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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
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Blighted Ovum (Overview)

A condition where a very early pregnancy appears normal when seen on an ultrasound, but the egg soon fails to develop into an embryo.


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Does a blighted ovum miscarriage affect future pregnancies?

Does a blighted ovum miscarriage affect future pregnancies?

No.: Most women have at least one miscarriage during their reproductive life. You should have normal fertility and ability to carry a healthy pregnancy to term. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily before conception. ...Read more

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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
130 doctors shared insights

Blighted Ovum (Overview)

A condition where a very early pregnancy appears normal when seen on an ultrasound, but the egg soon fails to develop into an embryo.


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What is a blighted ovum?

What is a blighted ovum?

Empty sac: 'blighted ovum' is an older, less precise name for anembryonic pregnancy. It refers to a first trimester pregnancy in which a gestational sac/intrauterine pregnancy is seen but with no embryonic pole (baby.) it's also called an 'empty sac.'. ...Read more

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Is a yolk sac present with a blighted ovum?

Is a yolk sac present with a blighted ovum?

It can be: A blighted ovum means the embryo (the actual baby to be) either does not develop or dies very early in utero. Since the embryo is the last of the early anatomy detected by us (first gestational sac and double decidual sac sign, then yolk sac and finally fetal pole/embryo), the others can be present, and a pregnancy test can be positive, without a fetal pole. ...Read more

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Preg dates iffy yolk sac no heartbeat 1st u/s. 6 d later small fetal pole no hb. Bhcg rising >28k. Blighted ovum w fetalpole present? Any suggestions?

Trust: Your doctor. I am sure you are very anxious, but these questions always involve some waiting to see what happens. If you do not trust your doctor's advice for any reason, then 1) talk honestly with him/her about it, and 2) if necessary see another doctor. ...Read more

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What causes a blighted ovum?

What causes a blighted ovum?

A blighted ovum, also called an anembryonic pregnancy or anembryonic gestation, occurs when a gestational sac develops without an embryo — often due to chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg: A blighted ovum usually occurs in the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows she's pregnant. However, a woman might miss a period and have a positive pregnancy test. This is because the placenta secretes human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a pregnancy hormone. Symptoms of early pregnancy — such as breast tenderness — are possible as well. But when the placenta stops growing and hormone levels decrease, the pregnancy symptoms subside. At this point, minor abdominal cramping and light spotting or bleeding are possible. An ultrasound will show an empty gestational sac. A blighted ovum eventually results in miscarriage. Some women choose to wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally, while others take medication to trigger the miscarriage. In some cases, a procedure called dilation and curettage (D&C) is used to remove the placental tissues. Most women who've had a blighted ovum go on to have successful pregnancies. If you experience multiple consecutive miscarriages, you might consider testing to identify any underlying causes. . ...Read more

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Are implantation bleeding and a blighted ovum related?

Are implantation bleeding and a blighted ovum related?

Relationship: Implantation is when the conceptus (from union of egg & sperm) attach to the wall of the uterus.Bleeding most often does not occur with implantation. With a blighted ovum – implantation occurs but no embryo develops. ...Read more

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Could ovulation inducing drugs prevent blighted ovum?

Could ovulation inducing drugs prevent blighted ovum?

Potentially: Most miscarriages including blighted ova are genetic and cannot be prevented. A small portion of miscarriages are related to problems with ovulation and may be prevented through the use of fertility drugs. ...Read more

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Can you conceive twins after twin miscarriage?

Can you conceive twins after twin miscarriage?

Yes: There is no relaationships between the two. Twins are related to the eggs or fertility treatment and one pregnancy is really independant of another. ...Read more

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What causes blighted ovum ?

What causes blighted ovum ?

Arrested Development: Once the embryo stops developing all that is often seen on ultrasound in a empty gestational sac, also called a blighted ovum. ...Read more

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6w 4d pregnant with fetal pole, yolk sac ...heartbeat detectd...but seems gestational sac is irregular...sign of miscarriage?

6w 4d pregnant with fetal pole, yolk sac ...heartbeat detectd...but seems gestational sac is irregular...sign of miscarriage?

Don't worry: The most important thing is that the fetus has a heartbeat. Did they tell you an actual fetal heart rate? Sometimes the gestational sac looks different. There could be a nearby fibroid or subchorionic hemorrhage. Signs of a miscarriage are uterine cramping and bleeding. If you are not having those symptoms I would not worry about this. The sonogram can be repeated in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Blighted ovum question? Did the baby ever exist?

Blighted ovum question? Did the baby ever exist?

Define baby: I believe one legislature just failed to pass a law stating life begins at conception, an interesting idea but one fraught with problems. The blighted ovum is one example of why legislatures need to stay out of this issue. Here a sperm fertilized an egg with just enough information to start the process, but not enough to complete the job. Study of the shed debris often shows chromosome defects. ...Read more

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Do hCG levels rise with a blighted ovum?

Sometimes: Usually they do rise up to a certain point. Sometimes they rise even after the abnormality of found. And other times the hormones plateau or start to decrease a bit. Can vary. ...Read more

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Lmp1/28.Hcg levels 8968, 8956, 12000.Yolk sac measured @ 5w6d no baby.Ectopic ruled out.Could late ovulation be making my dates wrong?Blighted ovum?

Lmp1/28.Hcg levels 8968, 8956, 12000.Yolk sac measured @ 5w6d no baby.Ectopic ruled out.Could late ovulation be making my dates wrong?Blighted ovum?

Repeat Sono.: The HCG levels you provide are meaningless without a times scale. You are about 8 days less along than would be expected from the lmp. Could be late ovulation vs blighted ovum. A repeat sono in a week will answer the question. If viable there should be an embryo and a heartbeat. Good luck. ...Read more

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Did us ges sac and yolk sac but no baby, last period feb 7 2014. Hcg level 15000 is this a blighted ovum?

Did us ges sac and yolk sac but no baby, last period feb 7 2014. Hcg level 15000 is this a blighted ovum?

Maybe: But your ultrasound was done too early to say, just as likely everything is fine. If feb 7 was your certain lmp, then you'd be exactly 6 w 1d today (3/21/14, ) ultrasound next week would give you a much more certain answer. ...Read more

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Can i have a blighted ovum with ivf. Single FET?

Blighted ovum: Unfortunately, yes. It is often due to the embryo being chromosomally abnormal (aneuploidy). ...Read more

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Anteverted,bulky gravid uterus,single intrauterine gestational sac 2.7 cm gestational age 6 weeks 6 days no fetal pole is this OK?or a miscarriage?

Anteverted,bulky gravid uterus,single intrauterine gestational sac 2.7 cm gestational age 6 weeks 6 days no fetal pole is this OK?or a miscarriage?

Blighted ovum: A gestational sac without a fetal with a gestational age of almost 7 weeks is most likely a blighted ovum (non development of the fetus). Most likely with result is a miscarriage. If not you may need a D&C. Follow up with your gynecologist in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Gestational sac and yolk sac at 5.4 weeks, but no fetal pole. What are the chances an embryo will show up? Worried ab blighted ovum.

Gestational sac and yolk sac at 5.4 weeks, but no fetal pole. What are the chances an embryo will show up? Worried ab blighted ovum.

No fetal pole: The absence of a fetal pole in a 5+ week gestation is ominous. Check your hCG and Progesterone levels, and repeat both in 48 hrs to monitor the pregnancy. ...Read more

Ovum (Definition)

Ovum is one proper name for the female gamete, also called oocyte, and (most commonly) 'egg.' ova (plural) exist in the ovaries of females, and are released in the reproductive years during ovulation. Most ova are lost not through ovulation, but some believe through ...Read more