Blighted Ovum – Conception, But There Is No Fetus

Have you ever heard about blighted ovum? It is a common type of miscarriage.

Sometime you will be shocked by hearing the news of ultrasound test, when there is no visible developing embryo.

Probably you will feel sad and confused. It takes some time to understand what the blighted ovum is.

Don’t forget that you are not the one who is suffering from this pregnancy complication.

Blighted ovum – What it exactly means?

Blighted ovum is the condition that occurs when the fertilized egg connects itself to the uterine walls, but you won’t notice any development of embryo. Usually, this condition occurs in the first pregnancy trimester before you came to know that you are pregnant.Blighted Ovum

In this condition, cells will be developed and forms the amniotic sac, but they won’t develop the embryo. Higher the chromosome abnormality, the greater is the chance to occur natural miscarriages.

Nowadays, instead of calling the term blighted ovum, most of the practitioners use the term as early pregnancy failure.

How to aware of the condition whether you have or haven’t the blighted ovum?

  • You will experience pregnancy signs and symptoms like missed or late menstrual period and also positive pregnancy test.
  • At first, you will observe reddish brown stains. You may experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping because of the increased hormone levels.
  • Similar to the normal menstrual period, you may experience flushing of the uterine walls and have heavier periods than normal.

Most of the pregnant women think that their pregnancy is continuing, because they have improved levels of hCG. There is the continual growth of the placenta and support itself without having the baby for short period.

The hormones in their body are continues to increase, due to this the women feel that they are still pregnant.

Main cause behind blighted ovum:

Usually, blighted ovum is the result of chromosomal problems and it mainly occurs due to the miscarriages during first trimester of your pregnancy.

Your body recognizes the abnormal chromosomes in your fetus and from then onwards there is not any fetal development. This is due to the poor sperm quality or your egg, due to abnormal cell division.

How blighted ovum can be treated?

Most of the practitioners suggest that treating blighted ovum naturally is the best way. In some cases, pregnancy loss will occur, while in others there is a chance to reabsorb the fertilized egg.

Re-absorbing the egg will lead to cause heavier menstrual period than normal. While treating the blighted ovum naturally, you must avoid potential scaring so that your fertile health will be safe.

There are two methods for treating blighted ovum, one is suction curettage and the other is dilation and curettage (D&C). In suction curettage, the products of conception will be vacuumed out.

In D&C, there is cervix dilation and scrapping down of the uterus sides so that all the tissues will be removed. With these procedures, you won’t experience any infection later on.

Getting pregnant again:

There is no need to worry about blighted ovum, as it won’t cause any fertility problems. But, you need to wait for 1-3 months before you are trying to conceive. Though you are physically fit for getting pregnancy, you might not be ready emotionally.

So, be cool and you are not the only person who is suffering from this condition. Definitely there is a chance to become pregnant again.


  1. thank you for the information. i have sufferd the same condition and i wsa confused. i was wondering what was happening to me.

  2. Thankyou very much for your concern and information about the pregnancy and some complications of miscarriages it’s a very useful information which givs answers to many women who are anxious about their reasons for miscarriages.

  3. My wife had 3 consecutive miscarriages – yr 2009, 2010, 2011. All 3 were considered as bilghted ovum and happened within 5 – 9 weeks. No heartbeat, fetal pole was seen. Both of our karyotyping test was normal. We have done all tests and this time we provided tissue for karyotyping . Can anyone help us.


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