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. Diminished ovarian reserve, whether caused by natural aging or by the approach of premature menopause, is one of the leading causes of infertility in women.
What is a follicle and how many follicles do you need?
Conceivable Notions: Our TTC Journey: Stim Days 7 & 8: How Many Follicles?
The follicular phase , also known as the preovulatory phase or proliferative phase ,  is the phase of the estrous cycle or, in primates  for example humans, monkey and great apes , the menstrual cycle during which follicles in the ovary mature from primary follicle to a fully mature graafian follicle. It ends with ovulation. The main hormones controlling this stage are secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone which are follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone. They are released by pulsatile secretion. Due to the increase of FSH, the protein inhibin B will be secreted by the granulosa cells.
Tawfik, A. Mastrorilli and A. Why monitor the patient?
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