When a woman becomes pregnant, she cannot even imagine the process that her body went through for this phenomenon of nature to happen. Often the body is so mysterious and unknown that we cannot even imagine that there is a natural event like the dominant follicle in the ovary. But after all, what is this? What causes it to happen and is there any risk to the woman? What is a follicle?
Follicle is nothing more than the growing egg within a kind of cocoon , however, there is one more phase in this issue, then the dominant follicle in the ovary enters the picture. It is nothing more than a follicle (egg) that stands out among others that started the process of stimulation and maturation. In fact, the woman is born with her ovarian reserve ready, about 250 thousand in each of the ovaries. Cycle after cycle after the first menstruation, this reserve begins to be expressed with the stimulation of hormones. GnRh plays the initial role in the ovulation journey. Stimulation starts with some follicles, about 8 in each ovary, but not all will be large enough to be noticed. Among these initial follicles, some or one of them will become more likely to be released, soreceives a greater stimulus of estrogen compared to the others. This larger follicle is called the dominant follicle.
A good dominant ovarian follicle is one that measures about 14mm to 30mm. He is a serious candidate to be released to ovulate and be fertilized to give birth to a baby. After reaching the ideal size, from 19 to 30mm, he receives an LH stimulus that ruptures this follicle and then releases the egg. The growth of more than one follicle depends on some factors, but it is possible to have several dominant follicles at the same time . In such cases, there is a risk of twin pregnancies. Of course it is more difficult to happen, but it is likely in women who have genetics for multiple pregnancies . Twinning cases in the family, for example.
Ultrasound showing a dominant follicle in the right ovary is very evident.
How to Help Nature for More Dominant Ovarian Follicles?
Other cases that would enhance a multiple pregnancy with several dominant follicles in the ovaries, is drug induction. Indux, Clomid, Serophene and injectables like Menopur for example, are great helpers. However, they are not always efficient, there is a greater risk for twin pregnancies to happen but without 100% absolute certainty. In addition, medications pose great risks to the ovaries . As they are extremely invasive, they would be very aggressive to the organism than you think. Therefore, the best solution is to use these medications in cases indicated by the doctor and with strict monitoring to avoid problems.
Ovarian hyperstimulation is a reality among women who induce medication. Sometimes they can stimulate so much, that several follicles become dominant and then the ovary does not support the load and can fail momentarily causing extreme pain. However, there is a great natural alternative for women who want to stimulate their follicles until they become dominant. Yam-based foods, for example, elixir, tea or vegetable preparations, play a very efficient inducing role in almost all organisms. Another food rich in estrogen too, soy. Women who wish to become pregnant should consume regularly mainly in the ovulation stimulus phase.
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In order to actually detect the dominant follicle, it is advisable to have tests such as serial ultrasound in the fertile period to really determine the period that the dominant follicle will rupture . Thus, the chances of pregnancy with sexual intercourse at the right time will considerably increase. There are also cases where the dominant follicle does not hatch and can provide a phenomenon called LUF . These women with anovulation, may need help from HCG-based drugs that help ovulation happen regardless of whether they have LUF or not. Do not forget, any and all medication is prescribed by the doctor responsible for your treatment.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.