Elevated prolactin may have a negative impact on egg quality. Image courtesy interphasesolutions at FreeDigitalPhotos.net One common finding among women with fertility issues is elevated prolactin. Elevated prolactin can be caused by a number of things, such as medications, long-term stress, lack of sleep (or even having sexual intercourse just before the blood check). There are frequent mentions in the medical literature (like in the study here) of elevated prolactin in association with [...]
Maca is available as a dietary supplement in the form of a powder, liquid, capsule, and tablets. The usual dosage for increasing fertility in women is 500 milligrams of dried maca extract taken 3 times a day.
Image credit: Serge Bertasius Photography Aging is not the only proces that causes fertility to decline. As a consequence of a mixture of lifestyle-related factors, such as environmental toxins and exposure to oxidative stress, the ability to conceive naturally declines over time. The progressive decline in women’s fertility after the age of 35 is constantly increasing the number of patients consulting fertility specialists. Among a wide range of strategies proposed to women [...]
Image credit: alex_ugalek at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Egg maturation and growth depend on woman's age and general health, as well as on flow of nutrients to the ovaries. This means that your diet, your exercise, even the way you manage stress will have impact on the egg maturation processes. In addition to good nutrition (here you can read about why eating Mediterranean diet helps) and a healthy, fertility-supporting lifestyle, there are supplements that can give [...]
Image credit: tiramisustudio at FreeDigitalPhotos.net If you had to answer the question, which vitamin would better prevent that your baby develops a neurological disorder, folate or folic acid, would you know the answer? Don't worry if you wouldn't. Many doctors can't tell the difference either and honestly (though I'm aware of the differences between the two) I myself often use the terms interchangeably. Folate or folic acid: Which one is better? So what’s [...]
Image courtesy: jk1991at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Some months ago I was asked for the first time about using PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline quinone) to improve egg quality. I was not too surprised, as women often come to me long lists of supplements which they take in hope of improving egg quality and often my consulting work boils down to reducing long lists to include only the supplements which work, in the dosages which were proven in the [...]
Thanks to many awesome professional fertility websites and personal blogs which have exploded in numbers over the past years (several thousand fertility blogs as I'm updating this post in 2017), women over 35 who are struggling to get pregnant now know with confidence that: 1. Egg quality and quantity is THE single most limiting factor in getting pregnant and delivering a healthy baby in women over 35. 2. There are lifestyle interventions that are proven [...]
Progress in fertility treatments for older women is continuous. For example, it only recently became known that low ovarian reserve is associated with low testosterone levels and that testosterone levels, which peak in women 20–25 years, are essential for producing good eggs. For that reason, there is a growing trend in IVF centers to pre-supplement women who wish to get pregnant after 35 with DHEA in an attempt to raise testosterone levels first. It [...]