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A Blighted Ovum Should NEVER Be Diagnosed Before Nine Weeks!

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Have you been diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks?

If you have been diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks, this page is to let you know you've been diagnosed too soon. If you are pressured into a D&C or medical miscarriage (with pills), you may be inadvertently aborting your baby.

Strong words, I know but I, myself, was diagnosed with a blighted ovum and pressured into getting a D&C at just about seven and eight weeks. I went almost a month believing I was miscarrying but they were wrong. Since that time, I have talked to numerous women who also found their babies at nine weeks and beyond. Many of them had turned down a D&C or the pills.

Unfortunately, many diagnosed miscarriages do end in miscarriage but many women have been misdiagnosed before nine weeks.

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

What is a Blighted Ovum

Many women, myself included, have never heard the term blighted ovum before going through this scare. So what is a blighted ovum?

taken from the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage's FAQ:


"A blighted ovum is a fertilized egg that implants but does not develop. The gestational sac continues to grow but the baby does not grow within the sac. If the case is a true blighted ovum, the yolk and fetal pole will not be present."

I've written a number of pages to try to get the word out there that misdiagnosed miscarriages do happen and they do happen to quite a few women.

Despite all the information we are putting out on the internet, I still hear from women just about every day whose doctors are diagnosing them before nine weeks. If doctors would stop diagnosed a blighted ovum before nine weeks, I think we would easily do away with most misdiagnosed miscarriages.

In a nutshell, this is the most important message I have when it comes to being diagnosed with a blighted ovum. Yes, you may have a blighted ovum. They are common but, if you end your pregnancy before nine weeks, you may have ended a viable pregnancy.

Why Another Blighted Ovum Page?

I’ve written a number of pages to try to get the word out there that misdiagnosed miscarriages do happen and they do happen to quite a few women.

Despite all the information we are putting out on the internet, I still hear from women just about every day whose doctors are diagnosing them before nine weeks. If doctors would stop diagnosed a blighted ovum before nine weeks, I think we would easily do away with most misdiagnosed miscarriages.

In a nutshell, this is the most important message I have when it comes to being diagnosed with a blighted ovum. Yes, you may have a blighted ovum. They are common but, if you end your pregnancy before nine weeks, you may have ended a viable pregnancy.

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Why a Blighted Ovum Diagnosed Before Nine Weeks...

...is just diagnosed too soon!

Many women are diagnosed with blighted ova before nine weeks. Women are commonly pushed to end their pregnancies at seven weeks if their babies are not seen. I've had women tell me their doctors pushed them to get D&C's at only six weeks!

So, shouldn't the doctor know best? In most cases, yes! In this case, no!

I won't kid you. Blighted ova are common. Women who can't see their babies at nine and ten weeks couldn't see them at seven or eight either. In those cases, the doctor would be correct. However, I have talked to so many women who found their babies at nine weeks and beyond. If you end your pregnancy before this time, you run the risk of aborting a healthy baby. I don't care how good the ultrasound machine is or how great your physician is. You cannot be guaranteed that this is a blighted ovum before nine weeks.

So what is the problem with being diagnosed at six, seven or even eight weeks even if you plan on turning down the D&C? Stress is the problem. Any women who is diagnosed with a blighted ovum is going to be upset and stressed. Stress is known to lower progesterone levels which in turn can cause a miscarriage. Doctors need to keep that in mind when they diagnose a woman too soon

Stories of Women who Turned Down Their D&Cs - these are only a few of them!

I've shared stories of women who turned down the D&C on my blog Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Musings. There was a time when I was told a doctor would never misdiagnose anything as important as a miscarriage and they would certainly never end a wanted pregnancy. Since then we've learned, misdiagnosed miscarriages do happen and women need to be certain they are miscarrying before they agree to end the pregnancy.

The UK has new guidelines which I love because they would prevent most of all misdiagnosed miscarriages. The new guidelines state that a doctor should wait until the gestational sac is 25mm if it is still growing and then wait one week after that to verify. That puts women in the nine to ten week range which is what we've been saying all along.

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If you are diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks, you are diagnosed too soon!

Important New Guidelines for Diagnosing a Miscarriage

The UK is the first 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 new page:

New Blighted Ovum Guidelines! You ARE Being Diagnosed Too Soon!

I cannot stress enough:


If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks, you are being diagnosed too soon.

Are you going through this scare now or have you been through it before? I'd love to hear from you. Also, if you just need somebody who has been through this who will just listen, please feel free to email me at misdiagnosedmiscarriage@gmail.com

© 2013 Kay

Comments

Sue on May 19, 2018:

I have been diagnosed with blightened ovum last Monday , 14 May 2018. I went for a second opinion and that dr believes he sees something but I'm not sure . Since the first told me the sac is empty. I was 7 weeks and 3 days accor dig to the messurement of the sac the 2cnd doctor did .

The first dr sent me for blood test

Monday 14 may it was 55401