“Will I run out of eggs faster if I do IVF or egg freezing?” This is a great question that I get asked all the time.
The short answer: NO.
The long answer: Women have the most eggs they ever will have while they are in their mother’s womb (6-7 million eggs). From then on, we experience a constant decrease in egg number. By birth, there are 1-2 million eggs and only around 300,000 at the onset of puberty. However, women only ovulate about 400 eggs over an average reproductive lifespan.
What happens to all the other eggs?
The easiest way to think of this is that a group of eggs all grow and come to the surface each month. These eggs can be seen on ultrasound and are the antral follicles. These are the eggs that are able to respond to FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). In a natural cycle, FSH typically stimulates 1 egg to ovulate and then rest of these eggs die. In an IVF or egg freezing cycle, injectable FSH (at higher doses than nature) stimulate more eggs to grow instead of dying.
So think of it this way: each month a group of eggs are either are going to die or become mature and eventually ovulate. The goal of IVF or egg freezing is to put more into the mature category than in the dying category.
One rate limiting step for IVF or egg freezing success is the NUMBER of eggs you can get - there is strength in numbers. Thus, understanding how many eggs you may get in a cycle is important (which can be determined by ultrasound and tests of ovarian reserve). In a woman who has low ovarian reserve, fewer antral follicles are usually recruited each month and so there are fewer eggs available. Sometimes multiple cycles are needed to get the same result as an aged matched peer with normal ovarian reserve.
There is a lot of variation per individual woman, based on how many eggs she started with at birth (somewhat random but likely influenced by genetics, maternal environment during pregnancy, and lifestyle factors). Egg number and quality are independent factors - meaning if a woman is younger she still has better quality eggs than an older woman, even if she has fewer.
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Tell me women aren’t unstoppable and I’ll point you in her direction. She’s an officer, a lady, and the best mama in the world. She takes care of us fiercely. Over the last 9 months of Wilder’s life, @wildnaenae has pumped religiously...to the point where we have over 6 gallons of milk in our supply.
The best part? Wilder will never drink all that milk, so we get to donate it so another baby can get allll the goodness. So in love with my wife 😍
*WARNING: long post ahead* :: Not normally one to post a "gym mirror selfie" but this was post-yoga today, and I was so proud to have made it through the hour-long class! That's because during my first pregnancy, I couldn't and didn't work out at all, and for someone who has been an athlete my entire life that was such a mental struggle for me. This pregnancy, I'm determined to stay strong and fit so I can have an easier time recovering after birth! As most of you know, I herniated 2 of my discs in my spine while giving birth, my L3 and my L5-S1. This led to what was one of the hardest years of my life dealing with the most excruciating, crippling sciatic nerve pain. In the weeks leading up to my microdiscectomy 4 months ago, I was sleeping in my closet because it was too painful to lay in bed. I was essentially spending 75% of my day finding ways to lay flat on a hard surface just to survive the excruciating, shooting pain from my butt to my foot. After the procedure, my spine surgeon said he had no idea how I was even walking, the nerve was so inflamed by the herniated disc. Ugh, I never want to relive that pain again. Now, I can walk, exercise AND sleep almost normally. I still have some residual sciatic pain that flares up when I sit too long or exercise too much. But I know if I build up my back strength, and keep incorporating sciatic-relief stretches and yoga into my fitness routine, I can get through this pregnancy easier! So for all you suffering from chronic pain, I feel you. And for you pregnant mommas struggling to stay healthy, I'm right there with you. But every day I do something good for my body, I feel better mentally as well. We got this! Slowly, slowly but surely.
Jeder Patient der zu früh, oder durch das Versagen irgendeiner Instanz stirbt, ist einer zu viel.
Und manchmal, da hat auch die modernste Medizin ihre Grenzen
Wir, die wir diejenigen sind denen diese Menschen oder gar Kinder anvertraut sind, nehmen diese Schicksale mit..
Die einen für ein paar Stunden, die anderen tage oder wochen lang
Im schlimmsten Fall geht man daran zugrunde und hängt den Kittel an den Nagel. Aber seid ganz sicher, kalt lässt es niemanden. Die Balance zwischen Freud und Leid... Krankenhaus und Privatleben... Wer sie nicht halten kann, hatte wenigstens den Mut es zu zugeben
Diese Fälle sind selten.
Und das ist gut so
Die andere Seite sind schwere Verkehrsunfälle die wochenlang beatmet werden, denen es phasenweise so schlecht geht das man den bangende Eltern am liebsten sagen würde, alles kann passieren. Kleine Mädchen und Jungen die leblos im Schwimmbad gefunden werden, bei denen es erstprognostisch in Richtung Hirnschaden geht. Eine Schwangere, die plötzlich so stark nachblutet, dass sie statt ihr Kind im Arm zu halten, wochen lang auf der Intensivstation zubringt.
Ich hab sie, und noch so viele viele andere betreut und gesehen. Ich habe den Verkehrsunfall freudestrahlend in die Reha verabschiedet... Stabil, blass... aber am Leben und voll motiviert wieder laufen zu können. Der kleine Junge hat im nächsten Jahr sein Seepferdchen nachgeholt... Ohne Einschränkungen, geistig oder motorisch. Die Mutter des kleinen Babys, das sie nach 6 Wochen kennen lernen durfte brachte Blumen vorbei.. und sagte Danke.
Wir sind Menschen. Wir machen Fehler... Wir können keine Wunder vollbringen. Aber wir geben uns Mühe, immer eins hinzukriegen...
Habt ein bisschen Vertrauen in uns.. auch wenn es dieser Tage schwieriger ist
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I will be the first person to admit that sugar is my weakness. I'm like a total addict! Once I start I cannot stop and it's the HARDEST bad habit to try and break. And I know you can relate because SO many of us struggle with it.🍃
So this week I have vowed to say 🙅 to sugar and treats. Last week I stress ate my body weight in shortbread and chocolate, so I finally said enough is enough. I made a conscious choice to drink my bag of powder instead of fill my body with food that doesn't make me feel good in the long-term! I chose pumpkin spice veggies instead of pumpkin spice lattes that are filled with fat and sugar.
I will win this week because I have the tools and my mindset is on point. I will then have an amazing Christmas with my family and get right back to the no sugar rule because it truly makes me feel better inside and out, and my superfoods totally save my life every single time. That our new group starts the second week of January and I'm so excited to go all in and crush it with my girls!!!💓
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Brandon and I concluded that it’s probably in our families best interest to not process or analyze ANYTHING new until the second week of January. 🙌🏻😆
We’re a week away from Christmas.
It’s time to just get happy and do all the fun things.
I’m SUPER excited to watch Bobbi experience Christmas morning now that she’s a little older.
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The best images are the ones your not expecting. Check out @karikeating and her podcast #workhardmomhard it’s good it pushes you to see where you need to be and how to get there. She’s. A business coach and just straight out amazing. Check check check her out.
🎅 Spoiler alert!!!
My dad is the cutest. In my stories earlier this month, I shared that when Nat wrote her letter to Santa, she said “and the letter I wrote him is ‘A’.” She thought the point of writing 🎅 a letter was to write a letter of the alphabet, and she planted a big ‘A’ right in the middle of her letter.
So yesterday, Natalie got Santa’s reply, and after I read it to her, she says “but he didn’t send a letter!” My dad serves as 🎅 and replies to his grandkid’s letters, so texted 🎅, to share the letter joke! Poor 🎅!! He forgot to include a letter!
So today, a follow up letter appeared. With a letter. And Natalie was pretty pleased to not only get a second letter, but to get an alphabet letter 😂. She said she’s going to write him another letter tomorrow. I assume it will be ‘C’. Thanks dad, err, I mean Santa!! #mydadisthebest#santaletter#christmasmagic
I love how these turned out! 😍 They also have names and dates on the back. These for sure took a lot of patience to make 🤣 (Unfortunately I won’t be able to make any more with this saying before Christmas)
Dieses Bild zeigt einen sehr seltenen Moment - ich alleine für mich mit einem leckeren Kaffee, den ich tatsächlich genießen kann! Ich weiss nicht wie es bei euch ist, aber ich brauche diese Momente um Durchzuatmen, zum Entspannen und um mich auch wieder auf die wesentlichen Dinge zu fokussieren. Ich wurde in den letzten Monaten oft gefragt wie ich das alles hinbekomme mit Vollzeitjob, Selbstständigkeit, Kindern, Haushalt, Sport und gesunder Ernährung. Meistens bekomme ich es gut hin, einfach weil ich immer Hummeln im A. habe 😬 aber auch ich habe Momente wo nichts mehr geht! Und ich finde es wichtig, dass das auch mal gesagt wird. Keiner von uns ist perfekt und keiner kann und muss immer 100% geben. Ich hatte eigentlich immer die Erwartung an mich, 100-150% zu geben bzw. zu liefern, und ich habe sie teilweise immer noch. Mittlerweile habe ich gelernt mir bewusst Auszeiten zu nehmen oder sie sogar einzufordern. Und genau deswegen gibt es aktuell hier auch etwas weniger food content 🤷🏼♀️ Dafür bekommt ihr gerade aber das ein oder andere Gewinnspiel von mir, und das ist ja auch nicht schlecht 😉
Wie ist das bei euch? Nehmt ihr euch genug Auszeiten?
No shame 😂😂 Setting a new #fashion trend here people! Uggs and bands in Miami with obnoxious pants. It’s definitely the new thing! 40 fast reset done ✅, although I broke it not the ideal way. Easier to make choices not consistent with goals when on a long plane ride and tired. Taking back power now. Band work and stretching on the plane and here at this killer sweet club! Thanks for taking this trip with me #instatribe and fellow #fitnesshackers. My daughter is crushing her #Ursula role as we speak - picture to come after the show, and I’m leaving Miami for Austin finally. Europe was incredible, but I’m ready to be still. #austin
Over and out #chao
#gutenmorgendeutschland ...wie sehr hab ich gehofft, aufzuwachen und alles weiß zu sehen, wie am Sonntag ❄️ ich mag den Winter hier bei uns nicht! Also allgemein wohnen wir in ner schrecklichen klimazone - im Sommer zu heiss/trocken und im Winter zu nass/wenn Schnee dann Matsch 🙄
Ich beneide hier so viele für ihre schönen Schneebilder 😭
Also so vor 20 Jahren war es um diese Zeit definitiv weiß!! So richtig weiß!! Da hat uns unsere Mama nachts aus dem Bett geholt und wir haben im Schnee getanzt - im Pyjama 😍😍
Ich hoffe so sehr, unsere Kinder erleben das auch mal 😍
So ich mach jetzt mal hier, der Jahresabschluss ruft 🙈
Schönen Tag euch 😘
Sliding backwards into my last two working days 🤸🏾♂️ - haven’t taken a proper break this year, cos taking time off work makes me soooo anxious 🙈 (I’m working on it 🙃). Helps that I’m exhausted after our super social weekend 🥳 - have a blessed week friends 💝
Left over rotisserie chicken used for dinners the past two nights 🍗
Healthy food doesn’t always have to look fancy or be complicated. Just used what we had in the fridge: mini sweet peppers and avocado last night and sweet potatoes with the chicken tonight. Simple, filling, delicious and healthy 👌
7110 hours ago
YESSS!!!! The time has officially come!!
I am gearing up to start 2019 even stronger than before – and I want you right there with me!! Prep has already begun for a brand new program that delivers crazy, awesome results in just 20 minutes a day.
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Seriously! Just needing 20 minutes for better results than I used to get after hours at the gym? Def a no brainer!!
This test group is a game changer when it comes to committing & getting results! Accountability & support have been my key to success to dropping 5 sizes & maintaining that for 13 years! You can’t do it alone & you can’t do it by doing the same old routine!
This sure ain’t the same ole step that I had 20ish years ago!!
I’m taking just 8 more new clients with me in this exclusive Prepare to Transform Group for December. We will go ALL IN in 2019. If you’re:
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Today, my mom retired after 38 years in public service (also, both of her parents were public servants!). She was one of the only moms I knew growing up who worked full time outside the home (which she did with FOUR kids) and she has been a powerful example to me both of a life of service and also that I had the option of pursuing work outside the home, which was unusual when and where I grew up.
One of my mom’s dearest friends, with whom she hoped to spend her retirement years lunching, was killed suddenly in an accident last month. Today was the most bittersweet, beautiful ceremony: the sweetness of celebrating all the lives my mom has touched through her hard work and also the heartache for those who weren’t able to be there. A friend of my mom’s who is an incredibly talented folk singer Cori Connors (@corkmalork) picked the most perfect song to sing, Memoria, which is the song from which this quote comes.
The uncertainty of the future is the thing that makes all of this so very precious. I try to hold on to the certainty that all of this will end and I don’t know when, but it is illusory and I often lose it and get lost in worries about the past or future or zone out on my phone instead. My practice is to kindly remind myself over and over so I can take in as much of these seemingly small moments as possible.
today: time by the fire and christmas lights; surprising my mom; dancing with A; a hot shower; A and O playing together; seeing everyone at my mom’s work; all the grandkids hopped up on sugar having so much fun; letting myself cry when I needed to; laughing and crying all evening with family.
That one hour before leaving office is the most blissful hour of the day for me. I and lil 'a' play, cuddle, eat breakfast and get ready for a fresh start to life each day. #workingmom#mysonshine
4010 hours ago
Every day is a freaking accomplishment. So much behind one simple photo.
Every day I get up crazy early to get myself showered and presentable for work. I get up at the ass crack of dawn so I can start my day before my minions wake up. Shower, coffee, makeup, get dressed, and hair. Kids get up and I got to get them both dressed, both their hair done, both need to eat, both need their lunches packed, both need to be reminded to put their shoes and jackets on, both run around while I remind them to do these simple task 500 times. I pack their lunches, I get their backpacks ready, I grab everything and out the door we go. We rush to school, we say our goodbyes, then I’m rushing to work. Repeat daily.
Being a parent is hard work. Being a single parent is even harder. My minions are my world. Even when they are testing my limits and driving me bonkers.
Every.single.day. Is a BLESSING. ❤️