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

Updated on September 7, 2014
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Before You Agree to End Your Pregnancy, You Really Need to Know This!

Hi. I'm Kay. As a result of my own misdiagnosed blighted ovum, I started the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site.

I don't know if you are here because you are going through a blighted ovum scare or know somebody who is but I want to encourage you to save this page and share it! Yes, this may save a life!

The UK has implemented new guidelines that, as a result, will save many babies. The United States and most other countries are still woefully behind and using antiquated standards causing many women to be misdiagnosed. Even if you are from the UK, not all doctors are up to date, I encourage you to take these new standards with you.

You are your own best advocate!

Disclaimer

I am not a medical professional. The information I share is meant to supplement the information given you by your doctor. If you feel your doctor is not doing enough for you or not willing to listen to your concerns, I strongly encourage you to take what you've learned here and get a second opinion.

Before you read this page, let me give you the takeaway message: Unless your gestational sac is 25mm and you've waited one week past this mark, it may be too early to diagnose your blighted ovum.

Why is this page so important? Because now you have something FROM doctors BY doctors to show YOUR doctor. You have 'proof' (besides the hundreds, if not thousands of stories online) to show you are being diagnosed too soon!

What Is a Blighted Ovum?

because that is pretty important in understanding the diagnosis

I hear from women that they've been diagnosed with a blighted ovum because they doctor only sees a yolk sac in the gestational sac. No! This is not a blighted ovum.

What a Blighted ovum is (taken from WebMD's page Blighted Ovum page):

A blighted ovum occurs when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus but doesn't develop into an embryo.

Simple enough, it just means the baby doesn't develop past implantation or so early that we wouldn't see evidence of it via ultrasound.

Let me say, a yolk sac? Strong evidence of a baby and here is why:

While this is a very technical page on the growth of the yolk sac, you can see from The Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine's page Sonographic Evaluation of the Yolk Sac in the "Structure of the Yolk Sac" section that a yolk sac first develops near the developing heart of the baby.

Takeaway from this: If you see a yolk sac, there was at some point a baby. Yes, the pregnancy could stop developing from this point but this is not a true blighted ovum

The UK's Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Scandal

In 2011, the issue of misdiagnosed miscarriages came to light (in a big way) in the UK.

For a little history, check out a few of the news articles:

Babies may have died after miscarriage misdiagnoses

Flawed miscarriage diagnosis criteria may lead to abortion of healthy babies: study

HSE apologises for miscarriage misdiagnoses

For years, we, have been collecting stories of women who have had misdiagnosed miscarriages. In fact, on average, I hear from at least one woman a week who has gone through a misdiagnosed miscarriage. Rare occurrence? Absolutely not. And, if I hear from around one woman a week who has been misdiagnosed, how many more are there who are not contacting me?

Misdiagnosed Miscarriages are very real. As a result of the scandal in the UK, they've revised their guidelines. Our goal now is to get all doctors to realize the standard has changed and to save these babies lives.

What The Guidelines will NOT do

Sadly, miscarriages are very common. These guidelines will not prevent a miscarriage from happening. What these guidelines will do, however, is prevent a viable pregnancy from being ended too early.

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Let's First Talk about How UNRELIABLE Ultrasound Measurements Are

For years, I've talked with women who had two ultrasounds by two different techs the same day and the measurements were very different. I've blogged about a woman who shared with me two different techs measured the exact same ultrasound picture and got two different measurement.

WebMD in their Does ultrasound sometimes misdiagnose miscarriage article has this to say on ultrasound accuracy. In a nutshell:

A study was done to look at the actual accuracy of ultrasound measurements between doctors. The study found that gestational sac measurements could vary by, roughly, + or - 4mm either direction. This raised great concern especially when so close to the cut-off measurement in diagnosing a miscarriage.

When you boil it down, ultrasound measurements are not accurate enough to be used to diagnose a blighted ovum.

Next, Let's Talk Gestational Sacs.

Keeping in mind that ultrasound measurements are not as reliable as our doctors would have us believe, they can be useful in helping us determine if there is still hope.

As I said before, the UK has some new guidelines. Let's take a look at them, shall we?

(to view these new guidelines for yourself, you can download the PDF from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's site CG154 Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: NICE guideline)

For gestational sacs that are more than 25mm:

If the mean gestational sac diameter is 25.0 mm or more using a transvaginal ultrasound scan and there is no visible fetal pole:

- seek a second opinion on the viability of the pregnancy and/or

- perform a second scan a minimum of 7 days after the first before making a

diagnosis.

For gestational sacs that are less than 25mm:

If the mean gestational sac diameter is less than 25.0 mm with a transvaginal

ultrasound scan and there is no visible fetal pole, perform a second scan a

minimum of 7 days after the first before making a diagnosis. Further scans

may be needed before a diagnosis can be made.

Summed up in a nutshell? A blighted ovum should not be diagnosed the first appointment. If your doctor is diagnosing you in the first appointment, may be time to find a new doctor. Whether the sac is bigger than or less than 25mm, unless there is an immediate need to end the pregnancy, an ultrasound should be scheduled at least seven days out (six days? Too soon!). If the gestational sac is growing, keep having ultrasounds a week apart until you reach 25mm and THEN schedule one more a week out to verify.

Let's Talk about Your Last Period

it's not so important

Many doctors are all about the dates of your last period and, as a result, more likely to misdiagnose you.

Taken from the Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service:

Cycles can range anywhere from 21 to 35 days in adults and from 21 to 45 days in young teens.

Your doctor knows this and now you know this so why are they still insisting upon dating your pregnancy as if it is the average cycle?

According to that same NICE report (CG154 Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: NICE guideline) you looked at above (on page 17):

Do not use gestational age from the last menstrual period alone to determine

whether a fetal heartbeat should be visible.

and

Inform women that the date of their last menstrual period may not give an

accurate representation of gestational age because of variability in the

menstrual cycle.

LMPs (last menstrual period)? Not so important. Sure, it gives a good general guideline but unless you are coming up on the second trimester, it's not a good indication of a blighted ovum?

Takeaway: If your doctor is basing your blighted ovum diagnosis on the fact that you are seven or eight weeks and the baby isn't seen, he's wrong. It's still too early.

So You Know Your hCG Levels

again, not so important.

Generally, hCG levels seem most useful in helping to determine whether a pregnancy is ectopic or not. Once the gestational sac is seen, most doctors stop taking hCG levels because they can go up and be normal. They can slow and plateau and be normal. I've even talked to women whose numbers have declined and they've been normal.

For more on hCG levels, I put together a page here to talk about this topic:

The First Trimester and Non-Doubling hCG Levels

Takeaway: If your gestational sac has already been found, won't really do much. With a blighted ovum, numbers can sometimes rise normally and in a viable pregnancy, they may slow considerably. Your doctor needs to stop focusing on your levels.

Is Your Doctor Scaring You Into Ending Your Pregnancy

for a blighted ovum?

In that same study (CG154 Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: NICE guideline), I loved reading this (page 17):

Inform women what to expect while waiting for a repeat scan and that waiting

for a repeat scan has no detrimental effects on the outcome of the pregnancy.

I cannot even begin to count the number of women who have contacted me and told me their doctors have told them they are risking future fertility or even their lives if they do not have an IMMEDIATE D&C for their blighted ovum. My own doctor told me at seven and eight weeks what a risk I was taking by turning down the D&C. And, like me, a number of these women went on to find their babies.

Takeaway: If the gestational sac is seen and there are no additional risks happening (high fever, foul discharge, etc...), waiting it out is not only acceptable, it is now advisable.

What Have We Learned Here?

about diagnosing a blighte ovum

In a nutshell, the size of the gestational sac is probably the most important key to diagnosing a blighted ovum.

Remember:

- First things first, make sure the pregnancy is not ectopic and stay closely monitored into the gestational sac is seen if this is a concern.

- Keep those ultrasound spaced out by AT LEAST seven days (gives everything time enough to grow and be seen if the pregnancy is viable.

- Your hCG levels are really only useful in determining a) you're pregnant and b) whether this is ectopic or not. Once the gestational sac is viewed, hCG levels can do many different things in both blighted ova pregnancies and normal, viable pregnancies. Don't get caught up in your hCG levels.

- If there is a yolk sac or a fetal pole, this is not a blighted ovum. Doesn't mean the pregnancy is necessarily viable because miscarriage can occur after these things are seen. Just means it is not a blighted ovum (and your doctor should know that).

- For a blighted ovum diagnosis, it is perfectly acceptable to wait out a diagnosis and, now, with the new guidelines, it is preferable. If there are no complications, find a doctor who won't try to scare you into ending your pregnancy too early.-

- If your doctor is just diagnosing you too soon, get a second opinion. Women do it all the time and some times they end up finding awesome doctors that way.

In a nutshell, the size of the gestational sac is probably the most important key to diagnosing a blighted ovum.

Are you going through a miscarriage scare? Do you think you are being diagnosed too soon? I'd love to hear from you.

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      Kara73 2 days ago

      Hi. I was diagnosed with a BO at 6 weeks via transvaginal u/s, and had another one at 7 weeks that showed the GS had grown from 16mm to 21mm. The sac was initially empty, but then it looked like there was something in it that was blurry at the 2nd u/s. The tech wrote it off as "probably remnants of the yolk sac," only the GS was EMPTY the week before and there was NO yolk sac there. The tech said it was "non-viable." However, the Dr. said we need to wait to 25mm to diagnose a BO. We go back in one week, which will put me at 8-weeks. My sister has a tilted uterus and that was never mentioned to me but I've read it's genetic. My son was born in the posterior position and I've read that's highly correlated with retroverted uterus. I'm wondering if I should wait until 9-10 weeks for the next u/s, rather than go at 8-weeks. I had a D&C for a MC at 14-weeks and it really messed up my cycles for 16-months, so I really don't want another one. This is such a hard experience. I'm 44 now and have no time to waste, but don't want to make a terrible mistake. I got pregnant this past August, only to miscarry at 8-weeks, but it was a clear miscarriage since the GS and YS started to shrivel. This just feels different. Plus, I just don't understand how one week there's nothing there, and the next there's something blurry there. Oh, and the Dr. said my uterus is perfectly intact and shows no signs of miscarriage. She said she's only seen "something indiscernible and blurry" in the case of twins, but that we would know by now if it was a twin pregnancy.

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      Karla 2 months ago

      I am 10 weeks and 1 day pregnant, 2 days ago I had an US and the Dr told me the baby only meassures 6mm, and that it should be 3cm already; hcg= 19,000..told me it could be a blighted ovum, but it's something there, it is too small and it doesn't have a heart beat with the transvaginal very fancy new equipment. I'm having another ultrasound in one week (11 pregnant) the waiting it's killing me, I don't know what to do, if I can grief or not,they put me on bed rest for the week so I am here reading as much as I can so I can be "ready"

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      Zana 3 months ago

      I found out I was pregnant through a home pregnancy test sept. 12 and had my last period august 17-24/25 they did my first ultrasound around September 26 and they didn’t see anything at all no gestational sac or anything. Ff to last Tuesday October 10th we seen a gestational sac and they said I have a tilted uterus. Also said I had a subchoronic hemorrhage and no fetal pole or yolk sac. Fast forward to today another ultrasound and still just a gestational sac but no yolk or fetal pole nor a heart beat. They called and said it’s not viable and when I asked to wait until I was ten weeks just to be sure they said “we can give you until Friday?” I haven’t had any bleeding or cramping so I’m going in at 8:45 in the morning to tell him I am waiting or finding a new doctor even though they’ve already prescribed me clomid. I don’t have much hope at this point but I feel like I at least deserve to give myself and my baby a 100% fighting chance. Any advice.

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      Kristin 3 months ago

      Hi,

      I recently did IVF (so I have accurate dates).

      I have been told by my doctor that I have a non viable pregnancy based on my low hcg numbers. I went for an ultrasound at 6 weeks (hcg 1472) and they saw the start of a gestational sac measuring 2mm. I then went back for another one at 7 weeks (hcg 8355) and they saw a 8mm sac but no yolk or fetal pole. They are saying it’s not a viable pregnancy. Is it common to not see a fetal pole at 7 weeks when your are sure about dates because of IVF?

      Thanks so much for your advice!

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      Kay 3 months ago

      I am so sorry you are going through this. If the sac is growing and they are sure it is not ectopic, they should monitor it week to week until it is more than 25mm to verify a blighted ovum. (((hugs))) to you.

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      Pashaia Brooks 3 months ago

      I went to the health department on aug 14,took a pregnancy test and it was negative. Aug 18, Something in my gut said "go ahead and go to the dollar store and get a first response" so i did.i took my first p in the am to see what that does. since that was the instructions & the Box claim to read levels of the Six-Day earlier than the normal test, soon be Hold I was pregnant I couldn't believe it. A week later made a doctor's appointment. Same day My blood drawn I got a call later on that . The nurse said my progesterone was low immediately the next day he offered me progesterone. sent it to the pharmacy. A week later came in for my first sonogram this is September 1st they could not see anything no gest r zip. Sep 6 came back,ULTA sound agian nothing. September10th I came back seen nothing. At this time the doctors was going off my menstrual. And because they didn't add up with the the ultrasound. The first thing that came out of his mouth that I was having an ectopic or he was in fear of me having an eptopic pregnancy because of the fact that they don't see anything it might be in my tubes. I was scared confused not to mention I had a miscarriage back in May so I kind of trusted work and I was really hoping that this pregnancy will come thru. Anyways I didn't trust that!!! so I ask a doctor to do another sonogram before I made my choice and for him to check my blood again and he scheduled back in a week which was September 16th. the sonogram but he said well I think I see a little Sac but I'm not for sure. the doctor had me come back in 4 days which was there the end of the week. I did did another scan gestational sac grew. he ruled out the eptopic and said I was having a viral pregnancy. Had me back in a weak again back September the 18th the ultrasound still not seeing anything inside the gestational sac. I went back again September 21st Sac had grew the ultrasound lady measured me to be 6 weeks 3 days. I have no yolk Sac or fetal Pole. Now they're calling. Blaiten ovrom or whatever crap I am so scared . I'm so confused he tells me when I come back next week and there is no heartbeat fetal Pole or yolk sac I need to be prepared for a DNC. I assume im just to early ? I dont know tho. my cycle have alway been Being irregular . The month before I got pregnant I had a 8-day cycle.From July 18th to the 28th from.+ I don't know what to or even how far I really am . am confused I don't know if I'm having another miscarriage or what what are my hopes of keeping my baby? So do you think I'm too early I'm very confused I would appreciate if somebody got back with me Shaybrooks418at gmail.com I appreciate you listening and I hope this makes sense

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      Jessy 4 months ago

      Hello, my story is a bit complex. I had the Adiana procedure (permanent birth control) 5 years ago. Most recently I had a missed period followed by two positive pregnancy tests. I had an U/S on 9/15/17 which based on my last LMP of 8/28/17 would put me at 7 weeks. However I have had irregular periods for the past 5 months and I am most certain the week I conceived, so I believe I was just about 5 weeks long. The doctor ( this was the doctor who did my Adiana procedure) was quick to diagnose me with a blighted ovum. He said there should be an embryo and heartbeat present, but he only saw an empty sac. He never gave me the measurements of the gestational sac. Then he quickly wanted to take me to the OR this week on Friday to remove the sac. I was very hesitant and stated I would rather have my body pass it naturally. I felt like he was pushing me to go to the OR to remove the sac or other option would be to also remove the tubes via laparoscopic surgery. Then he said; "well you are a very busy person too". He knows that I am a healthcare provider. I felt very angry after leaving. I have now picked another doctor who will see me on 9/27/17 for another U/S. I am very anxious and hoping for the best. Me and my husband would like to have this baby.

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      Kay 4 months ago

      (((hugs))) to you. Often times doctors seem to do a repeat ultrasound one week later to verify there is no growth. There have been women who have seen those heartbeats again but others who have gone on to miscarry. I do hope you get better news.

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      Lauren 4 months ago

      Hello I had a ultrasound two weeks ago and was told I was 6 weeks and a strong heart beat of 120. I went back on9-11-17 and they could not find a heart beat and when they measured the baby it was still at 6 weeks he told me I had a miscarriage but I have not had any signs or symptoms o a miscarriage I still have sore breast and exhausted all the time. I go back tomorrow for a repeat scan. But after reading so much and hearing stories of women who this has happened two at 8 weeks and then thefind the heart beat I am lost to o ow what to think or know. I also have kaiser so if anyone know how I can get a second opinion please do let me know

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      Isabelle 4 months ago

      Hi,

      The hospital called me last wednesday to go on last thursday to the clinic for having an abortion.

      Even before I went to the doctor one last time to confirm the blighted ovum.

      After the hospital Phone call, went to the doctor and There was a yolk sac and heartbeat. Turned out I m two weeks behind. The gestational sac stayed from week 5 till 7 the same with no development, only at week seven the size was bigger 24 mm, but with nothing in iT...

      My dates are for sure correct. Late ovulation was not possible. Only had 3 times sex and used ovulation tests. In stead of 8 weeks I m now 6 weeks.

      Hope slow growth can t do any harm.

      I do not have a tilted uterus.

      So iT is possible! According to the standards of the size of the sac they had iT right to call iT a blighted ovum...

      Science is not everything apparenteley.

      Just hoping that the slow growth is no sign there s something wrong.

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      Isabelle 4 months ago

      I had aan ultrasound at 5 weeks from my lmp and at 7 weeks. At 5 weeks gestational sac was 0,89 mm. At 7 weeks i don't know. Both times nothing visible, online an empty sac. Blood at 7 weeks was good, hcg 39000. Doctor told me i shouldn't think that i'm pregnant anymore. Next week thursday Again ultrasound at 8 weeks. I ovulated for sure the 18th of july and do not have a tilted uterus for Sure. Since I know I feel like having a sort of menstruation cramps and a little lower backpain. Don't know if its psychosomatic or what to think anymore.

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      Cau 6 months ago

      After my 2nd IVF implantation, with 7 weeks pregnancy I went for my first scan and I have received the sad diagnosis of blighted ovum, my dr couldn't find any sign of embryo although I had a big gestational sac... he suggested to go for D&C in 1 week , I went to my second doctor 1 week after this diagnosis and surprisingly she found a very small sign of an embryo! I'm very confused now... so it means that it isn't in fact a blighted ovum?? My second dr asked to wait 1 more week and I'm in panic here , I dont know what will do if she suggest the same as the previews dr, I'm 41 year old and wish so much that baby..

      Would be possible a little embryo really start developing after so many weeks? Seems to you its a viable pregnancy? Thanks for any help

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      Kay 6 months ago

      I am sorry you are going through this scare. Generally a week after a yolk sac is seen, a baby will be seen if the pregnancy is viable. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 6 months ago

      This *could* be a miscarriage but sometimes numbers slow, plateau, or even drop temporarily. You should get them checked again to see what is happening. Many women cramp during viable pregnancies so that may be nothing. (((hugs)))

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      Melissa Garcia 6 months ago

      I have a retroverted uterus and I had an ultrasound at 8 weeks. They see a yolk sac and tell me it grew just a little bit in the past two weeks. I am positive about the day of conception. They don't see a fetal pole or a heart beat. I've had a miscarriage before but this just feels different. I'm going to have another scan one week from now and then hopefully decide what to do. I'm honestly losing hope but I have a glimmer left.

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      Falyn Richmond 6 months ago

      So I got my blood test done two days ago and it was at like 112 and than today I went back in and it was at 130 so yes doctor said I'm having a miss carriage but than he said my cervix is closed. And I'm having no spotting it cramping and this is my second pregancy. Please help me

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      Kay 6 months ago

      Not sure what you'll find but a second ultrasound (done by a tech!) is a very good idea. Keep us updated. (((hugs)))

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      Jay 6 months ago

      I was seen by OBGYN on July 3 and was measuring 8 weeks 5 days and my gestational sac was 35 mm. The doctor was sure I was going to miscarry and told me the steps to take. She offered me a second ultrasound because I haven't experienced any abdominal pain or bleeding during the pregnancy. I did have a large fibroid in the scan as well. Has them happened to anyone? I'm getting a second ultrasound done; however, they didn't seem hopeful at all.

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      Jenny 7 months ago

      I did an ultrasound tummy scan at week 7 but there was nothing visible. The doctor gave me a vaginal sonogram instead and estimated the pregnancy to be at 6 weeks 2 days based on the embryo size. The embryo measures 5mm and there was a heartbeat. The hospital in Singapore KKH scheduled me to do a scan in 3 weeks time and at 9 weeks 4 days the fetus size is measured at 6.5mm using a tummy ultrasound device this time. The nurses said they couldn't detect any heartbeat on the tiny white patch and looked worried. They told me the doctor will explain what's happening. I thought it's normal as the fetus is too tiny and they did not detect anything as well last time. I did not request for a vaginal sonogram as I was afraid the radiation might be too strong and harm the fetus. I rather not hear any heartbeat than risk harming my fetus again. The doctor finally saw me and based on the scan report, she said I had a miscarriage. I told her I had no bleeding or cramps. I still feel nauseous the day and slept 12 hours the day before. The doctor said it was a missed miscarriage since the fetus has stopped growing and there wasn't a heartbeat. By now the fetus should be around 2-3cm not 6.5mm. She thought I was in denial and recommended me to do the D&C procedure. I refused. I said I will let my body do its work of flushing the tissues out. I am still wondering could the ultrasound be wrong? Did my fetus really die at week 6 day 5? Did the vaginal sonogram radiation cause the fetus heartbeat to stop? I had no miscarriage symptoms at all. What should I do?

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      Amanda 7 months ago

      I am currently pregnant I am 40 years old. My hcg is 5300 I have had 3 ultrasounds all within days of each other. My obgyn just called and said" let's give thus until Tuesday and if nothing is seen in scan we need to terminate" I am in no pain, no bleedibg. I am at a loss. I refuse to take something that will terminate this pregnancy unless they can prove to me without a dought that my life is at risk. My lmp was May 11, 2017

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      Kelly 8 months ago

      Hi, I am currently 7 weeks and 5 days pregnant.

      My Obn-Gyane cannot find the heartbeat of my baby. or see the baby on the ultra sound.

      He has taken blood to check my HCG levels. If the levels have drops to half then what it was previously I will need to go for a D&C. He said it could be a Blighted Ovum. I am so scared.

      I dont know what to do.

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      Jackie 8 months ago

      My comment below... And, my hcg quantative beta was 44 today. I'm so beside myself in this emotional rollercoaster.

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      Jackie 8 months ago

      Kay, first, I am such a reader. I have always done so much research in everything I learn, find interest in it need answers outside the box. It has certainly been helpful advocating, and improving all I do, usually for others. With that said, I like clear information, and have read much that you've researched and shared. I want to thank you, from myself, and remind you that so many others I am sure are just as grateful. Please continue what you are doing.. It's awareness we all need and can benefit from.

      I am currently pregnant, my 12th pregnancy, two live children 16, one was a 33 weeker conceived 10 days after d/c and he and I dealt with total placenta previa/natural delivery, and a 9 year old, no issues. I have lost 9 babies to date. One was ectopic., 450 hcg in ER that started to drop as they wheeled me in for surgery. In 2015, hcg stopped at 26 and miscarriage started hours later after finding out. I have had one d/c besides the one before my oldest son. Every other chemical or miscarriage I have opted to endure unassisted in any way at home, even when a hospital setting was provided. None of these pregnancies ever saw past 9 weeks, if memory serves correct. This week, has been torture. Last MC was last May, 2015. 5 weeks pregnant. Typical. My bf and I have been pregnant a total of 5 times since Aug 2013 and have lost the other 4. All were lost at 5-6 mark. Hormones checked, fine. Thyroid, fine. Progesterone, fine. I know I have some scar tissue, I also question cycles now. I'm thin at 5' 7" 130 lbs typically. Cycle is now somewhat irregular but all my life it was 28 days. Now it's usually 24-25 but can vary. Nobody thinks luteal phase defect but I often wonder. On Monday, I awoke to the worst breast pain. I smiled and really didn't believe it could be. We stopped trying last year. An early test proved positive immediately. 3 more tests, the same. Qweezy, too. LMP maybe April 1? Maybe March 26? Light bleeding April 19-20 for a bit over a week. Didn't resemble my periods at all, or signs of a period per symptoms. Seemed odd. Vag exam on Tues. Excellent. Spotting stopped. Closed cervix, where it belongs. Fertility Dr is ok with this. Hcg on Mon, 38.7 Wed 37.0 and just now, 36.7 We are down two points in 70 hours. Lil tiny tiny, I'm beyond in tune to it all, pressure above my bum. No spotting. No pains. Swear my breasts feel just a tiny bit less painful today. Left my ob office again, too much error and incompetence for me over two years. Expecting ectopic is going on. Progesterone is at 19.5. Waiting game, again. If you have any further info I could read, pls let me know. Or I'd be happy to use email etc as well. Again, thank you, very much for your shares, and education. When many of us likely already know the answer, sometimes this education, for myself, lightens the heartache, and replaces it with helpful knowledge.. It lightens the burden some.. And gives us control, too. It's always nice to have a conversation that leaves your Dr wide eyed, when they realize you're paying more attention that they might be.. Thank you.. And best of luck for lack of better words to all you Mommy's out there. As I read, you ARE your beat advocate, and your babies.

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      Kay 8 months ago

      I am so sorry you are going through this scare. You definitely need to stay closely monitored with the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. (((hugs)))

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      Sue 8 months ago

      I tested pregnant a week ago my hcg has dropped from 849 to 739 and now to 635 over 48 hour periods . My internal scan showed nothing , but outside the womb near the left ovary there was a dark blob that could be either ectopic or bowel movement . I am bleeding but it's been light and consisted of brown and red no clumps . I have no servere pain and I feel ok apart from stressing over what is happening. I don't know how far I am as I have irregular periods . I have to go back on weds for another internal scan and my bloods doing again. I have done three pregnancy tests and all positive the clear blue said 2-3 weeks and this was a week ago. I'm at my wits end , my cervix is closed and my uterus is tilted . They have told me it's not a viable pregnancy it's failing and is looking more ectopic and trying to get me to have this injection any ideas or am I just living in denial xxx

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      Ramya Nagesh 11 months ago

      My last LMP was 9th dec..After 1week again i got bleeding for 20days..march 4th i got to know am pregnant..

      Then we did ultrasound it was just 8mm in diameter gestational sac...hcg level was 3300

      Again after 2days we did hcg test again and it was 4328

      After 6days it was just 4450..

      Doc suggested for an uktrasound..

      He also told end of my pregnancy..Is it so..

      Please suggest me..am worried..i already had 2miscariage..

      This time am waiting..

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      Lisa 12 months ago

      Hi

      I had some bleeding and had a internal scan, the doctor done my dates from LMP making me 7 weeks + 5 days. I know when I conceived and I make it 6 weeks.

      They only see a empty sac at 17mm and said the pregnancy has not been sucessful? I've got to go back for a follow up scan next week.

      I've stopped bleeding at the moment, do you think there's still hope?

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      Tina 14 months ago

      Im 6w 4d told that my sak is filled with 3/4 blood and 1/4 amniotic fluid. No yolk sak or pole. My hcg are low went 7, 237, 412, 260, 800. Ive had 2 u/s verified not ectopic. They want me to do a dnc or medication to end the pregnancy.

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      Mahea 18 months ago

      A few days ago I went to the ER with mild cramping my LMP was may 31 2016. I thought I was 7 weeks pregnant. So the first doctor comes in and does a transvaginal u/s we both saw a gestational sac but nothing else. She pulled the wand out super fast and told me she cannot see so she's gonna call the u/s tech. When the u/s tech started to do the ultrasound I asked do u see anything in there? She said she wasn't able to discuss that with me. Ok so now 3 hours went by and the ER doctor comes in and says we are waiting for the OB team to come and talk to u. Waited another hour the ob team came in and was giving me a few options. 1) to wait and see what my body does. 2) they could give me some medicine to terminate the pregnancy. 3) do a DnC. I asked why they said because they didn't see a baby only gestational sac. I said ill wait. They scheduled me 2 days later my hcg level is 14986 and 2 days later it was the same. They did another U/S and gave me the same options. I choose to wait. So I have another appointment next week Thursday and ive been praying. I still feel pregnant!!! Ive been reading alot on this and it gives me lots of hope. Thank you for the info I have lots of hope now!!!!

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      Ramya 18 months ago

      I had a COH cycle with IUI and I am now 7 weeks pg. we had a 2nd U/S yesterday no fetal pole only a yolk sac. I didn't see the size of the gestational sac but the Dr (RE)has asked me to stop all medications and wait for a miscarriage. In the first U/S (7days prior) the gestational sac was 18.3mm. I feel like her diagnoses is premature and stopping medication could be putting my baby at risk. I refused a D&C and also medication to induce miscarriage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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      Henry 20 months ago

      Hi,

      My wife was just diagnose w/ blighted ovum. Till today, I did not even know this existed. My wife is shattered now and I'm trying to be strong for her. Doctor recommend DnC, but we told doctor to do some blood work and see how's the Hcg level. We are going for another ultrasound in 4 days which might sound too early. The doctor did not tell me how big the g.sac is since she did not get the result. She just stated it was an empty sac w/ debris and basically said sorry this is a miscarriage. Here's the time line.

      Last menustrial is March 2nd

      Pregnancy test negative on March 31st

      No menustrial for over a week

      tested postive for pregnancy with home pregnancy stick

      Saw Doctor after, confirm pregancy (urine test). Due date Dec 7th

      April 21st, did an Transvaginal Ultrasound confirm pregancy and sac and yolk 13mm

      Today (May 16) did another transvaginal ultrasound, doctor said empty sac with debris (no size of sac mentioned)

      In the beginning the Doctor said my wife could've ovulated very late thats why the first time the pregnancy was negative. The doctor we saw today was a different one but she did see our history.

      This is our first pregnancy and we are pretty devastated by the news. Can you tell us what we should do next?

      The thing is, we also have a cruise plan on June 8th which we booked beginning of year.

      My feeling is like a roller coaster, please help!

      Henry

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      TinaD 21 months ago

      Had positive HPT Easter weekend... My hcg levels over the course of 10days were rising but nowhere near doubling.. Went from 2300-2800-3600.. Had my first U/S this morning and the report says the sac measures 5wks 5days and it is empty..nothing is visible ..I should be 7 wks.. I already had a m/c Dec 2nd and scared to have the same outcome. Ultrasound will be done again in a week.. Advise, help, hope??..please

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      Kay 22 months ago

      If there are no complications, they should wait a week and do a follow-up ultrasound to determine growth. Stay closely monitored in the meantime. (((hugs)))

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      Shivani 23 months ago

      Hi there,I am 7 weeks pregnant according to lmp and fetal age as per US is 5 weeks with no heartbeat as of today,I spotted last friday,Saturday and little bleeding now also.I had Us last Friday and doctor said gestational sac is very small and pregnancy does not look viable and sac was almost 5 mm.but today she called me for scan and said that sac looks more firm and looks like growing but no heartbeat and has called me next Sunday for another scan.my hcg levels are 1300 done two days apart and measured same at both times.I don't know what is happening,pls advice me.I have no abdominal pain.help me..

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      Kay 23 months ago

      Hard to know what is happening but if your levels are rising and the gestational sac is seen, waiting a week between ultrasounds is usually best. Gives everything time enough to really grow and be seen if the pregnancy is viable. (((hugs)))

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      Samantha N 24 months ago

      I found out i was pregnant last friday. I started bleeding monday, the doctor called me in to do some labs.

      Monday - 4,464

      Wednesday - 6,864

      Friday-6710

      Went to the hospital and the ER doctor did an ultrasound. He said There was a sac measuring 5 weeks but no heartbeat. He apologized and said your sac is shaped funny... you are miscarrying, this is called a blighted ovum. He set me up for labs on Monday so see how rapidly they were dropping. Monday i went in for labs. The OB office called me, as im expecting the worse, and already grieved all weekend says, your HCG Levels went up to 10,280, dont give up hope yet, even with still having tissue in there it usually does not jump that high. She scheduled me for an unltrasound this friday. I am scared and do not know what to think. Advice?

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I missed this message! Do you have an update?

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      Sandy 2 years ago

      I am supposed to be 9wks pregnant. I had a little pink showing in alittle mucous and then one day it was bright red I wiped twice and it was gone then two days later I wiped and there was a little brown mixed with mucous. It happened tues, thrus sat. Tues and thurs I was with my fiance so I thought that's why I spotted. I had an ultrasound ystrdy and the tech could only see the gestational sac no "bean" meaning the baby. I had my blood drawn today to check for hcg levels and they want me to get it done again on Christmas Eve. I have had bleeding during my last pregnancy and he is perfectly healthy at 16months. Also with my first born and he is perfectly healthy. How long should I wait to see if a baby finally shows up. I didnt know to ask how big the gest.sac is I read on here to wait until it stops growing.... idk what to do

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      Kay 2 years ago

      (((hugs))) Waiting a week is definitely best. Could be the baby was just so small the heartbeat could not be visualized yet. Not sure what will happen but try not to stress the loss of symptoms. I've talked to many women who ended up not miscarrying who lost their symptoms. The brain is a pretty powerful thing! Please, keep us updated.

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      escapeoctober 2 years ago

      ok so update from 12/1 ultrasound. they couldn't see anything abdominally but they found a 7 week 2 day fetus TV/US. But now they have told me there is no heart beat. So we have went from having blighted ovum to what she is calling a missed miscarriage or missed abortion. Obviously she "was very surprised to see a fetus" but once again told me it more than likely has already stopped growing and will not progress since she doesn't see a heart beat. We are waiting one week which will be this next wednesday 12/9 to do a repeat for a heartbeat check. I am so stressed. I'm having really light brown discharge but its like once every other day no blood or cramping though. I don't know what to make of it... my breasts are becoming less and less tender and nausea is subsiding I'm pretty scared.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      (((hugs))) to you. I know what a difficult thing this is. I was a mess! I'll be watching for your update.

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      escapeoctober 2 years ago

      They are sure it's not ectopic they searched for that and symptoms like I guess there would be fluid floating around where it shouldn't be, but they saw that the sac was indeed implanted in the uterus. It's just all so mind boggling. I wasn't even 5 weeks yet when they first diagnosed me. It's also odd how none of them would let me see the U/S because of "liability reasons" so that to me says they have had issues with accuracy in the past, but should'y they be just as "sure" or confident in their actions to tell a woman she has no baby or that it has passed as they are careful to tell her she does? It all seems so crooked. I go back 12/1 for another ultrasound. The day after I scheduled the ultrasound with the OB office, she called to discuss aborting methods with me, her manner has completely left me in a very negative way and has messed with me emotionally and mentally. I will be taking your advice and seeking a new OB, unfortunately they all run out of the same office so it may be a bit awkward. In the mean time I want to say thank you, regardless of how things turn out I think that hat you are doing here is such a gift of comfort and hope and education to women like me.

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      Kayla 2 years ago

      I hope everything works out for u hun. I think its too early too. Wait and see.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      First of all, (((Hugs))) I am just so sorry you are going through all of this. So, are you sure it is not ectopic? That is the first concern. If they are positive you are not ectopic, you are too early to diagnose. The most important thing is to see the gestational sac growing from week to week. If it is and it is not yet measuring more than 25mm, it is too early to diagnose. I don't know how this will end but sounds like you may want to find a new doctor who is more supportive. Please, keep me updated. I'm praying for you.

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      escapeoctober 2 years ago

      I cannot help but fight through the clouds of tears right now. I have two healthy girls ages 9 and 4 and I recently found out that may or may not be expecting depending how this blighted ovum business goes. My LMP was 9/29 and I had a positive test 10/30. I'm pretty sure I know around the time I ovulated due to the change in my discharge being clear and stretchy which was around the 2nd week of Oct. 11/4 I went into the ER to be told I was either ectopic or had a blighted ovum and was to track my HCG while I was referred to their on call doctor the following week. I went to the appointment with the on call Dr and she did an in office U/S and said the same thing an that I needed a D/C or to take the abortion pill immediately to avoid complications. I refused and requested another U/S. With her concern the on call Dr scheduled the next ultra sound only 2 days later where I was told i measure around 5 weeks which would be perfect with my calculation. Again I was given the same answer from the Dr though. I feel like 5 weeks is incredibly too early to pin this as a lost pregnancy. I have light cramping but no bleeding or colored discharge, my morning sickness is progressing, my breast and nipples are still sore and I'm exhausted. I've been told and have read that in the case of a blighted ovum you can still have symptoms. This is so hard and i just don't know what to think. I have scheduled one last U/S for 12/1 which will put me around 8 weeks my calculations and 9 weeks if you go by LMP. I've been told by the U/S tech and Dr they can't tell me more than this because of liability reasons...Thoughts please???

      -Ashley

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Much too early to diagnose. The most important thing is to monitor the size of the gestational sac. If it is growing and not yet more than 25mm, it is too soon to diagnose.

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      StenoGirl 2 years ago

      Hello, last period was September 18. last Thursday went in for bloodwork and US, tech and doc said they see a completely empty sac and am measuring at 5.6 weeks. Also, I'm a tad freaked since my hcg levels came back at 30,850 from that day. I'm coming back next Thur., Exactly a week later, for a follow up US. I had two healthy pregnancies in the past and can't remember ever having an US this early. I may be mistaken altogether. Anyhow, at levels that high im starting to lose hope and my mind after researching nonstop since Thursday. Any advice or personal experience shared would be beyond appreciated...positive or not

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I am so sorry you are going through this scare. The most important thing is to see if the gestational sac is growing from week to week. If it is and there are no complications, your doctor should wait until it measures more than 25mm before diagnosing you. (((hugs)))

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      Claire 2 years ago

      Hello, this is my first pregnancy and we conceived on August 31st, making me just about 7 weeks. My doctor dated me at 8 weeks, and only saw a gestational sac measuring 8mm. With no yolk or pole visible. I live in France so there is a huge language barrier for me and I am going crazy till my next appointment on the 19th. Ive yet to have any blood work done (it is France and they closed at noon on Friday and are of course closed on the weekends). I am just so sad. Could my baby possibly still be in there?

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Hopefully they will do another ultrasound to verify. You may want to seek out a second opinion if they aren't giving you the information you need. (((hugs)))

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      Kendra 2 years ago

      Hello, my 1st us about 3 weeks ago measured 5 wks 6 days I went again today and the tech kept asking me if my Dr did a beta test. She said she couldn't see anything doing a regular scan so she did a transvaginal. At that point she stopped giving me information. At my first us my Dr saw a gestational and yolk sac. I have been so worried I don't want to lose my baby this will be my 6th child.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I think this is too early to diagnose. Please stay closely monitored until they figure out what is happening. (((Hugs)))

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      kymberlee Graham 2 years ago

      got diagnosed at 6 weeks n 5 days on the 28th September . the ultrasound lady said there no heartbeat n my sac was not up to my 7 weeks I thought I was but really 6weeks n 5 days scan says. My first scan. this my forth pregnancy. Should I wait I believe so now after reading this what do you think??

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      Kay 2 years ago

      When hCG levels bounce around like that, you need to be closely monitored and possibly treated for an ectopic pregnancy.

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      yuridia 2 years ago

      hi Sunday my hcg was 73 and Tuesday my hcg was 53 and we'd my hcg was 86

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I am so sorry you are going through this scare. Generally, o very the yolk sac is viewed, the baby will be seen a week later if the pregnancy is viable. Please, stay closely monitored.

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      Lola Zav 2 years ago

      Hello,

      I am hoping for some insight into my situation... I was confirmed pregnant with a blood test hcg 17000 and u/s at week 7 confirming it was week 7 with a heart beat seen. I had some minor spotting after intercourse light brown spotting, I told my doctors at my check up and was sent for a u/s at week 9. Week 9/2day was told that only the gestational sac and yolk sac was seen no embryo/fetus. Told to have follow up with blood work. HCG week 9 35,565. Waiting now to have a follow up u/s with an OB. Just not sure what to expect. This is extremely devastating. Not understanding this entire situation. Long history with Endometriosis and difficulties getting pregnant. Any help or insight would be appreciated.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I am so sorry Crystal. I do hope you will come back though and keep us updated. (((hugs))) to you :(

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      Crystal 2 years ago

      Went back to the doctor today, 10 weeks, 1 day. I ask her what exactly the measurement was of the gestational sac and she said 3 cm long. Which equals 30mm. She administered misoprostal at 11 and i started cramping severely and bleeding around 3. Wow, that was pretty painful for a while. I did pass a fluid filled gestational sac and still lots of lining left. We've decided we will try one more time with the prometrium and if it doesn't end successfully, we will be happy and content with healthy rambunctious 8 year old we do have! Thank you for creating this site for information and a place to be heard! God Bless!

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      Kay 2 years ago

      (((hugs))) I am so very sorry you are going through so much. I have talked to women who have had multiple miscarriages and they have gone on to carry a pregnancy successfully. Often they found something else that was going on like MTHFR. Stay closely monitored right now and let's see what happens with this pregnancy. Praying for you.

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      Crystal 2 years ago

      Went back to the doc last monday. She is positive its a blighted ovum and that my levels will probably level off or start to decline. Only growth in the smaller sac in a week was 1mm and larger sace went from 6-7 cm. She has given me 2 weeks to miscarry on my own before deciding an alternative. So far nothing! She did tell me that for future pregnancies our risk of miscarriage goes up to 40% after having 3 recurrent miscarriages. She suggested i try prometrium after this miscarriage. She said since i dont menstrate but 3-4 times a year that this would help prepare the lining of my uterus for conception. We can get genetic testing done, but its pricey and she said they can only find answers about 20% of the time? Has anyone on here experienced recurrent pregnancies and then had a succesful one. I sometime feel like i cant ride this emotional roller coaster anymore!

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      Kay 2 years ago

      The best thing you can do is monitor that gestational sac. If it is growing and there are no complications, your doctor should wait until it measures more than 25mm before diagnosing a miscarriage. Please, keep us updated. I don't know how this will turn out but everything certainly looks hopeful.

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      Ccruz 2 years ago

      Thank you for this page, it's giving me hope. I went in for myfirst u/s at 6w5d after a frozen embryo transfer and there was a gestational sac but it looked empty. Dr seems convinced it will be a loss but wants me to come back in one week for another ultrasound before discussing my options of meds to induce a miscarriage or a D&C. I stopped taking progesterone shots and estrogen patches I was on. However, I requested a blood test and took one at exactly 7 weeks and my hcg was 21,472. Previous levels were 70 (9dp5dt), 155 (11dp5dt), and 1880 (18dp5dt). So confused about my numbers being great but empty sac. I don't have any cramping, bleeding, nausea (but i also didn't with my previous pregnancy so i wasnt expecting to have any). Does anybody have any thoughts? I just don't know what to think.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I think the best thing is to wait, if there are no complications and at least one sac is growing, until the sac(s) measure more than 25mm. Please, keep us updated.

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      Crystal 2 years ago

      Hi, this is my 4th pregnancy and 1 live birth, my son is 8. I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks and 12 weeks within 6 months of each other after having a healthy baby. Both times, i went in for an appt and they couldnt find anything in the sac. Both resulted in my following what my ob suggested and having dnc's. For 6 years, my husband and i have been uanable to conceive and after having a 6 month straight period, i went to the ob to find out what was going on. Mind you, i have never in my life had regular cycles, maybe 4-5 periods a year, so i know my ovulation cycle is out of wack. She suggested a hysteroscopy and dnc hoping when she went in she would find a fibroid of some sorts that was causing this. What was supposed to take approximately 20 minutes took 2 hrs and didn't even scratch the surface. This procedure happened this last December, i was then referred to a specialist for a myosure. Come to find out i had something, (they are calling is a fibroid myoma, but nothing like theys seen before) that took up 90% of my uterus, which was the reason we were struggling to concieve. In July i had all the pregnancy symptoms and took a test to find out we we're pregnant. Due to the history of my last 2 pregnancies they requested i come in immediately. First ultraound gestational sac measured 5 weeks, next week 6 weeks and a possible cyst. Yesterday 7 weeks and no longer think its a cyst but in fact another sac. No transvaginal ultrasound has shown a yolk sac, fetal pole or heartbeat. Going in for another one on Monday. My ob seems perplexed by this pregnancy. Before with my previous pregnancy and ob, i just did what he said, i was young and he was the professional right? Now, my new ob is very patient and thourough no rushing a dnc at all. She did say she is fairly certain that its a blighted ovum and hopefully my body will recognize what is going on. I remain hopeful for some type of change each week, but the waiting is the worst part. And that second sac was not in the first ultrasound at all? Both sacs are growing, hcg levels are great all the pregnancy symptoms are still here. Is there any hope and how in the world did a second sac magically appear? Lots of praying, could it be a miracle or am i just holding on to something thats not there?

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I am just so sorry you are going through this. How awful for you. If you are in the second trimester, waiting could be risky. Ask for another ultrasound before the procedure though and make sure it is an actual tech and not the doctor doing your ultrasound. (((hugs)))

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      Splendour 2 years ago

      Cari Kay,

      Many thanks for being of great help to us. your article is insightful and encouraging. i'm 13 weeks pregnant today through IVF without any complication and was told that my baby was not growing i should go for D/C immediately. That the Doctor could not hear the heartbeat, my Hemoglobin level has dropped. Please, help me i really need this baby! what will i do?

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      Amy 2 years ago

      Dear Kay,

      I am 39 years old and have been trying to get pregnant and it happened by surprise and we were thrilled. Last week I went for an ultrasound I was 7 weeks pregnant and the radiologist had problems seeing what was going on due to my tilted uterus. She found and mis shapen gestational sac with things inside and fibroids and a 3cm cyst. She told me that I needed to go see my doctor and get a medication to miscarry properly because it was a blighted ovum. I seeked another opinion and the other doctor did an ultrasound and wasn't very optimistic. I did a hcg level blood test on a friday and the results were 7000 and then on a tuesday it was 11000. I went for an ultrasound today and nothing really changed except the gestational sac has grown about 2 mm and is about 20mm now and there is still some weird debris inside. The doctor recommended that I get a D&C on tuesday. I haven't been bleeding and I really am hoping to have this baby. I am going a little crazy and went for a jog thinking if something should happen I will bleed afterwards and of course nothing happened. What do you suggest I do?

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Please, keep us updated. (((hugs)))

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      C King 2 years ago

      Hi Kay - thank you so much for sharing your story. I've just been diagnosed with a BO. I'll now ask my doctor a lot more questions before doing anything. - I'm so pleased to have come across your page.

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      ANCraft 2 years ago

      Just a follow up. I called my doctor and asked about the measurement of my gestational sac at my two ultrasounds. At the first on April 1, it measured 11 mm (which equals 5 weeks and 1 day), although this was nearly 7 weeks from the start of my last menstrual cycle. At the second US nine days later the sac had grown to 17mm (6 weeks 0 days) but I was actually 8 weeks at this point. On the day of the second ultrasound, my HGC level was 16,000. My doctor says that with levels that high, something should definitely be visible.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I am sorry you are going through this scare. The most important thing you can do is ask, at your next appointment, the measurement of the gestational sac and whether it is growing. If it is growing, you really can't know with any certainty until the sac reaches at least 25mm and, even then, measurements can be off so waiting another week if there are no complications might be something to consider. Please, keep us updated.

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      ANCraft 2 years ago

      Kay,

      I wanted to tell you about my situation. I recently read your story and while I know that it might be wishful thinking, your story reminds me so much of what I'm going through. The date of my last menstrual cycle was February 13. I am positive about that date. I am also confident about my date of ovulation, I took an ovulation test (February 27). I've recently learned that conception can take place several days after ovulation, so I'm not positive on my actual date of conception, although I do know that my husband and I were intimate only on my day of ovulation (Feb 27). Anyway, I had implantation bleeding for two days (March 10 & 11) and my first positive pregnancy test on March 14. I had my first ultrasound on April 1st (this would be 6 weeks and 5 days since the first day of my last menstrual cycle). The ultra sound showed an empty sac that measured 5 weeks and 2 days. My doctor was not very concerned. She said that often our dates our off and she scheduled another ultrasound for nine days later. I had this ultrasound this past Friday (March 10) which was 8 weeks. This time my sac measured 6 weeks 0 days and again appeared completely empty. At first my doctor was fairly positive, saying that if we go by the date my sac is measuring (as opposed to the date of my last menstrual cycle) , it would be normal to still not see anything. However, she called me back a few hours after my appointment and said that she talked to the radiologist and he said that we should definitely see at least a yolk by this point so it was most likely a blighted ovum. Obviously I immediately started researching this and came across your story. I too have a tilted uterus. Trans-vaginal ultrasounds have always been difficult/sometimes painful for me because of this. I have had two previous miscarriages, although they both happened very early and no ultrasound was done during either of these pregnancies. I haven't experienced many symptoms of pregnancy, other than very noticeable tiredness. I've also had some breast tenderness but this seems to come and go. Each time my doctor has discussed the measurement of my sac with me, she has used measurements of time: 6 weeks 0 days. After reading your information, I am curious what the measurement is in MM. My HGC levels have continued to rise throughout, but are in the lower range of normal and do not double every 48 hours. I know that the only thing I can do now is wait, I am just really struggling to remain positive. I wanted to share my story with you and thank you for sharing yours. Even if it does end up that my diagnosis is correct, I am thankful for what I have learned from reading your story.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I am so sorry you are going through this scare. Have they said if the STD puts you at any higher risk of infection? If there are no risks, you can wait this out. Generally one week after the fetal pole is seen, a heartbeat will be seen if the pregnancy is viable. Hopefully you get better news at that next appointment. Keep us updated. (((hugs)))

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      Savannah Lee 2 years ago

      Hello,

      It all started Feb 28th. I started what I thought was my monthly but it was so light and it just kind of never went away. Every day I spot enough to say okay yes im bleeding. It is now April 6th and I am still spotting. Well I had no Idea I could be pregnant but I new something was wrong or going on in my body. I finally broke down and went to the emergency room on April 1st. They informed me that I am 7 weeks (i believed I was maybe 6 weeks according to my calendar) pregnant and that because of the bleeding it may be a miscarriage but were treating me as if the baby was okay. They did an US that day and there was no heartbeat but there was a sac and fetal pole. I got a call two days later and they informed me i was tested positive for Gonorrhea.They scheduled me to return for another ultrasound today(April 6th) which is 5 days later. Well I went in they did another transvag-us, again no heart beat. The fetal pole measured 7 weeks and 1 day. The doctor seen where the placenta was detaching but its a very small tear. She told me this is a miscarriage and discussed the options. I immediately told her id like it to come out naturally. I havent had any pains with the bleeding. Every now and then i get cramps but they go away without any meds. Nothing unbearable. No heavy bleeding, no blood clots, no nothing. Just some spotting throughout the day. In my head I was thinking the bleeding was from the STD and if im right about the being 6 weeks when they did the first US then my fetal pole is actually measuring right. but still there is no heart beat. I didnt have any hope until i started reading others stories. I really dont know what to think. I go back next tuesday on April 14th. Im scared im losing this baby. Is there any hope?? What should I do? What should i believe? What should i feel? Im scared. I feel a lone and lost i really dont know what is going on, I know ultimately every thing happens for a reason but I dont want to lose the baby even though i feel like i already am

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      sri 2 years ago

      Yes, ma'am. I will absolutely share my story on MM. I know hopeful mothers try to look for an exact match with their situations. That's what saved me & my baby. Will post in a few weeks. Thank you.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Yay! Congratulations. They really were worrying you too soon. Have you considered leaving your story on the Misdiagnosed site? You'll give so many women hope. Your story is a common one. I hope you keep us updated on you and your pregnancy. So happy for you!

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      sri 2 years ago

      Kay,

      Thanks a million for the website on misdiagnosed miscarriages. I posted 5 days ago about my situation. God bless you for the support. My lil peanut is about 0.6cm in size and heart is beating so beautifully. I was clearly misdiagnosed. I am thankful to God & U. A big bear hug right at you.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      That is certainly a step in the right direction. Definitely not a blighted ovum because a yolk sac can't be created without a baby there. That doesn't mean this can't end in pregnancy but it's not a blighted ovum. The good news is that generally a week after the yolk sac is seen, the baby will be seen if the pregnancy is viable. I do hope you get good news soon!

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      Kay 2 years ago

      They are worrying you too soon here. I am so very sorry. Generally a week after the yolk sac is seen, a baby will seen if the pregnancy is viable. Be aware though, if you are overweight, seeing the baby can be a bit more difficult and may take a bit longer. Hang in there. I hope you get better news soon! ((((hugs)))

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      sri 2 years ago

      Dear Kay, Thank you very much for this page. I conceived for the first time in 2012. The doctor was hopeless from the beginning targeting on my heavy weight. First scan was at week 4 and there was GS and yolk sac. Then i had just one spot of blood. In the next two scans at 5 and 6 weeks, foetal pole was seen. In 7th week because of no heart beat, they diagnosed me with blighted ovum. D&C was done at 8th week as no foetal pole was found.

      After that I am pregnant now at 6 weeks according to LMP. First scan was ay week 5 , days 3 and showed 0.7 GS and yolk sac. I have slight spotting 3 days later, so went to a dcotor. He said i should not have false hopes as there is no foetal pole. He called it faulty pregancy due to my over weight. I am continuing progesterone support. I feel that even according to perfect growth, my GS cannot be more than 12mm on day of second scan and it is too early. I want to wait out this time. Support me Kay. I feel doomed. Your website misdiagnosedmiscarriage is a great support to me.

      Thank you

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      CNA 2 years ago

      Hi Kay- I posted earlier about them not finding a pregnancy. I went back for my second scan today and I found a G. Sac and yolk sac in the uterus. They are telling me that it is a blighted ovum but I'm going to wait it out. Thanks for creating this site.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Some women have discharge. Six weeks is just too early to diagnose a blighted ovum, plus no way is it a blighted ovum if there is a yolk sac. Doesn't mean this can't end in miscarriage but a yolk does not form without a baby. Hopefully you get better news at your next appointment. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Did they see even a gestational sac? If there is no sac this far along, this sounds like an ectopic pregnancy.

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      ice 2 years ago

      Hi cari kay, i was recently diagnosed with blighted ovum at 6wks.there's yolk sac though.im still hoping its a misdiagnosis.just curious,were u having any brown discharges too?

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      CNA 2 years ago

      I am currently going through a scare. Based on my LMP I was 8 weeks when I went for my scan last week. I thought I was 7 weeks due to my long 35 day cycle. I know when I got pregnant (ish) and if you factor in the 5 day sperm life it could put me as early as 6 weeks and a few days at the scan last week.

      We saw NO EVIDENCE of a pregnancy anywhere. So they checked my hcg levels and found them to have a normal doubling time. I've been grieving but trying to hold out some hope.

      I have been told in the past my uterus is tilted towards the back. The current doctors (I recently moved to a new city) just look at me funny when I mention it.

      Thoughts?

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Unless you are nine weeks, you are just too early to diagnose. Your hCG numbers can do any number of things and still be normal. (((hugs)))

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      Kelly 2 years ago

      I m having a scare. I went to the doctor office and they told me it was a blighted ovum and that my HCG levels went from 6000 to 8 in 48 hours. however I have tested every week for the past 3 weeks and have gotten a positive pregnancy test. I have not had a menses and am very symptomatic; tender breasts, and extreme nausea. I believe I am still pregnant!

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      Kay 3 years ago

      I love the UKs new guidelines. You should wait until the gestational sac is 25mm (if it is growing) and then wait one week to verify. Pleae, keep me updated. Praying for you.

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      KT 3 years ago

      Hi I was just diagnosed with a blighted ovum at 8 weeks pregnant. My doctor asked me if I was sure of my last period. I assured her that I was. She said that she saw a very nice sized gestational sac but no baby and that it measured around 7 weeks but even still she should see the signs of a baby. She ordered another HCG test and my levels have risen significantly. Because of this my doctor gave me a referral to see a radiologist to examine me further. I am wondering now if it's to soon to get another ultrasound from the radiologist since I was just in my doctors office 2 days ago. My doctor said that it is totally up to me if I want to have D&C or let it pass naturally. I told my husband that I am not ready to accept that I'm not pregnant and think that the Dr. is incorrect. Anyway, my appointment for a 2nd ultrasound at the radiologist's office is today, I am nervous but very prayerful. Especially after reading your post, I never considered getting the D&C and am honestly trusting God fully that there is a little baby in my belly that doctors just cannot see yet.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      @brianvallois lm: Thank you! I hope so too!

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      brianvallois lm 3 years ago

      Fantastic lens I hope it helps some people.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      @rohiiii: I am so sorry you are going through this scare. Hopefully you got some answers when you went in. Women can bleed during viable pregnancies and, of course, miscarriage so it is hard to know what is happening. (((hugs))) to you.

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      rohiiii 3 years ago

      Hello everyone ......i love to read stories with positive outcomes ...Yup i have threat of misscarrige ...:-( my story is its my second pregnancy ...my first pregnancy ends in termination at 14 week because of baby growth problem ...now waiting for more then 6 month i am again pregnant and very happy bcz i pray alot to get pregnant ...finally i got this last month now i am 7 week and 4 day ....i just start bleed last week its starts brownish discharge but very little like spotting i call my gp and book early scan on next day so finally repot of scan come that i have empty sac no yolk sac no embryo no heart beat and sac size is very small then my lmp its looks only 4 week and 3 day ......i am tooo much deprss and praying for miracle like other ladies ....doc book another scan after 10 day to see progress they said maybe i am misscarring or maybe no ....they didnt do any blood work just send me home to wait .....but i cant wait alot my bleeding on and off sometime red sometime brown like periods last week and now stop almost i have no any pain atall..... i cant wait 10bday so i am going again hospital tomorrow for some blood work and maybe scan again......plz can anyone help me in this difficult situation