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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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A Baby at Last!

After trying to conceive for two years, my husband and I finally consulted an endocrinologist. It was the best decision we ever made. After multiple diagnostic tests, it was determined that I had severe endometriosis and PCOS. My reproductive organs were riddled with adhesions and cysts (thankfully by some miracle my tubes were still intact though). My husband on the other hand had “super sperm” which was amazing, but at the same time it also made me feel as if this were all my fault. The doctor did not give up hope on me and we began our first round of menopur (150 -- 2 viles per day for 12 days). On day 13 we did our HCG trigger shot, our fist IUI followed 12 hours post trigger, and a 2nd IUI 36 hours post trigger. The two week wait was awful! I read blogs analyzed everything. My ovaries were severely enlarged from the menopur and they ached. I was put on bed rest, as the doctor did not want my ovaries to twist. I felt like I was pregnant with sore boobs, constant urination, and heartburn, but I was convinced that it was a side effect from all of the hormones that had entered my body over the past few weeks. I did not believe for one minute that I was actually pregnant. The day came for me to go to the doctor to get my blood drawn to be tested for pregnancy. I was so nervous and sad because I knew it would be negative. I was expecting to have my blood drawn and to have an ultrasound to check on my ovaries, then head to work for the grueling few hours I would have to wait until the blood tests came back from the lab....but as I waited for ultrasound the nurse came in with a little stick that said I was pregnant. I was so stunned that I could not speak, then the tears began to fall. The weeks that followed were surreal. I had ultrasounds once a week to insure that the size of my ovaries was going down. It was so amazing to see that little baby grow week by week for the first 10 weeks. I am now 16 weeks along with a healthy baby that has a strong heartbeat at 170 BPM, and it dances around and flips like crazy on the monitor each time we have an ultrasound. We find out the gender on February 14th. My husband and I could not be happier. The best part of our lives is just about to begin. I wish the best of luck to you all!

Follistim, Ovidrel, IUI, BD, and Prayer = BFP For Me

I have been on this site looking around for inspiration some time now. Now it is my turn to write my story to inspire others as I have been inspired by many.
I am 28 and DH is 32; we have been trying for # 2 since July 2011. Both DH and I have no fertility issues, and categorized under “unexplained.” Sometimes I think it is a really category to be in because you begin to doubt that you would be able to eventually find what will work for you.

After a year plus trying naturally, we decided to give IUI and go. We did two cycles of Clomid (which gave me 3-4 eggs each time) and we had a good sperm count each time, but it still gave me a BFN. I was so devastated the last time because I was doing all I could and so was DH. I decided to change RE because something inside of me told me to. I only have 6 shots at this (covered by insurance) I have wasted two I thought and I really do not want to do this 6 times, but will if that is what I need to do.

Finally, we decided to go to a local big shot clinic here in our state, Shady Grove Fertility. It was the best decision we made. We brought all our test results, HSG, S/A, lab work, u/s, response to previous iui, the whole 9 yards to the new RE. So we could start IUI # 3 as soon as possible. I needed and updated peps and decided to do genetic testing, so that whole thing pushed us a month out to start at the new place. My cycle was supposed to start on 12/9/2012, but somehow and I believe divine intervention my cycle was 3 days late to give time for my peps results to come back okay and we could start the cycle.

So this is the breakdown

CD-1 12/12/12-AF came

CD-4 start Follistim Pen 50 iu every night

CD-7 U/s I had 8 eggs that could potential develop, the lowered my dose (33 iu). Remember I always ovulated on my own, so this meds was to help.

CD 8-10 I Went for monitoring every single day u/s and b/w. they changed my meds to 33 iu and 25 iui

CD-11- u/s b/w. 2 Eggies @ 16 and 21 (they did not want more than 2 eggies). So they trigger (Ovidrel)

CD 13, IUI (Xmas Eve  )

CD 14-1dpiui- Started Prometrium 2 times per day 200 mg vaginally. One in the am and one @ night

I had light bleeding on 1dpiui, and then on 2 dpiui cramping was sharp. Other than that, I just had a cold like symptoms, cough runny nose, mucus in my chest feeling. I will say that the side effects of the Follistim were none compared to Clomid which dried my CM and gave me hot flashes. Clomid also gave me mood swings, that’s why the doctor decided to do just follistim and not the mix of the two. Beside my cold symptoms, @10piui I tested with FMu and got a BFN on a digital but I was so hungry all day that day. I decided to go to CVS and get a box of FRER and took the test that same day around 7 pm when I go home from work and BANG! BFP. It was bright too not faint at all. I was shocked I ran out of the bathroom and told DH and DD (6). Today is 14 dpiui and my Lp is never more than 11-12 days. I went for beta this morning and they called me back with results of 150.


I prayed and ask God to let his Will be done. I told Him in prayer that He knew the desires of my heart better than anyone and that I was willing to accept His will with love. did relax more this cycle, I have tried acupuncture, visualization, and I got a lot of good boos and read 3 during the 2ww to keep my mind of “feeling pregnant” and God has blessed me. This process is hard and frustrating I know, but when you get your BFP it will be nothing but a distant memory I promise.

Here is my chart:



Clomid + Ovidrel + IUI BFP

After 2 years of trying that included diagnosis and major surgery to remove bilateral dermoid teratomas, here I am! I am 27, and he is 34. Husband's swimmers needed a little push, they were a tad lazy. This time, I was prescribed 100 mg clomid, and ovidrel to trigger ovulation on time (since I ALWAYS ovulate late and have a luteal phase defect). Husband's high motile count post wash was only 3 million but I went ahead with the IUI not expecting anything. I even danced all night at a club on new year's eve and had 2 cocktails and a glass of champagne. If only I'd known!! Anyway, I went for my beta blood work this morning and HCG came back at 220!! Have another one scheduled for Friday. Hopefully everything goes well. I just had to post here since I've spent many 2ww lurking, reading and drawing inspiration from stories here. I have absolutely NO symptoms, other than a few twinges here and there that I feel cause I know I'm looking for them. Oh, and my left tube might be blocked post surgery (hsg result). In spite of this roller coaster ride, my body WORKS!

BFP on New Years Eve/Conceived on Hanukah and Baby Due on Jewish New Year!!

Hi! So of course I stalked for months. We have been trying for over two years!! Last February we went to a fertility specialist. I've been on clomid for months but this month was the first time that we tried an IUI and thank G-d it worked!!! I honestly didn't have any real symptoms in the two week wait period.. the day of my expected period I started staining so I figured we will have to try again next month and I was really depressed. But then for FOUR days I was staining and spotting and my real AF didn't show up. I also didn't have typical menstrual cramps instead I felt a strong pulling in my lower belly. I didn't want to take a hpt because I didn't want to face disappointment. Finally, last night I ran out to buy one and the second I took it there were two dark lines!!!!!!!! I didn't know what to do and I was shaking because I have waited for this moment for two years!! I called my husband and he was in shock because I had told him already that I had gotten my period. :) :)
My message to all you neurotic ladies out there who drive ourselves crazy with symptoms and googling every possible symptom: Your time will come and when it does all the pain and tears disappear!!! Happy New Year!! p.s. I had four follicles by my trigger shot so I might be having multiples!! omg!!!!!! :) :)

BFP For the New Year!

Here is my pregnancy success story. Using frozen donor sperm, my wife and I have tried 5 times (3 ICI at home, 2 IUI at the clinic) to get pregnant and last cycle I was pregnant but had a very early miscarriage because I thought early spotting was really my period and stopped taking progesterone (or at least that’s what I think happened!) This time around, we did our second unmedicated IUI at a women’s clinic 28 hrs past +OPK using the ClearBlue Fertility Monitor. I also had been doing a juice/fruit/veggie fast for 10 days prior to O on the recommendation of my Naturopathic Doctor – she claims it helps boost chances of conception and I really think it works – this means you eat nothing but fruits, veggies, fresh juice, nuts, and seeds for 4-7 days prior to ovulation – this means no proteins, no grains, no dairy – it’s tough at first but it’s not intolerable (I’m already vegan) and it gets results – at least for me! My doctor at the women’s clinic was not impressed with the motility of the frozen sperm, but apparently one made it! I have been using Circle+Bloom’s fertility meditations designed for IVF/IUI and really find it nice and relaxing and look forward to purchasing the pregnancy meditations as well. I’ve been charting for 9 months with my BBT and monitoring my mucus and using the CBFM. I also have been taking oral progesterone and accidentally ran out around Christmas time when my doctor’s office was closed! I resolved that issue as soon as I could. I also am doing acupuncture once per week and have been doing so for about 4 months.
Here are my symptoms:
2 DPO – Start taking 4 pellets of Progon B 3x day
5 DPO – Mild cramps – pinch-like rather than normal AF cramps
7-8 DPO- Mild cramps and bloating
9 DPO – Spotting
10-12 DPO – Spotting and cramps. Run out of oral progesterone on 12 DPO and doctor’s office is closed for a refill – get progesterone cream over the counter and begin using this
13 DPO – Spotting gets heavier and very faint BFP on FRER. Get concerned about heavier spotting and call doctor. She recommends getting refill of oral progesterone and stopping the cream because the dosage is too weak. She thinks this will stop the bleeding if I am not actually having a miscarriage.
14 DPO – Spotting lightens up, still BFP on FRER – faint
15 DPO – Spotting continues to lighten, BFP on FRER – darker
16 DPO – Spotting essentially stops – brown EWCM, BFP on Clearblue Digital (my wife wouldn’t believe it until she saw the words!)
I’m so excited – (it’s taking a while for my wife to absorb it) and looking forward to a healthy and happy 9 months! Now the hard part is not talking about it until the 2nd trimester.

BFP 2nd IUI 33 Years Old

My husband and I are both 33 and we had been trying to conceive for 15 months. After I went off the pill, my periods were never regular and I either did not ovulate or I ovulated very late. After trying clomid and femara with my OBGYN, I moved on to a fertility specialist.
The first month we went through the tests (semen analysis, dye test to make sure tubes are open, etc). Everything turned out great. We tried 5 days of femara with the trigger shot and IUI the first month. Ultrasounds showed 2 follicles that could work. Waited two weeks, BFN.
The second month we did a lower dose of femara for 5 days, shots for 5 or 6 days, and the trigger shot. I went in for IUI 36-40 hours after the trigger shot. Ultrasounds showed I had 3 follicles that could work.

Days 1-3: Cramps on and off, bloating.
Day 4: Nothing
Day 5: Gassy and ovary twinges
Day 6: Ovary twinges
Day 7: Cramps
Day 8: Slight ovary twinges in the morning, exhausted, face acne
Day 9: Occasional ovary twinges, slight cramping
Day 10: Nothing
Day 11: Little crampy, slight left ovary twinges, feverish, tired.
Days 12-13: Absolutely nothing. I think at this point, the shots and side effects were out of my system and I had no side effects. I assumed I was not pregnant.

Day 14: Woke up early and took pregnancy test. Negative. Left it on the counter and went back to sleep. Woke up 1.5 hours later and thought I saw maybe the slightest line. What I mean by this is I had to put it in the light at several angles to even see anything. We were both convinced there was nothing there and I went to work. I had mentally prepared myself for the disappointment because I had been upset so many months when I would always get that negative result. Anyway, I couldn't stop thinking that maybe I did see a line. I called the doctor's office and they said to come in for blood work, that even the faintest line might mean something.
I went in and my blood work came back at 49. 50 is what they consider pregnant but she said I was definitely pregnant, but to come back in 48 hours for repeat blood work to make sure the numbers double. 48 hours later, I went in, and the number was 212. I was definitely pregnant and we were overly excited! Now we had to wait for a couple more weeks to see the ultrasound (and to confirm if we were having one or two babies).
I am now 12.5 weeks pregnant with one baby. If you are trying to get pregnant and having trouble, don't give up. Find a doctor you really like and try to remove any unneeded stress from your life.

Also, I think everyone has different symptoms. I think my symptoms were mostly side effects from the shots and meds. Just because you do not have symptoms, doesn't mean it didn't work. And when you take that first pregnancy test, you may not get a positive right away. Just hang in there.
Another thing. It seemed like while I was trying to get pregnant, everyone around me was getting pregnant (I was happy for them, it was just hard on me because I wanted it too). It got so frustrating hearing, "I wasn't even trying to get pregnant" or "I got pregnant the first month I tried." On top of that, I was constantly being told how long I had been married (only 2 years) and how I should be pregnant, trying to have a kid, when am I going to have a baby, hurry up and have a baby, etc, etc. I am kind of a private person and I wasn't sharing with everyone that I was trying to get pregnant, but I really hated how everyone was constantly pressuring me about it. I don't know if anyone else has had these feelings or not.... But if you are, try your very best to ignore it or get away from it and stay as positive as you possibly can (easier said than done, I know).

I truly wish everyone the best of luck on this difficult journey and I pray that you enjoy the same BFP as my husband and I have. Good luck to all of you.

TTC For 2 Years - IUI - BFP FINALLY!

I have been waiting until the day I could post my BFP story. This site has helped me so much and I have found so much hope in reading these posts. I can only hope that another woman in my position can find the same hope that I have.

My hub and I have been trying to conceive for about 2 years (we are now 28 and 29). After just over a year (many many tears, stress, heartache) we went to see a fertility doc and found out his morphology was just below normal (3%) and that I was ok - but also that our chances of conceiving naturally were about 1-2% each month. After 1,000,000 tests and appointments (at least it felt that way) we decided to try IUI with the intent of doing IVF if it didn't work. The first round didn't work - went in Nov. The 2nd round we started just after Thanksgiving and in fact, almost missed our cycle window. We went in for Dec 5th IUI.

I am happy to report that we finally got our BFP! We want to see The Hobbit on the 15th and I just remember sitting in the theater thinking ... Hmm I think I'm pregnant! There was no rhyme or reason for it - I mean - I didn't have many symptoms before testing.
0-10 dpiui - not many symptoms - had mild nausea, moodiness and mild sore BBs - but nothing unusual
11 dpiui - nausea intermittent through the day but very mild (if I wasn't looking for it, I wouldn't have noticed) also very gassy
12dpiui - got home from work and hub was grouchy - decided to take a test on a whim and BAM! Faint but distinct BFP!! I called him in and was jumping sound shouting "we're not broken!!" We have NEVER had any hint of a positive before in the entire time trying. Noticed some cramping in my right ovary and was still gassy
13dpiui - FMU POAS and again, BFP - can't believe it! A little darker! Continue to be gassy, have intermittent cramps and some poking pain like I am o'ing.
14dpiui - FMU POAS, and again - BFP! Called doc since it was my missed period day - sched blood work for Thurs morning.
15dpiui - FMU POAS AND POSITIVE AGAIN :) line is getting darker. Blood work and my hcg beta is 114 - scheduled blood work for monday (today) - Xmas eve. Still gassy, still cramping on and off

Today's blood work came back at hcg 929! We are thrilled. Ultrasounds scheduled for after the new year :) Ladies - do not give up hope. Keep your head up, ask for help, talk with others that are going through the same. You are not alone and there is always hope :) lots of love, peace, blessings and BABY DUST to all :)

BFP at 42, IUI #1 (TTC 1st)

There are so many discouraging articles about TTC conceive that I felt compelled to share my positive story.

I'm 42 and my husband is 38.
I've never been pregnant before and have never undergone any assisted reproductive procedures before.
I have no major health issues, nothing unusual at all. I'm just considered "old." (LOL)

After TTC naturally, we finally met with one of the top fertility clinics in NY. The plan was to try one or two IUIs and then switch to IVF. I was prepared for a long, arduous journey. I did not have unrealistic expectations given the odds.

Basically, what happened was this:

I took Clomid for 5 days (the low dose), got an Ovidrel trigger shot (again the low dose), and then went in for an IUI (Note: I had two good-looking follicles in the twenties.) I started testing early (of course) at 10 DPO. Got a faint BFP. Figured it could still be due to the trigger. Added OPKs which were strong double line at DPO 11 and 12 in addition to continuous BFPs.

Went in for a blood test this morning and just found out it was positive, beta = 178/prog = >40

I had (and continue to have) NO symptoms other than extremely faint signs that could easily be attributed to something else.

I guess what I want to say is this. Almost every over 40 has a chance at a BFP. But I think regular ol' healthy over 40s have more of a chance than all the data and the bad stories imply. May the odds be ever in your favor.

(P.S. I really, really hope this sticks, and I feel so lucky and grateful to have this chance so soon without the suffering and aggravation that many of my peers have or will experience.)

Best of luck to all of you reading this.

BFP With IUI - 4 Years Unexplained Infertility!

I have always looked at this site to try to analyze my symptoms and I cannot believe I'm actually posting that I got a BFP. I had almost given up hope and we were starting to consider adoption.

This cycle was the 2nd time I tried IUI. (first time no success). Did 50 mg clomid. Had to take estrogen on day 11 because my lining wasn't thick enough. This made me somewhat discouraged with the process. I was triggered on day 13 and had back to back IUI's on days 14 and 15. I had 2 follicles (one 30mm and the other 18). I was worried that the 30 mm follie was a cyst and not really a mature egg.

Since I've been trying for 4 years, I've stopped paying real close attention to my symptoms. Plus, with the IUI I had to use progesterone post IUI which causes lots of "symptoms", so I don't put too much stock in them.

BUT, the one thing that happened this cycle that was different that the previous 48 cycles was that I had cramps. I don't really have too many cramps with AF so this was definitely more than I've had with AF. They really started on 12dpiui and would wake me up from sleep!! I woke up two times per night and feel lower abdominal cramping. I thought it was constipation, or then I was worried it was the ovarian cyst I thought I had, but it really wasn't! It happened every night until I got my beta drawn on 16 dpiui. I didn't take any HPTs beforehand, just the beta. My number was 340!

Now, I'm 18 dpiui and still have cramps now and then and sore bbs. That's really it. I'm so thankful to God for this Christmas miracle. Good luck to you all and I hope this encourages some of you who may have been trying for a long time.

2nd Try - Clomid 100mg + IUI + Acupuncture

I am so happy to share my BFP story here after stalking the site for a long time! I was diagnosed with PCOS shortly after going off the pill in early June 2012 and was immediately referred to an RE since your options with PCOS tend to be either getting back on birth control or taking Clomid to get pregnant. After months of testing I started my first cycle in October, but it was only 50mg of Clomid and my follies never got bigger than 13mm. My second round started off with 50mg, then a step up to 100mg when it was determined I wasn't responding enough and finally an IUI (no trigger shot). It was a Friday when I got my IUI and I worked from home that day and went for acupuncture afterwards.

I'm so glad I bought a 50 pack of Wondfo's since last month I spent so much $ on stupid tests during my first TTC cycle, all BFN's. I started testing this month at 7dpo and saw my first faint line on 8dpo, although I don't know how long it took to appear so it wasn't until 9dpo with a darker line that appeared in the first 3 minutes that I knew it was a real line. I continued with the Wondfo's 10 and 11 dpo (today) and got a clear positive on a FRER this morning!

I'm cautiously optimistic right now since it's still really early, but the good news is I now know that I can get pregnant!

Here are my symptoms by DPO:

1-2: Nothing
3: Extreme fatigue (although this probably wasn't a preg symptom)
4-5: Nothing of note
6: Stuffy nose and vivid dreams
7: Stuffy nose getting worse, vivid dreams, BFN on Wondfo
8: Stuffy nose bad, vivid dreams and faint BFP on Wondfo that may have appeared after 10 mins
9: Stuffy nose, vivid dreams, light cramping on right side and faint BFP on Wondfo that appeared in 3 minutes
10: Stuffy nose, vivid dreams, light cramping on right side and clear BFP on Wondfo that appeared in 3 minutes
11: Stuffy nose (will this ever go away??), vivid dreams, light cramping on right side and clear BFP on wondfo that appeared at 1.5 minutes and clear BFP on FRER that appeared almost instantly

Looking back, I must have implanted on 6DPO and that's also when my symptoms started.

A note about Wondfo's that might be helpful to others: It takes about 2-3 minutes for the test line to appear and it has gotten darker every day for me using FMU. The FRER is pretty dark considering I'm only 11DPO and showed up quicker than the Wondfo line did. So I'm assuming if I had tested with a FRER on 8DPO I would have gotten at least a faint BFP.

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