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    Default Blighted ovum diagnosis - Help? Confused and unsure

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    So today I went to the dr and got the dreaded diagnosis of a blighted ovum. When I went for a scan last Monday 19/10 I should've been measuring at 7w 2d but was only measuring 5w 4d. They said my ovulation was probably off and to have further blood tests and a follow-up scan to make sure everything was ok. I had had a blood test on the Friday 16/10 and my hcg was approx 7000 and I had it redone again on Tuesday 20/10 and it was at 14000, the dr said it had risen but should've quadrupled and it had only doubled. I booked in for another scan on Tuesday 27/10 this week (yesterday) and the gestational sac had only grown 1cm lengthways but not in any other direction. So the dr basically said it was a missed abortion - such an awful word, and that I had to go for a curettage on Friday this week. In my emotional state today I didn't really ask any questions,I was trying to wrap my head around everything else so I was hoping some of you guys might be able to help me (I've posted on so many forums today, I just would love to speak to people in a similar situation). Firstly, it has grown lengthways, is there any chance of it being viable or definitely not with all the info I've given? Don't feel you have to give me false hope or anything, I've come to terms with everything I just want to know what I'm dealing with . Secondly, if it isn't viable whatsoever, what happens during a curettage? I know I will be going under general anaesthetic but what is the procedure like? Will it be painful? Do you usually bleed afterward?


    I don't know I just am still having symptoms and I don't understand how you can still have symptoms and no bleeding and not be pregnant? It's over my head. Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can offer

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    I had similar late last year. It's awful waiting not knowing when they tell you it's prob just too early, giving you false hope etc. from the info you've told me there is no way it was viable. A blighted ovum is another word for an empty sack. It's a missed miscarriage if your body goes on thinking its pregnant (ie your hcg keeps rising) without naturally miscarrying. In all likelihood you would eventually start to bleed and miscarry but it can take a while for your body to do this (which can in turn out you at risk for infection etc). Rest assured there is no way your doc would be doing a curretage (also called D&C) if they thought the pregnancy was possibly viable. They should have seen a heart beat in your last scan, they only saw a (slightly larger) sac.

    With the currettage it's honestly not so bad. Of course you are within your rights to refuse and ask to wait to miscarry naturally. For me it was the right choice to get one - as soon as I knew the pregnancy wasn't viable, I wanted it all over with. They put you under general anesthetic and they 'clean out' your uterus usually using a suction curette. You can ask to speak to the obstetrician about this - they will most likely ask that you confirm you understand, and they should go through risks etc with you anyway.

    They remove the sac and lining and your body immediately stops producing hcg and you wake up feeling pretty normal. I was lucky enough not to have any pain after the procedure but some minor cramping can be normal for a few days.

    It's a really common procedure. My OB was doing 5 others the day she did mine.

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    Oh and I had very minor bleeding for about 1-2 days afterward. Barely anything to be honest. I felt immediately better and all my pregnancy symptoms disappeared. Worst thing for me was that I wasn't able to swim for 7 days (risk of infection) - not fun over Christmas! But that applies whether you miscarry naturally or have a curette.

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    I had a blighted ovum with our first. All looked good at the 6w dating scan, but at the 12 week scan, things hadn't progressed past 7w2d. I had no bleeding or sign of miscarrying naturally, and had a D&C 3 days later which was the soonest they could do it.

    The op is relatively simple and like Sunnygirl, I didn't have much bleeding after. I felt a bit achy for a few days, but recovered physically quickly and my cycle returned to normal straight away. Emotionally took longer, but that's normal too. We then went on to have 2 healthy pregnancies.

    Hugs OP. Hope you've got lots of support around you xx

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    Thanks for your messages lovelies I thought that there probably wasn't much hope, I'll make sure to ask the OB when I see them because I'll kick myself for not properly knowing about the tiny bit of growth forever if I don't. I've come to terms with it now and am in relatively high spirits all things considered. It obviously wasn't meant to be and I can at least thank my lucky stars I didn't have to see a heartbeat or anything as it would've been ten thousand times more hit-wrenching if i had. I do have a lot of support thankfully and I know it'll all work out. I'm happy to know that it's rare that it happens more than once to someone I also feels abit better about the curettage now. I definitely couldn't handle waiting for it naturally. I was pretty certain of my dates so if it's gone three weeks with nothing happening I'd rather just get it over and done with than keep thinking about it thanks again for your kind messages xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mortonio89 View Post
    Thanks for your messages lovelies I thought that there probably wasn't much hope, I'll make sure to ask the OB when I see them because I'll kick myself for not properly knowing about the tiny bit of growth forever if I don't. I've come to terms with it now and am in relatively high spirits all things considered. It obviously wasn't meant to be and I can at least thank my lucky stars I didn't have to see a heartbeat or anything as it would've been ten thousand times more hit-wrenching if i had. I do have a lot of support thankfully and I know it'll all work out. I'm happy to know that it's rare that it happens more than once to someone I also feels abit better about the curettage now. I definitely couldn't handle waiting for it naturally. I was pretty certain of my dates so if it's gone three weeks with nothing happening I'd rather just get it over and done with than keep thinking about it thanks again for your kind messages xx
    Big hugs. Really glad you have support - sometimes medical staff can make you feel like just another routine etc and not be very mindful of your feelings. I found that although I coped well immediately after, a few weeks later I came crashing down, very upset. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to grieve when the time is right x

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    I also had a "blighted ovum" or "failed pregnancy" in-between the birth of my son and daughter (we were trying for our 2nd).

    Mine was at 7-8 weeks' gestation. My OBGYN suggested we did serial measurements of my bhCG, and it fell over the next 2 weeks to zero. I had what was essentially a "heavy period".

    I conceived my daughter 3 months later

    I had an ectopic also, about 6 months before the blighted-ovum. My OBGYN reassured me that "at least 40% of women trying to conceive will have 1-2 miscarriages in this time, and it's completely normal". This reassured me, and I hope it does you too



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    So just a little update, it's all very confusing. I met with the specialist doctor last Friday who told me that due to the fact I hadn't had a blood test since the 20th and the sac was still too small to be dismissed as a blighted ovum or missed miscarriage, they wouldn't do the d&c until I returned the following Friday (today) to have another blood test and scan. I had both today and it shows what they think may be 2 sacs, one empty and one with a fetal pole plus my hormones have risen to 24,000. They aren't sure if it was possibly a twin pregnancy and one has miscarried or if maybe I'm starting to miscarry and it's just the contents of my uterus moving around to look like two sacs. In any case I now have to go back next Friday for another scan and blood test and see if anything has changed this time. So confusing! I'm still in good spirits though and expecting the worst but hoping for the best

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    Hi just following along sorry I can't offer any advice I'm currently going through the same thing.

    I had ivf so sure about my dates. I had a scan at 7w2d and nothing there just an empty sac. I haven't had my bloods checked again. I have to have another scan on Tuesday to confirm it's a blighted ovum and then decide what to do

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    So sorry to hear two souls! I hope it's a good outcome for you and that you have lots of support! I'm always here if you need to chat


 

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