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Conceived after dtd only once that month!!!

So a little bit of background... I was on bc for 10years, came off it and 12 months later had complications which resulted in 1ovary and 1tube removed and was pretty convinced i would never get pregnant, after a long recovery and coming to terms with it all, 12 and a half months later we we're in the process of moving cities (very stressful) and only dtd once the entire month (2days before the move) - 2days after the move i started bleeding not majorly heavy but enough and it was darker than usual, it lasted 6days so i presumed it was AF and didnt think anything of it had no cramps no backache nothing i felt great to be honest and had so much energy which was odd, the week after the bleeding stopped i was extreamly tired (napping every day) drank a fair bit of alcohol to celebrate the move and after afew glasses felt very dizzy and woke up feeling sick, during the 2nd and 3rd week after i was hot all the time my skin was on fire had night sweats every night i was extreamly hungry and had cramps twinges and felt bloated but by my wrong calculations i was due AF so thought it was normal not realising i was already 2 weeks late and had a rather long implantation bleed i tested 4 and a half week after what i thought was AF and was:
1, shocked it was +
2, shocked by how far it said on the cbd
I then panicked about how much heavy lifting i had done... no wonder i felt exhausted!! As much as its easier said than done i think not obsessing over dates and symptoms is a good thing live life to the full throw all your attention and energy into everything else no matter how mundane and boring it is and a miricle will happen :)

BFP with Unexplained Secondary Infertility for 2.5 years

Hi ladies,
I promised myself I would share our journey to BFP #2 if or when it actually ever happened.
Whether it’s primary infertility, secondary, etc., I know how incredibly difficult, painful, frustrating, and lonely this infertility process can be at times. I’m hoping my story will provide even one person some glimmer of hope.
I am turning 36 in May; wonderful, caring, supportive spouse turned 40 in October. We have a wonderful little boy who is turning 5 in July and starting kindergarten this year! When we started trying to conceive him, we were incredibly blessed it only took 4 months. I had a very easy, uneventful pregnancy and gave birth to him at 31.
I always envisioned having 2 children, 3 years apart. We started TTC #2 in July of 2014 thinking it wouldn’t take long. Had I known, we would have started WAY earlier.
Fast forward 8 months, I went to the OB that delivered my son concerned that we’ve been TTC for 8 months. She ran some initial bloodwork and all looked good. She said to come back after one year of trying if no luck.
One year later, I was back in her office. My husband had an SA with no issues (of course, he’s extremely proud of). I had a more in depth US which was unremarkable. MY AMH, LH, FSH, E2, PG – all labs were perfect. I had an HSG which was perfect. I was given the horrible diagnosis of “Secondary Unexplained Infertility.”
Though I have regular periods, always got a positive OPK on days 14-17 each month, she prescribed my Clomid to “boost my ovulation”. I was on Clomid for SIX months, unmonitored. The only monitoring I had was an ultrasound on day 12/13 each month to confirm there was a ripe follicle so I could trigger. No discussion of my lining or E2 levels. Looking back at my records – my lining was incredibly thin, a side effect from repeated use of Clomid. It also gave me terrible hot flashes and agitation. We switched to Femara for 2 more months (huge fan of vs Clomid) both with IUI but no success. In April 2016 (month 20), we decided to take a break.
In June (month 22), my sister in law convinced me to get a 2nd opinion with an infertility specialist, someone other than my OB. I felt like I was betraying all the work my OB had done but agreed – BEST DECISION EVER. I highly recommend working with a specialist – OB’s are wonderful, but not trained in all that can be involved with infertility. I had all the same labs repeated and was given the same diagnosis of “Secondary Unexplained Infertility.” She did order a different type of Ultrasound I hadn’t had yet -- an SIS (saline infused ultrasound) -- which showed I had a small polyp in my uterus which she didn’t think was the cause but wanted to remove it via hysteroscopy anyways. She also suggested I let her perform a laparoscopy at the same time to look for endometriosis. I was skeptical because I had NO symptoms of endo.
In July (month 23), I had the surgery and bam! Stage 1 endo. Though I was saddened it was only Stage 1 (never in my life did I think I would actually want endometriosis but anything was better than the “unexplained”), she was confident this was the issue. She cleaned me out and we were able to start trying again in August. We did 2 rounds of Femara, beautiful follies each time, no success.
Then 3 rounds of Follistem + IUI, responded well each time with multiple mature follies, still no success.
In January 2017, I decided we needed a break. The 30 months of trying was killing me. It changed me as a person. I was always agitated, depressed, starting to pull away from family/friends – TTC was consuming me. My whole life had revolved around giving our son a sibling and I had completely lost myself in the meantime. I started to think -- maybe our son was our miracle?
The next month in February, my husband and I went on a quick trip to Cancun for 4 nights. AF decided to show on the way to our departure gate. Seriously!!?? On a positive note, I was able to enjoy many fruity cocktails! Pina Colada con Mas Barcadi, por favor? Our second night there though I broke down in tears while having dinner. My husband and I decided I would talk to my primary doctor and get put on an anti-depressant when we got back.
5 days after getting back, I started Wellbutrin. Instantly felt better, had a TON of energy, but struggled with a little insomnia. Still better than the depression caused by the months of infertility.
Here we are now in March of 2017, week 3 of Wellbutrin, one month after getting back from our trip. I noticed my energy was gone and I was crazy tired. Tested 9 or 10dpo, very very very faint line. Labs drawn today, 11 or 12dpo, PREGNANT! And naturally. Beta 42 and progesterone 18.4. My husband and I had just discussed booking an IVF consult for June or July.

Unexplained infertility, BFP with low dose aspirin

Hi ladies,

I promised myself I would post my story if I ever got a BFP, and here it is!

My DH (31) and I (29) started TTC just over a year ago, month after month passed with no positive result. I was relaxed about it for the first 6 months, but started getting a little worried after that. I over-analysed every little symptom, convinced that there was something wrong with me. We both went for the initial fertility checks at about the 10 month mark, with everything coming back normal... which was great, but also SO frustrating... why wasn't it happening for us? At the 12 month mark, I went to see a private gynae, who wanted to do a laparoscopy to rule out endometriosis. He found one small spot of endo on my one ligament, which he removed, but told me that it really shouldn't affect fertility, and that everything else looked perfectly normal.

I recently started looking into the reproductive immunology area, as it seemed this could be the only explanation for our "unexplained infertility". I went to see a dermatologist/allergist (as my skin had been really dry and reactive for the past 6 months) to see if she could give any answers. She ended up diagnosing me with eczema, but after hearing about my fertility woes, gave me the great advice of "Relax, and it will happen"... always the best thing to hear! But she also said to try taking 75mg aspirin a day (baby aspirin) - which apparently helps with blood flow to the uterus. I was willing to try anything at this point, and it seemed pretty low risk. So I went and bought a pack off the shelf, and have been taking one pill a day along with my conception vitamin... and here I am today (10 days later) with a BFP! I tried to convince myself that the weird twinges and sore boobs were just normal PMS for the last few days, but finally gave in and took a test this morning when AF didn't arrive on schedule.

Now I'm not sure whether it was the aspirin that finally made the difference, maybe it was the lap 2.5 months ago, maybe I finally started relaxing (doubtful), or maybe it was the 10 day holiday to sunny South Africa 3 weeks ago, but I wish I had started the aspirin months ago, as it could have saved me a whole lot of worrying!

Now I'm just praying that everything goes well in the coming weeks, I'm really nervous that something will go wrong. But this is the first step, and it is such a good one.

I hope this helps anyone who might be struggling with the unexplained infertility "diagnosis", chat to your GP about trying low dose aspirin and see what happens:)

Pregnant after 11 years ttc!

I am so excited to be finally sharing my storing on here!
I have a daughter who's 12 and I began ttc when she was almost a year old.
After 5 years of trying with no success I saw a fertility dr. We did clomid & trigger shit without success and the did laparoscopy which I was diagnosed with endometriosis between stages II-III (mild-moderate).
We went on trying another 3 years (totalling 8) when I got a bfp. I soon learned through beta hcg test & ultra sound that I was experiencing a blighted ovum. I was beyond upset. I had of course thought that we were finally pregnant when I got the positive test and it took me a few weeks to accept that our time really came. Then to have everything crumble..
We gave up trying for almost 2 years following the blighted ovum & then bam-
I got pregnant unexpectedly in July a month shy of 2 years following the blighted ovum.
This time I would go on believing everything is great for 8 weeks when I would then learn the baby's heart rate wasn't high enough (80/88 bpm) and we were warned we were miscarrying. I decided to let nature take it course. Big mistake. I carried our baby after it had passed; for another 4 weeks... and it was something I'll never forget and I wound up in the trauma unit for 17 hours in active "labor/miscarrying"...
we decided we would be happy with our family the way it is and give up all expectations or want for another child.
I went through SEVERE depression for 9-10 months following the misscarriage.
Our sex life decreased dramatically to only 0-1x per month and in the very same month I lost our baby last year- my period was late... I was apprehensive to test, knowing I had only had sex once that month and my boobs we're already sore at that time which always meant I had already ovulated (progesterone surge)... on cycle day 32 i gave in.... AND GOT A BFP, hubby was super excited and I felt upset he was so quick to get excited and I wouldn't let myself except that this was real until I at least confirmed baby was healthy including heart rate etc.. I am now 17 weeks & everything has been amazing. I have had some weird pains especially in the beginning of this pregnancy did to inflammation and scar tissue but bee propolis always helps wonders for that! I also made sure to take bee propolis following my misscarriage along with a Whole Foods multi vitamin and I will always think the bee propolis along with having the essentials my Body needs; from the multi vitamin- helped me conceive this healthy baby!! Bee propolis is literally the best rememdy I have found for fertility and pain both...
I hope my story gives inspiration to women who feel there time will never come!!!
Keep on keeping on, it's no joke when people say "it'll happen when u least expect it!"

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BFP on first round of IVF

Hi all. Long post ahead, but I hope it brings hope to one of you out there.

I've been reading your stories the last few days, and they really helped me get through the nail-biting finish of the 2ww. My husband (33yo) and I (31yo) have been married for 3.5 years, together for 9, trying for about 2.5 years. Last year in November, I had a laparoscopic surgery for grade 3 endometriosis, which was really affecting my daily life (from terrible pain, fainting, heavy periods, ruptured cysts, etc.). After a tough but successful surgery and taking some time to recover, we decided to start trying again about 3 months after the operation. To no avail, my doctor recommended we go on Clomid for three months. (Note, a few months before my operation became was no longer optional, a previous doctor had put me on Femara for three months). I'd taken a month break in between, as Clomid turned me into an absolute MONSTER. Sorry world.

By June, my doctor suggested I take a couple months break from Clomid and continue trying naturally. If by August we were still not pregnant, then she said let's look into some further tests, starting with a HyCoSy (tube patentcy test). August came around and the HyCoSy went well - both tubes were healthy, clear, and in good shape. My dr then suggests another round of Clomid, to which I decided not to go ahead with because of the way it made me feel and the fact that it makes more eggs 'drop'. Again, giving us a couple more months of trying naturally, we aimed for a timeline of October/November of this year before seeking fertility advice. Up to this point, my doctor wouldn't go as far to say that there was 'unexplained infertility', but perhaps we should consider assistance so to avoid the endometriosis returning.

As of October we started shopping for a fertility doctor, 'just in case' by the end of the year we needed further assistance and to beat the endo from coming back. We met our doctor, and the first thing she did was an AMH blood test along with some other routine blood work. Not thinking anything of it, we were stunned when we got a call that my egg count, at 31 years old, was far below the low level. I was absolutely heartbroken. Shattered. I cried for days and kept telling my husband that I didn't feel like a woman. My whole adult life I've dreamt of being a mother.

We decided not to waste any time, and started our first round of IVF once my cycle started, 2.5 weeks later (November 8th 2016). I have been afraid of needles my entire life, so this process was daunting for me, to say the least. I started with the highest possible dose of Menopur, one injection of 450iu per day, for 5 days. Through the stim process, I only had 6 follicles. Also heartbreaking. By day 6 of stim, I was on Menopur (450) and Cetrotide (which WAS AWFUL the first tim - swelling, itching, burning, etc.. but last 6 shots were bearable. By Nov 19, I had 1 trigger shot of Ovitrelle, and was prepping for my EC on Nov 19 (scared shitless, but really really wasn't worth the stress. Yes, stress about the results, this is normal. But I wasted time stressing about being knocked out and had some flashbacks of my surgery, which was really rough for me).

We were able to get 4 eggs, all mature. By the next day, only 3 had matured and fertilized properly. On day 3, Nov 24, we get the call that 2 of our embryos are beautiful and ready to be transferred. And so began the 2ww.... well, 12 days in reality, but it felt like an absolute ETERNITY.

I'd been so positive the first week post ET, then as the first blood test got closer, the more paranoid and negative I became. I felt my period coming and was going crazy wanting to know what the results were going to be. Finally, Dec 6 came around. I went in for my blood test in the afternoon, (I was almost avoiding it, as my husband had work until late so we asked the clinic to call us at 8:30pm with the results and not before). Last night we get the call of our BFP!!!!! We are absolutely elated!!!

I know this post has been SooOoo long, but I just wanted to share my journey so at least one of you can not feel alone and have faith in the process. It's hard as hell, and I admire all of you for your strength and perseverance in this crazy quest to parenthood. Also, if it's helpful at all, these were the symptoms I'd been feeling the last few days:

BFP after Lap, 4th cycle of Femara and 2nd with Prometrium

I wanted to share my BFP story since I always came to this site for hope and reassurance from all the stories here.

This will be our 2nd and we have been trying just under a year. I have endometriosis and had a Lap 4 months before becoming pregnant with my first, and I didn't do any fertility meds and was able to get pregnant naturally.

With this one, I had another lap almost 4 months ago as well this time but stated on Femara the month after having the lap to try to hopefully give my ovulation a boost especially being over 35 now. I did monitoring with the Femara for the 1st 2 cycles but then didn't do any monitoring these past 2 cycles as it was too time consuming. I noticed my luteal phase was getting alot shorter the past few months, down to only 7 days one month so I asked my Dr to start me on progesterone the cycle before I got my BFP to hopefully lengthen it. I took it from 3-4DPO the first cycle and took a test around 14DPO and then stopped taking it and got my period a couple days later.

This cycle I took the progesterone from 4dpo and was busy with family in town and a couple of overnight trips and so I decided not to test and just stop taking the progesterone around 13DPO and let my period come so I didn't have to deal with another negative test. Well period never came and I started to get suspicious around 15-16DPO when my period had not yet come. I decided to wait to test until 18DPO when we got back from a little overnight trip with family. BFP came up right away and super dark!! Made me so glad I waited to test.

I didn't track my DPO symptoms this month because I had symptoms so many other months that turned out to just be PMS and just didnt have time.

I do think we had really great timing this month with BD every other day from about day 10 and BD 2 days before +OPK, day of +OPK and the day after (O day). Other months didn't work out as well so obviously Im sure that helped us get our BFP this month. Also the Femara made me ovulate earlier in my cycle around day 14-15 when normally I ovulate later around 18-20 so that may have helped.

My main symptom and still my #1 symptom currently at 5 weeks is sore boobs. I always usually get sore boobs before AF but they were definitely more sore this time and were more sore on the sides this time. They are now even more sore and all over.
Also have had cramping off and on since around 12-13DPO when I would normally get my period. Very similar to AF cramps with some twinges and sharp pains here and there as well.
Also I have been more hot then usual, several nights sweating alot!
I did also notice alot of CM around 16-17DPO.
One other random thing which I am not sure if is related is I found like 3-4 long hairs on my breasts. I normally get one random one every once in awhile which I pluck but i had at least 3-4 this month which was kind of wierd but I didn't think anything of it at the time but maybe a hormonal thing?

Praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby. God is so good! Good luck and baby dust to all of you!

BFP after 6 years TTC + 3 rounds IVF and almost giving up

Cannot believe I am finally able to put my TWW diary on here with a BFP!

Long story short married 10 years this year, I am 32 husband is 33, started trying for a baby over 6 years ago, 3 failed rounds of IVF with 3 years off between this one and the last one. I suffered OHSS for my first two cycles and didn't want to ever do it again but so glad we changed our minds and changed clinics to get another opinion. This last cycle we only got 1 good embryo to transfer but I guess it only takes 1 right? I was going to wait for the blood test in two days but just couldn't wait as I was 100% sure it was going to be a negative result.

5dpo (day of transfer)
Cramps straight after transfer and into evening

6dpo
Nothing

7dpo
- woke up sweaty
- weird/vivid dream
- woke up congested slightly
- strong jabbing cramps on and off a few minutes at a time on left made on and off from 10am - 5pm then some on right in evening made me go ouch
- Tiny bit of pink on my undies (could have been the crinone)

8dpo
- Really tired and hungry today
- Couldn't remember alarm code at work ha baby brain but could be IVF hormones
- Sharp pains back after lunch on left this time
- Could have sworn there was a bit of pink when I wiped (could have been the crinone)
- Dizzy and nauseas in PM
- Itchy stomach

9dpo
- Another weird dream
- Omg boobs soo sore today & real hungry
- Sharp pains back but not as frequent maybe twice? so who knows if it was implantation now.
- Feeling negative.
- Period type cramps in PM

10dpo
- Weird dreams and sore boobs continue
- Feel a little off in the stomach also (morning and evening)
- Period type pains continue
- Sharp pains back once or twice in PM

11dpo
- More vivid dreams
- Sore boobs
- Fatigue
- A little off in the stomach in am
- Craving salt at dinner time..
- Still light period pains

12dpo
- Woke up with sore throat and stuffy nose
- Boobs and nipples still sore
- Cramps gone

13dpo
- Omg BFP
- Stuffy nose in the morning

I never thought after all this time that we would finally get pregnant! Please bubba keep growing!!! The only different things this cycle was new clinic, chinese herbs, more acupuncture, cut out coke zero and soft drink, endometrium scratch two months before and just relaxed ate what I want. Good luck ladies!!

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BFP after 6 years TTC!

I honestly can't believe I am writing my BFP story! I've stalked this site for years trying to convince myself not to give up all hope. I got pregnant naturally 9 years ago with my ex partner accidentally after a laparoscopy for endo. Sadly that ended in a m/c (baby had a chromosomal problem). I met my now husband in 2008 and I came off contraception in 2010, thinking it would happen as easily as it did last time but that was not the case. Tried to conceive for 3 years with no luck before deciding to go to the doctor after we got married in 2013. Then started the proper monitoring of my cycles, which were all over the place. Went for scans and investigations where they decided I had PCOS. Started seeing my fertility doctor early 2014 and he said we would see how things go but I will probably need IVF. Got freaked out and kept postponing my appointments until I got my head together again. In 2015 we started 6 rounds of clomid 50mg, nothing happened. I told my doctor that I fell pregnant after a laparoscopy before and I wanted to try it again. He agreed and said he would also perform ovarian drilling. I had the operation in January 2016. My periods sort of regulated but still nothing happened. Asked if I could try clomid again and he agreed but said after this IVF was our only option, totally heartbroken. People around me kept getting pregnant, sometimes twice in the time I had been trying and I cried everytime. He prescribed 2 months of clomid at 25mg and then another 3 months at 50mg. Well on my second cycle of clomid 25mg (the first time I took it bang on the same time every day) days 2-6 we decided to just relax. Previously I had tried everything. Headstands, lying down with my hips elevated, you name it I tried it. This month I decided just to relax (one of the hardest things to do when TTC) and just went with the flow. I didn't monitor where I was in my cycle so I don't know exactly when all my symptoms started or where I was in my cycle when they did. I started to get my usual symptoms before my period, cramps, backache, sore boobs so was convinced AF was on her way. It got to day 34 (first time I looked at what day I was on) and I thought it was strange to be that late on clomid but after reading some posts on the internet I discovered it is possible to have late cycles on clomid so I was gutted, thought here we go everything is messed up again. The days went by, still no sign of AF, boobs were still sore, tired and backache. Started to want to eat a lot more. Finally on day 40 I thought, I better test and see. Used FMU and almost instantly a faint line appeared! I thought I was imagining it so shouted to DH who was still in bed and he confirmed he saw the line too! It then got darker and darker. Did another test later on in the day and BFP again! We were literally over the moon! My biggest indicator was that although my symptoms were similar to AF, they felt 'slightly' different. Things we did differently this month was relax, no charting, BD whenever we felt like it not regimented. Also, I started reading a book called 'The Secret' and started visualising having a baby and BFP rather than being negative and thinking it will never happen. I still can't believe I'm pregnant, I'm approx 6 weeks now and have nausea, bloating, mild cramping, back ache and extreme tiredness. I'm now trying to not panic about everything which is really hard! All I can say to everyone TTC is never give up. I swore I would keep going, I would have my baby one day and my prayers have been answered. Sending lots of baby dust to all still TTC, I know it is the absolute worst but it will happen one day. Praying now for a healthy and safe pregnancy x

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BFP 6 months following Uterine Septum Removal surgery

Unexplained infertility TTC 2.5 years

Dr. found uterine septum and surgery for uterine septum removal on 12/2016

7 months later.... BFP @ 22 DPO (honestly didn't think to test prior to that, lost hope and did not suspect anything....finally decided to give it a go yesterday morning and was shocked (we had only baby danced 1 time that cycle due to "taking it easy"...of course this is the month I get pregnant))

Symptoms: Currently have flu like symptoms (chills, achy muscles), pelvic cramping, and brown/sometimes red blood at some point in the day for the past 2 days.

There is hope...

fan-bloody-tactic news! ;)

Hi lovelies, I actually can't believe I'm writing this after try for 8 months! I've read all of your lovely stories, laughed and cried too! Now it's my turn to spread some hope xxx
I'm 34, PCOS, Endometriosis too! Had 2 operations to remove pre cancerous cells down below (so lots of barriers) but it seems that my body has give in and let my husbands little swimmers through! Got my BFP this evening! (CD28) It's faint( will post pic tomorrow) but so pleased! We were TTC like rabbits but in jan I just said lets stop trying as it was stressing my out.... Then on drunken night 9/02/16, we got drunk and whoops!
I've had so many symptoms.... Nausea, tiredness, crazy emotional highs and lows, backache, dizziness, hot flushes, adversion to smells (especially the dog) and a toothache! My CM has been clear and in abundance with a bit of irritation 'down there' . Must start back on my prenatals now and get healthy xxxx
Baby dust, love and whoops to you all and thank you for such wonderful inspirational stories on my journey TTC xxxxx

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