Can ovaries regenerate and produce new eggs? Is it possible that as you age your egg count doesn’t go down?
Most of us were taught that women are born with a finite amount of eggs or follicles and, as they age, that number decreases. By the time you start puberty you’ve lost millions of eggs and so on, until you hit menopause.
When TTC and diving into your fertility journey, we begin to focus on ovarian health and egg quality. What if I told you that there is a theory out there that challenges the age-old theory of as you age, your eggs decrease.
This research suggests that your ovaries can actually grow new eggs. Is this true? Can it really happen?
This research suggests that the ovary is indeed a more complex and versatile organ than we have been taught or than we expected, with an inherent capacity for renewal.
What I, as a fertility expert, take from this is the world inherent; that innately, the ovary, the body, and the cells in the ovary know that it needs to regenerate or reproduce and spark new life. For me, this is really fascinating. Coming from an integrative and more natural perspective, we’ve always known that the body has this innate capacity to regenerate, to thrive, and to recover. Now, we’re taking that whole idea and putting it to the ovaries. We were always taught that it wasn’t the case, but this is promising.
I believe that there is still a lot of research that needs to be done on this, but it’s still really intriguing. For me, it really comes back to what I’ve spoken about to all my patients over the years. We need to focus on reproductive anti-aging.
Can we actually regenerate new, good quality eggs? My answer has always been “yes”!
I often got a strange look from patients when I talked to them about this, but it is no different than any other anti-aging medicine out there. It’s just directed toward the reproductive organs and the ovaries and follicles.
If we are trying to take better care of ourselves, giving ourselves proper nutrients, nourishment, and living a better, healthier, less stressful life, it is all about reducing the impact that stress has on your body and working for proper cellular regeneration and health. It is exactly the same when we gear it toward the ovaries in this case.
I like to view the body as a whole. We each have one body on this journey, and we’d better take good care of it. Here are my four tips I believe are key to starting the process of ovarian regeneration and creating new follicles or eggs in the ovaries.
1. Feed your body properly.
Stay away from all processed food. When you look at the food that you’re eating, you need to ask yourself “Was this the way that was intended to be eaten. Is this the way my great grandparents would have eaten it?” If the answer is “no”, then go find it somewhere else. We should be eating food in the least processed way. An easy way to get started is following the meal plan and recipes from my Fertility Meal Plan and Detox.
2. Manage stress impact on the body.
Make more time for you. Make more time for relationships. Make time for your partner and for overall happiness. What about starting managing stress with a little fertility meditation? I put together a “meditation kit” for my just for you! Check out my ebook, audio meditation and workbook in The Secret to Conception.
3. Get more sleep.
It’s important to get good quality sleep to allow your body to naturally heal itself from its daily waking use. A great way to help you get a good nights rest is to have a good mattress. Check out my favorite here!
4. Give your body enough nutrients via supplementation.
The easiest way to get quality natural supplements it’s using the online shop here. Those are my favorite companies, the ones I use with patients following my virtual fertility programs and at the clinics in San Diego.
You can really help your body and your ovaries with just the first three. But I have found that right now, for most people, it is important to supplement so that they can get over the hump and start moving their bodies toward the ability to heal and regenerate.
Get all the resources above, and let’s get started improving those eggs!