LanaCh asked me to share her story with you:
LMP : May 18, 2008
Ovulation guesstimate: June 2
Tried to get pregnant: June 1, 2, 3
hCG levels : July 01, 2008 - 3,650
On Monday July 07, 2008 I had a vaginal ultrasound.
It has been 7 1/2 weeks since my LMP.
To my disappointment, the ultrasound showed an empty gestational sac, with no baby or heartbeat present. The doctor was certain that the pregnancy was not viable, he was certain I was going to miscarry, and scheduled a D&C on July10, 2008.
So, on Thursday July 10, I went to get a SECOND opinion and
a second vaginal ultrasound. On Thursday July 10, even I could see the baby with the fluttering heart beating at a normal rate of 135 bpm and measured 6 weeks, 1 day.
My biggest problem with this was how the doctor handled the situation. Instead of immediately jumping to conclusions that I was going to have a miscarriage, he should have mentioned that this might be a miscarriage, but we should run some blood work to test your hCG levels and get another ultrasound AND go from there. Instead, he was scheduled a D&C on July10, 2008. He was absolutely convinced this was not a viable pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and diagnosed with a blighted ovum, get a second or third opinion. Get blood work drawn. Have another ultrasound performed with another machine. There are too many people out there misdiagnosed.