Being a woman and mother, I'm aware that as I grow older, I will experience a lot of changes, psychological or physical. I passed the stage of adolescence and puberty long time ago. I've already enjoyed the gift of conception and pregnancy. And now, I'm entering a new chapter... my middle age.
A sudden change in my menstrual flow compelled me to see my OB-Gyne. I discussed some details in this post. My latest TVS also showed a Cystic Follicle in my left ovary. Dra. Legaspi told me that there's nothing serious about it. It's just an egg that had not ruptured. Nevertheless, I should undergo TVS after 3 months and see if the cyst gets smaller.
What is Cystic Folllicle or Follicular Cyst?
It resembles a bubble that contains fluid and is surrounded by a thin wall. It is considered a simple cyst or non-cancerous one. Women of all ages may have this kind of functional cyst because it occurs normally and disappears on its own.
"If a follicle fails to rupture and release the egg, the fluid remains and can form a cyst in the ovary. This usually affects one of the ovaries. Small cysts (smaller than one-half inch) may be present in a normal ovary while follicles are being formed."-Source
Follicular cysts are mostly painless and harmless with no serious complications, however if the cyst becomes large and ruptures, a woman may experience the following: - Source
- there may be pain, pressure, or bloating in the low abdomen
- nausea, vomiting, tenderness in the breasts, or a change in length of the menstrual cycle
- can put pressure on the bladder or bowels. This can cause a woman to feel like she needs to use the bathroom.
- if accompanied by fever or nausea, seek medical treatment immediately
|My TVS result showing a cystic follicle|