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There is a common misconception that getting an egg fertilized is the true challenge when trying to conceive, however, the ability of a fertilized egg (embryo) to continue developing and implant is a much bigger issue. Embryo development is a hefty process that requires a high amount of energy. Only about a third of embryos survive to become a baby. The reason why most fertilized eggs struggle to become a successful pregnancy lies in the DNA. An embryo’s potential to grow primarily relies on its number of copies of chromosomes; when an embryo is formed from a chromosomally abnormal egg, it has a substantially lower potential to continue developing. This is usually seen as an inability to become pregnant or as recurrent pregnancy loss. People with multiple miscarriages, repeated IVF cycles with repeated implantation failures, or people with PCOS see higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities (up to 70%). 


Fertility advice sometimes focuses on ovulation and timing to achieve fertilization, yet the ability to become pregnant and carry the pregnancy to term can be best achieved by improving the egg’s energy production capacity. Egg development is a long and error-prone process that requires efficient energy production to process chromosomes correctly. 


External factors that can boost or compromise egg quality depend on an egg’s potential to produce energy at critical times. Mitochondria (the powerhouse of our cells) change significantly with age and in response to nutrients and other external factors such as stress, as well as chemicals and toxins in our environment. There are ten times more Mitochondria in your eggs than in any other cell in the body and they act as miniature power plants to transform various fuel sources into energy that the cell can use in the form of ATP. The egg's ability to produce energy when needed is critically important to develop the correct number of chromosomes to survive the first week of embryo development and for successful implantation. 


So what can you do to help? Recharge your mitochondria and boost your egg’s energy supply. At Acubalance we offer a unique approach by using Low-Level Laser Therapy/ Photobiomodulation which assists ATP production by infusing the localized area (your ovaries) with red and infrared light. Photons displace the molecules that slow down cellular metabolism (as a result of oxidative stress and inflammation), allowing oxygen to be used again for ATP production. The cell’s metabolism is improved, and inflammation slowly decreases. Low-level laser therapy also increases blood supply to the follicles (improving egg cell health) and to the uterus (resulting in a thicker and healthier uterine lining necessary for successful implantation). 


Integrative Approach for Optimizing Fertility

Our integrative approach for optimizing fertility includes a 100 day protocol (the time it takes for your eggs to develop), where we use Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and acupuncture twice per week to regulate hormones, improve blood flow to your ovaries and uterus, and balance your overall health. You will also receive personalized dietary and lifestyle advice and supplement recommendations to reduce oxidative damage and inflammation. You can read more about LLLT for fertility here and how Chinese medicine can help with recurrent pregnancy loss here.


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If you have any further questions on how we can help, I invite you to book a 15 min discovery call with one of our practitioners here.


In Health,




It Starts With the Egg - Rebecca Fett