Pregnancy Bliss | Reproductive Health Hub
Question: Since i had a miscarriage 3 months ago my periods have not been regular only last month i had a normal period on time. Is it now possible i could conceive? Also i was told to have intercourse every other day to conceive and now i have done that i am now waiting for my period because my periods are 34 days long. N.J. (UK)
Answer: It is possible that your irregular periods signify that you are not ovulating regularly. This tends to be a feature of a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is also seen in most women once they get into their late 30’s. It is a problem that is relatively easy to overcome but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It is still possible that you could conceive since you are having regular sexual intercourse. This is particularly important in a case like yours where the cycles are irregular and you cannot pinpoint the mid-cycle, the so-called ‘fertile’ part of the cycle. I am assuming you conceived spontaneously, without medical help last time. You may need to wait and see whether that happens in the next few months. If the periods remain irregular and you don't conceive, it will be advisable to seek your doctor's assistance.
Question: Just had early scan dates say I should be 7+3 but scan shows size at 6wks heartbeat was present but consultant seemed quite negative i have to wait 2 wks for a re-scan what is the hope for my pregnancy its still another 10 days before my next scan and i feel like I’m going out of my mind. PS: i have had no bleeding at all. B. (UK)
Answer: I am rather puzzled by the apparent reaction of your consultant. Unless there is more to the picture, such as a slow fetal heart rate, I cannot understand why a viable early trimester scan finding can provoke a negative prognosis. I know you are not bleeding but did the scan show a possible bleed? Dates are not strictly reliable unless it is an IVF pregnancy. If there is no bleeding and the scan shows a fetus with ‘normal’ cardiac activity at 6 weeks, I cannot see why an apparent discrepancy of the dates should cause such gloom on the part of your doctor. If this is the whole picture then I think you can breathe easier.
Question: Hi; how long do phantom pregnancies last? My friend thinks she's having one and has all the pregnancy symptoms and hasn't had a period for 6 months even though her own GP says its all in her head .. Hope you can help. Thank you ..R.H. (UK)
Question: I have pregnancy for 10 weeks. During 4th week i feel sharp pain that continued all the day. I visited doctor. Then on ultrasound doctor had seen MYOMA [pedunculated fibroid]. Now surgical and therapeutic treatment is not possible due to pregnancy. My question is i have severe pain all the day what should i do? I. (Germany)
Question: Do ultrasounds always check to see if your LMP is the correct due date? Would a tech know if you were 15 weeks further along than thought? D. (USA)
Answer: An ultrasound is very accurate at calculating gestation especially in the first of the pregnancy. Accuracy in this regard starts to go down as the pregnancy advances towards the third trimester. This is where babies diverge in their rate of growth. However, even at its weakest, that’s, towards the end of the pregnancy, the calculation can be out by, at most three weeks or so. A scan will definitely be able to tell if there was a discrepancy of 15 weeks between your ‘dates’ and the true gestation. Take this example:
Thigh bone (femur) length: At 15 weeks: 18mm; At 30 weeks: 59mm
Head circumference: At 15 weeks: 111mm At 30 weeks: 280mm
You can clearly see the massive difference in the measurements, meaning the error will be quite obvious.