Egg Quality Protocols

It is often said that when trying for a pregnancy – either natural or assisted – that it is not the quantity of eggs that should be focused on but the quality of the eggs.
 
Therefore, an ‘Egg Quality Protocol’ intervention is part of most Pre-IVF Protocol programmes & Optimal Fertility programmes designed by the Fertility Health Clinic.
 
 
At Fertility Health Clinic optimal egg quality strategies are put in place for clients who fit the following criteria:
1. Women classed by their medical team as ‘poor’ or ‘low responders’ to ovarian stimulation during fertility treatments such as IVF.
2. Women who have been diagnosed with a possible low ovarian reserve.
3. Women who have previously experienced sub-optimal embryo quality.
4. Women undergoing IVF/ICSI and other related artificial reproductive techniques (ART).
5. Women who have been diagnosed with idiopathic infertility (unexplained infertility) and are not undergoing ART.
6. Women who experience gynaecological disorders which may affect reproductive health.
 
Optimal egg quality strategies are not put in place for the following clients:
1. Women availing of donor eggs.
2. Women who are undergoing frozen embryo transfer.
 
 
Women who experience poor ovarian response experience higher levels of cycle cancellation, fewer eggs at retrieval, lower egg quality and a reduction in the number of embryos for transfer. Our ‘Egg Quality Protocol’ is aimed at optimising egg quality with the intention of enhancing success at the time of fertilisation and embryo transfer.
 
Likewise, women diagnosed with possible or likely low ovarian reserve (following an Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) test) may also experience outcomes such as fewer eggs at retrieval and a reduction in the number of embryos for transfer. Again, our ‘Egg Quality Protocol’ is aimed at optimising egg quality with the intention of enhancing success at the time of fertilisation and embryo transfer.
 
 
 
 
 
For those undergoing IVF/ICSI or other fertility treatments, plus those hoping to optimise their chances of natural conception it is important to question: what can be done to improve success?
 
This questioning is at the core of our clinic’s existence and success and is the back-bone of all our intervention protocols.
 
And in answering our own question – LOTS can be done to improve success!
 
Here are three examples:
· Ensure good blood glucose balance: aim to eat a good clean protein with every meal and snack, and cut down on fatty, sugary foods, deli foods, take-aways, and processed foods.
· Weight Management: being underweight or overweight can negatively affect our ability to conceive and may negatively affect IVF outcomes. If you fall into either of these categories seek help on how to lose weight whilst still including in your diet all the nutrients needed for optimum egg quality (such as healthy fats).
· Immune function and inflammation: Acute inflammatory responses appear to play a role in reproduction and implantation. However, implantation failure and pathologies such as recurrent miscarriage are believed in many cases to originate in immune disturbances. Therefore, immune system health and managing excess inflammation (due to a variety of causes such as excess weight, infection, stress or injury) may be key to optimising chances of pregnancy.
 
Wishing you every success on your fertility journey.

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