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    I have not had an ectopic, but I said in a PP that I did have an ultrasound once, to check dates (because I fell pregnant not long after we terminated twins almost halfway through due to severe congenital abnormalities and other problems) and I did not know my LMP, but there was nothing to be seen, my uterus was empty. I'm lucky it was not ectopic, but I did miscarry not long after that.

    Again, no need to make assumptions about my pregnancy history, and what I have been through.

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    Hcg levels do not show missed miscarriage. If I had not had a scan then I would not have known that my baby's heart had stopped beating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I disagree.
    Whilst I respect your right to disagree, i think it should be noted that there are many many people on this forum, including myself who's ectopic pregnancy was not detected by HCG levels. May sound drastic but that 'dating' scan probably saved my life.

    Also, before going for a dating scan I generally go by the last date I can. So if by my lmp I am 6+5 I will say that, til my dating scan confirms or changes it. My first pregnancy i was 8+4 til my dating scan, after it I became 7+4....so there is a chance ppl are just using *their* date til confirmed. People may choose to be 100% confident in their date and not want a scan, others may not, then there are the multiple other reasons ppl have given.

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    I had one because I wanted to, simple. I don't have to justify why, I just wanted one so I got it.

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    I want to add that if your "dating" scan was not purely and simply to check dates, then I don't really think it's a dating scan, despite it probably being called as such by referring doctor.

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    geez, i can't believe this thread is stillllllllllllllllll going.

    we just call it a dating scan cos thats what the dr write on the referrals - sometimes they write viability scan... either way WHO CARES??!??!?

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    Well, whatever the scans are called, I think the amount of problems they potentially pick up at every stage far, far outweigh the potential dangers (if there are any). Knowledge is power and all that.

    I'm actually surprised that a cervical length scan isn't standard as well (I had to have one a few weeks back due to my medical history of an abnormal pap smear) That can diagnose if you are at risk of pre-term labour/birth.

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    My understanding of the OP was that she wasn't judging but wondering why a person would have a 'dating scan' when she knows her exact dates. I think that's a fair question. If someone didn't suspect anything was wrong, and knows the exact date of conception - why have a 'dating scan'? (I'm not asking that btw, it's been well and truly answered lol).

    I totally understand why women have them if they have a history of ectopic or m/c or if they are just concerned that something is up. Heck, I had one because I had absolutely no idea on dates and then had another one when I had a slight bleed at 9 weeks (2 weeks after my 'dating scan').

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    HcG can give an indication. Mine was rising, but not doubling every 2 days, although around the time I had my methotrexate shot they were almost doubling and honestly, if it hadn't been picked up definitively by u/s I may well have lost a tube or worse.

    The thing is, low rising HcG can be an indication of non viable pg period, not just ecoptic. Lots of women with molar pgs, or even just unviable ones have the same symptoms as I did for my ectoptic.

    So what I'm saying is HcG alone, isn't enough to diagnose ectopic, and believe me, you don't want to be playing with this type of pg. Before scans and methotrexate, ectopic pg was the number one killer of women that were pg.

    I don't mind people asking the question. before BH I couldn't possibly comprehend why women would chose a c/s. Then reading here I realised many women with traumatic natural births choose elective. So asking doesn't bother me. But I will be having a dating scan if the universe gives me another child. After everything that has happened lately I couldn't give a rats what others think. have a baby growing in your tube, worrying that every niggle means your tube is rupturing, and you'll understand....

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    I totally understand the worry and just wanting to see that everything is okay. That makes sense


 

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