When a woman is born, her ovaries already hold all the potential eggs she will have in her lifetime. All the unsuccessful follicles are reabsorbed into the body. This process accelerates as we age, until the ovaries stop releasing eggs and we enter menopause. Many patients who need help conceiving are concerned about their ovarian reserve, or how many eggs are left in their ovaries.
What are Follicles and How Many Do You Need for IVF?
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Investigate your fertility. They secrete hormones which influence stages of the menstrual cycle and women begin puberty with about , to , of them. Each has the potential to release an egg for fertilisation.
But what exactly are follicles, and why are they so important to whether your IVF cycle has a good chance of success? Ovarian follicles are small, fluid filled sacs in your ovaries. Inside each follicle is an immature egg, which grows and increases the size of the follicle as it grows. The egg is released when the follicle reaches the optimum size, this is when ovulation occurs. In IVF, your ovaries are stimulated to make the follicles grow and produce mature eggs.