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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, 2nd IUI w injectables, 36yo, TTC x 2 years!

I was so shocked this morning to finally get my first BFP!
My husband and I have been trying for 2 years. Currently, our diagnosis is unexplained infertility. We went through initial testing about a year ago. Everything looked good so we were told to keep trying for another 6 months. We went through 4 monitored cycles, 2 with clomid, 1 with follistim=BFN. Then we did our first IUI with follistim=BFN. Our RE recommended one last IUI with follistim before proceeding to IVF. That was our lucky cycle!!
I was actually so sick on Wednesday with nausea/diarrhea. I made it through work, came home and fell asleep. I woke up that night and threw up. I barely got out of bed for the next 36 hours. I did take a pregnancy test Wednesday (14dpiui) and it was negative. I was sure I just had the stomach flu as I had chills also. SO this morning (16dpiui) was my beta and I was supposed to call my RE if my period hadn't started. I had barely drank anything in 2 days other than a small amount of 7up and decided I would take a pregnancy test so that I would be mentally prepared for the negative blood test. Well maybe my urine was more concentrated bc I was dehydrated, but this morning at 16dpiui I got my first ever BFP!
I was actually wearing a pad since Monday bc I was cramping like my period was going to start. I was also speaking with our IVF dr's nurse and she had sent in a RX for bcps for me to start on day 3 of my next cycle. We had all of my IVF dates mapped out and I was securing financial resources to pay for IVF. We are completely shocked.

Here is what I did differently this cycle (could be a coincidence) but I am sharing in case this would help someone else.

-Started seeing a different acupuncturist. Saw her the week before IUI, the day of my second IUI, and the week after my IUI. I also followed the personal recommendations she gave me which included warm foot soaks, eating cooked foods and warm beverages as opposed to raw foods and iced beverages (I didn't follow this perfectly, but tried my best). She also told me to take guaifenesin 200mg 3x per day from cycle day 9-16 for better cervical mucus.

-drank pom juice 1/2-1 cup every day before ovulation

-barely ate any pineapple in 2ww...couldn't stomach it

-"this is possible" became my mantra. I wrote it in my day planner so I would see it every day.

- had a Reiki session the week before my IUI. The practitioner suggested journaling about my relationship with my mother and my worries about being a mother. So I did. She gave me some stones to promote fertility and she suggested I sleep with them in my pillow case. So I did.

- I smudged our house at the beginning of the cycle

- I listened to circle and bloom's daily meditations for IUI/IVF (google it)

-I did not work out for 5 days after my IUI. I stopped running completely. And in the 2ww I stuck to restorative yoga, walking, and light weights only.

-I stopped eating gluten on 1/22/16 which was 3 days before my IUI

-Started taking CoQ10 supplements in October (for good egg quality)

-Decreased caffeine to <100mg per day and mostly drank organic matcha green tea

-I also started eating more mindfully/intuitively..I have a history of disordered eating which I am mostly recovered from. Decided to tackle the remaining issues recently.

-refused to call myself "infertile"

-prayed prayed and prayed some more!!

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BFP after 2.5 years!!

This thread gave me hope and helped me through my two week wait, so I wanted to share my story in hopes it will do the same for others.

It's been a long 2.5 years of TTC for my husband and I... During the first 6 months of trying, I had three chemical pregnancies. My periods had become very irregular and I knew something wasn't right. I eventually went to my obgyn to find out what was going on. After a series of tests, I was told I have PCOS. Since my hormones were imbalanced, I was having irregular cycles as a result and couldn't sustain a pregnancy. My doctor said she could put me on metformin, but I could probably manage it on my own by avoiding toxins, eating a Mediterranean diet and continuing to workout regularly. I was glad to hear this because I do not like taking medications. So I went all in. I cut out every toxin from my home, bought only organic food, and got into a regular workout routine. I was sure this would do the trick. A few months went by, but nothing. My cycles were still irregular, and I just felt off. So I finally caved and went back to the doctor to try the metformin. Almost immediately, my cycles became regular. I was thrilled and knew this would be my ticket to getting my BFP! But after almost a year without one BFP, I began to lose hope. My doctor recommended that I go through a series of blood tests and have an HSG done to make sure there wasn't anything else going on. Everything came back totally normal, which left me even more confused. I wish someone would just tell me what the problem was and how to fix it. But instead, I was told that I have unexplained infertility.

I then heard something about acupuncture helping with infertility, and thought maybe that was a sign. What else did I have to lose at this point? So I went to a local acupuncturist and told him I have unexplained infertility. He told me he would have me pregnant within 3 months. I was so excited and didn't think twice about forking over $200/month for the next 3 months. While I do think acupuncture helped with my overall well being, it did not get me pregnant. When I realized that I exhausted all natural options at this point, I knew it was time to see a fertility doctor.

I decided to go to one of the top ranked clinics in the area and was thrilled to get an appointment right away. Finally some answers! Well, unfortunately, the doctor I saw was not what I had expected. He belittled me and questioned my chemical pregnancies. He reviewed my medical records, told me there was nothing wrong with me and he couldn't do anything to help me. What?? I left in tears. Maybe there was a reason it was so easy to get an appointment with this doctor, and maybe a different doctor there could help me, but I didn't want to find out. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

Not long after, a friend of mine recommended that I try a different fertility clinic in the area that she went to and had a successful IVF through 15 years ago. So I did. I even got an appointment with the same doctor she used, although I had a two month wait to see him. That was fine by me if he could help me. The day of my appointment finally came. Wow, what a difference! Upon entering, the staff was so friendly. The nurse I met with began asking me about my past. I told her my experience with the last place I went to. Come to find out, she used to be a nurse there, but wasn't happy so she left to come work here and just got pregnant through the doctor I was about to see! That was reassuring! When I finally met with my doctor, I had never met a more compassionate and caring doctor. He was very optimistic and set up a plan for me that would start with 3 months of timed intercourse using letrozole and ovidrel, if nothing, then 3 months of IUI with letrozole and ovidrel, then IVF if necessary.

Well, the 3 months of timed intercourse didn't work, but after my first IUI, I found out that I am pregnant!!! I am now 5 weeks pregnant and I have to say, other than missing my period, I would never know. With my 3 chemical pregnancies, I had noticeable symptoms right away, so I was sure I was out this month. I wouldn't even take a HPT on CD 28 because I didn't want to be let down. However, when CD 30 arrived, 16 DPO, I finally gave in. I took a test and it changed immediately! I bawled my eyes out. It had been 2 years since I had seen a positive. I had convinced myself that at age 33 now, my eggs must be bad and it wasn't going to happen for me. I went in for a blood test the next morning, and my HCG levels were over 1,000! How do I not have any symptoms? And since I had two dominant follicles, are there two embryos in there?!

So many people told me IUI doesn't work, it's a waste of time and money, you should just go straight to IVF, etc. I was skeptical, but now I can attest that it does work!

4 years later - BFP with IUI #2

Hi Ladies!
As with most of you, I've obsessed over this site for years! I finally get to post my own BFP story!
A bit of background, Hubby and I are both 31 and have been trying since we got married in Oct 2012.
Fast forward a few years of testing, HSG, semen analysis and they came back with unexplained infertility (Lucky us!!)
We had our first IUI in Oct 2016 which resulted in BFN. We were pretty gutted but we picked ourselves up and got on with it!
I then started the IUI process again on 2nd Jan, took 100ml of Gonal-F and hoped I would have a few good follies.
Triggered with Ovidrel and had IUI the next morning on 15th Jan - I only had one follie measuring 20mm and hubbys sample was 8 million post wash with 85% motility.Didn't feel confident at all! I started Endometrin 2dpiui - three times daily.
Now to the good stuff:
1dpiui - Sore from IUI, major cramping (not like first IUI
2dpiui - More cramping and a few headaches throughout the day
3-6dpiui - nothing much to report - cramps on and off
7dpiui - Took a FRER to check trigger - love seeing a positive even though I know it's not real! (Like a psycho) Lower back pain
8dpiui - Nausea, intermittent throughout the day - thinking this is trigger. Feeling dizzy at times, more cramps, lower back pain
9dpiui - Nausea in the am. More cramps - took another test which was very faint.
10dpiui - Trigger officially gone. Heartburn, cramps, starving! Sore boobs start - at the sides but no sore nipples, lower back pain
11dpiui - Nausea again in the AM. Usually when hubby is driving me to work it's worse. Heartburn is off the chart, tums are now my best friend.Lower back very sore today. Took a FRER in the PM and got a faint line - hmmmmmm getting a tiny bit excited as trigger was gone!
12dpiui - Woke up at 4:30am and took a FRER - Pink line straight away, much darker than the night before. Then took a digi with the same urine, YES+ pops up after a minute! Actually can't believe it!!

Bloods are on Sunday so I will update with beta - hoping this is finally it for us.

Good luck to all the ttc ladies here! Your stories and support have helped me so much over the years. I wouldn't wish infertility on anyone and couples going through it deserve a medal!!

Baby dust to all xx

IUI Success- 2WW symptoms

Hi Ladies! Despite being a very practical personality and being familiar with this process (I received my degree from an Ob/Gyn) department).......I still stalked this post daily during the 2WW and feel the genuine excitement from all of those that have shared their stories. Because of that I feel an absolute obligation to contribute my own 2ww symptoms that resulted in a BFP. I am currently 4w5d pregnant and I am still in shock. This is hands down one of the most emotional experiences and I am eternally grateful for clinical interventions like IUI that make it possible for so many to conceive and I am grateful for this site and others that provide so much support. With that said, here are my noteworthy symptoms during the TWW.

Day of IUI: Pains in lower abdoment in region of right ovary.
1 dpiui- Pains in lower abdomen continue
2 dpiui- No obvious symptoms
2 dpiui- Vivid Dreams
3 dpiui- Vivid Dreams
4 dpiui- Discomfort in upper abdominal region. Felt like twisting or wringing a towel out.
5 dpiui- Similar discomfort as yesterday. Headache in the evening. Increased Appetite.
6 dpiui- Frequency of urination increase. No more vivid dreaming. Diarrhea in AM. Felt pulling in lower abdomen (right side) in the evening.
7dpiui- Woke up in a very optimistic and energetic mood. Still feel pulling in lower abdomen. Upper chest discomfort (not heartburn like) returns in evening.
8dpiui- Bad headache in the AM
9dpiui- Woke up in a very optimistic mood. A meal that I have frequently and enjoy tasted very bland and unappealing. Sleep has been disrupted for past two nights.
10 dpiui- Nausea all day. Felt warm all day.
11 dpiui- Very small "glob" of blood in CM. Nauseous throughout the day.
12-16 dpiui- Fairly normal, felt warmer than normal and appetite reducted.
16 dpiui- HCG blood levels come back at ~400. We are absolutely grateful!!

Miracle BFP after 2 LONG years TTC with IUI!

As I sit here and type this I literally can't believe I this is happening yet-does NOT feel real at all!!! I got my first ever bfp ever in all my life on November 12, 2016. SO much has happened in the last few weeks and I am currenly 7 weeks pregnant. I would love to share my story as reading everyone else's story got me through so much anxiety and gave me hope, this is a long story, but hang tight, I want to be precise for you ladies!

Background: I am 31, hubby is 32. I am in great shape, eat pretty great and workout about 3-4 x a week. I am not a heavy drinker but hubby loves his craft beers socially. We have been married for 10 years. 2 years ago we finally decided to try for our first baby, I had no interest in rushing starting a family because I wanted to have all our ducks in a row, finish my career, own a home, travel together and grow within our marriage. Fast forward now 2 years later, we would have never thought it would take this long-ever!! I figured it would take 6 months max. Started getting some diagnostic work to see if all checked out after 6 months of not even a hint of a bfp. All checked out on my end. My DH on the other hand had his first semen analysis done and he had a great count, but 2% morphology and pretty awful motility as well. I cried when I found out because that female Dr. made me feel like that report would cut our pregnancy chances each month by 50%. I was determined to change this!! I immediately did my research-boy am I good at this! Got him started on the fertile aid supplements for men, and made him take 2000mg of vitamin C a day, also got him on probiotics. After 4 months his numbers improved pretty great yet we were still not pregnant. Meanwhile during all this time I was getting poked and prodded still thinking it was me that had the issue and had all kinds of fertility lab tests done under the sun. Hormone labwork and HSG all normal. Nothing was working to help us get pregnant. I was so heartbroken every month and every one around me was getting pregnant so easily! So in the end of spring of 2016 I went to a well known RE (my 3rd one I had seen) and he immediately said we needed one more diagnostic test for me and brand new semen analysis for him. After him being on MONTHS of fertile aid and Motility boost supplements he still had again poor motility and poor morphology. Our next step was IUI with clomid and a trigger shot of Ovridel. The month before our IUI on November 1st, we had the final diagnostic for me which was the hysteroscopy (internal uterus check and biopsy under general anesthesia).
Man, if this did not help, I was going to scream....felt so sad to have all this done when people get pregnant for free always!!

Fast forward, we started on 100 mg of Clomid, turns out, I was told by my RE I was an egg making machine!! It worked like a charm, it made me have like 6-8 mature follicles on the first shot. So we did a trigger shot on Halloween, the next day, we did our IUI, and the good thing is my RE does back to back IUI's to maximize the chances of the egg meeting the sperm so ASK FOR THAT!!! Hubby after sperm wash was only 6.8 million good sperm and the day after on the 2nd insemination was only 5.3 million. Our RE said it was a very "marginal" amount, so he wasn't thrilled at all. But I figured, we are doing two, so it can help!!

Now for the DREADED TWW:
I had severe cramping on ovulation day/ insemination day, so I know the trigger shot worked!
DPO 1-8 NOTHING that told me I could be pregnant! I had period type low cramps every day like when I would always get my period, I was so distraught this expensive procedure that was NOT covered by our insurance would work and I prayed so much that it would. I literally would go in another room and cry by myself every night thinking this had failed and we would have to try multiple rounds and eventually have to do IVF. I didn't want my extremely faith positive husband to see me.

Then on 9DPO I was at the mall with my mom and I got dizzy twice. Thought that was weird for sure!
The next morning, I woke up and had a hint of egg white CM in my underwear which by the time I am about to get my period I am dry as s bone or get the sticky white CM. 2nd major clue. That night I took I clear blue test and got a faint BFP!!!! I knew it! All the praying we did to ask God for it to work the first time, and he listened!!
Don't get discouraged, and ask God almighty to step in and work a miracle for you, he has rescued us time and time again.
Good luck ladies, we are so excited and can't wait the arrival of our little blessing.

28th cycle's the charm - BFP with IUI and borderline MFI

Can't believe I'm writing this. Feels like a big fib. But here we are. After 2.5 years, 6 failed rounds of clomid, unexplained fertility (but clearly borderline MFI - we'll get to that), the second IUI on injectables has resulted in a BFP...
Every month I've tortured myself overthinking symptoms, everything from constipation to sense of smell. This month I've really not had much. I was sure I was out from the get go. IUI 1 post wash count was 5.5million and it was a bust. So this month after 10 days on GonalF (3 extra than IUI 1) resulting in one lonely little follicle and then a post wash count of just over 2 million (plus being hyperviscous), I was sure we were out. So sure that we were actively discussing going straight to IVF.

1dpiui-4dpiui - total doom, sure I was out, totally furious that this was so hard when it seemed to come so easily for so many others
5-10dpiui - nothing. not a sore boob. not a thing. Generally irritable but also still furious about the whole thing.
11dpiui - one tiny speck of blood on knickers, sure this is the beginning of AF (came on 12dpiui last cycle), make plans about IVF or going for third IUI.
12dpiui - although on constant knicker watch, nothing more appears
13-15dpiui - occasional light cramping and something that I can only describe as feeling like my ovaries having a twinge.
16dpiui - time to go to the hospital to test. Was so sure that AF was going to appear that I couldn't bear to test at home and be disappointed for what felt like the millionth time. So the assisted conception nurse did a quick urine test and low and behold, a BFP appeared. I thought she was lying but I'm sitting next to the test right now and sure enough it has two lines on it. Two lines. Never thought I'd see the day.

So things I've been doing. Please don't think I'm nuts, but anyone who's been TTC for any length of time and has even a smidge of Type A in their personality will understand. I had to fling everything at it when it was all going wrong.
So here's the list:
- acupuncture (been going since September) - I'm sure this had something to do with it. Moved acupuncturist by accident but new one way more into fertility acupuncture and approached things very differently. Will keep seeing her.
- Fertilaid (since October so probably isn't anything to do with it)
- Vit D
- Folic Acid (extra on top of the Fertilaid)
- decaf Green tea CD1 til trigger shot (hence the need for the extra folic acid - paranoid about issues with absorption) - this was amazing for giving me EWCM
- raspberry leaf tea (from CD1 til trigger shot)
- Castor oil packs (from CD2 til trigger shot) - first month I did this
- pineapple core from 1dpiui to 10dpiui
- Wearing moonstone and rose quartz (yes, I know how that sounds to some people but it helped keep my crazy at bay)
- aspirin 75mg every other day from CD5-trigger (don't do until speak to docs but really this won't have been enough to help much)
- drinking 2.5L water a day
- no caffeine
- loads of sleep
- normal exercise routine (had tried everything from completely sedentary to completely fitness crazy and nothing worked so just did what I wanted
- brazil nuts every dpiui
- warming foods
- always wearing socks and boots rather than my usual pumps.
- wearing jammies in bed to keep cosy
- CoQ10 for both of us
- Royal Jelly for me
- DH - Fertilaid for Men (started in October - previously on WellMan Conception)
- DH - acetyl cysteine (supposed to be good for the hyperviscous issue)

And that's us. It's super early days. Super super early. So we might be having a baby. Maybe. Hopefully.
Sending you all my love, it can be such a stressful journey. So grateful to have got to this point and got everything crossed that it all works out.

TTC 3+ Yrs - BFP 3 IUI - femara and trigger shot

Like many others ive read this thread over and over again in hope that someday I could share mine!

We've been TTC for 3 1/2 years without success. We're both 32, did all the tests possible at a fertility clinic but they found nothing except I have a low ovarian reserve, but I sill ovulated each month... and his sperm count is above the average. So we got a diagnosis of unexplained infertility.

Between IUI 2 and 3 we took a break off meds for a few months (4 months) I was exhausted from all the medication I took over the last 3 years.

All 3 IUIs were with Femara and Trigger shot. The 3rd IUI I was pretty sure I was ovulating the day of IUI because of ovulation pain (which I haven't felt the other time), I also had on and off ovulation pain during the TWW. Other than that no symptoms... 4 days before testing I started having sore breasts so I was convinced AF was about to show up. Then 16 days after IUI I tested on a dollar store and had a positive... I couldn't believe it since I've never ever, of my entire life, had a BFP. I took a digital and after what felt like hours I saw a YES. I'm 9 weeks pregnant today, We saw a little hart beat on ultrasound last week, so we're just hoping for the best.

Through all this journey, I always thought to myself that I'd never get pregnant. Like a gut feeling. So don't lose hope. Never. Stay strong. Cry yourself to sleep but pick yourself up the next day and don't give up. Because you never know how close you are.

BFP

DH and I had been trying for 5 years to conceive. We are in our late 20s. He has low everything and I have 1 son from a previous relationship. 3 days after my cycle I did 3 days of clomid 100mg it did nothing for me I then did 3 days of injectables which I got 4 mature follies. On 9/5/16 I did the trigger shot and on 9/7 we did our first IUI his sperm after the wash was 3.1 million the doctor said they don't do iuis with anything lower then 3million. During the TWW I took progesterone which gave me cramps every day and I got sore breast. The doctor said I could take a pregnancy test on 9/21/16. 2 days before I got the worst cramps I had ever experienced I was convinced AF was coming. 9/21/16 came but I chose not to test because of the fact that I was sure I was going to get my period. I woke up with a sore throats and runny nose on 9/22/16 and before taking any medication I bought a cheap dollar store test. I was sure it was going to be negative and to my surprise I got 2 positive lines. Still not convinced I bought a digital test and that also came back positive and that same day my doctor did blood work and they also confirmed it was positive. I wasn't to convinced we would get our BFP with our first IUI especially with his sperm count being so low and the sever cramping I was having but we are proof that anything is possible.

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My 2ww with natural iui

I am 37 and my husband is also 37

we are both fine to have babies but due to our age and timing- we have decided to do natural iui to give us an extra boost to increase our chances

we are from canada and now Ohip covers the majority of iui/ they don't cover meds or sperm washes. But since we are not using meds we only have to pay for sperm wash

this is our 2nd month trying w natural iui. Last month my AF came and I had every pms symptom in the book starting from 2dpo

this month we bd the day before the iui and also the evening of iui, as well as the day after and again the day after after

for some reason I have hardly any symptoms this month. I have been on google a lot reading Ppls stories while going through my 2ww and it seems no symptoms is a good thing??

usually I have extreme sore nipples or bbs, and swollen bbs - this month nothing!

6dpo- felt wierd flutters on my lower right side that almost felt like internal tickles. Was a very wierd feeling

7dpo- creamy thick white cm

8dpo- frequent urination

9dpo- felt extremely nauseated from 4pm - 12:30 am, frequent urination

10dpo- felt nauseous for a few hours in afternoon and on and off all evening, extremely gassy

sore lower back but I also have osteoarthritis in my lower back- so not sure if it's from that or if I am pregnant

will keep you all posted

going for blood work check up on sept 27, which will be 15 Dpo

goold luck everyone - baby dust!

BFP after IUI 12dpiui!

Hi ladies,
So I too am like so many of you who have been stalking these boards for the past 2 years, praying one day I would have my chance to post.
My story is a bit long, but it may bring hope to some of you so I thought I'd share....
This will be my third pregnancy, my first was in 2009, when I became pregnant for the first time (accidentally...but don't shoot me, I now completely understand how annoying people who get pregnant "accidentally" are) but at the time it was true. At my 14 week ultrasound I was told I would need to go to a neonatologist the next day as my scan was concerning. My baby was diagnosed with bilateral complete occlusions of his urethral valves, which meant he would have kidney damage, and also meant I had no amniotic fluid. Throughout the pregnancy we went for scan after scan, amniocentesis again and again, until we were told there was nothing that could be done, and if our baby survived the pregnancy, he would not survive after birth. He was born Dec 2, and lived for 90 of the best minutes of my life.
Following his loss, his father and I fell apart (there were many issues prior to his birth)
Fast forward 6 years, I am now happily married to the most patient and understanding man in the world and the love of my life. We both had had children previously, he has an beautiful 8 year old daughter and I had my angel baby. The Drs told us there would be no issues and just to "give it time". DH was 35 and I was 34 when we started trying. Fast forward 1 year, we finally convince our family dr to send us to a fertility specialist who tells us I don't ovulate regularly. Not a great surprise when you've been trying for a year already.
The dr put me on clomid and within 4 months I was ovulating! Yeah!!! Except....now, because of the almost year and a half of the stress of trying, DH, now has delayed ejaculation. Soooo, off the fertility clinic for IUI. DH's counts post wash are over 15 million, so we were good to go!
We did our first IUI in feb 2016 and we were ecstatic when we found out it was successful!!!
10 weeks later, while I was at work I started cramping and bleeding, which continued to progress and resulted in a miscarriage. I was devastated. I cried for days, all I've ever wanted was to be a mom and I finally felt like I would be complete. Now, I felt lost again.
The fertility clinic told us we could try again in July, but because of our work schedules, we were sure we'd have to wait until August. Luckily, our work schedules miraculously opened up, and we were able to do another IUI on July 29th
I'm now 12 dpiui and was convinced (I think as a self protection mechanism) that I wasn't pregnant) I thought I'd just take a test and then be able to move on and focus on our next step.
I was in complete shock when the test turned positive pretty quickly! I'm so relieved, so happy, and so terrified!
Ps: I haven't even gotten a chance to tell DH, he's away working right now. Gives me time to plan a great surprise for him!
Anyways ladies, just wanted to give you all hope. It has been an incredibly difficult journey for us. I've gone through hell and back, and yet here I am telling you it's possible. There is always hope.
Symptom wise...not a whole lot to be honest! A little nausea here and there, sore BB's, and intermittently teary and grouchy. 1 day post IUI was probably my biggest what the heck moment, when I could feel like a twisting, fluttering feeling on my left side, it was very obvious and made me stop in my tracks. Also had to wake up to pee in the first few days, and some crazy weird, vivid dreams! I don't know how reliable that is, but it was unusual for me.
Sorry! I know that was really long, but if it helps just one person, then I'm happy!
Baby dust to all of you!!!

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