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How lifestyle choices can impact your egg quality

By Cryos | 7/15/2022
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The main factor regarding women’s egg quality and fertility in general is their age, but there are other factors that can influence the two things as well. In this blog post, we explain what and how lifestyle choices may affect the quality of your eggs.

Your choice of lifestyle can influence a lot of different parts of your everyday life. Your diet or your amount of exercise influence your energy levels during the day and your mood in general. Your energy levels and mood are not the only thing affected by the lifestyle choices you make; your choices can also affect your ability to conceive a child.

If you want to read more about egg quality in general, we recommend you follow the link to our blog post on the subject.

Diet and exercise impacts your egg quality

A regular menstruation cycle is an important factor when trying to become pregnant, since it will make you aware of when you are able to conceive. By maintaining a healthy weight and diet, it is possible to improve your overall health and menstrual regularity. It is recommended to exercise regularly for 30 minutes five times a week. If you exercise more than this for a longer period of time, it may cause you to be underweight, which has the same negative effect as being overweight. Being over or underweight can have a negative impact on the quality of your eggs and the fertility in general, since it has a negative impact on your hormones and often causes irregular periods.

If you need fertility treatment to fulfil your dream of parenthood, it is important to know that fertility treatment is not recommended for women with a BMI above 30, since the treatments are shown to be less effective, and the women has increased health risks in general as well.

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Lifestyle choices affects egg quality

If you want to improve your egg quality and fertility in general, there are a few lifestyles changes you can make. In our everyday life, there are a lot of substances that has a negative impact on your fertility and egg quality, which you are recommended to either eliminate or reduce:

  • Smoking: Women who smoke are more likely to experience fertility problems. Smoking has a negative effect on the female reproductive system, where it stops the ovaries from working effectively, damages the eggs, and alters hormone levels.
  • Alcohol: Drinking alcohol can also have a negative impact on your fertility. Alcohol may impact the hormone levels negatively and if you are already pregnant, it may also affect the development of your baby.
  • Caffeine: A moderate caffeine intake has no impact on your fertility, but if you drink an excessive amount of caffeine (500 mg a day), it may have a negative impact on your fertility. 500 mg of caffeine a day is equivalent to 5 brewed cups of coffee or 10 espresso shots.

Safe sex is important

Sexually transmitted diseases are considered one of the leading causes of infertility. Diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can lead to blockage of fallopian tubes, prostatitis, and other problems that reduce fertility. That is why using a condom during sexual intercourse is always recommended.

If you want to read more about egg quality and fertility, you can read our blog post 5 facts about women’s eggs and fertility. You can also read more about fertility treatment with donor eggs or see our free egg donor search by following the links.