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Question: scan revealed ENLARGED FOLLICLES what does this mean

 sadmo38 - Fri May 08, 2009 3:26 pm

i have had severe paid during my periods since they started when i was 12, 7yrs ago. My doctor sent me for a scan. The results sent back to my doctor said that I have 'enlarged follicles in left ovary'. The doctor sais that he does not know what this means and I need to go back to the gynecologist to ask. I cannot get an appointment for at least 3 months. I am very worried about what it might mean.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu May 14, 2009 2:11 pm

User avatar Hello,
Enlarged follicles are typically temporary conditions which occur with hormonal variations in your body. There is a good chance that if you repeated the ultrasound, it would not be enlarged next time. At any rate, this is not an alarming finding so try to relax until you get to see your doctor for a full explanation in conjunction with history and physical examination, sometimes even lab work. Sometimes this condition occurs with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosed in 20% of the female population) or with hormonal contraceptive use. This term is actually a misnomer because there aren't actually cysts; just enlarged follicles they originally believed to be cysts.

While waiting for your appointment, write down all your questions so you won't forget to ask and record any symptoms you may be having.

Best wishes.


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