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.'.
Blighted ovum. A blighted ovum is defined as a empty gestational sac. During the first trimester an intrauterine gestational sac is seen, but there is no evidence of a fetus. This most often is due to a chromosomal abnormality with the fetus.

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What are the symptoms of blighted ovum?

None. Anembryonic pregnancies may have some spotting or bleeding, but no other specific symptoms. Ultrasonographic diagnosis is required. Read more...

I've had 4 successful pregnancies and am 6 weeks and 4 days pregnant with my 5th what are my chance of blighted ovum with this one?

Not enough info. Your chances are no higher than anyone else's, unless you have had an ultrasound that is concerning for blighted ovum. Talk with your OB, and they can easily address your concerns. Read more...

I'm 4 wks pregnant, what my percent of an reoccurring blighted ovum I had 3yrs ago but got pregnant again right away to a now healthy 2yrs & 10mtholder?

It can happen. A blighted ovum is a genetic malformation that causes the body to reject the pregnancy in the form of "miscarriage." If there is a history of genetic "issues" on either side of the equation, then the likelihood of a blighted ovum is higher (male or female). Read more...

At what week is it considered a blighted ovum? My wife is 5 weeks and 5 days no feta. Pole. No yolk sac ps she had a tranvaginial us ultrasound

Varies. It depends on the size of the gestational sac. If it's very small, then there is a chance she's just earlier than 5 5/7 weeks. But if the mean (average) gestational sac diameter is measuring larger and there is no yolk sac or pole, it more likely is an anembryonic pregnancy (blighted ovum). Talk to your OB about the measurements and whether you are just very early in preg. Read more...
Time will tell. Beyond six weeks, a fetal pole should be able to be identified on transvaginal ultrasound. It's a bit early for your wife's pregnancy, but in another week or two follow up ultrasound will show whether there has been growth or if nothing is happening. Read more...

My hCG level went from 386 wk 4 to 5356 in wk 5. What are the chances of a blighted ovum? Will ur hCG levels rise tht much in 1 wk if u hv an empty?

Possible. It is possible to have a blighted ovum with normal to high levels of hcg. Best way to diagnose blighted ovum vs. Viable pregnancy in early pregnancy is with transvaginal ultrasound. Fetal heart activity can usually be identified on transvaginal ultrasound by 6-6.5 weeks estimated gestational age. Read more...
What did uer OB say? What is your Progesterone level, a high one is good a low one is not good, should be able to see a sac at 5 weeks and should be able to see a ht beat sometimes at 6 weeks depending on the person and theus machine but definitely by 6 1/2 - 7 weeks. Read more...