It still feels very surreal, but after more than 15 months of TTC naturally with PCOS, we did our first medicated cycle with Gonal F and Ovidrel and it worked! I had one 17 mm follicle and a 12 mm follicle the days we did the trigger and 18 days later my beta results showed high numbers and I had two bright red lines on the HPT. My husbands sperm count was awesome at 35 million post wash, my gorgeous superman! I was so convinced that I was out this cycle that I didn't even want to POAS for fear of disappointment. I have to say that while I was trying to hone in on symptoms, I didn't (and still don't) feel much except for sore boobs. I think that too many women on these forms OBSESSS about every symptoms and drive themselves crazy! That being said, you know when something is up/off with your body.
** DPIUI=DPO (I had the IUI on ovulation day, 36 hours after the trigger shot. My uterus felt crampy and stretched during the insemination, which the doctor believed meant that I was ovulating at that exact moment! I came in with a full bladder, which makes the procedure go much smoother because it helps guide the catheter to the right place).
Things I did differently this cycle: I had several glasses of wine and a few cafe lattes. Throughout most of this cycle I did daily meditation and fertility yoga to calm me down, bring rich and nourishing blood to my uterus, and take the seat of a momma in my heart.
1-6 DPIUI: Nothing
7 DPIUI: Period-type cramps and pinching ovaries. I am convinced that my body is preparing for an eventual period.
8 DPIUI: Went to bathroom four times. Intense cramping after orgasm. Period like cramps.
9 DPIUI: Pinching ovaries in the morning, period-like cramps.
10 DPO: I am SURE that my period in the next 2-3 days so I bump up my Beta test at the hospital by three days to make sure that I can start another round of fertility meds next month :(
11 DPIUI: Insane uterine cramping after sex. I have never had this before and worried that something is wrong.
12 DPIUI: Went hiking and during this time had about 30 minutes of the most insane cramps that suddenly went away. I think this may have been implantation day. I felt like I was going to pass out but just breathed and walked through it and felt nothing for the rest of the day and evening.
13 DPIUI: Boobs KILL and I have lower pelvic cramping. Period is coming any day now…
14DPIUI: Some lower pelvis cramping, but more mild.
15DPIUI: Period like cramps and intense heart palpitations that prevent me from sleeping soundly.
16 DPIUI: Heart palpitations again, annoying! Mild period type cramps. Since I am convinced that I am not pregnant, I worry about why my period hasn't started. In the evening I get weird pokey pains near my belly button on/off.
17 DPIUI: Pain in uterus after orgasm and pressure in anus (sorry, TMI). CM is very wet.
18 DPIUI - BFP!!!!!!: Very mild period-type cramps and while my boobs are sore, they are less so. Go for Beta in the morning and don't check my messages until I am with my husband at 5pm. I can't believe it, so so SURREAL. The nurse didn't leave the numbers, but said that they are very high and look amazing. Going in for a viability scan in 11 days.
** This was our first medicated cycle and it worked! While potentially pregnancy was on my radar, I slept with a pad from 11-15 DPIUI because I was SURE that AF was on the way.
Never stop giving up hope and don't read the dire information regarding TTC after 35. Think positively and believe that it is possible. Miracles happen EVERY day to those that least expect them. I know many women who have 2 or three kids and didn't start TTC until way after 35.