Blighted Ovum can be described as “empty pregnancy”. This is the condition when the result of the insemination is not developing. So the insemination which supposed to split itself from 2, 4, 8, and so on, doesn’t form the embryo.
Seen from the USG result, blighted ovum is shaped like a sack, but there is no embryo inside. This thing describes a pregnancy which doesn’t develop perfectly, only the embryo sack exists without any sign of the embryo development. This empty sack is called blighted ovum. Around 45% of pregnancy during first three semesters is contracted with blighted ovum. For that, these are the explanations about how to handle blighted ovum.
Types and Causes
It’s sure that you really do not want this to happen to you. Because of that, you have to really understand these causes to blighted ovum:
- The chromosome factor, it happens because of mistakes during the unification of the chromosome when the egg cell and the sperm cell are conducting genetic segregation.
- X-ray radiation.
- Virus, such as the TORCH virus.
- The quality of the sperm cell and the egg cell is not good.
- Young pregnancy or old pregnancy (above 40 years old).
- The sperm is unable to penetrate the matured egg cell.
Nevertheless, the egg cell acted as if it was already penetrated by the sperm, it then stick itself directly to the womb. This process caused the womb to inform the brain that the insemination has been done. As a result, the brain immediately informs the whole body to create protection and preparation for the pregnancy. And then pregnancy happens.
What You Must Do
Besides avoiding the cause, you also need to know the signs of blighted ovum. The sufferer is having more intense morning sickness than normal pregnant woman, breathe heavily, and feeling like something is pushing up from the womb although the womb is still small. Usually the urine shows a positive result about pregnancy, the womb is gradually increasing in size, and the menstruation cycle is stopped. In fact these can happen for months if it’s left untreated because of the instability of the hormone level, while the other signs are just the same as normal pregnancy.
Blighted ovum will be detected immediately if the pregnancy is checked to the gynecologist during the early stages of pregnancy. If naturally there is no miscarriage, the gynecologist will put out or remove this blighted ovum.
How to Handle And Prevent
Blighted ovum can be prevented if the couple has performed complete health check up before the pregnancy, including chromosome check. Besides that, plan the pregnancy well by preparing the physical and mental condition. With these ways, it is hoped that the risk of getting contracted by this disease can be minimized.
Generally if blighted ovum is left untreated, there is a high chance the pregnant woman will have sudden miscarriage due to natural process. The undeveloped pregnancy will be expelled by the body. Some pregnant woman will have bleedings, but there are also some cases it’s accompanied by cramped stomach. After USG examination and is assured that there is blighted ovum, the gynecologist will perform curettage and give medicines, or the pregnant woman can have sudden miscarriage. It may be waited to get out by itself, but there is no benefit to wait a failed life form.
After miscarriage, it’s suggested to have another check again. After well therapy is being done, the mother may get pregnant again after 1 to 3 pregnancy cycles. It’s best to plan the pregnancy well first to minimize this risk.
Usually blighted ovum is detected after USG check. There will be an embryo sack which is shaped like a circle without known if there is an embryo exists within or not. Diagnose can only be made after the age of pregnancy reach 8 weeks or more. This is because at this age the embryo is more developed or the sack diameter is more than 20mm. The observation by USG if done at age less than 8 weeks won’t be able to see the development of the embryo.[ad_2]