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BFP after Laparoscopy

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Never thought this would EVER happen

My husband and I started trying in Feb 2012 and I got pregnant six months later. I was sick non stop for the next 8 weeks but then at my 12 week scan I was told there was no heartbeat which we were absolutely heartbroken about. After my ERPC we started trying again in Nov 2012 and after six months went to get checked out. The docs told me I was completely clear, there was nothing wrong with me and to 'relax' (yeah right). I tried everything - acupuncture, reading books, going on holiday, counselling - everything. I was getting irregular bleeding but again the docs told me it was just 'hormonal'. Then in January this year I went for a second opinion and this doctor said immediately that I had polycystic ovaries and possible endometriosis which I was shocked about. No wonder I wasn't getting pregnant! I had a laporoscopy and hysteroscopy in Feb this year and three months later, here I am with my BFP. What's important to note is that I had all the usual period symptoms - sore boobs, brown spotting and mood swings - so even if you think you are out this month, you may not be! It's not over until you see red - that's what I always say! but here are a few things I noticed that I don't normally get around my period. These all started the day I was due (CD27):

Dry mouth/dry throat
General 'hungover' feeling
Extreme tiredness
Light headedness
Period-like cramps

I am so pleased that we have finally got a positive result but am still being cautious. Anything could happen I know, but there's always that thought in the back of my head that this one might be 'the one'. We will see. Keeping everything crossed for all of you out there - I've been following this website for a few years now and can't believe that I finally get to share my BFP story. Even if it gives hope to just one person then I'm happy I could help. Good luck everyone! it's the hardest thing you will go through but it WILL happen in the end. I never thought it would for me and yet here I am feeling super tired but super happy xx

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2 years of trying ...

Hi ladies,

I remember coming to this board several times per day reading / analyzing / going crazy over not being able to get pregnant. I wanted to say HANG IN THERE's not an easy road but it is possible, even when it seems so impossible. My story in the short version: my husband and I started trying in Dec. 2011. We couldn't get pregnant so after a year I went to a fertility specialist who suggested femara for a few months and then wanted to do 3 IUIs and then IVF. We did the Femara thing for a few months and we did one IUI. I just wasn't happy with the doctor we were seeing - looking back on it it was my mommies intuition already kicking in and just knew I should be doing something else. I switched to a different reproductive endocrinologist who, after I suggested it, agreed that a laparoscopy was needed to rule out any structural issues or endometriosis. I didn't have any symptoms of endo but just felt like there had to be something since I'm healthy and going on 2 years of not being able to get pregnant. This doctor did the surgery and the next month - BFP! We are now 37 weeks along. Honestly I have been so scared to come back to this site just because it brings me back to the sad place of crying each month and feeling so down and lonely. But I am the example - IT CAN HAPPEN!!!

Just an FYI: the month that we did get our BFP, I bled and spotted just like I was going to start my normal period. I was (again!) bummed and crying, etc... but then the full period never came. I took a test and for the first time ever, it was positive!

Keep your head up ladies!!! Know you are not alone in this. I started depression/anxiety medications while TTC because I was so down about it. It's OK if you need help during this hard time! I pray for you ladies all the time and hope your time is very soon! Also, if you aren't comfortable with your doctor, trust that and change doctors- I am the example of this !!

MUCH LOVE! xoxo.

Miracle on TTC Street!

I thank God for allowing this miracle to happen. I am 38, hubby is 39, and we've been trying to conceive for 2 years. Hubby was diagnosed with low sperm, motility and count. I had fibroids and possibly "old eggs". I conceived June 2013 after IUI with Clomid, but miscarried at 9 weeks. We knew there was trouble with that pregnancy from the start as my HCG was not doubling from the beginning and the baby did not measure correctly. Before we had the IUI, the doctor said my fibroids would not get in the way, but after the miscarriage, he concluded that they might have had something to do with it. So I had a myomectomy in October 2013 to remove them, and was told we couldn't try to conceive for three months until I healed. Those 3 months felt like an eternity! We tried IUI with Clomid 2 more times, and then finally decided to move on to IVF last month. It was the best decision we ever made. After a Follistim protocol, I ended up with 8 mature follicles, 3 of which fertilized and were transferred. I was shocked that only three fertilized and we had nothing to freeze, but as they say, it only takes one. How about this for timing... we had the embryo transfer on my husband's birthday, and on my birthday I found out I was pregnant via blood test! It was seriously the best birthday of my life. I never thought my 38th birthday could be so blissful! I am now 7 weeks, and the ultrasound reflects a perfect baby with great measurements and heartbeat. My due date is January 5, 2015.

As far as symptoms, I had virtually none. No breast tenderness, no nausea, no tiredness. Maybe a couple of hot flashes, but I've learned that fertility meds often cause them, so I didn't put too much stock in that. I did have implantation bleeding on 11 dpo. I recognized it immediately as I had it in my previous pregnancy. The only difference is that in the previous pregnancy, I had the bleeding on 13 dpo. I don't know how true this is, but I've read if you have implantation bleeding that late, that may result in miscarriage, because it shows that the embryo was slow to implant and therefore defective. At least that was very true in my case.

Ladies, if this could happen to me it will happen to you. Don't lose the faith. I know it's hard, but in the end when it does happen, it will all be worth it. Keep praying for God's will to be done, and not your own. That shows him that you aren't expecting him to do things on your watch and that you respect his timing. Enjoy life while TTC and trust that this will happen when it is meant to. And a final piece of advice - if you are teetering between IUI and IVF, just do the IVF (if of course you have the means to do it). We are fortunate to live in CT where it is covered by insurance, so that helped. For some reason I was initially scared to do it, but once it was all over I realized it wasn't that bad. I was kicking myself after 4 IUI's and wished I had done IVF sooner. The cycle goes by so quickly and the meds are not nearly as awful as Clomid can be. I love you all! Keep on persevering and know that miracles happen all the time! I'm praying for all of you sweet ladies.

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BFP 10 DPO using Femara, the miracle drug!

My husband is 41 and I am 39. I have severe PCOS and don’t ovulate on my own, never have. Our journey began 16 years ago when we got married. For the first 6 years of our marriage we did all we could to conceive. I had 2 HSGs, 2 Laparoscopies (endo was found, and my tubes were twisted, so the Dr fixed all that), then I had a hysteroscopy done to clean out polyps inside my uterus. Then we did 4 IUIs with injectables and trigger shot. On the 4th IUI, I developed mild Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) and the cycle was almost cancelled. Luckily it wasn’t cancelled and I got pregnant! My son was born Dec. 2004 (2 months premature). I had a very scary and very high risk pregnancy with him, so we put trying for #2 on hold for a few years. Almost 2 years ago, when our son turned 8, we decided to try for #2 because as my Dr put it: “Time is running out!” I had another HSG done, and things looked good, so we began treatments. We did 4 cycles using Femara, and trigger shot, and did not do IUI, but did timed intercourse. After the 4th cycle failed, my Dr did a Laparoscopy and found my right ovary was twisted and attached to my abdominal wall, plus more endometriosis. He cleaned all that up, but couldn’t get dye to go through my tubes. So a few weeks later, I had my 4th HSG.
Once I was all recovered, we went in to begin our 5th cycle. The Dr told us that if this last one failed, then he wanted to do IVF. We were devastated since we had already spent so much on treatments, drugs and then the surgery. We were out of money! But thankfully, we avoided IVF on this final attempt! Here is how it played out:

cd 5-9: Femara 2.5 mg 3X a day
Ultrasound scan on cd 18 showed on dominant follicle on the left
Trigger shot on cd 20
Had sex that night and two nights after
1 DPO: symptoms of OHSS (Bloating, lots and lots of painful bloating) Drank a gallon of Gatorade and felt better by 2 DPO
2 DPO: felt normal, no symptoms, drank more gatorade
3 DPO: Started Progesterone, drank more gatorade
4-6 DPO: No real symptoms, felt fine, BBs a little sore, but chalked it up to the progesterone pills I was taking, but had intense dreams, even dreamed I was breastfeeding a baby
7-9 DPO: sore throat, tired, hubby too, so we thought we were getting the flu. I was also emotional at the most random times.
10 DPO: woke up from a vivid dream with slight cramping on the left (same side as dominant follicle) felt different all day. Sore throat was still there, but no other symptoms
11 DPO: realized that I didn’t have any pregnancy tests at home for “Test Day” so I quickly ran to the Dollar store and grabbed 3. Came home and thought, “What the hell, let’s waste one just to get it out of my system” Came up positive right away!
12 DPO: tested using FMU on Dollar test and it came up positive. Called the Dr, got a blood test in right before the office closed
13 DPO: Dr called: hCG was 78 and progesterone was 32.6. I was pregnant!!!! And not only was I pregnant, but this cycle lined up almost to the day I got my BFP with my son 10 years ago!
14 DPO: tested BFP using First Response, just because I wanted to see my BFP again!

7th cycle, finally a BFP!

I don't know where to begin. I'm shaking from happiness with a mixture of thinking it may be a false postive. I want to tell everyone! But at the same time I need to wait to confirm it. I'm going insane lol. I've been trying for 7 cycles now, each one ending in the witch making her usual appearance. But this time she's two days late. Which isn't long, but I decided to test. Not wanting to spend a ton of money on a digi or a FRER just for it to come up BFN again, I got the little 88 cent one from Walmart. I'm 14dpo, cycles are usually 26 days. She's only ever late or early by one day, except once again few months again she shown 4 days late with a bunch of BFNs. And with me having a lap aras copy last summer and losing an ovary, I truly believed chances are slim.

What did I do differently this time? Actually I had stopped trying so hard. Everyone kept telling me it would happen when I stopped thinking about it. So this time during O we did BD, but it wasn't much and it wasn't in the hopes for a baby. The only symptom I noticed was very sore nipples, which has never happened to me before. And tada! BFP ladies! :) I'm definitely going to retest with a better test now to confirm it, because part of me doesn't trust this little cheapo, but what do you girlies think?

Baby dust to all! <3

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BFP, after 3 1/2 years!!

Hello Ladies! I've stalked this site for years and drawn so much hope from it that maybe I share some of that :)

For a while we were titled "unexplained infertility". All hormone level tests and male fertility tests came back with perfect numbers and I ovulated like a champ. After trying naturally for about 18 months, my OB decided a laparoscopy was our best option. To my surprise, he found stage 3 Endometriosis and cleaned me all up. We conceived 4 months later and lost that baby very early. After another 6 months of no success, we went to a specialist. We tried Clomid (3 cycles), Injectables + Trigger (4 cycles) and one round of iui. Because it had been 15 months since my last lap and because during iii prep he thought he saw a "thickening" in my uterus, my specialist decided to don another surgery. He found uterine polyps, a growth on my fallopian tube, stage 2 Endo and lots of adhesions. He cleaned me all up and we conceived naturally the next cycle!! I am 5 weeks,1day pregnant and all looks perfect! I'm the happiest girl in the world and so very grateful for this little miracle. Here are some details about this cycle if it helps anyone...

-sex every other day for a week during ovulation (2 days in a row when OPK was positive)
-used OPK's
-took 1 low dose aspirin per day throughout cycle
-ate pineapple & pineapple core for 5 days after ovulation (read it helps with implantation)
-low back began to ache at 6dpo, still aches
-had the tiniest pink'ish spotting (like a TINY little bit in my cm) when I wiped once at 7dpo, once at 8dpo, once at 12dpo
-super faint positive HPT at 8dpo
-clearly positive, although still very faint, positive at 9dp
-BFP at 10dpo*pic
-symptoms very similar to AF, with a tiny variation - heavy breasts, achy low back, very low abdominal pulling, sleepy

BFP Finally!

My husband is 38 and I am 37. He has no issues but I am Diabetic, had to clear one blocked tube, hysteroscopy to scrape away two new polyps, have PCOS, hypothyroid issues and I am considered overweight. I eat 900 calories a day but I cannot lose weight unless I eat 500. So I yo yo a lot! My a1c is at 6 but getting better now that my new high risk OB wants my sugar at 85 before meals and 120 2 hours after meals. The egg retrieval resulted in OHSS which took my sugars up to 300's until a week later when I lost the 11 lbs of fluid in my belly!!! So painful but we got 17 frosties so totally worth it! Was told to do a FET because fresh would be too painful. Uh, yeah!!! So 2/28 eggs retrieved and 4/18 we transferred 2 grade "Good" embryos with lots of prayers from us and for us!!

Days post transfer or dpo 1-3 no symptoms and I sat still as a mouse hoping not to shake them lose. They said I was to be a couch princess and I took that seriously!!

Dpo 4 went to work nervously! Stopped to buy organic pb and fruit. Felt sharp twinge when I bent forward to pick up jar of pb. Thought "uh oh" stopped shopping and went home.

Dpo5 saw more clear cm but attributed to progesterone cream and estrace cream but really it just started getting wetter and wetter each day. Sorry tmi. Felt elated and scared to get my hopes up. But convinced it worked.

Dpo6 took cheap dollar store test and it was negative. Cried off and on all day at work. Begged RE for early blood test and they refused. They said it was too soon and it would be inconclusive. On the way home I picked up 3 Walmart cheap tests and it came up positive with a barely there faint line. Pulled out of trash the one from the am and it now had a pink line. Cautiously optimistic I felt relief but knew deep down this must be evap lines. Analyzed with friends and pretended it was true and eased my 2ww hell.

7dpo same test with same result but took 5 min to show faint pink. Still thinking cheap n vaporative line. But still felt better living this lie than thinking negatively.

8dpo same test, still light but showed up in 2 mins. Eeek! Could be an accurate cheap inconclusive test. No more symptoms. Doubting its true but not buying a different test. What if it shows negative. Can't bear it! Would rather believe its possible than to freak over a negative fancy digital hpt.

Dpo 9-11 vivid crazy dreams and I feel it's due to light sleeping from anticipation that its finall 11 dpo and beta day!!! 1st beta 262.2!!! My jaw dropped! My air trapped in my throat! My mind shuts down and the room feels silent while I tried to even comprehend this reality!!! Had we really gotten this news! Pinch me! If I could move I would do it myself!!! My eyes well up and then I finally text husband our beta. He texted back, what does this # mean??? It's good honey!! It's very good!!! You can believe it!

13 dpo beta 698.6... Wait, what? Still pregnant! Seriously? How could we FINALLY be blessed? God says its time!!! Ttc 3.5 years 9 failed cycles with IUIs! God willing we will get to meet them!!! Possible twins alert!!!

Don't give up!! Stay positive even if you have to pretend! Fake it till you make it! Lol

2+ years TTC: BFP 1st cycle after lap

I really want to post this for others that feel like they will NEVER get pregnant. I felt the same way. After over 2 years TTC, unexplained infertility, multiple medicated cycles, and 8 IUIs, I had a consultation for a laparoscopy. I had a large pedunculated fibroid (it was on a stalk outside my uterus) and the surgeon said it wouldn't interfere with conception but could be a real problem if I got pregnant. I scheduled the surgery. Once she was in there the surgeon found scar tissue all over my bowels, bladder and uterus. She removed all of it during the 5 hour surgery. It took me a full week to recover. The first cycle after my lap my husband and I started discussing what we wanted to do about TTC. We were both worn out from the last 2 years. We decided to take a break - meaning no charting or timed intercourse. A couple weeks later my AF date was approaching. I normally have a very short luteal phase - 10 days - so I usually POAS around CD 24 before AF arrives. I thought I saw a faint line. I took another test the next day... it was still there. By the following day the line was unmistakable. I rant out for FRERs, and it was clear as day. I really just stood there in shock. I'm still in shock. The surgeon said that the scar tissue was probably preventing implantation, and it appears that this was the case! I'll be 38 in 2 weeks. Hang in there!

I have no pregnancy symptoms yet, other then just being super excited!

Finally after two years of trying

I always had irregular period since I started my period (only get 6 month out of year). We tried every tips in the book to get pregnant for 1 1/2 year. Finally, went to an infertility doctor and I was diagnosed PCOS (had a demoid cyst). I took clomid and metformin and got pregnant right away, but had a miscarriage at 10 weeks. When I went to get a D&C, I asked to remove my demoid cyst as well (it grew during the pregnancy and I think that it took all the hormones from my fetus). Then two month later I got pregnant again with clomid, metformin, and progesterone homones. I did the bbt calendar to keep track of my cycle. I had loads of pregnancy symptoms eg. tender breast, nausea, moody. I would a take bunch of pregnancy test but later learn that I can save money by just buying them at the dollar store. It's very accurate, you just have to wait until the 37th day of your cycle. Since my pregnancy symptoms are the same as my pms symptoms. So my advice is to see a infertility doctor if you can't pregnant after a year. I had an Obgyn and she didn't tell me I have PCOS. Use the bbt to track and get to know your cycle. Use preseed and have sex every other day after the 10th day of your cycle. Take the pregnancy test on the 37th day of your cycle, don't take it earlier bc your just wasting money. Now I have a wonder 6 month old baby.

Still in Shock

I had read stories on this website for almost a year, and told myself if I ever got a BFP I would share. Reading of others successes gave me a lot of hope!

After almost a year of not trying/not, not trying I decided to start tracking ovulation. After 3 months we got pregnant, but that ended in a chemical pregnancy. My doctor reassured me that "this happens" and nothing to worry about going forward. After 9 more months of no success, and hours of my own research I was convinced I had endometriosis. My doctor essentially said I was simply just too stressed and needed to "just relax". At this point I decided to start accupuncture and see a fertility specialist ( who also didn't think I had endo). We tried Clomid with IUI with no success, so at this point I really pushed for the laparoscopy to check for endo. After essentially begging, he agreed for the surgery. Well, it turned out I had Stage 2 endometriosis with an endometrioma in my left ovary. It was removed on October 9, and then on November 29, the next month, we got our BFP!! That November, I continued with Clomid and IUI, accupuncture and ate pinneapple the 5 days after IUI. We are now 22 weeks pregnant with a little girl on the way!

Moral of the story, always follow your instincts, do your research and never give up hope!