This was TTC #3 for me. DH and I conceived our first 2 children naturally and very easily. Pretty much 'tied' one cycle and that worked. I thought this time around would be the same, but it was not. I had a time-frame all planned out for when I wanted baby #3. It ended up taking about 6 months longer than I 'planned' and I even resorted to trying Clomid. Every AF brought on second-guessing and guilty feelings about choices I made in the past. I had to let go of those negative feelings and accept that my time would come - even it was not according to my plan.
After my second child I had the Mirena IUD placed by my OB-Gyn. I had no complications or side effects and never once spotted and never got AF. I had my Mirena removed in anticipation of TTC for #3, so I could start to keep track of my cycle.
For the first few months after removal DH and I actually 'prevented' because I wanted a little more space between #2 and #3 and foolishly assumed I would get pregnant the month I decided to start trying. After I didn't get a BFP right away, I mentally beat myself-up and second guessed my decision to get the Mirena in the first place, to not get it removed earlier, to not starting to try earlier. I felt like I was being 'punished' for trying to mess with fate.
I had major stress/loss-grief in my life around the time we started TTC. I now assume it was stress, and not the Mirena or anything else, that was the source of my difficulty. My body knew better, knew I needed some time to heal, before I was ready to carry this blessing.
In my 7 or so months of TTC I tried different things every cycle. BD before, during and after positive OPK days, changed my diet, cut out caffeine, took different vitamins, BD every day during my fertile time, BD every other day, different positions, propping my bottom up and staying in bed after, etc. Some months I felt I tried everything, other months I got sick of 'trying' and didn't do anything special. I used OPKs religiously for 5 cycles.
For this BFP I had been getting fertility acupuncture for about 2 months. This was also my second round of Clomid. (First round of Clomid was CD4-8, this round was CD 3-5). For both cycles I got +OPKs on the 6th day after finishing the last Clomid pill. Clomid definitely dried up my CM, so I used Pre-Seed for every BD and drank lots of green tea. Also, I tried to not make 'trying' routine or scheduled. We were on a family vacation, so I tried to be more relaxed and in the moment with DH. We BDd every day for 5 days before +OPK, the day of +OPK and the day after +OPK. I was convinced that we should have BDd a few more days after +OPK and were therefore out for this cycle... but I guess timing was in our favor.
As far as two-week-wait symptoms, I felt like I had every one the cycle before BFP. Of course, AF came.
For this BFP:
1-12 DPO - No symptoms (I didn't have any with my first 2 pregnancies either)
13 DPO - Twinge of low back pain when I went to bed. That's it.
14+ DPO - No spotting and no PMS acne.
I took a test the next morning and got a faint line. I almost could not believe it. I had taken so many pregnancy tests over the past months only to have them stark white and followed by AF. There were times it felt like I was looking at a mirage; knowing there was nothing there but staring at it until I almost convinced myself there was.
With my first 2 pregnancies, my BFP lines never showed up until AFTER I miss AF. This one showed up really faint on an Early test and finally got darker around 16+DPO.
For me, with all 3 of my BFPs, I've really had NO two-week-wait symptoms. With TTC, if I had to look for them or convince myself they were there, I never got the outcome I wanted.