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A Blighted Ovum Should NEVER Be Diagnosed Before Nine Weeks!

Updated on September 7, 2014
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Have you been diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks?

If you have been diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks, this page is to let you know you've been diagnosed too soon. If you are pressured into a D&C or medical miscarriage (with pills), you may be inadvertently aborting your baby.

Strong words, I know but I, myself, was diagnosed with a blighted ovum and pressured into getting a D&C at just about seven and eight weeks. I went almost a month believing I was miscarrying but they were wrong. Since that time, I have talked to numerous women who also found their babies at nine weeks and beyond. Many of them had turned down a D&C or the pills.

Unfortunately, many diagnosed miscarriages do end in miscarriage but many women have been misdiagnosed before nine weeks.

I believe every woman deserves to have no doubt before having her pregnancy ended.

What is a Blighted Ovum

Many women, myself included, have never heard the term blighted ovum before going through this scare. So what is a blighted ovum?

taken from the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage's FAQ:


"A blighted ovum is a fertilized egg that implants but does not develop. The gestational sac continues to grow but the baby does not grow within the sac. If the case is a true blighted ovum, the yolk and fetal pole will not be present."

I've written a number of pages to try to get the word out there that misdiagnosed miscarriages do happen and they do happen to quite a few women.

Despite all the information we are putting out on the internet, I still hear from women just about every day whose doctors are diagnosing them before nine weeks. If doctors would stop diagnosed a blighted ovum before nine weeks, I think we would easily do away with most misdiagnosed miscarriages.

In a nutshell, this is the most important message I have when it comes to being diagnosed with a blighted ovum. Yes, you may have a blighted ovum. They are common but, if you end your pregnancy before nine weeks, you may have ended a viable pregnancy.

Why Another Blighted Ovum Page?

I’ve written a number of pages to try to get the word out there that misdiagnosed miscarriages do happen and they do happen to quite a few women.

Despite all the information we are putting out on the internet, I still hear from women just about every day whose doctors are diagnosing them before nine weeks. If doctors would stop diagnosed a blighted ovum before nine weeks, I think we would easily do away with most misdiagnosed miscarriages.

In a nutshell, this is the most important message I have when it comes to being diagnosed with a blighted ovum. Yes, you may have a blighted ovum. They are common but, if you end your pregnancy before nine weeks, you may have ended a viable pregnancy.

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Why a Blighted Ovum Diagnosed Before Nine Weeks...

...is just diagnosed too soon!

Many women are diagnosed with blighted ova before nine weeks. Women are commonly pushed to end their pregnancies at seven weeks if their babies are not seen. I've had women tell me their doctors pushed them to get D&C's at only six weeks!

So, shouldn't the doctor know best? In most cases, yes! In this case, no!

I won't kid you. Blighted ova are common. Women who can't see their babies at nine and ten weeks couldn't see them at seven or eight either. In those cases, the doctor would be correct. However, I have talked to so many women who found their babies at nine weeks and beyond. If you end your pregnancy before this time, you run the risk of aborting a healthy baby. I don't care how good the ultrasound machine is or how great your physician is. You cannot be guaranteed that this is a blighted ovum before nine weeks.

So what is the problem with being diagnosed at six, seven or even eight weeks even if you plan on turning down the D&C? Stress is the problem. Any women who is diagnosed with a blighted ovum is going to be upset and stressed. Stress is known to lower progesterone levels which in turn can cause a miscarriage. Doctors need to keep that in mind when they diagnose a woman too soon

Stories of Women who Turned Down Their D&Cs - these are only a few of them!

I've shared stories of women who turned down the D&C on my blog Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Musings. There was a time when I was told a doctor would never misdiagnose anything as important as a miscarriage and they would certainly never end a wanted pregnancy. Since then we've learned, misdiagnosed miscarriages do happen and women need to be certain they are miscarrying before they agree to end the pregnancy.

The UK has new guidelines which I love because they would prevent most of all misdiagnosed miscarriages. The new guidelines state that a doctor should wait until the gestational sac is 25mm if it is still growing and then wait one week after that to verify. That puts women in the nine to ten week range which is what we've been saying all along.

If you are diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks, you are diagnosed too soon!

Important New Guidelines for Diagnosing a Miscarriage

The UK is the first to acknowledge that misdiagnosed miscarriages are indeed a problem. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guidelines. If your gestational sac is more than 25mm and/or the CRL is 7mm or more, you should wait a week to verify (if there are no complications). If the measurements are less, you are too early to diagnose. For more information (and something to take to your doctor), please, see my new page:

New Blighted Ovum Guidelines! You ARE Being Diagnosed Too Soon!

I cannot stress enough:


If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks, you are being diagnosed too soon.

Are you going through this scare now or have you been through it before? I'd love to hear from you. Also, if you just need somebody who has been through this who will just listen, please feel free to email me at misdiagnosedmiscarriage@gmail.com

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      teamhealthymom.com 6 weeks ago

      I recently shared my story for the first time about my misdiagnosed miscarriage as well, and I can't believe how common it is!!!

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      isarose 8 months ago

      Hi Kay,

      Why do you say 9 weeks? From what I've seen online at 25mm you would be at 7w 2d. If they wait just another week to verify, that would be only 8w 2d, would that be a little early? I live in the UK and had my first scan at 4 weeks which only showed a 3mm sac. On my second scan the sac had grown to 18.6mm average (6w 2d according to the sonographer) but it was still empty. I was told it's highly likely I have a blighted ovum and will start bleeding at any point. I'm going back for another scan on Monday, when I will be 7w 5d. Assuming my sac has continued to grow at the next scan and it's over 25mm and assuming they would wait a week for inducing the miscarriage, I would then be terminating at 8w 5d, which I believe would be pretty safe to know I'm not killing my baby? Do you think I should postpone my scan?

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      Isa 8 months ago

      Hi Kay,

      Why do you say 9 weeks? From what I've seen online at 25mm you would be at 7w 2d. If they wait just another week to verify, that would be only 8w 2d, would that be a little early? I live in the UK and had my first scan at 4 weeks which only showed a 3mm sac. On my second scan the sac had grown to 18.6mm average (6w 2d according to the sonographer) but it was still empty. I was told it's highly likely I have a blighted ovum and will start bleeding at any point. I'm going back for another scan on Monday, when I will be 7w 5d. Assuming my sac has continued to grow at the next scan and it's over 25mm and assuming they would wait a week for inducing the miscarriage, I would then be terminating at 8w 5d, which I believe would be pretty safe to know I'm not killing my baby? Do you think I should postpone my scan?

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      Kellie 10 months ago

      Our first pregnancy has been much wanted and having our doctor talk about a blighted ovum d and c today after dating scan 2 days ago has been devastating to say the least. My LMP was 27th of May first blood test showed hcg level at 50 about 4 days later hcg was at 753. Scan scheduled for a fortnight after last blood test being about 7 weeks 3 days. Scan showed an empty gestational sac showing 6 weeks and 3 days, followed up with a blood test that afternoon results this morning hcg level at 40000. Doctor said it doesn't look good and talked about the options. She has asked me to get a test in the morning. My breasts are still tender and huge, quite nauseous I have had no spotting or painful cramping. I couldn't go to work even called my husband home I was/am completely shattered. Reading these threads have given me a glimmer of hope through the tears and terror.

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      Shelly 11 months ago

      Hi I have a scan after having light brown spotting that turned a gentle all red spot and then back again to dark brown, I had an early scan TV and they found a csyt on my left ovary and told me I have a gestational sac measuring 7mm X 5mm and no yolk sac and no feral pole. They said to come again in 10 days to see if there are any changes. But in the mean time if I bleed heavier I can stay home or come back in hospital. No bloods were taken. I have two children already and never experienced this before I'm worried I may miscarry and am scared.

      I'm sure my last period was 6th may 2016 which would make me 7.5 weeks at the time of the scan surely I should of seen something ? Any one had something similar ? I don't have tender boobs no more but I do have headaches and no sickness.

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        Jazmin 10 months ago

        Hello I have irregular cycles I can go on for 2 months with out it to having 2 cycles in one month...well I got my last cycle on 4/25/16 and gorgeous my big fat positive home test on 06/19/16 had a sonogram on 6/21/16 and didn't see a sac so she said I might off ovulated late she said come back in 2 weeks so on 7/7/16 they did another sonogram and saw a GS sac messured 5w2days so she said come back in a week witch I did yesterday 7/14/16 she did another scan as well a trasvaginal sonogram and only saw a GS sac messured 1.53cm 6weeks and 2days far so it grew a week but no baby and she just looked at me and say sorry but ur going through "Blighted Ovum" you will misscarriage naturally in 2 weeks I just looked at her and asked why I just took a pregnancy test last night and it came back positive the line is darker then the first one I have taken I mean I been taking pregnancy test every week just to check is real and they are getting darker and darker if I'm going through that then why did my sac grow she just said I'm sorry but theirs no baby....I came home devasted heart broken all I did was cry but now reading and gearing all this stories is giving me hopes I called to make another sonogram appointment in 2 weeks hope to see my miracle baby....by the way I dnt have no pain nor spotting at all not even after my pap yesterday.

        Can she be right and I dnt have a baby??

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        Lisa 11 months ago

        When you say you shouldn't be diagnosed before 9 weeks is that from LMP or measuring 9 weeks?? Thank you in advance.

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        Kay 17 months ago

        I am so very sorry I didn't see this in time. I think you may have emailed me though. Unfortunately, that really is a big drop in hCG and not enough growth. (((hugs)))

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        Angela 17 months ago

        Hello, I pray you can answer this on time...I'm booked for a d&c tomorrow morning.

        I'm 10 weeks pregnant and my sac is 25mm, grown from 20mm 2 weeks ago. They can't see any baby. I would still wait, but my hcg has dropped from 52000 down to 17000 in the last 2 weeks. So I figured all hope is lost. I've been waiting to miscarry for several weeks now, since they first said it was unlikely my pregnancy was viable at my 6 week scan. My hcg looked very good until 8 weeks though.

        With that much of a drop and no baby in a 25mm sac, is all lost?

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        Ami 21 months ago

        My frist 7 week u/s doc found twin one was 5w and no heart beat second one 6w1d and heartbeat 98 he said come for another us when i went second us my frist baby was same 5w no growth and second one looks 6w3d just 2 days growth and his heartbeat was 81 irregular when tell whats possiblity doc have no more hope please

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