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A 33-year-old female asked:

If bilateral ovarian follicles shows on a ultrasound...does that means i'm ovulating with both ovaries at the same time?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
No: Your gyn should have explained that to you , you can have follicles on both ovaries and not ovulate at all, and if u do ovulate it is from one side or the other each month , not both.
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 20 years experience
Maybe: There are usually multiple follicles on each ovary, . Usually only 1 ovary grows a follicles large enough to contain a mature egg. However once in a while a woman will make 2 large follicles and if you ovulate both will be released. That tends to happen in women as they get older or in younger women whose ovaries actually do not work as well.
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Last updated Oct 1, 2016

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