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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 Clomid + IUI Cycle #3

I am so glad I came across this discussion board and all of your stories just 3 days ago. My husband and I have been TTC for two years, since we got married in July of 2013. I am 33 and he is 32 (both going on 34 and 33 in a couple of weeks) and the only thing that was a concern was my hypothyroidism. In 2012, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and had the radioactive iodine treatment, which eventually made me hypothyroid and placed on thyroid medication. We TTC on our own for a year at the recommendation of my doctor but were not successful. My doctor then asked if I wanted to be referred to infertility and I said yes. TTC on our own put such a strain on our marriage - using OPK to determine my fertility window, I became obsessive about BD during those days no matter what, even if we were dead tired and had to get up early for work the next day. I really felt the urgency because I felt like I was past my baby-making prime being that I was already in my 30s. Some of those nights, my husband was just not up for BD because he commutes an hour to and from work and has to get up really early. On top of that, he did not feel the urgency I did because he felt I was still young and there are many women who get pregnant at my age and older. It got to a point where one night, when he wasn't up for it, I got so upset and we ended up staying up late discussing everything. I came to the realization that we may never get on the same page in terms of the urgency to get pregnant and he even suggested that perhaps we needed to seek counseling to get us on the same page. I was so disheartened at this - I wanted to have a baby so bad but at the same time I was really concerned that after only one year of marriage, we were already talking about seeking counseling. We eventually agreed that the referral to infertility may be helpful in more ways than one. We had our consultation in September 2014 and diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The plan was to start with Clomid and IUI for a few cycles before moving on. We did our first cycle in October 2014 and second in November 2014, both ending in BFN. Because the process is so time consuming and required us to take time off work, we decided to take a break and wait until my Spring Break (I am a teacher) in March. When I went back in March to start a new cycle, the ultrasound showed that I had a cyst on my right ovary and I had to skip that cycle. After that, we just decided to wait until summer as I would be on break and my husband took the entire month of July off for vacation. I had been going through a lot of stress because of work so it was best to wait until I was stress free and was able to go in anytime. We did our IUI on July 1st and I was told to go in for a blood test two weeks later, which would be July 15. A few days after our IUI, we went down to Disneyland for a couple of days. I figured maybe a couple of days at the Happiest Place on Earth would do us some good. When we got back, I was extremely exhausted...unusual from the I normally am after some time away. I was taking at 1-2 naps every day and sleeping 8-10 hours and on top of that, I was getting up to pee every hour. So I started searching the internet about IUI success stories, early symptoms, etc. and I came across this board. I read that several of you tested early around 10-12 DPIUI so after that on Sat night (7/11) I decided to take a HPT just for fun...I expected to get a BFN since that's what I usually got when I tested early but l got a BFP instead! I was still cautious about it because I didn't want to get my hopes up only to be disappointed later so I decided that I would test again the next day but with a couple of different brands - again I got a BFP on both tests I took. Still cautious after that but more hopeful since I can't possibly have that many false positives, right? Well, I tested yesterday and today and again both were positive. My blood test is scheduled for tomorrow so we're hoping it is confirmed! I don't wish infertility on anyone. It's such a difficult experience to go through, especially when it is unexplained. It's so easy to get discouraged because you pretty much have no control over making it (pregnancy) happen and you see it happening to so many people around you so easily. I really think finding boards like this or finding people you can talk to for support is really helpful. I've been on several forums for people who are struggling with infertility and doing treatments like IUI and I found it comforting. I also know a former high school classmate of mine who was open about her struggle with infertility on FaceBook so I reached out to her when we got our referral and she really gave me some great advice and encouragement. Don't give up hope! Find the right people that you can go to and read/listen to experiences of people who are going through or have gone through the same thing.
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BFP after 8 months!

I am a 34 year woman in a same sex marriage and we've been TTC since December. My insurance only covers interventions after 6 attempts and each attempt only is counted as valid by insurance if it's done in the clinic by a doctor, which means it has to use sperm purchased from an FDA compliant sperm bank (read: $$$). We're very lucky to live near the largest LGBT health center in the world and have access to a great AI clinic there. We initially purchased 4 vials of sperm from our first choice of donor in December for about $4k, and proceeded with unmedicated, unmonitored IUIs. I tend to ovulate CD10-12 and my acupuncturist was certain this was the problem. This cycle I ovulated on CD10 and was successful! After 4 unsuccessful rounds (trying acupunture, maca, red raspberry, pineapple, etc) we couldn't bring ourselves to spend more on frozen donor semen when the success rate is so low. At that point we switched to home inseminations with a known donor which was an intense and well-researched decision made only after talking with several attorneys, doctors, and parents who used known donors, not to mention soul searching. At this point I also saw an RE and had an initial screen - everything came back normal. After our first unsuccessful cycle with the known donor, she started me in crinone and letrozole (femara) although it was too late to start femara for the second known-donor cycle. Three cycles of home inseminations were unsuccessful and we realized that since I am an assistant principal, we should get back to IUIs so that we could qualify for IVF and then do egg retrieval during summer vacation rather than in the chaos of my September back-to-school schedule. SO...we moved on to a MUCH cheaper sperm bank and purchased the last two vials of a donor who seemed fine but who we did MUCH, MUCH less reading about than we had done before (we drove ourselves insane over the decision at first and this time truly just went with our gut). It truly could not have been a more awkward timeline: Our IUI was 90 minutes after my school ended for the summer, and it is next to Fenway Park where there was a game that day, so traffic was insane and parking was impossible. I took an uber from my school to the clinic and of course, a parent of one of my students was my driver, and she couldn't understand why I wasn't going out to celebrate the end of the year with my colleagues. I made up a story about squeezing in a dr appt before a trip, etc. 48 hours after the IUI was our wedding reception (we eloped a while ago but held a party for our families) for which our primary vendor no-showed making us find table rentals 4 hours before the party, and about 24 hours after the IUI SCOTUS validated marriage equality nationally. Needless to say it was stressful, emotional, and overall a wild ride for about 72 hours afterward. This was our first cycle after giving up on acupuncture, stopping a lot of the herbs and supplements, and generally not abiding by most of the TTC "shoulds" and recommendations. 6DPO/IUI we left for our honeymoon in Italy...the rest I'll explain daily: CD3-7 Took 2.5 mg Letrozole 0DPO - IUI was stressful, we had family arriving in the evening and were short on time, the doctor was running an hour late, etc. She recommended using a heating pad on my abdomen before the procedure "to get things going" - this had never been recommended before but we thought "why not?" and did it. After the IUI I had intense cramping - I'd never had even the slightest cramping before and this was really strong and painful. We got stuck in Red Sox traffic after and barely made it home in time to greet the family that was arriving. 1DPO - Temp increased to my coverline, so symptoms. SCOTUS ruling came that afternoon, we had a lot to celebrate, including that my partner won't have to adopt our own child now! 2DPO - Wedding reception day, vendor no showed, extremely stressful, no symptoms, temp up higher, started crinone. Pulled something in my hip while dancing, hard to walk by the end of the night 3DPO - Temp up higher again, had intense O pain. Hip pain from the night before is excruciating, stairs are almost impossible. I have a history of lower back problems and it's often bad during PMS but this was strange, and much earlier than normal. 4DPO - No show vendor says she'll only refund 25% of our money, high stress day. Temp back down closer to cover line, I assume the stress has made this cycle an obvious failure. 5DPO - Temp back up again, a little broken out, no major symptoms. Had a very stiff neck.

As Cliche as it Sounds, don't give up Hope!!!

I cannot believe I'm able to post on here my BFP story along with all the hundreds I've read through over my unexplained infertility journey!! I used to call it a struggle, now I call it a journey. I could write a novel LOL! In a nutshell, a large nutshell LOL, I'm 34, Hubs is 36, and we started TTC 21 months ago. We went for a year of trying on our own as my OB/GYN suggested that. I had an exam with the Dr before we started TTC just to confirm everything was OK. I was told yep, no issues. So we tried for 6 months, nothing. Then I started using OPK to help us out, nothing. After 11 months, I went back to my Dr. He took blood, and said that I didn't have all the levels nor symptoms of PCOS, but he was going to diagnosis me with it to be able to put me on Clomid and Metformin, and that should work for us. During that time, Hubs had a SA, and no issues with him, all his counts were normal and fine. So I took Clomid and Metformin for 5 months, was prescribed for 6....nothing but weird symptoms and mood swinges on those drugs for me! Whoa! Then I went to see an RE, she told me not to take the last month of Clomid. Went in for consultation, looked like IUI was our option. As we all know, I was given the speech of the 33% of couples that have unexplained infertility...didn't like it though cause I couldn't understand if there weren't any issues, why it wasn't happening. We continued to pray for faith, hope, and a baby!! She then did an u/s and saw what could be a fibroid, but it wasn't a 'normal' fibroid. So then I had the HSG which determined the fibroid wasn't hurting anything, and my tubes were perfectly open and clear. Then we prayed we were those select few that the HSG 'cleaned' everything out and we'd get pregnant since IUI cycles don't always happen the first time, and we didn't have money for multiple rounds of IUI....well I didn't get pregnant after the HSG....I finally had my complete and utter meltdown, I'm sure many can relate. Cried like I've never cried before, and I just dropped to my knees and gave it all over to God, saying, I can't do this anymore. At that time my positive and loving Hubs was also at his breaking point, and losing we went forward with IUI. First round was Femara for 5 days, on that 5th day started Letrozle injections for 5 days, went in for monitoring - had 4 follicles growing at a good size, just not big enough to trigger O, took another night of injections, back two days later for monitoring again, and had 3 follicles large enough :) the next day Hubs gave me trigger shot in the AM, then the next morning we had our IUI!! I prayed and was very excited and hopeful!! But then was worried because we didn't get to BD the next morning just in case, but I tried my hardest not to get down and lose hope! Had my Dad's 70th bday that weekend, and tried my hardest to stay busy and positive during that TWW!!! We all know how crazy that can make you LOL! 14dpiui I took 3 HPT, 2 Dollar Store ones, and 1 First Response....ALL BFP!!! Took a test the next morning LOL,BFP, then 2 days later, BFP :) Had bloodwork yesterday 18dpiui...Confirmed with Beta of 681!!!! And all the Dr wanted was my count to be over 160 :) God can, and He will!!! I believe it, and I can't believe we are expecting our first child. No you don't have to 'just relax and it will happen', UGH hated hearing that!! BUT don't lose faith! Love each other, and keep trying and keep the faith and hope :) My Symptoms: Were less than the affects I had from the Clomid, ugh, I unfortunately had terrible symptoms on that!! 1DPIUI & 2DPIUI - extreme gas bubbles, hot flashes, and cramping 3DPIUI - 9DPIUI - nothing severe, but temp stayed up, random pinches here and there as the days went by 10DPIUI & 11DPIUI - extremely tried, very hard to get up even though I went to bed early, little nausea but chalked it up to my acid reflux I have, some dried blood when blowing nose was odd 12DPIUI & 13DPIUI - waves of nausea, but told myself it was all in my head, some cramping like slight cramping right before AF comes, acid reflux still, temp stayed up 14DPIUI - slight bloating, but no other symptoms, 3 BFP HPTs!!!!!! 15DPIUI - puked for the first time, then was fine, but started to become constipated 16DPIUI & 17DPIUI - Nausea throughout the day, but no puking, still constipated 18DPIUI - Blood work confirmed pregnancy with HCG of 681 I go back tomorrow for another beta test!!! I'm still in shock, and can't believe that after 21 months we are pregnant, and had success on our first IUI!! Truly a miracle! I'm praying for you all!!

IUI#2 All things are possible with God

Hello All, Iam so thrilled and excited to announce I'm Pregnant.... (First time ever I'm got positive pregnancy test in 4years). I would like to Thank God for this special blessing in my life after 4years and I have been visiting this site almost 1 year now and it's gives so much hope to read the BFP stories. I hope my story helps someone who is going through the same thing. I and my Husband are married and TTC for 4years now and I was diagnosed with severe Pcos and Hypothyriod. I never had a period on my own I always have to take medication to jump start my periods. We are basically from India moved to USA a year and half ago for my hubby's work and back in India tired few things like clomid and femara and injectables nothing worked and Hubby's sperm analysis looked great and for me we got the follicular study done which showed my follicles are not growing to definite size and HSG done both tubes were clear. After moving to United States,I started workout and I lost around 15lbs and then we planned to start over the treatment and visited OBGYN and she did all the blood work which look good, however without wasting much time she referred us to fertility specialist and there doc gave us option of IUI and lucky charm second IUI worked for us and I also believe that losing weight had contributed much to my health issues to come under control. Here are my symptoms AF- 24th April CD 3-7 Clomid - 26th April to 30th April CD 15 First Ultrasound May 8th (2 follicles Right side 17mm and left side 14mm) CD 17 HCG Shot - 10th May 9:30pm CD 19 IUI - 12th May 9:30am (Husband's SC: 18millions) CD 20-22 -1DPIUI - 3DPIUI - No Symptoms CD 23-25 -4DPIUI - 6DPIUI - Sharp pains in left and right ovaries CD 26-30 - 7DPIUI -11DPIUI - Light Cramping CD 31 - 12DPIUI - spotting(Probably Implantation) CD 32 - 13DPIUI - slight Breast tenderness,tested with Internet cheapie (not with morning urine) faint positive CD 33 - 14DPIUI - slight Breast tenderness, tested with digital early morning and it said PREGNANT :) ( it was completely unbelievable and I was into happy tears) CD 33 - 14DPIUI-Beta#1 - 94 CD 36 - 17DPIUI-Beta#2 - 267 Things I did different this time around - after IUI I continued to laid on my back for 15 mins - Hubby gave sample at the clinic (not like last time from home ) - hubby took fertilaid for men for just 10days ( just to boost up the count) - excerised daily even after IUI (yoga and aerobics) Last time I just was relaxing the whole 2weeks My first IUI failed but bingo Iam pregnant with second IUI and so grateful to God as I lost all hopes and devastated when my first IUI failed I thought this is never going to happen. But I believed and had faith on God,I just told God May your will be done in my life and left everything to God and boom!!the second IUI worked for us.. I just pray that this little baby bean sticks and to have healthy pregnancy. Please don't lose hope( I know it is very difficult if someone say this) but miracles do happen. I pray for those all who are struggling to get pregnant Baby dust to all. God bless you all

Very early pregnancy signs -IUI

I am infertile. DH and I have been TTC for 3 years. Multiple IUI's cancelled due to no or poor response. We switched RE's, who out is on low dose Femara (5mg) CD 3-7 and Bravelle (75iu) CD 7-11. We had our IUI on Monday, June 1st. I just knew this was going to work. Got my BFP today!! I had VERY early symptoms/signs: 3DPIUI - AF type cramping 6DPIUI - Nausea would come in waves. This is still ongoing. Not morning sickness bad, more like taking vitamins on an empty stomach. 8DPIUI - Couts of extreme fatigue followed by severe hot flashes to the face lasting 30 minutes. These are ongoing still, a couple times a day. 11DPIUI - my right nipple was sore and hard crawling into bed. That was strange enough to to pique my interest. 12DPIUI - Had a dental cleaning. Gums bled like crazy. Severe AF type cramps started. No spotting or bleeding. Depression. Sure my cycle was coming. Tested anyway. BFP!! Sometimes those early symptoms are NOT in your head!

PCOS, DH low Morph. Femara+Trigger+TI & IUI= BFP!!!

Hello Ladies! Finally posting my BFP story! It's been such a long journey and all women suffering from infertility are some crazy strong women! I was diagnosed with PCOS as a teen (Me 31 DH 39) so I knew it would be hard to get pg when the time came. 5 Years ago we decided to try and after 4-5 rounds of clomid we ended up with a BFP and had our DD. Since having her we were NTNP for years before we decided to REALLY try again. This time I was referred to an RE and this journey began! Ugh how exhausting it is to be infertile! I did a couple rounds of clomid that I didn't respond to until he switched me to femara. After 5 medicated cycles we finally got it! Thank you science, thank you to my doctors and nurses for all the hard work! :) Here's how this cycle went: CD 3 started Femara 7.5mg for 8 days (instead of 5 like my previous two femara cycles) so days 3-10. At my mid cycle u/s I had 3 good sized follicles (yay!) which is what my RE wanted from adding the extra days. I triggered on sat May 23rd and ovulated the morning of May 25th. We had our iui scheduled that morning. Here's my DPO: We Bd CD 11- CD 15 (day of trigger) skipped CD 16, BD CD 17 day of IUI. Ovulation Day! IUI - Pretty bad O pains, it was worse than the last two cycles. 1DPO - very uncomfortable from O, a bit crampy. No sensitive nips like I always get after O which I thought was strange. 2DPO - 5DPO Not much, maybe a little bloated and gassy. 6DPO - Trigger was pretty much out of my system already so I could trust my symptoms. I woke up feeling hungover! I had a headache all day, dizzy and fuzzy headed. My ears felt like they were going to pop. Maybe a little bit of nausea, gassy 7DPO - Holy Nausea Bat man! I had a quick wave of it as I was driving to work. Hmmmm.. I Got full quick after eating anything. 8DPO - Tired, bloated and gassy all day! Like I couldn't control my gas haha! oops! 9DPO - Finally My bbs are feeling something! I hadn't felt a thing until today, my right nip started to hurt like it usually does after O. Oh my!Sleepy, took a nap today, I never nap! 10DPO - Been having vivid dreams, I didn't think much of that since I usually dream. But these were different and constant. Feeling really full after eating and bloated. 11DPO - Bloated, gassy, Tender bbs and nips still. 12DPO - I was sure AF was on her way. Bbs are killing me! nips on fire! I was getting red dry skin on my chin which usually mean AF is close by. Annoying stabbing pains on my left side and some pulling. tugging behind bellybutton? Sleepy and heartburn. Went out had a few drinks, I was sure AF was coming. Had an outburst at DH bc I was sure this cycle failed. 13DPO - BBS still hurt, cramps, pulls and twinges and super tired. Took a test in the morning bc what the hell!? lol And I was shocked to see a super duper faint positive! WHAT?! Dang Wal-mart cheapies. 14DPO - BFP with FRER!!!!!! YAY!!!!!! Sorry This was so long! lol! I have waited a long time to post it! ;) I got my first beta (75) and I go back on Friday for another before I'm released to an OB. I'm so so so happy and wish nothing but the best for the rest of you ladies. Especially those dealing with infertility, it can be so difficult and frustrating. FYI I didn't relax at all this cycle, i was actually pretty stressed out. I didn't lay around all day after my iui, i went out and did some furniture shopping lol. I was on this site the entire TWW reading every story I could! I really didn't think the first IUI would work but it did!!! DH had a count of 10Mil and I had at least two mature follies rupture (maybe even 3!) Also I did use Pre-seed, Soft cups and I ate pineapple DPO 1-6. I'm wishing the best for all you ladies still waiting for your bfp and send you lots of love and baby dust!!!!

BFP 4th IUI!!!

I can't believe I finally get to write my story eeeee!!! So exciting and so surreal! :) I'm 31 with Ovid and my dh is 29 with very mild mfi. So I did 6 medicated rounds (2 with Clomid - no response), (3 with femara 2.5mg, then 5mg, then 7.5mg - ovulated each time but with only one follicle). And finally I switched to injectables which is what brought my BFP!!! (100iu of puregon otherwise known as follistim days 3-6, then day 7 i did 75iu since I had over 8 follicles, then day 8 i coasted since I was over-stimulating with over 15 follicles!!! Day 9 i started surging on my own so I triggered around 3pm and had my iui 19 hours later at 10am with 4 potential follies in the running at 15mm, 16mm, 16mm and 17mm. 3 days later the ultrasound showed that 2 follicles had ruptured :) Here are my 2ww symptoms. Mind you around day 3-6 piui I had very bad sharp pains and bloating from all the follicles/cysts, but it went away. So I truly believe that this 4th iui worked because it was the only one where I had more than one follicle (2 released eggs) :) Dh has mild mfi since his count is a bit low, but the funny thing is that this bfp cycle is the one where he had the lowest posh wash sperm count of only 8.5million versus the other rounds of 12 mill, 12 mill, and 20mill!!!! Amazing how things work out :) Thats why I give credit to having more than one follicle this round! 1dpiui- abdominal tenderness,sore nips,gassy 2dpiui -abdominal tenderness, gassy, sore nips 3dpiui- abdominal tenderness, a bit bloated, smelly gas! ,sore nips 4dpiui- very bloated, sharp pains, tender boobs 5dpiui- very bloated, sharp pains, tender boobs 6dpiui- tender boobs, feeling good 7dpiui- tender boobs, feeling good 8dpiui- tender boobs, feeling good 9dpiui- tender boobs, left ovary pain 10dpiui- tender boobs, diarrhea, Super faint line on free. Tender boobs. 11dpiui- possible bfp line getting darker on frer. Sore left ovary and backache when I woke up, but went away after about 30 minutes. 12dpiui- beta - positive! I'm PREGNANT!!! I will get my 2nd beta on 16dpiui to confirm that my hcg is rising :)

Couldn't believe it!

I've been actively trying to conceive since September 2013. I have PCOS and I started with clomid and timed intercourse. Then I did clomid and IUI's. Finally I tried Femara and IUI and of the five IUI's I had, this last one was the worst. I did lose 40 lbs in 7 months which helped with a number of things. Things that went wrong during my last IUI: 1. Positive OPK a day early. I ovulated early so we could only see the collapsing follicles on u/s. No idea on size or how many I made. 2. The u/s was painful because they had a hard time seeing my left ovary and were really pushing around in there. 2. After wash, I stripped down and prepped for insemination. Results of sperm wash given to me at that time I was on the table. DH sperm results were the worst with only 20% of the 6 million sperm post-wash being designated "A" quality. Last cycle we had 340 million. I was crying on the table and asking if I should even bother. Nurses told me I might as well. Cried through the procedure from frustration. I told the nurses how tired I was. 3. Then I was very sensitive and they had a hard time inserting the speculum and had to use the largest one. Felt everything. I left that day thinking, "Eff, this!" I just knew I WASNT getting pregnant after that debacle. I traveled, consumed alcohol, ate cake and braced myself for the next cycle. Then 15 DPO my breasts got tender and I thought, "Here we go, AF is coming..." Then 16 DPO my nips were super sensitive. I thought, "It can't be." Had a glass of Prosecco and some oysters for lunch and didn't think of it again. That night I was feeling more tender and so I was decided to test and get it out of the way. I swear when I saw a faint line indicating BFP, I called my husband over and asked him if he saw what I saw. Had a Beta the next day and confirmed BFP. Neither of us could explain it or believed it! I am now 21 DPO and my HCG numbers are doubling properly (16 DPO: 358; 18DPO:684; 20 DPO: 1081). I have to say even now it is hard for me to feel like something bad isn't going to happen. How could such a mess turn out right? I am staying optimistic and living for today. I'm hoping for a sticky baby. I have my first u/s on June 15, 2015 at 6w3d and hope all is well. Pregnancy after infertility can be hard because it feels like a live birth is the true success. Stay strong and hope for the best. This is my first and I hope it all works out - wish me well. In the meantime, good luck to you all!

My Route to Motherhood

Hello, ladies! I hope my story will encourage you to keep trying to have your baby. It may not happen on your schedule, but the Lord has His perfect timing and His perfect way to bring about His ideal family for you and your husband. Here is my story: About three years into our marriage, my husband and I decided that we'd like to start our family. We didn't go gung-ho at first. We simply stopped using any contraceptives, and if we get pregnant - great. We didn't think it would be too difficult, so we didn't put any effort into it. We got our first ever BFP a few months later after coming home from a Las Vegas vacation. We were happily surprised and very excited. We told both sets of parents right away, and they were beyond thrilled. Both our parents had wanted grandkids from us from Day 1. Unfortunately, this pregnancy ended in a miscarriage around the 6th week. My husband and I were devastated... but I think it hit me harder. Knowing that I was carrying a life in me for those precious two weeks that I knew I was pregnant was the ultimate high for me. To have my Baby Boo (our name for our little one) taken away so abruptly was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. It was only by God’s grace and my loving husband’s support that I got through that dark period of my life. One of the hardest parts of the miscarriage was having to tell our parents and siblings that we were no longer expecting. It's one thing to have to go through heartache yourself, but it's quite another to have to break someone else's heart. We collectively were crushed. My obsession with trying to conceive started right after the miscarriage. I wanted to get pregnant the very next month! But, of course, it didn't happen. I know some girls are lucky that way, but it simply wasn't our timing. My husband and I then went crazy with TTC. We charted, did the deed every chance we could, took loads of supplements, and I devoured the Internet on all things TTC related. All the shows I watched on TV were about pregnancy and babies: One Born Every Minute, 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, etc. All the YouTube videos I viewed and books I read were about the same things. I didn't give myself a break. Two of the most difficult days my husband and I faced that year were: 1) our baby's would-be due date, and 2) the one-year anniversary of when we found out we were pregnant. Those two days rocked my world, and I had to ask my husband for a little outing. So he drove me 25 miles to a beach city and we just spent the day there. It felt like a mini vacation, which helped a bit. Unfortunately, no matter where I went, I would see pregnant women, babies and little kids EVERYWHERE. I was going crazy with envy. (Can any of you relate???) So a year had passed since the miscarriage, and still no BFP. I finally asked my husband if he would consider taking alternative methods like IUI and down the line, if that didn't work, IVF. He said yes, and thankfully, his medical insurance covered almost all of our treatments. We started the IUI process in April 2014. That first round, I took 50 mg Clomid and 2 mg Estrace. I was a nervous wreck. The whole process was very overwhelming, not only emotionally but logistically, too. When I got the negative pregnancy result that month via a blood test, I was devastated. My disappointment was almost to the same magnitude as the miscarriage. That negative pregnancy test was my last straw. I finally told myself that I couldn’t do this anymore… to keep obsessing with TTC. I just couldn’t go on living like this where my whole life was consumed with wanting to get pregnant. I FINALLY had reached the end of myself. That was when I told the Lord that it’s okay if I never get pregnant because I’m finally content. I told the Lord that I would still like to be a mother, and most likely that would happen via foster parenting or adoption. I had let go and let God take control. For my second round of IUI, my nurse practitioner increased the Clomid dose to 100 mg while everything else remained the same. I, however, was changed. This time, instead of worrying over every little TTC-thing, I literally didn’t give any of it a second thought. I had finally surrendered. I focused my attention on everything else BUT trying to get pregnant. And guess what??? My BFP came on that second round!!!!!!!!! That was in May 2014, and our baby boy was born late January 2015. He is now four months old and is the light of our lives. I’m so happy, my husband is so happy, and our little boy’s grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins are so happy. Because we’ve all waited so long for this bundle of joy, I think everyone dotes on him a little more than the norm. He’s quite spoiled, yet he’s still a sweet baby (if that makes any sense). I love discovering his personality more and more each day. I’m very fortunate to be able to stay home with my little boy while my husband works. I’m finally living my dream!

BFP 11dpo – 1st IUI worked!

Hi everyone! I read this forum several times before we started our first IUI cycle, as well as my entire TTW. I am very happy to be able to share my story but also cautiously optimistic, as I am only 5 weeks. My husband and I started TTC exactly a year ago. At one point I thought it was beginning to take over my life. I was diagnosed with PCOS and have always had irregular cycles. For the first 6 months of trying I was given medication to have my cycle start, peed on every ovulation predictor stick I could fine and chartered my basal body temperature. Still nothing. We finally decided to see a Fertility Specialist. Though rounds of testing, blood work and ultrasounds, it was determined that I had a blocked left Fallopian tube. I had a procedure done to try and open my tube but it was unsuccessful. However, scarring was found on my uterine wall, and removed. My doctor explained that PCOS and the blocked left tube would make it almost impossible for us to conceive naturally and that we should try 2-3 cycles of IUI and then move on to IVF if those were unsuccessful. We started our first medicated IUI cycle toward the end of April 2015 (Gonal-F, Ovidrel and progesterone). My body responded well to Gonal-F. However, after 2 weeks of medication, I had 2 large follicles on my left side, which we could not use since my left tube was blocked. My doctor decided to have me stay on Gonal-F for a few more days to continue stimulating my right side to grow. After 16 days of injections total, I had 3 mature follicles on my right side and I was ready for the trigger shot. My IUIs were scheduled for the next 2 days. The night after my first IUI my husband and I decided to do the dead as well, we figured it couldn’t hurt. I also tried the old pineapple trick from 1-6dpo because again, it couldn’t hurt! I also started the progesterone vaginal suppositories 3 days after my second IUI and am still taking them. The only symptoms I had after my IUI were gas, bloating and sore nipples. 8dpo I noticed I was spotting that morning. I felt completely discouraged and thought it was the start of AF. I continued checking the rest of the day and the next day, and nothing. No more spotting. I prayed it was implantation bleeding, but knew I couldn’t cheat and test early. My Beta was scheduled for another 9 days. I cheated. I took my first pregnancy test 11pdo and had a really faint line. I wasn’t sure if it was still the trigger, so I decided to test again the next day. The line got darker, but still faint. The 3rd day of home testing, I took a digital test and it said “pregnant”. There was no mistaking that. My doctor allowed me to come in early for my Beta. Beta#1 13dpo: 254 Beta #2 17dpo: 1427 Beta #3: 19dpo: 2574 Other than the one day of spotting, I didn’t have many signs or symptoms other than fatigue, backaches and cramping. My husband and I are ecstatic to have our very first BFP but again, also cautiously optimistic. I wish nothing but positivity and the best of luck to everyone out there waiting for their BFP! Have faith ladies. It can work!