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When a Blighted Ovum Is Not a Blighted Ovum

Updated on January 11, 2017
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My name is Kay. As a result of my two misdiagnosed miscarriages, I was inspired to share my story and what I've learned with others.

My beautiful, not-so-blighted ovum
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My Misdiagnosed Blighted Ovum

Hi. My name is Kay, and I am the mother of a beautiful, not-so-blighted ovum. Yes, I had a misdiagnosed miscarriage.

With my last pregnancy, I was told at my 5-1/2- and 6-week ultrasounds that I most likely had a blighted ovum. After my 7- and 8-week ultrasounds, my doctor strongly recommended a D&C due to an empty gestational sac, which meant there was no hope for a viable pregnancy.

Thankfully, I refused the procedure. I say thankfully—because at nearly 9 weeks, we saw my baby for the first time on the ultrasound, beating heart and all!

In this article, I hope to provide you with more information so you can determine if your "blighted ovum" is, in fact, actually blighted—or if you may have received a misdiagnosis.

I believe every woman deserves to have no doubt before having her pregnancy ended.

I also believe a blighted ovum should not be diagnosed before nine weeks.

Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all... As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.

— G. K. Chesterton

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My Misdiagnosed Blighted Ovum Story

I've been sharing my story for several years online. If you're researching blighted ovum information, you may have already come across my story. For those who have not, let me tell you the tale of my own little misdiagnosed blighted ovum.

Hey, I'm Pregnant!

Back in September 2002, I found out I was pregnant. Because there was only one possible date of conception, I knew exactly how far along I was. At 5-1/2 weeks, my ob-gyn wanted to do an ultrasound because I had been high risk during my first pregnancy. Well, the tech kept looking and looking, commenting on my tilted uterus several times, but she could only find the sac. The sac looked much smaller than it should have by that point.

I was not concerned because that happened during my first pregnancy, as well—and that doctor had not been concerned. Well, apparently, this doctor was concerned, because when he came in he started discussing the possibility of a blighted ovum. He said I needed to come back in a few days when I was 6 weeks to check again. He said we'd know more then.

In the meantime, they took my hCG levels, and the nurse called me later to tell me they should be higher. This didn't sound very good, but I was not panicked yet. I must admit that I was a bit worried, though.

6-Week Exam

At my 6-week exam, my doctor did not sound optimistic about my hCG levels, even though I had looked online and learned that they fell within the normal range. He came in for the ultrasound. Again, he had to contort a bit for the trans-vaginal ultrasound because of my tilted uterus.

The sac was growing appropriately—but no baby. My doctor believed this was a blighted ovum. He explained that hCG levels can and will rise with a blighted ovum, and that the gestational sac will grow, as well. He again raised the possibility of my not being as far along as I thought, but I reminded him that was impossible. My husband and I were in different states the day after I conceived (thanks to Uncle Sam).

The doctor said he was concerned because the sac looked a week and a half behind. I told him that the same thing had happened during my first pregnancy; i.e., I had looked two weeks behind during the first trimester. I also emphasized that my first doctor had not been concerned at all. This doctor, however, was very worried. And because I was pregnant and hormonal, I began to get very worried, as well.

I spent the next week scouring the web looking for anyone who had experienced the same thing. The women I found online were very kind but didn't give me much hope. I had already begun to experience pregnancy symptoms, but they were beginning to fade. Even my tummy, which had seemed a little harder, suddenly seemed soft again.

7-Week Exam

At my 7-week appointment, long story short, my hCG levels had risen and the gestational sac had also grown appropriately. However, I still looked a week and a half behind. Again, I explained to the doctor that I knew the conception date with certainty.

Again, there was no baby and no heartbeat. Not even a yolk sac to give us hope.

Because my hCG levels were much higher at this point, in the tens of thousands, a baby should have been visible according to the ultrasound literature. According to the same literature, my gestational sac was large enough that a baby, or at the very least, a yolk sac should have been visible. When I told my doctor about my loss of pregnancy symptoms, that seemed to cinch it for him. He diagnosed a blighted ovum and strongly recommended a D&C.

I have a fear of D&Cs, and maybe this fear is a good thing because I just absolutely refused. I begged for any sort of hope, and he very skeptically but kindly gave me a 95% chance of miscarriage at this point. I grabbed onto that 5% chance. By this time, I was an emotional wreck.

During the next week, I continued to rip apart the web looking for hopeful stories. Women on the pregnancy and miscarriage sites I visited very kindly told me I needed to accept my loss and should have the D&C in order to move on and heal.

I suspect that if I hadn't had such a fear of D&Cs (due largely to two women I know who had serious complications from the procedure), I would have considered it. I was an absolute wreck. I spent much of that week in tears.

8-Week Exam

By week 8, my physician was pretty much just monitoring me to see if I was about to miscarry. Again, the ultrasound showed a larger gestational sac that was growing appropriately, but it was still small for 8 weeks. And still no baby.

The tech did say she thought she saw something unusual in the sac, but after searching and searching, she could not find what she thought she'd seen. My doctor again tried to convince me to have a D&C due to the risk of infection and all sorts of complications—but I couldn't do it. At this point, I was so upset I was beginning to feel numb.

By this time, I'd found two women online who were kind enough to email me. They encouraged me not to give up entirely. If I was going to miscarry, so be it—but I could deal with that grief when it happened. For the time being, they told me to hold on to faith and hope. Because of these women, I began reaching out to other women later, but that is another story for another time.

Ultrasound Just Before 9 Weeks

At almost 9 weeks, my doctor was stunned when the tech found my baby with a very strong heartbeat. We'd completely skipped over the yolk sac and fetal pole and went straight to a wonderfully formed, if not small looking, one-and-a-half-weeks-behind baby!

To say my doctor was stunned was an understatement. He began to say again that I must have conceived later, but when I reminded him (again!) about how I knew the exact date of conception, he said that maybe the sperm were just really slow. He did not even want to consider that according to his dating, I had turned up positive on an HPT a day or so after conception. Now, you know that is impossible. I know that is impossible, but try telling that to the doctor who uses the ultrasound literature as his guide. By those guidelines, my baby is officially a "blighted ovum" baby.

I'll leave my story at that for now. I will just say that I had one more ultrasound somewhere around 20 weeks, and my dates were more accurate by that point. Interesting to note that the tilted uterus was no longer an issue either, but I'll discuss that in more detail later.

Today my "blighted ovum" is a happy, healthy four-year-old girl. She's bright and feisty and loves life. Thankfully, a D&C did not change that.

Thank you for reading. No matter what, if you are going through this same scare, I hope you can find some comfort in knowing you are not alone.

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Have You Been Misdiagnosed?

Misdiagnosed miscarriages are not as uncommon as you might be led to believe. It is not unusual for me to receive several emails each week from women who are misdiagnosed. Often, they had been told by their doctor there was no hope, and they had been advised to have a D&C. Each and every misdiagnosed story provides comfort to women who are going through their own miscarriage scare. Please consider taking the time to share your story in the comments section below.

If you have been diagnosed with a blighted ovum before 9 weeks (even if you've had IVF), you are being diagnosed too soon!

Important New Guidelines for Diagnosing a Miscarriage

The UK is the first country to acknowledge that misdiagnosed miscarriages are indeed a problem. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guidelines. If your gestational sac is more than 25mm, and/or the CRL is 7mm or more, you should wait a week to verify (if there are no complications). If the measurements are less, you are too early to diagnose. For more information (and something to take to your doctor), please see my article: New Blighted Ovum Guidelines! You ARE Being Diagnosed Too Soon!

This information is meant to supplement the information given you by your doctor. If you feel your doctor is not doing enough for you or not willing to listen to your concerns, I strongly encourage you to take what you've learned here and get a second opinion.

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      DesiBabe 2 days ago

      Hi Kay - I should be and I think I am currently 9 weeks pregnant from my LMP. Whilst I don't know the exact date of conception, I had my first scan, where I thought I was 7 weeks, where we were told there was a fetal pole which measured at 5 weeks 6 days but no heartbeat. I had a scan yesterday where the sac had grown to 2.46cm but no baby/fetal pole could be seen. all I have done is cry. Your story has given me some hope!

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      WorriedMummy 2 days ago

      Hi Kay, glad that I came across your story. It does give me a little hope. I believed I am 7wks pregnant now (but based on LMP, it should be 9), had a virginal scan about 4 days ago and both the tech and doc were very certain this is a blighted ovum and my doc suggested the growth of the embryo has stopped at about 4-5wks in gestation.

      I thought I will go hysterical in the doc's room but I was rather calm then. He suggested 2 options; to go for a D&C or to insert a pill to start contraction to expel the sac. When I asked for a third (because I did some googling online) he said I can let my body expel the sac naturally. I told him I want to opt for the natural way to end the pregnancy on my own. He has arranged to see me in 2 weeks time to see if I have miscarry and if I have not, we will look for other alternatives to remove the sac.

      I still want to have hope that I am misdiagnosed and the baby is avoiding detection however the virginal scan seemed so clear that it is just an empty sac.

      I did not request for a blood test but I still have all the pregnancy symptoms and has no spotting, no cramps or pain.

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      Liberty 8 days ago

      Hi Kay, Your story gives me hope. I am currently 7 weeks pregnant but based off my period should be 9 but I have PCOS so we are unsure we just say 7 cause I had an ultrasound 2 weeks ago measuring at 5 weeks in which they couldnt find anything but a sac, then last week I had another ultrasound measuring at 6 weeks that had a sac measuring 2.1 and a yolk they didnt measure skip to yesterday I had a 3rd ultrasound (I think the tech was new cause she was still trying to figure out everything) anyway they said my gestational sac only went up 1 cm and still nothing but a yolk again she didnt get good pictures so I have no idea if those measurements are right, after the ultrasound the Dr came in and told us that its blighted ovum..My husband tried to ask about my severly tilted uterus as the tech put it but Dr said that dont matter and she is never wrong..I feel really upset as we tried for so long to get pregnant as its not easy with tilted uterus and pcos. She did order hcg tests but I dont get the 2nd till tomorrow however I do know that 2 weeks ago my level was 9797 and yesterday only 9952 so it only went up 150 in 2 weeks..Im serously freaking out and not sure what to think..Please help. Thanks

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      Nelly 10 days ago

      Dis has really given me hope..God bless u

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      Nikki 10 days ago

      We're you bleeding at all?

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      Kay 12 days ago

      I am so sorry. Hopefully you have had your follow-up ultrasound by now. (((hugs)))

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      Brittny 3 weeks ago

      Last week we saw a gestational sac and a yolk sac. Today the gestational sac was bigger and the yolk sac was still visible, but seemed smaller than last week. My doctor says it is a blighted ovum, but we will check again next week. My uterus is tilted as well, but towards the front. I'm just really confused by what is happening, and I thought I would go in and ask for a D&C if nothing was seen next week. Now I reading this I'm not sure I should do anything.

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      Jaime 3 weeks ago

      Hi Kay,

      I am so glad that I found your story! It truly gives me hope. At what should of been my 6 week check up 6/30/17, I had a TV U/S at which time the doctor could only find a spec and she told me It may be a BO. I go to have HCG test every 48 hrs for 6 days. First is 9,000+ the second is 11,000+ and the third is 12,000+. On 7/12 I went for another US and we see baby and measures 6w6d. But we see no heartbeat. She tells me that I will miscarry and to do a dnc or suppositories. I refused each. I am still waiting.

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      Amber Rivera 4 weeks ago

      So, I'm not exactly positive of how far along I should be right now because the doctors go off of my last period which was May 17th but I know the conception days because me and my wife used a donor.. We tried once May 29th and again June 1st so more than likely 7, 8 weeks? This is my first so not to positive. Well I went in for an US two weeks ago where there was only a sac, nothing else but my hcg levels were rising as they should. Then I had more blood work done two days apart last week and they are still rising how they should! Yesterday, me and my SO went in for another US to where the sac has grown a bit but still it's empty.. He stated I have a blighted ovum and should miscarry soon... Me and my wife are devastated but also your story has given me hope.. Maybe I'm to early? Or maybe the baby just really didn't develop? I'm lost as how to feel and would just like an honest second opinion.. My breasts aren't as sore as they were about a week ago but I don't know if that means anything... Thanks

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      Luvmykids1993 4 weeks ago

      My LMP was 5/24/17. I've tested positive on 5 different HPT and tested positive at doctor's office on 7/14/17. On 7/15/17 during intercourse I bled heavily (like your heavy day of your period) but then after cleaning up the bleeding stopped. No blood clots except for 1 tiny one the size of an army ant, no cramping. No more bleeding. I went for ultrasound today 7/17/17 & they dated me from LMP at 7 weeks 5 days but said gestational sac is only measuring 3-4 weeks so they think either I miscarried and the sac is being absorbed into my body or it is a blighted ovum and there never was a baby. They drew my blood today to check HCG levels and will do it again Wednesday to compare. I'm scared I lost the baby or there never was one. Anyone have similar experience?

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      Kay 5 weeks ago

      Sadly Linda, this happens and this isn't the first time I've heard this. Scary! I am so glad she found her baby! Do you mind if I share your post on the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage page? Women really need to hear this. And, please, keep me updated!

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      Linda 5 weeks ago

      So my daughter was diagnosed with a blighted ovum. That there was no heartbeat or evidence of a fetus. They told her that she had a choice have a D&C or let the body get rid of it itself. She chose to have the D&C which she did on July 3. They contacted her on July 10 to say that they didn't find any evidence of placenta tissue so they wanted to do another ultrasound. She had her ultrasound today and low a behold there is an 8 week old baby in there with heartbeat. Naturally she is freaking out and worried now and how could this happen, especially after having the D&C only 7 days earlier. She's happy but of course worried as to what effect all that trauma could have had on the fetus.

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      Anna 5 weeks ago

      An update

      Went for the 2nd opinion yesterday, and the doctor confirm that I do have a blighted ovum. The sac is getting bigger (4.5cm) but that the only thing we saw. So I have been correctly diagnosed. I wish all the others mother here to have a better news than me.

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      Nai Saelee 5 weeks ago

      Update from 7 days ago.....ultrasound appt. 07/07/2017 and what a huge difference a week can make. They were able to see fetal pole and embryo measuring at 6 weeks 2 days.

      Despite the relief i felt, doctor said they are supposed to see a heartbeat by now. First it was....you have a blighted ovum because we dont see a yolk sac and fetal pole (at 4.5 - 5 weeks)...now that they can see fetal pole and embryo they expect to see heartbeat right away????!! They are seriously rushing the development of my baby i feel like.

      They said they need to see a heartbeat by next Tuesday 07/11 or Wednesday 07/12, so i scheduled my appointment for Saturday 07/15/2017 instead. I will make sure to keep you all posted.

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      Kay 5 weeks ago

      If there are no complications, another ultrasound a week out should tell you if there is really no growth. (((hugs))) and stay monitored!

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      Kay 5 weeks ago

      An ultrasound is a very good idea. I don't know what you'll find. (((Hugs)))

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      Anna 6 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I went for my first ultrasound on Tuesday (should have been 10weeks) and was told that I've blighted ovum, the sac is 31,6mm with yolk sac but no fetal pole. They suggest me for a medical intervention but if I'm not sure yet, she suggested me to come back in two weeks for another ultrasound. Do you think there is a hope for me that I've been misdiagnosed?

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      Cheryl 6 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I was just told I've a blighted ovum too. I should be at 8 weeks and the sac didn't grow much from last week. No egg yoke either.

      The gynae said I shold be prepared to miscarry but I've no cramps or bleeding.

      What would you advise?

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      Kay 6 weeks ago

      I am so sorry to hear you are going through this scare. Generally, if the sac is growing, they'll wait until it measures more than 25mm before diagnosing a blighted ovum. (((hugs)))

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      Amy 6 weeks ago

      I have been having on and off spotting (minimal amounts just when I pee) for 2 weeks. I had a scan 2 weeks ago (should have been 7 weeks) and they saw an empty sac measuring 4-5 weeks. They then asked me to come back in 2 weeks. I had a scan this morning and they saw an empty sac again measuring 6 weeks (the sac had grown but no yolk sac, pole or baby). The doctor said it's unlikely a viable pregnancy and she's confident it's a blighted ovum. My HCG levels are rising by approx. 50% every 48 hours which the doctor also says is below average. So we've been told to go back in 10 days for a rescan and to consider a procedure to end the pregnancy if a baby is still not found. We're absolutely devastated but your story gives us hope. This will be our first baby and we have been ttc for a very long time. Any advice, responses welcome.

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      Kay 6 weeks ago

      Remember, if the gestational sac is growing from week to week and not yet more than 25mm, it is too early to diagnose. (((Hugs))) Stay monitored and i do hope you get better news!

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      Kay 6 weeks ago

      That is encouraging! (((hugs))) and keep us updated.

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      Kay 6 weeks ago

      The dropping hCG levels may be concerning but 6 weeks is much too early to diagnose a blighted ovum. You might want to consider finding a new physician. (((hugs)))

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      Tarin 7 weeks ago

      Hi Kay.

      I was diagnosed with a BO this week - meant to be 6 weeks 3 days. Just an empty sac. Doctor didn't tell me the size - just told me I should have a D and C. I also didn't know to ask. HCG level was 26 000 on Wednesday and 24 000 on Friday. Does the drop mean that it must definitely be a BO ?

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      Nai Saelee 7 weeks ago

      So i went back to doctors yesterday and met with an OB instead if a nurse practitioner this time. They held off on the ultrasound but had me do another hcg test. It came back at 52,000, which has doubled in two days. They have me scheduled for an ultrasound 07/07/2017. I asked them what size is the sac measuring at since they have not been so open about my ultrasound results. The sac is at 12mm right now and i am supposed to be in the 5 weeks and 2+ days. I have my fingers crossed hoping that there will be growth. I have also scheduled an appointment with a new doctor.

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      Vikki Barney 7 weeks ago

      Hi Kay...I'm believed to be entering my 7th week today and suddenly don't "feel" pregnant ... had a TV U/S yesterday and they said may be a blighted ovum...I'm 46 and newly married with three other children ... never heard of this before and have found some hope in your story! I had blood drawn yesterday and will do so tmw to compare progesterone levels...I'm hopeful and full of faith that there IS a strong healthy baby in my womb, just like to hide! :) thank you for sharing your story!!

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      Kay 7 weeks ago

      You are still early! The most important thing is to have an ultrasound each week and see if it is growing. If it is and there are no complications, a blighted ovum should not be diagnosed until the sac measures more than 25mm. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 7 weeks ago

      I am so sorry you are going through this scare. Progesterone supplements can cause spotting and/or bleeding and that, in turn, can cause levels to plateau or decrease temporarily. I don't know what will happen but I hope you get better news. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 7 weeks ago

      After numbers reach 6,000, they slow way down for many women and this in normal. I'm glad you are getting a second opinion. I don't know what will happen but I hope you get your answer soon. (((Hugs)))

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      Kay 7 weeks ago

      You should find a new doctor. How irresponsible of this doctor. You are so early. Please, do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

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      Megan 7 weeks ago

      Hello, I am 5 weeks pregnant and just had my 1st ultrasound yesterday. Gestational sac 10.0mm and no yolk sac. Doctor talked to me about a D&C which just tore my husband and I up... Had blood work same day, more to be done in a day and another ultrasound scheduled for next week. Hoping for a positive outcome of this...

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      Shelbi 7 weeks ago

      Hi!

      I'm not really sure if i should post this or not due to us not really having answers still. According to the first day of my last period, i should be 12 weeks today. However, i feel like that's off. i think either i'm wrong or i ovulated late. the first day of my last period would've been April 5th (i think but am not positive) and i read that that would mean i ovulated around the 14-19th. We didn't even have sex until maybe the 22nd and after. They diagnosed me with a blighted ovum yesterday & she straight away said she needed to schedule me a D&C. i told her that i would rather let it happen naturally. in the first 2 ultrasounds, they found the gestational sac & yolk sac but no baby. my HCG levels were 36304 and did drop a little to 29663, and that is the only thing not giving me any hope as i know your numbers should double in 48 hrs. i have no miscarriage symptoms whatsoever & im just not comfortable having a D&C done when i feel in my gut that something is off. i'm going to another doctor in another office on monday to attempt to get a second opinion. i've seen many stories where the baby didn't show up & then a couple weeks later, there it was. again, i'm aware my levels don't look very good but i hate to think that this has happened just yet. especially when my doctor let us leave the office each time with really no answers or explanations. she quickly jumped to having a D&C and did not even explain to me what that was. (this is my first pregnancy) i know that there isn't a lot of hope but some part of me can't give up just yet.

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      Nai 7 weeks ago

      Hi Moms and Mom-to-be's,

      I have decided to start sharing my story and update you on the final outcome. After reading all the misdiagnosed miscarriage stories and misdiagnosed blighted ovum stories i feel like i can relate and starting to believe that i am being misdiagnosed also.

      Because my LMP was May 6th 2017 the nurse practitioner initially went with a later gestation.

      I went into my OB's Quick Care office due to spotting brown blood on 06/21/2017 with hcg level of 10,000 and

      progesterone level 25. I met with a nurse practitioner only. After a transvaginal ultrasound, a yolk and gestational sac was seen putting me around 4.5 - 5 weeks. I also remembered to let them know that i have a bicornuate uterus in case they thought something else.

      Because i was spotting they told me to come back on 06/23/2017 to have another hcg level reading done. Hcg level was at 17,530 and progesterone level 15 (decline), i was then prescribed 100mg progesterone pills to help supplement the drop.

      I took the Progesterone starting 06/24/2017 at 11pm. I went and used the restroom to pee and a rush of blood came out but no clots, it was more red than pink this time. I rushed to the hospital and had an hcg test completed, followed by an ultrasound. Hcg came back and was told it was at 14,000. Not good, as it was a drop from the day before. I was told by the nurse at the ER that it was a threatened miscarriage and that i should follow up with my ob office to schedule a D&C since they also did not see a fetal pole or baby and was only able to see a sac.

      I left the hospital devastated and in tears, how can they expect to see a fetal pole or anything else besides a sac at 4.5 weeks? They must have calculated my pregnancy based on my LMP putting me way farther along than i actually am. I refused to believe them.

      Monday 6/26/2017 i walked into the ob quick care office again and informed then of the weekend's happening. They did an hcg test and another transvaginal ultrasound. Before my hcg test came back the nurse practitioner came in and diagnosed me with a blighted ovum and encouraged me to schedule a D&C for Friday but to come back on Wednesday 06/28/2017 for another hcg test. I would then visit again with an actual OB for the first time to do another ultrasound Thursday 06/29/2017 and another hcg before the D&C procedure.

      I recieved a call 06/26/2017 from the quick care office nurse practitioner that my hcg level test results were in (same day) and it actually doubled at 32,250 and that i need to continue taking my progesterone pills. They said to still keep in mind the possibility of a threatened miscarriage waiting to happen still. I am so nervous to go back for another hcg testing and am praying that it keeps going up so that they can stop pressuring me into a D&C. I will let you know what happens on tomorrow's visit and hcg testing.

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      Christina 7 weeks ago

      Is it time to give up or do I wait?

      I had a miscarriage(chemical pregnancy) in Jan 2017

      1st day of last period: between 4/27/17 and 4/29/17

      Predicted Ovulation Date: 5/10/17

      Did the Deed: May 4,5,6,7,9,11

      Positive home pregnancy test 5/21/17

      1st HCG 5/22/17 =74.9

      2nd HCG 5/31/17=3,127

      I spotted during intercourse light pink and very light on 6/3/17

      3rd HCG 6/5/17 =5,518

      1st Ultrasound (because I was scared) on 6/8/17-looked like fuzz to me I did not see the fetal pole but the Dr said she did and she said she seen a heart beat I trusted she knew more than me at this point. She said the fetal pole only measured at 5 weeks and 5 days.

      Follow up Ultrasound done 6/23/17 No baby just empty gestational sac she then rushed me to the ultrasound tech to use the newer/advanced ultrasound machine and she seen no baby either just the empty gestational sac.

      At some point in my past I remember being told I had a tilted uterus but not by this specific provider.

      My Dr. recommended I take the weekend to decide if I want to wait out a natural miscarriage, have a D & C or take medication to induce the miscarriage.

      I asked for 1 more HCG (not sure why) and on 6/27/17 last HCG states 24,038.

      Is it time for me to let go and accept the blighted ovum or could their still be a chance?

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      Heather D 2 months ago

      Hello Ladies,

      I am here sharing my story because I believe it will shed some light on what you may be going through. My last period was April 18, 2017. I got a positive pregnancy test on May 20, 2017. Thinking I was just 4 weeks along. On Friday June 2, I went in for my first ultrasound, in my head I estimated me to be about 6 1/2 weeks along. My doctor told me I had a gestation sac but nothing was in it. It was only measuring 5 weeks and 2 days. No yolk sac and no baby, just an empty sac. My doctor told me I had a blighted ovum and I was crushed. This pregnancy was such a miracle because I had to do IvF to have my daughter and we thought we were going to have to do it again to have another child. In the 10 years I've been married and 13 years we have been together we have NEVER gotten pregnant naturally. So this pregnancy was nothing short of a miracle. So u can see how this amazing thing could be so devastating. Well, I found this page, read a ton and realized I wasn't alone. I seriously felt pregnant and I felt like nothing was wrong yet I'm being told my baby isn't a baby after all. She told me that I would need to have a D&C and I could try again in 3 months. Yet my HCG levels were 36,000. Something wasn't adding up. Well 5 days later I found a different doctor because I wanted a second opinion. I had an ultrasound and he found a perfectly healthy pregnancy, yolk sac and baby with a heartbeat I got to hear. I couldn't believe it yet I could. My gut always told me everything was ok. I can not tell you how happy I am that I found this site and spoke with Kay. I got a new doctor and my baby wasn't aborted for no reason. I am only 6 weeks along so I must have ovulated late or had a late implantation. I hope all you Ladies that read this get inspired and truly go with your gut instincts when it comes to your baby and your body. If you question it, GET A SECOND OPINION. I hope this helps. Baby dust to you all.

      ❤️ Heather

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      Kay 2 months ago

      You need to ask if the gestational sac has been growing from week to week and, if so, what its measurement is. If it is growing and not yet over 25mm, it is too early to diagnose. (((Hugs)))

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      Mariam 2 months ago

      Belight ovum. No fetal pole. Pregnancy will not proceed My dr asked me for an abortion please I can't please pray please ask someone you know to help I previously faced miss carriage please help

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      Kay 2 months ago

      (((hugs))) to you. I don't know what is happening but I hope you have your answer by now.

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      Kay 2 months ago

      Wonderful news!!! Have you shared your story on the Misdiagnosed site?

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      Kay 2 months ago

      (((hugs))) to you. Are you sure on your dates? If there are no complications, generally waiting a week for a follow up will tell you if there is growth. If the gestational sac is growing and more than 25mm, this could very well be a blighted ovum. If it is growing and under 25mm, it is too soon to know. (((hugs)))

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      Nukinka 2 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your story it helps put stuff in perspective. I'm about 9 or 10 weeks along. I had my first ultrasound on Friday. The technician said he saw what he thought was a blighted ovum. He asked if I had drank any water before my appointment and thanks to my pregnancy brain I had forgotten to drink water before hand and keep a full bladder. I downed a big glass of water before we ran out the door but my bladder was still empty. I don't know if this would effect my ultrasound at all?

      Also, the technician was hesitant to say for sure it was a blighted ovum without having my HCG levels tested. I had to wait until today to have my test done and they said they should have my results back by tomorrow afternoon.

      This has been the longest weekend of my life and this whole waiting game is taking its toll on me.

      I haven't had any spotting or cramping. I still have all my pregnancy symptoms. Nauseous, tired, sore back, sore breasts, my nipples have gotten darker and bigger.

      I'm just hoping and praying our baby is Still in here happy and healthy. I've never had a miscarriage before. I have one son he's 3 years old he was the first one to know I was pregnant. He kept touching my belly and saying "awww so cute" then he would kiss my belly.....when I finally realized maybe he was doing this because I was pregnant I took a test and got a positive result 4 days before my period. I waited and took another test the day after my missed period to make sure.

      I'm just trying to stay hopeful and keep praying things will be ok. It's hard though.

      Does anyone know if having an empty bladder during an ultrasound would make it hard to see the baby?

      Thanks again for your story.

      Nukinka

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      Sadie 3 months ago

      Debora from 10 days ago did you get a reply. I am in a similar situation. They took my blood two days apart and I'm at 20,000 then only 22,000 measuring 6 weeks at 14mm gestational sac that is empty. Ultrasound in 1 week but they are not hopeful due to very small increase in HCG 20,000 to 22,000 :(

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      Nyeisha 3 months ago

      Hello! I'm currently around 5 weeks pregnant and my conception dates have been all over the place due to the fact that my menstrual cycles are also all over the place. I took a pregnancy test because what I thought was my menstrual was only two days of very light pink spotting. Then, of course, I got a positive pregnancy test! The next day, I went to the ER due to the fact that the spotting kept going. I was diagnosed there with a "miscarriage threat" although the spotting was no where near enough for a miscarriage. Two weeks later, I seen the doctor and he was sure that it was a blighted ovum because I didn't know exactly when my lmp was. So by a given date and due to constant spotting, he suspected a blighted ovum and said that a miscarriage would happen eventually. I never give up hope. I wasn't hurting or bleeding heavily and no one really knew how far along I was due to the fact that I couldn't remember when I had my last period. I went to a hospital out of town for testing and was told that spotting is fairly common in early pregnancy and that it is a bit too early to see anything on an ultrasound. The doctor there said that as long as I'm not gushing blood, or having severe cramps, then I should be ok and there's nothing to worry about. A week after that, I switched doctors. Just yesterday I went to see her and she found baby and heartbeat! Unfortunately, she lost it and said that it could be because the baby is up against the sac which makes it harder to see. So right now I'm in the waiting stage and praying for perfection at my next appointment! Your story gives me so much hope. Spotting is still going on, but not even enough to fill a pantyliner and I've also heard/read that it is common also. I've had to have a tumor cut from my uterus and I also have a bicornate (spell check) uterus, which gives me more hope that the complications are due to this and I will go on to have a normal pregnancy. Doctors checked my cervix and said that is is closed which leaves me even more confused on where the bleeding is coming from. I hope to someday hold my little miracle baby and share a great story with the world also!

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      Isha 3 months ago

      My lmp is 2-3-2017 and on 4april i do pregnancy test that was negitive us result was also negitive again i do urine test on 15 april that was positive I visited to dr 18april she said I'm 5 wk pregnant after 10 days on 29 april she said to me baby is not growing i was shocked i go to other dr he said I'm only 4 wks pregnant i go to another doctor on 3 may she said my sack is empty there are no fetal poles she suggested me d&c but my sack size was 25.6 that was normal again i go to dr on 11 may she said to me there is no baby and strongly recommend d&c now I'm too much worried what to do should i wait or go for d&c as it is my first baby I don't want to loose it

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      Debora 3 months ago

      Hi Kay, I need some help my HCG was only measured twice when the doctor couldn't find a heartbeat or yolk pole just an empty sac at what would be 8 weeks but it decreased from 29000 to 20000 in 48 hours after that I got one more ultrasound a week later and they couldn't find anything again and the sac measured the same as before around 6w5d 18mm. I am 11w4d now and still haven't had any bleeding or cramps but the doctor said the insurance won't cover another ultrasound and they scheduled D&C next week. Have you ever heard of any case where they found just an empty sac and no growth from one week to the next but later they were able to find a baby!? Can you give me your honest opinion if you think this is just not a viable pregnancy!? I have titlted uterus and I am worried they just didn't look long enough.

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      Tara Hauff 3 months ago

      Hi!

      I just want to say your story gave me hope.

      I suffered three miscarriages last year. Then, this past March I had what I thought was the flu. I took a pregnancy test on a whim and it was instantly positive! I was beyond excited. Around 5 weeks I had sharp pains in my side. I went to the ER to be safe and although I had a sac measuring 5 weeks 1 day, there was no yolk or fetal pole. My levels were at 15258. The ER doctor then diagnosed me with a blighted ovum and said I had just a 10% chance of not losing the pregnancy. I argued it was too early to tell, but felt torn apart.

      My obgyn checked my levels the next couple weeks. I read and googled everything on blighted ovum and drove myself crazy. My only hope was my levels kept doubling. I had read that was normal for a blighted ovum though. I went for an early ultrasound today at 7 weeks. I was a mess of emotions. I had given up hope of having this pregnancy be viable. The doctor did a transvaginal ultrasound today. And there was baby. Clear as day! I was in shock! I broke down in tears. I even heard the heartbeat.

      My advise is don't give up hope if you get diagnosed to early.

      Good luck mamas!

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      logan73 3 months ago

      I conceived via IVF, so I know that I was exactly 8 weeks along at today's ultrasound. The report says that the gestational sac is only measuring 10.1mm, or 5w5d. The yolk sac is "equivocal." My uterus is anteverted. Previous ultrasound 10 days ago the gestational sac measured 6.1mm, or 5w1d. Yolk sac was "not well visible." Different techs, same radiologist.

      My hCG levels have been slow rising.

      5/2 4524

      4/27 2085

      4/24 1110

      4/20 427

      4/17 204

      4/13 127

      Next week, I am to repeat the hCG and the ultrasound.

      I also have a 0.7 x 1.5 x 2.4 cm perigestational hemorrhage.

      Can you please help me understand what the hemorrhage means?

      Is there any reason for me to be hopeful?

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      Geepick 3 months ago

      Should I give up hope? Went for follow up ultrasound, should be 9+6 according to dates. There's been no change. Sac still measuring 5+ weeks and completely empty. Is it possible it *could've* grown and it is a wrongful measurement? Different sonographer, had a TV scan too though. Still feeling "pregnant", but completely losing all hope right now. I said I want to wait out the weekend before making any decisions about next steps. Utterly heartbroken.

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      Kay 3 months ago

      (((hugs))) to you. I hope you get the best of news.

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      Kristina 3 months ago

      I tried to share my full story on the other site after registering but it wouldn't post. So the very short version is that I was diagnosed with a bighted ovum at 9 weeks. I waited ubtil 13 weeks before d&c. Dates were off so 7 weeks and 11 weeks corrected. 6 weeks later they discovered a healthy survivor baby 17 weeks gestation. 17+6 I had pprom. All I was offered was to terminate even though my fluid looks good and baby's heartbeat was strong. I'm following protocol from aapprom.org. I'm on my own for now. I know statistics aren't in my favor but baby is a fighter. I am sharing my story via blog. I'm not sure if it's ok to link.

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      Geepick 3 months ago

      Hi! I'm waiting to find out what is going on and found this website an incredibly useful resource. I had US and TV last week at 8+4 (due to one small episode of painless spotting) and it found an empty gestation sac measuring 5+ weeks; no yolk, HB or anything. The sonographer thought she caught a glimmer of a yolk sac at one point but couldn't possibly determine. I had to thrust upwards to aid her in getting a better look during TV, so I'm wondering if maybe I do have a tilted uterus? My HCG levels were 10,000 and 17,500 48 hours later. The waiting is soooooo difficult. My pregnancy symptoms have alleviated some, but I still have slightly tender breasts and the crazy dreams! I never suffered MS with this pregnancy. Trying to remain positive but extremely anxious. I know my conception date is certain, but I do have a longer cycle. The not knowing is so hard :/

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      Kay 3 months ago

      The most important thing is to make sure the sac is growing from week to week. If it is and there are no complications, a D&C should be avoided before the sac is more than 25mm. (((hugs))) and stay monitored.

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      Brooke 4 months ago

      Hi, I just went to the OB. They wanted me to have a DNC LAST Tuesday since the doctor didn't see a sac at what he thought was 6 weeks. I went in on Monday before the DNC and there WAS a sac but no fetal pull or heartbeat. I came in today (8 days later) and they said that it looks like twins, but no hearbeat and maybe a fetal pull. She had to push around to see what she was looking at (I know that my pelvis is tilted, so maybe my uterus too). The teach said that the sac doesn't look like a normal sac with the bright edge. They scheduled me for a DNC in 10 days and said I can go in for an ultrasound again before to double check. Should I go see a different doctor or should they be able to see something? My missed period was March 3rd

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      JP 4 months ago

      Did your hcg levels ever drop slightly then rise?

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      Kay 4 months ago

      If there is a yolk sac, this is not a blighted ovum. If there are no complications, an ultrasound a week out should give you your answer. (((Hugs)))

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      Natasha 4 months ago

      I am 6 1/2 wks pregnant. Had a US last week, thought we were 10wks and would hear a heart beat. To our surprise there as only a Yolk sac, but no baby and I looked to be only about 6wks. Today at my appointment we discussed that it is this BLIGHTED OVUM. I was heart broken, sad, mad all at the same time. So i started doing research. MY HCG levels continue to increase and there is a yolk sac. Im not giving up hope. Just want to know if anyone has any thought.

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      Isabela 6 months ago

      Hi there. My name is Bella, and i am going through such a tough time right now.I went through Ivf , icsi, and on the 25 Dec i got a positive pregnancy test. Was over the moon. To cut the story short, when for a scan at 6 weeks and was found an empty sac measuring one week behind. One week later went for another scan, when i was diagnosed with a blighted ovum. Then one week later , went for a final scan to confirm. Then what happened is over the imaginable. First tech said:''oh there is your embryo'. I was shocked!!!Couldn't believe this! This was a miracle for me. Then she said but i can't find a heart beat. Let me call someone for a second opinion. Then a man entered, and did the scan and said:''Oh there is not embryo in here''. Did not insist to much, as the previous tech did. I said:''but before i saw , we saw the baby''. He said:''oh no that is just a shadow. Now , i didn't know you can see shadows in the belly. Anyway, they have told me to wait in the waiting area to go through my options, such as d&c or pill, or natural miscarriage .Now, my gut feeling was telling me to run.So i did. I walked outside the door thinking this doesn't feel right. My gut feeling was telling me that , there is a baby inside me. My symptoms are of a pregnant lady, all of them! The sac is growing...and looks very well implanted , with a very nice looking shape. So my decision is, of waiting. No matter what happens, i will live it into the hands of God. With Him all things are possible.

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      Jessica 6 months ago

      Hi Kay

      This is such encouragement. I feel like I have mourned this already twice with my ultrasounds showing an empty sack both times and getting more info pointing to a blighted ovum. My hcg levels have been monitored for 3 weeks sometimes they double sometimes the increase a little. I have had 3 ultrasounds. The first one showed nothing just liquid in the uterus the second one showed an empty gestational

      Sack and the 3rd a week later (I am supposedly 8 weeks) still showed an empty sack that had grown since the last time but there is still no yolk sack or fetal pole. My midwife said I could schedule a D&C but there was no rush. She agreed to let me get another ultrasound in a week and a half or two weeks if I want and is continuing to look at my hcg levels to look for a drop

      Or decline. She was pretty sure it's not a viable pregnancy. I keep hoping and praying for a different outcome but just get heartbroken with each ultrasound. I don't think I am measuring 25 mm and I am not 9 weeks yet so waiting at least another week or 2 for another u/s sounds like the right thing to do.

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      viki 11 months ago

      thanks so much for this encouraging article. by my last period im supposed to be 10wks gone in my pregnancy but the scan showed my pregnancy at 7wks and an empty sac. the doctors impression was that it may b a case of blighted ovum but i should come back after 2wks. ive been reading about this issue and this seems to b d only article that has really given me hope that my baby may be alright. im holding on to faith and will not do a d&c even if God forbid d next scan still shows no baby. thanks again.

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      Anonymous 13 months ago

      My last cycle was on April 30, 2016. I am usually very regular in cycle. We discovered on May 29th that I was pregnant. I have experienced significant fatigue, bloating, and breast tenderness. I had my first ultrasound 2 weeks ago (should have been 7 weeks along), where they found a yolk sac but no fetal pole. They also estimated that my gestational age was 6 weeks and 2 days. At that time, my hcG levels were normal. I had my second ultrasound today (should have been 9 weeks, 5 days). They found similar results, with a larger gestational sac, but only measuring 6 weeks, 5 days. My doctor recommended a D and C. When I asked about her level of certainty, she noted that "in my mind, there is 100% chance that it will not be successful." Do you think there's any hope of a successful pregnancy? Thank you for your time.

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      Kay 16 months ago

      Do you have an update?

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      Ada 17 months ago

      Hi, I have my last periods on 18-23 January.And on March 1st, the test show me I was pregnant. I did a scan on March 4th and Dr told me to stay in bed for 2 weeks so to not loose the baby. He gave me the spasmex and duphaston, and folic acid. On March 13th I had brown blood and pain, I get the scan and the baby was well. After one day on March 14th I had red blood and I made a scan on March 18th and the Dr. told that the pregnancy is going well. On March 22th after I return from a trip 2 days by plane, the Dr. in the scan couldn't see the baby, just the empty amnion. But all those I did have any pain or blood. What is happen with me? Still I have the baby? Is this normal?

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      Kay 17 months ago

      I am so very sorry. (((Hugs))) to you.

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      Kay 17 months ago

      It was too early to diagnose you. They should do an ultrasound one week out from that last one to determine growth. If the sac is growing and not yet over 25mm, there is still hope. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 17 months ago

      I am just so sorry. Hopefully they did another ultrasound a week out (if there were no complications). (((Hugs)))

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      Lozhos 18 months ago

      So had my final ultrasound today and have been diagnosed with half molar pregnancy.

      Very interesting to see all the things thrown at you that could be wrong. But to have an answer has put me at ease.

      I will have to have surgery ( hopefully Friday) and then I feel i will be more at peace with this situation I'm facing.

      Sending love to all

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      Lozhos 18 months ago

      I'm happy I found this page, gives me a ray of hope. I'll tell my story I'll keep it short.

      I just turned 30 hubby 32 been ttc for 6 months for our first Bub and got a bfp on 22nd Jan 2016 ( 6 days till period )

      Saw a private Ob and he did an internal ultrasound at what I thought was 6 weeks. This is normal practise for him apparently. He saw sac but nothing more and said it could be too early to come back in a week and get bloods in the coming days.

      Got bloods done at 7 weeks over 48hr time frame. My hgc level was 35200 which the ob said were really good. Again did another internal and still only saw sac. Telling me this pregnancy isn't viable.

      I have to go to an ultra sound place tomorrow for a "final" scan to legally say there is nothing in the sac ( I will be 8 weeks ) then Thursday to " discuss my options"

      I've had no bleeding at all, my boobs are sore, since of smell phenomenal, hungry and oh so tired.

      From reading what you have written I feel like I want to wait longer before making a rash decision.

      So confused.

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      Ale G 18 months ago

      I was diagnosed with one last Saturday at 7 weeks but sac was empty and only measuring at 5 weeks. Saw my OB 3 days later and there was still no baby or heart pole plus I was told my hcg had dropped from 5677 to 4378 but I have no signs or symptoms of a miscarriage. I'm so confused and rethinking my d&c which is scheduled for Tuesday the 23rd. I truly don't know what to do

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      Kay 18 months ago

      Please, keep us updated. (((hugs)))

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      Camille 19 months ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. I believe I am 6 weeks, yesterday the transvaginal scan showed an empty sac. We were completely crushed due to this being our second miscarriage but your website has given us hope. I am going to do blood work ; which I wasn't going to do . I have faith and hope I didn't have before reading your page. THANK YOU .

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      Kay 20 months ago

      Too early to diagnose. If the gestational sac is growing week to week, a blighted ovum should not even be discussed before it is more than 25mm (about nine weeks or so) Please, keep us updated. (((hugs)))

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      XCIA 20 months ago

      I'm glad I stubled upon your page, I was of course looking up blighted ovum. I'm suppose to be 6 weeks and 5 days. My last ultrasound on Friday showed no fetal pole or embryo, just that the sac had grown. I didn't think to ask what size the sac was. I was totally confused and thinking not another miscarriage. I then was given progesterone and told to do a blood test. Yesterday my HCG levels were at 53812 which is the 7 to 8 week mark. I'm hoping the dates are wrong, that it is too early. The first date of my last period was 13 of October. I know we conceived on the 29th of October because I was marking everything down and in a full month that was the only one time where we were intimate. I am an emotional wreck. I hope that it isn't another miscarriage. Last time I saw the embryo and heard a heartbeat which was very painful. I hope I have a similar situation as yours.

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      Kay 21 months ago

      I responded to you on my other blighted ovum page but basically you'll want to see if the sac is growing. If it is and not yet over 25mm, it is likely too soon to diagnose. (((hugs)))

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      Alexandra 21 months ago

      Hi, I am sharing my current story in hopes of some kind of reassurance.

      I went to my first transvaginal scan at 8 weeks. It took the doctor 10 secs to tell me I had a blighted ovum. No blood taken, no questions asked, nothing. She immediately prescribed me some pills to take and have it ended. After that, she took a blood sample. The next day I called to get my blood results, in which the first thing she asked when I called was if I had taken the pills she prescribed. I told her NO. And I'm calling to get my blood results as I want a second opinion. She gave me my results.. my hcg levels were 73,000, that's it. No other results. I called a different doctor, and scheduled an appointment 4 days later. This new doctor is the sweetest doctor! She performed another transvaginal scan which showed my gestational sac of 6 weeks, but empty. No fetal pole.. My hcg levels are 62,000 with a 13.1 progesterone and Gestational sac of 17.5 mm. According to my LDP I should be 9 weeks. She recomended another scan in a week. I have NOT bled or are cramping at all. But my pregnancy signs have been diminishing. My boobs don't hurt anymore and I haven't been that hungry. I blame it on the depression and stress I'm going through. I want to keep my hopes up, since I'm not bleeding...yet... any hope??

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      Kay 21 months ago

      The most important thing is to see the gestational sac growing week to week. If it is not yet over 25mm, it is too soon to diagnose. (((hugs)))

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      sameera 21 months ago

      Hi...I am an emotional wreck over the past 3 weeks...thank god I found out your link and this has given me a ray of hope.this is my second pregnanCy and as per my LMP, I am 8 weeks and 6 days. My doctor has been doing transvaginal ultrasound from the last 3 weeks. First time I visited her she said she didn't find a GS. The following week I visit her she sees a tiny sac. I saw her yesterday, the sac is grown but sees no yolk sac..she says she will check me again next week and decide if it's a failed pregnancy. ..my first pregnancy went so smooth. The doctor didn't even do an ultrasound until my 5th month...she asked me to come at 11 weeks, heard. A nice heartbeat and that's it..that was in 2008...the wait until the next week is going to be so tough...I am 100% sure that the doctor was not having a comfortable posture when she was doing the ultrasound..my knee was literally in her armpit..I don't think she could move her arm freely to check....I hope we get to see something next week.

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      Kay 22 months ago

      I am so sorry you two are going through this scare. I wouldn't wish this on anybody. This is not a blighted ovum because a baby is needed for a yolk sac to form. That said, that doesn't mean this can't end in miscarriage. Sadly, miscarriages are common. Generally, one week after the yolk sac is seen, a baby will be seen if the pregnancy is viable. You should have your answer at that next ultrasound. Please, keep me updated!

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      Del 22 months ago

      My wife noticed some spotting yesterday at 7 weeks, 5 days. Doctor ordered an immediate ultrasound and we saw a large yolk sac and gestational sac, but no fetal pole or sign of heartbeat. They asked if we could be off about dates, but we were certain because we were testing for ovulation and had exact HPT dates - could only be off, if at all, by a few days.

      Doctor said likely a blighted ovum, but that they were going to check levels and monitor for any changes. We go back next week to check (should be around 8 weeks, 6 days.) They are checking her HCG levels and hopefully something will change. To the OB's credit, she DID say that situations like yours have happened - and that she recommends waiting to see what happens.

      I guess I'm writing because I'm looking for advice - when we saw the ultrasound we googled and were preparing for the worst. I feel like that sliver of hope is almost making things worse for my wife. She wants to grieve and move on, but can't knowing there's still a chance. I want to be there for her but don't know what to say? Do I help her come to terms with what is likely about to happen, or do I try and keep her thinking positively and risk getting her hopes too high? Is there a way to help with both?

      Incredibly happy to hear things worked out for you! But also incredibly nervous that the halfway opened door will keep our emotions in limbo for longer.......

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      Kay 22 months ago

      The most important thing is, if the gestational sac is growing from week to week, to wait until it measures more than 25mm before being diagnosed. You are still early in your pregnancy. I do hope you get better news. (((hugs)))

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      Ang 22 months ago

      This is my second pregnancy....I had my first ultrasound sound at 7 weeks, 6 days yesterday, and no baby is the gestational sac. The gestational sac is measuring at 6 weeks, 2 days. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to grab onto hope and know that there is still a chance for my little nugget. No miscarriage symptoms yet....another ultrasound scheduled in 2 weeks. The waiting will be TOUGH :(

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      Kay 22 months ago

      It's much too soon to diagnose and I've had a number of women tell me that when they had multiple sacs, babies showed up later. I've blogged about how dating can be off my 4mm or more during the first trimester and many women look one to two weeks behind. What you need to do is wait until the sac measure more than 25mm (if they are growing). If they aren't more than 25mm yet, it is too soon to diagnose. Stay closely monitored and I do hope you get better news soon. Keep me updated.

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      Danielle Carson 22 months ago

      Hi, I came across this website because I am praying I have been misdiagnosed as well. According to my LMP I am 7 weeks 6 days. At 6 weeks 1 day I had my first U/S (Dr scheduled an early u/s because of previous complications with both of my sons) there was an "empty sac" measuring 5 weeks 2 days. They told me it could be that my dates were wrong (they aren't b/c I track everything..) I could be really early or I could have a BO. They gave me hope but sent me home to return a week later. This past wed I went in and there was not just one "empty sac" but two. Have you heard of this happening? My dr explained to me that I could lose 1, both, or have healthy twins. They were concerned because one was measuring a week behind, but they didn't tell me what exactly they were measuring, just that it was too soon to diagnose BO. Last night I started having some sharp pains on my right side and was getting pretty dizzy. I was really worried that I could be miscarrying and decided to go into triage. The er dr that I had told me that the bigger sac was measuring 6 weeks and the smaller sac was measuring 5 weeks and according to my dates I should be 7 weeks 5 days. He refused to run HCG levels and told me he was 100% sure I was having a miscarriage. He told me that the pain I was having had nothing to do with the pregnancy (most likely from the cyst that I have or gastrointestinal pains...embarrassing.). He asked me what I would take for the pain if I wasn't pregnant and I told him Tylenol or IBUProfen. He offered to give me pain pills since I'd be losing them anyway... I was really upset with him and I told him that as long as God chose to let me carry my twins, I'd take care of them and myself and not take any pain pills..."I'll stick with my Tylenol and my faith." He basically told me that I needed to accept it and move on. Luckily my dr isn't this cold and told me that we will do more u/s this week and the week after if need be. "It's His plan, not our plans..." I love my dr. But this ER dr had me crying my eyes out today... the dates don't match up and a second sac popping up at 7 + weeks? Twins?! I'm blown away and I'm also so upset that I could possibly lose both of my babies... any insight would be amazing. Thank you!

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      Kay 2 years ago

      The best thing they can do is watch the gestational sac. Has it been growing every week? If so, your doctor will want to wait until it measures more than 25mm before diagnosing a blighted ovum if there are no other complications. (((hugs)))

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      teresa 2 years ago

      okay i ive been going to my ob doctor week after week an they have said i have a blighted ovum. they keep on telling me to do the shot or the pill or have the dnc done. but ive been refusing it. because i aint had no bleeding. i get pains in my stomach that come an go every now an then. but i still havent had no bleeding at all. an if the doctor is right ill be 9 weeks an 1 day this coming up thursday. so im just really worried an scared an wanting to know everything anyone can tell me. the sac is empty an we aint seen nothing yet but i still have been wondering about it. all the doctor can say is there is no baby an no heart beat an it wont change. i cant find another doctor to see me to get a second opinion. so anything you know i am more then thankful for the help.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      There have been no studies whatsoever on misdiagnosed blighted ova. I do know that roughly 1 in 3 women have a tilted uterus and I also know from my years talking to women with misdiagnosed miscarriages that the vast majority of them occur in women who have a tilted uterus. You are being diagnosed much too early. Go with the UK's new guidelines. If there are no complications, wait until the gestational sac reaches at least 25mm before diagnosing. Because you did see that yolk sac though on one of the ultrasounds, if the pregnancy is viable, you'll find the baby before then. (((Hugs)))

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      Keemasaurusrex 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing your story and compiling such thorough research, Kay! I have a bunch of questions. I'm curious if, in the years since you've been studying this, you've come across any improved statistical outcomes of misdiagnosed blighted ovum? (Is it still 1 in 23 BO that are misdiagnosed? Or have the numbers changed with greater reporting in the years since?). What about any correlations between MDBO and birth defects in those children born after a misdiagnosis? And has anyone looked into the psychological ramifications of carrying a true BO 9-15 weeks before miscarry, via exit interview or poll? Sorry for hitting you with all these questions, it's just the way my brain is processing this complication.

      I had an early US at a free clinic 2 days ago at 5w5d to ensure that side pain I'm experiencing isn't ectopic. We saw a yolk and appropriate GS. I went to my Dr. the next day to have my kidney tested, but they insisted on another US, where they saw nothing but a slightly small GS (not even the yolk sac I have printed on the US from the day before!) and concluded at 5W6d that it is very likely an empty sac. I left with lots of information about miscarriage, and very little about sonographic limitations at this early stage and even less hope. It was so completely opposite of what I expected to hear that it completely knocked me sideways. We did blood work and scheduled another US next week to measure growth, but holy cow. What awful news on the back of what seemed such good news!

      Obviously it's too early to call it a miss, but I'm sure hoping for more concrete evidence next week one way or the other. I have a dilemma in the form of a baby moon we scheduled for what would be our 13th week. A trip to Mexico! I complained we hadn't ever taken a honeymoon and here we are 3 years later thinking baby, shouldn't we have an adventure before we settle down for good? And this trip came up out of the blue! But I'm looking at that trip now as a kind of nightmare, if by then I've passed 10 wks and confirmed a BO and have miscarried naturally or with help, how will I possibly be able celebrate with friends in the midst of a miscarriage? My belly is already showing way too much and I've gained a lot of happy weight all over that makes sense with a belly, but is just plain old fat without a baby. Who feels comfortable in beach clothes, or enjoys margaritas, or thinks romantic thoughts during miscarriage?

      There's a lot of psychological and emotional stress attached to waiting 5 more weeks on the hopes that this baby is a 1 in 23 MDBO baby. I'd love to see more statistical data on the subject! I'm surprised it hasn't been better studied in the states.

      Thanks again for sharing your story and your research, Kay!

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Wow, you were diagnosed after only one ultrasound? Are you more than nine weeks? If not, you are being diagnosed too soon. Best thing you can do if there are no complications is have another ultrasound a week out. The sac should be growing. If growing, they shouldn't even suggest a blighted ovum before it reaches 25mm. Please, keep us updated. (((Hugs)))

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Ashley, how far along are you? If you are not nine weeks yet, this is too early. Keep an eye on the size of the gestational sac between ultrasounds. It should be growing to have hope. If there are no complications, the UK's new guidelines recommend waiting until it reaches at least 25mm before diagnosing. My own gestational sac was 28.5mm before we saw our baby.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      (((hugs))) I am so very sorry.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      I am so very sorry you are doing through this. I see you posted two days ago. Did you end up miscarrying?

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      AleeshaMendoza 2 years ago

      I am 19 years old have a daughter that's two about to be three. Yesterday I was so excited to go to my ultrasound, well the lady seemed very unhappy, and told me I need to go to my doctor after I leave there she did a vaginal ultrasound and a regular ultrasound, they didn't tell me much at all. The doctor came in and told me that I have a blighted ovum, and then took a blood test that was it I have another ultra sound Thursday and they are taking more blood Monday. Any help please

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      Ashley Martin 2 years ago

      I was just diagnosed with a blighted ovum yesterday, but my bloodwork today shows that my HCG levels are increasing appropriately. I'm holding on to hope that the doctor is wrong, and that my baby is hidden due to my titled uterus. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      MrsB72906 2 years ago

      Just an update. I had them check my levels at 8w4d and it was 47000 but still no embryo in the sac so they confirmed it was a blighted ovum. I had a D&C may 5th.

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      StephanieK 2 years ago

      Hi. I am desperate for some insight. Reading this story really gave me hope. I am about 6 weeks pregnant and the only thing showing up in my ultrasound is a sac. My hormones were rising good but now are dropping. I have slight cramps and little bleeding. The dr wants me to get a D&C and I refused just because I want to know for sure. Plus my last miscarriage my body handled it all on its own. I just need to know is there still a chance for my baby? Like im begging for something or someone to give me some kind of hope. The OBGYN and the hospital is saying im Miscarrying it seems, but nothing exact. THANK YOU

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      Kay 2 years ago

      Hopefully your numbers start rising again. Sometimes they can slow temporarily. Please, keep us updated. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 2 years ago

      You are just so early. Many women don't see anything in the gestational sac at only six or seven weeks.. I think you need another doctor. I do hope you get better news soon.

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      Jasmin 2 years ago

      I am so glad you posted this and can bring some hope to us. I am 6 weeks 2 days and have had 2 ultrasounds with a sac in the uterus but no embryo with a gest sac thats growing. My hcg levels arent doubling but aren't decreasing either. 4300 - 4338. My physician suspects I have a blighted ovum but has called me in for another visit Monday to check my levels again and do another U/S .. I will be 6 weeks 4days then. Praying and hoping for the best. I don't have cramping or bleeding only brown spotting and discharge here and there. Trying to stay positive.

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      sheamomma 2 years ago

      Hi Cari,

      I'm so glad I came across reading your story. I too am going through the same. Went to my first u/s last week which by my last menst period I would be 6wks. Only gestational sac was seen. No yolk or fetus. Today, I went for another u/s still no yolk or fetus. Now we're devastated that it could be a blighted ovum. The u/s tech did mentioned the sac was bigger from last wk. But she didn't mention the size. We saw our Dr. after and she mentioned D&C she was positive that I have a blighted ovum. I told her I wanted another u/s next wk. She was ok with it, if it was going to ease my mind. But I'm scared that it would still be the same. My husband wanted me to get a sec opinion. I'm already sad and preparing for the worse.

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      Kay 2 years ago

      If there are no complications, waiting until the sac reaches at least 25mm is a good idea. Please, keep us updated on you. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 2 years ago

      If the sac has been growing and grew to more than 25mm, then you have your answer. (((hugs)))