The Importance of Egg & Sperm Quality in Getting Pregnant & What You Can Do About It

What diet and supplements are best for supporting good quality eggs and sperm? What environmental toxins should we avoid? We talk with Rebecca Fett who has a degree in molecular biology and biochemistry and is the author of the bestselling fertility book, “It Starts with the Egg“.

Hit the Highlights
  • Let’s start with your own story and why you decided to write this book.

  • Your book is titled It Starts with the Egg-but could also have been titled it’s all about the egg to emphasize the importance of egg quality?

  • Why is egg quality so important?

  • Women are born with all the eggs we will ever have so what can we do post-birth to improve egg quality?

  • What is BPA and how does it affect egg quality?

  • What other environmental toxins do women who are trying to get pregnant need to be concerned about?

  • What is the role of Vitamin D in conception, pregnancy, and miscarriage?

  • What is the role of the thyroid in getting pregnant and miscarriage?

  • What is the role of brushing your teeth and oral hygiene in getting and staying pregnant?

  • What supplements should women who want to get pregnant be using? We must preface this by saying that you should consult with your reproductive endocrinologist first.

  • What supplements should women who are undergoing IVF be using? 

  • What supplements should women who have experiences two or more miscarriages be using? Again, confirm this with your infertility specialist first.

  • What is Myo-Inositol and who should consider using it? Are there side-effects?

  • What is DHEA and who should consider using it and who should not? What are the side-effects?

  • What supplements do researchers recommend that women trying to get pregnant NOT take?

  • What does the current research show on the efficacy of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture?

  • What is the recommended diet to increase your chances of getting pregnant with or without fertility treatment?

  • What is the best diet to improve fertility?

  • What is the best diet to increase your odds of success with IVF or other fertility treatment?

  • What about alcohol and caffeine for those trying to conceive with or without IVF?

  • What can be done to improve sperm quality?

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Photo Credit: Karin Henseler 

Music Credit: Michael Ashworth