What causes a blighted ovum?
A blighted ovum is the cause of about 50% of first trimester miscarriages and is usually the
result of chromosomal problems. A woman’s body recognizes abnormal chromosomes in a fetus and naturally does not
try to continue the pregnancy because the fetus will not develop into a normal, healthy baby. This can be caused by
abnormal cell division, or poor quality sperm or egg.
Should I have a D&C or wait for a natural
This is a decision only you can make for yourself. Most doctors do not recommend a D&C for
an early pregnancy loss. It is believed that a woman’s body is capable of passing tissue on its own and there is no
need for an invasive surgical procedure with a risk of complications. A D&C would, however, be beneficial if
you were planning on having a pathologist examine the tissues to determine a reason for the miscarriage. Some women
feel a D&C procedure helps with closure, mentally and physically.
How can a blighted ovum be prevented?
Unfortunately, in most cases a blighted ovum cannot be prevented. Some couples will seek out
genetic testing if multiple early pregnancy loss occurs. A blighted ovum is often a one time occurrence, and rarely
will a woman experience more than one. Most doctors recommend couples wait at least 1-3 regular menstrual cycles
before trying to conceive again after any type of miscarriage.