Sunday, January 11, 2015

If I Could Have Just One Study Done on Misdiagnosed Miscarriages, This Would Be It

Flashing back to the year 2002.  There was NOTHING on the internet about misdiagnosed miscarriages.  A search yielded plenty of 'miscarriages of justice' but nothing on wrongly-diagnosed miscarriages.  Indeed, the only information I found was that miscarriages were not misdiagnosed and any suggestion otherwise just seemed to be an irritant to whomever was asked.

Thankfully, my miscarriage was indeed misdiagnosed.  I shared my story online and women found it.  They started emailing me so thankful to find some hope.  Some of those women ended up being misdiagnosed as well.  From those stories, The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage was born and many babies' lives have been saved as a result.

I've seen wonderful changes in the last ten-plus years.  The medical community is starting to take note.  Sure, there are *still* doctors who claim miscarriages are never misdiagnosed but there are many more who recognize that some babies just appear later.  It has nothing to do with the actual baby being too small.  It's all about the ultrasound equipment.

During the last decade, I've hoped for one study and it hasn't happened...yet...

I would like a study that examines the relationship between the transvaginal ultrasound and the retroverted uterus during the first trimester and I'll tell you why.

It didn't take too many emails for me to realize that many of us had something in common:  The majority of us had a tilted uterus.

I searched for any studies on the tilted uterus and found this one:

Transrectal Ultrasonography for Problem Solving After Transvaginal Ultrasonography of the Female Internal Reproductive Tract

This study discovered that transvaginal measurements were not as  accurate as transrectal measurements in the retroverted uterus.  Of course, they weren't measuring babies but the results were intriguing.

Of course, not many women are going to want a transrectal ultrasound during pregnancy but, this study does demonstrate that measurements may just not be as accurate as your doctor would like to believe if you have a tilted uterus. 

If we could get a study done that followed a large group of women during the first trimester, I already know what they would find.  They would find that when women have a tilted uterus, she looks one to two weeks behind during the first trimester.  Later, when the baby is large enough to be seen, the measurement dating tends to be more accurate.  We've seen this over and over on the site.  

Now, if somebody would just do this study, perhaps physicians would be a bit more patient and not in quite as much of a rush to end a pregnancy that might still be viable. 

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