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 may impact 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 factors including…

  • Proper circulation
  • A healthy fertility cycle
  • Balanced hormones
  • and 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 is 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, age did still have an impact on the new eggs. This is due to the ovaries continuing to age, causing the “housing” for the eggs to not be optimal. This shows the importance of what we are going to cover in this article. Protecting the eggs you currently have as well as encouraging ovarian health through diet, herbs, supplements and increased circulation to the reproductive system.

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 there 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 eggs 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 is ovulated, the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation. At this time they are able to be affected, by both healthy or unhealthy influences. The eggs can be affected by:

  • 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 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

Foods 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 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 man and woman needs to focus on, especially if you are wanting to support your egg health. Antioxidants help to protect the egg and sperm from free radical damage. Free radicals are able to damage both cell health and the cell’s DNA, this could have an effect on the ability to get pregnant, sustain a healthy pregnancy and 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 daily basis. This adds up. Network Antioxidants was created by Dr. Lester Packer, the leading antioxidant expert in the United States. It contains all of the most important antioxidant nutrients in a capsule form which you can take one capsule, twice a day. 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, 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 the 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 bee’s 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 coach

You could also create a ‘stress support system’ for yourself so you have a go to plan when things get stressful, and have habits already in practice so stress does not affect you as much when it does happen. This could be one or two things you do each day that become a habit. 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 Network Antioxidants
4. Royal Jelly, Maca, FertiliGreens
5. Eat the Fertility Diet
6. Apply Fertility Massage (Don’t do while menstruating)

Month Two

1. Take Multivitamin
2. Take Network Antioxidants
3. Royal Jelly, Maca, FertiliGreens
4. Eat the Fertility Diet
5. Apply Fertility Massage (Don’t do while menstruating)
6. Exercise

Month Three

1. Take Multivitamin
2. Take Network Antioxidants
3. Royal Jelly, Maca, FertiliGreens
4. Eat the Fertility Diet
5. Apply Fertility Massage (Don’t do while menstruating)
6. Exercise

You should continue all of the supplements until you are pregnant. Once 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, 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. Hello,
    Please suggest me, My wife Right overy is close and in left side egg productive is very few.Doctor said small 2 or 3 egg build. please suggest .

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Sudbeer,

      The herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies discussed in this article have been shown in part encourage healthy circulation to the reproductive system and may support reproductive health and normal ovarian and egg health.

      Our Fertility Herbalist would be happy to guide you on that which she feels with support your specific fertility needs and she offers this through a Fertility Consultation. Our fertility herbalist will look at this from a holistic perspective so she can see what it will take to properly bring your body back into balance. You will be able to provide her with the necessary information through the Fertility Consultation intake form in order to gain this perspective.

      Best wishes!

  2. it is safe to take royal jelly together with clomid for a men daily ????

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Cecilia,

      It is going to be best to speak with a healthcare provider about combining any herb or nutritional supplement you or your partner are interested in taking with any medication either of you are on.

      Best wishes!

  3. Hi, I am 35 , have PCOS and 2 years ago was diagnosed with uterine hyperplasia. I have been treated with oral meds and now have an IUD in place, it finally worked to reverse this condition. This gives me the green light to undergo fertility treatments again (had an IUI but miscarried). Since I have not had a period for over 12 months I’m interested in fertility massage and the fertility cleanse but not sure if its a good idea since they will not take the IUD out until right before any treatments. What can I do to prepare while having it in place ? Thank You.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Norma!

      We do not advise combining the Fertility Cleanse with hormonal medications including birth control. To be honest, I am also not certain it would feel very good to massage your reproductive area given you have an IUD. While I have not heard of any issues, logic tells me there may be a change to massage it from it’s position which could result in pain or irritation. I would not want this to happen for you..

      What you can do to prepare for treatments is to eat a clean, whole food diet like the Fertility Diet, take a whole food multivitamin and quality omega supplement, two of which are Baby and Me and Fertilica Cod Liver Oil. You might also consider Steps 2 & 3 of the article .

      I am thankful you have finally found support for the fertility issues you have been faced with and wish you well!

  4. Hello
    I would like to know what product you would recommend for me and my hubby. We are 44 and 45 yrs old and are planning on having some IVF treatment. Unfortunately, I had my left ovary removed a few years ago due to a large cyst that cause my ovary to die!!! This year I had a large cyst, 5.5cm, on my right ovary, the good news was that this one decided to rupture/dissolve on its own. My AMH levels are very low.

    I am currently taking Indolplex DIM to improve my hormones, menstrocare tabs and have just started taking Maca tabs. I am also taking iodine and folic acid tabs.

    I have just seen my IVF Dr and he said my FSH was a little high, 13, that level last month was ok, no.9.

    Thank you

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Ali,

      It is often advised to start any natural fertility program by completing a Fertility Cleanse. There is also a Male Fertility Cleanse. These cleanses are designed to support the body in being able to better utilize the herbs, supplements and natural therapies one might try to support a given procedure or fertility issue. This being said, it is an herbal cleanse and we often don’t advise combing it and the herbs we support with Chinese herbs (MenstroCare). I am also not familiar with Chinese herbs for the most part, so it may be best to consult the healthcare provider who is advising you in taking this product and combining it with the Fertility Cleanse.

      You might also take time to learn about AMH, Ovarian Reserve, & Continued Follicle Production, as well as How to Increase Your IVF Success Rate Naturally

      We also have The Men’s Guide to Preparing for IVF for your husband.

      I wish you well on this journey!

  5. hi i just gone with diagnostic histero laproscopic operation for endometriosis.15 days back my cyst was 2 into 2cm they removed and my left tube is unhealthy.shall i use castor oil pack or not and my luteal phase was defects please can u suggest me a treatment

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Archana!
      I am sorry that you have had to go through this and also deal with these fertility challenges.
      Castor Oil Therapy has been traditionally applied to the lower abdomen to:
      -Support ovarian and uterine health
      -Aid in normal fallopian tube health
      -Promote normal circulation in the reproductive system
      -Assist with occasional uterine and ovarian discomfort
      -Support the body’s own detoxification abilities

      You can learn more about Castor Oil Therapy here…
      There are also ways to support Luteal Phase Defect naturally. Click this link… Luteal Phase Defect: Natural Treatment Options.
      If you would like a program created specifically for you based on your fertility needs, please consider and Natural Fertility Consultation.

  6. I use take the medicine more the 3 month I don’t see any change can. U help me what to do

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Beza!
      I am sorry you feel you did not see any change. But, what do you mean by you didn’t see any change? The egg health products (herbs and supplements) work in a number of ways, many of which may not be felt, or seen in any outward way.
      It really is hard for me to guide you further without knowing what fertility challenges you have and your lifestyle. You may want to consider a Natural Fertility Consultation so as to have an individualized program created for you by one of our staff herbalists.
      Fertiltiy

  7. thank u 4 this I was waiting to hear this a long time. Am 54 and maybe too and still wanting a child after a period of two years, could I still try without a period.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Sharon,

      While you can work to support egg health, these products are not intended to help your period return if you have progressed into menopause.
      Our greatest goal is to help women feel empowered, become educated in their options and ultimately become a mother.

      There are some instances however where we suggest that you work with another type of health practitioner.

      Since time is of the essence our team feels that is in your best interest to work with a practitioner who supports natural preparation for pregnancy that is accessible to you.
      We have found that women over 50 need to work with a doctor, a reproductive endocrinologist, who can monitor hormonal balance and determine fertility health.
      Statistics show that women over the age of 50 are considered high risk for pregnancy, due to the age of the mother and her eggs.

      We want you to have the best chance at a healthy pregnancy and baby and only working with a doctor is going to help you be able to do that.
      In Good Health~ Liz

  8. Hello. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and I have not had a period in 8 months. Which supplement could I take for egg health and to promote menstruation? Thank you.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Melissa!
      We have combined supportive herbs and supplements in the HormoneWise Fertility Kit (you read about them in detail below). The HormoneWise Fertility is designed to support the body in promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion. For optimal hormonal balance this program is best completed alongside a PCOS Fertility Diet and lifestyle changes.
      Be Well!

  9. Dear Rodriguez, thanks a lot for the advice but we have a challenge of getting these products and the prices are another challenge.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Yudaya,
      I am sorry getting the products we support and their prices are a challenge. The Natural Fertility Shop ships to many countries of the world. You are welcome to contact customer service for assistance with ordering. They are happy to assist you!

  10. i got periods in 35 days only and my partner sperm level was 65% we are new married couples i want to baby what type of treatment we want take

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Kohi!
      The usual range of a healthy cycle is between 21 and 35 days. Some women will have cycles that are very different from this but as long as there is a pattern, regularity, a healthy body and the follicular phase is between 12-14 days there should be no cause for concern. What makes you think your cycle is not normal?
      I am also unsure what a sperm level of 65% means. Each lab reports test results a bit differently, but sperm volume is often measured in millions. You can learn more about Increasing Low Sperm Count and Improving Male Fertility here…

  11. Hi ,

    Thank you for all the great insights.

    I am in Nairobi Kenya and would like to take the fertility shakes, vitams diets etc.

    Can you recommend a fertility clinic here which i can buy your stuff or i have to ship them?

    Regards,

    Maurine

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Maureen!
      We are a US-based company from which you can order at your convenience. We work with women and couples all over the world and would be happy to assist you as best as we can as well! If you wish for further assistance in ordering from The Natural Fertility Shop, please reach out to our customer care team. They are happy to assist you. You can do so here…

  12. I ordered the Fertility Cleanse and the 1 month of Ovum Health kit. I have a question about the prenatal vitamin. I have been taking Nature Made Prenatal Multi+DHA for over a year now while we are trying to conceive. Does the “Fertile Woman One Daily” take its place? If so, should I be looking for a way to supplement the DHA that is not included in the vitamin? Or, is it there in another form I’m not recognizing?

    Thanks

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Kerie!
      Yes, Fertile Woman One Daily is a wholefood multivitamin that would take the place of the prenatal you are taking. We do not advise taking them both. If you wish for DHA, you would then want to seek out a DHA supplement to take in addition to Fertile Woman One Daily which could be Fertilica Cod Liver Oil.

  13. Hello, and thank you for all the wonderful information you provide on your website, and YouTube that’s how I found your page btw.. I have been ttc for 2 years now my husband and I have been together for 8 years before that without any unexpected pregnancies btw.. Unfortunately I was just told by my ob that my ovaries have shut down!! I was so upset by the news but instead of crumbling I looked at it as more of a motivation.. I have to do this without the help synthetic medicine!! Idk if I’m shooting in the dark anymore but I have always had abnormal periods however after seeming my first ob and taking metphormen for three months (not diabetic) along with clomed and provera,, now I have stopped all periods and am no longer ovulating :( other then me going from 165lbs to just barley getting to 120lbs (went as low as 100lbs) I don’t have any of the signs of menipose.. I really pray there is still hope for me I just turned 31 last week.. Any help or just a push in the right direction will be greatly appreciated!!!!! Thank you again for all your wonderful help already!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Cali!
      I can imagine the shock of hearing this from your doctor at the age of 31 when so many are just beginning families.
      There are so many pieces to this puzzle and many areas that need to be evaluated, that to be completely honest I think the one-on-one guidance of one of our staff herbalists offered via a Natural Fertility Consultation may be best. A Fertility Consultation offers a personalized holistic program to follow based of your specific fertility needs. This will give you that “push in the right direction” you desire!

  14. greetings. today i have searched in google some website for conceiving a baby, i found ur website its very useful and have alot of information about pregnancy. I am 38 years old and have a nine years old son and have been trying to conceive a baby for the last 5 years but not avail. the doctors told me that my eggs are weak. so please give me some tips. I am living in Peshawar, Pakistan. waiting for your positive reply. regards, Hila

    • Hi Hila,

      I am sorry to hear of your years of struggle! This article you are commenting on is a great guide to help women improve their egg health. If you are looking for personalized guidance, we do offer excellent consultations!

      You may also be interested in reading our article about Secondary Infertility which includes helpful information on what to consider may be causing struggles to have another baby after a healthy live birth and child. Take care!

  15. Thank you, Dalene for your prompt repsonse. My 14 y/o dtr was diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency and hypothyroidism. She takes an estrogen patch 2x/wk, progesterone monthly and levothyroxine daily. I am looking to preserve whatever she may have left.

  16. Can u use this regime to preserve eggs, not necessarily get pregnant at this time?

    • Hi Candie,

      This regime does help to support the health of the eggs and all cells in the body for that matter. In general, I am not sure that it is ideal for someone under the age of 30 to need to take these supplements regularly, though. It may be considered under the age of 30 for those women with confirmed poor egg health or premature ovarian failure.

  17. Knowledge is power, thanks for the impact you made

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    • Is it possible that this will correct damage to my eggs. I have lost two babies to anencephaly. I don’t have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant but my body can not seen to develop a healthy baby. I have had my chromosome and hubbys tested as well as my 2nd anencephalic baby boy but nothing has shown to be a link.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Marissa ~ I am so sorry this has been your experience. We do not have a specific article or information about anencephaly, howvever I can share some info. as well as an idea for further testing. As you very likely know, Anencephaly is a neural tube defect that results in the fetus neural tube not closing properly toward the top and improper formation of parts of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) one possible cause may be, “low intake of folic acid before getting pregnant and in early pregnancy increases the risk of having a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects, including anencephaly.” Did you take adequate amounts of folic acid? Do you know if your body properly absorbs folic acid? You might consider talking with your healthcare provider about further testing to learn if you have a defect of the MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) gene, known as MTHFR C677T. MTHFR is a gene in the body that plays a key role in the proper function of many body systems, including the proper utilization of folic acid by the body.
      Regarding supporting egg health, to be honest, I feel there is no harm in doing so, but you may need to have more in depth testing to understand how your body utilizes folic acid and if it does so properly. Unfortunately, there is no known cure or standard treatment for anencephaly. Fortunately there are natural ways to support egg health should you wish to do so.