Women often worry about the number of eggs they have remaining (as indicated in the AMH/AFC tests), however, the key to achieving a successful pregnancy is not so much about the number of eggs but the quality of those eggs.
Egg -quality is most affected by age. Age-related decline in egg-quality is a natural part of the ageing process, this makes achieving a pregnancy after the age of 36 more difficult, as older eggs have a higher percentage of abnormal DNA.
As mentioned in our lifestyle section, leading a healthy lifestyle and taking specific vitamins helps to optimise egg-quality.
Exposure to chemicals and toxins should also be limited when trying to conceive as these can act as hormone disrupters. It is recommended that you eat organic food as much as possible to avoid such exposure. In addition, smoking and recreational drug use can damage the DNA of the egg, and so too should be avoided.
Prioritising self-care and limiting stress is important during your fertility journey. Stress can produce hormones like prolactin and cortisol which can affect egg quality and production. Self-care activities which can decrease stress include meditation, acupuncture, yoga, spending time with pets and loved ones and prioritising sleep.