Question re: ovulation and follicles
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tryandtryagain - August 2

Is it possible to ovulate with immature follicles? I have used a fertility monitor for the past 9 months, and I always believed I was ovulating.
However, I have recently begun seeing an RE. Each of the ultrasounds that I have had show me as having a low follicle count. We started IUI this cycle; I took Clomid, and still the u/s showed only one almost mature follicle, the others being very small. I also have small ovaries, apparently, if that means anything.

I'm having trouble understanding the whole follicle process. Can you shed some light on this for me?
Thanks.

 

B. Jacobs, M. D. - August 2

In a spontaneous cycle, or 1 stimulated with one of the FSH products, a follicle has to be about 17 mm to be big enough to ovulate. While taking Clomid, a follicle has to be about 20 mm to be big enough to ovulate. If you have an LH surge, or take an hCG product, a follicle too small to ovulate is likely to turn into a cyst, unless it is small.

 

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