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Eggs and fertility: Quality vs quantity

Girls are born with 1-2 million immature eggs. The vast majority of eggs perish during early childhood and puberty. Towards the fertile age, there will theoretically only be 200,000 – 500,000 eggs left that can be fertilized.

During a woman’s fertile age, 400-500 eggs are sent for ovulation (usually one per cycle). The rest of the eggs perish and by the age of 50, a female rarely has fertile eggs left. 

So, what do the 400-500 eggs need to maintain a “healthy life”? First of all, your eggs need huge amounts of energy for cell division and maturation. Each egg contains more than 15,000 mitochondria, which are known as the cell’s powerhouse. The number is at least 10 times higher than in any other cell in the body. This says something about the egg’s need for good energy.

An extensive amount of research from leading research institutions has shown that the egg’s ability to produce energy is crucial for the egg to mature with the right number of chromosomes. It is also important for the chance of the embryo (fetus) to survive the first weeks and for a successful fertilization.

If you have questions about your eggs or egg quality, we suggest that you start by contacting your GP or gynecologist.

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