No Sac on Ultrasound

Updated on May 27, 2010
M.M. asks from Woodstock, GA
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I just found out last week that I am unexpectedly pregnant with my third baby. I have had three home test positives and was confirmed pregnant yesterday at the ob. However, when they performed the vaginal ultrasound they didn't see a sac. I wasn't really keeping track of my cycles but my best guess puts me at about 6 weeks. The doctor took blood and preformed a progesterone level test. She said if it is over 2500 we should be able to see something. I just got the results back and it was 8900. She wants me to come back in tomorrow to take the test again and see if my levels have increased. She explained that this may be an ectopic pregnancy. I am really trying to stay positive but am just falling apart. Has anyone experienced this or know anything that can help?

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Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. This has been one of the worst weeks of my life but it seems to have worked out. I went for more lab work yesterday and the nurse called this morning stating my numbers more than doubled. They had me immediately come for another ultrasound and were able to see the sac and baby. It is still too small to see the heart beat but it looks like everything is going to be okay. Thank you all again for thinking of me this week.

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answers from Dallas on

It happened to my sister many years ago, so medicine may have changed. At the time the pregnancy did have to be removed as the tube cannot hold a growing fetus, but she was absolutely fine. I'm so sorry you are going through this. Finding this early is a very good thing. If it is an ectopic pregnancy they can intervene now. Otherwise it can be dangerous.

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answers from Los Angeles on

It happened to me and I miscarried. I hope everthing works out for you. I also asked for help on MAMApedia and was happy I did. The good news is that I got pregnant on my next cycle and am due in Aug. Keep your head up, everything happens for a reason.



answers from Washington DC on

I'm so sorry you are going through this. I'm sending you a big hug.

I had something similar with my 2nd pregnancy. They didn't say it was a ectopic pregnancy, but at 7 weeks, the numbers weren't matching up and the doctors told me that statistically things didn't look good. They watched me with an ultrasound a week for 4 stressful weeks. The numbers didn't improve. The numbers were always 1-2 days shy of where they should've been. Finally the numbers were way delayed.

For me, it ended in miscarriage. I was heartbroken. I hadn't been planning a pregnancy, but had decided I wanted it. I took time off from work. I couldn't believe that GOD would let me go through that. What had I done wrong? The doctors said I had done nothing wrong, but it had to have been something.

Within 4 months I was pregnant again and was able to carry that pregnancy full-term.

What I keep reminding myself is that the miscarriage showed me that I did want another child. You will also be surprised about how many female friends have been through something similar. When I got back to work it was like they were coming out of the woodwork. Most every mom has a story of a troubled pregnancy.




answers from Houston on

This happened to me. I was 6 weeks and the doctor was looking for the sac. She started to say that she didn't see anything. Then she said let's try to go a little further.....and there it was. Since I have an inverted uterus she had to go further to find the sac. Good luck!


answers from Dallas on

With baby #2 (ectopic), I had terrible pains, spotting, and we had to have surgery to remove him from my right tube. With #3 ( a year later), my first ultrasound showed nothing at first but some blood behind my uterus, but a week later, there she was! She's now 2 1/2 and I'm pregnant again. I'm going through the same thing with the bloodwork, but we havn't figured anything out yet, not until Friday will I get the results. I am going to pray for you and your pregnancy and I hope that everything is ok. If not, I pray that you heal quickly. God Bless.



answers from Tampa on

I have not personally experienced this, but the good thing is, they are checking it out now, so you will know. Ectopic pregnancies can be life threatening if the tube bursts, so take comfort in the fact that you will know early if that is the case, and they can discuss your options with you. So much better than finding out in an emergency room, where it becomes a life and death thing.

I hope this is not the case for you, of course, but your doctor is doing the right thing.



answers from Atlanta on

I had this with both pregnancies. I ovulate late and was not as far along as I thought I was (according to the doctor, though my son was born 9 lbs at 38 weeks). If I remember correctly I came back a week after initial u/s for another u/s and everything was fine and I had 2 healthy kiddos. Best of luck to you.



answers from Atlanta on

I am so sorry that you are going through this. While I have not had an ectopic pregnancy before, I have had two miscarriages in the last seven months while trying to have a third child. I will say that it is the hardest, most emotional thing I have ever had to go through, and what makes it even harder is that people don't talk about it. I feel like I have had this huge loss and no one even knows it ever happened. My advice would be to confide in a close friend or two about what is going on. If everything works out, they will be there to celebrate with you, and if it doesn't, it will really help to have someone to talk to. I'll be praying that everything works out for you. I know how difficult this is.



answers from Atlanta on

I have experienced this to a degree. When I went in for an u/s at 9 weeks, the fetus had a sac, but there was no heartbeat. Thinking that I may have miscalculated my due date b/c I just came off birth control, they gave it another 2 weeks. When there was still no heartbeat and no fetal growth, they gave me a week to miscarry. But I ended up having a D&C b/c I couldn't miscarry on my own.

What I found out is that miscarriage is very common. Most women will experience 1-3 miscarriages in their reproductive years with close to 90% of women miscarrying the first pregnancy. While your hormone levels are important, they're not necessarily a predictor of a healthy pregnancy. But if your body has increasing levels of hormones, it is a good indicator that your body is doing everything necessary to keep the pregnancy despite the outcome. So the next pregnancy should be successful. If you end up miscarrying, it will be better to miscarry early in the pregnancy (i.e. in the first trimester) than later.

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