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!