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BFP After Stage 4 Endo Diagnosis!

I cannot believe I'm actually posting! I'll start from the beginning. I've had terrible periods since I can remember, only getting worse with time. I was rushed to the ER back in March for a 6cm ovarian cyst that ruptured on my left ovary. An MRI confirmed it was an endometrioma. Devastated, I knew ttc was going to be a long tough process. My doctor immediately scheduled me for lap and warned me there was a big chance she may have to remove my left ovary. When I woke up (balling) from the procedure the first thing I asked if I still had ovaries to which she replied yes!! I was so relieved. She said I did have stage 4 endo BUT my tubes were clear and she wanted us to try naturally before seeing a fertility specialist. We weren't able to try that cycle since I wasn't fully recovered but we did the next cycle and this morning I got my BFP!!!! I am disbelief. I was convinced IVF was going to be in our future. As for symptoms, this is only week 5 so I haven't had too many. Cramps, which I thought for sure was AF... and my breasts are just barely tender. Mostly up near my armpit. The cramps do feel different than AF though - more of a stretching pain than a cramp. Things I did differently this cycle: I drank a cup of warm lemon water everyday when I woke up, before I ate anything. I had a spinach smoothie everyday with different fruits and tried my best to cut out gluten. I also have been on prenatals and fish oil for about 2 months. I also used the clearblue digital ovulation tests - which gave me a smiley for us to BD - which we did all week! Also - if you are in need of a lube get preseed! It was the first month we used it and I'm convinced it helped since I don't get much cm around ovulation. Anyways, I'm praying so hard everything goes smoothly. Don't give up hope! and pray. It works.

BFP! 1.5 Years/1mc/Endometriosis Diagnosis

We started TTC in October of 2012 and got pregnant that cycle but had a missed mc in December. OB told me to just let my body adjust and things will work themselves out. My cycles were very irregular after the mc but she insisted to give it more time. After a few months I changed OBs. New OB wanted to regulate my cycles first so he put me on clomid for 3 months but it thinned out my lining too much so changed me to Femara, no luck. They finally referred me to FS. I had a ton of blood work done and multiple exams, he could see fluid build up outside of my uterus and knew it was endo so he scheduled me for a laparascopy and hysteroscopy and I was diagnosed with bad Stage 1 endo, close to stage 2 but because I had no damage he kept it at Stage 1. My left ovary was completely attached to my large intestine to the point where it was starting to curve with my intestine but he fixed it all with zero damage. The original plan was to do an IUI with injections but because everything looked so great after the surgery we decided to try naturally for a few months and we were successful on our first cycle! That cycle I started OPKs on cd14 because I've always been a late ovulator and I continued to test until cd21 but stopped because I still hadn't gotten a positive yet and was frustrated. I refused to take a pregnancy test because I was sick of seeing that BFN. CD38, I woke up and on a whim took a cheapie and immediately it showed BFP. I waited until the next time I had to pee and on a CB Digital another BFP. Blood draw confirmed it and another draw 72 hours later showed a huge increase in numbers! I had my first u/s yesterday and we got to see the little bean and hear it's heart beat!!!! 6w5d, heartbeat 135! I really didn't have any early symptoms at all except I was peeing more than normal but I chalked that up to the fact that it was 95 degrees and I was chugging water all the time! Guess I was wrong. TTC is supposed to be one of the funnest times in your they say. For me, like most of you, it is stressful, heartbreaking and frustrating but hang in there because just when you're about to give up something wonderful can happen!

Finally BFP 10 DPO

Me 34 hubby 33. 10 DPO BFP First time in my life to try for kids. You can find my prior posts earlier in this thread. OK, I'm so excited to be posting the "good news"!!! My hubby and I have tried to get prego since February of this year. (I've actually been trying since December wink...wink). Anyway, our first few cycles we a little rough with no luck. I was frustrated that it didn't happen. I was secretly hoping to be one of those ladies that gets pregnant right away. That was not the case for me. In March, I was starting to have some period like pain after my normal monthly cycle. I have a 28-30 day cycle and it usually lasts about 3-5 days. The month of march I was having spotting for an extra 4 days which is very abnormal for me along with shooting pains that would come on for about 3-4 hours at a time. This was very strange. In April the same thing happened and I knew something was wrong. I called my GYNO but could not get an appointment until early mid May. The pain woke me up a few nights in a row, it was a stabbing pain by my ovary. I decided to call my primary care DR. I came to see him a few days later. He tested me for a UTI and said he could send me the next day to a center to get a transvagional ultrasound and he was not able to do much else and recommended for me to try and get my OBGYN appointment bumped up. So 2 days later my husband and I went to the imaging place for the transvagional ultrasound. The technician uses a small wand and takes pictures up there. She was spending a long time on my right side. She told me to hold on and got another woman to take a look at what she was seeing. Unfortunately, they were talking in code and would only tell me it was on the right side. The technician and the DR. told me that they would send the images to my Primary care and he would call to review them with me. I was so scared of what it was, I was searching the internet for what could be wrong? Web MD is NOT your friend!!! lol. 2 days later my Primary care called me and told me I had a Large mass on my right ovary and it was SOLID .!!! Cysts are fluid filled, My heart sank, I was thinking worst case ovarian cancer and best case a demmoriod cyst. At this point I only needed to wait 3 more days till my OBGYN appointment. At my OBGYN my DR. had received the images from my earlier ultrasound she took a look and said the images were not very good and they had a specialist who would take more. I came back the next day and within the first 5 minutes of the transvagional the Dr. said, "oh wow, you have a huge pudunculated tumor " God is in your favor to have found this before you got pregnant because the fibriod would have caused tons of pain and complications". I was so relieved it was just a large fibroid!!! Because it was attached from a stalk to the outside of the uterus it appeared on the ovary during the first! What a relief. I went in for laparoscopic surgery on June 4th. While the surgery was being performed my doctor saw about 10-13 tiny spots of endometrossis on the outside of the uterus and surrounding areas. He lasered off the endo and removed a large CANTELOPE sized fibroid. The fibroid was sitting towards the back of my pelvis pushing on my bladder. I have always peed all the time and I thought I just had a small bladder. After the operation I now pee like a normal person lol. After recovery and during my follow-up the DR. explained that my case of endometrossis was extremely mild but even very mild endo could be the sole cause of us not conceiving yet. He gave us the green light to try the next month. (typically is the fibroid is inside the uterus or imbedded in the uterine wall the waiting period is longer). I used pre-seed on cycle day 15 and forgot to use it the other days. I use the CBFM and did not get a peak in July. This month I did get a peak on cycle day 15&16 followed by a high. We BD on cycle day 8,9,10,11,13,14,15,16,17, Yeah pretty much every day. lol 1 -7 DPO nothing out of the ordinary 8 DPO During my combat class I had a moment of metallic taste in my mouth. I felt feverish that night and I had weird tailbone shooting twinges. 9 or 10 DPO My husband ate hard-boiled eggs this morning and the scent was so strong it was a really bad sulfur smell. I eat hard-boiled eggs all the time and never noticed such a strong scent. Been experiencing light cramping all day. I'm so used to the BFN's month after month that is has started to not bother me that much. Went to walgreens and bought a FER a very light line formed in the 3 minute window BFP!!!!. So excited!!!!! Trying to get pregnant it such a difficult and scary process. I have leaned on God for support during my difficult times. I know he has put in my heart to have children for a reason.

4+ yrs TTC#1, PCOS/Endo/MFI, BFP via IVF/ICSI... Don't Give Up!

I am 6dp5dt on our first IVF cycle. We have been TTC#1 since January 2009. I had a missed miscarriage @ 5 weeks in 2010 and haven't seen a BFP since...until today! We have been through the full suite of infertility treatments from 2010-2013: clomid/timed intercourse, clomid/IUI, and now IVF. Knowing that IVF may be our only shot, my hubby and I found new jobs with great insurance coverage, and left an amazing, custom-renovated home and network of friends behind to move cross-country. We were "unexplained" infertiles until last fall when our new RE diagnosed me with PCOS (noticed "string of pearls" on my ovaries w/ monitored clomid/IUI cycles). He immediately started me on metformin (3x500mg daily). After a few more failed clomid/IUI cycles, we did a laparoscopy/hysteroscopy/D&C where my RE found endometriosis on my ovaries and bladder and endometrial polyps. After a few more failed clomid/IUI cycles, we finally decided to proceed with IVF. Our current insurance provides limited coverage of one lifetime IVF cycle. Hubby has low motility/morphology and below average counts. I had an amazing stim cycle for someone my age (35 yrs old, long lupron w/ menopur/follistim), and we were blessed with 11x5-day blastocysts fertilized via ICSI. We had to postpone the transfer since I was at high risk for OHSS (E2 levels neared 8,000 before retrieval, and they harvested 30 eggs). I had mild OHSS, and recovered well. We transferred 3x5-day blasts and I just got my BFP at 6dt5dt. Beta results TBD, but we are celebrating this small victory today, as one must celebrate these baby steps to survive infertility treatment! Things I did differently (everything but the kitchen sink): - drastically reduced my exercise/activity levels last fall (doctor's orders...i used to be an avid runner/biker/fitness freak). no exercise during stims, light yoga and light walking of my sweet little hound dog prior to FET. bed rest for 2 days following FET. - reduced carb intake (nothing drastic, just limited sweets & breads) - changed to a much less stressful job - took coenzyme Q-10 during stims - "juiced" or supplemented w/ nano-greens and other nutrient-packed drinks once daily - pineapple core for two days following FET - raspberry leaf tea during week prior to, and following FET - weekly acupuncture starting 3 months prior to stims, and continued through FET. acupuncture immediately before and after FET. - counseling for IVF/marriage support (much overlooked aspect of infertility's so hard on a marriage!) - chiropractic treatment since last fall - benadryl - initially to help w/ a potential mild allergic reaction to lupron during FET prep, but I continued 25 mg just before bedtime with doc's OK, and after reading stories of potential benefits of antihistamine treatment for implantation. Will stop after betas. - FET prep included lupron, delestrogen shots, PIO, baby aspirin, medrol, and antibiotics 1-2dp5dt - bed rest, leg cramps, stomach cramps 3dp5dt - gassy, vomited after breakfast 4dp5dt - gassy, tired, stomach constantly rumbling 5dp5dt - stomach cramps, hungry 6dp5dt - faint BFP! nauseous, but kept breakfast down, hungry (also, i got up to pee in the middle of the night every night since the transfer) My best advice to anyone TTC...don't give up! Seek out a doc if you're struggling...don't wait! Seek a new doc if you're not happy with your current doc. Many of the docs/clinics have different approaches. One clinic that I went to treated all patients with the exact same protocol initially. That doc refused to do a laparoscopy. Despite several previous monitored clomid/IUI cycles, previous docs missed the PCOS diagnosis. I really think metformin helped w/ my great stim cycle. My new doc kept saying, "you're going to have a metformin baby!" Insurance coverage is sooo key in infertility treatment as well! Do your leg work and figure out what kind of coverage is available to you. Baby dust to all! I'm really hoping we have at least one sticky bun in the oven!

BFP After 4 yrs of Trying With PCOS and Septate Uterus

First of all, I would like to start by saying "Thank you" to the thoughtful people who created such a wonderful site. It gives hope and helps connect us TTCers to share and help each other. Also, thanks to all you ladies for keeping me sane with your stories during the long and tiring journey to my bfp! 4 yrs back, we started trying and 2yrs back I conceived but miscarried in the 7th week. Doctor discovered I have a bicornuate uterus and nothing can be done surgically,can try Inuit but there will be high miscarriage risk. We tried for another year with no success and then last year changed the doctor who discovered that its actually a complete septate uterus and will need surgery. Also, I had pcos. Laparoscopy and hysteroscopy Was done for removing septum and ovarian drilling for pcos in mar13. 4 months after the surgery, hormone replacement therapy and nearly 10 months of hormones and drugs, I finally got my bfp when I went off all therapies and drugs during the past one month. Dpo wise symptoms: 1dpo - ovary twinges, bd, sore throat 2 -5dpo, headache, nausea, dry scratchy throat, mild fever, creamy cm 6dpo-8dpo, feeling very hot, itchy and swollen down there, pinches in belly button, uterus area. 9 dpo - woke up with a vacuum in the stomach, still feel that at around 4 am 10 dpo - shoulder pain, tired, very thirsty, hungry but nothing tastes good, tested with fmu, faint bfp 11 dpo, darker bfp, got beta hcg done which confirmed the news with 21miu. We are excited but cautiously optimistic after our previous bad experience. Hope to see a heartbeat in the next ultrasound. Love you all.

Pregnant Just For Today

I caved and took 2 tests tonight. 6dp5dt both came back positive. 1 cheapie and 1 FRER and the FRER is darker than the cheapie but both are clear. I feel confident that my 6000ml of hcg that I did on 8/1 is out and I'm feeling positive. Thanks for letting me share.
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Still Can't Believe it! After 7 Months TTC

I finally got my bfp last night after 7 months of TTC ! I'm 32 and I had a laparoscopy surgery last October for endometriosis and started ttc since January. I would take opks every month and temp every morning only to see that dreadful AF show up every time. I didn't really want to go the docs and be prescribed drugs like clomid as I had a feeling my lining wasn't thick enough for implantation. So I turned to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) for acupuncture and herbs. True enough the physician said I had a cold womb and not enough blood. And VOILA ! 1 month of acupuncture and I'm finally pregnant !! I can't praise TCM enough and am absolutely convinced by it! 3 months ago I stopped charting and testing with opks because I wanted the stress to stop... so I don't really know exactly when did I ovulate but basically I didn't get many symptoms and was even quite sure it wasn't our month. Usually I would be very tired during the luteal phase but not this time, I started getting tired only around CD 26 (probably 12 dpo) At the same time AF didn't show any signs, not even feeling any cramps, plus my face was breaking out, my boobs remained sore and I was feeling more tired and out of breath...usually these progesterone symptoms would subside announcing AF. But what really gave it away was very deep yellow cm when I wiped a couple of times! I had never had this in my life!! So last night (approx 16 dpo and 3 days late) I tested after dinner and was prepared to see a no-show line, after all first morning urine is always recommended, and the line appeared instantly, stronger than the control line !! I was so ecstatic... I couldn't imagine my body being able to get pregnant, and am realizing how incredible our bodies are....
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BFP 2 Months After Miscarriage!

I posted on here in May with my bfp but unfortunately I miscarried that little bean :( I waited to have one period then got pregnant that month!! Didn't expect it to happen that soon but we are so excited!! I'm now nearly 5 weeks :) We've been trying for quite awhile now. I have a beautiful 4 yr old daughter, had an ectopic pregnancy in 2011 which resulted in losing a tube :( , then had the heartbreaking miscarriage in May so now I'm just hoping and praying that this little bean sticks!! Good luck to other mummies TTC :D xx
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This Should Give Someone Hope :)

Hi Ladies! DH and I are both 30 years old and had only been TTC for about 6 months when I decided to go to the doctor. I suspected we were going to have difficulty because my periods have always been extremely irregular (and I had never been given an explanation as to why; I was just put on the pill). Anyway, my general practictioner finally sent me to a fertility specialist who, after lots of testing and 2 laparoscopies, told me that I have lean PCOS, hypothyroidism, only one working fallopian tube, and severe endometriosis. Ahh!! They said that my best chance to conceive was IVF. Fortunately for us, DH and I both have good jobs and were able to start the IVF process right away. In spite of all my issues, I felt pretty good about our chances that IVF would work. Then, I started the physically and emotionally tolling process: Cycle #1: Fresh cycle. Transferred 2 perfect-looking blastocysts. BFN. I was sad but still hopeful that a future try would work. Cycle #2: Frozen cycle. Transferred 2 perfect-looking blastocysts. BFN. I started to think this might not work after all. Cycle #3: Fresh cycle. Transferred 2 perfect-looking blastocysts. BFN. I felt for sure that my poor little broken body just wasn't capable of conceiving. After this, I took a short break from IVF (only a month or two) and started the adoption process. I knew I would do one more round of IVF because I had already paid for it, but I had no hope that it would work. We picked an adoption agency, did all our paperwork, and made our first payment. Then, in cycle #4 (a frozen cycle), we transferred 1 perfect-looking blastocyst and - what?! - BFP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not believe it and still can't even though I'm 12.5 weeks! :) So, even though I NEVER believed in the old "relax and it will happen" theory, maybe there is something to it? I didn't stress over my last round of IVF at all because I was sure it wouldn't work and was completely focused on the adoption. Another thing that may have helped is that I went gluten free a few months priot to IVF #4. I had read that people with endometriosis are often sensitive to gluten and that the resulting inflammation can hinder implantation. I don't know if it had anything to do with my BFP or not, but it's worth a try (especially since my doctor said that once you achieve a pregnancy and it's well established, gluten shouldn't make you miscarry, so you can go back to gluten after a few months). During my TWW, I had no symptoms - no sickness, no dry mouth, no bleeding gums, and less CM than with my failed cycles. The ONLY thing that made me think for a second that it might have worked was that I saw the tiniest hint of pink on the TP one time when I went to the loo. I wondered if it was implantation bleeding, but it was barely visible and I had spotted (brown though) in some of my failed cycles, so I didn't think much of it. Sorry to go on and on, but I really wanted to give hope to some of you ladies with no TWW symptoms, severe endometriosis, and / or multiple failed IVFs!!! I really pray that you all get your BFPs too. I know how hard it is. Wishing you all lots of luck and baby dust :)

BFP at 40 After Removal of Left Ovary and Tube

It's just over 3 and a half years ago that I discovered that I had fallen pregnant (not planned). DH and I were numb for several weeks but grew to like the idea of having a third. Visited OB/GYN at 8 weeks and had a scan. No heartbeat detected - we were devastated. Another scan at 9 weeks confirmed no heartbeat so booked into day surgery for D&C. I woke up in a private room in a ward all confused and in pain, OB/GYN had ruptured my uterus during the procedure and had to repair with a LAP so D&C was not carried out. Sent home to MC naturally and after another 2 weeks MC'd and ended up being admitted to hospital again (trip in an ambulance). Follow up with OB/GYN a couple of weeks later revealed a large ovarian cyst (size of an orange) had grown on my left ovary. To top it all off, due to all of the exams and internal scans over those weeks I developed an intolerance/allergy to latex. Took months to figure this out as I was on antibiotics after the rupture and then had a nasty chest infection followed by ear infections that wouldn't go away so I kept on thinking that it was thrush due to the antibiotics! I was put on BC to try and reduce the size of the cyst over 6 months but it didn't work so back to hospital to have the cyst removed. After everything that happened I wasn't keen to have a third! 9 months ago, 2 days before I turned 40 and a day before I flew out of the country for my planned 40 bday celebration in Thailand, DH asked for another! Totally unexpected! I always wanted 3 but was very happy with the two beautiful boys that we have and had thought we were past it as boys are 10 & 9 (15 months apart). Told DH I wanted a check up with GP before committing to trying. Blood work revealed all ok with me and the GP gave us the thumbs up to start trying immediately and he tried to tell me when to start TTC (like I didn't already know)! After 5 months TTC, due to our age and my cycle going haywire since we started trying we booked into see a fertility specialist in late Feb as I knew it would take a bit of time to investigate everything and we weren't spring chickens! The day before our appointment I had the most horrific nausea and pain. Standing seemed to make it worse and somehow I knew something wasn't right and after hours of vomitting drove to my dr. She was at a loss but suspected divaticulitis (family history) and since I was seeing GYN the next day she suggested I talk to him and start on antibiotics just in case. I wasn't able to stand for more than 5 min the next morning and cancelled GYN appt as I was too ill. The next day I couldn't stand the pain any more so went to the hospital where they scanned me and found an ovarian torsion on my left ovary. Rushed appt with GYN had me booked in for surgery a couple of days later. Left ovary, cyst and tube had to be removed due to lack of blood supply from torsion. GYN thought that torsion probably occurred in Sept/Oct last year when we first started TTC as that is when my cycle became irregular. I had more bloodwork done and had to book DH in for tests but things got busy and we didn't get around to getting my results or booking him in for tests before we headed off on a family holiday overseas at the beginning of July. Periods were due while we were away. BBS had been killing me for over a week but didn't think too much of it. Period didn't arrive on day 28 so told DH 50/50 chance in the morning and 60/40 that night. Next day still hadn't arrived, BBS were really painful and heavy. Told DH the % was now 70/30! After an exhausting day at Universal Studios riding roller coasters I decided to do a HPT back at the hotel - BFP!!! Came out from the bathroom and whispered to DH that % was now 99/1! DH will be 40 when due and I will be 41! Dr has now confirmed pregnancy at booked into OB/GYN in Aug.
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