With an increase in the number of ovulation issues, it has become the greatest concern among women with their fertility under scrutiny. Basically, eggs are present in every woman’s ovaries from the time of her birth. Every woman possesses around 5 million eggs when she is in the womb. That is the maximum number of eggs in the ovaries in a lifetime. As a woman reaches puberty, their hormones tend to change and these eggs attain maturity. A mature egg is ready for ovulation every month.
However, the older a woman grows, the lesser are her chances to conceive. This is because though there are millions of eggs in her ovary from the time of her birth, the eggs begin to naturally decline over time. In a lifetime, she can ovulate only some 400 eggs which are very less when compared to the pool of follicles that is created. So in her 30-40’s, it turns out to be difficult to conceive as a woman runs out of eggs naturally. The best average age to conceive is at the age of 25 years as the eggs are at their best during that time.
Hence, a woman in her 30’s will contain hardly 12% of the eggs that she had initially. This reduces the chances of a normal and an easy pregnancy. However, there are chances to conceive provided she does not undergo any ovarian surgery or end up with ovarian cancer. Many women from Bollywood and Hollywood might be misleading other women from normal walks of life that it is easy to conceive in their late 30’s which is actually not the reality. It takes a lot of effort from one’s side.
Couples who postponed their responsibility for years after the wedding regret later when they actually want to start a family. Having said that, every woman’s body is different and we all lose out our eggs sooner or later. There are many other factors that might contribute towards lack of eggs for ovulation besides age, as given below:
- Hormonal changes – The hypothalamus and the pituitary glands create a hormonal trigger to the ovaries leading to mature eggs, but when they don’t function properly, it leads to lack of ovulation. Also, when the follicles in the ovaries do not create a healthy environment for the eggs to mature, it leads to anovulation. With immature eggs, fertility is impossible.
- Thyroid – Thyroid is yet another important reason for anovulation. If you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, you need to begin treatment at the earliest. This will fix your ovulation issues.
- Genetics – Genes play a vital role in deciding your fertility. So if your mother or grandmother had reached their menopause before their 40’s then there are chances for you to reach your menopause soon. So understanding your family history is important to plan and take action regarding your fertility issues.
- Obesity – Increase in weight is another important factor that leads to a deteriorating ovarian function among women. This will, in turn, affect your fertility.
- Scarred ovaries – The eggs get damaged or are hindered from being produced healthily due to inflammation or due to a scarred ovary.
- Lifestyle – Not only your age, genetical history, and hormones but your lifestyle also plays a major role in deciding your fertility health. Smoking is one of the main reasons that women tend to reach their menopause 4 to 5 years early as it leads to damage in the chromosomes. Obesity due to fatty food, improper diet and being underweight is another reason that contributes to a decline in egg production. Other factors like stress, irregular sleep, alcohol, caffeine consumption also lead to lack of egg production in women.
Given below are some essential home remedies to boost egg production:
Though research says there are fewer chances of egg production as a woman grows older, a recent study has found out that with the help of stem cells within the ovaries there are chances for reviving egg production during a woman’s reproductive years. So if you’ve been shown lesser chances to conceive, there is still a lot of hope with this method.
In order to achieve this, you need to wait for a minimum of 90 days by following a proper and healthy lifestyle.
1) Follow a Healthy Diet
Do not eat everything that is healthy. Instead, eat a lot of broccoli, salmon, turmeric, ginger and leafy vegetables. Try avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and fatty foods that will directly impact the health of your eggs.
2) Reduce Stress
Try to avoid being stressed over small matters. The more you are stressed, the more your hormones and egg health is at risk. You will release cortisol and prolactin when stressed and this will hinder the process of egg production and ovulation.
Steps to de-stress:
- Walk every day, stay calm and meditate if possible.
- Think about everything that makes you feel blissful.
- Read a book.
- If need be, approach a professional for guidance .
- Get a body massage.
3) Get Enough Oxygen
Steps for an increased blood flow:
- Drink a minimum of 7 to 8 glasses of water daily.
- Indulge in an abdominal massage
- Exercise regularly. Go for a walk, yoga, and do running.
4) Hormonal Balance
There might be a lot of factors that impact your hormones like stress, food, and other environmental circumstances. Cleanse your body of excessive unhealthy hormones by eating fresh fruits and veggies with healthy fats. Check to have a balanced FSH level. Bringing back your hormones to a normal and balanced level will help in healthy production and ovulation.
Is there an alternative to egg production?
Though there are techniques like IVF and freezing of matured eggs in order to use it later, let’s get to the easy way out through stem cells and home remedies for a healthy fertility. Now that you are clear as to how soon the eggs run out in a woman’s lifespan, if you are planning to have children, then it’s time to plan accordingly keeping all the above points in mind.
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