Friday, November 2, 2007

When is a blighted ovum not a blighted ovum?

This week, I spent sometime reading about misdiagnosed miscarriages. I found http://www.misdiagnosedmiscarriage.com/ and read the stories of women who were diagnosed to had a blighted ovum at first,refused the D&C and eventually found their babies after a few weeks.

Kay had a tilted or retroverted uterus. At 5th to 9th week, her ultrasound scan showed a gestational sac without fetal pole and hearbeat. Her Hcg levels fell normal. At 7th week, her OBGYN suggested a D&C but refused and decided to let the miscarriage take its course. At her 9rhweek, she had another scan and was stunned to see her baby with a very strong heartbeat.

My bother in law's wife was also told that she had a blighted ovum at 5th week. No fetal pole was seen. She was devastated upon hearing this. Her doctor asked her to come back after week for another scan. We advised her to give it a few more weeks for another scan which she did. At 8th week, she saw her baby with a heartbeat.

Now I noticed that Kay and the latter both have retroverted uterus and according to http://www.misdiagnosedmiscarriage.com/ based on the numerous stories in their forum, that having a retroverted uterus may alter when you may see your baby via ultrasound.

"Why do you believe it is so difficult to find the baby via ultrasound?
Actually only during the early first trimester do we believe it may be a little more difficult to find the baby via transvaginal ultrasound. After talking to women and their ultrasound techs we've concluded that the positioning is more awkward when the uterus is retroverted and this makes viewing a bit trickier. There may be a possibility that when the baby lies parallel to the ultrasound beam, measurments may be off and the baby will appear smaller than he actually is. However, in the second trimester, measurements are generally more accurate in women with a tilted utersus." (quoting from the same site)

What is a retroverted uterus?

A retroverted uterus, also known as a tipped or tilted uterus, is a uterus that tilts back toward the rectal area. In most women the uterus will tilt slightly forward toward the belly. Actually, having a retroverted uterus is quite common. Reports vary but approximately 20% to 40% of all women have a retroverted uterus. Because this is so common, doctors rarely mention if you have a tilted uterus unless you ask.







You can find more stories about blighted ovum at the misdiagnosed miscarriage website.

Now, that left me thinking...I too, have a retroverted uterus.

17 comments:

williamaanne said...

sis, very informative. i've visited an OB once and she told me that i have a retoverted uterus and according to her there's nothing to worry about. u did give me hope that everything seems to normal even you have a tilted one. those stories are quite inspiring... hay, i do hope one day we'll share/post our baby stories naman... baby dust to all!

Milky_Way said...

hi sis, slightly retroverted uterus din ako kaya pinag pi-pilates ako ng doctor ko to helo :)

Ivy said...

hi maane! having a tilted uterus is just as normal as the regular one. It doesnt affect fertility at all.

Ivy said...

at milky_way, would pilates correct it?

SamBamby said...

Thank you so much. I have been told that it is likely that I have a blighted ovum. My OB and I have already discussed my options if that were the case. This is the only information where I have found any hope. I was going to do the D&C but if they do say that I have a blighted ovum I will let the miscarriage occur naturally and hope for the best.

MYRA said...

dear sis,

thank u for ur info...i think i feel much better after reading it..actually today i am 7 weeks and 3 days pregnant. yesterday i went to a clinic, the doctor scanned and said she couldn't detect any fetus, heartbeart or anything, except an empty sac..she tried few times but still didn;t find any..she did mentioned i hv retroverted uterus when i went for scan at 6 weeks 3 day.

i felt so sad upon to know the news and cried a lot last night..but my hubby and sister-in-law gave me support said that give some more weeks before go for scan again..i really want to continue pregnant and hv my own baby (this is my first) after married for 1 year ++...

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