Aging & Declining Egg Quality – Modern reproductive medicine has long held the view that egg quality declines with aging.
Mitochondria are the tiny organelles that power the cells within our bodies. A Woman's eggs have a much higher mitochondria concentration than any other cell in the body; approximately 200 times more.
ATP is the primary source from which our cells derive energy. As we get older, the mitochondria of our eggs aren’t able to produce as much ATP. Since the rate of division and embryo implantation are directly dependent on how much energy (ATP) the eggs are producing, a weakened energy generation can negatively impact fertility.
Most reproductive medicine experts believe that after 35 years of age, the eggs wear down mitochondria, and by age 40, as many as 9 out of 10 eggs may be abnormal.
Is there a way to counter age-related infertility?
The short answer – YES there is. Fresh research with low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in Denmark and Japan, has opened the possibility that it may enhance both egg quality and fertility in women.
LLLT is a non-invasive, painless, and cutting-edge clinical treatment and carries a low risk as it does not use ionizing radiation.
A study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that implantation rates were significantly higher in cases where Low-Level Laser Therapy was used before and after embryo transfer in IVF.
Other studies have shown that incorporating low-level laser therapy significantly boosted women’s pregnancy rates, even when they had been unsuccessful with IVF.
LLLT was used on volunteers’ acupuncture points on the neck and abdomen. The results established a direct connection between LLLT and enhanced mitochondrial activity, a boost in ATP production, increased blood flow, and a reduction in oxidative damage. More importantly, it was observed that LLLT may lead to better pregnancy rates among women experiencing age-related fertility issues or those who have gone through unsuccessful IVF cycles.
When should you consider LLLT?
The following conditions warrant the use of LLLT.