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Endemetriosis, op, BFP

Hi there just wanted to share my story with people trying to concieve that may have lost out on hope. (my story exactly). Here we go....
Me and my partner decided to try for a baby. I came off pill and enjoyed trying... month after month no baby :-(. Then I started to notice pains in the two week wait and horrendous period pains. I had had bad period pains since I started at the age of 10, however birth control had lessoned it. Anyway went on and on at docs. I knew something wasn't right. I'm 23 this should be easy, I'm healthy. So after many many trips to docs I suggested endo after looking up my symptoms myself. Finally went to gyna doc who said symptoms sound like endo. So had a lap 3 months later which confirmed a few spots of endo. I was thinking no way could this stop me from conceiving, it was on the ligament of my uterus not blocking anything and had dye in my tubes and came through, so no blockages. Three months later had the op to laser endo, and I'm still thinking this can't be why, I just must not be able to have children. So to cut the story short and have a happy ending the first time we tried after op we conceived!!!! After fifteen long months of doctors hospitals, one op to remove something so minor gave me a chance to be a mum. So don't give up!! The doctors say it must have been the endo giving my body chemical reaction, much like obesity does, informing my body it was not a safe environment for a baby. So pester those docs and stick up for yourself when you know something's not right. Thank god I have a supportive partner who stood by me through the depression and sadness of it all but now were the ones smiling xx

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BFP With Endo

After a long 13 months, I finally get to post on here! :)
I'm 23 and my husband will be turning 24 this year. We have had a long ttc journey, but it has all been worth it!

I started having problems with endo and ovarian cysts when I was 14 years old. I was diagnosed when I was 17 but didn't have any official surgeries to confirm until last year (2012). I ended up having 3 surgeries last year (February, August, and November). I had large ovarian cysts removed as well as endo. My doctor told us we needed to try our hardest to get pregnant asap or it might not ever happen.
We started ttc March of 2012. But, my cycles were completely irregular from being on BCP as well as being on Lupron for 6 months.
Anyways, I'll get right to the point and post my symptoms throughout my TWW.
This month, we did things differently. For starters, I started taking Vitex to help regulate my cycle (WHICH IT HELPED!-I ovulated way sooner, some months I wouldn't ovulate until CD 33, but this time it was CD 20). I was also taking B6, super b complex, and baby aspirin-- as well as prenatals. I also used a Clearblue Fertility Monitor this cycle as well.

TWW symptoms:
1dpo: Heartburn, cramps, tender bbs, bloated
2dpo: Increased sex drive, cramps, tender bbs, heartburn
3dpo: Nausea, tender bbs, tmi (diarrhea), heartburn, increased sex drive
4dpo: Sore nipples, backache, tender bbs, heartburn, tmi (diarrhea)
5dpo: Backache, tender bbs, heartburn, headache, gassy, tmi (diarrhea)
6dpo: Thirsty, dry mouth, tender bbs, heartburn, backache, gassy, cramps, increased appetite, bloated
7dpo: Sore throat, stuffy nose, cramps, backache, congestion, tender bbs
8dpo: Fatigue, heartburn, headache, thirsty, tender bbs, backache, gassy, congestion, thirsty
9dpo: (5/25/13) BFP! nausea, fatigue, bloated, heartburn, cramps, tender bbs, congestion, thirsty
13dpo: Positive blood test! beta 152.8
15dpo: Beta 326.1
19dpo: Beta 2132
Ultrasound done 6/17/13 (7w1d) but baby measuring at 6w4d

Infertility For 2 1/2 Years - BFP With Decaf Sperm

After an HSG, 5 IUI's, Laproscopy/Hysteroscopy surgery, Femara, Clomid, HCG Trigger shots, Blood tests, Soft cups, Fertilaid, enough reading that I feel like I could be an RE by name it we are finally pregnant NATURALLY!!! We had an ectopic in 2010 that changed us forever and had been TTC with unexplained infertility ever since.

Unexplained Infertility:
I literally couldn't talk about babies without having break down.

In February 2013, we stopped all the hormones, the shots, & IUI's. I just couldn't take it anymore. (When people told me not to worry about getting pregnant, I kindly asked them to shoot themselves in the foot and then try not to think about it. That's what infertility is like. You wake up and look in the mirror and see it first thing in the morning and it's a cloud that follows you the rest of the day. You live your life in 2 week increments. 2 weeks hopeful, 2 weeks wishing time away.) I stalked this site for years and found so much hope in women posting their BFP stories after they spent years TTC.

What we did different:
I refocused all of that energy (ok some of it) on getting healthy. DH cut out all caffeine except for 1 cup of coffee in the morning. I cut out all caffeine and drank Yogi brand Detox Tea (1 full box), ate whole foods, and walked the dog regularly. Other than that just took 100% natural prenatal vitamin & tried to enjoy the everyday joys in life. I'm 31 years old & know that sounds corny, but it took some of the frustration away.

What felt different:
at 5-6dpo I had scant spotting light pink and brown (never had it that far away from period & ovulation)
I just felt different than all the other months and even first pregnancy. My stomach had weird cramps and felt super full. Even now I feel like I did a million situps.
I tested at 10dpo with a very faint positive and confirmed with a blood test on 11dpo.

While we are not out of the woods yet (as it is extremely early), it feels so good to finally share our story. To everyone out there struggling with infertility (especially unexplained) I pray that God continues to change our hearts & that we remember He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Know that you are not alone and we are some of the strongest women on the planet!

BFP First Month TCC With History of Endometriosis, Stenosis of the Cervix, and Progesterone Sensitivity

I am getting married in 3 weeks, and my fiance and we decided to stop using condoms this past month, because we figured it would probably take a year or more to become pregnant with my history of reproductive issues. I've had surgery for the stenosis (which was reoccurant after a cone biopsy in 04), and the endometriosis several times, the latest being August 2012. He is 32 and I am 31. This is his first child and I have 11 year old twins from a previous relationship. I woke up last tuesday with the worst diarrhea I've ever had and felt horrible the next two days. Very fatigued, sore breasts, food adversions, cramps which were intense at times and mostly on my right side. I tested on Thursday (my three week mark) and got a very very faint positive. Then tested positive on Friday and positive again Saturday morning. I'm going to see my doctor tomorrow which will be at 3 weeks 5 days. My fiance and I are super excited, but we are waiting to tell everyone till we get back from our honeymoon and know that the pregnancy is going well. I never thought it would happen this quick!

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BFP 4 Months After Laparoscopy

I was diagnosed with endometriosis after my doctor performed laparoscopy to remove a cyst from my right ovary. She was aware I had been trying to conceive since I got married about 9 months ago with no success. During the surgery she injected this blue dye into my ovaries to see if there was a clear path that would allow me to conceive. My left ovary was completely clogged due to the endometrios but the right one appeared to be in great shape. She informed me I would still ovulate from both, but only one is truly functional. Since the surgery we had returned to TTC, with forced moments based on basal temperatures and ovulation test results with no avail. I was really upset because this month I ovulated while I was out of town away from my husband. Even though we had made love three days before I immediately felt defeated because we had tried and failed for the past 3 months since the surgery, I spent the first 10 days after ovulation trying to fight a yeast infection using the 1 day monistat then 3 day unsucessfully.

11-13 dpo - Very dry, with occasional spotting every other day with a thick mucus. Cramping as well, which made me believe my period was coming but it never did. Then I remembered a repeated yeast infection can be a symptom. No other symptoms besides these.
14 dpo- Couldn't take it anymore took a Clearblue pregnancy test mid day around 5pm....BFP!!! I couldn't believe it. GOD is good!!! I pray this sticks. So for those who do not feel a lot of pregnancy symptoms, don't lose the faith : )

BFP Post Laparoscopy/Hysteroscopy with Clomid

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. I had a laparoscopy and a hysteroscopy in February to remove endometriosis and a uterine septum. This is our 2nd cycle trying post-surgery. Before surgery I had done 2 cycles of Clomid, that were successful in achieving ovulation but not pregnancy. This is our first cycle of Clomid after the surgery. We are beyond thrilled!! I quit drinking caffeine in February. I exercise with yoga and on the elliptical. We also had an HSG in March, and some people say that there is an increase in pregnancy rates for about 3 months post-HSG.

CD 2: Appointment with RE. Ultrasound to check for cysts. Very large cyst on left ovary. RE says to come back in a week.
CD 8: Ultrasound with RE to check on cyst. Cyst still there, but getting smaller.
CD 13: Ultrasound with RE to check on cyst. Cyst gone! Start Clomid today!
CD 13-17: Clomid 50 mg (later start of Clomid than I even knew was possible, but my RE is the expert!)
CD 21: BD
CD 22: Ultrasound with RE to check on follicle growth. 4 follicles present, 3 at 25mm and 1 at 15mm. All in right ovary. Positive OPK in the afternoon right after RE appointment.
CD 23: Ovulation, BD - laid with a pillow under my hips for about 30 minutes post-BD. Used Conceive Plus (which is like Preseed).
1 DPO: nothing
2 DPO: nothing
3 DPO: twingy/crampy feeling in ovaries
4 DPO: twingy/ crampy feeling in ovaries, sensitive nipples
5 DPO: twingy/ crampy feeling in ovaries, sensitive nipples
6 DPO: sensitive nipples, vivid dream
7 DPO: sensitive nipples, breast tenderness, cramping feeling in pelvic area, constipated, vivid dreams, gums bled a little when flossing
8 DPO: sensitive nipples, breast tenderness, twingy/crampy feeling in left ovary, mild breakout on forehead, constipated, vivid dreams, thick-white-creamy CM
9 DPO: nipple sensitivity, breast tenderness, creamy-white-lotiony CM, cramps on left and ride sides throughout the day
10 DPO: nipple sensitivity, breast tenderness, creamy-white CM, vivid dream, pulling feeling on pubic bone
11 DPO: nipple sensitivity, breast tenderness, constipated, heavy/pulling feeling in uterus, pain/cramps in ovaries when stretching/transitioning from sitting to standing. Vivid dream. Bloated in the afternoon – it feels like I’m really full.
12 DPO: nipple sensitivity, breast tenderness, cramps in abdomen, bloated feeling, pulling feeling on pubic bone, lower back pain on right side. Broke down and took a pregnancy test (First Response) – BFP!!!! 2nd pink line came up within about 10 seconds and it was dark.
13 DPO: Took a digital First Response Early Result test this morning. YES +! :) Just love looking at that thing! Nipples and breasts are still tender. Still have the bloated feeling. Creamy CM.

Things that were different for me this cycle: twinges and cramps in my ovaries and uterus constantly. I have never felt that before. I can never feel my ovaries, even when they have huge cysts on them. Also, lotion-like CM on 9DPO, bloated feeling, and the vivid dreams. Breast tenderness and nipple sensitivity are normal for me so I didn't pay too much attention to that until it didn't stop. Usually it gets less intense the day before I start. I pretty much always have an 11 day LP. So when it was day 12 and my breasts still hurt I got suspicious.

Good luck to everyone with their BFPs!!!!

BFF With Endometriosis (5th Cycle)

I have read so many posts on this website whilst trying to conceive... I can hardly believe that I'm writing this! :-)

I have been trying to conceive with 4 cycles not being pregnant. This was to be my 5th, and found out yesterday that I seem to be pregnant! (Can't quite believe it yet)

I have endometriosis (stage 1), and had laparoscopy surgery & treatment with helica therma coagulator 8 months ago. After my surgery - I had more pain than ever & the most painful cycles I've ever had in my life. I felt that the treatment had failed and was distraught - thinking I was becoming infertile. I was extremely despondent and anxious.

I changed my diet completely about 3 months ago...I restricted my caffeine, wheat & dairy intake. I also started taking Seven Seas 'trying to conceive' vitamins along with an omega 3 capsule. My energy levels were better & I felt more hopeful but with every cycle it made me feel like I'd never conceive.

Last month, something hit home and changed my whole attitude to conception...helping me to relax about the whole thing... It's difficult to explain, but I'll try to explain, just in case somebody reading this, experiencing the anxiety I experienced is helped.... I realised that our bodies aren't made to always fall pregnant at every cycle. It's a difficult journey for the sperm - and for good reason. So that we can enjoy sex and not always fall pregnant. God made it a little difficult and for good reason.

I realised then that it would be far better to just let nature take its course the way God designed reproduction. To see sex as something we do to enhance our marriage, not be scared or fearful of infertility when not falling pregnant. It just might not be 'meant to be' that month...and it's perfectly normal biologically. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't...that's just the way it is. (I'm talking about healthy couples...not people with known medical conditions who need treatment).

This way of thinking was extremely 'freeing' for me.

I also determined to appreciate all that I DO have, because longing for a baby can make you feel very discontented, which really isn't good for your well-being.

So, I relaxed, and prayed that Gods will be done and accepted that it might not be his will for me to fall pregnant right now.

We have made love every second day through the month apart from once or twice. I didn't check the calendar at any point to see when I was ovulating, I noted nothing, I put it to the back of my head and told myself it might be another year yet, so not to fuss about it. The less I focused on it - the more I could relax, and the less pressured the sex was.

I have a 31-34 day cycle which is due around about now - and I've had some pain which seems like my usual endometriosis pain in the run up to it, so I thought, 'ok, this is sad, another month, but it is what it is' ..... I had a spare pregnancy test in the bathroom and decided to take it to confirm no pregnancy.

I used it, watched it for a I left it.

Forgot about it.

10 Mins later I walked past it and picked it up....I see a faint faint faint line....I couldn't believe it!!!!! I was hesitant to jump to conclusions but knew that no other tests had shown any line at all.

My husband purchased a first response test pack last night and I took one this morning. What do you know...a clearer line!

(I've attached a photo of both)

So I guess I'm pregnant! :-)

I'm very happy, but too scared to accept it fully yet - just in case...early days!

Weird thing is - I do not feel pregnant. I feel no different. Apart from feeling extremely emotional 5 days ago - nothing out of the ordinary. No tiredness, no sore breasts, nothing! I guess that's all to come...still very early days.

My advice to anybody in my position is to do all you can to mentally relax...tell yourself that it might still be a year, keep telling yourself that...and try to have 'pressure-less' intercourse every second day for your cycle. Try not to note your ovulation (it only makes you worry if you should have done it this day or that day/time). Just relax and try to accept that whatever will be will be. Also, try to appreciate all that you do have!

Hoping this pregnancy continues & wishing you all the same positive experience.

God bless you all :)

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Just Got My BFP For Baby #2 After IF Issues For 9yrs!!!

You read that right!

Took us 4yrs and 8months to conceive DS naturally after surgeries (laparoscopy), clomid and IUI's failed and I just got my BFP this morning for baby number 2!!! I'm cd32 and 4 days late. I had a suspicion I was pg when I felt NO AF SYMPTOMS this month!

Look at this beauty!!!

Symptoms for those who are stalkers like me :)

O around Cd 14-15
11dpo - started to notice my CM drying up considerably unlike the normal watery/EWCM I get when AF is on her way
14dpo - notice a heavy feeling in my cervix but figure its just AF about to make its way
16dpo - nausea has hit and reflux; cervix check it is LOW and hard (feels like tip of my nose)
17dpo - BFP with morning test and now the BOOBIES HURT!

My LACK of symptoms is the giveaway just like when I fell pg with our son. I didn't have the normal back pains or twinges, my CM was gone. What I DIDN'T have this time was implantation spotting. I had one TINY light brown speck when I was cd26 w/ my son but not this time around. Also I had no nausea with him..this one may be different.

OMG..I still cannot believe I am writing this!!! This is proof ladies that miracles can and do happen. I am 38yrs old and we have been TTC #2 for 1 wow. God is SO GOOD. Now I have to figure out a way to spring the news on DH tonight !!!

** Update *** I'm now 6wks and I have heartburn and lots of creamy CM that started around 5wks.

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Pregnant After 18 Months

I came off the pill in August 2011 didn't mess around, went straight out and bought digital ovulation tests. I didn't get a period until December and at that stage had been to the doctors to say I was worried. At first my periods were all over the place, one cycle was 55 days long. Back to the doctors I would go but they kept saying these things took time. I would always get a smiley face every month so it worried me that things weren't working. In 2006 I had had treatment for CIN3, severe pre-cancerous cells of the cervix, twice. As the months went by I mentioned to the doctor could this have any connection to why I'm not getting pregnant and was told no. I was advised that I would have to wait a year before I was referred to fertility specialists at the hospital and of course because I had been to the doctors so often they knew my exact dates so I couldn't fib about the dates of when we started trying to conceive.

In November 2012 I finally got my appointment at the hospital, they just referred me for all sorts of blood tests to check I was ovulating, a scan and the HSG. I was so excited and nervous the day of the HSG, thought to myself finally I may get some answers so was devastated when the doctor doing the test asked for help from a specialist who after trying for 30 minutes said that she couldn't even do the test as she couldn't get into my cervix at all. She said it wasn't her place to discuss why this might be, that they would give these results to the fertility doctors and they would discuss it at my next appointment. I left in tears.

At my appointment finally I got an answer, I told the doctor they couldn't do the HSG and then he looked at my notes about my CIN3 and said really positively that the cervix was obviously completely shut with scar tissue from my operations years ago. He said that he would do a Laparoscopy and that should solve the problem. I was delighted by his positive attitude but then he mentioned that the only problem he could see would be if my cervix was too short. If that was the case then I might not be able to get pregnant naturally. I told him that I knew from what I was told in 2006 that my cervix was very short. I left thinking maybe I would never get pregnant.

In mid December I had the laparoscopy and saw the doctor again afterwards who confirmed my cervix was short. He said that because of this he would only give me 3 months to try to conceive naturally before he moved onto artificial insemination. He didn't see the point in wasting time.

In January I was in tears when my period arrived, thought well thats it, I've had the laparoscopy and its obviously not worked. Then in February I was away on holiday when my period was due. It didn't arrive. I waited until I returned home a week later, I was really stressed at the time, my Dad was being tested for suspected prostate cancer and my pet had gone missing so thought this must be the reason I hadn't come on. A day after I returned I did a test, then another & was positive! I'm now 13 weeks and just had a cervical stitch put in to help hold the pregnancy for the whole term.

Dont' give up hope x

My Dream Come True <3

Wow, I can't believe I'm here actually writing about my own BFP!
Where do I even start?
After 1 long year and 9 months, my fiance and I have finally fallen pregnant for the first time!
I would come to this site without a doubt every single month, and try to match my symptoms with other ladies ones, in hope that they were real and that it was finally my time. I would note every twinge, every weird symptom possible I would try to match it. Through doing this I learned, no matter what symptom you think you have, whether it be an itchy knee or hair loss, if you google 'itchy knee early pregnancy symptom', something WILL come up matching it.
I was diagnosed with PCOS three years ago, and never thought much of it until we started trying for a baby and nothing was happening. The PCOS made my periods VERY irregular, at one stage I didn't ovulate for 9 months.
In October of 2012 I was referred from my GP to a specialist at our hospital, where I attended appointments every 6 weeks. After much poking and prodding, blood tests and scans, the specialist decided to put me forward for surgery in which I would have a dye test in my tubes to make sure they weren't blocked, and for a bit of exploring too I suppose.

I had my surgery on 12.12.12 and when I woke up a nurse told me good news, that my tubes weren't blocked.
It took me a few weeks to recover from the surgery because I picked up an infection from the hospital, but once I was recovered I attended another appointment with my specialist, where they put me on Clomid for days 2-6 of my cycle.
Because I wasn't getting my period naturally, I was also put on Norethisterone, which brought on an aritifical period, to kick start my Clomid cycle.

Once that kick started it, I didn't have to take any more of those particular pills. These pills gave me some side effects....
* Feeling sick
* Headaches
* Bloated
* Feeling tired

Clomid also gave me some side effects as well...
* VERY sore boobs and nipples (usually noticeable two weeks after taking Clomid, and lasts until just after my period starts)
* Bloating and abdominal pains
* Vaginal Dryness
* Feeling sick

Clomid actually mimicked pregnancy symptoms I believe, giving me false hope... BUT on my 2nd cycle of Clomid (I had to do days 5-9 because my appointment was scheduled later than it should have been) I finally got my BFP.

I was using OPK's and they seemed a little confusing to me because I didn't know if the second line was dark enough to be thought of as ovulating or not, so we just had sex whenever we could. I noticed my EWCM and this is how I usually tell when I am ovulating, or about to. So we had sex that night, and instead of getting straight up to 'clean up' I turned around and put a pillow under my bum and put my legs up on the headboard. I felt silly doing this, so my darling fiance did it with me to make me feel a bit better about it hahaha, he is very sweet. We did this 'duet bum lift' every time we had sex for about half an hour afterwards. We had sex every night after that show of EWCM for about four nights.

I actually started taking my temperatures this cycle because I had heard it can help to detect pregnancy and ovulation. I will list my symptoms below from 7DPO.

- Temperature of 36.8 at 9pm.
- Sore boobs and nipples (this would have been from the clomid)

- Temp of 36.8
- Sore boobs and nipples (same as above, clomid effects)

- Temp 36.4
- Sore boobs & nipples (clomid)
- Tired (clomid)
- Annoying cramping in my upper left arm

- Temp 36.5 at 10pm
- Very sore boobs and nipples
- Mild abdominal pain

- Temp at lunch time 36.9
- Temp at 8.40pm 36.7
- Headache
- Sore boobs and nipples
- Swollen/enlarged boobs (clomid)
- Hungry
- Peeing more maybe?

- Temp in the morning 36.8
- Temp at night 36.9
- Felt tired and sluggish all day
- Headache all day
- Very hungry
- Peeing more
- Sore boobs and nipples
- Light brown discharge, and I mean very very light discharge.

- Sore boobs and nipples
- Wake up at night needing to pee, very unusual for me.
- Cramping thismorning light bad period pain, thought for sure AF was coming so
I went to the toilet and when I wiped there was a pink mucous like discharge so I put a tampon in.
- Temp 36.7 at night
- Tired and hungry
- No bloating, no pimples, no chocolate craving like typically before my period arrives..
- Bleeding very very light and scanty, pink and brown.
- Mild headaches