Like many who have posted their BFP stories, I too relied on this site during my TWW. I must have read hundreds of stories, some with circumstances similar to my own, and others vastly different-just because I wanted to read a story I knew was going to end in a positive test.
A little bit about myself. I’m 28 and soon to be a SMC (Single Mother by Choice). About two years ago, I decided this was what I was going to do, but I didn’t start trying to conceive right away. Early last year I met with my OBGYN, who agreed to work with me to do IUIs. While I was in relatively good health, he was worried about how my chances at success might be impacted by my weight. I decided to take last year to devote to changing my lifestyle in order to get healthier before trying to get pregnant. I cut out caffeine and fast food, added exercise, ran my first 5K and ended up losing about 90 pounds. Needless to say, my doctor was pretty happy when I came in earlier this fall to have my preconception check up.
I had been charting using fertility friend for over six months, and while my charts did indicate that I was ovulating, I asked to use Clomid anyways. While I’m not typically a person who takes medication unless they have to, I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of conception. For my first cycle, I was on 50 mg, CD 5-9.
My first IUI was in May. I knew this IUI wouldn’t work before I even went in to the office, but I still held out hope for the one in a million shot. I didn’t get a clear positive OPK that cycle, though I did have my IUI on the first peak reading of my ClearBlue fertility monitor. The reason I went in without a positive OPK was my doctor was going on vacation and while I ordered a 14 day tank from the sperm bank, it couldn’t wait until he got back. I decided to just go in, knowing that at least I had a slightly better chance than not doing it at all.
That first cycle, I was convinced I was pregnant. I was tired, my breasts were tender (which they never are before AF), I was nauseated and dizzy a few days. My cycles are usually around 28-29 days. When AF didn’t come on day 29 and my test said negative, a nurse I work with ordered labwork for me. I got the results on cycle day 30, negative, and AF came the next day. I was upset but not overly surprised.
My second IUI was in June. This time, I got my positive OPK on a Wednesday evening, at about 8 pm. I called my doctor on his cell phone (he really didn’t want to miss our window). He asked me what had made me test so late, and I told him I just had a feeling that day so I did 4 OPKs at different times. He told me he had surgery in the morning, but we’d do the IUI in the afternoon and still be within the window. (For this cycle, I was on 100 mg Clomid, CD 5-9.)
The day of my IUI, I felt what I suspected to be ovulation pains in the morning. The cramping was short lasting and on my right side only. I took this to be a great sign that our timing was perfect this month.
For my second IUI, I swear I felt cramping start as soon as the sperm went in and it didn’t go away for over 12 hours. I took it easy for the next 24 hours, not doing anything more strenuous than fertility yoga and walking my dogs.
This time I didn’t feel pregnant. My breasts were tender again (though I had begun to suspect this was from the Clomid). I was a little tired, but suspected this was from anxiety and the TWW itself.
On 7, 8 and 9 DPIUI, I had some nausea in the AM, combined with some cramping. This was worst on 8 DIPUI, when the nurse at work almost sent me home because I looked so horrible. (I wonder if this could have possibly been a result of implantation.)
At 11 DPIUI, I tested negative with FRER in the AM. For some reason though, I decided to test with an internet cheapie that evening and was convinced I saw a very faint line. Unfortunately, no one was home to verify this for me. The next morning, I took another internet cheapie and saw another very faint line. My sister questioned whether the lines were there or not. Worried that maybe the tests were bad or these were evap lines, I took three tests from the same lot to work and had three of my friends take them (one is 5 months pregnant, she was our control). My non-pregnant coworkers did not have the line. I began at this point to get nervously excited.
At 12 DPIUI, I took four pregnancy tests in the morning. I wanted to be very sure I took an internet cheapie (very faint line), Dollar Tree test (faint line), FRER (faint line) and ClearBlue digital (Pregnant). I was ecstatic.