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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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Just when we were going to "stop trying"

My history:
30, Skinny PCOS since 7th grade, cycles over 160 days, 1 ruptured ectopic.

I always knew it was going to be hard for me to have a baby. But there's nothing more I wanted in life. My husband and I started trying about 2 years ago. From all the research I was doing, I knew I had to get my cycles regulated before anything would happen. So i started Vitex. I did vitex for six months, I was getting my period closer to 40/50 day cycles, but still no egg. I found a wonderful RE that would check me out whenever I thought I might be ovulating. I had an HSG done, left tube was blocked - from the ectopic. I was hoping there was some miracle and it would open up by itself, but obviously that's not possible. Anyways, fast forward another 6 months, we decided to try Clomid. Worked great the first cycle - one follicle at 22 and one at 24 (both on open right side). Hubby's sperm was good and abundant so we skipped IUI thinking it would naturally happen. Triggered and all that hoopla. Maybe our timing was off - BFN..womp womp, even used Pre-seed
Second round of clomid, one follicle on right, one on left. we figured not to waste money in IUI because of the low chances. Follies were smaller too, BFN
Third and final round of clomid. Hubby and I agreed we would stop any kind of intervention after this go, if it happens, it happens, if it doesn't, its not in God's will. We said we'd do the IUI this time with progesterone supplementation, RE agreed

Here are the details of this two week wait:

Day of IUI - argument with hubby about something pointless- thought the stress would count me out, IUI hurt like a B*TCH!!!!
1 DPO/IUI- Nothing significant, moody and bloated from progesterone
2 DPO - Nausea, but this was probably from the progesterone. some boob pain too, but my boobs are always hurting
3 DPO - weird runny nose, continued bloating and nausea
4 DPO - exhausted beyond exhausted, i'm still blaming the progesterone in my head
5 DPO - runny nose, bloating, nausea goes down
6 DPO - Runny nose, and I had a pinch on the lower left of my uterus and it made me scream a little. (I'm thinking that was an implantation pinch)
7 DPO - Nothing except runny nose on an off, fatigue
8 DPO - Same, I'm thinking I'm out because my boobs are fine, no changes in CM from other failed cycles, no nausea
9-11 DPO - Same - absolutely no symptoms that stood out to me that would be different from a PMS cycle (Back pain, fatigue)
12 DPO - Have a gut feeling I should test. I know they say you should wait 14 days after trigger shot because it still might be in your syste, I just wanted to see what a positive test looked like - i tested, put the stick behind me, gave myself a pep talk, turned around and my heart sank. The two lines were there!!!!!! and it was a dark second, so I kinda knew it couldn't be the trigger left over.
13 DPO - Brownish tinged CM - extreme fatigue HCG - 278
14 DPO - Same
15 DPO - HCG 692!

Now I have no symptoms except hunger at almost every hour and fatigue. No sore boobs, no cramping, no nausea, no smell aversions, not emotional. I've had more symptoms on BFN cycles! It'll come ladies, it'll come when you least expect it. Trust in God's plan and everything will fall into place when its meant to be.

Hopefully 3rd time is the charm!

My journey began in june 2014. Since then I've had two miscarriages, one at 8 weeks and one at 11 weeks. Since October 2016 until may 2017 we did femara with timed intercourse. nothing. This was first month we moved on to IUI and it worked! Here is a timeline.

On day 12 of my cycle went in for ultrasound and trigger shot after deturmining I had one mature follicle. Dr had hoped for 1 more but said I'd be ok. Next day went in for IUI day 13.
This wait was actually not to unbearable. I tried to focus on everything but TTC.
On the night of 12 days post IUI I dry heaved while brushing my teeth. The only other time I almost throw up while brushing were the other times I was pregnant. I decided to test the next day!
Morning of 13 days post IUI- positive with digital clear blue and Internet strip!! I could hardly believe it. Fearful it could still be trigger shot, i tested again after 2 days and got a positive once more.
Today at 16 days post IUI went in for a beta and got 345. Definitely pregnant. Getting a repeat blood draw in 2 more days to check for doubling.
I've had no symptoms besides almost gagging while brushing but I know it's kinda early. Praying this time it sticks!!

Third Times a Charm

IUI #3...third times a charm! So the symptoms this cycle were definitely different than previous cycles. I'm taking Estrace (estrogen) and Progesterone, vaginally 2x times and for anyone that has taken these KNOWS that they mimic EVERY pregnancy symptom out there! But even though most of my symptoms were probably from the progesterone they were still very different! Also, I do have a PCOS diagnosis with minimal symptoms.

Ok so...

CD 3-7 I took 7.5mg of Femara/Letrozole.
CD 12 I took Ovidrel (trigger shot) and that morning's ultrasound showed 1 lead follicle at 21mm and a 14mm follicle (both on my left side).
CD 14 IUI @ 10:00am. Some minor cramping, but overall felt great. Took the day off, had an acupuncture session and relaxed at home.

1dpiui- dull cramps in morning, sharp cramping on left side; sharp, sharp nipple pain on left side which lasted about 40 seconds (weird thing ever) and it didn't help that I was out in public having to grab my boob!
2dpiui- minimal cramping, sore nipples
3dpiui- tired, some cramping, took a long nap, very nauseous, indigestion and heartburn. Left boob started to feel sore.
4dpiui- no cramping, gassy, sore boobs, sore nipples and some indigestion.
5dpiui- bad indigestion, gassy, sore boobs, minimal cramping on left side.
6dpiui- really cranky and irritable. exhausted and napped for 2 hours, some cramping, boobs were starting to become really, really sore.
7dpiui- tired, napped in the afternoon, really sore boobs and sore nipples. no cramps, but twitches and fluttering in uterus. extra thirsty! felt nauseous in the afternoon.
8dpiui- super thirsty and boobs were soo sore! acupuncture in the afternoon.
9dpiui- very thirsty and really sore boobs. I felt pulling and twitching in upper/inner vagina area/cervix-hard to explain, but you know what I mean :-). During the night I dreamt that I was pregnant; it was amazing!
10dpiui- minor cramping, super thirsty and peeing a lot. felt very bloated, and boobs were soo sore.
11dpiui- BFP! I tested in the morning and sure enough POSITIVE! Okay, I tested 2 times after that and still POSITIVE. Some cramping, some thirst, but peeing A LOT, and boobs feel like they grew 3 sizes. They are so hard and full and they HURT.

So overall, the 3 biggest differences I saw this cycle than previous cycles were increase in thirst, really sore boobs and the amount of naps I was taking. I was also testing my cervical position and I quickly learned it's really not accurate; I was stressing over it for no reason.

What I did differently...I've been taking A LOT of vitamins. A high quality prenatal, omega-3, vitamin e, vitamin d, CoQ10 and Sensitol (which is an herbal supplement). I did not do the pineapple core this cycle but I did drink a lot of Pom juice and red leaf raspberry tea. Lots and lots of water with electrolytes (SmartWater). Oh and of course acupuncture which has been my lifesaver. I've been going for the past 6 months, once a week and it just really helps me relax, meditate and breathe. If you can, find an acupuncturist that specializes in fertility, it makes a world of a difference. And I know it sounds like a lot, but out of all 3 cycles this cycle I was the most relax. I had a glass a wine, I didn't stress over what I was eating all the time, and I even had a cup of coffee! Oh that reminds me, I gave up caffeine and alcohol 5 months ago. As you can see, I cheat here and there, but it's okay! I hope my story has given you hope and has brought you comfort. Baby dust to you <3

BFP at 40+

Today I got my BFP. 3 and 1/2 years waiting for this.
I am 40 and husband is 49. Nine years married and parents of a wonderful 8 years old boy. First pregnancy was a surprise early in our marriage. 4 years later our boy realized he was the only one with not siblings and started to ask for a sister. One year after and not baby he decided even a boy was fine. But nothing happened. Then we have a chemical pregnancy and never again.
Two years of test after test and 6 inseminations later they only said secondary infertility for not reason. This year we try to get IVF treatment and the new doctor told me I was too old (a little after my 40th birthday). He recommended another insemination without hormones and again failed.
I went back to my old doctor and we were working on my file for the IVF. On the meantime we tried one insemination more (with Clomid and progesterone)...
And today at 13 dpo I got two positive tests.
What I did this month :
Dhea 50 mg for both
Larginine for my husband
After iIUI :
Baby aspirin every night
Pep acid 1 per night
Benadryl 2 x 25mg per night.
Positive thoughts at morning and at night
Prayers a lot -I am not the most religious woman in the world but I prayed a lot every day because I couldn't imagine going trough in vitro hormones. I was crazy under clomid and progesterone alone!
I don't know if will go well but I am happy we already made it to a positive HPT I hope this story can give you hope. I was always checking other women in their 40s who end having a BFP.

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Me 42
DH 41
DS 7 weeks 6 days

I've been on this site for a couple of years, reading every single post I could to stay encouraged on my TTC journey. What I will never do again is look for other peoples experiences to be a tell tale sign of my own experience because when I got my BFP it came out of nowhere! Well almost....

DH and I started our TTC journey in April of 2014. After six months of no success we started our fertility treatments. Started with 3 IUI's from October 2014 to February 2015 because our insurance doesn't cover IVF if there aren't any medical diagnosis indicating we couldn't conceive.
We moved on to another doctor and to IVF in March of 2015. We did two FET's with three embryos, that resulted in failures.
We moved on to another doctor in October of 2015 and had one IVF that resulted in a 4th IUI because the doctor missed my ovulation. Then another mini fresh IVF with two embryos that also failed.
In January of 2016 we moved on to our 4th doctor and had our 5th IFV with a tested embryo that also failed. At this point we exhausted all of our IVF insurance and medication coverage and decided not to do another IVF until September of 2016. We opted to do a 5th IUI and timed intercourse in May of 2016 with no real expectation of it working, at all. We did a long protocol from June 21st, triggered on July 1st, DB'd on July 1st, 2nd, & 4th with our IUI on July 3rd.

I was temping all year and temped for this round also just for the hell of it. The morning of 11dpo, on July 16th, a day before AF was due, my temp was still high. I still didn't think anything of it but did an HPT anyway because we were flying out to Vegas on the 19th and I wanted to be certain I can party....BFP!!!! I was so much in shock I thought the test was broken so I ran out the house and went and got a beta done to be sure. The following morning my beta came back at 74! Two days later at 13dpo/IUI it was 251! I had no symptoms other than the high BBT. None at all. All of my BFN's I had every symptom under the sun. One thing that engulfed me for two years was looking for and analyzing symptoms that I've read on sites like this. DON'T EVER DO THAT! It will drive you nuts.

I had no AF symptoms either but I wasn't thinking about that. Usually three days before AF I know its coming but I was looking forward to our Vegas trip so I didn't even notice.

Another thing that annoyed me a bit while obsessing on sites like this was reading about miracle BFP's but there wasn't any follow through. Was the pregnancy successful, were there any issues, was it a chemical.... I knew that I wouldn't post my BFP story until I gave birth so there was a complete story to tell.

We gave birth to our beautiful perfect son this past March 22nd. All of his pre-screening test were normal. He was delivered via emergency c-section and is perfectly healthy, other than having acid reflux;(

Our miracle son from God arrived healthy and we couldn't be more happier.

Thank you for all of your stories that kept me hopeful and I hope this testimony encourages at least one person not to give up hope, and be patient and know your BFP is coming.

Good luck and prayers to all of you still in your TTC journey. Be encouraged that prayer changes things.

Natural BFP w/ 400,000 sperm count SEVERE Male Factor

I'll keep this short & to the point but wanted to post this to give someone else hope!! I was never able to find any natural stories on counts as low as my husbands.

I stopped birth control in 2010. We werent trying or preventing. We started really trying and opk strips from 2011-2012 (In our early twenties) My cycles were 30 days long. Nothing abnormal. After a year, we had a sperm count done on my husband and his count was only 800,000 TOTAL and only 50% motile. So only 400,000 able-bodied sperm. Genetic tests on both of us came back normal. Fertility clinic gave us a less than 1%chance of conceiving naturally. (Also, Husband had an undescended testicle at birth and surgery was performed when he was 2 years old so he has a varicocele on his left side and his left testicle is atrophied which is usually not a problem as long as the other testicle is functioning fine per the Urologist, sperm counts can still be normal. His isn't. Not sure why the right one isnt functioning as normal like it should but we never got it looked into or looked into varicocele surgery) Fertility dr put my husband on 3 months of Clomid and we did another sperm count. No improvement. He told us he wouldnt let us do IUI without 5million count minimum so he recommended IVF and ICSI. We decided to give up due to lack of funds and stress. Kept trying on our own and then stopped trying actively in mid 2013 after doing the whole Pre-Seed, opk strips, ferning checks etc. Nothing worked. We decided to move on and accept a life without children.

In December 2014, I got pregnant. HUGE surprise! SO elated! No more than a day after getting my BFP, I miscarried at 5 weeks. Blighted Ovum. Just absolutely crushed us. Naturally miscarried. We assumed that was a fluke chance and never thought we would get another so we didnt start trying again or anything. just not preventing.

In November 2015, I got pregnant AGAIN! Had ultrasounds at 6 and 8 weeks along and saw and heard a heartbeat and everything was fine or so it seemed. I began bleeding at 12.5weeks a few days before my next ultrasound and when we went to the ER we found out the baby had passed at 9 weeks. Missed Miscarriage. Naturally miscarried. No testing on tissue was done because we wanted to bury our baby. No testing on me was done either.

2nd cycle after my last miscarriage and I got pregnant AGAIN!!! Not trying or preventing. This time I was put on progesterone suppositories at 4 weeks until 14weeks along just in case and I am proud to say that we now have a happy& healthy 7 month old little girl after 6 years!!!

I honestly think that the only reason we ever got our miracle baby was because of my miscarriages. It may be weird to think that but let me explain. I read that a womans cervix becomes slit like after it dilates a bit and tissue passes out even with a miscarriage so I believe that because of those, my cervix was a bit more open afterwards and allowed more sperm to go through. It only takes one!!!!!

We have not had his sperm tested since the first few times years ago but I cant imagine anything has changed. His varicocele is still there. According to doctors and a fertility specialists, it should be near impossible for me to have gotten pregnant THREE times NATURALLY with only 400,000 sperm but it happened! Dont ever lose hope!!!!!

I hope this story helps someone.

2nd Round IUI

I've been reading these boards for a few months during the TWW for some hope, so not that I've gotten my BFP, I felt it was only fair to share my story in hopes of giving someone else that hope I needed and received from here.

So a little background, I had my first IUI in February. During my first TWW, I marked every symptom. By the end of the first week, I'd convinced myself I was pregnant. I was googling every symptom. I even took a HPT at 4dpo because I just knew I was pregnant (clearly, I have since realized that even if I was PG, it couldn't have shown that early). I became a POAS addict throughout the whole TWW. When AF finally showed, I was devistated. I had just known that this first time had worked. But the next day, I tried to be optimistic and just focus on getting my ovulation timing correct for the second IUI.

I had decided that with this time around, I would not symptom check every single thing that happened to my body. That was what I had done with the first one, and that did not make it easy when AF showed.

The day I had my second round of IUI, I actually had a family get together, so I could not lay down as much as I had wanted. So I already thought there was a small chance of it happening this month. I did go through with the whole eating 1/5 I have a pineapple each day for five days after ovulation (which I also did during the first IUI, too). I also used a heating pad throughout the day to help keep my temperature warmer because I felt like that might help with attachment.

Because I was not keeping up with my symptoms, I was not stressing over every little thing. So when 10dpo finally came around, I just knew that I could test and could potentially see a BFP. Well it was negative. I did the same thing at 11dpo and 12dpo. On 13dpo, I took a test first thing in the morning and got a BFN. Bad this time, I had convinced myself that there was no chance of this cycle and that I would have to try again next month. I was really trying to prepare myself for AF to show her face, because I did not want to convince myself that there was a chance of me being pregnant.

The rest of that day went pretty normal for me. However, that night as I was putting on my pajamas, I noticed that my nipples were super sore. My bbs had already been sore for about a week, but that is a normal PMS symptoms for me and I did not think anything else about that. But I knew that sore nipples were never normal for me and I had never actually had that symptom before. So I took a test, and got a BFP! I took about four more tests that night to confirm because I did not think it could actually happen after having a negative test that morning. I went for bloodwork yesterday and my hcG was 103.2. So as of today, I'm 4w2d.

I'm still in a little bit of shock. But if you're reading this, I think it helped me most to try to go through the TWW without symptom checking absolutely every sign and symptom and try to, as much as possible, continue my life without thinking about being in the TWW.

Baby dust to you all!

First IUI and BFP!!!!!

I always said once I get my BFP I will share my story and give you ladies hope!!!! This has been a journey but I have finally got my BFP and I am ecstatic!!! So a little background history: I'm 33 and OH is 33 as well. We have been trying for 5 months, falling pregnant on our 6th month! I decided to see a RE before trying for a year because of my medical history. I have no thyroid due to having a thyroidectomy and I also have fibroids. I also had a miscarriage exactly a year ago. I took a break from trying after that because it was traumatic. After the miscarriage I just didn't feel the same hormonally so when we started trying and it wasn't happening I decided to reach out to a RE. I always have been on the edge when it came to trying to conceive so after the fifth month we decided to do a work up. Long and behold OH sperm count was great but morphology was 1%! Another roadblock! So after the results the RE recommended us trying IUI to give us a better chance. I do ovulate on my own but we decided to try clomid to have multiple eggs and give ourselves a better chance of conceiving. So I did clomid days 3-7 and went to see my follicles and lining and also had trigger shot. When I went in for monitoring I had three mature follicles!! Yayyyy!!! But my uterine lining was only 5mm!!! I was devastated. I questioned whether I should still go thru with the procedure since the lining was not great but I prayed on it and decided to move forward with it. I had the IUI performed 24 hours after trigger shot. When the two week wait started I was calm and collected but starting 6dpiui I started to get my regular PMS symptoms and was worried the procedure didn't work. Every symptom you can think of headaches, tender boobs, and cramping. I decided to start testing the trigger shot out that day and by day 7 my HCG test was negative. Although I was discouraged with all my PMS symptoms I decided to start testing with Wondfo tests. On day 10dt9piui I took a test. Was that a faint positive????? I couldn't believe but told myself i have to keep testing to make sure it's not a evap and it's in fact a real BFP. There was only one problem, no more wondfos! Lol! So after ordering some from amazon and waiting two days I received them . While waiting for my test strips my PMS symptoms began to leave, I was certain either it was a evap or maybe a chemical pregnancy on its way out. So after the long wait I finally received my strips... and after saying a little prayer and walking away from the test strip for five minutes, I got a very noticeable line!!!! Darker than two day ago!!!! I cannot believe it! I go in tomorrow to do my Beta but right now I just praising God for this moment!! So if you think it won't happen for you ladies, it will! Just keep believing and don't give up!!!

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NEVER GIVE UP!

I can remember the days of wanting to be someone writing on this board telling my story. I promised myself I would do it. There were so many days I would look at this board hoping my symptoms matched up with someone else's giving me that big fat positive. That actually never happened for me.... So here it is....

Oct 2015--first time ttc we got pregnant, only to start miscarrying about 5 days later which we later found out was ectopic...I was a lucky one in that I did not lose my tube or damage it. (Found that out with a hsg the following January)
In February 2016 we were giving the okay to start ttcing again! Yay! I was so optimistic. 6 mos later I was still not pregnant so we went to my ob/gyn to discuss options. It was suspected that I had mild PCOS and that using the fertility medication clomid would help. I took this 3 months in a row and had confirmed ovulation from blood work....still not pregnant.... we decided to stop the medication in November 2016 and seek additional help from a fertility specialist. I saw the specialist in January who also suggested a mild case of PCOS that would not be affecting my fertility. My husbands SA came back perfect. We decided to try an IUI (Just google it if you aren't familar). I was told that the first one has a chance of not working because they may miss my ovulation while learning my cycle, so I was cautiously optimistic. The next day after my first appt with the specialist I got my period! (I was SO excited for this) I began my medication (clomid again) on day 3-7 then went in for a follicle scan on day 12 that determined I had 2 great mature follicles and 1 potential (so possibly 3 Eggs) I was instructed to trigger shot on day 14 and have my iui on day 16. I had mild cramping on this day. The following symptoms are post iui....

Dpiui 1-11----not a single symptom! I normally get sore boobs about 7-10 dpo when I get bfn's so this was a little strange to me, but has fluctuated before so I didn't think much of it.
Dpiui 12----waves of nausea after lunch which I chalked up to me eating greasy chicken at lunch, I really didn't think much of this either.

I was instructed not to test until day 15 due to the hcg trigger shot potentially giving me a false positive, however the night before I was supposed to test my husband and I really wanted to go to the casino....and because if I was pregnant I wouldn't want to be around second hand smoke, I told him I'd go ahead and test and if there was no line we would go...because obvious it would be bfn....
It was BFP! With FRER. I took a digital one the next morning and it said positive 2-3weeks!

Then I was instructed to do blood work at 16dpiui...came back great at 346!
I was instructed to return 2 days later...bad news...it had only risen to 593 and the doctor would like to see it double....I was told to be cautiously optimistic. But they wanted a recheck in another 48 hrs....hcg was 979...still not doubling....after googling (mistake!!!) I read it could be ectopic....and my doctor asked if I could come in first thing Monday morning for an ultrasound to see if it was ectopic....I prayed. And prayed. And prayed. And asked everyone around me to pray. To my surprise, the baby was in my uterus, there was one baby and everything was measuring normally. (All we could see was a yolk sac at this point) yay! Two weeks later we saw a baby and heard a strong heart beat of 144 ❤️ And two weeks after that I saw my baby with arms and legs and measuring right at what it's supposed to.

My best suggestion is to NEVER give up hope, never stop praying. I stopped telling God what I wanted and started saying "if it is your will, will you please give me a child" I let go of the control and just put my faith in God. I'm not saying this will be God's will for everyone but he always has the greatest plan in mind. Just trust him.

I'm 10 weeks pregnant now and continue to pray for God to keep his hand on this pregnancy. I pray for each one of you reading this that God will answer your prayers. He will.

BFP with 2nd IUI at 14DPIUI

I am 33 and supposedly had unexplained infertility as there was no reason why we hadn't gotten a BFP until now since all tests came back normal. This was our 13th cycle TTC and our 2nd IUI.

For our first IUI, I was anxious and tested early at 10-12dpiui, so this time around I waited until 14dpiui to test and I'm glad I did because I got dark lines!

Went in for beta the same day I got a positive test and it was at 462. Beta 2 days later at 16dpiui is 901. I have my ultrasound in 2 weeks and hope everything continues to go well!

As for symptoms, I did not have any that made me suspect I was pregnant. I had some brown spotting at 12dpiui but that was it. And so far I still don't have any symptoms, but I also never have period symptoms either so don't know if those 2 relate.

Good luck to anyone reading this, especially those going through IUIs or IVF!

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