DH and I have been trying for 9 years, but were not gangbusters about it until last year. We had decided to let things happen as they would, and we made peace at one point with not being parents if it didn't happen. Well one day we woke up and realized we were getting older and running out of time and we both realized this was much more important to us than we thought. It would be really painful to never have children.
So we finally got tested to diagnose the problem and it turned out we had male factor - Low count, NO motility, and low morphology. There was no problem that the UR could find--no vericocele, his testosterone was normal, there was just no reason for his low numbers so there was nothing they could do to improve them. We tried supplements which did help his morphology--went from 9% to 30%, but the number stayed the same (3 million) and they still weren't swimming. No swimmers = no babies and we knew we either had to accept that or figure out another way. The decision to use a donor was not as difficult for us to come to as it would be for other couples (we had discussed it for a while, knowing that it might come down to that) and we started the process as soon as we got the second semen analysis results back showing no swimmers.
After the IUI with donor sperm, DH and I prayed together and sang hymns during the ten minutes I was to rest before getting dressed. It was a magical time! However, after 9 years of infertility, it was hard to believe that this would work. Here are my symptoms...
CD14: IUI at 9:30 am, ovulation at 8 PM based on the strong ovulation pain I felt at that time. I got a killer backache along with ovulation, which has never happened before.
1 dpo: Some leftover cramping from the IUI/ovulation
2-4 dpo: Nada
5 dpo: Dreamt about giving birth, and that I was breastfeeding my sister (who is 30 years old). EW! WTH?!
6-7 dpo: Boobs bigger (usual), nipples swollen/pointy (not usual). These were the only days I really felt I was pregnant. Woke up one morning with a nose bleed-very unusual.
8 dpo: Felt cramps in the evening while at church. They continued off and on for several hours. I now believe this was implantation!
9 dpo: A small glob of ewcm that was white came off on tp when I wiped--once in the morning, and once in the evening. This was my biggest reason for suspecting I might be pregnant, as I had never had anything but sticky CM this late in my TWW. I also had a killer backache! I was adjusting myself all day at work (I sit while working) and just couldn't get comfortable.
10 dpo: Tons of gas in the morning—it was a fart storm up in our bedroom. LOL! CM was very very slightly tinted brown all day. (I now believe this was caused by implantation bleeding.)
11 dpo: Lots of gas in the morning. Backache returns, but only for half the day and not as bad.
12 dpo: Gassy in the morning, but not as bad as previous days. Tested with FMU and got a faint BFP! Didn't really trust it, though. Brown tint to CM returns, a little darker this time, and I'm scared that AF is about to arrive. (I now know this was caused by implantation bleeding.)
13 dpo: Tested with FRER and a digital test at the same time (peed in a cup and dipped them at the same time-lol). The line with the FRER was darker, and the digital came up pregnant. Wow, it's really my BFP!!
14 dpo: Couldn't sleep but a few hours. Breasts swollen and I can't sleep on my stomach b/c they hurt.
15 dpo: Swollen boobs, a tiny bit of heartburn while eating meals.
16 dpo: Got BETA test, HcG is 308. Whoop! Definitely pregnant!
18 dpo: BETA now reads 634. This is for real!
I'm now 24 dpo and go in tomorrow to get my HCG checked again to make sure it's still on the rise. I feel so wonderful, and not pregnant at all. No nausea, no fatigue, no sore boobs. It's as if my body has been waiting for this so long, it is just so happy to finally be growing a baby that it's not going to give me any trouble! Well, we'll see how long it lasts. :)
Praise God for this answer to our prayer! We are just shocked to finally be pregnant after all this time, and shocked it worked on the very first IUI! Praise the Lord!