Symptoms

When you have a blighted ovum you may still get traditional pregnancy symptoms or you may have few signs of pregnancy. Many women have all the traditional pregnancy symptoms like nausea and sore breasts, plus the bloating.

However, what we are talking about in this case are whether there are specific signs that your pregnancy may be a blighted ovum pregnancy. Blighted ovum symptoms may be few and far between, if you get any symptoms at all and can be totally normal symptoms of pregnancy. The majority of people who suffer with a blighted ovum do not realise that anything is wrong at all until they have an ultrasound. Because of the lack of any ‘abnormal’ type symptoms, or signs that anything could be wrong, for most women it is a devastating shock to find out that the pregnancy is not viable. They also have to deal with the feelings that come up around the fact that an embryo did not develop when they thought they were carrying a healthy baby. But one thing is certain, that if you had a blighted ovum, you were still pregnant and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Your body was producing pregnancy hormones and you were for all intents and purposes carrying the start of a new life.

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The truth is that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to tell if you have a blighted ovum just by your symptoms and really the only way to know for sure is by having the ultrasound scan done so that they can look at your uterus and determine if there is an embryo present or not or just the gestational sac.

Having said that, it is possible that if you have a blighted ovum you may experience symptoms of red-brown spotting (doesn’t have to be very heavy) and some cramping. However, a lot of pregnancies experience spotting and cramping and there is nothing wrong so this symptom alone should not lead you to believe that you have a blighted ovum.

Because the body will still think that you are pregnant, it is entirely possible that you will get through your first trimester without knowing that you have a blighted ovum. Obviously this can be very distressing to get to 12 weeks when you think you are over the worst part and find that the embryo never developed. This is only going to happen though in places where the first scan that you get is not until the 12 weeks mark (like in the UK if you do not have a history of pregnancy problems).

The majority of blighted ovum pregnancies are diagnosed much earlier than 12 weeks however, so it is highly unlikely that you will get as far as 12 weeks and then be diagnosed. Most women will either experience spotting or cramping, have an ultrasound, or start to miscarry earlier than 12 weeks. Many find out between 6 and 9 weeks in fact, judging from the many stories of women who have had blighted ova.

So, if you do have any spotting and/or cramping then it is worth speaking to your doctor to get an early ultrasound scan and hopefully they can put your mind at rest.

 

176 thoughts on “Symptoms”

  1. Hello, I just recently found out that I had a positive pregnancy test and got my blood levels checked by my fertility specialist.
    The last two weeks have been brutal waiting, because I suffered a BO only six months ago.
    Friday I went in for my first ultrasound and measure to five weeks and four days with an empty gestational sack. Should there have been something for developing yet or is it still too early to tell? My hCG levels are still doubling ( went from 1200 to over 13,000 in a week) and my progesterone is 31.
    I just want someone to tell me the truth because my doctor is out of town and I know that nurses can’t disclose that kind of information. What are your thoughts? Can hCG level still double and progesterone levels be ideal and still suffer a BO? Thank you.

    1. Hi Brie, of course you are going to be worried after your last experience but the likelihood of it happening again is very slim. If you are indeed under 6 weeks then you are unlikely to see anything much. If your numbers are doubling then it is also less likely to be a BO, I believe. So I think (and this is just my opinion) that the chances are very good that this is a normal pregnancy. X

      1. Positive update! :) after suffering a BO 6 months ago and last week, being told there was nothing developing at 5.5 weeks ultrasound, went back at 6.5 weeks and we HAVE A HEARTBEAT!! God is GOOD. Thank you for such a supportive website!

  2. I have a question! I’m pregnantI had an ultrasound done on June 30th my doctor told me that I have an abnormal gestation sac he said it looks like it had punch holes he also mentioned that he thinks he could see the baby and a fading heartbeat. But he wasn’t sure he also said that it could be molar pregnancy, so he wanted a second opinion, I had another ultrasound done on July 2nd I still don’t know the results from that ultrasound. I guess I’m just confused as I thought that my symptoms will be fading, but especially today I woke up really dizzy with lots of nausea, and with a weird taste in my mouth that I never had. It be possible that the doctor gave me a diagnosed to soon. I’m not sure how many weeks I am since I have pcos, my LMP was on May 4th. I guess I’m just hoping for a miracle.

    1. Hi Isela, like you say it is difficult to say how far along you might be if you have pcos. It seems strange that they didn’t give you the result of the second scan straight away. It’s possible that it is too soon to tell so yes I would keep hoping. Good luck.

  3. Hello I missed my period last month and then I started bleeding on the 11 of this month and it stoped on the 17 of this month I strated cramping again on the 18 of this month and started spotting on the 19 of this month then it stoped and now I started back bleed today a lot.

    1. Hi Miss Tee, did you ever get a positive pregnancy test? It sounds like your periods are just becoming a bit irregular which they can do in your mid forties so not really anything to worry about if you didn’t. If you are concerned though you should go to your doctor.

      1. Hello, yes I did get a positive pregnancy test but on the 11 of june 4week into my pregnancy I started bleeding.And it stoped on the 17 of june and then on the 22 of june I started bleeding again

        1. Miss Tee have you seen a doctor? It is possible that all is still OK as many people have bleeding in early pregnancy, but it’s best to get checked out so that you know what is going on.

    2. Advice Please!! I thought I should be at least 9 weeks pregnant, since my lMP was April 15, but when I went for my ultrasound last Friday 6/19 there was only a gestational sac measuring 6w3d / 16mm with no yolk sac or fetal pole :( HCG that day was 27,500 and three days later only rose to 28,600. I have a follow up US scheduled for this Friday in 2 days. Should I not get my hopes up since this could most likely be a blighted ovum? Looking for any insight! Thank you so much.

      1. Hi Missy, I guess some of it might depend on when you first got a positive pregnancy test – if you got it in mid May then your dates are likely right but if it was not until later then maybe you ovulated late and so your LMP may not be so relevant. Once hcg gets to a certain level it does not increase so quickly but it’s really difficult to say what may be going on without more info. Good luck x

        1. Thanks so much for the response! I had a positive pregnancy test may 18th.. So I guess it’s not looking good. I haven’t had any miscarriage symptoms, but I have lost a couple pounds lately and don’t feel “pregnant”. Your site has been a great resource. Thank you!

          1. Hi Missy, yes it looks like with a + test in May you should be minimum of 8 weeks. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they just couldn’t get a good view but like you say with the hcg also rising slowly it may not be good news. Wishing you luck for Friday x Glad you found the site useful!

  4. Hi, I had brown spotting 4 days before my 12 week scan (which was yesterday) with no cramping no bad symptoms, still having pregnancy symptoms so I went to A&E, however they said there was nothing they could do as it seemed it was a threatened miscarriage, after 3 long days of waiting for my scan still having drops of old brown blood. I went to my scan thinking I was twelve weeks they done an ultra sound, nothing was said to me and they asked if they could do a vaginal scan which I agreed too, they were there for absolute ages looking around and said my uterus was ‘auk ward’ turned out there was an empty sac with no baby. Turns out that it stopped growing at 5 to 6 weeks. My world ended there and then. I recieved no symptoms other than small brown spotting. I thought spotting was normal in pregnancy and dreamt since my positive pregnancy test that I would be a mother and meet my little angel. Blighted ovum is psychologically damaging I’m emotionally broken and see no light out of this dark dark tunnel. They gave me a blood test to see if my hcg levels have dropped and I’m supposed 2 go back 2moro for another one to see if they have dropped again. All my pregnancy symptoms have gone now. It’s just heartbreaking the whole ordeal. My first pregnancy has just ended in total sadness when it was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. The body can be a cruel machine to make u believe you are still pregnant when in retrospect you lost it weeks ago.

    1. Hi Rachel, you are so right, this pregnancy business can be totally heartbreaking. Your hopes and dreams all shattered in one go and I am so sorry you are having to go through this. Not many people actually have the added heartbreak of getting to 12 weeks until they find out it is a blighted ovum. You do feel totally cheated that all that time you imagined meeting your baby and then to find out it wouldn’t happen, after months, is shattering. I’m sorry that I can’t take away any of your pain. It will still be very raw at the moment and you will actually never forget, but hopefully in time you will get to hold your own baby. You are right, spotting can be normal in pregnancy, in fact I had spotting in my subsequent successful pregnancy for quite a few weeks. It is unfortunate that in the UK you only get your first scan at 12 weeks because if earlier scans were given this would at least not give you false hope for longer. I hope you manage to recover from this emotionally but give yourself a chance to grieve your baby who was very real to you x

      1. Hi thank you for replying, I had my second blood test today and my hcg levels have dropped from 4678 to 3347 :( I have began to m/c but seems to be taking its time. I am going on holiday this weekend to try and grieve and put this behind us and move on (easier said than done). Doctors don’t want me to go but I think anybody in this situation needs to go start enjoying life again and try not to let this bring you down as a person and also as a couple. We want to try again straight away. As this pregnancy was a planned one. I totally agree with you I feel that there should be ultrasounds done earlier as this is mentally disturbing getting to 12 weeks you feel a sense of achievement, then it gets totally shattered. My only comfort is that the nurse said the chances of this happening again to me are very slim and it is very common in first pregnancies. X

    2. I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine. They just told me at 4-5 weeks that I have one although this is my 4th pregnancy. I have 2 babies. It’s so hard and devastating! My heart hurts badly. I feel pregnant and I am but there is no baby!! I’m so mad at Mother Nature right now. Wanted to be pregnant so bad!!! It’s hard. I cannot imagine going through this first pregnancy. Praying for your heart!

  5. I went to hospital for loss of pregnancy symptoms on 5/30 after finding out I was pregnant on 5/17. They did an ultrasound and measured me at 6w2d but said baby was too small to be able to see hb. Went to my 1st ob visit yesterday 6/12 and they did a 2nd tv us, there was nothing but an empty sac and they dated Mr at 7w2d. My dr almost immediately diagnosed a blighted ovum and offered me a d&c and told me to come back in 2 weeks to ‘get it taken care of’ before rushing out as she had been paged to the hospital. How could it be a bo if we had seen the baby two weeks prior? The us tech seemed to hurry through as the entire us took 3 minutes and she refused to answer any questions. I was so deviated by what my dr said and left with no time to ask questions. Should I get another opinion or wait to see if we mc?

    1. Hi Katie, so it sounds as though baby measured about right at the U/s on 30 may (assuming you had found out you were pregnant at about 4 weeks) and yes it is possible that baby at that stage was too small to see a heartbeat (although it is quite common to see a heartbeat at 6 weeks or so) – I guess the question was, what did they actually see at that point? If they did see a baby formed then yes it seems a bit strange to now say that they could only see an empty sac nearly 2 weeks later. I would certainly be tempted to try and get another ultrasound before making any decisions as it seems like you have got conflicting information. It’s definitely not good either when doctors rush through these appointments and not give you time to think or ask questions. Good luck x

      1. Thank you for replying so quickly. I’m not sure exactly what the dr saw on 5/30 but he said everything looked fine, and I saw something inside my uterus. My husband and I are planning on going to the hospital on Friday to get another us and hopefully get some answers. If the pregnancy has ended I was advised to not get a d&c and just let things happen naturally, which would you advise? I know there are risks to both waiting and the d&c.

        1. Hi katie, glad you are going to get another u/s. I think letting it happen naturally or having a D&C is quite a personal decision. Sometimes waiting for it to happen naturally can be a bit of torment especially if it takes a long time (which it can do sometimes) but if you are able to wait then often the natural way can be better than surgery (and it could happen quite quickly). Good luck x

  6. And I had very very bad hip cramps yesterday morning before I went to the bathroom and seen I was spotting.

  7. I found out I was pregnant on 5/7/15 with a LMP on 4/13/15 I went for my first U.S. On 5/5/15 they noticed an empty gestational sac and measured me at 5w4d which when I went in I thought I was 7w4d so the scheduled me to come back in for another U.S. On 5/19/15 because the think I may be early. Well, I’m 100% sure my LMP was 4/13 but not sure when I ovulate but seems like j can’t ovulate 2 weeks apart . (As that’s the difference of the dates they are giving me.)
    I never get one single sign of nausea or vomiting so that’s always been a red flag for me. I do have a dull pain on my right side but the dr told me I had a cyst but they will not confirm a belighted ovum as they say it’s to early to tell. This is the longest two weeks of my life. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

    1. Hi melissa, from reading your post through I assume you mean you had the ultrasound on 5th June rather than 5th May? So if you found out you were pregnant on 7th may then you would have been minimum of 3.5 weeks at this point (which concurs with your LMP) so I agree with your dates. I’m thinking this does sound possibly like a blighted ovum in that case but I never want to discount other circumstances (maybe the tech didn’t do the u/s right or something like that) as it’s not really fair for me to say yes or no. But I always give my honest opinion so I wish you the best of luck x

  8. Hello
    My last period began on 7th April (however it was my first period after my first time coming off the pill after 8 years, before that my periods were irregular) I had 3 positive pregnancy tests on 6th June so my doctor sent me have an ultrasound. ultrasound found only a gestational sac that measured at around 5 to 5 1/2 weeks. I went back to the doctor after my scan (10 June) and she took a blood test. HCG levels were 35,000 so she said it is likely its a blighted ovum but not certain as that is such a high level of hcg to not see anything.
    What do you make of this ? Is 35,000 hcg far to high to see nothing but a sac ?
    I have had no bleeding what so ever, really mild cramp pains last week but that’s it.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Amber, looking at the hcg charts I would say from them that a level of 35,000 would indicate a gestation of 6 weeks plus. Now it is possible to see only a sac at 6 weeks in some circumstances although you would usually expect to hear the heartbeat. So it seems that it could go either way at this point, particularly if you ovulated quite late in your cycle. I wish you good luck x

      1. Thank you for your reply
        I went to the doctor again last night snd turns out I heard wrong. She actually had said 25,000 hcg not 35,000
        Does this make much of a difference ?
        I’m having a blood test Monday to see if the levels are rising

        1. Hi Amber, I don’t think that makes too much of a difference – the hcg charts still indicate this to be in the range 6-8 weeks so really in the range where you should be able to see something on an u/s but then everyone has different levels so it could be that you just have high levels compared to others.

          1. Okay thank you again
            I went and got my second blood test results back, the doctor said my levels are rising appropriately for someone who is pregnant (he didn’t tell me what they were) and now thinks it is a quite a possibility that its a normal healthy pregnancy. I am so confused! I thought with a blighted ovum your hcg levels could still rise as if you are still pregnant? So why now all of a sudden would the doctor be thinking my pregnsncy is a normal healthy one rather than a blighted ovum?
            What an emotional rollercoaster lol
            I am off to have an ultrasound in 2 days to see what’s going on. The last ultrasound showed an empty sac measuring 5 to 5.5 weeks, so if that was accurate and not 100% a blighted ovum then for this ultrasound I could be between 6 weeks to 6.5 weeks
            If that is the case do you know what I should be seeing ? I know it would be more than just the gestational sac I saw last time.

          2. Hi Amber, I am not an expert but from what I understand hcg levels can rise normally with a blighted ovum but in most cases they don’t rise as quickly as you would expect, so fingers crossed this is good news for you. Yes at 6 weeks most people would be able to see a heartbeat so hopefully that is what you will see this time. Sometimes it is difficult to detect if you have something like a tilted uterus or similar though, but if you are closer to the 6.5 weeks mark then that might mean it is more likely to be visible. x

          3. I have a positive update :) I had my second scan today. They did an abdominal u/s first and again couldn’t see anything other than the sac so then they did an internal u/s. Within seconds they found a baby and a heartbeat measuring 7 wks 1 day
            I can’t believe it !! Doctors can be wrong
            Thank you very much for all your advice and knowledge

          4. That is fantastic news Amber, thanks so much for coming back to update, I’m so pleased for you :-) And it is great to get positive stories for someone else who might be in the same situation.

    1. I would try doing another test now but also it is possible in your mid 40s for periods to go astray occasionally so it may just be down to hormones.

      1. Good morning I had all the symptoms of being pregnant missed pd,eating, sleeping, cramping for 3weeks the same as I felt with my other 2 kids, I would have been 4weeks yesturday but I woke up feeling bad went to the bathroom and I have started spotting a light red color on and off and now this morning it is more then a little but still light red.

    2. Hi I was wondering if someone could help me out I got my period may 19 2015 & June I have not had a period June 11-18 had been cramping on in off pink/brown/a little red.
      Then when I wipe its gone I took three test I keep getting negative & I’m not really sure what date my period comes it comes different dates…can some one please help me..

      1. Hi Liza, sometimes you will get spotting before a period and it can happen even if you have not experienced it before. I expect if you have had cramping too then your period will arrive soon.

  9. Hi I am 46yrs old and I missed my pd last month and had a lot of cramping with no pd and no other symptoms and no bleeding, I have not went to the doctors yet.

  10. hi,
    I had my last menstrual period on April 19. I then had weird spotting a week before my expected period in May. Around May 7-11 I cannot remember exact dates. I took several pregnancy tests in May all of which were negative. On June 5th I got a positive. I have RPL so I went straight to the dr and now I am in limbo. The ultrasound showed an empty gestational sac. I had one beta but do not know the results. Is this a blighted ovum? How will they decide?

    1. If you only got a positive test on 5th June then it’s quite possible this is a normal pregnancy. They will probably call you back for s repeat scan and maybe betas if they suspect there is a chance something is wrong.

  11. Hi

    I suffered from a blighted ovum back in December 2014. This was a complete shock as I only found out on my 12 week scan. I have recently found out that I’m pregnant again. I will be having scans and blood test done in the next few weeks. Does anyone know what are the chances of suffering from another blighted ovum pregnancy? I’m worried but a little wiser from my previous experience. Please be honest with your answers as I need to be prepared.

    1. hi Bonnie, I don’t think that the chances are any higher to suffer a second one. In fact I think that you are more likely not to as the chances of suffering a BO twice in a row are pretty slim. Good luck x

  12. Hi,
    I went for my 6 week scan this week and they said they could only see a sac and I looked more 4 weeks. My hcg level was 6000. I’d had some brown spotting and some cramps. I’ve had no pregnancy symtomps apart from feeling tired. They tested my hcg levels 3 times last week and they did double each time. Could this be a blighted ovum?? Thanks

    1. Hi Liz, I would say it is too early to tell. Not everyone gets pregnancy symptoms for starters and your hcg levels are good. Maybe it is possible that you ovulated later than you thought? In any case it is often difficult to see anything before 6 weeks so it may well be too early. I’ll keep everything crossed for you as there is every chance that things are OK x

  13. I did a round of IVF with icsi and currently 5w5d. My question is my betas are rising but not doubling every 48hrs. First beta 166, second one 48 hrs later 316. I had some spotting so they did another one 4 days later 1248. Spotting stopped but came back so another beta done 4 days later 2684. So the last doubling time was 91hrs. They were concerned so I went in yesterday for vaginal ultrasound and they found gestational and yolk sac, measuring exactly were it should be. I’m so confused. Also my pregnancy symptoms have pretty much stopped and I have a little dull ache right above my pubic bone. The spotting this last time only lasted 7ish hrs, never heavy enough to need a pad. Do you think Im still in the game to have a healthy baby?

    1. Yes I definitely think you are still in the game. I’ve known a few people whose betas didn’t rise as expected and still had a healthy baby and if the ultrasound shows you are in track then that is good news.

  14. My LMP says I’m 8 weeks 2 days along, but my gestational sac is about 5 weeks 6 days.. Nothing visible in the sac.. Did my hcg it was 13240 and after 48 hours it was 35000. But I’m asked to review an ultrasound after a week. Doctor suspects a blighted ovum :( I don’t know what to do

    1. Hi Ally, unfortunately there isn’t much that you can do except wait for the next ultrasound I’m afraid. It could be that you ovulated quite late but I’m afraid IT is just a waiting game to see if things progress. Good luck.

  15. Hi…..naj here…..27 years …my last period ws on 19th of march….missed my period in april….wen I did a preg test at hom on 27 april it ws positive. … 15th of may I went in fr a u/s as well as trans vaginal scan (as u/s dint show clear result) …der I learnt i ws 5weeks 6 days…the scan showed a ges.sac n yolk sac wit no fetal cardiac activity…d lab tech told me to com fr another u/s aftr 2 or 3 weeks as its very early to say anything….ever since the scan im experiencing pink or somtimes brown discharge…similar to spottin….n lower back pain…no crampin or nausea so far….feel lik il hv my period any day ….jst a lil worid wether I sufferd a BO….????

    This is my second pregnancy. ..

    1. Hi naj, is say it’s really difficult to yell at this early stage and I’m afraid you will just need to wait it out until the next scan. It’s quite possible that all is ok so I’ll keep everything crossed for you. Good luck.

  16. Help: I went to the doctor last Wed the 6th of May according to my LMP which was March 24th I was suppose to be 6 weeks the doctor did an ultrasound and saw only an empty sac, to point out my periods are very irregular( at points I don’t have a period for months and other times I have a period for many months straight) and I have a lot of ovarian cyst, I had blood work done 48 hrs apart from each other and have another app on the 13th…. I am just soooo scared I don’t know if it is an OB

    1. Hi Aida, if your periods are irregular then you could well have ovulated much later than the usual day 14 so it is possible that you are maybe only 5 weeks or so in which case you would not see anything on a scan. I think it is quite possible that all is OK so I would definitely say to wait a few weeks if you an before having another ultrasound. Good luck.

  17. Please can u help me understand I had a scan two weeks ago and I should of been 7 weeks according to my last period when I went they said I measured at 6 weeks and 1 day. They said they could not see anything and I have been back today 2 weeks later and again nothing. The sac measured 18.5 and has only increased to 24. My hcg levels were 52,000 and they have increased but not much they are talking about b/o does this sound likely or should i wait

    1. Hi Sarah, I would say it is up to you if you want to wait but I guess that if they can see a sac that is 24 and there is nothing in it then it sounds likely to be a BO. Also it is quite common to measure less with a BO than your dates so the first scan would go along with this. Sorry you are going through this x

  18. I went to the doctor this morning for my first ultrasound. I should be 8 weeks exactly today, and I am 100% sure of the date of my last period. The doc couldn’t see anything on the external ultrasound so she did an internal one, but the gestational sac was empty. I had my first son with no complications, a normal uterus and everything. My mother had a blighted ovum and didn’t find out until 12 weeks, and I think this same thing is happening to me now. The doc said it’s possible I am just much earlier on than I thought, but I mean, I would have to be several weeks off, and I know that’s impossible. She said they will have an ultrasound tech confirm, but she didn’t see any yolk sac, fetal pole, nothing and is pretty sure it’s a blighted ovum. Personally, I would rather have a D&C, because my mom’s experience miscarrying naturally was horrific and I don’t want to go through that, but I have also heard of women who waited a couple more weeks and a baby was actually found at 10 or 12 weeks. I would hate to have a D&C if there is a baby in there, but I also want to get it over with if there isn’t. How long should I wait? I mean, at 8 weeks, there should definitely be a baby…but there’s nothing…part of me wants to wait just in case, but I also don’t want to spontaneously miscarry at work or something.

    1. Hi Allyson, sorry you are going through this too. The only way your dates are off if you know the date of your last period is if you don’t actually know when you ovulated as that is the key date really. So maybe if you have irregular cycles and could have ovulated late then that might put your dates back. I think doctors always err on the side of caution with dates (which is right really) but obviously we know our own bodies better than them sometimes. Yes, I agree at 8 weeks you should definitely be able to see something as there would be a heartbeat from 6 weeks approximately onwards so it sounds like it is more than likely a BO. But yes, only go for the D&C if you are completely OK with that as you don’t want to have ‘what if’ thoughts afterwards. Best of luck x

      1. Thanks for the reply. I know the dates are accurate because my cycle is always very regular, not to mention I had a positive home pregnancy test approximately 4 weeks ago, which means at the time I took the test I would have had to have been at least 4 weeks already, putting me at 8-9 weeks currently. I mean there’s no other way to have a positive home PT unless you’ve missed a cycle, and mine are always 28 days on the spot, aka 4 weeks, and I took the test after realizing I was 1 week late. So anyway, this is a CRAZY frustrating process. I got a call from my doctor last night telling me that the ultrasound did indeed confirm a BO. She told me to come in again this morning to talk to another doc about my options and what to do next. So, I went in this morning and met an entirely new doctor, who ended up telling me something totally different. She said again that I’m probably just 4 weeks, which I again explained was impossible, and then she said I could also have en ectopic pregnancy. Anyway, she ordered blood tests tomorrow to compare to the ones I did yesterday, and this is what she told me (which if I have read the hundreds of BO stories correctly, she is totally wrong): “If your levels double, then you are still pregnant with a viable pregnancy and you’re probably just 4 weeks. If they increase but don’t double, you have an ectopic pregnancy. If they remain the same or decrease, you have a blighted ovum.” WHAT?! Ok, from what I have seen over and over online, your levels will still increase normally if you have a BO sometimes even into the 3rd trimester (which is exactly what happened to my mom and the docs didn’t listen to her either). So this hCG test isn’t going to do ANY good if I really do have a BO. And my problem is I don’t want to be undiagnosed and just sit around and wait to spontaneously start bleeding all over the place one day. If it’s a BO, I would rather have the D&C and not suffer the trauma my mom did. But this doctor seems very misinformed. I don’t care if the “doctor book” says my levels shouldn’t go up if it’s a BO, every single story I have read online, WebMD, etc. have all said that levels will rise normally until after the 1st trimester. So I don’t get it. I hate waiting and I hate not knowing what’s going on in my body. I don’t know if there’s anything anyone can do, but it just helps to vent to someone who has been there. Thanks for listening…Sorry it’s so long.

        1. OMG this doctor sounds like she has no idea what she is talking about! I have found this with pregnancy stuff before, if a doctor hasn’t specialised in fertility then often someone who has been through it themselves and done a lot of research can know more than the doc, but of course the doc won’t admit that. HCG levels can differ in each set of circumstances and there are always exceptions to the rules (although I think the rules are a bit too strict already). Anyway, to say that you are 4 weeks when you took the test 4 weeks ago is ludicrous. Can you speak to the original doctor and request a D&C if that is what you want? In a lot of cases it seems that you get some kind of cramping or spotting before the MC so that might give you a heads up in case something is going to happen x

          1. YES! She seemed very clueless and was extremely rude to me, which put me off right away. I just went in this morning for more blood tests and they told me these were “stat” so I should hear something back in the next few hours, at which point I might get some more definitive answers. But I still think it won’t do much good if they say “Oh yeah you’re levels doubled, but there is still no baby.” They’re just going to make me wait around and risk infection. UGH. I have been cramping and having quite a bit more pain than usual for the last 2 days, but no blood so far, and I still have my pregnancy symptoms. Just not too sure what’s going on, and I really wish these docs were more educated about this subject. Hopefully I can soon request to see the original lady and have things straightened out. If they keep making me see that rude doctor, I might lose my mind!

  19. Okay. So it isn’t clear how far along I am.yet.. but when I was first diagnosed pregnant instantly told it was a blighted ovum, and my levels were in 6000. About 4 days later they were 18000, another 3days and they were 21000. I have had 4 ultrasounds each one with more to see the last one showed 2 yolk sacs and the start of a fetal pull and I am measuring t 5w1day according to the ultrasound lady. And Dr passed that report but still called the next day telling me it’s a blighted ovum and I need a d&c… I told him I wanted to wait another week or so just to see and my next appointment is on the 11th.. everything I’ve read online says there is never a yolk sac in a true blighted ovum. Let alone 2yolk sacs and the start if fetal pull . So what do I do change drs? Get second opinion get d&c???? I’m so lost right now I don’t know what to do. And this is my second pregnancy I miscarried the first time naturally at only 5 weeks..

    1. Hi Kelly, sorry for the delay in replying as I had no internet. I’m so sorry you are going through this and it is horrible when you are not really sure what is going on. I would always say don’t have a D&C until you are satisfied that is the best course of action (or unless there are urgent medical reasons obviously) You should be able to wait a week and see what is going on then. I think there are various ‘degrees’ of blighted ovum as to how much develops but for sure wait it out for a bit if you are unhappy with the diagnosis. best of luck x

  20. Hi. Good Day.
    My last period was feb21. (Btw im irregular, but this last few months, my period is coming every month) And then I had a spotting this last april7. I was shocked cause i thought my period will be coming cause i got a backpain and cramps but it all came out was a spot. I had this for 3days. And then last apr25, i went to my OBGYNE. My pregnancy test is negative. And i took transvaginal ultrasound, the doctor saw an empty sac (i think). So my OB give me medicines that will set my menstruation from irregular to regular. Im hesitating to drink it, cause maybe there is a chance that i’ll be having a baby, and i dont want to kill it. Is it possible that its still early to develop whats inside or is it blighted ovum?

    1. Hi Steph, if your pregnancy test was negative then I don’t expect there is a viable pregnancy there. Tests can pick up very low levels of hcg. so I wonder if the doctor saw anything there, otherwise he may have offered you different options (d&c maybe) so it might be worth clarifying the situation with the doctor but I’m sure he wouldn’t have given you anything that would harm a viable pregnancy. Good luck.

  21. Hello, I was told I had a blighted ovum. Decided to miscarry naturally. Sure enough at 12 weeks is when I started with brown spotting. About 3 days ago color changed to red and yesterday I started having really bad cramps and heavier bleeding. Started feeling contraction like pains and passed a very large clot, almost the size of my palm. After a few hours pain wasn’t as bad and bleeding wasn’t as heavy. Felt more like a really bad cycle. This morning felt same way but for the last hour I’m feeling a different kind of pain/discomfort on the lower left side of my uterus. It’s not that bad but definitely noticeable. It’s not a cramping feeling though. Is this normal because of still going through miscarriage or should I be concerned? Thanks

    1. Hi Jo and sorry for the delay in replying. I would say that each woman’s experience is different but it is not unusual to have a few days of pain. You should get your doctor to check that everything has been expelled though assuming they are not doing this already. Sorry you had to go through this.

  22. I have just gone through ICSI. I had a positive pregnancy test 15 days post egg recovery. I had a trans v ultrasound at 7 weeks post ER and they measured a 5 week gestational sac and 5 week yolk sac, but no fetal pole. I do have a tilted womb. They are going to re-scan me weekly, under NICE guidelines, to 9 weeks post ER before committing to an outcome but they have advised it is unlikely to be good news. They said if they were working to LMP they could take into account late ovulation but as they know the date of egg recovery, and hence conception, they would expect to see a heartbeat by now. I did have a successful round of ICSI and we are blessed with a beautiful 2 year old and heartbeat was present at 7 week scan. I am trying to prepare for bad news. It’s very sad as this is the last time for us, so we can’t just get back on the horse, as so to speak. They do not take hcg readings in the UK unless ectopic. TIA.

    1. Hi Pickerlily, I’m very sorry, it sounds like they are doing the right thing by scanning you weekly, at least you can be sure of the outcome in that case, and they are not jumping the gun. I will keep everything crossed that you do have a good outcome but understand that you almost need to prepare yourself for the worst. Sometimes we have to do that to protect ourselves. Yes, when you go through IVF and know the exact dates, there is no grey area on dates. I’m also sorry that this is the last chance for you. Although getting hcg numbers can help I think also the only way to really confirm a blighted ovum is by scan, so whatever the numbers, it almost wouldn’t really matter. Good luck.

  23. had an icsi cycle. embryo transfer was done on 7 march. My 1 st beta was 965 on 23 march. my 2nd beta at 8757 30 march. My first ultrasound was on 16 april but the ultrasound result showed gestational sac only 0r yolk sac no heartbeat . They did blood test on 20 april to know my beta level to confirm, and it came 49930 I am very anxious, will my baby grow.Is it blighted ovam? doctor told me quick d&c.sheudule 21 april .see if my pregancy is viable. Plz help.
    REPLYsee if my pregancy is viable. Plz help.
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    1. Hi, so it sounds like you had your first ultrasound when you would have been about 8 weeks pregnant, at which point they should have been able to see something more than a sac. So there is a high chance that this could be a blighted ovum. However, until you are completely comfortable with the diagnosis I would say don’t jump into having a D&C. There is (usually) no reason why you should do this quickly, particularly if you are confused, so can you ask your doctor to give you a bit more time? It’s difficult to say yes there is a chance your pregnancy is viable as the doctor is very experienced in this, so he should know what he is talking about, but just taking a bit more time should not do you any harm. Good luck.

  24. Hi.
    Im about 5-7 weeks pregnany, I have irregular periods so im not sure when I ovulated. I found out I was pregnant two weeks ago and my hcg levels were 720 which was thursday. The tuesday after that I had my levels done again and it was over 6000. Two days later on thursday I went for an ultrasound and all the could see was the gestational sac. No yolk or fetal pole. My doc says its too early to see.anything but im scares its a blighted ovum. And then just last night after orgasm I had a bit of bleeding. It was over this morning and I found one clot in the shower. No cramps or pain. Could I have miscarried?

    1. Hi haze, firstly congrats. I would agree and say that it would be too early to see anything on the ultrasound. It is highly unlikely that you have miscarried, you would have definitely had some cramps and pain and likely a lot of blood. Your HCG levels look great so I would say try not to worry. It is quite common to have spotting in early pregnancy too.

  25. I am very worried to know if I had a blighted ovum. My last period was on July 23rd and I used a clearblue 10 day opk which displayed moderate fertility on August 4th. I started to have menstrual like cramps on the 19th but no period. I went to the doctor on August 26th who then drew blood and did an ultrasound which showed a small dot and she could not detect if it was blood or something happening. Later on she called and said I was pregnant because my hcg levels were over 3000. Now I went back today August 31 to see progress but there was only a sac with yolk but no embryo seen. She said everything had looked ok but them later she called and said she wants me to come back next week to take another look because my hcg has risen but it did not double. basically in her own words it did not rise as high as she expected it to be..I experience mild cramping but not everyday. I am really nervous and I’m hoping for the best. I’m wondering if it is too early?

    1. Hi lisa, I think it is still really early to be able to tell if it s a blighted ovum but obviously slow rising hcg is not a great sign. All still could be fine though especially as your doctor is not overly worried. I wish you good luck.

      1. Just wanted to update you that I went back today and saw the fetal pole and heartbeat..7 weeks and everything looks good ..Thanks so much for your well wishes..

  26. So last Thursday went for u/s and showed gestational sac and what doctor saidwas a yolk sac. Hcg was ~6400. Two days later hcg was 7300. Any thoughts? Prior to the hcg they said perhaps I ovulated later. Now I’m thinking its likely a bo. :( we go back this Thursday for a follow up ultrasound.

    1. Hi Tiffany, like you said that is quite slow rising hcg so it sounds like it may not be good news :-( I will keep everything crossed for you and wish you good luck x

  27. After what i assumed was my period started five days late and consisted of only a scant amount of dark brown old blood, I went to doc, took a preg test and got my first hcg of 125 at what I now calculate to be 5w 6d. I’ve taken two additional tests, and am now up to 768 at 6w 3d. I am doubling every 72 hours, but my numbers are do low. Coupling the low numbers, is dark brown spotting. I go in on Monday for an US, the doc is suspecting a BO. It is so hard not to know! I am 36, with two ds’s and this would be a blessed little surprise. Could it be viable?

    1. hi Ingrid and sorry for the delay in replying. It does look good news that your hcg is doubling so I would definitely remain positive. I hope you got some good answers at your ultrasound yesterday. Spotting is very common in early pregnancy so may not mean anything.

  28. I missed my period and checked at home the line was very fain but positive, i went to see a doc ,my HCG was 119 and the result was weak positive and the doc said its early pregnancy she asked me to visit her after a week,my HCG levels after a week was 340 but nothing seen at 5 weeks, but just that the lining of my uterus was thickened, i was hoping that everything is going to be fine but i just came back from the clinic now, IM 6 weeks 5 days according to my LMP however, no sac n yolk nothing seen at the scanning i insisted my doc to check my HCG levels she said not required n also said may be i will have a miscarriage,and asked me to return after 2 weeks from now im also experiencing some cramping, lower back pain and very light red discharge but no bleeding .just getting prepared for the worst…..neither i feel any symptoms of pregnancy right now. just my breasts are still tender and i feel hungry every 2-4 hours.
    im very upset n see no hopes :((((((((

    1. Hi Pearl, I will be honest with you and say that if you had hcg increasing from 119 to 340 in one week then this does not look good. In early pregnancy hcg should double every 2-3 days so it should really be higher than that. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. Of course there is always a glimmer of hope as you hear stories of women with very slowly increasing hcg that go on to have a successful pregnancy but these are very rare. x

      1. Hi,
        dear admin sorry for the mistake here i checked hcg on 31/7,13 it was 119 and 2/8/13 it was 340 recently i haven’t checked it as my doc she said not required,My only concern is according to my lmp im 7 weeks but on my scanning the nurse could not see anything even a sac? IS THAT NORMAL? she even said it’s not ectopic, and the doc she said im going to miscarry and asked me to visit her after 2 week’s honestly i just have lil cramping very mild and just from past 2 days i noticed a lil of yellow discharge Im actually not sure about the color…. PLEASE HELP

        1. Ok, well if your hcg doubled in 2 days then that is good. Working from those hcg numbers I would guess that your period would have been due around 1 August (for typical hcg from cases I have seen) so maybe you did ovulate late in that cycle. In which case you would only be 5 weeks now and they couldn’t expect to see anything. I personally don’t think you should give up hope pearl – another scan in 2 weeks will hopefully make things clearer but it does look like you may have ovulated late – I wonder why they did not take that into account? I’ll keep everything crossed for you – let me know how you get on x

  29. Hi,
    So by my calander i should be coming up to my 7th week of pregnancy, I went for a scan last Tuesday 30th July after having bad pains on my left side. they did a scan and found an empty sac, but said i may of ovulated later. I was very upset it was empty as had miscarriages before. I had blood tests done and went back in 48hrs later to have more done, they told my my HCG levels on my first test were 12000 and that they should of been able to see something again i burst out crying and went home, they told me they would ring me that day with my second set of bloods.

    so i waited and they rang me at 8.30pm and the senior doc said my HCG had risen by 58% they wanted a 68% rise but she said not to lose hope and has booked me in for a scan on the 11th August, the waiting is killing me, my symptoms gets worse every day.

    do you think there is still hope for me?

    1. Hi Kim I’m so sorry you are having to go through this stress. If the doctor said not to lose hope then for sure you should not. There is always a chance, particularly if you did ovulate much later. Having said that I think we always protect ourselves against the worst outcome so it is going to be a stressful few days for sure. I wish you the best.

  30. first US showed ges/yolk sac at 5weeks 5days. second US done 3 days after the first showed no change. should I be worried?

    1. Martha I think it sounds too early to be worried at this stage and also 3 days is a short gap between ultrasounds. However, worry goes along with being pregnant so everyone does it. Hopefully you will see more development if they leave it a week or so until the next ultrasound. Good luck.

  31. Hi,
    I found out I had miscarried on the 24th Jun. I should have been 11 weeks but all they found during my scan was an empty sac which i passed naturally a few days later. Me and my partner had unprotected sex a few times during the following 2 weeks. its now 5 weeks later and i have had faint positive pregnancy tests, as well as 1 pregnant 2-3 weeks test. Is this possible or could it just be remnants or that my hcg levels haven’t fully dropped yet?

    1. Hi Kirsty and sorry for your loss.i had a look back and it took about 2 weeks for my tests to fade out, however, I know that for others ithastaken longer. So it is possible that it is still the hcg from the pregnancy but also could be a new pregnancy. I think the only way to tell is to see if your levels are going up by either getting blood tests done or seeing if your tests are getting darker. I would speak to your doctor and see if you can get tests done. Good luck.

      1. Thank you for your reply. I had blood tests a week ago and called the surgery monday to be told results had been passed to midwife, called back yesterday to be told someone was looking at them and would be in touch this week. I am so confused, 1 minute in the depths of despair and now hopeful but too afraid to want to think anything.

  32. it is so stressful!! i go this afternoon, so i will post an update when i know in hopes it can help someone else in the future…regardless what my results are. i just feel like i know my body, and something just doesnt feel right, and it hasnt for a week…..thanks for your response i appreciate it alot :)

  33. Hi,

    I had an icsi cycle. My LMP was on 20 may and egg collection was on 6 june – embryo transfer was done on 11 june. My 1 st beta was 155 on 22 june. Later on 5 july 2013 i had bad lower abdominal and back pain, my beta came at 7950. My first ultrasound was on 11 july and my baby was supposed to 7 week 3 day- but the ultrasound result showed gestational sac measuring 5 week and sac only 1 cm with no heartbeat or yolk sac. They did blood test on 11 july to know my beta level to confirm, and it came 18000. I am very anxious, will my baby grow.Is it blighted ovam? Then why my beta showed high levels. I am very confused. They booked me for 2 nd u/s on 22 july to see if my pregancy is viable. Plz help.

    1. Hi Shama, unfortunately it is still possible to have a blighted ovum even in an ivf cycle. At 7w 3d as you know you should see more than a sac and the fact that is was measuring small is not good news. However, this is the reason that they do 2 ultrasounds to confirm a blighted ovum as there could be something missed on the first one. Even with a blighted ovum you still have high hcg levels but I wish you all the best for 22nd July.

  34. sorry…forgot one thing….i also have been starting to have mild cramps throughout the day, starting about 4 days ago.

    1. Hi Michelle, this is all so stressful isn’t it?! I would say that if the only ultrasound that you had was at 5 weeks and 3 days then you wouldn’t have seen much more than a sac at that point. The rise in hcg levels is obviously good but as you probably know this can still happen with a blighted ovum. Pregnancy symptoms can come and go and often do so unfortunately that can’t really tell you too much either. You can also have spotting throughout early pregnancy and the fact it is not bleeding is a good sign. Really the only thing to know what is going on is the ultrasound tomorrow. I wish you the best of luck and hope that all turns out ok for you.

  35. also forgot to say my GS measured 11 mm on the 24 th when i had my ultrasound….dont know if that means anything ?

  36. Hi. I went for an ultrasound june 24th and i measured 5 weeks 3 days, all that was seen was an empty sac with an hcg level of 7243. 3 days ( the 27th ) later i went back to ER due to brown discharge, and my levels went up to 17545, which i now is good. On july 4th i should have been 6w 6days, and my levels were 80000. My problem is every pregnancy symptom i had has gone away…i do not feel pregnant anymore, and i have had brownish pinkish spotting since the 26th daily. I have a scan on friday ( the 12th ) so i cant help but have this on my mind. My question is, do my symptoms seem like a blighted ovum? should the tech have been able to see more when i had my scan with levels of 7243? any advice is welcome…thank you for your time :)

  37. hi this is sarah again.dr confirmed it is a bo an gave me 4 pills called misoprostol 100mcg tab.i took them all at one time as subscribed that was on last Friday I am still bleeding an passing clots as of Tuesday with stomach cramps an discomfort.i don’t understand why dr didn’t do a d&c instead of pills according to what ive read the pills are to cause abortion I had already had miscarriage because of bo.can these pills cause some kind of damage to my uterus or stomach lining because I had already been bleeding before I took pills so evidently my body was already releasing sac an tissue.i just don’t see need for pills or understand why I am still in pain.i have a dr appt.on Friday I hope he don’t try to give me more pills.sorry to say I don’t really trust my dr motives he was upset over the fact I was pregnant an seem to be happy over my bo.he doesn’t answer questions when asked informatively an never try to give good understandings to patients conditions.please help thanks

    1. Hi sarah I would say that if you are not happy with your doctor then is there any possibility that you can change to another one? I think some docs prefer to use the pills rather than a D&C as it is less invasive. However, most will wait to see if you m/c naturally first. I don’t think there is evidence that the pills can do any damage but I think you do need to wait a few months before you try and get pregnant again but best speak to another doctor if you are worried. x

  38. hi this is sarah again last night i went to restroom an passed a clot of blood today i had to wear a pad an passed a clot an something that resembled a long string with mucous. what do you think this could be

    1. Hi Sarah I’m not a doctor so it’s not right for me to speculate on what this is. From my experience, once something like this happens is could be the start of a miscarriage but having said that people do have bleeding during pregnancy too. Did you get your blood test results to confirm what is happening either way?

      1. im going to dr today because now its like im having my period.im confused on one thing if this is a bo which i think it is then when i first went to dr i think i was around 4to 5 wks on that sonagram should there have been something showing in the sac

        1. Good luck sarah. If you had 2 sonograms 2 weeks apart then you really should have seen something more than a sac in the second one at least so that would indicate BO. If you are bleeding like this then it is possible that it will soon be over but once again people do bleed during pregnancy but in your case from what you have said it doesn’t look too good I would have to say xx

          1. I attended A&E due to spotting the day my pregnancy turned 12 weeks. Me and my husband we shocked that they can see only empty sac. Ultrasound showed growing empty sac as well. It was one of the worse day. It took me 2 weeks to bleed and pass the sac. Now I am 8 weeks pregnant and I am prepared mentally in case it happens again. I am ready for anything bcs the pain I had before trained me to withstand anything in life. I feel sorry for anyone who can go through this bad trial. Good luck to those who want to try to be pregnant again. Strength is required especially to go a day at time. all the best

          2. I am so sorry for your loss wiselucky, especially only finding out at 12 weeks. I wish you a healthy pregnancy this time. Chances are slim that it will happen again but you are right all we can do is take it a day at a time. Xx

  39. also i am not having pregnacy symptoms now i am still spotting an have some abdominal pain but my breast are not tender anymore an i dont have an nauseaness

  40. i went to dr about 2 wks ago and was told i was 4 to 5 weeks preg.i started spotting an having abdominal pain about 2 weeks later.went to dr today an he showed me my sonagram picture of when i was about 4to 5 weeks an i saw a empty sac he also showed me the picture today of new sonagram still only a sac.he then sent me to some bloodwork today an im to return on wed for results.the first day of my last period was 4-11 an today is 6-18.do this sound like a bo or could it be too soon to see embryo

    1. Hi sarah, if your LMP was 4-11 then you should really be almost 10 weeks by now (although it obviously depends on when you ovulated). You should therefore be able to see more by now if this is the case. However if you have really long cycles then you could be not so far along. But if the doctor says that they could only see an empty sac at this stage then it is quite possible that it is a blighted ovum, particularly if you are spotting and cramping. Having no pregnancy symptoms does not mean much as many people have healthy pregnancies with no symptoms. I’m very sorry if indeed you have a blighted ovum, hopefully your doctor can give you answers soon.

  41. ok so here is the scoop. my last period was april 5 2013 and i took pregnancy test all through may finally got my first positive may 23. it was a faint positive but could deff see a line. yesterday i went to the er because i passed a really really small clot and had some spotting meaning that it was just was when i wiped. didnt even get on my underwear. but they did an vaginal u/s and they said that they couldnt see anything so no baby or heartbeat it could be an ectopic, miscarriage, or just too early to tell i only spotted for about 12 hours and it never got bad it was just light pinkish. im not spotting anymore. my hcg was 7500 i have to go back friday for the second blood test but when i called the dr they said that i was going to see the dr first instead of a blood test. i have had some minor cramps but nothing bad has anybody went though this could it be a miscarriage. i had an ectopic back in october 2012 and it dont feel like one any help would be great. thank ya all. :)

    the results on the ultrasound was they saw a yolk sac, i have 2 cysts on my ovaried, no fetal pole. please help i dont go back to the doctor till wednesday

    1. Hi elizabeth it’s so difficult to now what is going on in this situation, I’m sorry you are having to go through it. Do you normally have Long cycles? If you only got a faint positive on 23 May then on a long cycle you may be barely 6 weeks. Unfortunately all they can do is do another ultrasound at a later date to see what progress is made. It’s horrible that yu have to wait but thats really all you can do. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a good outcome for you. Best of luck.

  42. Hi my last lmp was 19/4/13.taken pregnancy test twice was negative went for scan noted to have someting like a sac measuring 4 weeks.but now having pv spotting my next scan is on the 7/6/13.worried

    1. Hi Aki, I’m a bit unsure why they sent you for a scan if a pregnancy test was negative but obviously they knew something if they saw a sac. If you are only measuring 4 weeks then it is too early to tell much I would think as it depends on when you ovulated as to how far along you would be. I think all you can do is wait it out unfortunately and hope that you get more information at your next scan. Good luck.

      1. They sent me for a scan since i have hx of ectopic pregnancy n i was having pain at the left illac fossa..during the scan they saw a cyst at the left ovary n a sac looking features in the uterus..

        1. Good that they seem to know what they are doing then and are keeping an eye on you. Best of luck to you Aki.

  43. I had an iui on 4/22 and went in for an u/s on 5/21. The doc said there was a ges sac and a yoke sac, and a pole but no heartbeat yet.i measured at 5w 4 days. They did my beta test and pogesterone and both came back outstanding. My beta went up by 71%. Went back in for an u/s on 5/24, still no heartbeat. The doc said he was still optimistic and most of the time they don’t have you come back for 10days. He said it could still just be too early. I have another week to wait. It’s hard bc I am so hopeful and worried and the waiting is hard. Are there any other indicators?

    1. Hi RK. Yes I would definitely stay optimistic. With a blighted ovum you don’t usually see a yolk sac and a pole. Also a heartbeat often can’t be detected until 6 weeks or possibly shortly afterwards. I’ll keep everything crossed for you.

  44. I am so lost and confused/depressed right now… LMP was 3/29, and was testing for ovulation which showed positive 4/12, pos preg test 5/11. Puts me at 8 wks preg today. had US 2 days ago and tech just saw empty sack possibly with some yolk, stating that I was only 4-5 weeks along and to reschedule US and initial OB appointment for 2 weeks. She also stated “everything looks great, looks healthy.” I then got a call yesterday from doc to come back next week for US instead. I know that my dates are not off, especially by 3-4 weeks… After research I now know that it is most likely a blighted ovum, I just don’t understand why the tech would say such things after i kept telling her i was positive about dates and was almost 8 weeks. Now i just am so upset and cry off and on just thinking about it. I know my husband is just trying to help, but keeps telling me there is nothing to be upset about because everything is fine, that we will see this week, and if not we will just keep trying. I just can’t seem to help but to be depressed. I want to have that little glimmer of hope, but I just don’t think it is realistic. Is it silly for me to be so depressed without getting the confirmation yet?? when I go back 5/28 for US, if still empty is it pointless to want them to check hcg levels??

    1. Hi Shellie, I am so sorry for what you are going through. You have every right to be confused and depressed and I would say a bit angry too. It is bad when a medical professional does not take notice of what we say, particularly when we know our dates exactly. It sounds like the doctor looked at the results from the u/s tech and knew that she was wrong. As you say, you know you are 8 weeks so for sure you should see more than that and I am afraid it does sound like a blighted ovum at this stage. If you were in any way unsure of your dates then I would say hold on for what he doc says, but you know your body. No it is not silly of you to be depressed, you have every right to be. I think that there is always a tiny glimmer of hope that things may not be as they seem but it sounds like that is very small. I never want people to give up hope totally as I am sure you have read the stories like I have of people being misdiagnosed etc but these are very rare cases and sometimes for me anyway I think it is better to be realistic. Sorry I have gone on a bit but I am annoyed that you have had what looks to be a misdiagnosis by perhaps someone without enough experience in this field. I hope the doctor can give you some answers and if required a massive apology for treating you like this, although obviously I hope for that glimmer that everything is really ok. Best wishes.

      1. Thank you for your prompt response. I think it is wonderful that you offer this site, as well as support for people who are trying to understand and deal with this. I am quite pleased to report that we went for our follow-up u/s and saw a heartbeat!!! Had US when I was (or should have been) 8w4d and measured at 6w2d, but I am not going to argue at this point… I don’t know how it is possible, and I am very confused at this point, but (it seems) I conceived 2+ weeks after I tested positive for ovulation. So now although my LMP and OPK put my EDD at 1/3, according to US EDD is now 1/19.

        1. Wow that is fantastic news shellie, I am so pleased for you. Perhaps you ovulated very late or even twice for those dates to be right, it does seem strange but you can’t argue with seeing the heartbeat. Just goes to show that sometimes our body does strange and miraculous things :-)

  45. Hey I just had a quick question. I had my last period 4/8-4/13 then I bled again 4/16-4/18(estimation). I then took a pregnancy test about 4/21 and it came out positive when I went to the ER just to make sure everything was alright. When I called my OBGYN to get an appointment to recheck my HCG levels they said I was up in the 10,000 so everything looked good, when rechecked they said that they were going up the way they are suppose to. They made an appointment to have an ultrasound and the Dr said it was a blighted ovum… I have a tilted uterus and with my last period is there a chance that it could just be misdiagnosed?

    1. Also I have not started bleeding, spotting or hurting this was even when I was on my period I did not hurt. Thank you.

      1. Hi Jessica, sorry for the delay in replying but I have been away without internet. I’m not sure what the bleeding would have been at 4/16-18 but if your last period was 4/8 then that would make you about less than 5 weeks at diagnosis which seems very early to be calling it a blighted ovum – especially with a tilted uterus like you say. I would have to say that under 5 weeks to me would be too early to make that call. But then I am not a doctor. personally I would be waiting it out a bit longer before assuming that is correct. Good luck.

  46. Hello
    I have quite a few pregnancy symptoms including being 3 days late but still no positive test. I’m confused about what this means. I am never normally this late on my period and coupled with sore, veiny breasts and some light brown spotting, mild cramps on and off, some low back ache occasionally and spots (I never get spots) I can’t help thinking I’m pregnant. Is it possible that my hcg levels are slow to rise or that there is a problem like a blighted ovum or similar? Please advise if you can. Thanks

    1. Hi Louisa, for some reason I did not see the notification of your comment, I’m sorry about that. I wonder if you have an answer by now. I would say that if you are getting negative tests then it is more than likely to be correct although there is a slim chance as some people for some reason do not show positive on tests until later. Unfortunately a lot of pregnancy symptoms are also like those of pre-period so sometimes it is difficult to tell. Blighted ovum normally does not give lower hcg levels in the beginning so that would probably not be an indicator. A few things can cause a late period and stress is one of them as you may know. Even the stress of waiting for your period and wondering if you are pregnant which is a bit of a catch 22!

  47. Oh and no bleeding or spotting. Fatigued alot and back ache, and pressure in my cervix when im walking around for too long.

    1. So sorry claudio, to be honest hcg levels can’t really tell you much at tis stage I would think as it is really the ultrasound that will show what is happening.

  48. Hi, im sord of confused….my lmp was feb 7. So on my 1st prenatal visis I assumed I was 8 weeks pregnant. I got an ultrasound that showed a sac and what looked like an embryo, but no heart beat. She said i was only 6 weeks along and it was too early to see a heart beat. When I came back 2 weeks later the ultra sound showed an emty sac. Now waiting for lab results on my hcg levels.

  49. Hello. I just want to say that it’s extremely kind of you to respond so carefully and personally to each comment you get. That’s really gracious of you. I do have a question. If you have a blighted ovum, how long, usually, before you miscarry on your own? Is there an average time? Thanks.

    1. No problem Robin, it is such a horrible experience to go through.
      There isn’t really an average time I would say. Some miscarry naturally and some have to wait for a D&C so each is different, that is th eproblem, no one knows how it will turn out :-(

  50. Hi, i hope you might be able to help. I had a scan on Friday but all they could see was an empty sac, i should have been 5+5, i have another scan tomorrow, im so scared. Any advice greatly received x

  51. Hi, my wife 37 y/o, first day of last period was 17/2. She had a first u/s scan during 5wk pregnant and Dr. said its too early. She continue with Duphaston and folic acid vitamin prescribed. We came for next appt yesterday 15 April and Dr done vaginal u/s scan and did not see our baby except the normal size sac at 8wk pregancny. Dr. advised to wait for another 1 week and if still -ve than DnC.

    This is her 2nd pregnancy. We had a wonderful baby girl after 9 years of marriage (spontenous pregnancy after infertility) and she is 1 years 10 month now. My wife seems very sad right now, I ask her to go for 2nd opinion but she want to wait for another week or two coz she can’t cope with the bad news now. Is it safe to wait? Should I ask her to stop Duphaston? Dr said this is to strenghten her womb and she take it since first pregnancy with no problem. Appreciate your advice and sharing. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Nik, firstly I’ve very sorry to hear this diagnosis but also congratulations on your little girl :-)
      I must reiterate that I am not a doctor so I would not give any advice about whether or not you should take any meds. If there was only a sac seen at 8 weeks though this does sound like a blighted ovum and it is unlikely that any second opinion would change that. But this is also why they do 2 scans to double check. In theory, unless the doctor says there is any reason, you can wait a bit longer before having another scan. Whenever she goes for this it is not going to be easy so it might be that putting it off may not help but I guess we all need to do what we feel like in our own time. I wish you the best.

  52. Hello, Sunday when I was 6wks I started spotting very light pink. Went to the ER and they did a blood test and ultrasound (said I measured at only 5 1/2wks) and said everything was fine and my levels went up from two weeks prior.So it was a threatened miscarriage. I was also told I had BV and was given a gel that seem to have made me at first have the spotting to go away then I started spotting blood then it stopped so I stopped taking the gel all together. Since then I have been spotting brown and pink with something that looks like chunks of brown toilet tissue with mild cramps. Dr. said yesterday I could have a blight ovum b/c ER only saw a sac and with my hcg levels being 4800 we should have seen a fetal pole but my cervix was closed. I know the exact date of my last period so now I should be 7wks and now waiting for my blood test to see if the hcg levels are going up. Help!

    1. Hi Renee, really the only way you can confirmation blighted ovum is with an ultrasound as hcg levels will still rise. Hopefully the spotting is from the BV but it is possible it is a BO. I hope that you get some more answers next time you see the doctor.

  53. From my calculations I am 5weeks 2 days. I had some light spotting so I had a transvaginal ultrasound today that showed only a sac. My HCG levels are high at 61,000. I have to have repeat HCG on Friday. Whats the chance that things will be ok????

    1. Hi Jeannine, I think that at this early stage there is definitely a chance that all is ok as it is really too early to be seeing much on the ultrasound. Good luck.

      1. So my repeat HCG went up from 61 000 to 85 000, if it was a BO would the HCG rise that much in 40 hrs???? I have a repeat ultrasound Tuesday. This waiting is sooooo hard :(

        1. HCG does still rise with a BO but hopefully a rise like that is a good sign, I’ll keep everything crossed for a good outcome on Tuesday.

  54. Hi, my last period was 2-28-13 and i missed my period last 3-28-13. 3-27-13 had a beta hcg, the result is 51.9 my doctor told me it was elevated and positive i took a home pregnancy test still positive. but as of today my pregnancy test result is negative. still mis my period today. Do i have a chance to be pregnant?

    1. Hi Pebs, it sounds like you may have had a chemical pregnancy if your tests are now negative. Did you do a couple of tests to check? Maybe your doctor can do another hcg test but if your tests are no longer positive then it may well be that your period turns up very soon. I hope not and wish you the best.

  55. I’m so confused about this. I have a positive pregnancy test, i was having pain and went to the ER. Doctor said i had an incomplete pregnancy but he sent me for a checkup with my clinic. I go to the clinic and they tell me i am.pregnant. I have a high hormone level but im experiencing very light spotting. When i go pee and wipe the toilet paper is pinkish redish. My breast are tender, i have begun to have nausea and a lot of fatigue, my back hurtnts very constantly like if i were to get my period soon. I dont know what is going on. The doctors dont tell me exactly what i have and i just cant wait any longer :'(
    All the symptoms of a regular pregnancy, miscarriage

    1. Hi Cristina, I’m not surprised that you are confused. Did either the Doctor or the clinic do an ultrasound? If the doc did and that is why he said it is an incomplete pregnancy then he should have referred you for another scan for confirmation a week or 2 later. You don’t say how far along you are but if it is really early stages (4-5 weeks) then spotting can be common. If it is later and they did an ultrasound then you really need further advice from either your clinic or another doctor. Just tell them you don’t understand what is happening and maybe they can explain more. Good luck.

  56. Hi, I am a 33 year old women. This is my my first pregnancy attempt and have been told that I most likely have a blighted ovum. I had my last period on 24 December 2012 and tested positive on the home pregnancy test on 31 January 2013. My hcg levels measured 6850 on 4 February 2013. I went for my first US on 5 February and was told that I had a 99% chance of a blighted ovum; nothing besides the sac (which measured 20mm. I have a second US on Thursday. I have had no types of bleeding or strong pain. Is there any chance that they may be wrong? Thank you for any help and advice. Maria

    1. Hi maria, I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this. So it sounds like you would have been about 6 weeks when you had the ultrasound. At this stage there should be more to see than a sac so it is most likely a blighted ovum. However they can confirm this only really after the next scan on Thursday when it will be much more certain that this is the case if they can still only see a sac. Many people do not get any bleeding or spotting until later on so it is true you may not have had any signs that this was anything but a normal pregnancy.

      1. Thank you for your reply and support. Assuming that the blighted ovum will be confirmed what are typically the next steps?
        Thank you. Maria

        1. Maria, I have to stress that I am not a doctor, but from my experience and from others I know who have gone through the same thing, it may depend on your doctor. I know that some doctors recommend that you have a D&C (although this is usually if the blighted ovum is confirmed a bit later in the pregnancy) but others may give you the choice to decide to wait it out and miscarry naturally or else give you some medical assistance to start the miscarriage (in the form of tablets). Many people do miscarry naturally and if you want to wait it out for a bit then you should be able to do that unless the doctor has specific reasons why you shouldn’t.

          1. Thank you once again for the support, much appreciated. Thursday is coming up soon so should have some clarification soon.

  57. Hi, I have a possible blight ovum. So far I have has 3 scans the sac increasing each time 10mm 18mm and 22mm but nothing inside. :( It is possible I still may be only 6 weeks 2 days so I have another scan on Tuesday. Could it be a positive outcome. I have had spotting for 2 weeks but that’s stopped now. It was a week after sex and a week after the first internal scan. I am still having morning sickness sore boobs and feel pregnent. My tummy has grown as well. Thanks for any help.

    1. Hi steph, I’m so sorry you are going through this. It does sound likely that it is a blighted ovum if they have scanned 3 times and found nothing. Even with a BO the sac does increase in size and you still get pregnancy symptoms. There is always a small glimmer of hope as there are a small number of stories where this can turn around but it does seem likely that the doctor is right so I don’t want to get your hopes up. X

  58. Hi, I have my last period on 27-Oct-2012, after y missed period on november, i have checked home pregnancy test on 3-Dec-2012. it was possitive. i went for an U/S on 13-12-2012. there was a sac. and i went on yesterday(25-12-2012) for an U/S. the doctor says may be it is blighted ovam or Early pregnancy. i am so much worried. really am i have blighted Ovum?

    1. Hi maheswari, so it sounds like you should be around 8 weeks pregnant by now. At this stage you should be able to detect a heartbeat. Unfortunately if only a sac was seen then it sounds quite likely that it could be a blighted ovum even if you have had no spotting. I’m so sorry for this. The doctor will tell you the best course of action from here in case you do not miscarry naturally.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply. I was miscarried by naturally on 28-12-2012. My doctor said that my uterus is good after miscarriage. She told me to wait up to next period to get pregnant again. my next period came on 29-01-2013 and 23-02-2013. I am not yet have my period for march month. on 21-03-2013, i saw some spotting. after that no spotting and no bleeding. Before my miscarriage my cycle length was 28 days. but i dont know now is regular or irregular. i have taken pregnancy test today morning. but i came negative and i dont have any symptom of pregnancy

        1. I’m sorry that your pregnancy did end in miscarriage Maheswari but good to hear that your uterus is all clear. From experience and hearing about other people it is likely that your cycles will be irregular for a few months at least – mine took 3 months before the 4th month was back to normal. So I would say stick with it and hopefully things will even themselves out soon. x

  59. Hello,

    I went in for us I thought I was 6 weeks 6 days but the us tech said it showed 4 wks 6 days but they could only see the sac. They said that was not good. My hcg on that date was 5428 and than almost 40 hrs later my hcg was a little over 6000 they said i had a miscarage and that i need a d&c if i dont bleed in 10 days. I did have some brownish discharge when i went to the bathroom but only a little maybe a penny size. Is it possible its to early to tell? Could I still be preg. and everything is ok?

    1. Hi sarah I am very sorry to hear that. Although I will say nothing is impossible, it sounds extremely likely that you will miscarry. HCG numbers should double in 48 hours And as they have not gone up that much that is not a good sign. A blighted ovum will often show as only a sac dating at around 4-5 weeks so if you have yr dates right then this seems a likely diagnosis. If you have had a small amount of brown spotting then it is possible then you will miscarry naturally albeit it may take a week or two. Doctors vary as to whether they will let you try and miscarry naturally or if they prefer to intervene but really you should be given a choice unless there is a medical reason that they recommend a D&C.

    1. I’m so sorry Yessenia, hopefully you will be able to get another scan just to make sure. It is still quite early but if your dates are right then the diagnosis seems that it would be correct. If your dates are out by a couple of weeks though you could still be ok. A second scan after a week will usually confirm either way. x

  60. hi im 34 yrs. old i noticed that im 10 days misperiod and found out my pregnancy test is equivocal i see a doctor and made a b-hcg it is 315 but i have a brownish spoting for 10 consecutive days after 48hrs.of test the doctor repeated the test it become 485 but stiil i have spoting but not painpul you think it is blighted ovum. doctor told me we will wait to become 1000 above th test to see in the ultrasoud.

    1. Hi Mary grace I am sorry to hear that. It does sound possible that it is a blighted ovum as the hcg has not doubled in 48 hours but it will be clearer to know what is going on once you get an ultrasound. I wish you the best of luck that this is not the case.

  61. i went for an ultrasound thinking i was 6 weeks along. the ultrasound showed an empty gestationsl sac. the dr said he thinks im not as far along as i thought. he sent me for a beta test.

    i have a retroverted uterus tilted back in the most severe angle.
    beta test came back at 255.
    is it possible i have a blighted ovum?

    1. Hi Tiffany, well although it is possible that you have a blighted ovum it is also possible at this stage that you do not. If you are out with your dates then it is quite possible (also with a retro erred uterus) that you will only see a gestational sac right now. I expect your doc will send you for 2 betas to see if the numbers are doubling and also another ultrasound in a week or so. I would still see reason to be optimistic about a good outcome right now due to the fact that you are at early stages, but keep in mind that it is possible that it may be a blighted ovum. Good luck.

  62. I went to my doctor for my check up today and find out I had an empty sac. I’m 11 weeks i will be 12 weeks monday. But my doctor want me to have D&C what should i do.

    1. Hi diamond, first of all I am so sorry to hear this, my heart goes out to you. If you have got to the stage of nearly 12 weeks with just an empty sac then your doctor is probably telling you to have a D&C because your body is not miscarrying on it’s own. As the embryo should have formed at least 6 weeks ago it should really be miscarrying by now. You can wait for a natural miscarriage (although I expect your doctor wouldn’t want you to wait much longer) or go for a second opinion, but at this stage it is likely clear cut that a blighted ovum is the diagnosis. so, if you are happy with it, I would likely take your doctor’s advice.

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