Another Blighed Ovum or too early? UPDATE: Misdiagnosed

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Another Blighed Ovum or too early? UPDATE: Misdiagnosed

Postby nolosmom » Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:30 pm

I've had good news!! An ultrasound yesterday revealed a 6 week 2day old baby with a pumping heart!!! Praise God!! I'm not out of the woods yet, but things are looking up!! Thanks for your support!



Hello, I've visited this site in the past because I've unfortunately experienced a loss not too long ago. I hope you don't mind me series of questions. I've been googling for the last 4 days and decided to stop by and just ask here, I hope nobody minds. I was diagnosed as having a blighted ovum about 6 months ago....at 6.5 weeks my doctor saw only the gestational sac and the yolk sac, and POSSIBLY a small fetal pole. He told me it was a blighted ovum, I went on to miscarry at 9.5 weeks. First question: I thought I blighted ovum meant NO yolk sac? Is this true, and if so, why is this true? Also, does it matter if it is a blighted ovum or not in terms of future fertility?

Here's my next question: I am 30 years old, supposed to be about 6 weeks pregnant today. When I was 5 weeks 2-4 days pregnant (not sure, somewhere between 5 weeks and 2, 3, or 4 days pregnant) I started spotting brown and went in to be checked. My doctor scheduled a vaginal ultrasound, they saw a normal sized sac and a yolk sac, no fetal pole or heart beat. Basically the doctor declared this would be another blighted ovum and that I probably had some serious genetic problems to cause another blighted ovum...he even mentioned the words IVF....of course I was devastated.

So, after I had chance to let everything sink in, I decided it was just too early to declare this a blighted ovum. do most pregnancies show a fetal pole by fivish weeks? Assuming the lastest I was at my ultrasound was 5 weeks 4 days. I know because we've been trying to get pregnant and I've been using OPKs, so I know when I ovulated and I got my BFP at 9dpo, so I am pretty sure I was 5 weeks 3 days exactly, but giving some room for error.

sorry for this ramble. I'm just so desperate for answers. Does this have a higher chance of being another blighted ovum? Do I probably have genetic problems if this is? I should mention that my husband and I have one healthy 4 year child who is ours together and I've only had one m.c. prior to this...

Thanks so much for your help...I'm desperate for answers.
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Postby Lark » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:25 pm

A blighted ovum means that the egg was 'blighted' or, in other words, unable to develop for some reason. By definition, a blighted ovum doesn't develop at all and therefore won't produce a yolk sac or fetal pole. If you had a yolk sac in your first m/c, then it wasn't a blighted ovum. And if you show a yolk sac in this pg, then it isn't a blighted ovum either. You are way too early to be dx'd with a m/c, and your dr is very, very mistaken in his dx of b/o and his suggestion that you have genetic issues causing the b/o's. I've had 7 m/c's and 4 children and am seeing several specialists, and one thing they all agree on is that if you have a healthy child with your husband and then go on to have m/c's, it may be a chromosomal 'fluke' because that can happen in any pg, but it isn't genetic issues. I am very concerned about the mistakes your present dr is making, and I would look into getting a second opinion if I were you. I pray this turns out well for you.

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Postby nolosmom » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:41 pm

Thank you so much for your answers....I was starting to feel the same way about my doctor, your post was extremely helpful. I live in a small town and we literally only have one OB/GYN in town. I will definately seek a 2nd opinion out of town.

thanks again! It's a relief to know that this isn't a genetic issue.
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Postby Lark » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:48 pm

You're welcome! I live in a little town, too. We just got our first full time ob in town, but I have to go out of town anyway because I have to see specialists and we don't have any here. Please keep us posted, and we'll keep you in our prayers.

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Re: Another Blighed Ovum or too early?

Postby RahRah » Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:11 pm

nolosmom wrote:I was diagnosed as having a blighted ovum about 6 months ago....at 6.5 weeks my doctor saw only the gestational sac and the yolk sac, and POSSIBLY a small fetal pole. He told me it was a blighted ovum, I went on to miscarry at 9.5 weeks. First question: I thought I blighted ovum meant NO yolk sac? Is this true, and if so, why is this true? Also, does it matter if it is a blighted ovum or not in terms of future fertility?


First, I'm so sorry to hear you're going through all of this. You're doing the right thing to ask questions so you can understand what may or may not be happening.

If, in the above pregnancy you had a yolk sac, you did NOT have a blighted ovum....the DX was incorrect - something else went wrong which led to the miscarriage, but it wasn't blighted ovum.

Here's my next question: I am 30 years old, supposed to be about 6 weeks pregnant today. When I was 5 weeks 2-4 days pregnant (not sure, somewhere between 5 weeks and 2, 3, or 4 days pregnant) I started spotting brown and went in to be checked. My doctor scheduled a vaginal ultrasound, they saw a normal sized sac and a yolk sac, no fetal pole or heart beat. Basically the doctor declared this would be another blighted ovum and that I probably had some serious genetic problems to cause another blighted ovum...he even mentioned the words IVF....of course I was devastated.


Egads....another obvious incorrect DX - if you have a visible yolk sac within the gestational sac - it is NOT blighted ovum. Your doctor should know this. He should also be fully aware that before 6-weeks it is irresponsible to declare a pregnancy unviable due to an inability to see a heartbeat or fetal pole since neither are always visible at such an early date....and most doctors know that even six weeks may, in fact, still be too early since it is much more common to finally see the heartbeat between 7-8 weeks of pregnancy!

I can't say for sure that the pregnancy you have is viable or not - anymore than your doctor can right now - it's just too early! Quite frankly your doctor's early declaration that you probably have genetic defects and will need IVF are also totally uncalled for - you didn't have blighted ovum before and you don't have one now either. I think it's time you found a new doctor. I read another post that you're in a small town - are there any good family practitioners in your area - they also often deliver babies and one may be a better option if you can't travel to another town to see a better educated OB/GYN.

Do I probably have genetic problems if this is? I should mention that my husband and I have one healthy 4 year child who is ours together and I've only had one m.c. prior to this...


Given the fact that you have a healthy child together, I think it is safe to say you probably don't have any major genetic problems to worry about. That doesn't mean that there aren't any - just that the odds are in your favor that you don't have any to worry about. I wish you the best of luck and hope you find a good doctor!
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Postby nolosmom » Mon Oct 31, 2005 10:14 pm

Thanks so much for the information RahRah....I am not sure what is going on now...last week I had my blood drawn at what should have been about 5 weeks 5 days and my HCG came back today at 43,000.

The doctor insists that is too high and it could be good news or it could be bad news and mean a molar pregnancy...just gets better and better over here :lol:

I'm going in on Thursday for another U.S...so we'll see what we see. I'm trying to remain calm.

Thanks again, ladies!!
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Postby nolosmom » Thu Nov 03, 2005 11:56 pm

Bump!!
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Postby RahRah » Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:56 am

I've had good news!! An ultrasound yesterday revealed a 6 week 2day old baby with a pumping heart!!! Praise God!! I'm not out of the woods yet, but things are looking up!! Thanks for your support!


:bananas: Congratulations! My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you for a healthy full-term pregnancy!
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Postby butterdragons » Fri Nov 04, 2005 12:13 pm

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Postby Kay » Fri Nov 04, 2005 1:04 pm

Wonderful news. I am moving this thread to the 'Misdiagnosed' board.

I must admit, I am really bothered at how early your doctor tried to diagnose this and scare you. I can guarantee if he's done this to you, he's done it to other women. The difference between my first pregnancy and second pregnancy is that when nothing could be seen in the sac around 6 or 7 weeks with my first pregnancy, they just said something like "Oh, it's still too early but that sac looks really good, come back in a few weeks and we'll see if we can show you your baby" and around 9 weeks or so, we saw the baby. I didn't stress a bit the way it was presented. With my second pregnancy, my doctor stressed me out beyond all recognition at only 5 1/2 weeks so by 7 weeks after having 3 'empty sac' u/s's, I believed him. Thank God I just really don't like D&C's because that kept me from 'losing' my baby.

I am just so thrilled for you.

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To read my own Misdiagnosed Miscarriage stories:
my blighted ovum scare
Told I was miscarrying at 12 weeks

Blogging on Misdiagnosed Miscarriages
If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum after IVF, please take a look at this article I put together: Misdiagnosed Miscarriage After IVF
and why I just believe a blighted ovum should NOT be diagnosed before nine weeks at the earliest and the UK's new guidelines support this


This post is for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace information given by your physician but rather intended to supplement that information.
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Postby Lark » Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:41 pm

Wonderful news! Congratulations on seeing that beautiful little :heart: ! I really, really hope you look into another dr, even if it's inconvenient because of the drive. Your dr is making so many mistakes, I'd be very reluctant to put the life of my child in his hands. Good prenatal care is always a must, but after a m/c it's even more important that you feel confident in your caregiver. Good luck and God bless!

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Postby nolosmom » Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:48 pm

Thanks, Ladies, so much! It was so wonderful to have good news!! I am switching doctors, no question. I will hopefully not have to go in for about 3-4 weeks so that gives me some time to research. I'm so happy that I can say this doctor was wrong, I hope the pregnancy continues to proceed uneventfully!
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