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i had the exact experience described in the first post of this thread. the tissue that was expelled looked exactly the same, and by my calculations if it were an embryo (technically still too young to be a fetus) it would be perhaps about a month and a half to two months developed. the tissue i expelled was a sac about 1 inch diameter, though it hurt like hell coming out and felt a lot larger. i called the nurse at my gynecologist's office, and she said it sounded like a miscarriage and i should probably come in for a blood test and maybe some kind of ultrasound. then she said she'd talk to the doctor on call and call me back.

when she called me back, she said the doctor thought it was a "clot" (definitely not a blood clot --- over half of it was thick, pale greyish pink tissue without any blood on it at all except some thin veins inside) and that i should take a home pregnancy test and call back. so that's what i did, and the test was negative. the nurse then said it was probably some "crazy kind of clotty thing" and that i should go to an urgent care if it happens again, but if that's the only one that i experience then there's nothing i need to do about it.

i don't really find "crazy kind of clotty thing" an acceptably clear final diagnosis, though, so i was browsing the internet for information just for my own curiosity, and the two possibilities that have stood out so far are:

1. miscarriage --- but after even eight weeks, the embryo is still pretty incredibly tiny. the placenta might have developed that big, perhaps, but the embryo would probably still be invisible to the naked eye.

2. corpus lutenum cyst --- again, seems like this would be way too small to explain what i experienced. also, i don't like this possibility because if this is the case, i'd be prone to it happening again. not fun!

the miscarriage explanation seems slightly more plausible to me, especially since it occurred first to the nurse as well. i know it's a painful thing to experience, both physically and, for some, emotionally, especially people who are staunchly pro-life and think of it as a baby that lost its life.

however, take comfort in the fact that over 80% of pregnancies naturally terminate, most before the mother even realizes she was pregnant, and she rarely notices the earliest "miscarriages" because they are so small and cause no more discomfort than a normal period.

pregnancy is a complicated thing, and a lot of times the embryo just doesn't get off to a good start. conditions aren't exactly perfect, or there was a small genetic flaw in the egg or sperm that caused it to be unable to continue growing. this is natural and normal, and it is nature's way of preventing many kinds of birth defects that we never even see in fully developed babies because they cause the embryo to stop growing so early. this clears the stage for healthier pregnancies to take place, resulting in overall healthier human populations.

so if you've had a miscarriage, whether you don't intend to have a baby yet or if you were trying to and feel that this was a "failure", don't think of it as any bad thing you did. it is just nature giving you a fresh start to make a healthy baby that will have better chances of living into adulthood, whenever the time comes.

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