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    Do non-dominant follicles in ovary disappear after ovulation?

Posted on Tue, 31 May 2016 in General Health
Question: Dear Doctor
You have recently answered my previous question about follicles. Pl help me with additional query as below :

 when do the other non-dominant follicles disappear. Immediately after ovulation or during period?
I ask this because the follicles were still there during repeat scan also.
Answered by Dr. S Patra 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Non-Dominant follicles don't disappear soon after ovulation.

Detailed Answer:
Hello Dear,

Thanks for writing back to me. Followings are my comments:

1) Non-dominant follicles DON'T disappear or die soon after ovulation. They will disappear gradually over the time till your period date. It is a biological process.

2) When a new cycle begins, they will start to grow again and compete each other for maturation and one becomes dominant under the influence of FSH and estrogen.

Hope, I have cleared your confusion. If you don't have any other query, you can close the discussion. Good luck and take care.

For future query, you can directly approach me through


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