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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives


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 with IUI #5-Femara/Ovidrel

This was my last cycle on oral meds before moving onto all injectables, and we had met with the doctor about IVF and were considering it for August or September. So this is such a blessing! This cycle was Femara 5mg CD 3-7 and Ovidrel 250 trigger shot, with IUI 24 hours later because I had a positive OPK at home (its normally 36 hours after) They originally thought the Femara didn't work this cycle because nothing was really growing as fast as it normally does, but I really think my body was acting more naturally based on my diet and exercise. Each previous cycle I had 1-2 follicles and my DH had great SA counts, but this just took this time! I had an HSG 2 months ago. What I did different this cycle: I have PCOS, so after doing some research on diets, I discovered a LCHF (low carb, high fat diet) and have been following it for about 6 weeks now. So that means no sugar, no processed carbs, very limited fruit. Basically proteins, veggies (except potatoes and carrots) and full fat dairy (with no added sugar) I also did pilates on the reformer machine for 2 hours each week. I lost about 9 pounds in those 6 weeks, and I didn't count calories at all! In fact I feel like I ate a ton. If you have PCOS-try the diet!! It helps to regulate your insulin levels, etc. 1DPO/IUI cramping, EWCM 2DPO/IUI cramping, EWCM 3DPO/IUI mild cramping, no CM 4DPO/IUI nothing 5DPO/IUI nothing 6DPO/IUI watery cm-almost like I pee'd my pants 7DPO/IUI water cm 8DPO/IUI cramping 9DPO/IUI mild twinges/cramps 10DPO/IUI faint BFP on FRER & Wondfo (I had already tested out the trigger) 11DPO/IUI BFP on FRER, CB digi, and Wondfo, Beta 50.4 12DPO mild cramps, hungry 13DPO a little nausea in the am at work before eating, hungry, mild cramps, Beta is 172.2! 14DPO tired, hungry, mild cramps, nausea at bedtime 15DPO tired, hungry Beta is 406.4! Good luck to all you other ladies out there!! God is good!

Blood test tomorrow - thinking positive thoughts!

My husband (31) & I (30) have been trying to conceive for over a year after having a miscarriage in Feb 2014 at 15/16 weeks. Had HSG in November, where they found that one of my tubes was clogged but they were able to clear it with the dye. Got pregnant that cycle only to find out that it was a chemical pregnancy at almost 6 weeks. Started seeing a fertility doctor in Feb 2015. My husband & I did all the testing - my progesterone was a little low, but otherwise everything looked great for me. His motility was a little low, but not bad. Started on 50mg of Clomid days 3-7, trigger shot on day 15 after u/s on day 13 showed 3 follices (19.4, 16.6, 15.1 + some smaller ones), IUI on day 16, & BD on day 17. His numbers had increased greatly on the day of the IUI after being put on vitamins. I got my blood results for progesterone Monday & it was a little over 20. I go in tomorrow, May 18 for my blood test to see if we are officially pregnant. I've been testing every day for the last week & saw the line go from very faint to pretty much gone (trigger shot leaving my system), then about 4 days ago the line started to get darker & darker. Trying not to get my hopes up too much, but feeling pretty excited that it seems to have worked! Fingers & toes crossed that the tests tomorrow confirm the strips I've been using! Been feeling incredibly tired & moody, sore nipples just started a couple days ago, & have had twinges in the abdomen area off and on for the last 2 weeks, mostly in the first week though. Hope I can sleep tonight!
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3.5 years TTC and BFP with 100mg Clomid and IUI

After over 3 years scanning these lists, it feels surreal to finally be adding my BFP to the story. More than anything, I have learned that every path to pregnancy is different and you truly never know what will work for your body. To be honest, there were very few symptoms that I noticed early on. I took 100 mg of clomid and had 3 follicles on the right, 2 on the left. I had thought I had problems with the left because I only ever (through devoted ultrasounds/tracking over 3.5 years) ovulate on the left. I had a potential blocked left fallopian tube that I had cleared 6 months before this BFP by surgery. The 3 follicles on the right didn't mature and by day 14 were not large enough to be viable. On the left side, I had a 29mm and 21mm. My doctor asked if we wanted to go ahead with the IUI even though it was the left again and we said yes. My husband's sperm sample was generally strong/normal with 97% forward motile forms but only 5% normal morphology. Count was average. We did the IUI on day 14 at around 10am without a trigger shot (my doctor thinks trigger shots are detrimental - long story) and then BD'ed that afternoon. That night, I had severe ovulation pain while at a concert. I knew I was ovulating due to the pain but wasn't hopeful as my left side never seems to work. We were planning to move to IVF in coming months if this didn't work as my doctor wasn't sure I could get pregnant due to the left side always dominating and the right being PCOS. About 10-11 days later (dpo), after I'd also flown from Asia to the US (so all that stuff about not being stressed/traveling is BS!) I started experiencing mild cramping off and on. It wasn't quite as severe or back-oriented as normal menstrual cramps so I wondered if it was implantation but I didn't have any implantation bleeding or other signs. I was quite emotional (crying easily) but also have those same symptoms during PMS, so really wasn't thinking this was anything unusual. 14 dpo, I actually started, for the first time in 3 years, feeling a little bit hopeful. I decided to take a pregnancy test (I didn't even have one on hand because I'd given up on getting pregnant). Lo and behold, there was the first positive we'd ever experienced. I was absolutely shocked. Here's what I did different this month, although I honestly think this had nothing to do with it and we just got very lucky with the 2 eggs via clomid and the well-timed IUI: - I did a strange Chinese massage around day 8-10 of my cycle during which they literally lit my stomach on fire (above a wet towel) and massaged my abdomen. I thought it was worth trying. - I did fertility hypnotherapy once in the middle of my cycle. I've never done this before. - As always, I was taking a strong women's daily vitamin and vitex (I've been taking vitex for 3 years). I also regularly took probiotics. While I think the alternative therapies are great, I do not attribute my pregnancy to them. I attribute my pregnancy to a great fertility doctor who took everything month by month (i.e., the surgery to clear a blocked tube, ultrasounds, clomid, IUI, etc.). I truly didn't think pregnancy was possible for me. We were even in the process (2 years in) of adopting and may now have to put that on hold. I hope my story brings hope to readers here and also shows that a path to parenthood is possible. I was in a place where I was comfortable to live a life with only adopted children and I think that was a helpful mindset to have when approaching the stressors of fertility treatments but I know everyone's paths are different. I wish you all the best of luck on what is such a challenging, emotional journey. I am now 10 weeks pregnant and grateful for each day.
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11dpiui BFP

TTC: 14 months, 2 failed IUIs (IUI 1: 1 follie, 14mil sperm. BFN) (IUI 2: 1 follie, 19mil sperm BFN) Me: 30, one ovary, mild PCOS. I take Metformin to help regulate my cycle. DH: 33, Mild male factor. _____________________ *CD1 : ready for a new cycle! After two failed IUIs and an additional month canceled due to a cyst, I was ready to get started. *CD3-7: Clomid 50mg *CD11: Two follicles on my one ovary. Both measuring at 10mm. *CD15: Sono shows that one follicle is 14mm and the other 16mm. Lining is at 9. RE suggests waiting to trigger until CD 17 and to do the IUI on *CD 19 so that my larger follicle can mature. *CD16: BD *CD17: I wasn't supposed to trigger until 9pm, but I got a blazing smiley OPK at 2pm. Called RE and she said "Trigger NOW!" and that it would boost ovulation. IUI moved up a day. *CD18: IUI at 12:30pm. DH's motile count was 29Mil. Best numbers he has ever had! She did an external ultrasound right after to see that 1) I hadn't ovulated just yet and we didn't miss the egg. 2) that the sperm showed to be sitting and just chilling out ready to go. I put in a SoftCup before I left..ya know...just in case one of those pesky swimmers tried to escape. *1DPIUI: barely noticeable flutter cramps from IUI. BD *2-8DPIUI: Nada. Just really tired. But I get randomly tired all the time so it's not really noteworthy. *9DPIUI: BFN. Kind of crampy. Barely noticeable though. Normal AF signs. *10DPIUI: BFN. Have a total cryfest breakdown with DH about the possibility of us not being able to have kids for another year because we will have to save for IVF and I just *KNOW* this month isn't going to be it. *11DPIUI: Woke to AF cramps. Took a Wondfo in AM and thought I might see a shadow. Posted to TWW blog and people said they saw it too, so I ran out to get a FRER for the evening. BFP by 6pm. Kept it secret from DH because tomorrow is his bday! By bedtime I had a huge headache and didn't sleep well. Sore boobs by morning. *12DPIUI: BFP for sure in the morning! Had my DH open a present with a picture of our dog next to a onesie with the Dallas Stars logo on it (he plays hockey). We are both optimistic an ecstatic! Blood later in the morning had an HCG level of 24. Tender boobs, aversion to coffee smells, and headache are really the only symptoms I have so far. ____________________ Honestly, I have had more "symptoms" with BFN months. The only thing I notice now is somewhat tingly boobs, bloating, and headaches, and those are all indicative of AF as well. ____________________ My strategies: -pineapple core plan 1-5dpiui -Brazil Nuts 1-5dpiui -peppermint tea/remove caffeine -eating lots of salad and sweet potatoes -Softcups after sex and IUI -PreSeed -Digital OPK instead of wondfo DH strategies: -Maca root -Multi vitamin -Folic Acid

PCOS - BFP on 2nd IUI!

Hi everyone, I read this forum several times during my tww on both of my IUI and I am very happy to have the opportunity to share my story at statistics. To begin my husband and I are both 25, hubby's sperm is great (the counts of the day that our IUI worked were 30 million and 85% motility). I am 110-115 lbs, BMI 18.5 and diagnosed with PCOS. I have very polycystic ovaries and irregular cycles. It was pretty easy to tell I wasn't ovulating and since my sister has PCOS and has had to do IUI, IVF, and a FET to obtain three pregnancies I didn't wait around long to begin seeing an RE. My journey started this February 2015, we did one round of oral clomid and I did not ovulate. In March we did our first round of injections (Follistim 37.5 units, 250 mcg Ovidril) with timed IUI. Also, I should note all of my menstrual cycles listed below required progesterone. Below is my timeline: 3/5 - CD 1 3/6 - CD 2, Estradiol 48. 3/7 - CD 3, Ultrasound and start injections 3/12 - CD 8, Estradiol 110. Ultrasound- Follicle on left ovary measured 12.8 mm, uterine lining ~6 mm. 3/16 - CD 12, Estradiol 325. Ultrasound- Follicle 18 mm, uterine lining 8.9. Trigger shot tonight @ 8pm. 3/18 - CD 14, IUI @ 9am, 2 week wait. -- BFN. Really disappointing because as you can see everything was perfect. ROUND 2 (BFP!!) Follistim 37.5 u, 250 mcg Ovidril 4/8 - CD 8, Estradiol 69. Ultrasound- 3 follicles (2 on left, 1 on right) each measuring ~10 mm, uterine lining ~4 mm 4/11 - CD 11, Estradiol 105. Unsure of measurements, RN on weekend said I did not have any dominant measurements. 4/13 - CD 13, Estradiol 105. 1 follicle on right ovary measuring 12.5 mm, Uterine lining ~7 mm 4/16 - CD 16, Estradiol 311. Follicle 17.6, Uterine lining 9.5 4/17 - CD 17, Trigger injection @ 8pm 4/19 - CD 19, IUI @ 9am, tww begins! 4/27 - 10dpt, 8dpiui - Faint BFP 4/28 - 11 dpt, 9dpiui - Faint BFP 4/29 - 12 dpt, 10dpiui - Blood work: Hcg 36, Progesterone 55 (on vaginal suppositories twice daily) 5/1 - 14 dpt, 12 dpiui - Hcg 92, Progesterone 44 5/4 - 17 dpt, 15dpiui - Hcg 474!!! Progesterone 59 5/10 - 5 weeks Pregnant!! Temps still high (98.7 F), on twice daily progesterone vaginal suppositories as precaution, and awaiting our 6 week ultrasound on 5/21! I'll be honest, we did everything exactly the same in both cycles. Intercourse on day before trigger, night of iui and every night the next 3 nights. I drank raspberry leaf tea in the weeks leading up to my IUI, I really believe this helps thicken your uterine lining. I did an ovulation test the night before our IUI and had a faint LH surge. I did not test out my trigger shot with pregnancy tests. I don't believe I've had many signs and symptoms other than fatigue, tender breasts, and mild lower abdominal cramping (has made me think AF is coming a couple times). The day I thought I was possibly pregnant, I slept good all night, woke up tired, wanted to take a nap in the morning, and slept in the car during a 2 hour car ride (I never sleep during car rides because I can't fall asleep in cars!). My husband and I are both very cautiously optimistic since we are only 5 weeks but we are ecstatic to have our very first BFP!! After our first IUI I was really discouraged but it can work ladies!!

BFP after TTC 4yrs stage 3 endometriosis

Hi all! I'd love to share my story, because if you are reading this, you may be loosing hope. I lost hope completely. We were tapped out at $40,000.00 spent on procedures... and on the brink of divorce. I probably would have bankrupted us from IVF... but we really lucked out. Here is our story... We put ourselves on the Adoption list... but there was still years to wait on the wait list. .. so we fostered kids in the meantime... which made us better people. I truly believe life takes you on a crazy path that you can't change. But I wouldn't have changed my experiences for the world. Because of infertility, I would have never looked into fostering kids, and we were so blessed to have had them in our lives. In the beginning, I was put on chlomid for 3 months... which failed and gave me a cyst. I needed a laproscopy... 2 year wait list from my doc... and I couldn't get in anywhere... except the U.S.A where I had to pay $15,000 for the surgery. It ended up being more invasive because I was diagnosed with stage 3 endometriosis and they had a lot of cleaning up to do. Well, the window after the surgery was unsuccessful... even though she said it was our best chance. Oh... and one of my tubes were blocked too. So I went on to IVF. It failed. We couldn't afford to try again for a while, so about a year later... we tried our frozen embryo. IT TOOK!!!! Then I miscarried at like 3 weeks. So after all this devastation, both emotional and financial, we had to wait again... and man did we fight about it. So, for a year I did all the naturopath stuff, reflexology, hot yoga, eating clean, natural and chemical free home, hypnotherapy, vitamins, acupuncture, essential oils.... all of it. Costing hundreds of dollars. After discussing our situation again with our Doc, She suggested I try an IUI for fun... a last ditch effort to save us the money of IVF again... And it worked! BFP!!!!!! No miscarriage so far and I'm 6 weeks. I'm 29... with a failed IVF... and for some miracle... and IUI took! I don't wish infertility on anyone, it's unbearably painful and affects all areas of your life. I hope my story gives you hope if you are in a similar situation!!! BTW... it was worth every penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


My husband and I are both 30 years old and have been TTC since June 2013. After a full year of trying (temping, pressed, etc.) With no results, we sought the help of an RE. After all of the tests we were diagnosed with unexplained infertility, the most devastating news because there simply was no answer. We decided to start with medicated cycles right away and did 2 rounds on Clomid, Ovidrel trigger shot, and progesterone. Unfortunately, Clomid thinned out my uterine lining and both ended in BFNs. After that we moved on to injectables with Ovidrel and progesterone. 2 cycles went by and nothing but BFNs. This is where I hit my breaking point and needed to take a break. After 2 months of not thinking about getting pregnant, I returned for another round of the same meds. This time the RE said that of this cycle doesn't work, we'll have to sit down and discuss IVF. I was much more positive this time around probably because I put my hope in IVF, and didn't worry so much about this cycle. I knew that something was different from 2 dpiui, but didn't want to believe it. This was before I started progesterone, so the symptoms couldn't have been from that. Day of IUI: uterus felt sore, slight brown tinge when wiping 2-3 dpiui: sensitive nipples and tender breasts 4-7 dpiui: tender breasts 8-9 dpiui: tender breasts and pressure in left ovary, almost like I pulled a muscle 10-11dpiui: tender breasts and full feeling in my stomach/uterus; I usually have an empty feeling around now before AF starts 12 dpiui: same as above; woke up at 4 am needing too pee (unusual), tested and BFP!!! Today is 14 dpiui and pregnancy was confirmed yesterday through a blood test. It hasn't fully sunk in, but I'm simply over the moon! Thank you to everyone else who shared their stories as they truly kept me going through these 2 years. Wishing all of you the best!
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BFP on DPO12 after 4th unmedicated IUI

Like so many I've been stalking these forums and wanted to add my story in case it's of help to anyone else, specifically any same sex couples who are doing unmedicated IUIs (wasn't able to find too many of these stories!) We began the process assuming everything was "normal" in terms of my fertility. I started at age 30 (now 31) and am in good health, but working with frozen samples and timing an unmedicated IUI definitely added some complications. I used Clearblue Easy Advanced Digital OPKs to track ovulation, and did two inseminations per cycle. I started taking prenatal vitamins (New Chapter) but didn't really do much else differently until the fourth (and successful!) attempt. Not sure if those extra things played a role, or it was more psychological, but I'll take it! Here's a brief timeline leading up to BFP... March 2014-July 2014: met with clinic, selected donor, bloodwork, etc. August 2014: positive OPK on CD 13. Inseminations on CD 13 and CD 14. BFN. September 2014: timing was definitely off (still getting the hang of the OPKs!) Based IUI timing on ultrasound and bloodwork on CD 13. Inseminations on CD 14 and 15. BFN. October 2014-January 2015: TTC break February 2015: positive OPK on CD 14. Inseminations on CD 14 and CD 15. BFN. This BFN was especially tough because it came on the morning I was hosting a baby shower for a friend, and at the shower ANOTHER friend announced she was pregnant. Ouch. March 2015: ended up ovulating much later than usual (CD 18). It threw off my schedule and we were still upset from the last BFN and decided to take a breather and skip this month. April 2015: positive OPK on CD 17 after FIVE days of the "high" fertility reading (flashy smiley). Usually had only 0-2 days of flashy before positive result, so this was unusual. Inseminations on CD 17 and CD 18. BFP on FRER on DPO 12. Yay! In terms of symptoms, not much of note, but here they are: - in past cycles, I always had CM with a brownish tint a few days after IUI (figure it was side effect of procedure) but did not have it this cycle. - noticeable amount of yellowish CM on DPO 4. Never completely dried up but after that day was not especially heavy or noteworthy. - some cramping, twinges, lower back pain, but truly would have not noticed if it wasn't a TTC month. In terms of what I did differently: - cut down on caffeine to one cup of coffee per day (only cheated a few times!) for about two months. - cut out alcohol the week before predicted ovulation and during TWW. - drank fertility tea blend from start of cycle until ovulation. - Bach flower remedy (water violet, gentian, white chestnut, impatiens). - more intentional healthy eating (more protein, fertility friendly foods like avocado, but no drastic changes to eating habits). - a couple of doses of cod liver oil. - kept feet warm with socks or slippers during TWW. - five day "pineapple plan" I basically just picked a hodge-podge of things that sounded appealing to try, without completely changing my lifestyle. A lot of it felt more about the ritual, which helped me stay calm and alleviate stress. Feeling really happy to have gotten farther than ever before, here's hoping to smooth sailing!


My story is kind of complicated this my 2nd iui medicated cycle the 1st cycle was 3yrs ago which resulted in a eptopic pregnancy 2nd cycle was last month during the tww I got a bfn from d9 til d14... d15 I got a faint positive so I just assumed I implanted late day16 I had beta done my # were 7.5 which wasn't not bad Bc I should've only been a cpl days preg my dr said she thought it was a mc Bc of the low #s but if I implanted late the #s should've been low so I went back two days later for another blood test she called and said its negative stop your progesterone and we can do a repeat cycle nxt month in my heart I believe I'm still pregnant and things are just happening late the day b4 the new blood test I took a hpt and it was a bfp still faint but the line was darker then the 1st bfp I'm so confused pl help ... Is it over or am I still in the game ????

IUI #2 = BFP

Feeling very blessed right now but at the same time, feeling that we can't celebrate too much until we're 2 1/2 months out from now and still pregnant. The only other BFP we've ever experienced was 16 months ago, but lost the pregnancy at 10 weeks. In any case we are going to try and enjoy every second of this and I wanted to share some of our story :) My husband and I started TTC in Sept. 2013. The miscarriage happened in January 2014. Around June 2014, we started medicated cycles (Femara & Progesterone) with Preseed. I've also been charting for 6 months now. Nothing worked. We started seeing a fertility specialist in January 2015 and underwent all of the testing (HSG tube dye test, semen analysis, hormone level testing, etc.). The only thing they could find was that my AMH score was low for my age. Apparently the average score for women at age 30 is 30 and mine was 11. I also had issues with spotting up to 7 days before AF, but ever since being prescribed Progesterone that thankfully stopped. Our treatment plan was to go straight to medicated IUI (Femara + Gonal-F shots + Trigger shot + Progesterone). First IUI (Feb. - March 2015) = BF No Go! I was devastated. Insurance has not covered one cent of fertility treatment, so we just weren't sure we could afford to go right into another IUI. Fortunately we managed to do the next IUI, but certainly could not have gone into a third IUI anytime soon if this one didn't work. Second IUI (March - April 2015) = BFP!! Things that went differently this cycle: -After an ultrasound check on how my follicles were measuring, I was told to continue Gonal-F shots (to keep stimulating them to grow) but was also told to do Ganirelix shots (to prevent ovulation from happening too early) -Right after the IUI procedure (while they had me lay there for 5 minutes before getting up), I visualized my hubby's sample actually getting to where it needed to go. Sounds really silly, but I read somewhere to try really relaxing and visualizing the successful outcome. So I thought, why not! -My temps did not rise until the day after the IUI (last time, my temps were already up the morning of the IUI) -I also tried the old pineapple trick from 1-6 DPO because again, why not right! POAS = I tested with FMU using a cheapie at 12 DPIUI and got the faintest of all faint lines. I thought it could still be from the trigger or possibly an evap. My hubby couldn't even see the line, so I didn't want to get my hopes up. I picked up a clear blue digital, clear blue regular, and another cheapie after work the next day. I didn't plan to use them until 14 DPIUI, but come on ladies, you know I did right away. I went ahead and took the clear blue digital once I got home from work (13 DPIUI). Even having had lots to drink during the day and it obviously not being FMU, it showed "Pregnant 1-2 weeks"! Next morning, at 14 DPIUI, I took the remaining two tests and both had visible lines - not super dark, but much more visible than they were at 12 DPIUI. Signs/Symptoms? = Not sure if these had anything to do with BFP or if I just had a cold. 8 DPIUI: Sore throat and backache 9 DPIUI: Woke up with a low fever and sore throat still 10 DPIUI - 14 DPIUI: Congestion, sore throat, coughing, sore breasts (mainly underneath and on sides) I'm hoping, hoping, hoping this one really works out for us! I wish nothing but positivity and the best of luck to everyone out there waiting for their BFP! I'm so grateful for this site and all of the strong women that share their stories on here every day. It really has been such a great source of information and support. :)