An Embryonic Pregnancy

An embryonic pregnancy is the one in which a successfully attached fertilized egg (zygote) contains no embryo. This is referred to as a blighted ovum. This is a very common kind of early miscarriage. In this, the zygote fails to develop into a fetus despite of normal fertilization. There are different terms used for this process, such as embryonic demise.

Causes of an Embryonic Pregnancy’ failure

During the first trimester, there are a few causes that determine the failure of such pregnancies; however, causes remain to be unknown in most cases. Low hormonal levels in the body also conclude to a possible cause. However, a defect in the chromosome entitles to be a major cause. Drugs, alcohol, smoking and radiation also count as factors.

Characteristics of an Embryonic Pregnancy

In a normal pregnancy, the gestational sacs get implanted into the endometrial lining. When the endometrial canal is filled with fluid collections, it is not a true gestation sac.

A large number of women who go through an embryonic pregnancy or a blighted ovum are not even aware of their pregnancy. Sometimes, the symptoms cease to exist. Although, those women who realize their early pregnancy, they may even have some common symptoms of pregnancy.

Diagnosis of an Embryonic Pregnancy

The placenta continues to release hCG for some time. Due to this reason, one cannot measure a blighted ovum with the help of hCG levels.

The most reliable way to diagnose such a pregnancy is by going for an ultrasound. It may be conducted transabdominally or transvaginally. The baby’s heartbeat is paid attention to (8th week for transvaginal ultrasound and 12th week for transabdominal ultrasound).

Symptoms to Confirm an Embryonic Pregnancy

It is always advisable to go for an ultrasound in order to confirm a blighted ovum. However, some symptoms commonly occur. These symptoms include cramping, vaginal bleeding and spotting. The hCG levels also begin to fall.

The Next Step

Once an embryonic pregnancy has been diagnosed, there are two ways to carry on the procedures. The first way is to let your body deal with it in its natural way. Your body has detected an improper embryo. In order to avoid a faulty pregnancy, your body chooses to eliminate it as a safety precaution. Either your body will go ahead and a miscarriage will take place, or your body will absorb the egg back. If the egg is absorbed back, you may go through a period, which is heavier than usual.

The other way to remove an embryonic pregnancy is surgical. The doctor may choose to conduct a D & C (dilation and curettage) or an S & C (suction and curettage). In dilation and curettage, a spoon shaped instrument is inserted in order to remove any excessive tissues, after carefully dilating the cervix.  In a suction and curettage, the products of conception are gently removed with the help of a vacuum. However, while performing these procedures, there is a risk of scarring. Hence, generally, you would be recommended to let your body follow its natural course. However, the emotional burden of a miscarriage and the wait for it to happen can be unbearable. So, most women opt for such surgical methods.

Another Pregnancy

We understand that the burden of a miscarriage can be pounding upon you. You may even start to blame yourself for the loss. You must stop. You can try again. Generally, you are recommended to wait for up to six months before conception. However, since the incident may lead you to depression or trauma, you may however, take your time. Your body may be ready to conceive, but your mind and heart may still not be.

Even if you have suffered an embryonic pregnancy once, it does not mean that you will go through it again. Trust in yourself and try again. There still is hope and a big chance for you to have a normal healthy conception. Do not give up; your baby may soon be with you.

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  1. Janet says:

    Can this condition be caused by an under active thyroid?

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