Easter is upon us and we’re all busy enjoying our weekend, indulging in our favorite chocolate eggs! Which leads us to the question; have you ever given much thought to your own eggs?
Did you know that we’re actually born with all of our eggs? That’s right. From the day we’re born, we have all the eggs we’re ever going to use.
The vast majority of these eggs, which actually start out as follicles, will perish during our reproductive years. During each period around one thousand of these follicles are naturally lost and usually only one follicle will grow into a proper egg (or ovum). So, out of the two million or so follicles we’re born with, only around 450 will ever mature into eggs waiting to be fertilized. Interesting, right?
Our eggs significantly decrease by our mid-thirties to around 25,000 and our fertility will start to dip. Over time, our ability to conceive a healthy pregnancy declines as our eggs become more fragile. By the time we reach the ages of 45 to 55, our last remaining follicles are not likely to mature due to the hormonal changes that are occurring with the onset of menopause. Once our stock of eggs has been exhausted, a woman is in full menopause.
Of course, our health also has a lot to do with our fertility — and maintaining a good balanced diet and lifestyle is a crucial factor. Conventional fem-care brands can contain toxins, such as odor neutralizers, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, propylene glycol (PEG) and other contaminants that can be linked to hormone disruption, birth defects, cancer and infertility issues. Using natural and healthy fem-care products that don’t disrupt your delicate balance is a must.
…Now back to the chocolate!
*bunny ears image via Holly
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