This morning, BBC Health News reported scientists have discovered women may not actually be born with all the eggs they will ever have. It stated “Researchers have shown it is possible to find stem cells in adult women which spontaneously produced new eggs in the laboratory.” BBC News.
This is exciting news for fertility – but something that doesn’t really surprise me, given I see women with terrible results do back flips with the right attention. It goes to show we must be able to influence our fertility when we are ticking all the right boxes. Dr Tilly went on to say that “The primary objective of the current study was to prove that oocyte-producing stem cells do in fact exist in the ovaries of women during reproductive life, which we feel this study demonstrates very clearly.”
What does that mean? We can continue to make quality eggs – possibly unlimited during our reproductive years? It appears so.
The story runs with the major focus on the exciting potential for assisted conception (IVF and alike) and indeed it is super exciting! More so is the possibility moving forward, of pumping up a woman’s own natural fertility. If we can make more eggs in a lab, we sure as heck can do this inside a woman’s body with the right support and treatments. The latest trend is testing women left, right and centre for their ovarian reserve via their anti mullerian levels . Tomorrow it will be something different, since fertility medicine is ‘faddish,’ changing on a daily basis. There’s nothing wrong with being trendy, but what we must realise is that we can’t place all our faith in only one type of treatment, since what’s ‘in’ today has every chance to be ‘out’ tomorrow. Insert natural therapies here. Because this is where it excels. It makes you more fertile as it takes into consideration every factor that could be dampening your reproductive potential – never a one size fits all approach. So it works, and some. There’s no harm in finding out what your fertility potential is and testing for your numbers, right? In theory I agree. But if overian reserve results come back low, these poor women are left deflated and freaking out. This does terrible things to their fertility and often sees them jump straight on the assisted conception rollercoaster – because conventional medicine doesn’t have much more to offer. It’s nobodies fault, they haven’t cracked the code to make it happen – although with this new research in mind, they know it’s possible. Could it be as simple as better lifestyle choices, eating for fertility, thinking for fertility and perhaps just being more fertile? Probably.
When I work on fertility (supportive to IVF or natural) I always explain to couples we work from the bottom up rather than the top down. You see, we get the blood pumping down low (so to speak) we awaken that which may have been snoozing on the job. What follows is a response hormonally – it’s almost like a jumpstart and then, fertility starts working – actually everything starts working.
Be encouraged by this latest fertility news and realise that everything as we know it, is never 100% certain. Perhaps a woman considered ‘infertile’ today may be as fertile as a fish tomorrow. It’s all about unlocking the right door and knowing potentially, there are plenty more eggs in your basket.