Preparing to conceive – the eggs

The environment that eggs occupy during their lengthy maturation process in the ovary has an impact on what shape they are in before meeting a sperm (with or without an IVF embryologist in attendance).  They need a good blood supply, the right nutrients, the right hormone signals and the capacity to supply enough energy to the embryo.

This has important implications, particularly for eggs that are coming from slightly older ovaries (and possibly for eggs coming from women with PCOS or endometriosis). While no treatment can turn back the clock, or change the DNA, acupuncture, supplements and herbs can be used in an attempt to improve delivery of  nutrition to the developing egg and enhance its capacity to make energy (see below).

Suggested Schedule; Acupuncture once or twice a week, Chinese herbs and supplements twice a day for 3 – 6 months

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