Cathy's Story: Misdiagnosed blighted ovum found at 13 weeks

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Cathy's Story: Misdiagnosed blighted ovum found at 13 weeks

Postby Kay » Wed May 03, 2006 10:12 pm

(I received this email from Cathy and she gave me permission to post her story here)

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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.
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Postby Mom In Waiting » Thu May 04, 2006 3:19 pm

:)8 :P Yeah for you, Cathy!!! I am soooo glad your heart told you to wait it out some more!!!! I hope and pray that maybe things were just off on your dates or something and that your lil' one is just fine! Congratulations and let us know how today's appt. goes!!!!! Cyndi E>

p.s. Kay, thanks for sharing this with all of us, sounds a bit like your story of how long you waited and how many u/s's you had that said there was nothing there. Waiting is oh, so worth it!!!!
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Postby Kay » Thu May 04, 2006 4:18 pm

It is worth it if simply just to know without a doubt there was no hope. I cannot tell you how many women email me because they just couldn't take the waiting, ended the pregnancy and then later had doubts. We deserve to have no doubts. As miserable as the waiting can be, it is nothing compared to the doubts later. And, what an awesome thing when the waiting shows a viable pregnancy. Even without the viable pregnancy, what a good thing when the waiting takes away all future uncertainty.
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Postby Sara33 » Thu May 04, 2006 5:50 pm

I so love these misdiagnosed stories, Doctors are so quick to judge it makes me so mad.

Thanks for sharing your story with us :)
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Postby Lovinmom » Sun Jun 11, 2006 9:03 pm

I am so happy for you! It is definitely best to test out the diagnosis. You never know when a diagnosis can be incorrect. The only way to know is to hang in there and make sure there are no mistakes. Congratulations to you!

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Postby ANNE8871 » Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:06 pm

I just stumbled upon your webpage today and after reading some of the other mom's stories my hope has been restored. Here is my story:

My husband Gary and I have been married 15 years (we just celebrated June the 8th). We have been actively trying to have a child for the past 10 years. Back then at age 25 after a year of trying, we went to see my ob/gyn who then referred me to an infertility specialist. After multiple tests, it was determined that I had a "thin uterine wall" which was not ideal for implantation. After being placed on the usual fertility drugs and shots, Gary and I tried 2 rounds of AI, which were not successful. After trying this for a year, we decided to take a break and let nature run its course. However, after 5 years of not conceiving I again got evaluated and was told due to the condition of my uterus I would not be able to conceive naturally. Of course, we were saddened by this news and were determined not to give up. Gary had had some medical problems of his own which prompted our decision to freeze some of his sperm in the event that we needed to do in-vitro at a later time. Fast forward 10 years. I am now 34 and we were finally at the point where in-vitro was the only option we had. We had planned to start the process in the next 2 months, when one morning 3 weeks ago, I woke up to a wonderful surprise!

I had realized that I was 5 days past due for my cycle. I don't know what prompted me to take a pregnancy test at that time since I had had so many disappointments previously. I dug through my drawers at 4 am in the morning (I'm a nurse, so I have to get up very early) and found one pregnancy test. I took the test as directed and went back to bed. Not really expecting anything, I got back up five minutes later, and to my surprise, or should I say SHOCK the test was POSITIVE! After I regained my breath I went and woke up Gary who wanted to make sure neither he or I was dreaming. We weren't! By all miracles, it was still positive! After we calmed down we didn't want to get ahead of ourselves. After all, this was totally not expected. On the way to work, I stopped by the drugstore and purchased 2 more pregnancy tests. I took them at separate times and both came back POSITIVE again! What did this mean except a blessing from God! I made a doctor's appointment for the next day - still in shock. After all this time - a miracle!! Even though I have been a nurse for over 10 years I still had a hard time processing what had happened. As a result - on the way home I bought 2 more tests - the kind that had a digital read out of Pregnant / Not pregnant! Needless to say, five pregnancy tests later, six including the doctor's office - I WAS PREGNANT!( 5 weeks, May 25)

It was a dream come true! Gary and I were over the moon! I couldn't wait to tell my parents and my closest friends. However, despite my joy, I was still cautious and wanted to procede carefully, armed with the knowledege of my profession regarding miscarriages. I wanted to wait to tell everyone until my first sonogram at 9 weeks (June 23). However, after seeing my parents and my husband's joy, I couldn't hold them back. We told our close friends and I had to tell the people I work with due to the risks I encounter at work. For the next three weeks I was in pregnancy bliss. I did not have problems except for the usual aches and pains and some fatigue. I was lucky not to experience any nausea or vomiting. Needless to say I was on cloud nine. I was finally beginning to put my guard down and actually started making plans. All that came to a halt this past Friday, June 16.

I was out to lunch with my mom and excused myself to go to the restroom. When I was finished I noticed a little bit of blood on my tissue. At first, I thought maybe I had a cut because I had no previous spotting or cramping of any kind. However, after further checking I realized that I had started to spot lightly. I did not become alarmed however, because I was not heavy and I did not have any cramping. As the day went on, my spotting had increased and I started to notice some lower cramping. We cancelled the rest of the afternoon and I called my doctor. They assured me that this was a normal occurrence and not to become alarmed since I was so early in the pregnancy. I am now 8 weeks along. I went home, relaxed and put my feet up. But, 2 hours later I was in the emergency room. I had started to bleed heavier and had produced some nickel sized blood clots. I was evaluated at the ER. My hcg levels were normal and the rest of my lab work was fine. They performed a belly sonogram but were unable to visualize anything definitive, so they did a vaginal sonogram. They identified the gestational sac but did not find a fetus or hear any hearttones. My pelvic exam had showed that my cervix was closed but there was some oozing. The doctor's diagnosis was "partial or inclompete miscarriage." Gary and I were devastated. How could this have happened? I had been fine up to this point with no previous problems or symptoms! I was confused and saddened. I was sent home with the instructions to relax and wait it out. RELAX! what a joke. No previous training life or medical has prepared me for this situation. Thankfully I have a very supportive husband and family and great cirlce of friends.

I spent the night wondering what tomorrow would bring. I woke up on Saturday feeling fine and was hoping that the previous night was a horrible dream. I was still spotting and cramping the same as before. I would compare it to the last few days of a menstrual cycle. However, by early that evening the bleeding had increased as well as the cramping. I took a pain pill to no avail. I finally called Gary to come home and take me back to the ER. I knew what was going on and was unnaturally calm. I think that was the nurse side of me and I had to be strong for my husband. However, after about 30 minutes in the ER I was bleeding nonstop and having intense cramps! Surely, I was miscarrying. After about 2 rounds of IV morphine I was able to tolerate the pain, but my heart was breaking. I was sent again for sonogram. Again they couldn't visualize abdominally, so we went trans-vaginal. They were able to see the gestational sac, but again no fetus or hearttones. The doctor performed a pelvic and said that my sac had moved to my cervix but had not yet passed. Prior to this news, I was still holding out hope. However, I had bled so much and was still in a lot of pain, I finally had to accept the truth. The doctor offered me a D/C or go home and let nature take its course. I opted to go home. Having spent 5 hours in an ER is not my idea of a fun Saturday nite. I took a pain pill and went to bed.

This brings me to today. Of course, I was feeling very blue and asked the normal questions, knowing of course that there are no good answers. I found your site and read the remarkable stories of the other women some of which made me smile and some made me cry. Knowing that there are other women out there that have experienced situations similar to mine and have continued to persevere has given me renewed strength. Just putting my story to words has comforted me on some level. God had blessed me with a miracle once, and I look forward to the next one!

Thank-you for listening. Anne
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Postby Lovondia » Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:14 pm

Hi, I was doing some research on miscarriages after my trip to the ER lastnight. 'Cathy's story' prompted me to register and reply. I want to share my story, hoping someone out there can help me since I have no one else to turn to.

Today I am 29 years old. I got married early at the age of 18 and soon after got pregnant for the first time. I had all of the symptoms and a positive home pregnancy test. I made an appt with a doctor I picked from the phone book. He confirmed I was pregnant, but after several tests (not sure what all they did) I was diagnosed with a blighted ovum/missed abortion. He scheduled me for a D&C and explained the dangers of not having one. My entire family was worried about me and encouraged me to have the D&C but I refused. I returned to him several times explaining I still felt pregnant, and he said it was normal. To make a long story short, I chose another doctor and had a second opinion 2 weeks later. Today my 'blighted ovum' is 10 years old. She is a beautiful redhead with a gorgeous smile. I have 3 children ages 10, 5 and 2. I recently remarried and my new husband and I want another baby. 4 Days ago I took a home pregnancy test which came back positive. Of course after having experienced that with my first child, I always worry so I ended up taking 2 more tests which came back positive. Yesterday, I started spotting, so I freaked and took another test which came back negative. I went to the ER and was told my cervix was closed, the blood test showed a positive reading but my HCG level was only a 3. The doctor wanted to prescribe me some type of pill which hurried the miscarriage process and I refused. He called it a blighted ovum. He says that since I had a positive result, my levels must have been higher and it declined in 3 days back down to a 3. He sent me home and I started to bleed. I'm not cramping at all, and I'm still experiencing morning sickness. I don't know if I can say that I am bleeding heavy, but I have passed several clots. This is the first I have heard of a quantative hcg test, I only knew it existed in the blood I didn't know there were certain levels. As far as my periods go, they are never on time and I seem to be 1-2 weeks late every month. After my first child, my family is encouraging me to have faith and hope everything is ok. I do wonder if the doctor could have been wrong. I go back wednesday to have more tests ran to see if my levels have increased or decreased. I'm trying to have hope, but it's hard. Can anyone give me any advice, or has anyone been through this? Feel free to email me @ wvkutie@aol.com Thanks.
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Postby Lovinmom » Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:16 am

Lovalinda,

I'm sorry that you are going through this difficult time. You are so wise to test out the diagnosis. Thank God you did with your previous pregnancy. There is always the chance that you could have miscarried a twin. You just never know. That is why it is wise to always wait it out like you are doing. I do know others who have miscarried a twin, so that is why I know it can happen. The only concern I have is your low level of 3. Hang in there. I hope that you get some good news. Big hugs!

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Blighted Ovum Twins or Triplets

Postby KB2004 » Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:05 pm

I went to the dr's for my first check-up on Thursday I was 8 wks 4 pregnant and feeling VERY pregnant, no spotting, no problems at all. I was not expecting the news I received. I had the u/s done and the dr got excited and said oh Twins! Then said on wait and said we need to do a vaginal u/s. Which showed to large empty sacs and one smaller empty sac. She then said don't ask me any questions because I don't know what is going on. You need to go to the hospital for an u/s today. So she called and we went straight to the hospital. The radiologist there didn't say much of anything. She said you need to go to the conference room and wait for the phone to ring when it does pick it up and it will be your OB. So my husband and I completly confused sit waiting for the phone to ring. My OB comes on the phone and says you what looks like three blighted ovums. You need a D&C the hospital will call you later today with a time. Confused and obviously hurting I hung up the phone and told my husband. We went home and looked up what blighted ovum meant and because of our confusion, we found this website which caused me to call my dr back up and thankfully I talked to another in the practice who was very helpful and was willing for me to miscarry on my own. We canceled my D&C. And now I wait....

I was 13 wks pregnant 3 months ago and went into pre-term labor. The baby was fine, but for some reason my body went into labor no answers were given other than the tests on the baby came back fine. I also found out I was pregnant with twins when I miscarried in February though the u/s didn't detect them. One had died at 5 wks.

I am very thankful for this website. I didn't realize I had a choice to miscarry on my own until I came here and read your stories on this site. I pray that I am like many of your story's that I will some day have my twin or triplet blighted ovums at 5 yrs of age, but also realize this is does happen so I am trying not to hope but will take no chance right now with a D&C. Thank you!


Has anyone else ever had twin or triplet Blighted Ovums?
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update story

Postby KB2004 » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:58 pm

Well, I went 13 weeks prengant with twin blighted owns and ended up having to have a D&C. Very hard to deal with especially because my sister in law and I were 3 wks away on our dues dates from the first miscarriage I had in February. Very hard day for me.... happy for her, but I can't stop crying because I miss my baby I never got to cuddle.
Mom of a beautiful strawberry blonde haired little 2 year old girl, twins in heaven, and 8 weeks pregnant with twins again but told blighted ovum but we are waiting....
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Re: Cathy's Story: Misdiagnosed blighted ovum found at 13 we

Postby francessca08 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:10 pm

Cathy I am going currently in the same boat as you where the only difference is that my obgyn sent me to a high risk dr and they found a fetal pole and no heart beat and the fetal pole was 6week and a day and so I am going in to the doctor on this monday to do my last ultrasound to see if the baby grew and if there is a heart beat because for the last 10wks at the ultrasound appt they could not find a fetal pole or heart beat but at my 10wks they found a fetal pole :)8 and it gave me a little hope to wait 2wks to see if my little bean will grow I have the pregnancy signs and my HCG levels are still high and I only had bleeding only at 8wks and i did not have anymore bleeding after that and my yolk sac gas sac looked health and not leaking they just could not find the fetal pole at my 6wks and 8wks appt but the doctor and i have hope that my little bean is just growing slow and will catch up later in the pregnancy. I am hoping and praying that my little bean has grown and did not stop growing at 6wks 1day i am scared of going in this monday, but i will go ahead and get the D&C if my little bean did not grow and no heartbeat. My heart is feel overwhelm of what if and high hope of my little bean growing bigger and stronger and hearing a heartbeat on monday. it feels good that I am not alone on what I am going thur and that I am not alone and you give me hope that chg can come and that they might be wrong on this pregnancy being a BO :)O< . PLEASE KEEP ME PRAYED UP THAT ON MONDAY ALL IS WELL :)O<
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Re: Cathy's Story: Misdiagnosed blighted ovum found at 13 we

Postby KB2004 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:13 pm

Hope you appt went well on Monday and you received good news.
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