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#1 Boo_Girl

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

Hi to everyone TTC via IVF. I'm looking for some info from anyone who has tried/is trying to improve egg quality. Hearing the news 'you have poor quality eggs' is never a good thing to hear, but there are ways to improve their quality. They will never be as good as they were when I was 27, but apparently there are ways some FS are saying can help improve their quality. Eg I've been taking DHEA for a couple of months, and there are nutritional ways (eg fertility super foods) that i've yet to explore.

So...Just wondering if there's anyone else in my boat, have you tried any methods to improve your egg quality?
Thanks!


#2 EloiseIVF

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

75mg DHEA
3mg Melatonin
4g Inositol
150 CoQ10

Will get some idea next week as to whether four months of the above have improved quality...

#3 Gordo's Girl

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

Eloise - so glad you put that up, as I was just about to message you to find out what you are doing, as I am really keen to give DHEA a go for cycle #9 for me.

Did you get your FS, or a GP to prescribe the DHEA and Melatonin?  What about the Inositol - are you getting that from a Health shop?

I have my fingers crossed for your results next week - hope you've got lots of little eggs in there this time.

#4 Lindyloo28

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

Hi OP,

I was on Usana multivitamins, herbs from Sharkys Healing centre and I did some research on fresh Royal Jelly. I took all this for 4 months before our first cycle. I really believe the Royal Jelly helped, you have to careful taking it if your allergic to bees though.

#5 EloiseIVF

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

Hi G Girl,

My FS prescribed the DHEA and Melatonin. I have no ill effects except for a bit of an oily face, but good old teenagers pimple face wash each morning keeps it under control. I get the Inositol made into capsules at a compounding pharmacy, but you can get powder and put it in a drink if you prefer. No prescription needed for that. I can pass on the pharmacy details if you are in Melbourne.

Ellie

#6 indigo~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

Another vote for DHEA and CoQ10.

I also used Saizen (human growth hormone injections) with most of my cycles.

#7 password123

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

My FS said l-arginine won't hurt either - increases Ovarian and uterine perfusion.

#8 Boo_Girl

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

Thanks very much ladies, I think I will try some of these suggestions. For those using several suppliments together, did you see a naturopath for these or was your FS open to it? EG Indigo and Elouise - did your FS suggest taking the CoQ10 with the DHEA?. I dont think my fertility doc would be amenable to discussing these, and I wouldn't want to take several combinations of suppliments without some expert guidance. I've also heard that maca is supposed to be good generally for fertility. Thanks again! PS I'm in Canberra...

#9 Gordo's Girl

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:30 PM

I did buy some l-arginine, but I just couldn't stomach the taste of it ... was revolting!!

#10 clrw

Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

I'm thinking Co10 made the difference in my two Down Reg cycles. First cycle I was taking Elevit (which contains Co10) and one tablet of Co10 for three months beforehand. I got 13 eggs but only 6 fertilized and I had a Blast transferred and three for the freezer.

After my BFN on a FET I upped the Co10 to two tablets a day. This Down Reg cycle I got 14 eggs. Today I had one blast transferred. They have frozen seven and are watching more which might be frozen tomorrow.



#11 password123

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

QUOTE (Gordo's Girl @ 04/02/2013, 01:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I did buy some l-arginine, but I just couldn't stomach the taste of it ... was revolting!!


Lol. I take it in capsules for that reason!
The smell and taste is very reminiscent of something... ninja.gif

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#12 indigo~

Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

OP, sorry for the delay in responding. I took CoQ10 off my own bat based on experiences of others here on EB and Dr Google.

I did discuss it with my FS first to get her blessing. She was happy for me to take it. She didn't necessarily think it would help, though. There's no research supporting it's use, at any rate.

DHEA and Saizen were her recommendations.

#13 mez70

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:25 PM

Warning Pregnancy mentioned
Hi there,
I am mot sure about the supplements etc but I do remember that with my last Down Reg cycle I was actually on an addition medication (injection) called Luveris..... My FS suggested it as I had a long history of producing lots of Eggs but poor fertilisation rates.... Due to my "advanced maternal age" lol nice way of saying 37 going on 38 is old we thought it was worth giving it a shot.. At the time it was bloody expensive (about $70-$80.00 per shot and I needed 9) but it was money well spent as that cycle we had our BEST ever fertilisation results. Over the preceeding years we had done 12 Stim cycles and only ever has enough frozen for 1 cycle. The cycle I took the luveris out of 6 eggs collected. 5 fertilised, 1 transferred and the other 4 all were successfully frozen. That cycle was a BFN but we were lucky on a subsequent frozen cycle..... Good luck

#14 hillplain

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

Hi Boo Girl,

I thought that I would drop in for you and anyone else who finds this. I have crappy eggs and am a poor responder to boot. My first 2 cycles I had 3 eggs, 2 fert and 1 transferred - both ended in MMC. Nearly all had fragmentation although my first cycle less than the second.
My next cycle I did DHEA and Melatonin for 2 months prior to EPU and we cycled with Menopur which is also supposed to help with egg quality. This cycle was 6 eggs, 5 fert and 1 dropped off every day and I ended up a day 3 transfer like with my other cycles with 2 fragmented embies. This has been a BFP positive so far but have bleed from 4 weeks to nearly 6. Waiting to hear further results at the moment.

I have been to see a chinease herbalist and acupuncture. She has suggested that if this cycle doesn't end well that we spend the next 4 months balancing my body up due to what it has been through in the last 8 months. You start releasing eggs 3 months prior to your actual ovulation so if we work on a healthy body etc for 3 months prior to the cycle then hopefully there will be much better quality when we do cycle. I am not sure if this will work or not but I think it is worth a try if nothing else. I don't have much of a choice otherwise. Maybe the stress of MC and leading up to first cycle was not helping me?
I am sorry that I can't give you anything other than that.

Good luck.


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