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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.

Finally Happened! :)

To All Hopeful Mother's To Be,
Like many woman who are TTC I symptom spotted on this site so many times wishing it'll be my turn already!

So here I am 11 weeks pregnant giving you all who read this a little more hoping help along the way! :)

My Last Menstrual Period (LMP) was 2/17

O day (ovulation) 3/1
Backaches, gas, cramps, left pelvic pain
CM (cervical mucus) Lotion Like
CP (cervical position) High, Medium/Soft, Open

1dpo (day post ovulation): Nausea
CM: Same
CP: Same

2-3dpo: Nothing
CM: Same
CP: Same, Same, slightly open

4dpo: Gas
CM: Same
CP: Medium, Same, Same

5dpo: Nothing
CM: Same
CP: Same

6dpo: Dull cramps after intercourse (normal for me)
CM: Same
CP: Same

7dpo: Bloating, cramps
CM: Same
CM: Same

8dpo: Gas
CM: Same
CP: Same

9-10dpo: Nothing
CM: Same
CP:  Low, Firm, Closed

11dpo: Implantation
Extreme bloating & cramping. It felt like a long duration of heartburn!
CM: Same
CP: Same

12dpo: Right pelvic pain, Cramps
CM: Same
CP: Same

13dpo: 1st day of Missed Period (3/14)

I waited exactly 7 days (3/21) to test because I did not want to be disappointed. But when I did... Lo & behold a very clear plus sign!
I've tried the mucinex & the preseed but it didn't work for me. It worked the natural way w. Vitamins. I was taking iron, calcium magnesium zinc, & vitamin E.

I want to let every woman here, who has doubts, know that if you have not been clinically diagnosed with infertility there is NOTHING wrong with u!!! All in God's timing. "Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God" -Philippians 4:6-7

Lots of Baby Dust to you all! Xoxo

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37 y/o, BFP, TTC #1, 18 months, no symptoms

I've really enjoyed reading all the BFP stories here and promised that when my time comes that I'll share with the 2ww community in hopes to help others. 18 months later, here it is!

Short background: 37 yrs old, average health (I workout 2-3x/week & eat pretty sensibly), borderline hypothyroid; hubby is 36 yrs old, average health.

We started seeing a fertility specialist in 2015 since my periods have gone completely crazy (super heavy, huge blood clots, frequent periods). Turns out I had a small submucosal fibroid. I went on meds hoping it would shrink the fibroid (it didn't) and eventually went in for surgery in June 2016. A month later, everything was looking good and we continued with our fertility treatments. We discovered hubby's sperm quality had 28% DNA fragmentation (anything above 30% would most likely make it more difficult to conceive). So he started taking vitamins (Fertil Pro as well as a multivitamin). During our fertility monitoring, I've consistently got the trigger shot with every ovulation & was on clomid for 2 months - with no such luck. In January 2017 we tried for our first iui - and once again, no success. Hubby and I decided to switch our fertility clinic since we weren't all that happy with the care we've been receiving at our current clinic. We had an appt for our new dr. in May and decided to take the next 4 months easy and not focus on ttc.... and just like that, it happened naturally!

Symptoms: To be honest, not very many.

The days leading up to when my period was due my boobs were so full, sore and hard! It was really uncomfortable! That lasted about 3 days, then it vanished.

There were only 2 times where I completely knocked out from exhaustion. Didn't think too much of it since I thought they were probably tough work weeks.

Mild cramping on and off week of period due and 2 weeks after. Different from regular period cramps... very mild, almost unnoticeable and very fleeting.

Very light brown spotting a few days before period was due. I wouldn't even call it spotting... it looked more like skid marks lol. It happened for about 4 days or so. I thought it was a sure sign AF was about to show her ugly head but she never came (*confused).

At CD 42 (DPO 24???) - My period still didn't come and I'm never this late. Tested with a cheapo Dollarstore hpt and there it was! I tested the next day with a Clear Blue hpt and it said 3+ weeks. Hubby and I were just dumbfounded! We didn't even BD all that much the past month either!

Thoughts: Its hard to pinpoint exactly what made the difference this time around (I've done the preseed, basal body temperature route, you name it, etc.) but I do think these may have been factors...

-I cut out caffeine completely. I was a 1 cup a day coffee drinker, so not even that big of one. I transitioned from drinking coffee to drinking tea (though I used 2 tea bags to give me the oomph I got from coffee)... then eventually I stopped drinking tea altogether (except for the very few times) and just drank water.

-After over a year of going to fertility treatments and injecting all sorts of hormones and meds into my body... just allowing my body to take a break... and be in its natural state. I really think all that just added stress to my body (add to that the mental/emotional stress from ttc). Just eating healthy and getting enough sleep can really do wonders for your body.

-I did not think about TTC. I know its difficult especially if its something you've been trying and hoping for, for so long. Hubby and I had a long talk about whatever God's plan was for us (to be parents or not) and we finally came to terms with accepting (and embracing) our lives as they are now and realizing how blessed we were in so many ways. Believe me when I say, that in itself was a long journey for me personally.

-Just being happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Make plans, spend time with loved ones, try new things. As much as you want to conceive right this moment, it CAN and WILL happen. Don't lose sight of the many other great things happening in your life. When the time is right, you'll have your sweet little one in your arms. Something to definitely be excited and optimistic for! :) I wish everyone to keep the faith, be happy and enjoy life. I'm sending positive thoughts to all the wonderful mamas to be :)

Natural BFP w/ 400,000 sperm count SEVERE Male Factor

I'll keep this short & to the point but wanted to post this to give someone else hope!! I was never able to find any natural stories on counts as low as my husbands.

I stopped birth control in 2010. We werent trying or preventing. We started really trying and opk strips from 2011-2012 (In our early twenties) My cycles were 30 days long. Nothing abnormal. After a year, we had a sperm count done on my husband and his count was only 800,000 TOTAL and only 50% motile. So only 400,000 able-bodied sperm. Genetic tests on both of us came back normal. Fertility clinic gave us a less than 1%chance of conceiving naturally. (Also, Husband had an undescended testicle at birth and surgery was performed when he was 2 years old so he has a varicocele on his left side and his left testicle is atrophied which is usually not a problem as long as the other testicle is functioning fine per the Urologist, sperm counts can still be normal. His isn't. Not sure why the right one isnt functioning as normal like it should but we never got it looked into or looked into varicocele surgery) Fertility dr put my husband on 3 months of Clomid and we did another sperm count. No improvement. He told us he wouldnt let us do IUI without 5million count minimum so he recommended IVF and ICSI. We decided to give up due to lack of funds and stress. Kept trying on our own and then stopped trying actively in mid 2013 after doing the whole Pre-Seed, opk strips, ferning checks etc. Nothing worked. We decided to move on and accept a life without children.

In December 2014, I got pregnant. HUGE surprise! SO elated! No more than a day after getting my BFP, I miscarried at 5 weeks. Blighted Ovum. Just absolutely crushed us. Naturally miscarried. We assumed that was a fluke chance and never thought we would get another so we didnt start trying again or anything. just not preventing.

In November 2015, I got pregnant AGAIN! Had ultrasounds at 6 and 8 weeks along and saw and heard a heartbeat and everything was fine or so it seemed. I began bleeding at 12.5weeks a few days before my next ultrasound and when we went to the ER we found out the baby had passed at 9 weeks. Missed Miscarriage. Naturally miscarried. No testing on tissue was done because we wanted to bury our baby. No testing on me was done either.

2nd cycle after my last miscarriage and I got pregnant AGAIN!!! Not trying or preventing. This time I was put on progesterone suppositories at 4 weeks until 14weeks along just in case and I am proud to say that we now have a happy& healthy 7 month old little girl after 6 years!!!

I honestly think that the only reason we ever got our miracle baby was because of my miscarriages. It may be weird to think that but let me explain. I read that a womans cervix becomes slit like after it dilates a bit and tissue passes out even with a miscarriage so I believe that because of those, my cervix was a bit more open afterwards and allowed more sperm to go through. It only takes one!!!!!

We have not had his sperm tested since the first few times years ago but I cant imagine anything has changed. His varicocele is still there. According to doctors and a fertility specialists, it should be near impossible for me to have gotten pregnant THREE times NATURALLY with only 400,000 sperm but it happened! Dont ever lose hope!!!!!

I hope this story helps someone.

Natural conception using progesterone crean after 3 years

I am so excited to finally get to share my BFP story! This is going to be a pretty long post but I want to be detailed so please beat with me. If even one woman tries one of things I tried and gets pregnant after reading this it will all be worth it to me.

A little background info: I started having irregular cycles in March 2013. Previously, my cycles were regular, so when my period was 2 weeks late I took a hpt which was positive. I made an appointment about 5 days later only to be told I was not pregnant. I had suffered a chemical pregnancy. I was also diagnosed with PCOS because I had one small cyst on my ovary. I proceeded to gain about 50 pounds over the next year or so, and my insulin level was found to be high.

After the chemical, my husband and I were NTNP. We started TTC when we got engaged in April 2014 which was our 2 year anniversary. My cycles were very irregular, and nothing was happening so we saw an OB/GYN.

The OB had me try several months of Clomid. First three times I ovulated but did not conceive, last three times I didn't ovulate. I honestly feel like taking Clomid made matters worse, because i did not have a natural cycle AT ALL in 2015. I had to take Provera to induce a period as I was not ovulating. Then in May 2016, I spotted for the entire month. This was really my wake up call as i have never spotted this long before. So I decided to stop taking fertility treatments and try to heal my body naturally.

The steps I took in 2016 to get my fertility back:

1. Went gluten free beginning of June
(I am gluten intolerant but was reluctant to diet until this point)

2. Lost 50 pounds from dieting (June 2016 - April 2017)

3. Started using progesterone cream (March 2017) This I think was the push we needed. I believe my progesterone was low previously due to estrogen dominance.

4. Started fertility charting (March 2017) Took BBT and recorded cervical mucus changes

This cycle:

April 17th, 10DPO: I woke up about 5 AM and my whole body was really hot and something told me I should test, so I tried a Wondfo hpt and it was positive! I then took 2 First Response early hpts and they were positive! I got so excited that I ran to Walmart and bought a Clearblue digital and it too was positive!

11DPO: made an appointment for pregnancy confirmation and blood test was positive. My hcg ws 56 and my progesterone was 17

13DPO: 2nd beta hcg was 144!

21DPO: 3rd beta hcg was 6,350! Sounds pretty high!

I wanted reassurance so I continued to take Wondfo and FR hpts thru 17DPO and the lines kept getting darker until at 17DPO line was as dark as control on Wondfo.

As of now, I am 5weeks 3 days and go for my first ultrasound May 11th.

My suggestions for those still TTC:

1. If you are overweight, lose weight. I know its hard but gluten free is a good way to go. I ate fries every other day and still lost weight just removing gluten lol. Also low glycemic load or low sugar diet will help to lower high insulin levels.

2. Have your progesterone and estrogen levels checked. If estrogen is high AND/OR progesterone is low, try progesterone cream

3. Try fertility charting if you do not know when you ovulate

4. Most importantly, avoid synthetic hormones and believe in your body's natural ability to restore itself and regain your fertility!

Best wishes to all of you! Remember, with God all things are possible!

M/C Last September... Hoping this one sticks!!

Ok, so here is a little backstory... I had paraguard placed after the birth of my second daughter in January 2012... The side effects were outrageous and I was pretty miserable, but my cycles were always the same 28 days no less no more, and I always had EWCM when ovulating. June 2016 I decided I had enough, and I've been researching and learning about Natural Family Planning, and talked to my SO and told him I'm confident that this will be perfect for us. Well... after the removal of IUD, my cycle started being weird and doing things out of the norm for me. My cycles would be 29 days to 35 days long.. Well... that's not as easy to track as my consistent 28 days. Plus I wasn't creating much if any visible EWCM and that is what I relied on plus how I felt to confirm I was in my fertile window. Anyways moving on, we ended up getting pregnant in September, I was excited, but scared because I didn't know if I wanted a 3rd child but we'll take it. I ended up losing it that same weekend we found out, if I didn't test I probably would have just thought it was my period. After that I knew I wanted a baby, but I thought something was wrong w/ me to cause the m/c so we just went with the notion, of not really trying to have a baby, but not really trying to not have a baby. Now here I am 7 months later, pregnant again, and this one feels more real than the last one, and I just knew I was pregnant after I ovulated.

O - I'm sure it was April 18th. We had sex on the 16th and 17th
1dpo-4dpo Still very crampy from O boobs also pretty sore
5dpo-6dpo - crampy also producing so much saliva and getting slightly nauseous after eating. boobs aren't very sore.
7dpo-8dpo - crampy still producing excess saliva - heavy feeling in uterus not really cramping... boobs really sore especially on sides. headache off and on both days.

8dpo - I ordered a box of First Response Tests through Prime Monday, so I figured I'd wait until Thursday (9dpo to test) But when I got it on Wednesday about 1 pm... I couldn't wait even though I should have.... I took one and wow it was positive, and that line was so dark and it appeared so quick. SO got home about 2 and he wanted me to test again before he believed it. Tested later that evening ... another BFP. He still wasn't convinced ((LOL)) So I tested Thursday morning... also another BFP.

Have to wait until the end of May to see my Dr. but I have a good feeling that this will be my Rainbow Baby! Sorry if this is too long! Sending good thoughts to all of you!!

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"Cycle day 22! 8DPO faint line on cheapie!
The amount of tests I've done in the last 3 years is ridiculous, and I have never gotten a faint line before so I'm hoping it's not an evap? It came up within a minute or two!
I came off BC 3 years ago to try for a baby but found out my partner couldn't have kids after TTC for a year and a half.
Me and him ended up breaking up (not for those reasons) I never went back on BC because I liked my body without it! All natural! Me and my current partner decided we wanted a baby and this was the first month actually trying so it's perfect! Although I completely understand the torture of AF turning up each month and crying about it, so my heart is with all you ladies out there who are going through that.
Since O I've had tender nipples, heavy and swollen BBs with prominent blue veins, ever so slight nausea but only a few times (last pregnancy sickness/nausea kicked in at 6 weeks) weak legs - I felt so unbalanced. Urinating at least 6-8 times a day which is not normal for me! But the weirdest symptoms that made me feel as if I was, was the stiff and sore neck since 1DPO and the agonising headache today at 8DPO which made me run to the shop to get a test! 4th wee of the day testing with and a faint line comes up!!"

I am now 11DPO and my lines on FR are getting darker and yesterday at 10DPO I got a pregnant on a Clearblue Digital!

Frequent urination, heavy and full BBs, headaches, dizzy spells/unsteadiness, sneezing, runny nose, queasiness, hunger pangs/nausea, twinges and pinching are my common symptoms at the moment. I'm now questioning whether I'm pregnant with twins!? - I look about 3-4 months pregnant (OH questioning it too, twins on both sides)

First Doc appointment on April 26th and my own EDD is Christmas Day!!!

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42 yo hypothyroidism, TTC for 18 months, BFP 20DPO

Hello everyone! So happy to be finally posting here. Ladies out there do not lose hope! I hope my story helps someone out there. Just got my first ever + so still really excited! It's been a long journey and I've had to get my health into check from subfertility to fertile, as standard checks have not revealed anything physically wrong with either of us.
DH and I finally decided to start TTC in Sep 2015. Because of my age (40) I got some bloods done straight away and they came back with subclinical hypothyroidism. Started on Levothyroxine, built up slowly till was on 100mg by Aug 2016. Then I started Spotting pre period. By October 2016 I decided to start acupuncture, and straight away my temps were better in the luteal phase. By Jan 2017 my periods were better yet still nothing so I got in touch with a herbalist and began taking a fertility herbal tonic. And now I'm pregnant! Here's a list of the supplements I've been taking since October 2016 ( DH not as consistent but took first 3 ):
Prenatal vit, coQ enz10, vit D, folic acid, magnesium at night. Fish oil.
Really important that you don't think you're just a number! Books I found useful: Taking Charge of your Fertility, It Starts with the Egg, Period Repair Manual.
my recommendation: if you think you'll go for acupuncture find a fertility expert one. She helped me regulate my temps, stop pre period spotting, control midnight pee antics and regulate period flow. And NO PMS for the last two months! !!
I found inspiration in the following websites :
Molly nichols and Deidre Morris. Both looking at connecting with your feminine wisdom.
I also do a lot of visualisations and mindfulness.
I also tried OPK for 3 months and never got peak fertility including this month. It turns out they're not so accurate for older women.
of course I went through being obsessive with chart apps for the first year until I mentally exhausted myself and then decided to just keep a vague interest in my fertile window. I stopped charting properly some 4 months ago. I think it's a process you have to go through.

Summary of this cycle : my luteal phase is normally 12 days long.
CD17 Ovulation
1-12DPO No noticeable symptoms
13-20DPO Some menstrual style cramping and large and sore boobs. Tested + today. Still no other symptoms. Don’t feel pregnant yet!

I hope this little bean sticks!

Baby dust to all!!!

My Crazy BFP Story- Late Implantation, Late BFP after "AF" @ 21 DPO!

I've been hesitant to write my BFP story because I'm still so nervous about miscarrying, but I decided to be positive and excited and share my crazy story with you all!! WARNING: it's long!

My husband and I have been TTC our first baby for 16 cycles (this is our 17th cycle). We had never gotten even ONE BFP until now. It has been quite the stressful journey, to say the least! We had just started fertility testing when I got my BFP. This is not your typical BFP story.. I'm one of those crazy people who got their "period" and still ended up pregnant. I'm interested to get some feedback- my Dr's say my scenario is very rare and the viability of my pregnancy is still up in the air!

Here are the details...

Feb. 17th: Last menstrual period

March 1st: Ovulation day (I temp, chart, track CM- pretty confident this is my O day)

March 8-13th: BFN on wondfo's

March 13th-15th: spotting

March 16th: AF due today. BFN on wondfo within the time limit but getting very very faint lines after they dry. The girls on this site think they're either the start of my BFP or Evaps (mixed reviews)

March 17th: BFN on Wondfo and FRER although my wondfo dries up and leaves a faint line again. Shortly after, I start full-on bleeding exactly like AF- clots, the whole nine yards. I bleed heavily for 2 days, then spot brown CM for 2 more days. I count this day as CD 1. Many girls on this forum agreed that this may have been a chemical, since I've never seen so many lines on my Wondfo (even though the lines only showed after the time limit)

March 21st: No bleeding, no spotting

March 22nd/CD 6: I see EWCM starting to come in AND I have watery pink spotting- very very abnormal for me. I take 2 OPKS and they're basically positive. WTF! How am I about to ovulate?? I figure the suspected chemical pregnancy may have thrown my cycle off. The girls in my buddy group tell me to take an HPT, just to rule out pregnancy. I thought "there is NO way I'm pregnant.. sore boobs are gone, my temp is low- not even possible" but.... I test anyways. At 8:30pm I get my very first BFP on a wondfo.. line pops up within 2 minutes! I'm freaking out.. because clearly this can't be good. It's faint, and I bled so much in the days before. I pee on 17,456 more tests within the next 4 hours and all positive!

March 23rd: I go to an OBGYN, she says it's unlikely I'm pregnant. I pee on two tests there (2 different brands), one is positive, one is negative. She's marks them in my chart as "negative".. I'm thinking "WTF woman! There are 2 lines on one of those.. and I show her a pic of all my positives from home to which she says "Wow.. you took a lot of tests. And those are all sooo faint" I begin to think about how she would react had I showed her my actual faint lines from the week before.. you know, the ones you have to tweak so hard and cross your eyes to see?! I decide not to mention those.. lol She orders HCG blood test and I demand I get my progesterone checked as well. I know my body by this point, and I knew my progesterone was going to be low due to no sore boobs and low temps.

March 24th: I get my results from the day before.. HCG is 38, Progesterone is 0.2... yes.. as in below 1! AHH!!! She tells me this is a chemical and that I may or may not start bleeding again. She also wants me to have HCG rechecked ont he 25th in order to confirm. I feel very sad, so does DH :(

March 25th: HCG bloods done.. no progesterone tested this day. Results won't come back until March 27th.

March 26th: I pee on a wondfo and it's SO dark.. almost as dark as the control line. WTF! How are my levels still rising?!?! I begin to freak out again.. worrying about my low progesterone and my poor little sesame seed that's trying to survive.

March 27th: My blood test comes back.. HCG is 77. It doubled in 45 hours. Dr says this is surprising, but to still not get my hopes up. She schedules me for more blood tests for the following day. I also ask her if I can get on progesterone since I feel like the little sesame seed is trying it's best to stick, but my progesterone may be working against it! She hesitantly says yes.. says there is no evidence it will help, but that it also "couldn't hurt"

March 28th: I take my first progesterone suppository in the AM. However, I also feel like my progesterone may be rising on its own at this point since my boobs are slightly sore and temp is slightly rising. I take blood tests at 4:30pm

March 29th: I got my results.. HCG is 189 (58 hour doubling rate) and progesterone has risen way up to 13 (it was .2 5 days prior!) Dr and nurse are amazed. They say in 18 years they've never seen such a bleak looking start turn into something potentially promising like this. This scares me...! They say things are looking much more promising, but not to get my hopes up since this can still go either way!

Natural miracle after 7 years TTC & IVF

I am still in shock if I am honest and had virtually no idea that I was pregnant at all. As I am a weirdo I still keep track of all of my cycles just in the hope of a natural miracle. If this hadn't happened to me I almost wouldnt believe it.

2dpo - dizzy when wake up
7dpo - started to have slightly tender breasts (thought it was just from the gym and weight training)
9dpo - slight cramping
10dpo - dizzy when wake up
11dpo - brown spotting - usual for me so thought nothing of it
12dpo - brown spotting - super emotional thought for sure my period was coming
13dpo - brown spotting - was thinking that I never usually spot for three days but my body always surprises me with these things
14dpo - spotting had stopped. went for a 12km run and felt a little off, kept pushing as I am training for a half marathon. Got back and felt extrmely light headed and expected my period to come. Thought I would do a test for a laugh and hopped into the shower. I am used to seeing negative tests and have never gotten pregnant naturally. I kept putting off testing as usually my period just comes after the spotting.

Got out and was like OMG WTF is this? Called hubby in and he said "oh I think you are pregnant". I was shocked and we were laughing. Stunned and unsure what to do next I called the medical centre and went for a blood test as it was Sunday so my GP was closed.

After all of this time, 7 years, multiple IVF's and two chemical pregnancies could this really be it?

14dpo HCG 48, progesterone 60
16dpo HCG 116, progesterone 61

Looking good! When asked what I did differently I initially said nothing, just carried on with life and started to enjoy not having kids LOL. I hadn't been taking my pre pegnancy vitamins and have been exercising pretty hard.

When I think about it I have been doing Chinese herbs and I did take DHEA (for egg quality) for a month in Dec - although they say you need to take it for 3 months to see effect.

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BFP with Unexplained Secondary Infertility for 2.5 years

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