(I received this email from Cathy and she gave me permission to post her story here)
I found your name from contact us page in you website. I am Cathy. I have a story to share. As I just had misdiagnosed blighted ovum experience, I really want to tell you about it. Please forgive my English is not that good.
Here is my story:
I am Cathy. I was told I had a blighted ovum pregnancy from Hospital. I have never heard of this term before. It made me so depressed and stressful for almost over 1 month. But finally, I saw my baby in the ultrasound.
The first day of my last period was Jan. 22. 2006, I had a spot bleeding on Mar. 17, 2006 when I had 8 weeks pregnancy . It was a very small amount. But I worried too much, it was Friday afternoon. I went to the hospital emergency near my place, I had a blood test and ultrasound check. My HCG looked okay, but they couldn't not see a yolk, no fetal, it was only a empty sac which was 21mm. ( Based on my last period Jan 22, it should be 8 weeks pregnancy) They told me it was possibly a blighted ovum. I didn't feel any hope from him. I asked the doctor why it happened, I only had one time a spot bleeding. He didn't explain to me the reason and told me to ask my family doctor. At that time, my family doctor had not yet found a obstetrician for me, then I went to back to my family doctor on Mar. 20, he told me that if a sperm and egg are not good, it will not keep in my body, only the healthy one will keep in it. It's natural. I asked him if I need to have one more test? HCG or Urine check? He said it was up to me. I couldn't get any help from him.
I called one of midwife association service line the week after ( I was 9 weeks pregnancy), I actually was trying to find a midwife for me. The first time, I talked to a midwife on the phone, she asked me a few questions, then asked about ultrasound, I told her about me problem. Then she suggested me to do another ultrasound. Then I did the second ultrasound check on Mar. 24th.( I was suspected to be pregnant with 9 weeks). But unfortunately, they still couldn't see a fetal, it was still a empty sac. Then my family doctor office called me late that day, I will need to do D&C in hospital, they can help to make the arrangement. I felt so depressed and stressful, I didn't know what to do. But starting that week, I felt nausea badly all the time, my tongue losted taste to all food and felt bitter always. I hadn't had any bleeding since Mar. 17 (only had a little spot bleeding on that day), no stomach cramping. I looked pretty much like a normal pregnancy woman as all my friends to me.
I still couldn't believe that I had a blighted ovum, my family and friends haven't never heard of this time. They told me that in our country usually doctors would not give your ultrasound check after 3 months. For my case, it might be too small or too early to see a fetal. I also know I have a retroverted uterus.
I called my family doctor and told him about my recent pregnancy symptoms, I also told him that I wanted to have another blood (HCG) check. If HCG goes down, I would think about D&C. So I had my 2nd time HCG check done on Mar. 28th (I would be 10 weeks pregnancy). The result of HCG looked okay, and went up a lot. Then my doctor told me that I can wait to not do D&C until I get my check result with my obstetrician on April 20. It was really still long time for me to wait. But I did, to tell you truth, I felt like to stay a day just like a year during that period. I also had a bad cold a week before I saw my obstetrician. It was just so terrible.
Finally, I saw my obstetrician on April 20 (I was supposed to be 13 weeks pregnancy), he firstly asked me to do Ultrasound. This time, I had ready to face if they told my the same bad result. If it was the same, I will right away to have D&C. But fortunately, finally they saw my baby from ultrasound and heard the heartbeat of baby. I couldn't believable this is true. I was told there was no fetal from my previous two times ultrasound check. After I waited almost for a month, now it appears. I was so excited and couldn't hold my tear. But my obstetrician told me that it was only 10 weeks and not 13 weeks. I will be asked to come back to have another check on May 4th.
Your website called Misdiagnosed Miscarriage, it really helps me a lot to understand what exceptional cases are, I felt I had a hope when I first time read the page of blighted ovum FAQ. Thanks for you to let people who doesn't understand about blighted ovum find out the information.
I was so glad that I waited a few weeks more, otherwise, I would not have my baby this time. It's a real life.