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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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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!

BFP iUI #3

So I've stalked this forum for 2.5years now. Both my husband and I are 34. I have a 13 year old from a previous marriage. After 2 years we decided to start trying but had no luck. We decided to try iui. The doc did say my husband's sperm quality was low when we did the SA. We decided to proceEd and just pray there would be an improvement. My cycles are regular and I do ovulate. I feel it and chart my temp. Doctor put me on 50mg of clomid. I had really bad gas followEd by 3 strong cramps at 9dpo iui and what I think was implantation bleeding the next day. We went in for our scan at 7 weeks but the pregnancy failed to progress and I had a 6cm cyst. We waited and within a week I miscarried and the cyst dissolved. We waited a year before trying again, iui without meds. Because i did nlt want to get ankther cyst and i do ovulate. We did the iui on day 12 but i ovulated on day 13. That cycle was bust. We rested the next cycle and tried this month. I went in for a scan on day 11, follicle and lining looked good so I decided to just do a trigger. I ovulated in the morning on day 13 and procedure was done in the afternoon. The 2 week wait was uneventful. I had no obvious symptom. My stomach was a little queasy but I dismissed that. Then my boobs startEd to hurt a little. I took a test and saw a very faint line at 9dpo. Thought it was the trigger. Woke up at 10dpo iui and my nipples were sore to the touch. Took a test with fmu and got a stronger line. Took a digital at 11 dpo and it was positive too at 1 to 2 weeks. We got our positive the same time I was miscarryin last year. So this is definitely a blessing and we're so thankful. Praying that this little one will stay with us. It's now a 3 week wait before we get our first scan.

So ladies hang in there and don't worry too much if you don't have very many symptoms. You can still get a BFP.

Miracle BFP

I am so excited to be submitting my BFP story. My hope is that it will encourage someone else that may be going through what I and my DH have gone through. I am 35 and DH is 42. We have been trying to concieve for years with no success. This year, we decided to see a new RE and start over, since our past attempts did not work. I have PCOS, and do not ovulate without assistance, and DH has no issues. After having my cycles regulated by Meformin, I was able to move forward with Letrozole on days 3-7. Clomid did not work for me in the past, so my new dct prescribed Letrozole.
For months we tried TI, but decided after the last BFN cycle we would move on to the IUI. I am so thrilled to report that after only 1 IUI, we recieved our BFP today!!
Before testing, I had no sypmtoms. In fact, I had already began planning for IUI #2. I decided to POAS on a whim, because I wanted to see if the trigger was out of my system. Because I was soooo shocked about the + test, I went to the RE also for a BETA test today. The blood test confirmed that I am indeed pregnant! I am so excited and grateful that our dream is a reality. It truly is a miracle. It has been very challenging going through fertility treatments, but very well worth it. I want to encourage other women faced with PCOS or any other concerns to stay positive and know that IT CAN HAPPEN! Trust, believe, and keep the faith. Trust that your prayers will be answered. Its still early for me, and I'm still praying, but to know that after 4 years of BFN to get a BFP is a victory! Baby Dust to all of you and GL :-)!

BFP 15dpiui (first time) and i have PCOS

Just got confirmation from my dr now that my beta count is 103.

I have had little to no symptoms.

I'm not super religious but i did have everyone pray for us this time and kept telling myself i WAS pregnant.

Below is the story i posted a few days ago...

Hi ladies, I'm driving myself insane reading on the net and not finding what I'm looking for, perhaps someone here might be able to advise me...

I have PCOS but everything on my fiancés side is fine.
We recently moved and have been so busy unpacking boxes that we haven't really had time or energy for any intimacy (bad i know but it's the last thing on your mind when you get to bed at midnight and have to be up 5 hours later)

We have been ttc for over 2 years (long story - changed specialists as a result). Our new specialist said we need to try iui and possibly ivf at a later stage if no luck with iui. We went for our first iui treatment recently, on d3 - d7 of cycle i started laradex for 5 days, when i collected my script the receptionist told me i must come in for a scan on friday 6May, on Sunday 1May i lay awake in bed wondering what scan it was, in the past i was used to a 12d scan but perhaps the new specialist did things differently. Monday 2 May was a public holiday here in SA so first thing Tue morning i called the specialists offices to enquire about the scan, it turns out the receptionist had miscalculated and i was meant to go in the previous Friday, they quickly squeezed me in on Tue for a scan.

I had one follicle on each ovary measuring 23mm, he booked me in immediately for our iui.
My fiancé went and made his deposit and i waited while they washed it.
My concern is this:
1) we didn't do any trigger shots and
2)it had been approximately 2 weeks since we were last intimate (i know ideally it should be 2 - 3 days prior to iui so we were planning it on the day of the scan which is generally 2 - 3 days prior to the actual iui)
We didn't get told the stats of his swimmers either before the procedure.

They had a problem getting the catheter in and had to use a tenaculum (i bled for 2 days after). it is now 6dpuiu and i have had a uncomfortable feeling like AF is on her way since the procedure, besides that nothing except for a nose bleed this morning (i never get them)

I'm not expecting this to be a successful iui, what do you ladies think?

BFP 10dpiui w/ Femara, Trigger and First Time IUI

Trying to keep my excitement at bay, because I know I need to stay cautiously optimistic.
Bit of background- I am 26, DH 28. Married shy of 5 years. Diagnosed with PCOS around age 21 although I knew since my preteen years that I was different from other girls when I noticed my erratic period arrival and length (I’d get it 2-3x/year and would be very heavy lasting 2-3 weeks!) got on BC at age 18 – 23. Started using condoms knowing my body will need at least a year to recoup from BC pills and by then hopefully we could start ttc’ing. Not the case. I didn’t get my first period after stopping BC until 13 months after- NOT NORMAL. Went to OBGYN who offered Provera to start up a cycle. Did that a few times with ovulation monitoring with WONDFO test strips, never got a positive ovulation. Summer of 2015 I started seeing a Naturopath hoping to get my cycles going naturally. 6 months later and A LOT of money lost, my cycle was still all over the place with no positive ovulation. Went back to OBGYN who prescribed 3 months of Clomid 50mg, unmonitored, and said if I’m not prego by month #3, he would direct me to RE. Tried 1 cycle and nothing- no ovulation, no period. I knew and read this wasn’t a great med to keep taking and taking so I wanted to be monitored closely if I was to try it again.
Friend offered me to check out a well-known fertility clinic in MD and surrounding states. DH and I got checked, all levels came back normal, hubbies sperm count came to 34mil with good mobility motility and morphology. All my levels and HSG came back normal except for the fact that I don’t ovulate. Clomid cycle #1 was 100mg for 7 days with Ovidrel trigger shot and timed intercourse. I did ovulate but BFN. 2nd cycle I was offered to try Femara. Did 5mg cycle day 3-7, but when I went in for follicle scans on CD 12, 13 and 14 the largest follicle I had was 11mm and wasn’t growing. Since my hormone levels were still very low, doc said I didn’t have to bleed again; we could start another medicated cycle as if I just started my period. So CD15 really turned into CD3 and I started femara again for 5 days. LADIES! I’m convinced the follicles didn’t grow the first Femara cycle because I was extremely stressed out at work at that time! Stress will totally affect TTC’ing!
So, this second cycle of Femara seemed to do the trick for us! Oh, with the combination of IUI and trigger shot of course! Hubby’s count came in at 5mil post wash (I thought from just hearing that number we would be out this cycle because I’ve heard of couples having WAY more post wash and still not getting prego). Here were my day to day symptoms starting day of IUI (I was testing out the trigger shot starting 1dpIUI):
Day of IUI
Extreme heavy pains very low and close to anal gland - so weird! Periodic hot face
1dpiui
Slept extremely well, very vivid dream. Gassy early morning & afternoon and continues thru the day, right ovary twinges, hot face
2dpiui
A lot of sneezing, snotty, bloated
3dpiui
Gagged dinner up, bloated
4dpiui
Constipation, woke up to weird and really large very red mark on right hand hand
5dpiui
Constipation
6dpiui
Constipation, nauseous, sleepy
7dpiui
Constipation, heart burn
8dpiui
Right ovary pulling & cramps, extreme irritability and constipation, ringing in ears
9dpiui
Itchy nipples
10dpiui
Broke out on my forehead with never before seen red blotches after morning shower, cramps in lower pelvic area, ringing in ears, light lower back pain, first time I see a test getting a shade darker
11dpiui
Extreme exhaustion- slept from 6:30pm-3am on couch (and I am NOT one to take naps), leg muscle cramps, first positive on FRER, NO NEED TO SQUINT!
12dpiui
Darker FRER, darker Wondfo, Darker target brand blue dye test, appetite disappeared!
13dpiui
(as seen in picture) all tests getting darker
15dpiui bloodwork level came in at 206! Norm for this day in the pregnancy is 100 so we are definitely prego!

Early signs-
Extreme cramp (felt like near anal gland) lasting 10-15 minutes about 2 hours after IUI
Noticed BO changed / was really bad
Occasional ringing ears throughout TWW
Muscles would tense
AF cramps 9dpiui-14dpiui
Heartburn on and off

What i did-
Letrozol/Femara 5mg cd3-7
Ovidrel shot cd12
IUI cd14
Pineapple core cd15-17
Progesterone suppositories cd15-current
Vitafol Ultra Prenatal daily
Red Wine 4-5oz almost every day during TWW (not recommended but it’s what I did to pass the time and relax in the evenings)
PRAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BFP 10DPO!

***BABY DUST TO ALL ***
I hope this helps. We’re all different, so the more stories the better, right?!

BACKGROUND

Baby #1 CLOMID
I had gotten married at age 22. By age 26 I was having trouble conceiving- Doc’s diagnosed me with PCOS.
January 2008, I was prescribed Clomid. Took it January, February and by March we had kinda “given up” stopped trying so hard. And Bam! BFP, just shy of my 27th birthday. Healthy baby boy . C-section 41 weeks. 9 pounds 5 oz. 12/18/08

Babies #2 & 3. TWINS INJECTABLES IUI
(DPO listed at bottom)
Started trying again in 2011 on Clomid via OB.
Few months nothing.
Referred to fertility clinic...
2 rounds of Clomid at clinic/ being monitored/ 2 IUI's. No dice.
March 2012, the 3rd and last try, we did injectable hormones in place of Clomid. I also did acupuncture before and after the procedure (it was upstairs of the Clinic), and at night I would listen to pregnancy mediation.
It worked, just shy of my 31st birthday! Two Healthy baby boys! C-section 38 weeks. 6 lb 4 oz and 7 lb 4 oz. 12/11/12

My husband passed away when my twins were 6 months old.
Last year I got remarried to a wonderful man, God -sent.

PRESENT DAY

For the last year I used OPK’s and realized that I DO OVULATE! I have erratic cycles....
I’ve been clocking all my physical symptoms for a year. I know my body pretty well at this point.
I used progesterone cream to do an ovulation “shut down” and after that I ovulated every cycle! (not monthly. because it was sometimes 60 days. but every CYCLE). I have been taking Ovaboost and Fertile Aid. Womans multi, Viatmin D3, Glucomannan, Cod liver oil, Adrenal Health, Evening primrose cd1-O, PMS pill O-end. Stopped taking them last month just because it was getting to be too much... I hate taking pills and I never remember and i’m inconsistent. It also makes me feel like i’m trying too hard, and it’s too “in my face”.

Twice in the last 8 months I got stuck in an annovulatory cycle, at which point I would take the natural progesterone cream and by the 8th day I would have a break through bleed, allowing me to start a new cycle.
I was psyched I had this all down to a cycle! It may not be a traditional one but i was bleeding, i was ovulating, and i wasn’t in hormonal agony!!

We used this as a method of birth control, seeing as though we weren’t trying for our own baby just yet.
April 2016, we unknowingly DTD during my fertile cycle, as It wasn’t until 4 days later I got a +OPK. So we decided to just try that night too. What the heck, we thought.... it won’t happen that fast...

I coincidently had a new patient visit with my OB during this week, to talk about my options, and just talk about my history. I was afraid she was going to be quick to tell me I need clomid. But she was super supportive of what I was doing, and she told me that as long as my luteal phase is 14 days --THEY DONT USE THE TERMINOLOGY LATE OVULATION--. She assured me that egg quality isn’t an issue, its if there’s a short luteal phase that’s concerning for viability.
She did say because I am going to be 35 next month that if I do decide to use medical help, she would refer me to a clinic for safe measures.

But I didn’t need that!!!

Baby #4 ALL NATURAL
BFP just shy of my 35th birthday! DD January 21, 2017

Tuesday (cd26): DTD Wednesday (cd27): - OPK
Thursday (cd28): - OPK, but darker
Friday (cd29): woke up from a dream of a positive test, couldn’t shake it. +OPK second morning urine! Digi and POS all positive, took 3. DTD Saturday (cd30): Assumed Ovulation Day. - OPK

1DPO: Good day, good mood, mild cramps but nothing too noteworthy (because of PCOS i’m always crampy-ish from O-AF)

2DPO: Lower left Cramping.
Fertility Luteal Phase Yoga.
NEW this cycle~ Acne, Gassy
in addition to my
NORMAL ~ Backache, light cramps, dreams, joint paints- pretty normal, neck-ache- maybe slept wrong.
*progesterone cream

3DPO: Woke up in the middle of the night to pee- cramps on left when i went, but not a lot came out. Bloody snot- not abnormal. While doing yoga laying on my right side I got a sharp pain from my left side when moving to the sitting up position after 2 mins of holding uterus pose.
NEW~ Gassy-ish last two days. ACNE! Like a teenager, Hungry!!
NORMAL~ Runs- not too abnormal, light cramps, light backache,
*progesterone cream

4DPO: DTD NEW~ Thirsty!! Acne bad. Hungry. No discharging.... that’s odd for me.
NORMAL~ Backache, light cramps, dreams, irritable
*progesterone cream

BFP After Back to back IUI's - FIRST TIME SUCCESS!

A little background about me, I am 26 and in a same sex relationship. I have no known fertility issues and all preliminary testing came back normal.

I was put on Letrozole/Femara CD5-9, then did OPK's at home until I got a positive. After the positive I went in two days in a row for back to back IUI's with donor sperm.

This is how I was feeling each day after:

1dpiui - very bloated, cramping
2dpiui - twinges in abdomen throughout the day
3dpiui - still bloated, gassy
4dpiui - strong cramps on right side of abdomen, cold symptoms
5dpiui - tired, otherwise normal
6dpiui - normal
7dpiui - woke up with a nose bleed (never get them normally)
8dpiui - blood/metallic taste in mouth, pains above right hip
9dpiui - cramping above right hip
10dpiui - FRER with FMU - BFP!

I have since had two blood draws completed. Hcg at 14dpiui was only 61, 4 days later it should have doubled twice (should have been 244 or higher) and it was 390! I am still so in shock that we had success the first try! My first ultrasound is booked for May 2nd :)

Think positive ladies, you really can be successful with iui even with the odds against you! Baby dust to all!

BFP after trying for years. First IUI with low sperm

Ladies, I have stalked this site so much over the last few years of ttc. And I'm so happy to be able to share my BFP story FINALLY!!

We all have our own stories and what worked for me won't necessarily work for anyone else so I'm so here is just a quick summary of how we got BFP. We were on our first iui cycle with natural ovulation. Docs confirmed ovulation started cd 13 so took ovidrel trigger shot. Had iui cd14 and 15. Hubby had low levels. Cd14 was 6 million and cd15 was 4 million however doc said although levels low his sperm was grade a (4). From 8pm on cd 15 I started taking prometrium and will continue to 12 weeks.

Here are my symptoms

1-6 dpo: nothing

6 dpo: had a weird dizzy episode while at work, i turned my head to talk to a colleague and it was like my eyes took a minute to catch up. Also had a weird implantation dream. Woke up twice in the night and was awake early in the morning and I am not a morning person.

7 dpo: didn't sleep through night again. Felt tired

8dpo: dizzy again and tired

9dpo: really tired awake in night again

10- 13dpo: period like cramps felt just like AF was on way. Feeling down

13dpo: blood test revealed BFP. In total shock!!

I'm now 4 week pregnant and still have on and off cramps had another blood test today and levels are progressing well. Cramps now feel a little less like the pulling cramps of AF and more like zappy cramps. Still having a few dizzy episodes but no sickness and bobs don't really hurt at all. Don't seem to sleep through the night now and waking up before my alarm but also feeling very tired during day. I even went home at lunch one day and had a nap on lunch break.

Thanks for letting me share ladies. I know everyone says it but just try relax and think positive and know it will happen when it's supposed to.

Good luck to all those ttc!! Finger crossed for a h&h 9 months!! :-)

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