I'm 42. I have PCOS and long 35+ day cycles. I have one IVF 3-yr-old. After the successful IVF, we had 3 failed IVF cycles. I've never had a spontaneous pregnancy.
My period was late, but that was nothing new with my wacky cycles. It wasn't until the symptoms started adding up (sore bbs, crying after UT lost the national championship game, light nausea). At six weeks, the 3 home pregnancy tests came up positive quickly. (I wanted to be sure.)
The HCG at 6w2 days was over 8,000. I was in a good state of shock.
Aftere the first HCG, I started having more pronounced nausea. The soreness of the bbs came and went. Some days I didn't have nausea, but I was really tired.
At 7wks, I had the ill fated ultrasound at my OB's offce. The tech could find a gestational sac, but nothing else. The OB diagnosed a blighted ovum. She took another HCG. She wanted to do a follow-up ultrasound in 10 days just in case, but she didn't appear to be too hopeful.
The HCG at 7w came back over 33,000. The OB said that it was good that the numbers did not go down, but that she expected to see a heartbeat at that HCG level. She stuck with the blighted ovum diagnosis. She still wanted to do the second ultrasound anyway because some pregnancies just don't follow the textbook.
I fretted over the next 10 days. I had light nausea, some vomiting. The symptoms came and went. I had no spotting.
The OB did the second ultrasound. To everyone's surprise, we saw a baby with a good heartbeat. It measured a few days small based on the last menstral period, but due to my long cycle and probable late conception date, the OB is not worried.
The OB said that she is always careful to do a second ultrasound just in case. We talked about how doctors who might not be as careful are unintentionally recommending D&Cs on healthy pregnancies.
Hubby and I are very happy at this point.