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BFP au Naturale

What is "BFP au Naturale" you ask? It's the Big Fat Positive pregnancy test result you get without taking prescription drugs or going down the IVF route. Here's where you'll find the success stories of women who've tried to conceive naturally, and succeeded. Of course, pregnancies achieved using natural fertility supplements, like FertilAid or FertileCM, are eligible for inclusion in BFP au Naturale. To send us your symptoms for inclusion here, just fill out this contact form.

First BFP at 39, 6 months of trying

I delayed marriage and family to focus on career. In August 2015, I married my love (who currently is 37) and went off the pill in November. I used ovulation test kits beginning in December, which simply told me what I already knew. I have a 28-day cycle and ovulate around day 14. It was great to know my cycles were as clockwork as I thought! By January, I was symptom spotting and was convinced I was pregnant. (I worry I was actually conjuring the symptoms I read here on other BFP stories though I'm grateful for every one I read!) When I wasn't pregnant, I was astounded and sad.

Month after month, I got BFNs and began to worry I am just too old to conceive naturally. DH and I agreed we would not use fertility treatments but we would get tested--to determine whether I would have to go back on birth control. I made an OB/GYN appointment for early June (annual exam and to discuss testing) and then, whammo, BFP! Just when I'd lost hope. I'm exactly 4 weeks along.

My symptoms during the TWW were really minimal (compared to my January symptom-spotting month). Typically my breasts are VERY sore between ovulation and my period. This time, I had very little soreness. In fact, they were the most sore the day I expected my period, which was the day I got my BFP. I noticed I was running to the bathroom to pee a lot more than usual and getting up at least once during the night. I have been incredibly thirsty but I thought that was because everything I have been eating seems very salty. I also was hungry first thing in the morning, which isn't normal for me, and had these sudden urges of extreme hunger every 3-4 hours. One night while I was brushing my teeth (4 days before my BFP), my gums bled which is highly unusual for me; I'm a twice-a-day flosser and brusher.

I should also note, I was CERTAIN my period was coming this month. All the signals were there leading up to the day it was expected--uterine heaviness, cramping, CM. I put in a liner two days before my period's due date because the symptoms were so strong. I spotted that day, just a drop or two, and thought this was the start of my period. (I was yet again convinced I was too old to conceive and this was a signal that my cycles are getting shorter as my fertility dwindles.) I was wrong. I'm now sure it was implantation bleeding.

DH and I know we haven't made it through the woods yet, but we're optimistic and excited and are looking forward to all the adventures to come. Baby dust to all of you, especially those of you who are a little older and are losing hope.


Hey everyone!

I wanted to share my BFP story in hopes of giving someone hope abd motivation like this website has given me.

I had an MC at 15 weeks in march, my DH and I were heartbroken but wanted to keep working on our now rainbow baby! First cycle didn't happen for us so I got some OPKs downloaded an app and was determined to succeed. And today my BFP!!

So here's how my cycle went:

Cd1-cd6 period (I usually have heavy ones this ond was no exception)
CD 8 : positive opk, BD
CD 9- CD 12: negative opk, BD just in case
CD13- CD 20: BD every other day just for fun
CD 21: positive opk ( what the what?!!) No BD didn't have the opportunity.
CD 22- CD 23: positive opk again!!! BD on CD 23
CD 24- 30: negative opk, felt like we missed out since we only had the chance to get at it once sp bd every other day without giving it a lot of thought.
CD 31-cd 34: HPT negative BD again for a good measure.
CD 35 or more like cd 1 since af arrived.

BUT wait, there's more...

CD 1- CD 6: period completely normal for me heavy period nothing out of the ordinary.

CD8: decided to take opk since last month waa so strange and guess what: blazing positive so, BD again and throughout until CD 11

Now comes the fun part

I found it strange that I kept getting blazing positives non stop and I've read a lot about the fact that if opk stays posituve for longer it could indicate pregnancy so decided to take HPT without any hopes and guess what faint positive, not a squinter.

Next day (today) took more hpt's including the digital all show BFP and significantly stronger then yesterday! How could this be? I mean I've as well have been having spotting since cd 9. Tomorrow going to doc to confirm but this is the strangest thing ever. Means I had implantation a day or so after my period which is practically impossible. But I am optimistic since lines have gotten a lot stronger, hoping for a sticky bean!

Don't lose hope ladies, baby dust to u all!!!

BFP at 8 dpo

Hi there,
Ecstatic to announce I got my bfp this morning! My DH and I were married last August and put off trying for kids until I was at least done nursing school and working for a year or close to (will be due 13 months after graduating). Well I graduated in December and have been working steadily ever since. DH applied to go back to school in the fall but has been waitlisted. We decided to start trying this cycle as both felt ready even though we're young (I'm 24 and he's 22) and there are some uncertainties in the future. However we are Christians and have a strong faith in God that He will provide us with all we need. I've never kept track of much besides my period start and end dates via an app in my phone but low and behold we started trying during my fertile days. BD'd lots ;) On Sunday evening (3 dpo according to my phone app) I began having cramps. Had them again all day Monday/Tuesday (4 and 5 dpo). Nothing Wednesday (6 dpo) but very gassy. Yesterday (7 dpo) felt twinges in uterine area all day like I had pulled a muscle but deeper. Today (8 dpo) had really bad cramps in morning but gone now. No spotting. So took FRER this morning with FMU and got a pretty dark bfp! Was expecting bfn as so early (must've ovulated earlier than thought) but thought I'd test as never cramp mid cycle (only day before AF and get irritable before AF). Also been having vivid dreams every night but happens when I eat cheese and also had cheese some of those nights. So only symptoms are cramping and possibly dreams :P Also couldn't stand the tww so thought I'd test to get it out of my system haha. DH thought I wasn't gonna test until I missed AF but I caved so he was a little annoyed at first but quickly got over it ;) Going to test next Friday (15 dpo) if AF doesn't show to confirm again.

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Took the full year...Long story

Super stoked about bfp this morning, I've been putting off taking it because it was the last one in my stash. (Don't we all have one?)
So anyway I should start with some background, as I always liked reading those bits and we're all here for the same thing...our fix.
Background: DH is 34 and I am 30, we are ttc #2, our first was our dd that we were NOT trying for and conceived after only being together for a whopping 3 mo.
On to the YEAR of my life spent on this ttc journey.
I never charted bbt because I felt I wasn't yet wanting to get that into it, but I have the mycycles app (which was a not terrible, not awesome app) for tracking my o dates. I have an amazingly long, but regular cycle of 36-38 days. Great for anytime except when ttc.
I teach, so we tried really hard to get pregnant last summer after I got my copper iud removed on May 18th and I'm sure I don't have to tell you all the suckfest it was seeing all those bfns.
We really were starting to think there was something going on with one of us when it wasn't happening even when we'd bd every other day possibly fertile day of my cycle that summer, (very close to true statement).
I had actually just gone into my yearly gyn appt and asked her about the 11 cycles of bfn and was set up to get blood drawn on cycle day 3........but cycle day 3 did not come.
Here's the juicy details, I kept track of everything for some odd reason this time and I hadn't done that in months, perhaps some women's intuition?
Bd cycle day 16 and 18
O day was supposed to be cycle day 20, we were ntnp so we actually weren't timing bd. But I would put money on the night we did doggystyle. Cycle day 18, his bday. I think this is valuable info., as I have been told I had a tilted uterus.
Nothing at all until:
9dpo: my boobs, which never hurt ever, are SORE. Like feel heavy, hurt in the armpits, nipples so sensitive, hurts to jog, skip and/or jump. I do have a 4 yr old so I regularly do all of the above.
Cm is pretty much there, but not there, nothing special, nothing to write home about.
10dpo: boobs feel same as yesterday
11dpo: boobs still hurt same, I realize that I am waaaaaaay too tired for a Saturday at 7pm...I start to think perhaps it's this month...
12dpo: crabby, tired, gassy, boobs, BOOBS are bigger and softer and heavy, normally a 34b, put the girls in my old 34c from first pregnancy and it feels wonderful!
13dpo: boobs are still BOOBS, notice ewcmish
14dpo: low abdomen pain, BOOBS, cm.
15dpo:same as yesterday
16dpo: the elmer's glue cm of legend is in my undies! At this point I am a day away from being late and boobs still hurt, I feel crampy, and tired and...bitchy if I'm being real honest...
17dpo: I peed in a cup and after wiping and seeing no af, I allow myself to use the last Equate 5 days sooner test and within the first 30 seconds the test shows BFP!!! Told dh while he was on the potty, teehee, now lets hope my short cervix holds up and bean stays the full 40wks.

PS: took a second test, dollar test, this afternoon after school and BFP instantly as well, crampy all day and BOOBS, of course.

Hope you got your fix!
Good luck and baby dust to us all!!

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BFP at 17 dpo. 2-3 weeks

Hi all.

So I took my first pregnancy test at 13 dpo. I got disappointed when there was no result within 30seconds (I know impatient). Threw it in the bin and forgot about it. A few hours later I got this nagging feeling that I should check the test again. Sure enough a faint line, but as it was outside of the max of 5 minutes I ignored it. However I thought what if the line appeared within 3 minutes after all. Tested again the next morning and lo and behold a bolder line. But still in disbelief as we had only been trying for 2 months (this is our 2nd month) really thought it would take longer as this is our first. So I decided to wait until AF was officially atleast 3 days late and tested again this morning and the test said 2-3 weeks. So now I can go and do the blood work to confirm. Let's hope our little poppy seed wants to hang around and be our 5th wedding anniversary present :-)

Another BFP with MFI!

I am now 6w3d after getting my third BFP with MFI. We were told over 3 years ago that natural conception was unlikely and that we would likely have to undergo IVF with ICSI. We started preparing ourselves emotionally and financially....and then we got pregnant. Our son is now almost 2.

I figured that this was hitting the lottery and that he would be our one and only. When he turned 1, we started thinking again about whether we wanted to head down that road again. It had been so painful and frustrating the first time around.

We stopped preventing (and of course I secretly started timing) and we fell pregnant again. Sadly, it ended as a chemical pregnancy.

Three cycles later, we fell pregnant again! So far so good. We are very cautiously optimistic this time around.

We really have no idea what happened here. We have not had his sperm count rechecked. We made a few lifestyle changes starting at a few months before my first BFP. We switched to an all organic diet and he started eating a few Brazil nuts each day. They are high in selenium. However, we learned that more than 2-3 a day can actually be bad or even toxic.

As far as symptoms go, I didn't have many. My boobs were perhaps a little more sore than they usually are with PMS. I had insomnia pretty much immediately. But, I can never tell whether that is an actual symptom or if it's just because I am so excited about a BFP. At 12 dpo, I had a headache that wouldn't go away. At 14 dpo, I had a nosebleed.

I hope our story gives some of you with MFI some hope. I know that is an incredibly frustrating situation because there is just so little you can do to control or fix it.
Good luck, ladies! And send me a little prayer for a sticky baby!!

Pregnant At 44!

Hi Ladies! Congratulations on all of your pregnancies! Wow! I'm pregnant! I already have a 24 and 20 year old,and thought I was done. My partner and I have been discussing,and planning,but not really trying yet. I was concerned about the age thing,since I hear so much about that,and few years ago,I had a miscarriage in the first trimester.I had no pregnancy symptoms and found out about the pregnancy shortly before the miscarriage happened.

Well, I'm totally surprised! I have been super tired and had sore breasts for about 2 weeks...over the weekend I noticed spotting...looked like implantation bleeding,and low backache. I was intrigued,but in disbelief. So, I waited a few days,until today to take a home pregnancy test which took no time at all to come up positive! So here I am 44, and if the little one can hang in there, will be 45 when I give birth. Everything that I see on the net about this is negative and puts worrisome thoughts into my head. Thank You all for sharing your stories. I'm happy to hear that there are more of us,and that this really is normal!

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I told myself that if I ever get a bfp I would post my story so that it could help those going through their TWW and TCC journey. I never knew how frustrating and disappointing this process could be until I started. Trust me, if your anything like me you research things online 120123898 times a day and drive yourself crazy. But one thing to remember, is have faith, it will happen in due time.

I have been TTC for 7 mnths now, and I honestly am so used to seeing BFNs that i was completely shocked when this BFP showed up. For months, I would search the internet on every single possible early pregnancy symptom and somehow convince myself that I had each and every one of them every month. I think my mind literally played tricks on me constantly!

The funny thing is... this month I actually did the day 3 and day 21 blood tests that check for ovulation and the doctor called me last week saying that my progesterone was at a 5 when it should have been at a 10 (very low)!!!!! It was so low that she said I most likely didn't even ovulate. I told her my cycles were normally 30-35 days so isn't it possible i ovulated later? She hesitated and said well its possible but not likely. LOL guess it was a strong one! Since she told me my progesterone was low, i started looking into VITEX which is supposed to help with low progesterone, ovulation etc. I went to the store last night, bought it and decided to take a pregnancy test before taking it since I had read that it could cause miscarriages. I took a pregnancy test from a couple months ago, and was SHOCKED when it showed up right away with a bfp!!!!! (at 1030pm). I went and bought a ton more tests and all came back positive. I will be calling my dr today and getting a blood test.

Now to the good stuff...

Things i did differently this month:

1.Held my legs up for a few mins after BD and slept one night without washing down there or standing up (prob only BD twice around ovulation week, not a whole lot this month in general)

2. Been taking one a day womens multivitamin for past 4 months

3. Drank a lot of water, barely any caffeine

Since I didnt use an OPK and i dont chart, here are my symptoms that now looking back could have been pregnancy symptoms. They are not by DPO since I have no idea exactly when I even ovulated.

1. Had mild AF like cramping middle of cycle for 2 minutes, then nothing.
2. Went to bed one night, woke up a few times and felt like i was drugged, hot flashes.(week after ovulation)
3. This one REALLY stood out to me because it was weird. For two days, whole body felt itchy!! no rash, and didnt change detergents or anything.
4. One nipple had a burning sensation for like 5 seconds.
5. A little more emotional than usual, teared up at a lot of things on tv that most people probably wouldnt LOL

I had read so many things where women said they just "knew" or "felt pregnant". This was not me at all, no sore boobs, no implantation spotting, not really any cramping either except the past couple days which is when AF is suppose to be due so i thought it was just that. All my regular pre-af symptoms were here.

I have learned so much from reading everyones posts that I hope this helps someone out there. Do not give up faith or hope, and try not to drive yourself crazy symptom spotting because in my case, i thought i was pregnant every single other month EXCEPT this one! The one month your relaxed and not thinking about it as much, it will happen :-)

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12 DPO BFP with low AMH :-)

This website has been such a great help to me on countless tww's, so I wanted to make sure that I posted my story in the hope that it may help others.

My husband (37) and I (38) had been trying for baby #1 for 2 years with no joy. I found out that I had a low AMH of 3.6 so we decided to have IVF supported with acupuncture. I produced 7 eggs, 3 fertilised and 2 made it to embryo stage, sadly the first attempt failed but we were absolutely overjoyed to be blessed with our dd in 2013 after FET.

We tried another round of IVF (no acupuncture) 18 months later at a different clinic to try for baby #2 but I didn't respond to the drugs and therefore only produced one egg so we had the treatment changed to iui but the cycle was unsuccessful.

Not wanting to have any more fertility treatment but equally not wanting to totally give up, I started acupuncture again in September 2015, along with the following supplements; DHEA, Vit D sup, pregnacare max and an Omega 3 oil. We timed intercourse according to my fertile window but had no joy.

Fast forward to February 2016 and I began to think IVF was my only hope as my AMH had declined to 2.7. So I booked 2 consultant appointments but each time the day before I cancelled each one because I still felt unsure that IVF was the right choice at this time.

So in March we went away for a weeks break, we only managed to Dtd once whilst away and then once on return so it was certainly not a month where we tried.

But on April 17th (11dpo) I felt rough, hot flushes, dizzy and very tired and I didn't improve on the 18th. To be honest I thought I was still recovering from my friends 40th birthday celebrations! Well it turned out that wasn't the case, I am in fact pregnant!
I took my second to last internet cheapie pregnancy test on 12dpo and saw the elusive second pink line I nearly fell over with shock!!

With regards to symptoms, I wasn't tracking because I thought this month was out for sure!! However these are the symptoms that stand out for me...

1dpo - Boobs hurt a tingly pain rather than aching ( they still hurt and my nipples are erect most of the time!!)
7dpo - Very mild cramping different to the pain I usually get after ovulation from ( I'm still getting these)
8dpo Emotional cried with friend over not being able to get pregnant.
11dpo -Hot flushes and swimmy feeling but I thought I was hung over.
12dpo - bfp on internet cheapie and Pregnant 2-3 on a clear blue!! Yay!!
12dpo - onwards I feel very tired, boobs still hurt , swimmy feeling in the mornings but not sick.
21DPO - took another test and line is really dark now :-)

I hope my story has helped some ladies out there on the tww especially those with low AMH, I do think the acupuncture and supplements helped.

41 Ready to Give UP! Miracles do Happen!

After TTC for close to 3 years, meeting with the fertility Dr. at 1.5 years- having 2 failed IUI's, multiple rounds of Femera, Clomid and Maca. We felt like every door was slamming on us and where it appeared that only IVF could be our chance, but with no more savings (IVF costs approx $15K in Canada) this dream of having a child of our own was slowly fading and we decided to stop all fertility treatments in Sept of 2015. To be honest I was just done, and wanted to get off the emotional roller-coaster ride called infertility. .

All that said, I hadn't given up hope (its hard to when your period still comes every month)- but I knew my only chance of success meant I needed to focus on my physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness in order to go through every months let down. I am extremely overweight, but in good fertile health where apparently I didn't have any recognizable reason for my infertility and my husband is in extremely good health and shape as are his sperm. We are both lead by a higher power and our Heavenly Father has been our constant strength and guide through this process even when I was mad, hurt and confused by His will not to give us this opportunity to be parents. I have come to the conclusion through this process that, timing and God's will is a very important piece in the infertility puzzle, even though we think we can control the outcomes- we truly need to be willing to be patient. Additionally, it is so important for us as women to get to know our bodies, recognizing ovulation signs and what our body needs to build healthy eggs and for men healthy sperm.

So here is what happened....finally....

I received a call from a friend who had also been struggling to conceive her second child on December 13th, 2015. She had visited a natropath who told her that in order to build healthy eggs both the mother and father must ensure that they are not experiencing sugar highs and lows, they refrain from dairy products, because they interfere with their hormones, moderate their gluten/wheat intake, start taking digestive enzymes and eat lots of raspberries! So December 14th both my husband and I went off all processed sugar, we still had fruit and didn't worry to much about a little sugar in cooking when we ate out, but we refrained from desserts and anything that would spike our sugar. I eliminated dairy from my diet- and I love cheese so this was almost harder than the sugar, for 10 days went off all wheat and then started taking digestive enzymes and enjoying fresh Costco raspberries. If you are interested in a book that helped me with this process it is Dr. Mark Hyman's book The Blood Sugar Solution 10- day Detox Diet.

The results: Besides feeling so much better and having the weight falling off, literally my next period was Jan 2, 2016 and I conceived January 21-23, we found out Feb 14th (Best Valentine's day ever) and we are now 16 weeks pregnant with our little miracle baby growing within me.

What made me finally test....Note I have long period cycles generally 41 days. You'll see aside from very sore breasts- every thing made me think I was getting my period, the symptoms as very similar.

CD40- Major Diarrhea- had to leave the restaurant early- I thought I was getting my period.
CD 41- Sharp pains in my right breast more than left. Still had unhappy bowels- must be getting my period.
CD-42- Now I am constipated- what is going on I should have got my period.
CD-43- Breasts hurt after they are touched like a residual hurt. Still no period- how could these symptoms be the same.
CD-43- I finally tested and after testing so many times and never seeing a positive, I told my husband I was going to test the next morning and he begged me not too, he just didn't want to see me cry again. I tested at 5 am with my FMU and it was POSITIVE++++ in fact the pregnancy line was darker than the test line. I sat in the bathroom starring at the stick and seriously couldn't hold back the tears. So of course when I went in to the bedroom to share the news with my sleeping husband and I was crying his first response was to give me a hug and tell me everything was going to be OK, and I was trying to get out "No- I am- no I am....pregnant". He was over the moon, we both were. Because I was still on the blood registrar for being able to order HCG tests, I went in the next day for my HCG blood work and sure enough it came back at 5111! That's when we got really excited! I tested again 2 days later and it was 12,798- then 19,879- so we were advancing normally. We visited our fertility Dr. the following week and he gave me an internal ultrasound and were able to see a little seed- with a heart beating.

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