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please enlighten me about physiologic follicles, and cystic follicles

By March 8, 2009 - 4:27am
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hi i'm mayette 33 yrs old..with one daughter
i've been to my gyne several times complaining of abdominal pain, and irregular cycle
the 2 gyne that I've been through diagnosed me that it was just a muscle pain where nothing to worry. but after observing my condition the pain went through so i need to see another gyne to make sure that everything is okay, but unfortunately, my 3rd gyne found out that my right ovary was with normal size with physiologic follicles, and the left ovary is of normal size with possible cystic follicle.

as of now i'm taking noristherone as my gyne advised to normalize my cycle.
since this cystic follicle is new in my ear, i was too nervous what should i do, what to eat?...
is there anybody there that could help me what should i do?...
im worrying if there is a possibility that my ovary will be removed?..
or is there any illness that will come out with the findings of my gyne..
please help...
thank you in advance.
god bless

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hello..i am jackie 28 years old i just had my transvaginal ultra sound last september and there is cystic follicles in both ovaries sizes so i was wondering if its normal since ii dont feel any pain at all. and when i had the transvaginal ultra sound it was day 18 of my cycle because i usually have my period at day 26 please help me to know if its ok...please please

December 7, 2009 - 1:47am

Well, you will be happy (relieved?) to know that ovarian cysts may sound scary, but are very common, and most are benign (non-cancerous).

The physiologic (or functional) cyst that you mentioned is the most common type of ovarian cyst, and according to "ACOG's Patient Education pamphlet on Ovarian Cysts, "disappear within 6-8 weeks".

The "cystic follicle" that your doctor mentioned. Did s/he say that this was Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Lastly, the norethindrone that you were prescribed sounds like it was prescribed as an oral contraceptive ("progestin-only") to help regulate your menstrual cycle, which is not to treat any cysts. Is this your understanding?

I know it is difficult to be given a diagnosis, and have to emotionally "deal" with that in the moment, as well as be our usual intelligent selves and ask relevant questions at the same time. For this reason, most good doctors will provide some literature or resources for you read, and you can always call and make another appointment to ask your questions. Does your doctor's office have a nurse line that you can call, tell them you were diagnosed with a cystic follicle, and ask them for more clarification...they will have your chart and can provide some more information.

March 8, 2009 - 7:53am
(reply to Alison Beaver)

dear alison

thank you for the kind words, though it took me time to reply, your words really help my situation.

so far, my left ovary goes to normal, but my right ovary which was normal when i went to my gyne, turned to be something "over acting" which is under observation. my gyne told me to take diane 35, an oral contraceptive, when my period comes she will be checking my ovary again.

would it be good to have another gyne to look after me?.. my current gyne is my 3rd doctor,, and i could consider she is better that the other two. but am still thinking to have another doctor because,, the very light pain on my abdomen is still there. and so the fear in my heart and mind is always with me...

do you know some foods or any thing that would help my problem/..

any comment would be mean so much for me.

thank you and god bless.

April 2, 2009 - 12:02am
(reply to mayette)

Hi, mayette:

I'm helping Alison do some research on this subject for you, and I have a few questions:

Are you at normal or over weight?

Has your last GYN said anything about PCOS (or Stein-Leventhal Syndrome)?

What is your eating regimen like now?

Are you diabetic?

Do any of the conditions listed on this page pertain to you?

Your best bet is to be very up front with your current doctor and give her a chance to look deeper into your condition. While we all tend to seek a second opinion, unless you really aren't comfortable or confident that your doctor is acting in your best interest (which I would find hard to believe, as she is also a woman), make sure you give her as much information as possible.

One of my sisters had ovarian cysts (and had her ovary removed). She was on a mostly vegetarian, macrobiotic diet for a couple of years while regaining her health. This means eating fresh, whole foods, eliminating refined sugars and flour, eating whole grains and basically avoiding "white" foods (refined sugar, flour, bread, potatoes, rice).

Hope this helps and please do stay in touch with us and let us know how you're doing and what you learn from your doctor.

May 14, 2009 - 4:22pm
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