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BFP by IUI

Intrauterine insemination, the infertility treatment in which sperm are placed directly in the uterus at the time of ovulation, is certainly one way to get your BFP. If you're undergoing (or considering) IUI, then this is the page for you!

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FINALLY!

Little background Me - 39, DH - 37, DS - 15 (from my previous marriage)
DX My egg reserve & quality is extremely low. AMA is between .6 & .75
This is our 23rd cycle trying.

Very different, positive, excited feeling since CD 11 (even before IUI) never felt like this during any other cycles. Major butterflies!

CD 3 - CD 7 - 200 units of Follistim

Saturday 3/4 9 PM Trigger (CD 11)

Sunday 3/5 9 AM IUI (Only 20 - 30 million sperm due to an accident closing the road & getting there late. It's usually 70 - 80 million)

Monday 3/6 7:45 AM Acupuncture (started in January but this was the first cycle of back to the RE since starting)
9 AM IUI (50 million sperm with 60% motile.) Still not his usual 70 - 80 million :-(

Thursday 3/9 Trigger tested out (3 DPO)

No real symptoms other than sore boobs & bloating which I chalked up to being from the trigger.
Still have the very different positive excited feeling

Monday 3/13 Acupuncture (7 DPO)

Thursday 03/16 tested at night before bed, thought I saw EXTREMELY faint line blew it off (10 DPO)

Friday 03/17 tested with FMU and there was nothing. Was hoping to find out on Saint Patty's day for a little luck. (CD 24 11 DPO)

Saturday 03/18 started spotting at night, put a tampon went to bed, cried myself to sleep.
(usual cycle is 29 days but has been a short as 16 days) (CD 25 12 DPO) CRAZY thirsty all day long & hot flashes
Sunday 03/18 8:30 am still spotting, hardly anything on tampon though (sorry TMI) Still have the very different positive excited feeling.
Email RE that I won't be in Monday for pregnancy bloods but need appt for new cycle
12:30 PM next to nothing on tampon this is weird! Usually the 1st day is spotting but I wake up with heavy flow the next day!
7:30 PM no spotting since 12:30 WTH I'm taking another test cuz I STILL have the very different positive excited feeling
holy crap it's CRAZY faint but there is a second line! Email RE back & say I WILL be in for pregnancy bloods.
Crazy thirsty & hot flashes again.
Monday 03/20 7 AM Beta HCG 69.8 CD27 14 DPO Crazy thirsty & hot flashes again.

Tuesday 03/20 All same symptoms Boobs are hurty more & nipples are tingly & weird feeling.

Wednesday 03/22/17 7 am Beta HCG 175 MORE than doubled Waaaa hooooo!!!!!!!!!! CD 29 16 DPO Same symptoms.
Bright red bleeding this morning when wiping, RE says it can happen when DTD, it's from new blood vessels and
something else about the mucas and all. Turned to brown scant spotting now.

BFP (diagnosed with DOR) with second IUI

Finally got my BFP 10dpiui after second IUI (first IUI was chemical). Here is quick rundown of my fertility journey..

Late 2013 - went off birth control pills. My husband and I start casually trying...
2014 - diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve right after my 30th birthday
2014 - 2016 - took a break from trying. We got married and bought a house!
2016 - ready to get in the game after prepping my mind and body
December 2016 - first injectable IUI cycle
January 4th, 2017 - first IUI (one 20mm follicle after 16 days! of stimming with 300units of follistim nightly)
January 6th, 2017 - started 300mg a day progesterone suppositories (hated them!!)
January 18th - BFP!
Beta # 1=36
Beta #2= 58
Beta #3=96
Beta #4=50 (diagnosed with chemical pregnancy)
February - new cycle started BCP's
February 23rd - started 225 am/pm follistim and 10units am/pm lupron
March 7th - 2nd iui (19mm, 15mm, 18mm & 13mm)
March 17th - faint BFP 10dpiui
March 19th - darker line BFP!
March 20th - BFP on digital!!
Beta scheduled for Tuesday a.m.!

I would be happy to chat with anyone regarding things I did/didn't do to prep my body for the iui cycles!!!!

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i sumited my story already in the BFP by iui

After 2 years of trying BFP!!! 10dpo 12dpt clomid

Hello I cant believe i m actually writing in this forum i have read so many story's. I Have had so much heart break but now after trying with my wife and a known doner for 2 years trying other donors yet to end in tears, we decided to go through the doctors the first time using there cryobank we tried i just did no observation as far as ultrasounds with 50 mg of clomid. No success with the first round and I always thought i had low progesterone and my hormone levels where off but the problem was we were trying to early and i might not have been releasing mature eggs. Anyways we thought i ovulated cycle day 9, nope way to early . Sooooo this time i asked my doctor if we could use same donor if we could do a trigger shot and ultrasounds monitoring with the clomid well the discovered i was def way to early last time. Had my trigger shot at 10 days his time and released two mature eggs on the 12th my lining had doubled and according to the blood work my levels where perfect! So all i had was hope but then i got nervous because you know you get the same symptoms lower back ache,boobs hurt moody bloating.... all these were the same except i never get up to pee at night well i had been getting up 3 times a night lol. MY wife had me test out the trigger just one day to see if it was still in my system well 8dpts, 6dpos i did a dollar store and it was evap boarder line squinting so we knew then the trigger shot had to be out of my system. At 12dpts,10dpos my wife convinced me to test so i said alight its to early though, and when she came out of the bathroom she did say much so i thought yeah to early but then sent our 3 1/2 year old out with a shirt that said big sister i was like no really no REALLY , are sure , the she handed me a digital that said pregnant and frer that was undefinable pregnant she said it poped up positive as it hit the pee lol that quick, but of course i was in dinal so i had her pic up dollor store ones to and i tested on those the next to mornings as well as the frers and ever one got darker and popped up so quick DEFINETLY pregnant!!! have a beta on Friday the 17th to confirm levels and everything but i have no dought .Baby dust everyone!! It with happen I swear.

PCOS, Clomid, IUI * no injectables

Quick back story:
I was diagnosed with PCOS at 18. I have always watched my weight, ate healthy and worked out! I am not a tooth pick by any means but 5'6 and 146 lbs. I had my son two years ago, he's a clomid baby and an iui was not needed. After my son I went back to working out, eating healthy and began to ovulate on my own! YAY!

My husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year and it put a halt on our family planning. After being put on a wait list for the fertility clinic we waited a long 8 months before getting the first appt to come in! (We are unable to conceive on our own due to chemotherapy, we must wait a minimum of 18 months before his little friends are safe) SO he froze some for me before the treatment and here we are... P.S. my husband is now in remission.

Alright, so fast track forward to February, I got AF on Feb 15/17. Clomid was taken day 3-7 during this cycle and I caught the LH surge on March 2nd, went in the next day for IUI March 3rd (CD 18)

This was my first ever IUI!

Symptoms!

Day 0 - right ovary in pain, lower back ache! Day of IUI!
1 dpo - bloated, immediately apparently a side effect of clomid? Ovary pain gone so I assume the egg is out!
2 - 3 dpo - bloated
4 dpo - implantation I believe, two sharp pricks in the uterus a feeling of an egg being burrowed in.
5 dpo - bloating, bouts of nausea, head ache. Seriously gassy, I could clear a room
6 dpo - tested with a dollar store cheapie, why?!? Waaaaay to early totally a BFN no nausea today but a head ache, bloated, gassy.. I could knock someone out.
7 dpo - bloated, gassy, head ache, low back sore, nausea, hungry, tired ,right nipple is sore but I'm chalking it up to me feeling them up looking for soreness haha.
8 - 9 dpo - same as above but breasts are rediculously sore, I said to my husband "I don't even need to test, I'm pregnant"
10 dpo - 6am tested with a FRER and FMU BFP!!!!!!!! Its a squinter but its totally there. No nausea today but I'm still bloated and my boobs are sore sore sore. Tired and hungry!

I also ate a toasted tomato, turkey, lettuce and cheese sandwich every day with a pickle on the side... May or may not be a symptom.

I wanted to post this on here because you can seriously get symptoms early! I had no idea.. I actually brushed a lot of of it off as clomid side effects (although I have taken it before) but the nausea was a give away.

Baby dust to all!!!

15 Long Months. Finally pregnant with our first at 9 dpo

After 15 long months, we are finally pregnant! I wanted to submit my story because I really benefited from reading these stories throughout my time TTC. A quick back story is that my husband and I were trying to conceive for our first as soon as we were married. Me (31) and my husband (30) want 4 children and we figured we'd better get on it. I had heard from my co-workers and friends how challenging TTC can be, so we thought we try. We found out the hard way that trying to have a baby isn't so easy.

I tried everything under the sun during these 15 months including tracking basal body temperature, opks-both cheap and expensive, preseed, coq10, cod liver oil, fertiliaid, vitex, prenatals, Femara, progesterone, municex, eating pineapple, consuming high fat dairy products during ovulation, waiting 15 minutes after sex with legs up on the headboard, softcups, sperm-meets-egg-plan, daily sex during fertile window, sex every other day, cutting caffeine and alcohol, detoxing, yoga to stimulate fertility, exercise, decreasing exercise, and husband taking supplements including fish oil, coq10, and men's daily vitamin. I tried everything I read within reason.

After about 6 months of TTC I went for a preconception appointment. Within a couple months of that I was having inconsistent results on OPKs and I was prescribed Femara to promote ovulation and progesterone to encourage implantation. My husband had a semen analysis that came back all good as well. I stopped using digital OPKs because I didn't feel as though I was getting an accurate reading.

12 months into TTC I got an HSG test done that came back normal. I also have had bloodwork done on my thyroid, FSH levels, AMH levels, progesterone levels, and probably others that all came back normal and healthy. There appeared to be no reason why I wasn't getting pregnant, but I wasn't. My husband and I are healthy adults who exercise regularly and eats healthy (to a degree- I love sweets :) and my husband loves beer).

15 months TTC I met with the RE who said I would likely be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. She explained there was a couple more tests she could do, but that IUI with Clomid would likely be our best option, but we only had a 10% chance of that working. We could later consider IVF which has a 70% chance of working.

2 weeks later, I got a faint positive at 9 dpo. I am in shocked and cried tears of joy! I just fall to my knees and praise the Lord for this blessing! I had a feeling this might be our month!

Here's my breakdown:
Month 15

What I did differently:
Much more apathetic about trying as I knew we were meeting with the RE.
Stopped using Femara (I had been using for past 5 cycles or more)
Didn't obsess as much over timing, OPK testing, and HPTs
First month using Fertiliaid. I do not think this is the only reason I got pregnant, but I may have helped

What I used:
Preseed- great lube regardless of TTC
Tracking BBT to confirm Ovulation
OPK- cheap online strips with afternoon urine
Prenatal, CodLiver Oil, Vitex, Fertiliaid

We BD: CD 5, 10,12, 15, and 17. I think I ovulated CD 14 per OPK and BBT.

DPO: 1-5 No Symptoms. I noticed absolutely nothing which was different in other cycles. I perhaps had some fatigue, but that's also normal for me.
6-7 DPO: Spotting. I am a chronic spotter, but not this early. It was a watery brown on my underwear and when I wiped. It seemed to stop 8 dpo, but I noticed more the morning of 9 DPO.
9 DPO- brownish spotting when I wiped, but I noticed a faint line on the Wondfo brand. After 15 months- I've learned if that if you really want to see a line, you'll see a line, but I took a first response 6 days soon and saw a faint, but clear line. My first ever BFP!!! I cried and cried and praised God.

I was told I needed IUI or IVF to have a baby, but we did it all naturale! I was prepared to do whatever it took to have a baby, but God had a plan for us already.

In my 15 months TTC, 30+ women I knew personally announced their pregnancy. Please know that through this journey TTC you are not alone. Don't give up hope! Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel! For me it was sadness, anger, jealousy, resentment, hopelessness, fear, but I tried to hold on to hope, love, joy, passion, and appreciation for my marriage and life without children yet.

Don't give up hope! Continue to pray and seek support from women in your life who understand the difficulties of TTC. Good luck to all!

Freaking Out. First Faint Line ever!

2nd IUI. I'll consider it the first as the actual first one likely would have never worked due to many things we have come to learn now. Ultimately we found out I ovulated an immature egg. So this cycle we tried injectables, Trigger shot, and progesterone supps. I am not supposed to test until tomorrow. I caved. It was a faint line. I did test out of the HCG so I know that it's not that. I am 36. Never been preg. No other fertility issues.

DPO 1-10 Random Nausea due to the injectables wearing off maybe. Nothing else really going on except gassy.
DPO 11-13 Tons of random nausea, gassy, vivid dreams, odd gross taste in mouth and tons of nose blowing and sneezing and not super hungry. Not interested in things I usually love to eat at all! Not really any boob soreness. Not really any cramping.

I attributed all these symptoms to the progesterone... I am really hoping I get another positive tonight and tomorrow. I'll update.

A faint positive is still a positive right?

Much Love to all my fellow ladies out there! XoXo

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BFP success story with IUI and PCOS (some advice on what REALLY works included)

I am currently in my 9th week and have been on various forums for years waiting to write my own story. This journey taught me a lot about myself and taught me not compare myself to others because we all have individual needs and challenges.

I am 31 and have had PCOS since the age of 13. I am not overweight but have always been careful about what I eat as can easily put on weight while my friends could stuff their face with no consequences. I also hardly had periods on my own - had to take birth control hormones to bring my cycle for years. Wish I never did as once you are ready to conceive your body has been messed up by pills and depleted you of certain vitamins. Takes a while to get back to normal.

I have been trying to conceive since the age of 28.
I had two failed pregnancies :
at the age of 29 - miscarried at 5 weeks (conceived naturally)
at the age of 30 - ectopic pregnancy after IUI (no tubes were lost due to methotrexate working for me)
In total I had 3 IUIs and the last one worked! YAY!
12/26/16 1st day period
12/28/16-1/1/17 femara
01/06 hcg shot 250
01/07 and 01/08: two days of IUU (42 mln sperm) and 01/08 (23 mln sperm)
01/17 BFP!! faint positive
01/19 BFP!! bright positive
01/20 BFP!! confirmed positive blood test HCG 126
01/24 HCg 965
01/26 HCg 2299

ADVICE FOR WOMEN WITH PCOS:

I finally got pregnant and attribute it to really CLEANING what I eat and what my husbands eats. I have cut out ALL processed foods, ALL processed Sugar, started juicing every day (mainly 80% veggies, 20% fruit) juices, mostly GREEN (incl kale, spinach, ginger, cucumber, celery, green apple etc). Started eating a clean diet: vegetables, fruit, nuts, fish, meat, chicken, high protein grains like quinoa, buckwheat. We both started taking high quality supplements such as Coast Science PCOS and Coast Science Male Fertility supplement, and some others like Vitamin D, COQ10. Also I went to a well known fertility clinic from the beginning and followed the recommendations of the doctor who was very precise and methodical.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THERE IS NO EASY FIX WHEN YOU HAVE PCOS BUT YOU NEED TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO LIFESTYLES AND DIET CHANGES. NO EXCEPTIONS. IT TOOK ME MONTHS TO REALLY TO DETOX AND FOR MY BODY TO FINALLY CONCEIVE.
Also Green Juicing Brought my period back after about a month of juicing! If you regulate your cycles, and clean your diet your body will be in a much better position to conceive and most importantly KEEP the baby.

Wishing everyone success in this important pursuit!

BFP, 2nd IUI w injectables, 36yo, TTC x 2 years!

I was so shocked this morning to finally get my first BFP!
My husband and I have been trying for 2 years. Currently, our diagnosis is unexplained infertility. We went through initial testing about a year ago. Everything looked good so we were told to keep trying for another 6 months. We went through 4 monitored cycles, 2 with clomid, 1 with follistim=BFN. Then we did our first IUI with follistim=BFN. Our RE recommended one last IUI with follistim before proceeding to IVF. That was our lucky cycle!!
I was actually so sick on Wednesday with nausea/diarrhea. I made it through work, came home and fell asleep. I woke up that night and threw up. I barely got out of bed for the next 36 hours. I did take a pregnancy test Wednesday (14dpiui) and it was negative. I was sure I just had the stomach flu as I had chills also. SO this morning (16dpiui) was my beta and I was supposed to call my RE if my period hadn't started. I had barely drank anything in 2 days other than a small amount of 7up and decided I would take a pregnancy test so that I would be mentally prepared for the negative blood test. Well maybe my urine was more concentrated bc I was dehydrated, but this morning at 16dpiui I got my first ever BFP!
I was actually wearing a pad since Monday bc I was cramping like my period was going to start. I was also speaking with our IVF dr's nurse and she had sent in a RX for bcps for me to start on day 3 of my next cycle. We had all of my IVF dates mapped out and I was securing financial resources to pay for IVF. We are completely shocked.

Here is what I did differently this cycle (could be a coincidence) but I am sharing in case this would help someone else.

-Started seeing a different acupuncturist. Saw her the week before IUI, the day of my second IUI, and the week after my IUI. I also followed the personal recommendations she gave me which included warm foot soaks, eating cooked foods and warm beverages as opposed to raw foods and iced beverages (I didn't follow this perfectly, but tried my best). She also told me to take guaifenesin 200mg 3x per day from cycle day 9-16 for better cervical mucus.

-drank pom juice 1/2-1 cup every day before ovulation

-barely ate any pineapple in 2ww...couldn't stomach it

-"this is possible" became my mantra. I wrote it in my day planner so I would see it every day.

- had a Reiki session the week before my IUI. The practitioner suggested journaling about my relationship with my mother and my worries about being a mother. So I did. She gave me some stones to promote fertility and she suggested I sleep with them in my pillow case. So I did.

- I smudged our house at the beginning of the cycle

- I listened to circle and bloom's daily meditations for IUI/IVF (google it)

-I did not work out for 5 days after my IUI. I stopped running completely. And in the 2ww I stuck to restorative yoga, walking, and light weights only.

-I stopped eating gluten on 1/22/16 which was 3 days before my IUI

-Started taking CoQ10 supplements in October (for good egg quality)

-Decreased caffeine to <100mg per day and mostly drank organic matcha green tea

-I also started eating more mindfully/intuitively..I have a history of disordered eating which I am mostly recovered from. Decided to tackle the remaining issues recently.

-refused to call myself "infertile"

-prayed prayed and prayed some more!!

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BFP after 2.5 years!!

This thread gave me hope and helped me through my two week wait, so I wanted to share my story in hopes it will do the same for others.

It's been a long 2.5 years of TTC for my husband and I... During the first 6 months of trying, I had three chemical pregnancies. My periods had become very irregular and I knew something wasn't right. I eventually went to my obgyn to find out what was going on. After a series of tests, I was told I have PCOS. Since my hormones were imbalanced, I was having irregular cycles as a result and couldn't sustain a pregnancy. My doctor said she could put me on metformin, but I could probably manage it on my own by avoiding toxins, eating a Mediterranean diet and continuing to workout regularly. I was glad to hear this because I do not like taking medications. So I went all in. I cut out every toxin from my home, bought only organic food, and got into a regular workout routine. I was sure this would do the trick. A few months went by, but nothing. My cycles were still irregular, and I just felt off. So I finally caved and went back to the doctor to try the metformin. Almost immediately, my cycles became regular. I was thrilled and knew this would be my ticket to getting my BFP! But after almost a year without one BFP, I began to lose hope. My doctor recommended that I go through a series of blood tests and have an HSG done to make sure there wasn't anything else going on. Everything came back totally normal, which left me even more confused. I wish someone would just tell me what the problem was and how to fix it. But instead, I was told that I have unexplained infertility.

I then heard something about acupuncture helping with infertility, and thought maybe that was a sign. What else did I have to lose at this point? So I went to a local acupuncturist and told him I have unexplained infertility. He told me he would have me pregnant within 3 months. I was so excited and didn't think twice about forking over $200/month for the next 3 months. While I do think acupuncture helped with my overall well being, it did not get me pregnant. When I realized that I exhausted all natural options at this point, I knew it was time to see a fertility doctor.

I decided to go to one of the top ranked clinics in the area and was thrilled to get an appointment right away. Finally some answers! Well, unfortunately, the doctor I saw was not what I had expected. He belittled me and questioned my chemical pregnancies. He reviewed my medical records, told me there was nothing wrong with me and he couldn't do anything to help me. What?? I left in tears. Maybe there was a reason it was so easy to get an appointment with this doctor, and maybe a different doctor there could help me, but I didn't want to find out. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

Not long after, a friend of mine recommended that I try a different fertility clinic in the area that she went to and had a successful IVF through 15 years ago. So I did. I even got an appointment with the same doctor she used, although I had a two month wait to see him. That was fine by me if he could help me. The day of my appointment finally came. Wow, what a difference! Upon entering, the staff was so friendly. The nurse I met with began asking me about my past. I told her my experience with the last place I went to. Come to find out, she used to be a nurse there, but wasn't happy so she left to come work here and just got pregnant through the doctor I was about to see! That was reassuring! When I finally met with my doctor, I had never met a more compassionate and caring doctor. He was very optimistic and set up a plan for me that would start with 3 months of timed intercourse using letrozole and ovidrel, if nothing, then 3 months of IUI with letrozole and ovidrel, then IVF if necessary.

Well, the 3 months of timed intercourse didn't work, but after my first IUI, I found out that I am pregnant!!! I am now 5 weeks pregnant and I have to say, other than missing my period, I would never know. With my 3 chemical pregnancies, I had noticeable symptoms right away, so I was sure I was out this month. I wouldn't even take a HPT on CD 28 because I didn't want to be let down. However, when CD 30 arrived, 16 DPO, I finally gave in. I took a test and it changed immediately! I bawled my eyes out. It had been 2 years since I had seen a positive. I had convinced myself that at age 33 now, my eggs must be bad and it wasn't going to happen for me. I went in for a blood test the next morning, and my HCG levels were over 1,000! How do I not have any symptoms? And since I had two dominant follicles, are there two embryos in there?!

So many people told me IUI doesn't work, it's a waste of time and money, you should just go straight to IVF, etc. I was skeptical, but now I can attest that it does work!

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