Hi, I've been lurking for a bit and figured I might as well join in and share my story.
On Aug 2nd I had my first appointment and u/s with my 4th pregnancy (first three were successful, uncomplicated). I was 7w2d and already on a high dose of zofran for hyperemesis (normal for me), so I was surprised when the u/s only showed an empty sac, measuring a few days behind. I went back on the 14th and they confirmed it was a blighted ovum, the sac was still empty and had barely grown (and yet I still had hyperemesis). My HCG was 105,000 and still rising, so I had a d&c on the 16th. It seems like it went well. No concerns were raised on the u/s or at the d&c, but because of the high HCG I'm anxiously awaiting the pathology to make sure it wasn't molar at all. Hopefully I'll hear back about that tomorrow.
We're not TTC yet, but we'd like to as soon as possible. I don't know how long it'll take for my HCG to drop, since it was so high. I have a follow-up appointment and blood draw on Thursday, so hopefully I'll have made some progress towards <5. I'm not too anxious about TTC yet, I figure this loss was just bad luck, but, I'm not sure if I'll be able to maintain that attitude once we start. It does make me a little nervous to know I can't trust the m/s. I've always been told m/s is a great sign, but it definitely didn't mean anything for me. And I'm trying not to think about the fertility risks of the d&c.
Last edited by pico83; 08-21-2012 at 09:00 AM.
I am so sorry for your loss. Many people go on to have great fertility after a D&C. With my girls and m/C's it took at least 9 months each time to get pg. After my last loss and D&C I was pg less then a month later with my youngest.
I'm sorry! It is a hard thing. I know what you mean about not being able to trust the m/s too. I had normal (for me) m/s for nearly a full 1st tri with my first loss but found out via u/s at 11.5 weeks baby no longer had a h/b. Growth measured around 9.5 weeks. My next pregnancy, which resulted in DS2, was really scary for a while because the first tri I felt nearly identical to my loss. It's hard once you've had this experience to relax much in early pregnancy. I hope you are able to get through it without too much worry once you get to that point.
I also worried about the risk with D&C, especially since my DS1 was born 6.5 weeks early and due to PROM and I had no explanation as to why. I worried about damage to my cervix and problems carrying a pregnancy as much as uterus scarring. However, I have not seemed to have any fertility problems since. I know that women can have problems but I do think the risk is pretty low and especially since it was your only one there is a good chance you have nothing to worry about.
KUP on your next round of bloodwork. Hope all is good news.
So sorry for your loss! KUP.
Just shy of 6 days out my HCG is down to 2,582! Not bad considering it started at 105,000.
Glad it is dropping quickly. Will you have continued testing to monitor your levels back to <5? If so, how often?
I'm not sure. I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow (I had some heavy bleeding so they want to check on things) and that's something I'll be asking.
I thought they might...after my D&C in 2010 my doc did bloodwork every 2 weeks until it was below 5. It took 6 weeks to get to 4.3. I don't know where my level started from though. I figure it was pretty high b/c there was a h/b at 7.5 weeks and then no h/b at 11.5 weeks and I had all the m/s.
Let us know how your appointment goes.
appointment was short. No exam or anything since the bleeding has slowed. I have another blood draw in 2 weeks (yeah, it was a nice drop, but it's still pretty high). And she wanted to talk about next time. I've been nervous because having hyperemesis with a non-viable pregnancy really sucks. So, next time I'll get HCG levels done right away and she wants to do an u/s as soon as the levels hit 1500 or 2000. and maybe another a week or two after the first. Whew. It's making me more excited to TTC again.
Yay for TTC soon!