Nowadays more women are postponing their motherhood until the later age, giving priority to their career. When they are ready to start a family, some of them may find out they are having low anti-mullerian hormone or AMH level. This hormone reflect the number of eggs entering into maturation process. So low AMH level is a clear indication of the depleting egg reserve.
There is no magic food to eat or medication to take that will miraculously raise AMH levels. And usually the fertility specialists would recommend the women with low AMH to start fertility treatments as soon as possible, like IUI or IVF/ICSI. Actually low egg reserve is not a crucial factor for the fertility. Women with very low AMH levels can still get pregnant if the quality of an egg is good.
IVF treatment doesn’t improve the quality of your egg and therefore the chance of getting pregnant is marginal if the egg quality is poor. So no matter the women with low AMH would try to get pregnant naturally or go through the IVF, improving the ovarian function and egg quality is most important. There are several things they can do to improve increase the chance of conception.
1. Watch Your Lifestyle and Diet.
Choose foods that are full of antioxidants, healthy fats (such as omega-3s), lean protein, and vitamins. Eating a healthy diet can improve the health of your ovaries and eggs. Some healthy foods include: Seafood (halibut, salmon), Seeds (pumpkin, sesame), Spices (turmeric, ginger), Leafy greens, Beans, Broccoli and Berries (strawberries, blueberries).
At the same time, avoid eating fried foods, sweet baked goods and desserts, and processed meats. Limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink as much as possible.
2. Regular Exercise to Reach a Healthy Weight.
Moderate aerobic exercise (such as jogging, cycling, swimming, etc.) 3 or 4 days a week help you ease stress and keep a health weight, which will definitely benefit women’s ovarian and egg health. However women should avoid vigorous exercise which reduces estrogen and progesterone levels.
3. Take Some Supplements
Fish oil and wheat germ supplements: Add 3000 mg of fish oil and 300 mg of wheat germ oil to your daily diet. Research has shown that the combination of healthy oils can help raise AMH levels and keep your ovaries healthy.
DHEA: DHEA levels increase until our mid to late 20’s then gradually start to decline. Supplementing DHEA help bring your eggs and ovaries to the best form possible. However, it is highly recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before supplementing.
Vitamin D: Studies have also found a direct correlation between vitamin D and AMH levels. So taking Vitamin D can may improve your AMH level and keep your ovaries healthy. However Vitamin D can affect calcium absorption so let your doctor know if you’re taking calcium supplements or antacids.
CoQ10: Ubiquinol has been shown to inhibit DNA oxidation (damage from free radicals), thus protecting the genetic code. A study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that supplementation of 600 mg of CoQ10 daily by older women improved both egg quality and fertilization rates.
Melatonin: This hormone is a strong antioxidant that can support cellular health. Research has also found that melatonin can also play a role on your fertility. Melatonin’s role on increasing the quality of a woman’s eggs by protecting them from environmental stressors may be beneficial to women trying to conceive.
4. Fertility Massage
Regular fertility massage could boost blood flow to your ovaries and uterus in order to improve your reproductive health. Find a licensed massage therapist to massage your abdomen every week except for when you’re menstruating.
5. Try Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine could help regulate the hormones, improve the women’s ovarian function and egg quality, which will boost the chances of conception. Choose an acupuncturist who’s specialized in fertility disorders. If you’re planning on having IVF, get acupuncture treatments every week for 3 to 4 months before insemination.