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First BFP after 3 years

Hello all, I'm so excited to FINALLY be able to write my own story, after three years lurking and reading your emotional stories. I must say, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for sites like this one, thanks to all of you and your successes I tried once again. We started TTC by the beginning of 2016, and we were very excited. I thought it would take 2-3 months maximum, as my doctor never said I had problems whatsoever. I grew impatient after 6 months, I started to wonder if something was wrong after a year of trying. I went to my doctor and he deferred me to a fertility specialist who ran some tests. Everything was apparently fine, and she recommended us to keep trying. However (and this was KEY), I felt something was not right with me and two years after we started this adventure, I decided to switch specialists. I found an amazing doctor who ran some more tests, and my gut was right: something was not right. Two days after changing doctors I found out that I needed two remove a couple of uterine cysts, that I had endometriosis (grade IV, so severe, and with a low AMH) and I needed a laparoscopy ASAP; and that it would be nearly impossible to conceive naturally. I was desolated, but I proceed with all their recommendations. My laparoscopy was a success (one tube was removed, too), and as I was healing quickly, my doctor recommended to start IVF. The first round was on July 2018, not a great one as I overreacted to the meds and only got two viable 3-day embryo. That cycle (FET because I was risking OHSS) was negative, but we were right to continue. We started our second cycle on September, and it was even worse than the first one: just one day 3 embryo survived. We decided to go ahead with the transfer, knowing it was our last chance (it was draining us economically, too), it was also a FET (again, risk of OHSS), but for some reason, this one decided to stick with us. I'll never forget my face when I saw that second line for the first time. I was pregnant, at last. This little one's decided to tell us that 2019 is gonna be magical. We couldn't be happier, three years later, here we are. With this, I just want to tell all of you that I've been there, with the tears and the "why is it not me". But here I am, and it's a miracle. I always write everything down, so here I go with my "symptons", which I didn't really have :D but I know how important they are when someone is as anxious as us. FET day - 3 dpFET: Nothing special, bloated because of the meds and very light cramps here and there. Normal. 8 dpo (4 dpFET): cramps and a runny nose in the morning, nothing special as my DH was down with the flu (seriously, he was sick on Christmas Day!) 9dpo (5 dpFET): cramps, sore breasts (but def because of the meds) 10 dpo (6 dpFET): sore breasts, very dry throat when I wake up 11 dpo (7 dpFET): sore breasts 12 dpo (8 dpFET): sore breasts 13 dpo (9 dpFET): VERY hungry, light cramps at night 14 dpo (10 dpFET): cramps in the morning, hungry, frequent urination, dry throat (there I thought I was starting with the flu) 15 dpo (11 dpFET): NOTHING, but I decide to test late afternoon with diluted urine (OPK, as I didn't have any FRER) and it's positive. I start wondering something's up. 16 dpo (12 dpFET): Beta day, but can't wait and do a One Step with very diluted urine by lunch time just to confirm I was out. It comes positive within seconds, even with that kind of urine. My beta is also positive. Thinking back, I did some different things this cycle that I think helped: * Cut caffeine (apart from green tea) * Drink herbal infusions with ginger on it. * I threw away all my supplements, vitamins etc (apart from the ones prescribed by my doctor: Folic Acid, Iodine and B12) and tried to follow an anti-inflammatory diet as much as I could, as I thought it would keep the endo in check. It's worked. No salt, sugar or dairy products (almond milk on ocassion); and emphasizing on fruits, vegetables, lean protein (mainly white-meat poultry, beans and eggs), nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. * Drink water and sports drinks such as Powerade Zero (I did my own mix at home) * Have lots of work (I seriously didn't have time to Google anything, which is always a plus!) And that's basically it. It's a dream come true, just in time for the New Year. It seemed impossible, but here we are, knowing that WE CAN. Lots of baby dust to all of you, and good luck! xx
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BFP 36 One Ovary Clomid 2nd Cycle

God is so great! I had a larascopic oophorectomy in December and had left ovary and fallopian tube removed due to previous ruptured cyst year prior as well as severe adhesion's from endometriosis. My cycles were shorter but it appeared my right ovary was ovulating. I tried for 6 months and it was causing strife between my husband and I due to stress. We took a break focused on clean eating and went to couples therapy. I started clomid 50 mg 5-9 and took at night. Month one was emotional and I thought I was pregnant but never got a positive test. The next month I prayed everyday. I asked God to show me his will if this was not my plan. I also focused on joy for other women conceiving and prayed for other women struggling. Focusing on how I could help others made me less stressed during cycle two. I committed to no crazy early testing (like testing before implantation is even possible) I BD every other day and three days in a row after CB digital positive ovulation.(Eight days after last pill) I drank Pink Stork Fertility tea till ovulation, took Evening Primrose oil and snacked on Organic Brazil nuts, I also took plant based COQ10 and Pink Store Prenatal. I never thought I would have my BFP this month. Side note I had strongest ovulation as I really felt and my progesterone levels are excellent. I have six week ultrasound next Monday and am nervous and ecstatic. I pray for all the brave women who stuggle and continue to try. Bless you and Baby Dust! Below are some of the things I noted during tww. 1 -3 dpo Nothing 4 dpo Strong pelvic pains started to worry had cyst. exhausted, starving, craving bad foods, lotiony cm, kind of horny, gas 5 dpo Pelvic pain went away, in good mood, Still tired, bm multiple times hard and not soft like normal, lots of creams cm when checking, water discharge early am and lots of gas 6 dpo not much gas..loads of gas 7 dpo not much gas..loads of gas..argument with DH. Angry when normally more weepy before AF 8 dpo Gas :(, at store shopping ran to bathroom and barely made it due to huge soft bm, sorry tmi (usually go to bathroom a lot right before af) 9dp-10dpo Convinced AF is coming light cramps no pregnant feeling, but I had odd tickling under belly button. I had a glass of wine and noticed heart rate is elevated. Now that I look back resting heart rate went up and stayed up after pregnancy. 11dpo (two days before af) take test convinced negative want to get out of the way line on FRER under two minutes 12dpo BFP on CB Digital and Confirmed Beta 17 HCG 14 dpo Beta 157 18 dpo Beta 1,758

First IVF, Endo and bleeding

My 5 year wedding anniversary it’s in May, but we started TTC exactly 5 years ago to this month of March. I had 28 back then and no knowledge at all that I had Endometriosis. Around December of that first year I went to my annual check up with my Gynecologist and said that I need to wait a whole year, because nothing seem wrong (he even ask for a semen exam from my husband). He recommended the ovulation predictor kits, which I use about 2 months, but quit on those because it made me more anxious than I already was. In July of 2014 I came back with my Gyno and he found an endiometroma on my left ovary. At first I felt relieve because I knew what was wrong, and it wasn’t my work, or my physical activity, or the lack of relaxing or not having enough sex. But the more I read and the more I knew about endometriosis, I urdestood what the diagnosis meant. It’s been a hard road, we’ve spent a lot of money in doctors, meds, one laparoscopy, tests, prescribed vacations and therapy; but my marital relationship was my deepest concern, an at this date it still is. This was our first IVF and probably the only one, regardless of the result, because of how expensive this is and has been all the way (we’ve been paying everything). We started the month with the first shot of Gonal, and in the 12th I had the egg retrieval (12 eggs). We waited and lost all but 2 in the long road to what end up being a 5 day transfer or blastocyst transfer on the 17th. Last 26th I got up to pee in the morning and there it was in the toilet paper: blood. At first light brown and by noon bright red. I call my RE and said that I needed to increase the dose of progesterone that I was already taking, and wait till Saturday for my test, but I insisted that it was my period, I had cramps, it had to be, and felt totally defeated. At night, with my head cool down I call again an explain what was happening: I’m not spotting, but i don’t fill up the pad; it’s blood, red clotting blood, but it’s not my period. He told me to take the progesterone and wait to the test. I rested on the 27 and read everything I could find about bleeding but still being pregnant and today I got up and took a urine test, couldn’t wait, but so glad I did because BFP. I told my husband and we cried together, told my RE and prescribe another shot of hormones and rest. I’m still bleeding, I’m still worried, I don’t know how this is going to end, but I needed to share this, because there might be someone like me, considering giving up too soon because of blood, even thow I’m pregnant, until this morning I’m pregnant, and I still can’t believe I was ready to give up Monday afternoon. Don’t be scared just be strong and hope for the BFP even if there is blood.

BFP at 10dpo! - 10yrs infertility, Menopur +Trigger + IUI

I am your typical stalker and have miraculously gotten my FIRST ever true BFP. My journey has been epic and I want to open up about it because this site was where I spent so many years of TWW's. Background: I am 31, my infertility journey started when I was 19 (2005) and trying to conceive with my then fiancee. I knew something wasn't right then and all the doctors I went to wouldn't listen to me. In 2010 I finally got a DR who would do what I wanted and had a laprascopy, hysteroscopy and chromatubation done. Found grade II endometriosis, my uterus was completely filled with polyps, and my right tube was blocked. He didn't try to open my right tube because I was "so young and would be fine," but he did remove all the polyps. Fast forward to 2016, I am still not getting pregnant. Tried some clomid and AI (using known donors) a few times with no luck. So in 2016 I have a HSG and both of my tubes are blocked and there is a large filling defect. Saline sonogram shows nothing that would cause a filling defect, so weird! guessing it was a cyst that burst? A few months later I have a fallopian tube recanalization done, which was successful, doctor got both tubes open! That was December 2016. Tried all of 2017, had another HSG that showed both tubes still open. Finally got referred to an RE in late 2017 (I am a veteran and working with the VA so it takes forever!). RE said that my left tube actually looks terrible and while technically patent, it doesn't look good. So we try one cycle of clomid and timed intercourse because my follicle was on the left side. She wanted to move to injectables, so while waiting for them to be ordered we did one natural + IUI cycle and no luck. Partner is 39 has 4% morphology, everything else good. Beginning of March I started Menopur injectables (2 bottles) for 9 days (CD 2-10) Triggered with Ovidrel 250mcg on CD 11 with three good looking follicles, two on left and one on right. Did IUI on CD 13 and lots of BD'ing around then so we don't know what worked ;) 1-6dpo nothing unusual - Refilled Menopur RX, just in case (so now I have a ton I don't know what to do with!) 7dpo- tested with FRER, very faint positive (then I remembered the trigger shot, so disappointing!!) 8dpo- tested with FRER very very faint positive, ok trigger is pretty much gone, but now I am out of tests! Order more on internet!! 9dpo- brief wave of nausea while cooking 10dpo- preggo tests arrive in am so I can use FMU - faint, but definite, positive on Wondfo. Now I don't know if it's trigger or real, but thinking real! 11dpo- test with FMU - faint positive - wave of mild nausea again in the evening. 12dpo- test with FMU- positive getting darker! 13dpo- test with FMU still positive! Beta test done = 98! 14dpo- test much darker now I had big temp jumps at 8 and 9dpo, and it has stayed really high. I use the ava bracelet, which I don't actually recommend if you are doing medicated cycles, it really throws things off! It was totally off for when I ovulated this cycle and when I did my clomid cycle. Was great for the one natural cycle though! I typically have 10-11 day LP, I am taking progesterone suppositories (started 2 days after IUI) even though I didn't have low levels, don't know if it helped considering I must implanted around 6 or 7 dpo. Because of my tube issues, I have an increased risk of ectopic, so all fingers and toes crossed that everything is where it should be and it sticks! I have been doing acupuncture almost every week for 11months, taking prenatals for years. I think a lack of symptoms and the few waves of nausea had me suspicious, I never get nauseous unless I have a migraine. No AF-like cramps at all, more like constant activity and sensations in my uterus/ovaries and I was really happy, not at all like when AF is due. Boobs are tender now but didn't start until after the BFP, that comes and goes with my typical cycles though. Also extreme tiredness, like taking naps tired, started after the first bfp. I am so thrilled, this has been such a long, emotional journey and just knowing my body can actually get pregnant, it's just the most wonderful feeling.

BFP after 2 1/2 years

Background story for anyone who is in a similar position: Husband and are 29, had two children twelve months apart at age 25 and 26! Each time were conceived with no problems and in less than three months. After I had my second child, I did not prevent, but was breastfeeding, even though my cycles returned at 8 weeks postpartum. Had normal cycles for a year but didn't get pregnant. Went for my yearly exam (2nd baby now 1 year old) and my dr. thought something might be wrong given the fact that we do not use birth control. Took blood work and found that I had low progesterone, and my dr. hoped I would be pregnant again within 3 months with progesterone supplementation. didn't happen. started charting and observing my cycles and realized I did indeed have low progesterone as evidence by a 10 day luteal phase. then cut out gluten and dairy, as suggested by my dr. and continued progesterone supplements. Improved to 12 day luteal cycles. after another 3 months, and continued charting, my dr. suggested possible lean PCOS and wanted to confirm ovulation. Did a follicular study, observed successful ovulation, but noted that one ovary was one cm bigger than the other. After 3 more months, my dr. suggested continued avoidance of gluten and dairy, but also now low carb diet, basically paleo. Still NOTHING! In November 2017 I opted to have a lap to check things out. Before the surgery we tried 2 rounds of clomid, but to no avail! During the surgery, my dr. found that my ovaries were 4 times the size they should be, indicating PCOS, I had a small amount of endo, and clear tubes. My dr. performed a bilateral ovarian wedge resection and used excision to remove the endometriosis and stressed for me to continue to eat paleo/low carb, and continue exercising. At this point I ate no more than 75 carbs a day and ran 4-5 days a week. three months after the surgery, I was still not pregnant! But saw an improvement of symptoms from the surgery (hair growth, low anxiety, better ovulation). We checked my progesterone and it indicated that I was ovulating, but it was not strong enough for implantation. (above a 5, lower than 10). We tried 2.5 mg femara in the fourth month after surgery, in addition to progesterone supplements at 3 DPO and no monitoring or injections. AND IT WORKED!!!! As difficult as it was to battle infertility, I am so grateful to have found that my body was not functioning properly and I can fix it with diet and exercise. Lean PCOS comes with its own hardship... you cannot just lose weight to improve symptoms. The mechanism of hormonal communication is broken. I attribute everything to the wise surgery my dr. did for me, and to God who truly does everything in His own time.
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Bfp 2 months after 3rd laparoscopy

I just got my bfp at 16dpo. This is my 3rd pregnancy. After my 1st child, it took me almost 16 years to conceive again. DH and I had not gotten pregnant for 8 years, which is why I had my first laparoscopy in 2007. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and told that I would not be able to conceive naturally. Thank God, I fell naturally pregnant in 2008. I had my second laparoscopy in 2015, I ended up having to get my right fallopian tube partially removed, I was told that the partial fallopian tube would never work. I had my 3rd laparoscopy in October 2017 I was told that my left fallopian tube was not going to ever work and that I would have to get in vitro but I just got my bfp December 2017. The only thing that I did differently was, stopped taking the vitex (after over a year), folic acid and I continued to take womens one a day, vitamin d and I prayed! DH and I bd every night leading up to ovulation and on ovulation 1-3 dpo: period like cramps 4-7 dpo: nothing that I can remember 8-10 dpo: very tired, forgetful, slightly light headed/dizzy, dark brown discharge, joint pains, thirsty, moody 11-13 dpo: teeth hurt, waking up at 4 AM, boobs slightly sore on and off, popping sound/feeling in my lower abdominal, thirsty 14-15 dpo: emotional, I did not get full after eating a big meal, temp 98's (using regular digital thermometer) 16 dpo: morning temp 97's urinating a lot, pressure feeling on my bladder, evening temp 99's, urine a weird color, bfp I respect doctor's and their opinion's however, it is my belief that God has the last say! Man told me twice, that I would not be able to conceive naturally. Man was wrong! Stay positive, relax, eat healthy, drink lots of water/cranberry juice, stay busy to keep your mind occupied on things other that pregnancy and keep the faith.

BFP before septum removal surgery

History: After a year and a half of trying, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis, a complete uterine septum, and low egg count (1.5). I had a laparoscopy and hysterscopy in Oct 2018, where they removed as much of the endo as they could and removed polps from my cervix. They discovered that my septum was thicker then they thought so they didn't remove it. My RE wanted me to get an MRI and have a specialist look at it. They did and it was determined that they could operate on it safely and surgery was set for January. This was back at the beginning of December and it is now Dec 25 and I just got my first BFP three days ago. I would love to be consumed with joy but instead all I can think about is how likely my pregnancy will end in a miscarriage. Hopefully everything happens for a reason and if anything, I can say that YES I can get pregnant naturally. This month was probably the first month I didn't track any symptoms, thinking we could take a cycle off before my surgery. I'm not even sure when I ovulated and I think we only bd'd once around that time. Also after my laparoscopy, everything about my cycle was a little off. I did start changing a lot of things this month because I believed that after they removed my septum I would start on IVF and I wanted to start improving my egg quality. I started to think about my diet, BPA, and chemicals in our house. Coincidentally my husband bought a bunch of fresh pineapple (I think it was on sale) and I did eat all of it around the time of my ovulation. Also, my 80 year old grandma told me recently that the reason I don't have a baby is because I walk barefooted around my house. I disregarded this as a superstition.....but I started wearing socks to bed this month just in case. So I guess my grandma got the last laugh. I know its been said on here time and time again but I definitely have had more pregnancy symptoms in previous cycles then I did this cycle. The first sign something was off was the lack of my usual PMS symptoms. Usually about a week before my period my bb's get really hard and sensitive but they felt normal. I chalked it up to the changes from the removal of my endo. Then a couple days before my expected period I started to feel like I was coming down with something. I felt feverish (only had a low grade temp),tired, and sore throat. This was odd because I don't normally get sick and if I do it only lasts max two days. So on the third day of felling awful, I decided to test just for good measure and there was a shadow of a line on an amazon cheapie. I sent my husband out in the morning to get a First Response and a Clear Blue and they were instant positives. I have an appt tomorrow to get my blood drawn and find out the next steps. Good thought are appreciated!

BFP after miscarriage with diagnosis of severe endometriosis.

I'm not much of an online poster but I really felt that after this long journey I owed it to myself and to give others hope. I fell pregnant within three months of trying last time and my pregnancy was going fine apart from feeling rough! However, heartbreakingly I found out that my baby boy had died at 12 weeks at a scan at 13 weeks. I was admitted for medical management of the the miscarriage which didn't work. I was then booked in for surgery and the baby decided to come naturally five minutes before I was due to leave to go to the hospital. They were the worst nine days of my life. The baby came in April 2016. After the miscarriage I still had pain which I was told would go eventually. It persisted. I kept going back to the Doctor who suggested that I might have IBS. I took peppermint oil for this and the pain still persisted. I got to the point where I could not shake the feeling that something was wrong so I paid for private tests. The consultant said that he thought he could see an endometrioma on one of my ovaries. I went back to my Doctor and I was referred for a laparoscopy. I had that in March 2017 and I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis and was told that my tubes were patent but a little swollen so I could be at slight increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. I was heartbroken all over again and started to fear that I may never get pregnant again. I was referred for IVF and I was told there was no waiting list which gave me hope. My husband and I decided to go on holiday to try and heal from everything in between and came back tanned and a little refereshed. We had our first appointment and we were told that because we had been somewhere where the Zika virus had been reported (we didn't know this at the time) they couldn't treat us for six months. I was heartbroken for a third time and went home and cried for hours. I then decided to focus on other things (with the help of some low dose antidepressants!) I applied for new jobs because I had been unhappy in mine for a while and had only been staying for the maternity leave (bad I know). I got a new job which is less stressful and more money (great combo!). Anyways yesterday I found out 18 months after my miscarriage that I'm expecting again. I was in shock and took two tests including a digital to make sure and sure enough both were BFP! One month before we were due to start IVF too! I didn't record for every day because i was trying not to focus on it too much but this is what I can remember: 6dpo cramps on right side which I assumed were endo pain and got my husband to get me paracetamol. I now think this was implantation pain. Sore throat. 7dpo-9dpo sore throat on an off. 10dpo the most squinty BPF that I discounted it and had a naughty glass of rose! Twinges on left side. Gassy. Bloated. Itchy left breast. Sensitive nipples. 11dpo BFP on acutest early sign and clear and simple digital. Light cramps and gassy. Thanks for reading and baby dust to all. I know it is early days for me but I am keeping everything crossed for a sticky baby. I know the heartbreak that can come through this journey of TTC and send hugs and baby dust to all going through this. X x x x

Bfp 0.5% Morphology & Cautiously Optimistic!

I've read these stories so many times over the last two years searching for people in the same boat as me. I really hope my story gives hope to someone who needs it. I'm still convinced something is going to go wrong. There's such a long way to go! I'm 38 my husband is 31 & we've been trying for the last 2 years. We had one pregnancy after the first three months trying which ended in miscarriage just under 8 wks. Then nothing. We recently started to under go tests. I had a laparoscopy 6 wks ago & had some endometriosis removed. We are due at the doctors next week for my husbands 2nd SA results. The first one showed 0.5 % morphology everything else fine. We were fully prepared in our minds that we'd end up going down the Ivf route. We both started taking Proxeed around 4 weeks ago. It was devastating but at least we knew. We carried on trying & we conceived the first cycle after the laparoscopy. I got a faint positive 9dpo the. A much stronger one today at 13dpo. Ive listed my symptoms or lack of below. Due the the cramping on 12dpo which was exactly the same as af I have been terrified that this will be a chemical pregnancy so so happy to see the darker line today! 1-3dpo twinges in left hand side, crazy but could be the egg moving? 3-8dpo stinging twinging feelings in uterus 9-11dpo faint bfps boobs feeling very tender 11-12dpo constant weeing! No other symptoms at all 12dpo period pains during the night convinced period is coming 13dpo af feeling in tummy. Boobs a. It tender that's it. Nervous & such a long way to go but trying to remain positive. Good luck to everyone trying. This is the hardest two years of my life but hopefully now is my time & in 9 months I'll meet the tiny thing all his has been for! Xx
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BFP on CD31

I have been following this page in my journey TTC for 1 year and always dreamed of typing a post like this myself. I just got my BFP on CD31 (Im guessing about 16DPO) I am in shock, i have never seen two lines out of the millions of tests I've done. A little background info: i have PCOS Round 1 of 50mg Clomid i ovulated but didnt get pregnant Round 2 50mg i did not ovulate and had a 50 day cycle Round 3 50mg same as round 2 with 60 day cycle - had to induce AF on both rounds Round 4 100mg - same thing My Gynae suggested a laparoscopy, ovarian drilling and a DNC which i had on 17 July 2017. He drilled my ovaries and found & removed mild endometriosis. My tubes were not blocked. I had already started taking Provera to induce AF before the surgery. AF came on 27 July 2017. Did 1 round of FEMARA 5mg on days 4-8 seeing as clomid didnt work in the past Follicle scan on CD9 discovered 1 egg at 13mm and my Gynae said i would ovulate in about 5 days time I was so sick and tired of temping that i didnt temp this cycle. SYMPTOMS: CD 13 - Dull cramps (i guess ovulation about to happen) CD 15 - had to go to the hospital because i had terrible cramps that i could not even stand straight or walk. They did blood tests to check it was not my appendix and all was clear - so im guessing that was ovulation day. We BD anyway CD 21 - Headache all day and tired & small twinges in my lower abdomen CD22-CD31 - Cramping like small twinges on and off everyday and SORE nipples & sides of my boobs. We BD on CD11, CD12 & CD15 BFN on CD24 and CD27 I tested on CD31 (26 August) because my husband insisted because that night was his 40th birthday party and i was going to drink alcohol - and got my BFP straight away Ladies i just want to say DON'T GIVE UP!!! It will happen. Explore ALL options and do research. Last but not least: PRAY PRAY PRAY! God is so so good. Tell him what you want and it will happen in HIS time! I wish you all baby dust and a BFP :-) xxxx
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