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Infertility Causes – Poor Egg Quality

Of all of the different types of infertility causes, there’s one that every woman will, eventually, experience. While some will experience it earlier than others, every woman will come to the point in her life when she has poor egg quality. This is a natural part of aging, and it’s not something you can avoid. Your eggs are going to decline in quality the older you get.

However, there are sometimes other causes for poor egg quality. In some cases, your eggs may be damaged. In other cases, there might be chromosomal abnormalities in your eggs.

What causes poor egg quality?

It isn’t always certain what exactly causes poor egg quality. Again, aging is probably the most common cause, but for some younger women there is often no known identifiable cause. In some cases, exposure to heavy metals or radiation might lead to chromosomal abnormalities, but these kinds of cases are relatively rare overall.

How do you know if you have poor egg quality?

There aren’t really any symptoms of poor egg quality. Unless you’re undergoing fertility treatments and your doctor wants to specifically test your eggs for quality, you’re really not going to know that this is the case.

How is poor egg quality treated?

In some cases, poor egg quality can be treated with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Usually, it will involve using donor eggs.

What are my chances of successfully getting pregnant?

If you undergo IVF using donor eggs, your odds of success range from about 30 percent to 50 percent per IVF cycle that you undergo.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.