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Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Stories

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Miscarriages Can Be Misdiagnosed!

Hi. My name is Kay and I am the mother of a beautiful not-so-blighted ovum and have been through two, oh yes two, misdiagnosed miscarriages. As a result:

I have a passion for getting
the word out that, yes,
miscarriages are sometimes misdiagnosed and ultrasounds are not always as accurate as your doctor would like to believe.

Miscarriages can be misdiagnosed...

...and they might not be as rare as you think. Want proof? Read on...

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

I also believe a blighted ovum should never be diagnosed before nine weeks.

I am not a medical professional. The information I share 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.


A Word about "False Hope"

Some folks might say that by sharing these stories, we are giving false hope to other women who are diagnosed with a miscarriage. Many women are destined to miscarry and none of these stories will change the pregnancy's ultimate destiny. However, when somebody is diagnosed with a serious condition or terminal illness, they are told to seek a second opinion. Often times the second opinion will simply verify what the patient has already been told. On the flip side however, many people find they've been misdiagnosed. Miscarriage is no different and, yes, miscarriages are misdiagnosed, more often than once thought.

My hope by sharing these stories is that you ask the important questions of your doctor and don't feel pressured into ending your pregnancy too soon especially if you have no serious complications (i.e. infection, ectopic or molar pregnancy, etc...). If you feel you are being rushed into ending your pregnancy, get a second opinion. We've even had women get third and fourth opinions before finding their babies! You deserve to have no doubt you are miscarrying before ending your pregnancy.

The Background Behind these Stories

These stories have been collected on the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site. By compiling these stories, my hope is that the medical community will stand up, take notice and reevaluate how they evaluate a pregnancy.

These stories are also divided up into categories to help women find stories that may be a bit similar to her own. Rather than wading through hundreds of stories, my hope is that this makes her search a bit easier.

Please, keep in mind, these are only a portion of the many stories we have collected. Every month, we collect more and more stories which do show that miscarriages are indeed misdiagnosed.

And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope - nothing else.

— Patti Davis

Please remember, none of these stories will change the ultimate outcome of your pregnancy. These stories, however, will help you to know if you are being diagnosed too soon.

So, Can a Miscarriage be Misdiagnosed?

You Decide.

Here are one of the many stories that have been collected on The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage. I hope to show that there are many different reasons a doctor will diagnose you but waiting it out if there are no complications is the only way to know for certain if a miscarriage is misdiagnosed.

You may have noticed, if you've been here before that there were many more stories and links. Because of our new host, we are simplifying the page. We have hundreds of stories and, over time, I'll be adding a brief description of many of these stories. Stay tuned!

High HCGs (over 10,000) and no baby

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PortlandJen's story ~ One of the very first misdiagnosed stories on the site. Jen's doctor couldn't see a baby with hCG levels at 30,000 and when they 'only' went up to 50,000 (which is TOTALLY normal), she started talking about a D&C being necessary.

Kimpbrakke's story ~ Empty sac with levels of 66,000, no baby seen and a tilted uterus. This is a more common story than you would think.

Jen's story ~ With levels of 11,000, cramping and an empty sac, a D&C was recommend to Jen.

Looking one to two weeks behind (keep in mind, this is very common if you have a tilted uterus)

OctoberLibreMom1's story ~ Measuring a week and a half behind and an empty sac, this mom also had a D&C recommended to her

Starparticle's story ~ Looking a week and a half behind with no baby seen, Star was given the option to call back for a D&C in a week's time if her miscarriage hadn't started yet.

High hCG's or beyond seven weeks, non-retroverted uterus

PipersMomma13's story ~ hCG levels at 51,000 and no baby seen with a non-tilted uterus. It is not only women with a retroverted uterus who may be misdiagnosed

MargaretEllen's story ~ At seven weeks, no baby could be seen but one week later, an eight week baby with a strong heartbeat. No tilted uterus

Large gestational sac and no baby

SnagglePussMommy's story ~ Because the sac was 1mm larger than the guidelines for when a baby should be seen (these guidelines are very wrong by the way), this mother was very coldly told she had a blighted ovum

PaulaK's story ~ Paula was told that because her gestational sac was empty-looking at 13mm that there was no hope

These are only a few of the many stories we have collected on The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage

"In all things it is better to hope than to despair"

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Second Opinions

Please Remember

Unless you have a natural miscarriage, there is room for error and misdiagnosed miscarriages are NOT rare. Take charge of your care and, unless there is an immediate need for a D&C, do NOT feel pressured to end your pregnancy too soon.

IMPORTANT: Ultrasounds May Lead to Misdiagnosed Miscarriages!

Misdiagnosed Miscarriages are finally making the news and, more importantly, research is beginning to come out about them!

Ultrasound Guidelines May Wrongly Diagnose Miscarriage

A snippet from that article:

"As if the worry over potential miscarriage weren't stressful enough for newly pregnant women, research released Friday shows that current guidelines for using ultrasound to determine that a pregnancy has ended may not always be accurate.

The four new studies looked at U.K. ultrasound specifications, but when the findings are extrapolated to U.S. guidelines, the researchers suggest 1 in 23 women diagnosed with miscarriage could still have a viable pregnancy."

On the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site, we believe that that figure might be much higher. For women diagnosed with a blighted ovum, something like one in five may be much more accurate.

For more on the inaccuracy of ultrasounds during the first trimester, check out my blog:
Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Musings


This poll is more for my own benefit. I hear from women just about every week who are misdiagnosed. Often they'll ask how they should handle the misdiagnosis. I'd like to know what you think.

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!

Even if you are not in the UK, print out the new guidelines and discuss them with your own physician.

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

Please, keep in mind, these are only a few of the misdiagnosed stories out there. We've collected many more and, thanks to the word getting out there, many more stories are popping up around the web!

Do you know of another misdiagnosed miscarriage story on the web? Do you have one of your own? We'd love to add that story to our list. Please, feel free to email me at Every additional story gives women even more hope! We still find some in the medical profession who claim a misdiagnosed miscarriage never happens or rarely happens. This list is making them take notice.

Also, if you can think of any way to improve this list and make it more helpful for women, please, let me know.

If I don't reply to you here, please feel free to e-mail me directly at

If you are wondering if you are misdiagnosed, please visit The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site for support. Thank you!


Rainz Jainee on March 01, 2017:

His, i just want to share my story. I dont really know exactly how many weeks i am but based on my Feb.23 u/s my sac is 6 weeks but no fetus found. I go to other dorctor last Feb.28 and there i see the fetus and dr. Said i was 8 weeks but no heartbeat so im so worried, i will come back on March 6 i hope to see my baby healthy with his heart beating

Kay (author) on September 27, 2015:

Did they find anything in the sac? If the sac looks empty but is growing and not over 25mm yet, it may be too soon. (((hugs)))

A on September 23, 2015:

I went to my first appt and was told they cant find a heartbeat. At 8weeks 4 days. Waiting for some blood work to come back. Is there any hope?

Kay (author) on October 08, 2014:

Big (((hugs))) for you. I am so very sorry. Hold on to Tia right now and, yes, please, keep me updated on you.

Ivanche on October 07, 2014:

Thank you for your support!

Last ultrasound was really bad, the sack was already hanging and on it's way down.

Surgery was quick and painless, they put me under because I'm epileptic.

After that almost no pain and no bleeding. I remember waking up and talking about the baby in my half sleep how I was due on about May 1st and how I will call here Maja if it's a girl. Then I saw where I was and what happened and started crying.

I even didn't told my hubbie that. Don't know why...

Anyhow, thank you once again for everything. For listetning, for that tinny hope...

In two months my baby girl Tia is having her second b-day. My light to carry on and my living proof that I really can do it... bring a life into this world...

Thank you, I will come back one day with great news, I'm sure! :*

Kay (author) on September 27, 2014:

I am so very sorry. (((hugs))) Please, take it easy after the surgery. Too often women try to do too much and complications set it, prolonging the healing. If you get good news in a couple months (or whenever), I do hope you'll come back and share!

Ivanche on September 27, 2014:

Saddly, I don't have any good news.

In two weeks, my baby didn't grow not even an milimetar. And my beta stopped spiking in normal rate. In a week just for 10000.

In couple of days Im going for a final ultrasound. But It's over for sure because after that I'm going for that procedure where they clean your womb.. I'm from Croatia so I really don't know these md english terms. And sorry for bad spelling.

Anyhow... thank you for every encouruging word, it ment a lot!

For couple of months, be sure I'll try again! ;)

Big hugs and kisses from Croatia!!!


Kay (author) on September 26, 2014:

So happy for you and you really made me smile! Twins! Yes, I have had a number of women tell me over the years that their twins were misdiagnosed as well. Some just show later (up to nine weeks or so) and with the higher hCG levels, some doctors are much too quick to diagnose. So glad you didn't end your pregnancy! Shared your story here:

Beth on September 25, 2014:

I wanted to let you know that I am expecting twin not-so-blighted ovums. Feel free to add my story to your website! I went to the doctor on a Friday afternoon at 6 weeks, 2 days. The doctor was able to locate 2 sacs, but both were empty. She told me that unless my dates were wrong, this was not a viable pregnancy. She sent me to the hospital for HCG quantitative bloodwork. My first number the day of my scan was 34,700. Two days later, it was 58,000. The doctor called me up and told me that at a level of 34,700, there should have been babies and heartbeats in the sacs, and that I almost certainly had a blighted ovum. We decided to repeat the ultrasound to be sure. On Wednesday afternoon (exactly 5 days after my first scan), I went to my appointment having spent the last several days grieving the loss of my babies. As the ultrasound tech got to work, I waited for the confirmation that there were still no babies in the sacs. Suddenly, the sacs were in view, and I practically jumped off the table when clear as day there were TWO babies and TWO flickering heartbeats! Everyone's jaws were on the floor. My husband and I were in tears. We thought all hope was lost. You just never know!

Kay (author) on September 16, 2014:

I created a blog post on the reliability of ultrasound measurements. Basically, they aren't very accurate. We've had women have two ultrasounds the same day by two different techs and got very different measurements. I don't know what is happening but your numbers are going up appropriately. (((hugs))) Hang in there!

Ivanche on September 16, 2014:

Here's some update.

Beta hcg: August 30th- 660, Sept 9th- 14200, yesterday Sept 15th- 33400

By the book, I should be 8 weeks, but if its possible, and I was ovulating 10 days later, I'm right on time and 6 six weeks along...

Sack five days ago was 10mm, today it's 11mm. Growth rate is to small and that worries my doctor. And beta is slowing down. But growth of its value are non the less..going up...

Plus I don't bleed anymore for couple of days now.

Gest sack has a perfect shape.

I'm a bit scared, cause vitality of the baby is questionable. Cause it's to small.

On tuesday theres another ultrasound. And if then's no progress again, there will be no baby on May for us... :(

TO HOPE? OR NOT? Cause I'm starting to doubt...

snemacheck on September 12, 2014:

These stories are very encouraging. I am at 6w exactly from LMP today- On Tuesday my HCG was 30K and transvaginal US revealed only a yolk sac, but no visible embryo or heartbeat- the MD thought maybe a blighted ovum or unseen ectopic, worse case- molar pregnancy. He suggested that normally an embryo is visible at the levels unless my pregnancy is very early, but unlikely with levels that high. I am very confused. …...I have had no bleeding or cramping at all, have nausea and extremely tender breasts so it seems everything is good.My HCG rose to 55K yesterday, OB never returned my call today so I am hoping my pregnancy is still viable, and my little peanut is hiding, young or just superman…..especially after reading this blog. Thank you. ;)

Kay (author) on September 12, 2014:

Keep in mind, it is so common to look one to two weeks behind even when you are not during the first trimester. Congratulations to you and, please, keep us updated!

Ivanche on September 12, 2014:

Sorry, pushed the post button to soon.

Any ways.. My MC was false diagnosed!

But I am having an problematic pregnancy. He gave some pills and told me to rest. He also found corpus luteum cysts, a very harmless cyst that accours in a lots of pregnancys.

I'm sooo happy! My baby diden't go away! :D

Ivanche on September 12, 2014:

My yolk is 10mm and I'm about 6 weeks pregnant!!! A week behind that I should be - my ovulation was a bit late! That's why they couldn'

Kay (author) on September 09, 2014:

A lot of women bleed during pregnancies and end up continuing their pregnancies. I know the waiting is so difficult though. Hang in there. Hopefully you have better news to share.

Ivanche on September 09, 2014:

Hy! I need your opinions about what is happening to me cause I'm confused... My last period started on July 21st. On August 30th, I went to dr's. He couldn't see a thing. Started talking about a M/C, or maybe even a later ovulation what would result a tiny baby, too small to see yet. He told me to take a BetaHCG. It was 650. He told me to come again next week. Two days before that I had a tiny bit of brownish slimy spotting... Not even on my panties, but just a speck on my toil. paper... On the day of an appointment he couldn't see anything, once again. maybe just a glimpse of, what he said, was once a start of a pregnancy that stopped. But so so tiny that he wasn't even sure... Today I took another BHCG. Result is now 14120. As though I'm further in my pregnancy. And I'm feeling lots of preg. symptoms! Now I have to wait for another ultrasound for two days. Is there a chance I'm still pregnant? I'm not bleeding, just small amounts of brownish slime while wiping, and I'm in no pain.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on May 15, 2014:

When I saw your title, I was curious how a miscarriage could be diagnosed. I was under the impression a miscarriage occurred spontaneously, but it seems there is more than one way a woman might miscarry. Thank you for making this information available.I am fortunate never to have had a miscarriage but know many women who have, and it is always a time of sadness and suffering. I wish you and all these women healing.

divinesd8743 on May 14, 2014:

Being a mother of 3 and having 2 miscarriages and 2 ectopic pregnancies I had to idea. It makes me wonder. I do have a tilted uterus. I am definitely going to read up on that even though I do not plan on any more children. I want to know because it was never explained to me. Thanks for this info.

williamslaw on April 30, 2014:

Thank you. That was an eye opener and so educative.

Andromachi Polychroniou from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece on March 25, 2014:

while i was reading some of he stories I felt so happy that a lot of babies were born even with misdiagnosed miscarriages. moreover i have started wondering if any of my miscarriages would have hope...but after a while i remembered all the steps i took...the waiting...the blood work...and finally the start of bleeding and realised i haven't been misdiagnosed. after all i learnt i have an autoimmune disease that can affect the fetus. i treated it and now i have my second baby 14 months old. hopefully i will have more. continue giving hope.

Kay (author) on March 04, 2014:

@johnluopa: Wow! Six weeks is just too early. Yes, this could be a miscarriage but I can't believe a doctor would schedule the D&C at only six weeks! Please, keep us updated.

johnluopa on March 04, 2014:

After reading these I cancelled my wife's d&C and she became very angry. The doctor said he was 100% because the sac was 6 weeks with no yolk or stem. She has had no bleeding or cramping and I am just praying that the doctor is wrong. HCG levels not checked yet. The doc did say there is no harm in waiting a couple weeks but she is not very patient.

Johanna Eisler on November 21, 2013:

Thank you for educating so many of us!

jamealba on October 03, 2013:

A must read. Thanks for sharing these stories.

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

I've never heard of this before. Thank you so much for sharing and giving us all some information that will hopefully help save lives.

Kay (author) on July 07, 2013:

@kiwikitkat: I have heard other women with similar stories. Yet another reason I do not like D&Cs. They do have their place but, really, only when there are serious complications or they are more than 10 weeks and know it is definitely a miscarriage. If your daughter would like to share her story at the site, she'd help a lot of women (or you could!) -or- if you type out the story, I could post it for you :) Either way, thank you so much for your comment and I'm so happy that little one is a part of your life now. Mom's instincts were good!

kiwikitkat on July 07, 2013:

My daughter had a miscarriage and her doctor wanted her to go for a D&C, but she'd already had a previous miscarriage and a D&C, so wasn't keen. I took her to a specialist and yes she did have a miscarriage but it was a twin, so she was still carrying one child, who is now one of my beautiful grandchildren. Imagine if she'd had a D&C he wouldn't be here today!Your lens gives plenty of food for thought, well done.

Kay (author) on July 01, 2013:

@athomemomblog: That is just heartbreaking. Really, D&Cs should be rarely done before 10 weeks. If there is an absolute need, then that is what it is there for but I do believe too many babies have been taken that were viable. Thank you so much for sharing.

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on July 01, 2013:

I had three blighted ovums. With the first, they were very, very thorough and put me on progesterone for nearly 6 weeks until I had a natural miscarriage. Even then, I had another ultrasound in the hospital before they would consider doing a D&C. With the second and third, the doctor told me it was too early, though it didn't look good (I was 6 weeks) and recommended waiting 2-3 weeks, which we did. I also had a friend who was diagnosed, took pills to stimulate a natural miscarriage and then had a D&C and ended up giving birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl. Sadly, her daughter passed away four months later due to medical negligence.

Kay (author) on June 29, 2013:

@dwnovacek: Some doctors do diagnose too quickly. Often a miscarriage is a miscarriage though. Waiting is nice because then it removes all doubt. Thank you for your comment.

Kay (author) on June 29, 2013:

@hazeltos: That's one of the reason for these pages. No woman should ever doubt whether she would have really miscarried. Thank you for sharing.

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on June 29, 2013:

I was misdiagnosed. I listened to my doctor and had a D&C in the hospital. I've always wondered ever since.

dwnovacek on June 29, 2013:

Such an incredible wealth of information and personal stories. Thank you! My first-ever pregnancy was diagnosed as a miscarriage, although - like many of the women in your stories - I had experienced no bleeding and still "felt pregnant." I went in for blood tests every 2 days for a week, and then was told that the fetus was dead and I needed a D&C right away to make sure I didn't have a "molar pregnancy" which could result in cancer.But now, after reading many of the stories here, I wonder if I should have waited a while longer. Fortunately, I was later blessed with two successful pregnancies and have two wonderful children.Again, thank you for your work on this topic and on bringing this information to the forefront!

Kay (author) on May 30, 2013:

@mcajaclyn: Much too common! Thank you for your comment!

mcajaclyn on May 30, 2013:

wow I didn't realize how common it was. thanks for educating me on this matter

OUTFOXprevention1 on May 23, 2013:

Great info on a sensitive subject. Thanks for the share!

Kay (author) on May 20, 2013:

@PhilVardy: Thank you :)

PhilVardy on May 12, 2013:

This lens is breathtaking... on so many levels. Wow. Thank you.

Vikki from US on April 20, 2013:

Such a very helpful page! Lots of great information here all pulled together.

Fart Pickins on April 18, 2013:

Thank you for the helpful information. I will pass this page on to my wife.

TapIn2U on April 15, 2013:

Great info! People should know about this. Sundae ;-)

Kay (author) on April 07, 2013:

@JennieR: Great news! I hadn't heard that!

JennieR on April 07, 2013:

Great information! In Sweden we are about to get a law for a second ultrasound a week after a diagnosed miscarriage!

ryokomayuka from USA on March 27, 2013:

I have never heard of this but sounds like more people should.

john9229 on February 19, 2013:

Great information and helping a lots.

anonymous on December 26, 2012:

This is really cool, I like these, it is helpful to me, thank you. :)

Rosetta Slone from Under a coconut tree on December 02, 2012:

Thank you for all the hard work you do to defend this important issue. My mother was told she had to have a D&C many years ago, and she refused. The result is now my younger sister!

Kay (author) on October 18, 2012:

@johnsja: I am so sorry for your losses but love hearing about the blessings that followed!

johnsja on October 06, 2012:

I had two miscarriages but fortunately none were mis-diagnosed and I now have two beautiful children that I wouldn't have had otherwise. I agree it is a major issue though. Helpful lens.

Lori Green from Las Vegas on September 18, 2012:

If you look at my medical chart, all over it for my oldest daughter it says Miscarriage. I was on bedrest for 30 full weeks with her because they were convinced my cervix was going to just open up anytime. When it came to delivery I had a C section because it wouldn't open up at all.

Diva2Mom on September 11, 2012:

Dear Cary, I typed up a very long nice comment just a minute ago, and was getting ready to send it to you, and all of a sudden, my 2 year old daughter just jumped in and touched my keyboard and baaam, everything sorry, I'll have to retype my message all over again, so please bear with me. Thank you my dear!

Heidi Reina from USA on September 03, 2012:

What a valuable website to support those who think they may be misdiagnosed. I would now definitely advise women who were diagnosed via ultrasound to seek a second opinion.

djroll on September 01, 2012:

For many of us who have had miscarriages, to misdiagnose one would be horrible! Miscarriage leaves an ache in the heart that never fully heals no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy.

anonymous on September 01, 2012:

There is so much of learning and relevant information for the needy - Miscarriages that people would like to avoid and the support and remedies for the their cause.

anonymous on August 25, 2012:

hello my name is kayleigh i had a miscarriage three months ago which was an obvious miscarriage, im currently pregnant and started bleeding two weeks ago. its not heavy just when i wipe.i went for a scan and the lady said i was measuring 5weeks and 4 days and to go back a week later which would have made me 6weeks and 4days. well i went back this friday just gone and the same lady did the scan and said that it had grown but only three days worth, she told me that im miscarrying again and what did i want to do, medical way or surgical removement but i said no to both. is it possible that my embryo could be growing slower than normal? have you heard of this? this would be my 5th pregnancy i have 3 healthy boys and 1 miscarriage and then this pregnancy. for some reason i still have hope and didnt know if this has ever happened. i have a scan booked for the 7th sep to see whats happening , thanks kayleigh

WriterJanis2 on July 27, 2012:

There is so much important info here. Blessed!

anonymous on July 18, 2012:

I'm supposed to be 8wks along but today at my ultrasound my OB only found a sack with a yolk sac inside but no fetal pole or sign of a fetus. He suggested taking my levels and having another ultrasound on Tuesday. Im freaking out!!!

sheezie77 on June 11, 2012:

Great lens!Squidlike

Kay (author) on May 30, 2012:

@anonymous: Generally, if a doctor has seen the heartbeat during the first trimester and then not seen it, he will wait a week (if there are no complications) to verify. Many women do go on to miscarry but I've talked to more than a few now who have found those heartbeats again! (((hugs)))

anonymous on May 29, 2012:

i am very scared. i went to my ob/gyn on may 12 2012 and he seen a heartbeat he said i was about five weeks and five days. I have a negative rh factor and have to have get rhogam when i start spotting at about six weeks i know this because i have three wonderful little boys that i have had to have rhogam with . i also had a miscarriage on january 1st of 2012. i had a rhogam shot with that pregnancy as well but something else was wrong. i started spotting the other day which was on the 27th day of may. i went to the emergency room because my ob/gyn is out of town until tomorrow the 30 of may. i was told that the tech could not find a heartbeat on the vaginal ultrasound and that the fetus was the size of 6 weeks and 1 day and the sac was the size of 6 weeks three days and they never did tell me my hcg levels. the doctor in the er just told me to follow up with my doctor. they did however give me my rhogam shot i have not experienced any more spotting since the rhogam shot i estimate that i should be around seven weeks and 3 days. i am still very sick to my stomach and still having some other pregnancy symptoms i am very scared that i will have a miscarriage again. has any one ever had this happen to them and what is the outcome?

VeseliDan on May 21, 2012:

These stories are very meaningful. I don't know what would I do if I was in that position. *blessed*

Anna2of5 on May 18, 2012:

I couldn't read all your stories tonight, but its nice that its all documented here.

Anna2of5 on May 18, 2012:

Good lens. i did not know this even exisited. Before even getting married I was made aware that I might not have been able to have children after having an emergency appendectomy at 16 years old (It had burst and absessed).After getting married, about a year or so in, I had a misscarriage at about 10-12 weeks I don't remember exactly, it was about 19 years ago.We now have three lovely children with us.

goo2eyes lm on April 29, 2012:

if there is a misdiagnosis, contact the medical board immediately and your lawyer.

goo2eyes lm on April 29, 2012:

if there is a misdiagnosis, contact the medical board immediately and your lawyer.

glutenallergy on April 27, 2012:

This is the first time I've ever heard of a misdiagnosed miscarriage. I hope that this lens helps women who may not be miscarrying, even if they are told otherwise.

oiloflife on April 26, 2012:

You covered the subject very thoroughly. Excellent advice.

oiloflife on April 26, 2012:

You covered the subject very thoroughly. Excellent advice.

Risteard O'Marcahain from Wales on April 14, 2012:

My mum had a difficult time back in the 40' and fifties so I am very lucky

missyjanette on April 07, 2012:

Very good lens!

Hrsshoe on November 28, 2011:

Very good lens happens more than people realize

anonymous on November 08, 2011:

@anonymous: you please don't go for D&C most of the times the 7 weeks scanning is not show correctly. even my 7 weeks scan showed empty sac when my hcg number was growing i went for scan again at 12 weeks. they found baby . now i got a healthy baby 3 month old.

anonymous on November 08, 2011:

@anonymous: I was told this year january that my baby is having no heart beat .. i waited and everybody is wrong. now i got a beautiful baby on my hand and making me sooo please wait atleast 16 weeks and go for hcg blood test and scaning once more.then you will know really what is happening.

anonymous on November 08, 2011:

Hi I got PCOS I'm 22 year old and been with my partner for 5 years . I had one miscarriage last year n found it hard to get pregnant have a regular period every month and last 7days. I was told that it would be hard to get pregnant with PCOS but I never gave up hope. I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant (still am) lol . I found out I was pregnant on the 1st October 2011 and today 8th Nov I had my 1st scan from my last period I should be 12wk. Today the scan showed my baby was around 6wk n in a sac the size of 30mm with no heart beat. The Doc said I might of miscalculated the dates and might be 6weeks. But still don't explain why the sac is the size 4 a baby who 12 weeks. Sadly it seem that my baby stopped growing 6week ago. But I'm confuse to why I still haven't miscarriages or no sign. I still feel pregnant . I'm praying that they find a heart beat next week at a check up I know it small chance . But after reading this website I have a bit more information and hope. I refuse to take any tablet or do an operation as I want a natural miscarriage. Thank you for your website

pinkrenegade lm on May 23, 2011:

Very helpful lens. It is very informative.

promotional-coupons-codes on April 24, 2011:

Thanks for putting up such a great lens. I think every couple should read this lens so that they can be careful in future.

anonymous on January 30, 2011:

i went to ultrasound at 7 weeks from my LMP. they said they cannot see anything except and empty sac. and they said it is a blightened ovum and D&C recommended. my HCG was 20,000 that time which is very good number as per my doctor. i was very panic and cried alot. my husband search the internet and found your site . after reading the stories of other women i was so confident that i am absolutely ok and hoping for the best.the blood work done after 5 days and it came 66,000 and again after 6 days one more blood test for hcg and the number was 92,000. My doctor reffered for another ultra sound and yeppieeeeee.. they found heart beat and also the little bean sized baby . that time i was 9 weeks 5 days. By the way i am 41 years old and i already have two children. and this is my third pregnancy. all my pregnancies are always high risk. My children born at 29 weeks and 600 grams weight (Now 9 years healthy girl - grade 4 student) and the other one born at 32 weeks 1830 grams(now 7 years healthy girl -grade 1 student). i strongly suggest if you are in high risk pregnancy please NEVER EVER go for ultrasound before 9 weeks else it will definately get misdiagonised. Thank god i found your site else i would have beleive my doctor. Now i am 11 weeks pregnant and i am keeping good health.

anonymous on January 01, 2011:

I did not know that their were so much misdiagnosed miscarriage stories, it is so sad. I think you did a great job on the lens.

capriliz lm on December 22, 2010:

I did not realize this can happen so frequently.

anonymous on December 20, 2010:

Before I visited here, I had never heard of a misdiagnosed miscarriage. It is excellent advice to get a second opinion on such a sensitive and heart-felt issue.

Sojourn on December 18, 2010:

I was misdiagnosed with a miscarriage and it was an emotional roller coaster. Your list of resources and a site to help women through such potentially miserable circumstances is extremely helpful.

javr from British Columbia, Canada on December 17, 2010:

Your lens is a great service to many women. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

SofiaMann on December 15, 2010:

Thanks for sharing. It's an important info.

PRam1 on December 13, 2010:

Thanks for sharing such informative health lens. Voting up!

miriamjimenez on December 02, 2010:

Great lens. Thanks for sharing!

anonymous on December 02, 2010:

I was just diagnosed with a miscarriage and I'm terrified. Thank you all sharing your stories I will make sure I don't get rushed in for a D&C. May god bless all of you.

scar4 on October 25, 2010:

Thank you for sharing the stories. Very informative lens. Thumbs up.

JulietJohnson on October 11, 2010:

I had no idea such a problem existed. It's horrible. And heartbreaking and soooo traumatic, unnecessarily. Wow! I have spent the last 3 months writing about ivf - it amazes me that there could have been some other way for some of those women.

anonymous on June 23, 2010:

I have looked for 12 years for any story that mirrored my own and finally I've found these pages. I went into the ER first week of June in 1997 with severe cramping. A pregnancy test confirmed what I had suspected and I was sent up to L&D emergency. A vaginal ultrasound showed a sac but no baby and I was told (very kindly) that there was no baby and that if I went home eventually I would begin to bleed and to come back when it started.9 days later I returned, no bleeding. When my blood tests came back and I caught the nurse shooting me odd glances as she whispered into the phone, I just knew something horrible was going on. They took me into a room for a second vaginal ultrasound. I waited for the worst. The moment that had been breaking my heart for 9 days, the news that had made me an emotional wreck and caused endless tears.Then - a miracle......... there was a fetal pole. A tiny grain of rice with the most beautiful fluttering heartbeat. A sight I will never forget for as long as I live. The nurse had been whispering because my hormone levels had quadrupled in 9 days.My blighted ovum was a beautiful little girl....who has been the most precious joy of my life.That's my story....and thank you for sharing yours...Blessings to all.

anonymous on May 24, 2010:

Hello! I am so elated. I googled some things and found this site, thank God that I did! I first went to the Dr. and my uterus measured at 15mm. She could see the sack but no baby. She said not to worry and to come back in 2.5 weeks and we should see something. I went in today, measuring at 18mm and still nothing. I was confused since I have had 2 successful pregnancies, am only 23, and have had no health issues. She said to come back in 1 week (next Tuesday, June 1) and that if there is still nothing we will go to a radiologist and take a normal ultrasound (she has only done the vaginal ultrasound) and if he doesn't see anything then I need to prepare for a miscarriage and they will help me "prepare" (for a d&c I assume) - I will be continuing with the pregnancy, since I do not believe in elimination for any reason. I would rather experience it naturally, and also not harm my body for any future pregnancies. ANYWAY, I came to your site, and I am so relieved. Especially when you said your baby was not detected until you measured at 28.5mm. Thank you. The relief I feel. I can't thank you enough. I will post again after the appointment to let you know how it went.

anonymous on April 30, 2010:

I am 21 years old and have a beautiful healthy baby boy who will be 2 June 16th. I am so blessed. I took a home pregnancy test on April 11th, the day after I came back from a 2 week vacation. I starting to spot blood that Tuesday April 13th. I was very nervous because I never bled with my son. I was to the ER and they did a transvaginal ultrasound. They said that I was 7 weeks and there was no sign of a fetal pole. I went back for another ultrasound 2 weeks later exactly and still no fetal pole or heartbeat, but there is a sac. The ultrasound tech did not tell me anything further. I am waiting to hear back from my OBGYN which I have a feeling its going to be bad news. I will be 10 weeks on Tuesday April 4th according to my dates. I know I will hear the same from my OBGYN that I had still miscarriaged, but its now been almost 3 weeks since I landed in the ER and nothing has happened. I will continue to wait and bypass on the D&C. I constantly feel nauseated, I can't eat certain foods, my breasts are sore, I am very emotional and this is not helping. I will wait if i hear bad news and do one more ultrasound. This website has helped a lot to keep my hopes up. Thank you.

anonymous on April 29, 2010:

Last week my daughter went for her first ultrasound. She was supposed to be 7wks. The doctor said she couldn't get a heartbeat and the sac was very small. she talked to my daughter about the possibilty of miscarriage as she had been having some cramping and slight brown discharge. She told her to come back this week for another ultrasound. We were told it could be a blighted ovum. We were very upset even though my daughter's EX fiancee has decided he no longer wants the responsibility. We went back yesterday ( 1 week later) and she was measuiring 7wks. 4days,and a heartbeat of 136. So all is goood for now, and we are cautiously optimistic.

anonymous on January 17, 2010:

Thank you so much for posting your story of your misdiagnosed blighted ovum. I too just had a scare of my own but thankfully my waiting was less than a week. Bless you for what you must have gone through for all those weeks! Here's my story...On Tuesday, January 5th, I went in for blood work. I had just had a miscarriage in October so they wanted to make sure that everything was going OK. Using the last day of my period, I was 5 weeks, 4 days along. My levels came back at 18,404 and the nurse said that I was "extremely" pregnant. So, they wanted me to come back on Thursday, January 7th for additional blood work and a sonogram. As you can guess, the sonographer found only a sac but no heartbeat. I wasn't prepared for this since my levels had come back so high on Tuesday. They did more blood work but due to my insurance they have to send the lab work out. They marked it stat and they said I should have results back after lunch. The nurse called and said that my levels were 37,765 and it was looking like I had a blighted ovum. Not knowing exactly what that was, I scoured the Internet looking for the smallest bit of hope. After reading your story, I held on to what you had said and prayed, prayed, prayed. I had a sonogram this morning and honestly, I had prepared to hear the worst. I wouldn't even look at the screen - I just watched my husband's face. Finally, the sonographer announced that she saw a heartbeat!!! We are thrilled! My next doctor's appointment isn't till February 2nd and the next 6 weeks will be very nerve wrecking but I know that everything is in God's hands. I just wanted to send you a quick email and thank you for giving me hope! I really appreciated having your story to read!

Sagelet on August 10, 2009:

I have to thank you for helping to give me hope over a very difficult weekend. While my outcome is by no means assured, I did want to let you know about my miscarriage scare, relating to HCG levels. At 2 weeks my HCG levels were 143, at 5 weeks I got a reading of roughly 6,000 then 2 days later the levels had dropped down to 4,000. My GP told me that this meant a missed abortion and that we needed to discuss options (D & C, letting nature take its course, vs meds to induce contractions). She was very good about not pressuring me to decide right away. I knew I needed to take another blood test to be able to accept this result. I took one today (3 days after the 4,000 level reading), and received results of over 11,000! What I now suspect happened (based on readings at another website) is that I had taken a sleeping pill 2 nights before the 6,000 level blood test & apparently hypnotic sleeping pills (eg: ambien, zopiclone) have been linked with falsely high HCG readings.

anonymous on June 14, 2009:

I had transvaginal ultrasound and the doctor said there was no fetal pole, it was an empty gestational sac, I am worried now coz I really want this pregnancy, also the doctor said I should have a sonogram again after two weeks though it was already 6 weeks and 5 days since my first ultrasound, i was also told I probably have dc, I 'm afraid and still had a trauma coz I already had one 7 months ago, I am really terrified, and trying to keep my hopes up, some stories here are really inspiring.....

anonymous on June 14, 2009:

I had transvaginal ultrasound and the doctor said there was no fetal pole, it was an empty gestational sac, I am worried now coz I really want this pregnancy, also the doctor said I should have a sonogram again after two weeks though it was already 6 weeks and 5 days since my first ultrasound, i was also told I probably have dc, I 'm afraid and still had a trauma coz I already had one 7 months ago, I am really terrified, and trying to keep my hopes up, some stories here are really inspiring.....

anonymous on June 14, 2009:

I had transvaginal ultrasound and the doctor said there was no fetal pole, it was an empty gestational sac, I am worried now coz I really want this pregnancy, also the doctor said I should have a sonogram again after two weeks though it was already 6 weeks and 5 days since my first ultrasound, i was also told I probably have dc, I 'm afraid and still had a trauma coz I already had one 7 months ago, I am really terrified, and trying to keep my hopes up, some stories here are really inspiring.....

Guitarnut on June 12, 2009:

Awesome lens. I just wish I had found it 2 days ago. Yesterday evening, my youngest daughter had a D&C because there was no heartbeat visible on ultrasound and she was spotting. After reading only a few of the stories I will now always wonder what if.

anonymous on June 02, 2009:

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