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<p>This morning I miscarried at 15weeks. Strangely, I started bleeding at exactly fifteen weeks, but just a drop of blood. That was Friday. Saturday, I had very little bleeding, but started experiencing cramps. By this morning, at 4am, I started having contractions. Strangely, there was very little blood at first, but after I passed the ovum, which was pretty small considering I was fifteen weeks, and then saw, that it was intact and empty, my midwife calling it a blighted ovum. After that, I've been bleeding a lot. My midwife said not much is really known about blighted ovums, except that they are very common. It is where the fetus is unable to develop. Does anyone have the experience or further knowledge about a blighted ovum? I understand that it has to do with chromosomal abnormalities or progesterone hormone deficiencies. Any information would be great. Thanks. </p>
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<p><span><img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif"></span> Blighted ovum simply means that there was something genetically wrong with the egg (or sperm). It was the sac that you passed. Blighted ovums are an extremely common cause for miscarriage and not a sign that anything is wrong at all (on their own). Most people say that with a B/O that there was never a baby; that is not entirely true. The baby may grow up to 6wks before stopping and being reabsorbed. The placenta continues to grow (the sac doesn't usually get very big at all, mine was the size of a big grape at 12w) and the m/c doesn't usually happen until around 12wks when the corpus luteum stops making progesterone. I hope that helps some.</p>
<p>I'm so sorry for your loss, mama</p>
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<p>With there having been a baby in there.... is a blighted ovum blighted from the beginning, or does it become blighted? I'm thinking I may have hormonal issues, (lack of progesterone). I think I read somewhere that it is either chromosomal issues or hormone issues. Do you know anything about this? I have had a miscarriage before, at around 12 weeks, but there was a baby developing. But, you know, as I think about it, it was about the same size, (maybe between the size of a quarter and half dollar). I'm just wondering if they are related, and can indicate a hormone issue, or if it is just coincidence. </p>
 

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<p>Blighted ovum means that either the sperm or egg have bad genetic info so the baby (if one develops at all) is never okay. I've never heard of B/O's being caused by low progesterone but that could be a lack of research on my part. They have been linked to thyroid issues though. Most of the time they are just a random event, happening only because the sperm or egg were not in good shape. Were your m/c's back to back? Lack of progesterone will usually cause early miscarriages.</p>
 

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<p>My first miscarriage occurred in March of 2008. The next time I got pregnant was this last time in Sept. 2010, and I miscarried this past Sunday.</p>
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<p>They were totally different miscarriages, but they both occurred between 13-15 weeks of gestation. The first was a miscarriage of an actual baby. It had been developing.</p>
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<p>However, many years ago, (when I had insurance) I had hormone tests done, and they said I low LH, FSH, and I think Progesterone. I've been attempting to work on my health, and was thinking that if I was able to carry a baby to twelve weeks, I must have LH and FSH. I should review the analysis of the hormones again. And, maybe see if I can get hormone tests done again.</p>
 

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<p>Yeah, low LH, FSH and progesterone would cause you to either not ovulate at all or to have early m/c's. None of those should cause losses at 13-15wks. I would still think that you probably have a very good chance of having a normal pg next time. With so much time in between and with them being so different I wouldn't expect them to be related. It wouldn't hurt to get hormone tests done again though if you feel that you should <span><img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif"></span></p>
 
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