The Declining Egg Population...Or Not

Traditional medical doctrine will tell you that women are born with all of the eggs that they will ever have. Egg development begins in the womb, increasing in number until month 5 or so; from this point forward, the pool of follicles begins a steady decline through birth, through puberty and throughout adulthood. This is the reason why menopause eventually happens. And, more to the point here at Xandara, this is the reason why it’s harder to get pregnant later in life-- because you have a smaller pool of available eggs. Or, so they say.

However, new animal research is suggesting that we may be able to create new eggs from stem cells. The next horizon will be to confirm this research more broadly in human egg cells.

If this science bears out (and only time will tell), this discovery could be an incredible breakthrough in women’s health. It suggests that, despite popular belief to the contrary, a woman’s ovarian reserve is not fixed at birth; her “ovarian reserve” does indeed have the capacity for regeneration.

Beyond telling you about this cutting edge science (which is super cool!), I also want to suggest that this discovery underscores another really important point: We have to question EVERYTHING we have been told about our fertility.

There is a lot of misinformation out there...and most of it is disempowering. Many health professionals have just not kept pace with the scientific advancements in this arena (note: I'm talking more broadly about functional and holistic approaches to fertility, not necessarily the specific early-stage research I mentioned above...though it is a poignant example of where we may have to substantially revise our standard of care going forward). Medical dogma, when unceremoniously applied, can be dangerous. Blindly following outdated medical models is unwise at best and unsafe at worst.

Science is evolving. And we should evolve with it. We should neither cling tightly to the past nor rush naively into the future.

Whether this scientific development turns out to be valid or not, the point remains: when it comes to your health, keep an open mind, question things constantly and be flexible enough to incorporate new information into your operating model as you go.