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A blighted ovum is a condition in which the fertilized egg simply does not develop into an embryo. It will result in miscarriage. It has stopped developing very early on or it may just never form at all. In either case, your body doesn't realize this and continues to prepare for the baby. In fact, if you have a blighted ovum, you are still likely to test positive during a pregnancy test.
Many women will experience symptoms of pregnancy such as sore breasts, nausea, and feeling tired. This is because the placenta has begun to develop. Increased levels of hormones are present in the body and usually will not reside for a few months up to the third month.
When in fact you do have a blighted ovum, your body will realize this and begin to recede in development. You may or may not find a reddish brown staining. You can bleed and have cramps. Cramps that are very strong should be brought up to the doctor.
If you have these signs early on in your pregnancy, the doctor will perform a physical. If he can not find the baby's heartbeat, he will request an ultrasound to be done. It will then show an empty gestational sac.
At this point, you are likely to miscarry. Your body will handle it naturally but if you are in any danger of infection, heavy bleeding or other conditions, the doctor can perform a procedure to remove the sac.
One of the most difficult aspects of the blighted ovum is the emotional loss that you will endure. Counseling should be sought.
In most cases, there is no reason that you can not try to conceive again. You will likely have a normal period within four to six weeks of the miscarriage. Some doctors will say it is okay to try to conceive at this point while others tell you to wait another cycle.