What’s a Molar Pregnancy?
Let’s talk about molar pregnancy , how it occurs, and what treatments are available.
By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton
Did you know that an empty egg can be fertilized? It doesn’t happen very often, but the result is a large mass in the uterus that shows up as a positive on a pregnancy test. Molar pregnancies occur about once out of every 1,000 pregnancies, and while rare, they can be dangerous and very upsetting for couples trying to get pregnant. Let’s talk more about what molar pregnancies really are.
What’s a molar pregnancy?
Also called gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), a molar pregnancy is a rare condition that occurs due to genetic error during fertilization (when the sperm and egg meet). This leads to abnormal tissue growth in the uterus and eventually a molar pregnancy. The shorter answer: cells that should have formed into a placenta form a large mass or tumor in the uterus.
Complete vs partial molar pregnancies
There are two types of molar pregnancies:
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