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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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IUI 2 Week Wait - no symtoms

Hey all,

I am 36 years old and have never been pregnant. I had an issue with my cervix being too tight and I think that is why I am unable to conceive. On July 18th (Monday) I went in for my first IUI. 2.8 million sperm. The next day, Tuesday - I had spotting all day basically, and some periotic pinching feelings in my lower abdomen. I just quit smoking on the 18th and hope that doesn't effect anything. I have read that people are getting symptoms on day one or 2 and I don't have any of that. No gas, no nipple issues, just a feeling of being full actually. not the dreaded 2 week wait. has anyone else not experienced any symptoms and had the IUI work. I just pray that this works, as I'm sure we all do. Has anyone had spotting a day after their iui. Wish me luck ladies.

Glad to have this support group :)

BFP day 10

We fell easily on our honeymoon only to find out in November at our 12week scan that our baby's heart had spotted beating 1-2 weeks prior. I had no symptoms of misscarriage. We were devastated and the sense of loss was profound. Going to the hospital knowing I would go to sleep and wake up without a baby inside me was probably one of the most gut wrenching things I have been through.

I had a D&C which I later found out was not completed properly. With ongoing HCG recorded and passing of more tissue 5-6 weeks after D&C.

Our HCG levels finally got to 0 in February.

March-cycle 1 chemical pregnancy
April-cycle 2 no success
May-cycle 3 no success

We decided we didn't want to/couldn't wait any longer. Our baby's due date had come and gone, it was much too painful and we wanted to find out if there was anything contributing.

Female testing came back will nil concerns. My cycles are long average 35 days so it meant longer between chances.
My husbands sperm count and motility were both really high but morphology was <1%. Our doctor suggested we start fsh injections, with trigger and IUI.
DPO 0 (going with day post trigger but with following day symptoms also could have occurred next day) -no symptoms
DPO 1- increased libido, large, achey full breasts
DPO 2- breasts large, achey, full
DPO 3-mild cramps
DPO 4- left side uterus cramps mild
DPO 5- heart racing in am, emotional
DPO 6-very emotional and moody
DPO 7- symptoms as above. Cervix low and hard
DPO 8- symptoms as above.
DPO 9- breasts extra full, heavy, achey, hard which is unusual. Emotional ++. Runny nose, generally feeling like I'm getting sick. First response early detection digital in an negative
DPO 10- came home from work early. Runny nose, sore throat, fatigued-cold symptoms. Decide to test late at night with clear blue digital and BFP!!! Cervix higher but still firm.

Also DPO 2-current have had sharp cramps in uterus when moving quickly, standing up,coughing.

The different things for me were being so emotional, getting sick (probably a coincidence!) and the firmness of my breasts.

Crossing every part of me that this little one stays around! Exciting but really nervous at the same time.

I still can't believe it!!!

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant on our own 5 years. We did 2 rounds of IUI with clomid 3 years ago and we got a BFN each time. I'm 38 years old and we decided to see if there was anything new out there for us to try. I figured, this would be our last attempt to get pregnant and then we can move on with our lives. Never in a million years did I think that we would get pregnant on our first round of IUI with Fermera. After our first attempt with clomid three years ago I decided to get my hormones check by a different doctor in Seattle, WA. (we live in AZ) When I got my results I found out I was deficient in a lot of areas and even if the egg did fertilize I would have never had the correct hormones to actually carry the pregnancy. I was put on supplements for almost 2 years and then we decided to do an IUI on June 11th. Here is my story:

June 11th we did our first IUI at 10:30. My ovaries were super sore before and after the procedure. The procedure it's self was a little painful. Came home to relax and I was still experiencing sharp pains like ovulation pains. Every time I would walk or sit my ovaries would hurt. We came home and had sex that night.

1DPIUI....I was less in pain. Went to the lake and than came home and got a really bad headache. Had sex that night on the 12th. Took progesterone cream and went to bed.
2DPIUI.....in the morning a few bubbles in my ovaries so far. 10:38 felt sharp pains in my left ovary. Before that on my right. 2:39 sharp pain on my left ovary. 2:54 more sharp pains in my left ovary. 4:12 another sharp pain on my left side. 8:41 took a shower and blew my nose and had some blood. Still bloated.
3dpiui took shower blew my nose and there was blood. 6:07 got a sharp pain on my left side. 12:04 sharp pain.
4dpiui feeling emotional sent hubby a mushy text. Slight cramping.
5dpiui tired this morning not really hungry things taste off. Feel some pressure in my left ovary.
6dpiui my lower back aches on my left side.
7dpiui not much to report just got dizzy a few times.
8dpiui left cramping snapped at c during breakfast. Happened the day before as well. Cramps are becoming more towards the end of the day on the left side
9dpiui back left side pain. Took a test bfn. Feeling sad and I'm not bloated anymore. Couple weird feelings in my vagina so I'm getting ready for af to come and to do another round of iui.
10dpiui not much but I had pain in my right leg. Couldn't put weight on it. Got a zit on my collarbone which is weird.
11dpiui a little cramping but nothing more.
12dpiui took a test and got a faint line. Praying that it's a bfp. Went and had a blood test and it came back BFP. I'm still in shock and can't believe we are actually pregnant. I'm 5 weeks 4 days today and still got a long road to go. I'm having cramps on and off since I found out and I'm hoping all goes well...Been bloated ever since...

Ladies don't give up hope...I'm glad we didn't and we are beyond blessed. Baby Dust to ALL.

Pregnant after Endo and Fertility Treatment!

Hi everyone!

I used to stalk these boards DAILY looking for symptoms and similar stories. I had been TTC for two years, was diagnosed with Endo, and finally conceived after 3 IUIs (with injectibles). The main tell-tale symptom I had was the implantation pain around 8-9DPO, with a faint positive pregnancy test on 11DPO. Struggling with infertility was such a difficult journey, and I want to connect with other women who are going through this now, or who may have questions. I created a little video documenting my journey - please feel free to comment any TTC questions you have underneath the video! I hope this helps other women feel not as alone: https://youtu.be/V1SgGqGDM74

First IUI BFP!

I can't believe it happened!

Went to repro clinic on day2 of period and docs prescribed Clomid day 2-6.

Day 13, did a Huehner Test in the Reproductive Clinic and found out that almost zero sperm survived in the uterus. Doctor suggested that we do IUI. Went home with a trigger shot at 8:30pm.
Day 15, came back to the clinic and at noon did an IUI with husband's count at 90mil (don't know what it was after wash).

Doc puts me on progesterone 3x a day.

Went on a crazy vacation that involved 16km walks everyday including riding roller coasters and violent 4d rides one day.

Came back to doctor 15dpIUI and went for a blood test at the clinic. Was very surprised and happy that it came out positive with about 270 on the HCG test after the first try! It happens! Thank you Lord!

2 years, 5th IUI success!

I've always had irregular periods, so I always feared that getting pregnant might be difficult. I really had no idea. Turns out I rarely ovulate on my own. We started trying to conceive in August 2014. Had no luck for several months. Started clomid in June 2015, with little success. I did manage to ovulate a couple times, but not early enough and it did not result in pregnancy. So finally in December 2015 we went to a fertility clinic and switched to letrozole + ovidrel trigger. I successfully ovulated every time, sometimes with more than 1 mature follicle, for 4 cycles with IUI. We had one chemical pregnancy. It was devastating. After that, our doctor switched me to injectibles (follistim). The first round, I overstimulated. I had several developing follicles on each ovary. The doctor recommended cancelling the cycle, to avoid the risk of high order multiples. I had no interest in becoming octomom, but it was still a difficult decision to make. We wanted to be pregnant so bad! So, at my next baseline ultrasound I was ready to try again. But unfortunately I had a large leftover follicle on one ovary, so we couldn't proceed. Doc offered birth control or go it natural to see if I would ovulate on my own. If I don't ovulate, I would take provera to start my period. So I opted for the latter. It was discouraging to have to cancel ANOTHER cycle, but it is what it is.

Finally, we got to try injectibles again, right at the end of May 2016. We did a lower dose. I only had 1 mature follicle develop, which was really disappointing. Husband had 23 million sperms post wash at the IUI, which was about average for him. We weren't really expecting much. We were already looking ahead to the possibility of IVF. The doctor put me on progesterone supplements this cycle (inserted vaginally), so I was really skeptical about any symptoms I experienced. The only thing I noticed was fatigue the second half of the TWW. I experienced a couple sharp cramps at 9dpo, but tried not to read into it.

But at 12dpo, 14 days post trigger, I was scheduled for a beta blood test. I decided to pee on a stick that morning, so get some of the anxiety out of my system. I used a Walgreens early result digital test. In less than 2 minutes, the screen popped up: Yes+. I couldn't believe it!

Later that afternoon, my beta blood test results came in. The doctor called and left a message on my phone because I was at work and in a meeting when she called. Basically, she said, "Your blood test confirms it. You're pregnant! HCG level at 98. That's a good number. Come back in a couple days for a follow-up to make sure it's doubling. Congratulations!" The last time I got a positive, with the chemical pregnancy, my HCG level was 16. So I was feeling much more optimistic. But still not ready to completely celebrate until the follow-up beta. So 2 days later, I get another blood test and then my doctor calls me in the afternoon. This time I'm ready. On a walk around the block by my office. The doctor says, "Good news. Your HCG level is at 250. Congratulations! Make an appointment 3 weeks from today for your first ultrasound."

I put the phone down and almost started crying, right there in the street. I still can't quite believe it.

I'm 17 dpo now. I've been experiencing waves of fatigue every day, although today I have quite a bit of energy. (Is it weird that I'm anxious about feeling good?)

If all goes well, we'll welcome our baby around March 3, 2017. I'm so grateful!

If you're on this journey, I suggest tracking your temperatures if you're not already, and advocating for yourself with your doctor to make sure you're getting the best care, understand what's happening, etc. It is so important to understand what's going on with your body and understand your options!

Best of luck to you!

BFP IUI#2 !!!!!

This website has been my place of solace, peace, and hope. And now I want to give back. This was our second IUI with Clomid cycle. We have been ttc for 2 years with no intervention and no luck and now finally I am pregnant! Here are my symptoms by dpo:

CD 13- positive OPK (wondfo and Clearblue advanced) around 4pm - confirmed with LH blood work at RE. No trigger needed. HR:75

CD 14 -Day of IUI- cramping from catheter- cramping in colon, uterus, and a little in left ovary. Gassy. Husband's sperm count 6.8million after wash. HR:76

1dpo- very sore nipples, little twinges on left side ovary. HR: 77

2dpo-very sore nipples, twinges of small pain in uterus. HR: 78

3dpo- sore nipples, congested (most likely sinus infection or bad allergies) HR:78

4dpo- sore nipples. Twinges in uterus and ovary

5dpo- sore nipples. Forgot to take synthroid yesterday and this morning--extremely tired by 4:00pm. Like I hit a brick wall. Boobs a tiny bit tender. Twinges and cramps in cervix and right above pubic bone. Gassy. Lots of creamy lotiony cm.

6dpo- sore boobs. Twinges in uterus. Creamy cm. nausea, gassy, diarrhea, acid reflux. Boobs a little sore.

7dpo-diarrhea bad all day. felt like there was a brick in my upper abdomen. Temp of 100.4. Maybe got a stomach bug. Acid reflux. Sore boobs and nipples. Dizzy at night while sitting on couch watching television.

8dpo- stomach a little bit better today. Some ovary twinges. Sore boobs and nipples. Progesterone blood work today. HR:80

9dpo- sore boobs. Little bit of uterine cramping. Tired. HR:78

10dpo- sore boobs and nipples. Little bit of cramping. Super gassy

11dpo- went to pee in the morning and wiped and there was a little reddish blood with a tiny little clot. Cried to my husband--totally figured I was out. Afternoon, I went to check if I was still bleeding and there was just a little bit of brownish stuff when I wiped. So, I decided to take a test to know either way. I tested with an Internet cheapie and all of a sudden a line came up. Faint, but clear as day! I ran to my husband to make sure. He confirmed that it was most definitely a line. Went to drug store and bought a FRER and a digital FRER. BOTH CAME BACK POSITIVE! I was shocked. But also worried. What was that bleeding this morning??

12dpo- went into RE office to get my first beta and also a progesterone test. Still so early, but needed to know if I was progressing. Low and behold my beta came back at 34 and progesterone at 30 and I'm still 2 days before my period is due! The doctor said the little bleeding I was experiencing was implantation. So it DOES happen, ladies!

My husband and I are over the moon, but cautiously optimistic. We are going to take this day by day. But seeing those 2 lines for the first time ever was the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. Good luck and baby dust to all the ladies out there!

BFP after 5th IUI

I'm turning 39 next month, single, and decided to start IUI treatments in February. The first 4 ended in BFN. The 5th time I was prescribed Follistim for the first time (100ml for 9 days) and triggered with Ovidrel. Today (13dpiui) I got my first-ever BFP!

Felt the fewest symptoms this month, but I had really bad cramping 1dpiui and 2dpiui (did back-to-back IUIs). Had a runny nose 3-4dpiui and what felt like chapped lips throughout most of the tww. I did notice sore, swollen boobs around 5dpiui, which I never have normally. Light af-like cramps 9-10dpiui, even took hpt on 10 and 11dpiui - BFN. But lo and behold on day 13...

Don't give up - this was going to be my last IUI before taking a break and saving up for IVF. Thrilled to be able to share my story! :)

BFP! Beginners luck with clomid + IUI

Like so many others, I never thought this day would come but we finally have our first ever BFP! I'm 33 and my husband is 35. We've been married for 7 years and decided last year that we are ready to start a family. When I stopped the pill in January 2015, I was sure that I would be pregnant in no time. We are both healthy, fit, eat well, no health issues, and all of our siblings had multiple children easily. So when 6 months went by and we still weren't pregnant, we decided to see an OB/GYN. I had started to have pre-period spotting every cycle for 2-5 days before AF, so I thought this could be an issue. I had the normal bloodwork done: FSH, Day 21 progesterone, prolactin, vaginal ultrasound, physical exam, etc. but all normal and no reason to explain the spotting. Anyways, we decided to get more serious and started BBT charting, using OPKs, pre-seed, I tried vitamin B6 and red raspberry leaf a few cycles for the spotting issue. I would get a smiley face on the CB Digital OPK or CBFM (I was using both at some point) around CD 11-13, followed by strong ovulation cramps the next day, and a temp rise the following day, and we nailed the BD timing cycle after cycle but still nothing.

Finally, we were referred to a RE who did further preliminary work. AMH (1.65), HSG, hysteroscopy, semen analysis. All normal with the exception of husband's SA which showed slightly low morphology although he was making up for it in numbers--count was 200+ million. RE said we fall into the unexplained infertility category. She recommended we start with 3 rounds of clomid, even though I ovulate on my own--multiple eggs could help increase our chances. We decided to try on our own for a few more cycles, but still nothing. Finally, we decided to try a first round of clomid. And in the meantime, we thought to have my husband rechecked to see if the morphology had changed since last time. I was devastated when his second SA came back terrible. Count was down to 60 million (which is still considered normal) but morphology was down to 2%. He was referred to a urologist who did some more testing and determined that he had slightly low testosterone and too many white blood cells in semen culture. Anyways, husband was put on clomid (25mg every other day) for low T and an antibiotic (3 week course) for the possible infection.

Clomid cycle #1
Clomid 50mg for 5 days (CD 4-8)
CD13 - follicle scan showed 2 follicles: 23mm and 25mm, uterine lining perfect.
CD13 afternooon - smiley face on OPK, BD that night
CD 14 - BD in AM and PM, strong ovulation cramps in afternoon through evening
1DPO - BD in the morning
No need to test as AF arrived right on time, even with my usual 3 days of pre-AF spotting.

Given the slight male factor issue and detrimental effects of continued clomid use (thin lining, no ewcm, etc.), we decided to skip another round of clomid only and move on to clomid + IUI.

Clomid + IUI cycle
Clomid 50mg for 5 days (CD 4-8) - BTW, I had heavily researched the difference between taking clomid cd3-7 or cd5-9 and I learned that taking clomid CD3-7 produces multiple eggs, while CD5-9 produces better quality egg(s) (but maybe not more than 1). As I already ovulate on my own, I opted for something in between (CD4-8) to hopefully produce multiple eggs but also healthy mature eggs.

CD12 follicle scan: 2 follicles, 1 on each side, each measuring 25mm. Uterine lining 10.6mm.
Nurse mentions that these follicles are pretty big but still good. She instructs me to trigger with Ovidrel shot that night and IUI is scheduled for 36 hours later. Of course, I researched ideal follicle size like crazy and everything I read said that 25mm may be over ripe, so I was already bummed out before we even did the IUI.
That afternoon I got a smiley face on my OPK and panicked! Do I still use the trigger shot if my body is already surging? Shouldn't we move up the IUI to tomorrow? I researched like crazy and everything I read said that if you have an LH surge, IUI should be the next day. I called the after-hours line and spoke with a nurse who was clueless and told me to stay on schedule, still trigger tonight and IUI in 36 hours. But that didn't feel right. After studying my last 20+ cycles, I know that I always ovulate the day after a positive OPK, which would be tomorrow. Anyways, I have a moment of calm and think maybe I should just listen to the specialists. My husband gives me the Ovidrel trigger at 9pm. BD tonight

BFP on June 6th!

**warning this is a really long story**

I've been a long time stalker of this forum. My journey began in 2013 when we first started TTC.

Jan - Oct 2013 - no BFP in sight.

Oct 2013 - felt excruciating pain in my right side. Ended up being hospitalized for a burst cyst on my right ovary.

Nov 2013 - started getting chest pains. When I saw my GP, she noticed I had a pronounced heart murmur. She sent a referral to a local cardiologist.

Jan 2014 - Pain returned in right ovary. A ultrasound showed I had another cyst on my right ovary. Laparoscopy was recommended by my gyno. I was then placed on a wait list for surgery.

Jan 2014 - got in with the cardiologist who sent me for a echocardiogram. Echocardiogram revealed I had an enlarged heart due to an Atrial Septal Defect. He sent me for a transesophageal ultrasound to determine the size of the hole which would decide whether I needed open heart surgery to repair or a heart catheterization. Placed on wait list for surgery.

July 2014 - went in for laparoscopy to remove my cyst. They were able to diagnose me with stage four endometriosis. Cyst was deemed non cancerous.

Oct 2014 - went in for heart catheterization surgery.

**throughout 2014 I went into a deep depression as everyone around me was having babies left and right*

May 2015 - given go ahead by gyno and cardiologist to start TTC again. After 6 months of no luck, we were referred to the local fertility clinic.

Feb 2016 - got in with the fertility clinic. Ultrasound showed more cysts on both ovaries. They were unable to determine antrial follicle count because my cysts are so large they couldn't see any eggs in the ultrasound.

April 2016 - got a faint BFP (possible chemical pregnancy).

May 2016 - started clomid without trigger shot. IUI was performed on May 22nd.

June 2016 - finally a BFP!!

Here were my symptoms post iui.

1 DPIUI - constipated, cramps, plugged ears
2 DPIUI - craving sweets, tired, constipated, cramps, nausea
3 DPIUI - nausea, tired
4 & 5 DPIUI - no symptoms
6 DPIUI - nausea, tired, headache
7 DPIUI - constipated, cramps, headache
8 & 9 DPIUI - no symptoms
10 DPIUI - tired
11 DPIUI - faint positive with dollar store test.

**stopped tracking symptoms here. But I had a massive headache on 14 DPIUI.

Things I did different this cycle. I started daily yoga prior to my tww. Throughout my tww, I was eating lots of fresh pineapple. I also kept an eye on my caffeine intake. Limiting to one cup a day.

I tested again at 14 DPIUI with a clearblue and frer and got my positives!! I wish luck to all of you out there who are still waiting for BFP. I never thought I would ever see this day come but if it happened to me. There's still hope for you!

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