Egg Quality

If you are having difficulties becoming pregnant, you are probably wondering exactly why your are having these problems.

While infertility issues can be the result of a number of factors, egg quality always plays an important role in the fertility process. In order for you to become pregnant, your eggs must be in good health and of a good quality.

Many women discover that their fertility difficulties are due to the quality of their eggs.

Your Eggs

Every woman contains a certain number of eggs, called ova, which are available for fertilization. These eggs are stored in your ovaries, which are located on either side of your uterus.

You are born with approximately 1 million eggs in your ovaries, but these eggs gradually decline in number as you age. In fact, by the time you begin menstruating, you will only have about 400 000 eggs left. Only a few hundred of these eggs will ever be released during ovulation.

About Egg Quality

You may have heard from various health care providers, friends, or family members that all that matters when you are trying to become pregnant is the number of eggs you have available.

Unfortunately, the number of eggs that you have in your ovaries isn't the only defining factor when it comes to getting pregnant. Eqq quality is also important. Together, your the quantity and quality of your eggs are referred to as your ovarian reserve.

Egg quality refers to how ready your eggs are to become fertilized and develop into embyros. You may have thousands of eggs waiting around in your ovaries, but if none of them are prepared to be fertilized, then you will have difficulties becoming pregnant.

Your eggs need to have certain characteristics to develop successfully into embryos.

These include:

  • the proper chromosomes
  • the ability to combine with sperm
  • energy to split after fertilization

Poor Egg Quality

After testing, some women find out that they have poor quality eggs. But what exactly does this mean? Well, some eggs just aren't made to reproduce. Some eggs simply do not have the right chromosomes to form into an embryo.

Others can't combine with sperm in order to cause fertilization. Some eggs just don't have enough energy to split and continue growing once fertilization occurs. Such eggs are said to have poor egg quality.

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