When a Blighted Ovum Is Not a Blighted Ovum

Updated on January 11, 2017
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My name is Kay. I've been managing The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage for more than a decade and have learned quite a bit about progesterone.

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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      Jan 

      3 weeks ago

      I wrote earlier.

      My story:

      I too know my dates. I went in for u/s on 8weeks 2 days. I could be 3-4 days off. The ultrasound showed gestational sac and yolk sac at 6w 5 days. No fetal pole.

      I had my bloodwork done and hcg was 85,000. 1.5 days later it was 89,000. Nurse called to tell me late Friday that it was not a viable pregnancy and to come in Monday. I questioned her based on I know hcg does not contine to rise at the same rate when it is high. She insisted it needed to double. Ok.

      Today I went in for u/s. It dated me 7weeks 4 days just 5 days after the first one. We could definitely see a small fetal pole. The edge of the yolk sac was thickened. Tech said several times it was small but she could definitely see something.

      Met with doctor who was LOVELY and kept talking about miracles and how he has seem way more extreme ones happen so he wants to wait it out. U/s is for 8 days away. I have intense pregnancy symptoms as I do with all my healthy pregnancies. His fear is blighted ovum. Especially with my high hcg and intense nausea despite seeing no heart beat yet. We will see what the next ultrasound shows. I also have very tilted uterus however I have seen heartbeat on u/s at 6.5-8 wk with my other babies no problem.

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      Anxiously Waiting 

      4 weeks ago

      Yesterday I went to my first ultrasound at 8 weeks. The tech found a gestational sac and “possibly” a yolk sac but no baby. I lost all hope that this could still end with a take home baby but now, after reading your story, I’ll hold onto hope a little longer. I don’t know how big the sac measured but I will be sure to find out. I’m not sure if I have a tilted uterus either but will ask that as well. Basically the tech told me it looks like I’m in early pregnancy, too early to have a fetal pole yet but it’s just not possible. Like you, if I was truly not as far along as I should be, then I’d have conceived the day of or after I got my first bfp and that’s just impossible. I’m 39 so I’m very likely getting ready to miscarry but I will not give up so soon until I have another scan in 1-2 weeks. Here’s to prayers coming true!

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      Kate Jakeman 

      2 months ago

      Hi,

      I went for an early scan a few days ago at 6 weeks 5 days after a very small brownish bleed (IVF) and was told that the sac was present but that they couldn’t see the things that they should be able to see at this point within the sac (I can’t really remember exactly what she they said as I was in a bit of shock). I do remember that the sonographer said she could see ‘stuff’ in the sac but that it was broken down and not as it should be. I went to see a doc after who said I needed to wait a week and have another scan and if it shows the same, I would need to have a D and C. Having read the comments on this page (even if the results show the same next week) I feel like I may want to suggest leaving it a little longer? When you think about how early on I actually am (my egg collection was on 13th July so although I’m 7ish weeks as per their calculations, I only had the embryo put in on 18th July and it’s 17th Aug now). I know that the chances of misdiagnosis are slim but I guess it’s better to have a little hope than none at all? Also, I’d feel weird about going for a D and C if there’s even a .0001% chance they could be wrong?

      It’d be good to get some feedback re my situation and any advice you may have for me would be great. Also, they didn’t actually say ‘blighted ovum’ to me, they didn’t really give me any diagnosis, only that the sac was there but the contents weren’t as they should be, and there was some old blood around the sac.

      Anyway, wishing you all luck and love on your journeys x

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      Kay 

      2 months ago

      You are still early. Hang in there. If the sac keeps growing and is over 25mm with nothing seen, you'll have your answer but if it is not yet 25mm, it is still early :)

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      Lauren 

      2 months ago

      Sorry meant to say “tilted” uterus not “tutored next”

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      Lauren 

      2 months ago

      Hi Kay. Thank you so much for doing what you do. I’d feel a little better if I knew I had a tutored next uterus but I don’t believe that to be the case. I’m a little over 7 weeks. I went to the ER tonight because my blood type is O- and I had the tiniest bit of pink discharge when I wiped today. My doc told me I needed to go get the Rhogam shot right away. While at the hospital the ER doc wanted to do an ultrasound and bloodwork as well. I felt it was unnecessary, (I have my ultrasound scheduled with my own doctor on Tuesday) but I said okay. This was my 3rd ultrasound (I had 2 previously to make sure it wasn’t another ectopic pregnancy as I had one last summer- the last ultrasound a couple weeks ago showed a ges sac in the uterus but no yolk sac which worried me a little but I was only around 5.4 weeks so I didn’t freak). The ultrasound tonight showed a bigger ges sac but nothing else in it. They took my blood and my HCG levels came back at 74,000. This hospital didn’t have an OBGYN special unit, but I saw the ultrasound myself, so unless their equipment is from the 90’s, it can’t be so far off. Feeling pretty discouraged. Waiting to call my doctor on Monday and follow up. I have no symptoms of miscarriage but this sounds a lot like a blighted ovum. I feel like it’s a lost cause, but there’s always that little hope we cling to...I really appreciate your advice during this waiting time. Thank you!

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      Sandy 

      2 months ago

      I had an empty sac diagnosis yesterday and feel devastated.

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      Blight 

      2 months ago

      Sorry ladies, wish that it isn’t true but I waited 10 weeks and sac was 25mm to be sure and it ended being a blighted ovum. It’s def not easy going thru this, I hope to have a rainbow baby soon and baby dust to u all!

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      Kimberly Brosig 

      3 months ago

      Hi Kay ,

      I have been searching for ways to get out of my funk and your story has been so hopeful , so I'm 29 and had mirena for the past 7 years took it out mid Nov and my last period was April 15 ,found out on may 17 I was pregnant came back very light but positive so I was told at the doctor office , June 4 was my first appt had a transvaginal ultrasound nothing but a baby sac ,June 19 went for second ultrasound same thing but baby sac grew from 8 to 10 I believe now June 26 I will be going to a diagnostics clinic to do a full ultrasound haven't been bleeding ,had cramps but very lightly back pain comes and goes but nothing major ,I'm so tired and so emotional from waiting I contact my doctor for my levels and nobody ever calls me so I'm just basically over thinking everything

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      Kay 

      4 months ago

      I am so sorry you are going through this. I think you might seek out a second opinion just for your own peace of mind. (((Hugs)))

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      Kay 

      4 months ago

      A second ultrasound sounds like a good idea. You just want to make sure the gestational sac is growing and, if growing and if there are no complications, that the sac is more than 25mm before being diagnosed. (((hugs)))

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      Journey22 

      4 months ago

      Hi Kay and all,

      This is my story.

      On May 5th I got my BFP (irregular period but LMP 6 April that only lasted 2 days), I immediately scheduled a doctor's appointment I got one for May 9th. When the doctor was checking he told me he cannot see anything yet not even a sac, he asked me how was the line on the hpt and I told him it was faint but I took a digital and it said "pregnant". He advised me to come back on the following Friday which was the 18th to rule out an etopic pregnancy. I did so and immediately he saw the sac but told me it was empty, he said he shouldve seen more based on my last period (I did tell him I was irregular after removing my IUD back in November) He also said he believes I was about 5 weeks. He later told me that it may or may not be a viable pregnancy and I started to cry as I asked God so much for this baby and now he is taking it away (so I felt). He later explained about chromosomes and if the sperm and egg is not compatible it can happen. He doesn't understand why I was crying and torturing myself, if this happens at lease I know I can get pregnant. He did not order any blood work or measured the sac. He said to come back the following friday the 25th but I didnt go. I decided to go to another doctor on June 1st and he checked me ans told me the sac was empty. He measured the sac at 18 mm and said he is very pessimistic and he is sure I will miscarry because it was a missed abortion. He told me to come in 10 days and if I see any blood or experience any cramping not to be surprised. My appointment came but I did not go because I refused to hear any news that I did not want to hear. I was later called from their office to reschedule for yesterday Thursday and I accepted and went. After weeks of reading on your site Misdiagnosed Miscarriages I received a lot information and also hope. The first thing I told him was that I read online that a tilted uterus can cause you not to see anything and he laughed at my comment and told me to get undressed and so I did. He inserted the device in my vagina and in less than 2 minutes he said yes its empty he looked for my ovaries. I asked him to measure the sac and he said it doesnt make sense because he is sure I am 100% miscarried. I told him to do it because I want to know and he said it did not grow in 13 days it went from 18 mm to 18.3 mm (just googled the conversion as the first time I saw the measurements in mm and now it was cm). While he was taking out the device I asked him if I had a tilted uterus and he thought for about a sec or two what I was talking about and said no it is normal. I got dressed and he said he repeated I miscarried, he finds it strange I havent bled or experienced any cramping. He said he liked the natural way of MC but he can give me pills to start the process and I told him no. He scheduled me for a D&C for June 27th. He sent me to do blood work ONLY to know my blood type and my blood count, I knew this because I asked the lab tech if asked to check my hcg levels and she said no and at the moment I didnt think to ask him because I honestly thought that is what he sent me to do.

      I never had MS but I did have sore breast and terrible migraine and mild lower back pain. The back pain is not there as intense as in the beginning when I found out and my breast are sore-ish I feel it when I remove my bra or when I touch my nipples. My migraines are there.

      Lastnight I dreamed that I had a miscarriage and began to pray. I am hoping for a miracle baby that my baby is there but just doesnt want to be seen right now. My mom and my mom in law are so optimistic and said everything is fine. If I dont have no bleeding or cramps to relax and stop thinking negative. To have faith and do not do any transvaginal ultrasounds. I dont understand the lack of empathy of the doctors especially male, and his pressing me to do a D&C because he is so sure. And even if he is I rather leave God do his work with my body than medically.

      So sorry for the long post but I need some guidance, some advice. Something on what to do at this point!! Today Baby Center told me I was 10 weeks based on my LMP that I put in *sigh*

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      WAHMboymom 

      4 months ago

      Hello, I was diagnosed at 7wks 5 days with a blighted ovum. Empty gestational sac measuring 8mm. They are recommending a second US at 9 wks. Zero bleeding ever so far this pregnancy. Zero cramping or miscarriage signs, no fever. Confident my date of LMP was 4/5. Also I was charting, & although my wake-up times were a little inconsistent I am pretty confident I ovulated on CD 14. What should I be looking for when I go back for the second US? What would I need to hear to feel certain there is no baby? What questions should I be asking?

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      Kay 

      4 months ago

      Oh my goodness, I am so sorry you and the family have been going through this. It has seemed like doctors are very quick to diagnose miscarriage in teens. I'm sure not all are that way but I've had a fair share of younger gals email me with this experience. That said, by ten weeks, the baby should be seen. If she is not sure of when she conceived, she may not be as far along. Could you get a second opinion if you haven't already. (((hugs)))

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      Kris Edwards 

      4 months ago

      I was just diagnosed with a blighted ovum yesterday. It was my first ultrasound and the lady who did my ultrasound told me it was before the dr even said anything. They made a flippant comment about me being 7 weeks but not so, 7 weeks ago i was on my cycle. I calculate it to be about 5 weeks and 5 days. The dr came in and told me i had a blighted ovum and id either miscarry naturally or i needed to get a D&C. They didnt even suggest i wait a few weeks. I got another appointment with a different drs office who has me coming in at 10 weeks for a second opinion. I have to admit though im an emotional wreck and i dont know what to think.

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      samantha mcknight 

      5 months ago

      My daughter is 16, we found out she was pregnant on April 3rd with a LMP of March 4th(but I dont think she is 100 percent sure and she is irregular) Her first HCG was 972 and was great for how far along she was. She was scheduled for her first appt which was a week and a half later. Her HCG was in the 34 thousands at that point and uterus felt like 6 weeks which was right on. Today May 15th, (now 10 wk 3 days) she had her first ultrasound and it was just a terrible experience for all of us. Over the last month we grew used to her being pregnant and started to get excited ,I was excited to see my first grand baby. The tech started talking to us and sounded like she was fighting tears and told us that there was a gestational sac and a yolk sac, but no baby..we were shocked and my daughter emotionless until a few hours later. She is asking so many questions, so I have been searching and searching about blighted ovum(which is what we were told it is) they drew blood and said they would check the levels and check again Thursday, and they would like to see them doubled. The doc wants her to have a d&c and said we can monitor, but she shouldnt wait more than 2 weeks because of the risk of infection. We arent aware of the size of the sac or anything, but it was done very fast. It was on her belly and the tech quickly switched to internal after maybe 5 secs of being on her belly, and she told us this within maybe 15-30 secs and called the doctor in.In the meantime, she said her symptoms have increased and there has been no pain and no bleeding, so we arent sure what to think, we want to hold on to hope, we are just so confused and im so worried about her.

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      Kay 

      6 months ago

      If the gestational sac is growing from week to week and there are no complications, this may still be too early. I love the UK's newer guidelines which advocate, if the sac is growing, to wait until it is more than 25mm before diagnosing. Stay closely monitored. I do hope you get better news!

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      Chely 

      6 months ago

      Hi Ms. Kay!

      I cannot thank you enough for your article... I found out that I was pregnant on 3/19/18 by accident when I was actually getting ready to do bypass surgery. Even though this was a surprise for me, I was more than excited to be expecting. I have never had a regular cycle and had to do an IUI to get pregnant with my first and only child. I have gotten 2 ultrasounds done, one on 3/21 where they could not find any sac and another on 3/30 where a sac was found but no baby. Today, I am supposedly 8 weeks pregnant, but the sac measured on 3/30 was only measuring at 5 weeks. The tech even printed out a picture of the sac, but I was later told by my ob that it was a blighted ovum and that they should not have printed out that picture for me. I go in for another ultrasound tomorrow to verify her diagnosis of "blighted ovum" but I am hoping for a miracle! I am hoping to prove her wrong. Initially, they were diagnosing a ectopic pregnancy which they were wrong, because my hcg levels were not increasing as they should. After 3 hcg counts they stopped doing them, because of their diagnosis that I was going to miscarry soon. so far, no symptoms of miscarriage... instead I am having heavy pregnancy symptoms such as enlarged areolas and heavy breasts and growing abdominal belly and feeling pregnant. I am not sure what to think, but your post has given me hope. thank you so very much.....

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      Kay 

      6 months ago

      You are much too early to diagnose. Glad you are getting a second opinion. Really, if the gestational sac is growing from week to week and not yet measuring more than 25mm, it is too early to diagnose. Hope you get better news!

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      Kay 

      6 months ago

      Sounds a bit too early to diagnose. If the gestational sac is seen and this is not ectopic, they should monitor from week to week to make sure it is growing. If it is, and if there are no complications, it should not be diagnosed before the gestational sac is more than 25mm. (((hugs)))

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      Bmam7587 

      6 months ago

      Hi Kay. Thank you so much for this article. My last period was 2/7/18 and I tested very faint positive on a home test on 3/2/18. I experienced mild cramps (like period cramps) after exercising on 3/19. I called my when I woke up on 3/20 I didn’t feel as pregnant as I had been. My breasts were still sore but not as sore as they had been. I’m on progesterone so I feel this could be cause of any symptoms I do feel. I wasn’t ravenously hungry etc. etc. I called my Dr. on 3/20 and told the nurse about the cramping and lessening of symptoms and was dismissed because there were no more cramps and I hadn’t spotted. After two days of being distracted and worrying at work I decided to go to the ER on wed night the 21st. (My last pregnancy I also went to the ER when symptoms completely disappeared and they found no sign of intrauterine pregnancy and my HCG was down to 168 at almost 7 weeks. I assumed this would be the same. Instead my HCG was at 19,000 and the ultrasound showed a gestational sac measuring 10mm/5 weeks (not the almost 6 weeks I believed myself to be based on my average cycle and when I tested positive) They also found only an empty sac - no yolk or pole. Their diagnosis was that it’s too early to tell and I needed follow-up. I went to my ob this last Friday expecting them to check hcg and schedule a sono for a week or two out. Instead the dr. Came in and greeted me with: Well you know why you’re here - we need to talk about a D&C. We were blindsided and by the time we got home the nurse had already called and scheduled me for Monday (today)

      Thankfully after reading your story and many other line it, in addition to learning what criteria should be met before diagnosing - we cancelled the procedure today and have scheduled an appointment with a different ob office. Still only very mild pregnancy symptoms but no cramping and not a hint of blood.

      I’m 43 and am realistic that most likely I truly do have an empty sac, but, appreciate your story so that I don’t make any decisions too early and have to live with questions.

      Brandy

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      Ifrah 

      6 months ago

      Hi Kay feeling quite good after reading your story because m going through the same problem. Jan 28 was my last periods n on 21 Feb I did a blood test on which I confirmed that I am pregnant n on 1 march I consulted a doctor n seeing my ultrasound the doctor said my pregnancy is not growing as they couldn't see the gestational sac on 4w then on 13 mar I have gone for another ultrasound on which they saw 12 mm gestational sac by 5w n asked me to go for another ultrasound then on 23 mar my ultrasound showed a 14mm gestational sac no yolk sac or fetal pole n diagnosed me with a blighted ovum n asked me for a d&c m worried n crying one doctor suggested me to wait a week or two this is my first pregnancy

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      Jennifer 

      7 months ago

      I should be about about 10 weeks pregnant. On my first appointment I was told that there was no heartbeat and it's a blighted ovum. The doctor was surprised when I said how I was feeling with all my symptoms. She made it sound like I should be bleeding. That was at eight weeks pregnant. My hcg levels were over 34380 at that time. I'm scheduled for another ultrasound this week. I'm still feeling pregnant. Throwing up, peeing all the time. I do have a tilted uterus too. I'm wondering if my doctor could be wrong. I'm praying she is. I was tracking my cycle anymore.

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      Kay 

      7 months ago

      Hi Amanda. If they are sure this is not an ectopic pregnancy and there are no complications, it sounds much too early to diagnose. They should be monitoring the gestational sac from week to week. If it is growing, a blighted ovum should not be diagnosed before it is more than 25mm. (((hugs)))

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      Amanda 

      7 months ago

      Thank you for giving me some hope. As a result of these stories I have decided to hold off on my misoprostol and wait a few more weeks. I found out I was pregnant on 2/4/2018. On 2/5/2018 my hcg was 98. on 2/7/2018 my hcg only rose to 112. 1 week later on 2/14/2018 it rose to 328. My doctor did an ultrasound on 2/15/2018 (5w0d pregnant). There was only an empty gestational sac measuring 3mm. I went in 1 week later (6w1d pregnant) and my gestational sac is measuing 8mm, still empty. My doctor has diagnosed a blighted ovum. I do have a tilted uterus. I was planning on starting the misoprostol tomorrow, but now have second thoughts. Because of your stories, I have decided to wait and see what happens for a few more weeks. I would feel 10,000x worse if I killed a potential baby, than I would just waiting it out and still knowing that things might not work out.

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      Tawnya 

      8 months ago

      I just had my 1st prenatal visit yesterday. They did a transvaginal ultrasound and the doctor saw the sac but no heartbeat. She sent me to get bloodwork done. I still haven't heard back on the results. In my first pregnancy I had a tilted uterus, and I'm not totally solid on my lmp date...I'm trying to stay hopeful, but....this is so hard. She told me if the bloodwork came back showing I wasn't pregnant, she would give me a prescription to induce a miscarriage... should I ask her to give me more time?

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      Kay 

      8 months ago

      The most important thing is the size of the gestational sac from week to week. If it is growing and not yet more than 25mm, it is too early to diagnose. Stay monitored! (((hugs)))

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      Kay 

      8 months ago

      I am so sorry you were going through this. I am sure by now you have your answer. I have talked to some women whose numbers hovered around 40,000 and they were fine and then others who have miscarried. Unfortunately, time is the only true test of a blighted ovum. (((hugs)))

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      Megan 

      8 months ago

      Hi Kay, Thank you for posting this article. I have been diagnosed with BO at my 7 weeks. The doctor did u/s and she confirmed that there is growth in sac and it’s measured 7 weeks but they can’t see the baby at all. I went to radiology dept for advanced U/S and the doctor said the same thing to me. Later on my blood work, the HCG level was not doubled so they are asking me to have DNC procedure. I initially had pink bleeding once followed by brown spot, but after that it’s been normal and I have no bleeding at all. And I have all pregnancy symptoms like smell, food aversion etc. It’s been 8 weeks now, what would you advice?

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      caradawn 

      9 months ago

      hello

      I went in for second scan at what was 7 or 8 weeks. my first at what was 5 or 6 showed a fetal pole. (I ovulated and had a sperm donation from a friend on Nov 28, but doctor said that we could be give or take a week off depending on how long it took to implant there is no way there could be any other conception other than this, no sex.) At the most recent appointment, the 7 or 8 week appointment on Dec 11, I was thought to have a blighted ovum, there is the sac and it looked empty. My HCG numbers over 48 hours were 40,865 and then dropped to 40,750. I am assuming the worst at this point since the numbers did not go up 30 percent. I was told for there to be hope that they had to go up 30 percent. My partner and I are not wondering if we should take the medication to induce the miscarriage, wait and demand another ultra sound at 10 weeks and wait it out. Ever hear of anything like this, anyone go through something similar?

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      Fitcookie 

      9 months ago

      I had my first us done on Tuesday. According to my calculations, I was 7 weeks and 3 days. Like you, I had sex one time before my husband left town for 10 days. Along with that, I temped, had positive ovulation tests, and my pregnancy tests showed positive around 10 days past ovulation. This is my 4th baby and earliest ultrasound I have done. The earliest I had was 8 weeks. Anyway, I was devastated when she only found the gestational sac and yolk sac. My hcg levels were a little over 14,000 that day. I am having a repeat of hcg tomorrow. My next us is in 2 weeks. In the meantime, I am a complete basket case. I have no spotting whatsoever nor have I and my pregnancy symptoms are in abundance. I haven't read many optimistic stories. I'm so worried

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      Kay 

      10 months ago

      Stay closely monitored but does sound like a second opinion might be a good idea. (((hugs)))

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      Bre 

      10 months ago

      I finally got a positive test on 11/19, I was thrilled! My LMC was 10/30, which would put me at 11 weeks today. I had my first appointment on Monday, 12/11, where I informed my doctor I may not be as far along because when I quit my birth control, my cycles got pretty wonky. She did the ultrasound and we saw that my sac was completely empty. I've been doing bloodwork all week, and my hcg levels have continued to rise. Doctor said they weren't rising enough every time, but wouldn't give me my numbers. Yesterday, she sent me to the hospital for another ultrasound to make sure I didn't have an ectopic pregnancy. The ultrasound confirmed it's not ectopic, but also confirmed the sac is still empty. So after these four days, my doctor wanted me to go in and discuss the d&c. I decided I wanted a second opinion, so I went in to get a copy of all of my records. When I received them, I learned that my sac and hcg levels are only measuring six weeks, and my hcg levels have been completely normal this entire time. I am not happy with my doctor. I still have hope that in a couple weeks, my baby will be on that screen with a good heart beat.

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      WorriedInBama 

      12 months ago

      Today doctor told me I had a BO and needed to start meds to force by body to go ahead and miscarry on its own without a d&c... the gestational sac only grew about 4 days in the 13 days since my last ultrasound... I am clueless to actually conception due to an irregular period. They said I now measure at 6 wks 2days when based on the previous scan I should measure at 7 wks 5 days... nothing visible but an empty sac... never been given a vaginal ultrasound... only an abdominal one... I have had the slightest bit of spotting, just when I wipe, on and off for 2 days but they said that could be normal until they did the ultrasound... I had accepted this until I saw this post... now I'm not sure...

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      Nicole Patten 

      12 months ago

      I posted a week or so ago. I just got back from the doctor's, the one that said I had a BO, and there was a baby with a heart beat. I am so glad I waited longer. He would have terminated a healthy pregnancy. He did not say sorry I was wrong. Nothing. This site gave me hope and the courage to stand up to my doctor and wait. Thank you so much for the stories that you share.

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      Kay 

      12 months ago

      Is the gestational sac growing from week to week. It should be growing and, if so, they should wait until it measures more than 25mm before diagnosing a blighted ovum. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 

      12 months ago

      If the gestational sac is growing from week to week and not yet 25 mm and there are no complications, this is too early to diagnose. (((Hugs)))

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      Kay 

      12 months ago

      Yes, the tilted uterus makes it more difficult to see the baby until it is a little bigger. (((hugs)))

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      Kay 

      12 months ago

      I did have symptoms but then when I thought I was miscarrying, I lost the symptoms. The brain is a powerful thing! I know the day I conceived as well and still looked a week and a half behind. Happens a lot. (((hugs)))

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      Jacqui 

      12 months ago

      Hi Kay, did you still have pregnancy symptoms when they thought it was a BO? I have no more pregnancy symptoms and I did IVF so I know when I conceived!

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      Jacqui 

      12 months ago

      Hi Kay, so with your situation do you think by having a tilted uterus is why they couldn't see your baby for a little while? That's what I keep reading online of why some women experience not being able to see their babies as early as others?

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      nicolepatten 

      13 months ago

      I keep coming back to this site looking for some answers. I have had a BO before in 2012. I have 3 beautiful children at home also. I had a missed miscarriage at almost 5months in April. I am currently pregnant again. LMP August 6, 2017. I have had to u/s on 9/13 and 9/20. Both empty sacs. On 9/20 he told me I was measuring at 15mm or what ever the measurement is supposed to be. He stated that it was a BO and I needed to have a D&C. I refused stating my last when didn't get confirmed until I was 10 weeks. I stated that I wanted to wait. I was supposed to go on 9/28/17. I tried to get into another provider but was turned down by a lot the one that didn't I haven't been able to get my records to. I got the OB to change my appointment until the 2nd to be sure. I am not having any miscarriage symptoms. I am just scared. I don't really know how to handle another loss so soon. I don't know if I should try to push my appointment back even further at this point. Thank you for sharing your story it gives me hope that I need to wait a little longer.

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      Jenna 

      13 months ago

      You give me hope Kay! My husband and I have trying to get pregnant for about a year now. 08/27 of this year we got 4 positive pregnancy tests, so of course we were super excited about it. About a week or so later 09/06 I had seen this ob. Measuring approximately 5 and a half weeks, she had said she didn't see anything within the gestational sac and it could just be that we're early. Exactly a week later 9/13 we went back to see if things had changed..Nothing had changed unfortunately, so this put me in extreme panic mode especially because this is would have been our first child. She was very confused at the test results and didn't understand what was going on. Completely devestated, I had contacted a former OBGYN that I had seen in the past and trusted. We saw her on 09/14 again, same test results but my HCG levels are increasing as they should, I still feel pregnant. It's completely & utterly heartbreaking because at this point they want me to get D&C. My husband said to me yesterday how something is screaming at him to wait it out & get another opinion at around 8-9 weeks. I'm just really hoping for a miracle here because i'm so so devastated. Hoping to have a success story like yours !

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      Kay 

      13 months ago

      You should have your answer at that next ultrasound (((hugs)))

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      Sonia Singh-vdB 

      13 months ago

      Just an update to my post below- going for my repeat hcg test and seeing my regular OBGYN today as well. Hoping he can give me a better 2nd opinion. I was thinking- could I have a polyp that the ER doc didn't pick up hence the bleeding? My gestation could be on point and she could be rushing the blighted ovum diagnosis. My partner and I had intercourse prior to the bleedinff starting and I know polyps are famous for rupturing then. Currently still bleeding but watery not heavy and no pain. Praying for a positive outcome!!!

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      Sonia 

      13 months ago

      This story has really brightened uo my very gloomy day. Although a much different story- I have also been diagnosed with what seems to be a blighted ovum. I found out 4 weeks ago via HPT that I was pregnant. Every week I took another test and all have been positive. I visited my GP and did 2 tests with him- positive- and I started my folic acid and prenatal vit. I unfortunately experienced some bleeding yesterday and was admitted immediately for observation and rest on a threatened miscarriage.

      After seeing a gynae and having a transvaginal scan, my gestational sac ia quite clear and has a nice double line, measuring +- 5w 5d (although LMP date is 16 July which would place me at 8weeks) and my HcG levels are 3077 which correlates between 4-6weeks.

      Doc could not see a yolk sac or foetal pole and suspects blighted ovum and discharged. The concern is the bleeding but this has not been heavy more like spotting. She ordered a repeat HcG test tomorrow. I will also have another scan in a few days.

      What are the chances of this pregnancy being successful??? I feel so sad of the thought of miscarriage/ blighted ovum. Was really excited to be having baby #2.

      I hope for the best and hope I can be as blessed aa you with your amazing story!

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      Lynnsee 

      13 months ago

      This story has offered me some comfort in my current situation. I also have a tilted uterus as well as long and inconsistent cycles (30-36 days) and at my what should have been my 6 or 7 week ultrasound only saw a yolk sac. I was scheduled for a second ultrasound and blood tests which were rising.

      At my second ultrasound yesterday, I had a different doctor (midwife was sick) and she said there was a fetal pole now but I was measuring at 5weeks 6 days with no heartbeat. I was pretty happy to even see the fetal pole, but my doctor said she was not optimistic because I am measuring 1.5-2 weeks behind.

      Now I'm just refusing to have an ultrasound for another 2 weeks so I can be at 8 weeks when they look for the heartbeat and it's more of a clear picture as to the outcome. Of course the news threw me into a hormonal worry where I'm looking everywhere for similar cases that turned out fine.

      I'm just reminding myself that in one week we went from no baby to baby so there must be progression which is a positive thing.

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      Shannondeon 

      13 months ago

      Shannon- Your ultrasound yesterday showed a gestational sac, but no yolk sac or fetal pole.

      Gestational sac measures 2.5mm and quant in 72,988 which correlates with likely an unsuccessful pregnancy. Plan is to repeat an ultrasound next week.

      The PA said the gestational sac was measuring 7 weeks 6 days. I am so confused. Can anyone explain this? Is any of the information within normal range?

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      Annie 

      13 months ago

      I was told the same thing but I told my doctor I don't receive her report. She told me that everything was there but they don't see the baby.

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      kwezi 

      13 months ago

      Thanks mothers for sharing. This gives me hope as i wait for another scan at 9wks. At 6wks, i had the first scan which ONLY showed the gestation sac. I could not believe my eyes and later on believe the person who did the scan! at 7wks, i went for another scan, this time to a different place and got similar results. despite the empty sac, the pregnancy symptoms have not reduced. My doctor is so encouraging. he advised that i should remain calm and go for another scan at 9wks. mothers, the waiting is not easy!! At the moment, am considering to hang on and let nature take its course for i believe, at an appropriate, if is it a brightened ovum, the body will expel it. but for now, i stand with faith that my Baby is there. May God help us all

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      Yaya 

      13 months ago

      Thank you for your story ii have so much more hope now... after searching the web everyday all day all night ii finally came across your story....ii can finally rest & have some hope.....

      My Story!!

      On August 28,2017 I went to my very First U/S & because based on my LMP I should have been 8 weeks I should have been able to see my baby with a beautiful heartbeat

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      Michelle 

      14 months ago

      Thank you so much for your story. I have been searching for stories of others who had a blighted ovum past 11 weeks... no luck so far. I still have had no symptoms of miscarriage to date. My midwife is very patient which it great; said we are just going to keep checking each week and see what happens - not going to force a miscarriage.

      I will let you know how it turns out.

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      Kay 

      14 months ago

      Because strange things happen, another ultrasound a week out should let you know a bit more what is happening. Of course, if there are any complications, be seen right away. (((hugs))) to you.

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      Kay 

      14 months ago

      I am sorry you are going through this scare. If they do an ultrasound a week out, you can see if anything has changed. Of course, if there are any complications, be seen right away. (((hugs)))

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      Michelle 

      14 months ago

      I just had my first ultrasound (first pregnancy) at 11 weeks and was diagnosed with blighted ovum... I am praying for the best but I am really worried that because I am so far along that this truly IS going to be a miscarriage. Any thoughts?

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      mvlwilbur 

      14 months ago

      4 weeks ago i had a positive home pregnancy test. hcg levels were 68 then 48 hours later hcg level 169. so today i should be 8 weeks. went in for ultrasound and pregnancy sac measure 5 1/2 weeks with possibly 2 yolks. no baby. so confused. but now so very thankful for you story. i may be able to sleep with some hope from your story and im thankful for all the lives you may bbbe saving with your story. God bless you

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      DesiBabe 

      14 months 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 

      14 months 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 

      14 months 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 

      14 months ago

      Dis has really given me hope..God bless u

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      Nikki 

      14 months ago

      We're you bleeding at all?

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      Kay 

      14 months ago

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

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      Brittny 

      14 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months ago

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

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      Anna 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months ago

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

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      Kay 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      15 months 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 

      16 months 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 

      16 months 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      17 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 

      17 months ago

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

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      Kay 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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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