Blighted Ovum

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Blighted Ovum

An anembryonic pregnancy, also known as a blighted ovum, happens when an early embryo never develops or stops growing, is resorbed, and leaves an empty gestational sac. The cause of this is frequently unclear, however it might be linked to chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg.

A blighted ovum frequently develops early in pregnancy, often before you even realize you’re pregnant. A positive pregnancy test or missing menstrual period, on the other hand, may alert you to your early pregnancy. Because the early embryo secretes a pregnancy hormone — human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) — until the embryo stops developing and fails to implant, a pregnancy test may be positive.

What Is the Cause of a Blighted Ovum?

Miscarriages caused by a blighted ovum are frequently caused by issues with chromosomes, the structures that carry genes. This might be due to low-quality sperm or eggs. It might also be caused by aberrant cell division. Regardless, your body terminates the pregnancy because it detects the abnormalities.

It’s critical to recognize that you did nothing to cause this miscarriage and that you very definitely could not have averted it. A blighted ovum happens just once in most women.

You may have had pregnancy symptoms if you had a blighted ovum. You may have had a positive pregnancy test or a missing menstruation, for example.

You may have had pregnancy symptoms if you had a blighted ovum.

You may have had a positive pregnancy test or a missing menstruation, for example.
Then you may have miscarriage symptoms such as:

  • Cramps in the abdomen
  • Spotting or bleeding in the cervix
  • A heavier-than-normal period.

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, you may be experiencing a miscarriage. However, not every first-trimester bleeding results in miscarriage. So, if you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor immediately.

When and how is a blighted egg diagnosed?

It is sometimes detected during a normal ultrasound. This might be especially challenging if you went to the scan anticipating positive news.

In some cases, there may have been bleeding at the beginning of the pregnancy, in which case an ultrasound is utilized to determine the cause.

What is the treatment for a blighted ovum?

Your doctor will go through your alternatives with you. You might opt to have a natural miscarriage. When this happens, it might take days or weeks for the bleeding to stop. Consult your doctor if the bleeding becomes heavier, if you are in discomfort, or if you are feeling ill.

Is it going to damage my chances of having a baby?

No. A blighted ovum in one pregnancy has little bearing on your chances of having a successful pregnancy in the future.

If you have experienced one miscarriage, your subsequent pregnancy will most likely be normal. If you have had three miscarriages in a row, you should consult your doctor to rule out any complications.

Speak with your doctor if you suspect you have a blighted ovum.

A miscarriage may be devastating. If you’ve had a miscarriage, you may require assistance and time to grieve. There is no correct way to feel following a miscarriage. Different people experience different feelings in the aftermath of a miscarriage, such as anger, guilt, or relief.

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