TRYING TO CONCEIVE AFTER 35
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Fertility in women decreases with age.
How do I know if I have a low number of eggs left to fall pregnant?
FSH Levels is a simple blood test done on day 3 of a woman's menstrual cycle to determine the effort needed to produce a mature egg.
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is a hormone produced by immature follicles on the ovaries. It, therefore, gives us an idea of your egg reserves. Low AMH levels are associated with a lower chance to conceive successfully, BUT remember, we only need one good quality egg! Women with a very low AMH level CAN still fall pregnant.
Causes of low ovarian reserves include:
- Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) due to genetic disorders such as Fragile X syndrome and Turner syndrome, a low number of follicles, autoimmune diseases, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, metabolic disorders, toxins, such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, and pesticides.
- Premature Menopause is defined as menopause before 40 years of age.
- Older age, especially above 35 years
Is there something I can do to help make good quality eggs into advanced
maternal age / good quality eggs if my reserve is low?
The short answer is yes, absolutely yes!
Vitamin D plays a role in egg survival and maturation. Higher vitamin D levels are associated with higher AMH levels. So, eat up your salmon and soak up the sun!
Women with a healthy weight are more likely to have healthy AMH levels.
Green and yellow vegetables may be beneficial as women with a higher intake of these were more likely to enter menopause at a more advanced age compared to women with little intake of these.
Soy foods: Soy foods are a rich source of phytoestrogens, which can positively impact reproductive hormones if taken in the right amounts.
Fish: One study found that daily fish intake delayed menopause by three years compared to women who did not consume fish.
Research suggests that a Mediterranean diet and CoQ10 supplements in the correct form and dose may be beneficial.