice Your Stress Reduction Plan

You should continue all of the supplements until you are pregnant. Once you are pregnant, only take the Baby and Me Prenatal Multivitamin.

Summary

Supporting egg health is important for every woman who is preparing for conception, especially as we get older. There are many things you can do to help support and protect your egg health, but they must done consistently on a daily basis for at least 90 days to have the best effect. Here is a quick summary of how to support and protect egg health:

1. Increase circulation to the reproductive system with massage, exercise and drinking water.
2. Encourage hormone balance.
3. Eat a nutrient dense diet and use supporting supplements such as antioxidants, a multivitamin, L-arginine and fertility superfoods.
4. Create a ‘stress support system’ to help you reduce stress and have a healthier response when stressful situations happen.

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  1. Hi Dear Fertility Experts
    I was wondering if you can help me to be able to conceive at age 42?
    Regards,
    Farza

    • Dear Farza,

      We are more than happy to work with you! The very best way to receive a full plan designed specifically for your fertility health needs is to have a Fertility Consultation.

      Through a Fertility Consultation, you will submit your comprehensive intake form, including information about your fertility history, your 3 detailed questions and overall goal for your fertility and within 5 business days one of our Master Herbalists will review, layout and explain each step of your consultation.

      I hope you will consider this personalized, one on one support!

  2. are these food supplements affects the kidneys, if it takes daily?

  3. Hello Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your quick response. As asked “If blood is bright red, you periods are fairly regular, pain and clot free, then there may not be cause for concern” – yes, all these things are normal. Gives some relief to me.
    Now the only thing am concerned about is the amount of blood flow. It has reduced than before. if we include minor spotting then my cycle remains for 5 days. bleeding is only in first 2 days rather I should say second day. even on second day if I look at my pad, bleeding was not much heavy, but when I pee it looks normal. Hence I was confused if its because of age (as am 30 now) or its just normal.

  4. I am 30 years old. I can see some difference in my blood flow during periods. Although my cycle is perfectly on time but there is a
    difference in blood flow during periods. I dnt know if it is because of age or less water intake.. do I need to worry or see a doctor?
    I am not married yet, would like to conceive naturally next year after marriage (i.e.@age 31).Do I need to do something or worry about
    anything? Any help/suggestion will be appreciated.

    • Dear Kiran,

      If blood is bright red, you periods are fairly regular, pain and clot free, then there may not be cause for concern. Menstruation may start out heavier for a day or two and then taper off in amount as a period nears its end. This is normal.

  5. Dear Fertitlity Experts,
    I have read all the information you offer about fertility and still my question is : are these products REALLY able to help conceive if a woman is 43 at the moment ?
    I thank you in advace for your answer.

    • Dear Yana,

      They are able to help in many many ways no matter a woman’s age. Will they help you conceive? I can not know this! Medical doctors can’t guarantee even with medical intervention. There simply is no simple answer to this question. It is different for every couple dependent on diet, health history, stress levels, existing health conditions or imbalances, how well they stick to the program, and how severe the fertility issue is. If you are on one of our health programs, you should begin to see changes within 1-3 months. These changes could be increased energy, improved cervical mucous, ovulation, correction in cycle length, etc…

  6. Good day, I will appreciate some info, I’m TTC for a few years now, I’ve had surgery to help PCOS and Endometreiosis issues, I’ve done2 IVF treatment, and many other ways like monitoring my follicle and timing intercourse, taking Clomid, Liver and Kidney cleanse from someone who uses Dr. Richard Schelze products, but no succes yet. I had one of my tube blocked and now cleared by doing an HSG (the doc said he flushed it & now its cleared), Iam currently taking Vitex, can I also take Kelp, Probiotics, Evening primrose and a prenatal? Thanks for all the info I have received thus far.

  7. Hi I’m 37 years old and was diagnosed with endometriosis at 23 years old. I’ve had three surgeries to remove endometriomas and adhesions. Two years ago, my husband and I started trying to conceive, but knew it would be challenging with my diagnosis. After running blood tests, I found that my AMH was very low. I have never been pregnant and want to increase my egg health. My first appointment for IVF consultation is in May and I want to do all I can to become a viable candidate or even get pregnant without surgery. Any suggestions…

  8. I’m in 43 years old I’m trying to get pregnant from 6 years now , my first IVF in 2011 failed, an IUI in 2014 failed, i make a new IVF last week , I get 13 eggs , 7 of them successfully fertilization, 4 of them arrived to the fifth day of fertilization . but when they maked a genetic analysis of cells for this 4 embryos ,they found that they are all abnormal and Che decided to cancel rewind embryos .
    Doctor told me the reason is my over age and that I have the ovaries no longer produce eggs suitable for fertilization
    Note : I have been a pregnant naturally last years but pregnancy stopped at 9 week
    What should I do and is this program of health fertility can benefit my case ?
    Please help

    • Hi Hela,

      I am sorry to hear of your fertility struggles! Because you have a history of miscarriage,failed IUI and IVF in combination with your age, as hard as it can be to hear this, you may want to start looking into the gift of embryo adoption. Our article at this link can help you to learn what aspects to consider when thinking of embryo adoption: http://natural-fertility-info.com/embryo-adoption.html This is a great option for couples who have egg or sperm health issues, but really want to experience pregnancy and childbirth and have a healthy baby!

      We definitely feel that working to improve egg health, regardless of age, prior to going for IVF with your own eggs is very important. Egg health is key when it comes to a healthy, successful conception and pregnancy, regardless of how one gets pregnant. There is no real way for me to know if the above program will work in your case. It depends on the reason your doctor’s are saying your egg health is poor, is it due to age alone, do you also have low ovarian reserve, a history of damage to the ovaries, etc. If there are chromosomal/genetic issues, this program will likely not be effective.

      If you would like more personalized guidance, please free to contact us privately here…

  9. what is the naam of the multivitamin that i can take
    thanks

  10. Thank you for this awesome article! Women should start taking supplements 3 to 6 months before conception to give them a chance to maximize their effect. Quit smoking, bring your BMI to recommended level, eat a diet which supports fertility and take prenatal vitamin supplements.

  11. Dear Elizabeth,
    Good Morning,
    I am 45 and my AMH is 0.28. I want to know will I be able to conceive. I do not want to go in for IVF with donor eggs. Kindly suggest

    • Dear Nazima,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      I wish I could know if you will be able to conceive naturally. I simply can not know this, but I do certainly hope that you can!

      The goal of our programs is to support the body in re-learning balance and/or supporting balance when fertility issues are present. The great part about herbs, supplements and natural therapies is that they often work wonders in doing this given commitment to dietary and lifestyle change is made as well. So, given this please consider referring to our guides to AMH, Ovarian Reserve, & Continued Follicle Production and
      Preparing for Conception Over 40.

      I hope you feel empowered to continue to try to conceive and wish you the best!

  12. I had my uterus burned few years ago. No more periods. How do I figure out when I ovulate?

  13. Hiya,

    I have been reading on you healthy eggs 90 days however on month 1 you have listed fertility cleanse what do you exactly mean by this? I would be grateful to email me back. Many thanks.

  14. Is it a good idea to add castor oil packs and acupuncture to the 90 day Step-By-Step Guide to Supporting Your Egg Health? What is the suggested daily use of L-Arginine in case of poor egg quality? Is it safe and/or better to take 300mg Ubiquinol for longer than 2 weeks period when you have poor egg quality and you are almost 40? Thanks!

    • Dear Katrin,

      Castor oil packs and Acupuncture may be beneficial as well and can be added to the 90-day egg health program.

      Suggested use of Fertilica L-Arginine when wishing to support egg health is to take 2 capsules (1000mg) 2 times per day as needed between meals. The consumption of CoQ10 Ubiquinol at 200-300 mg per day for two weeks only is suggested for those who are older and/or suspect low levels of CoQ10. After two weeks blood plasma levels plateau and dosage may be lowered to 100 mg per day as maintenance.

  15. I wish this information had been available years ago when I first started TTC. I went through acupuncture treatments and finally had a healthy pregnancy (after 6 miscarriages). I was told that I had “bad” eggs and my Dr wanted to do IVF using donor eggs. I wasn’t ready for that and “fired” him….er…um…OK, I found another fertility Dr. lol. Nonetheless, acupuncture is an excellent way to help decrease stress, plus it increases blood flow (circulation) to the uterus, and of course helps in so many other ways as well. A wonderful book called, The Tao of Fertility, by Daoshing Ni is an excellent book, especially for anyone doubting the healing power of acupuncture.

  16. Hello,
    I’m 34 and have a 6 and 8 year old. I had an IUD in up until February of 2014. This past December I found out I was pregnant. Unfortunately, it was an ectopic pregnancy and they removed one of my fallopian tubes. 🙁 I want to start actually trying though and am afraid that I won’t be able to conceive. Ever since the tube removal my hormones have been all over the place and I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I already take the wobenzym n and have switched to a fertility diet. However, my cycles are still kind of crazy. Smh… Suggestions?

    • Hi Tanita,

      I know this can all feel really overwhelming, but there are solutions! Knowing that you have health issues helps you eliminate unnecessary trying to conceive information, as you can hone it specifically to your health needs! I think that the following 3 ideas will point you in the right direction!

      1. Read our article Every Woman’s Guide to Hypothyroidism and Fertility – It has great diet, herb and lifestyle tips for women who have hypothyroidism and are trying to conceive.
      2. I have known many women who only have one Fallopian tube, who have gone on to have many children. Your remaining Fallopian tube should be working just fine, so long as you don’t have any lingering pelvic infections or low progesterone levels. Some research has shown that low progesterone can be a cause for ectopic pregnancy and poor Fallopian tube function. Because you only have one tube remaining, your body may only be able to achieve pregnancy every other month, since you will only be able to successfully achieve pregnancy with the remaining Fallopian tube. I hope that makes sense. I am telling you this, so you can be realistic in your expectations of how long it may take to achieve pregnancy naturally. It may take a bit longer, but that is just fine, what is important, is that you can still get pregnant!
      3. We offer excellent fertility consultations for a fair price and they come with a 3-6 month health plan specific to your personal needs. Consider this option, it may save you a lot of worry in the long-run!

      All the best, Tanita!

  17. Hi,
    I am 35 years old and have been doing an egg quality program for almost 3 months now. My AMH was a .9 so my acupuncturist put me a high antioxidant program to help with egg quality. I did the fertility cleanse a month ago, take 75mg of DHEA/day, 300mg of Ubiquinol/day, 600mg of R-lipoic acid/day along with a prenatal and follow the fertility diet daily. I also do self fertility massage 3-4 times/week. I will be at my 3 month mark right when I should be ovulating this cycle (23rd) but that will only put me at 82 days since I started. I know you mention this protocol needs to be followed for at least 90 days. So should we really wait until next cycle until we start trying again?
    Thanks!

    • Dear Laura,

      This is truly up to you! Only you know if you feel ready to try to conceive.

      Herbalist Katherine Cardinal teaches us that there are in general about 12 eggs that start to grow at the beginning of each menstrual cycle and as ovulation nears, one of those eggs matures fully and is released from the ovary (ovulation). The stronger, healthier, more mature eggs make it to this stage.

      It certainly appears that you have done all that you can to support egg health and that is great!

    • Hi Laura,
      You did all that should be done. Very impressive. I just wanted to check with you on any positive outcome so far? Looking for some motivation I guess 🙂 Good luck!

    • Hello Tara!

      I just wanted you to know that Laura will see your reply if she checks back here. She will not be emailed about your comment directly.

      Thank you for offering your thoughts and praise! All my best to you!

  18. I just had a tubal reversal in May of 2015 and am TTC. If I take CoQ10, Royal Jelly and DHEA along with my multivitamins, could I conceive? I am 33 years old.

    • Dear Rebecca,

      CoQ10 and Royal Jelly have a variety of fertility health benefits. DHEA however we suggest only using under the guidance of your healthcare provider. The article DHEA and Your Natural Fertility explains why.

      The chances of conception are reliant on the individual to take their health into their own hands. We know that lifestyle choices, dietary habits, other health conditions, commitment to using the products consistently over time, etc., all contribute to one’s ability to conceive. This is why I can not know is these three supplements alone are all that will be needed to support your fertility health and chances of conception.

      Consider Learning other natural therapies to support fertility after tubal ligation removal… as well.

      I wish you the best!

  19. Hello,
    I’m 46 years old. My test of hormone is normal.
    What is my chance to have a pregnancy natural?
    Best regrads
    Meg

    • Dear Meg,

      How wonderful that your tests results are normal. I am sorry though, I can not answer your question. There is simply no way for me, or anyone, to know this.

      I hope in reading this article and maybe that in reading the article Preparing for Conception Over 40 you feel empowered to support your fertility health.

      Best wishes!

  20. Hi,

    I’ll start by mentioning a few things about myself. About 2 weeks ago I went thru an IVF cycle, which did not go all the way because we opted to analyze our eggs and out of the 5 only 1 made it to blastocyst stage but unfortunately it had a chromosomal abnormality. I am 35 and I’m in pretty good health even the Dr.’s were surprised because all of my levels were normal. Fast forwarding to my question, I recently started acupuncture and will be taking a more holistic approach due to the expense of going thru IVF a 2nd time. I want to ask if I start the Ova Wise kit (due to my Dr. mentioning a possibility of me producing not high quality eggs) along with the The Fertility Cleanse; am I able to start them both at the same time? What would be suggested? Thank you so much in advance and thanks for such an informative/ user friendly web page 🙂

    Diana

    • Hello Diana!

      In the event others have this same question or you didn’t receive my direct email, I thought I would reply here as well. Again, I am sorry IVF did not prove successful and had to be stopped.

      The OvaWise Kit can be used alongside the Fertility Cleanse Kit and then continued when cleansing is complete. Dietary changes are known to be very beneficial of egg health as well and if you have not already learned about the Fertility Diet, consider doing so.

      All my best and feel free to reply email.

  21. Hello,
    My wife’s endometrial lining is patchy due to which we are not able to have child. Please suggest what needs to be done to improve the endometrial lining.

  22. Hi! I am 28 and I have one child, but i need more children. My problem is my menstrual cycle is irregular. Sometimes I miss my period for 1 to 2 months, then it returns. Please help.

  23. Hello
    I am 40 years old and I had my tubes tied 6 years ago. I met my current husband two years ago and now we would like to have a child together. I have never had a problem with pregnancy, in fact, I got pregnant on the first try both times. We have not taken the steps just yet. I would just like to know if it is going to be an issue, as far as reversing my tubes and waiting 2 more years.

  24. Hello, I am 27 years old, I want to have Baby but I have problem of left ovarian cyst and doctor given me the medicine (Femilon) also recommended folic acid when we will try for conceive. Now I am trying for pregnancy. So can you please suggest, I can take Nature Made Parental with DHA. Will it be helpful for the pregnancy? Thanks for your suggestions.

    • Dear Debasmita,

      We support taking wholefood multivitamins. Whole food means that the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc.) come from whole foods. Whole foods contain everything for the nutrients to be delivered to the correct place within the body – within them are catalysts and enzymes that aid that nutrient to be utilized properly by the body.

      Two quality wholefood multivitamins for women are…

      Fertile Woman One Daily Whole Food Multivitamin which is a woman’s multi intended for use while trying to conceive and Baby and Me Whole Food Prenatal is intended for use when pregnant and while breastfeeding. Both are available from the Natural Fertility Shop.

      Consider also taking time to learn How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements… (considerations for when not taking fertility medications).

      All my best!

  25. I am forty five and want to have children. How do I go about it. My menses has been irregular.

  26. Hi! I am in the middle of my cycle right now. Can I start taking all the supplements now and then start the cleanse in two weeks when I get my period? Or do I need to do the cleanse first before taking everything. Going to freeze my eggs in 3 months (October), so I want to start the regimen right away. Thanks!

    • Dear Gigi,

      The supplements listed in this article to naturally support egg health can be taken while doing the Fertility Cleanse. They could be started when you wish and continued through fertility cleansing. It is best however to not take any new herbs (that you have not already been taking for at least two weeks) until cleansing is complete.

      All my best!

  27. Dear Dr. Willett: I am a 42 year old woman and my husband is 52. We met late in life but really wanted to have a child of own. I have one abortion when I was 24 and no children. We have tried a few months of natural way of conceiving, not pregnancy yet. I read an article on line for supplements of DHEA, CoQ10, Vitamin D3 and Omega-3 combination to help improving egg quality. Since DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone based supplement, so I am hesitant to take it. Any advice on it? Thank you. Also, what is the recommend dose for CoQ10, V-D3 and Omega-3? My height is 5’4, weighted 128lb. Many thanks.

  28. Hi
    I am a PCOS patient and I was diagnosed in 2012, but I have already given birth to a healthy baby boy last Feb. 2014. My doctor advised me to take metformin to help my ovaries and diet to be able to get pregnant. My question is, was it right that I take metformin? Was it really good for me and my body?

  29. Hi there, my husband has 0% morphology and I have PCOS/hypothalamus amenorrhea which leads to lots of eggs, but with an issue of egg quality. We are doing IVF with ICIS but also trying to improve my husband’s sperm and my eggs with the tips you mention above. However, if we were to conceive via IVF with ICIS before the 90 days in which we can improve our egg quality, what are some of the effects, if any, of conceiving children with less than optimal sperm and eggs, if they are otherwise chromosomally normal, which we find out through PGS/PGD (i.e. motor skills development, hand-eye coordination, etc.)?

    • Dear RB,

      This is going to be a better question asked of your healthcare provider I feel, but from what I know if conception occurs with an egg that is low quality there could be a number of results from birth defects (whether mild or extreme) to miscarriage.

      Our goal is to empower women to naturally support their fertility health. We feel that offering the body as much healthy food and exercise as you can, working daily to manage stress and trying herbs, supplements and natural therapies specific to fertility health are foundational for healthy conception, pregnancy and a healthy child. Whatever you offer the egg in terms of nutrients within the 90 days will be helpful to a degree.

      I hope this is at least somewhat helpful! Focus on the positive. Believe that what you are doing to support your fertility health is optimize your egg and sperm health. Affirm you have the power to impact your fertility health!

  30. Hi Elizabeth

    Thank you for this very informative article. I am currently taking (per day) Vitex (800mg), Shatavari (1000mg), Vitamin D (2000iu) plus Nature’s Own (Australian) Pregnancy & Pre-Conception Platinum Multivitamin. Would it also be beneficial to take COQ10 (50mg) plus Alpha Liopic Acid (150mg)? I was also considering taking the Garden of Life Super Green Formula as well for extra nutrients. Thank you.

  31. I have a urinary infection and am undergoing injections. Can it be the cause of not taking in? Last month I missed my period, but didn’t know if it was pregnancy. My period was supposed to start on 25 May, but didn’t till 31 May. I need a help to conceive urgently. I wedded last year. Thank you!

    • Dear Mrs. Stella,

      Urinary tract infections are not known to be a cause infertility, or inhibit ovulation or pregnancy. I do not know if the injections you are having can contribute to this or delayed menstruation, as I am not a doctor or pharmacist. Consider speaking with your doctor about the side effects of your medication.

      All my best!

  32. I am 36 years old and doctors have told me that they cannot find any eggs in my ovaries. Should I go for IVF?

    • Dear Aliza,

      It may help to ask your doctor(s) to help you understand what has led to, or is contributing to this for you. Consider learning more about ovarian reserve as well.

      It is not my place to suggest or not suggest IVF. Choosing to go through IVF is a personal decision. Working one on one with a fertility herbalist who is able to evaluate your overall health and fertility health may offer insight to help you understand how to naturally support your fertility health or what conversations to have with your healthcare provider, or both. Consider learning more about a Fertility Consultation for personalized guidance.

      All my best!

  33. Hello! I’m 32yrs. My amh is 0.16… extremely low. I have consulted many fertility clinics, but doctors said that my ovaries seem like age 50 woman because of autoimmunity. Only option I have is egg donation. Can you please suggest something for me?

  34. I’ve done 2 IVFs and both times they’ve told me that my zona pellucida is unusually tough (they did assisted hatching) which may be why we’re having a hard time conceiving. I’ve also been diagnosed with endometriosis. Any recommendations for thinning out the zona beyond the general egg health recommendations? And is there any relationship between that and the endo?

    • Dear Beth,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      CoQ10 Ubiquinol and Omega-3s via Cod Liver Oil are both known to naturally support egg health and permeability. Consider learning more about each by clicking the hyperlinks above.

      I do not know of a connection between zona pelucida thickness and endometriosis. What I have learned in my research is that in IVF, “A naturally thick zona pellucida due to prolonged (suboptimal) invert culture conditions may interfere with (and prevent) the natural hatching process, leading to implantation failure.” This is according to the resource Yen & Jaffe’s Reproductive Endocrinology with Access Code : Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Clinical Management by Ph.D. M.D. III Jerome F. Strauss and M.D. Robert L. Barbieri. I by no means and placing blame, only sharing because this information seemed pertinent. It may be worth considering a second opinion as well.

      All my best to you!

  35. I am 45 years of age and I have had 3 miscarriages in the past 3 years. I have been told I have low ovarian reserve and I will need IVF with someone else’s eggs. Is here any advice for women like me?

  36. Hi,
    I am 34 y/o and I was regular since Juky2013 which was the last time my period did not come on because of stress. August of that year it came back on and I was fine until March of this year. Feb. 2015 was my last period (Feb 27. to March 2.). I had a bad cold the week of March 27 when my period was suppose to come on. It has not come on since. I have a lot on my plate this semester of graduate school. More work, and my new job and my break up with my fiancee in April, probably did not help the matter. I have a doctor appointment May 15. I am nervous because I’m not sure what to think. If it was stress the last two times, it may be stress this time. I just hope it is nothing worse and I’m not pregnant.

  37. Hi
    Your article is really great and helpful. I am 37 years old and I had a missed miscarriage at 6.5 weeks (the sac kept growing for two more weeks). I gave it 3 more weeks because I opted for a natural miscarriage, but nothing happened so I did a D&C yesterday. This was my first pregnancy after trying for 9 cycles. I will be tested for thrombophilia because I have primary Raynaud’s and livedo reticularis. Other than that I am healthy. I eat healthy and exercise regularly. I was wondering when can I start the 90 days program that you suggest since I expect my first period to come in about a month as my doctor said. Thank you!

    • Dear Loanna,

      I am very sorry for your loss and hope that testing goes well!

      We have a information about recovery after D&C that may help during this time. Click that link to learn more.

      The majority of the 90 Day Egg Health Program can be started at any time. If choosing to use L-Arginine and try Self Fertility Massage, it is best to wait to begin these until a week or two after bleeding post procedure stops.

      All my best to you for a speedy recovery!

  38. Dear Elizabeth,
    I read How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days, and I am planning to follow it. I am 40 years old and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer few months ago, the tumor is removed from my breast and have few more weeks to finish the radiation and talked to all the Doctors that I want to get pregnant soon after the radiation is over. The doctors said that I am healthy again and can get pregnant but of course I am not allowed to take any hormone because of the tumor that I had. So I am wondering if you have any suggestions or recommendation that I need to do because I do really want to be a Mom very soon. Cheers,

    • Hi Hopefobest,

      I am so glad to hear of your improved health and the approval from your doctors to move forward with trying for a baby. From the bottom of my hear, based on the information you have provided here, it really would be best to start of with a Fertility Consultation. That way one of our natural fertility experts can review your entire health history and offer guidance based on your unique needs.

      All the best for this next chapter in your life!

  39. I had a miscarriage last week, I was 7 weeks and 4 days. We would like to try again. How long should I wait, and any suggestions before we do. I did have a D&C and will do follow up next week.

  40. I am 48 and my husband is 26. I was always able to get pregnant without putting a lot of effort into it, and my last pregnancy I was 35. I had a hysterectomy in 2012, my new husband and I want to see if I can use my eggs for surrogacy. My question is, being that I was very fertile even in my mid 30’s, do I have a better chance of success in surrogacy. I am very healthy and have no weight or medical issues, and neither does my husband. Thank you

    • Dear Diana,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      It would be best to talk to a qualified healthcare provider who can help determine your egg health. There are FSH and AMH hormone tests to determine egg health and ovarian reserve. Surrogacy may not increase success of having a child of your own, if egg health is poor. It is known that a woman’s egg count and health begins to decline on average around the age of 37-40 and beyond. This is why we feel it imperative to work to support egg health if over the age of 40.

      I do wish you the very best!

  41. Can all these supplements be taken after ovulation when there is a chance of pregnancy? Many of them say ‘consult your doctor / do not take if you are pregnant’… Does this mean we should only take them half the month? Which are okay to continue with? (I’m 40 so need as much support as possible). Many thanks.

    • Dear Nicola,

      The nutritional supplements, vitamin and mineral supplements, and fertility superfoods discussed in this article can be taken all cycle long without taking a break when trying to conceive. They can all be discontinued upon first determination of pregnancy at which time pregnancy supplements can be considered.

  42. I am 46 yrs old. I did IVF last week and I produced two eggs. One of them was mature and they started working on it, but unfortunately it did not survive. I am on a healthy diet for about 2 months and I am taking some supplements that I heard about from friends. I think I need to improve the quality of my eggs. Could you please guide me in this matter?

    • Dear Maria,

      I am sorry IVF was not able to be completed!

      This very article, How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days, outlines in detail, the natural ways in which we have learned and feel are best for supporting egg health. It may be best however to work one on one with a fertility herbalist who can help you determine the best natural fertility program for your specific fertility health needs given you are already taking some supplements. Learn more about and book a Fertility Consultation here…

      Best wishes!

  43. I am 23 years old & my husband is 32 years old. My BMI is 24 & his is 26. Last year, I had to do D&C because of hormonal imbalance. Right now both I and my husband have a calcium deficiency. He also has type-2 diabetes. He takes medicine everyday. Can we try to be parents in this situation. I mean, is it safe?

  44. Thank you for any advise! I think my problem is obesity, but I wonder where to start?

  45. I am 27 & have hypothalamic amenorrhea & have not had a “natural” period in 2.5 years. I have really low estrogen & do not have a cycle unless I am given estrogen and then progesterone. I have completed 2 cycles of timed intercourse w/ injectables, 1 IUI, & 1 IVF cycle. The eggs retrieved were poor quality & did not fertilize. I am wanting to try to naturally get my cycles back while also improving the health of my eggs. I have completed the fertility cleanse & saw significant improvements in my acne & energy from the liver cleanse. Do you have a suggestion on what products I should use. Also can I continue drinking the liver cleansing tea?

    • Hello Shelley!

      I am so sorry IVF was not continued! I hope this finds you well today!

      As we chatted earlier, Fertilica Liver Cleanse Tea can be used outside of the cleanse. For Daily Use Outside of the Fertility Cleanse Kit, drink 1 cup of Fertilica Liver Cleanse Tea, 2-3 times a day, hot or cold for 4-6 months.

      This article shares what we feel are the most beneficial natural ways to support egg health. There are many blue highlighted hyperlinks to additional information and products. Consider reviewing it again.

      What may be most beneficial to you moving forward is a Fertility Consultation. This experience allows for our fertility herbalist to evaluate your over and fertility health, diet, lifestyle and all that you have tried on your fertility journey to craft a personalized natural fertility program. Learn more about a Fertility Consultation here…

      Take care!

  46. Hi! I have a question regarding turmeric. I’ve read that it is not recommended if a woman is trying to conceive, that turmeric works like a contraceptive. I really like drinking golden milk every evening and have also been trying to get pregnant for a while now (have been drinking golden milk just for few weeks) and now I have just read about that effect of turmeric. What do you think?
    Thank you for your articles and your answer in advance!

    • Dear Kat,

      Turmeric is known as an immune-enhancing herb that supports the body in managing inflammation. Turmeric is high in curcumin, which has been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory enzymes.

      The use of turmeric as a culinary herb, in the amounts it is added to food dishes, is fine to consume while trying to conceive. It is curcumin, an isolated nutrient from turmeric, that would be used in concentrated, much higher, therapeutic doses as a contraceptive. I have however not seen significant proof that curcumin can work as a contraceptive although studies have been done on curcumin’s potential as a non-steroidal contraceptive.

      All my best!

  47. I really like this article. You explain things very well. I have found that aggressive acupuncture treatments (two to three times a week) for three months has given my patients the best results. Acupuncture releases opiates and endorphins that help down regulate the nervous system into the parasympathetic, or feed and breed state, as well as increases the blood flow to the reproductive hormones. I would add it to your list of weekly to-dos where you have the massage and reflexology. Thanks again for all of your wonderful articles.

  48. I had a hysterectomy, but still have my ovaries and wish to have someone carry my baby. I’m 48 and my hubby is 47. I have never wanted something so much. I’m looking to find the lowest cost for IVF.

    • Dear Tessa,

      While we do have information on naturally supporting egg health, it is going to be important to work closely with your healthcare provider during this process. Women nearing the age of 50 need to work with a a reproductive endocrinologist who can monitor hormonal balance and determine fertility health. He is best able to guide you in reputable IVF clinics as well. We aren’t able to help with this.

      All my best to you and your husband!