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New Blighted Ovum Guidelines!
Have you been diagnosed with a blighted ovum too early?
The UK recently created new guidelines for diagnosing blighted ova (an empty gestational sac with no fetal pole or yolk sac). Although, many of our readers are in the US, Canada, Australia and a number of other countries, I'd like to encourage you to take these new guidelines to your physician. We really believe here on the site that if all doctors adopted these standards, many viable pregnancies would no longer be misdiagnosed as miscarriages..

What are these new guidelines?
I blogged about these new guidelines and you can read that post here:
Misdiagnosed Miscarriage? The UK Has Changed their Guidelines. Your Doctor Needs to Take Note"
In a nutshell, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists say that a doctor should monitor a growing gestational sac until it reaches at least 25mm. Then, the doctor can get a second opinion or diagnose a blighted ovum.

Why should these guidelines be the 'Gold Standard'?
We know that many women who have a tilted uterus look one to two weeks behind. If doctor's wait until the gestational sac measures at least 25mm, that would get them to about the nine week mark which is when a number of women seem to find their babies.

One caution
I have also blogged about how two different ultrasound techs can get two very different measurements even on the same day. See that post here:
And, Even More on the Unreliability of Ultrasound Measurements During the First Trimester
Knowing that the tech's measurements could be off by 4mm or even 5mm could make a big difference in a diagnosis. That is why, as hard as it is to wait, if the sac is measuring 25mm, you may want to wait just one more week to verify. Of course, this should only be done if there are no serious complications.