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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 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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Six Years!!

My husband has non-obstructive azoospermia. We were pretty much told out options were to adopt or use a donor. So we opted for a donor. Last year I did one IUI non-medicated in April, bfn. Then in May I did another IUI, but this time I had received the hcg trigger shot. I tested out my shot and got a very faint positive. Turned out to be a chemical. We took a break and looked heavily into adoption because my last IUI was a terrible experience and then a chemical on top of it. In August of this year we had planned to start trying again, but with a new doctor. Went through a whole bunch of tests, everything was normal on my end and we were told that they wanted to do non-medicated back to back IUIs. I felt like I was losing my mind with all my symptoms. CD16- Positive Wondfo OPK- Negative digital, but I called the doctor anyways because if I didn't have the digital I would have called. CD17- Positive Wondfo OPK- First IUI @ 9 am. Didn't know the number of sperm. Cramps (FF says I Oed) CD18- Positive Wondfo OPK- Second IUI @ 9 am and the sperm was 15 million. Cramps ( says I Oed) 1 dpiui - Cramping, but has this energy type feeling in my uterus. Backache, gassy and my breasts started to swell up a bit. 2 dpiui- Cramps, tired, runny nose, thirsty and breasts were the same as yesterday, gassy, creamy cm. 3 dpiui- Cramps, bloating pretty badly, runny nose, gassy, creamy cm, full breasts and I got a very intense dizzy spell. I also was having trouble staying away and everything thought it was from thanksgiving dinner. 4 dpiui- Bloated, full breasts, tired, cranky, runny nose, gassy, and pinching on my right side, creamy cm. 5 dpiui- Bloated, breasts much fuller today, runny nose, creamy cm, gassy. 6 dpiui- Runny nose, creamy cm, gassy, metallic taste in my mouth and poking near my belly button. 7 dpiui- BFN, gassy, breasts still full and the sides were starting to hurt, bloated, metallic taste with nausea, tired and cramping on both sides. 8 dpiui- BFN, gassy, tired, crying fits, cramping, bloated, headache and some nausea. 9 dpiui- BFN, crampy, twinges, huge temp dip, I kept feeling like a gurgling in my uterus (I only ever got it during af), foggy, bloated, tired and I have a headache. 10 dpiui- BFP!! Temp shot up a whole degree from 97.5 to 98.5! Felt like af was coming, super tired, full breasts and gurgling again. 11 dpiui- Blood test was positive with a 51! I stopped recording my symptoms out of excitement. 14 dpiui- Blood test again with a 280.4!

BFP - First IUI Cycle

While I am obese, I don't have PCOS and I do not have infertility issues. I'm a lesbian with a female spouse. So I don't have a story of having to try for months or years, of which my heart goes out to women who struggle with getting pregnant. I'm 33 and a half years old and my wife is 24. I get to go first because I'm older. :) So, we went in to see the fertility specialist on October 1, 2012 and we started our testing cycle right away. My next menstrual cycle started October 29th, and that is when we started the official cycle. Our fertility specialist did two IUIs in a row on Nov 12 & 13. Day 1-3pIUI: Light cramping Day 4-9pIUI: Burping, a lot (unusual for me). Egg-ish CM. Day 11pIUI: Had a gallstone attack late in the middle of the night. Not much I could do but ride it out. Day 12pIUI: Discovered Crinone build-up for the first time. Freaked right out until I read on the internet that its normal. There was a spot of blood as well in my CM. Seemed like late implantation if that's what it was, but I'll go with it. Back pain. Day 13pIUI: Nothing unusual except really watery CM. Day 14pIUI: BFN with First Response. Expecting AF today. Cramping like she's coming. Back pain. Day 15pIUI: No AF. BFN (First Response) still. Still have major cramps like I'm in the middle of AF. Back pain. Day 16pIUI: Still no AF. Very FAINT BFP with CVS store brand HPT. Got excited, but wife was at a wedding at that moment so I may have emailed a photo of it to about 4 people asking to help me confirm the line. Called Doc. Took my blood. Beta: 15.7. That's low. But still. YAY!! Day 17pIUI: BFP on CVS HPT still, although still faint line. Cramps still, like AF is here in full force but no bleeding. Wife is back from wedding. Slept all day. Back pain. Day 18pIUI: AF-like cramps are gone today. Just tired. Slept most of the day. Took a First Response test again, faint line. Took a target brand HTP. Not pregnant according to that one. Heh. Okay. Day 19pIUI: Beta 41. Progesterone extremely low. Doubling up on Crinone now. Light cramping in left side of uterus. Back pain. A lot more CM than usual the entire two weeks before. Seems to be helping me get rid of the Crinone build-up and I'm okay with that. Took another Target test just for fun. Finally registering as pregnant. Day 20pIUI: Light Cramping persists, more concentrated on the left side of uterus. Nothing to write home about though. Extremely tired. Back pain. More CM. So, the pregnancy is progressing, but the numbers of hCG and progesterone are low. Don't know what's going to happen but I have a third Beta test tomorrow to make sure its doubling. Should be around 90-100 tomorrow. Wife and I are cautiously excited. Can't believe it took on the first IUI, although since my grandmother had 22 children and I was the product of a first-timer, I guess I can. The only symptom I am not having that most women seem to have is tender breasts.
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Third Try is A Charm! Clomid + IUI

I honestly thought this day would never come! My husband and I have been actively TTC since June. My periods were all over the place and I knew something was wrong. I went to see a fertility specialist and she gave me a list of all tests. All of my bloodwork and husbands SA came back perfect. It was just my periods were out of whack. She diagnosed me with a possible PCOS and started me on Clomid 50mg days 5-9 with IUI. First and second IUI did not take. Third try everything went perfect! Husbands SA was perfect and I had two follies measuring 19 and 20mm the day before the I had a good feeling. Two weeks later I can finally say that I am pregnant! I had less symptoms this month than I had with any other month! It will happen for all of you! Just be patient, stay relaxed and pray! CD 16: IUI 1-2DPO: Cramps from the IUI 3-7DPO: Nothing really. Light backaches. 8 & 9DPO: faint BFP on internet cheapie. Cramping & some nausea. BB's pain. 10DPO: Moody and nausea again. BFP on Early Response FMU. BB's pain. 11DPO: stomach twinges, nauseous.... BFP on Digital- PREGNANT! BB's are sore. I go to the doctor on Thursday 15DPO for bloodwork. Hoping for a sticky bean!!! Good luck to all you ladies TTC! Stay relaxed and baby dust to you all!

BFP 14DPO w/ IUI #2-Finally!

Wow.... cannot believe I am finally getting to post here. It's 6:00am and I just got my BFP and you guys are the first to know (tried to wake DH but he is dead asleep--ugh!). Anyway, I am 30, DH is 31, both healthy, married Sept 2011, NTNP Oct-Dec 2011, seriously TTC#! since Jan 2012. After no luck and not one BFP, we started seeing a fertility specialist in early Sept, had a bunch of tests, and were diagnosed w/ "unexplained infertility." The plan was to do 3 cycles of Clomid w/ Ovidrel trigger shot and IUI, and then move on to IVF. IUI #1 in Oct--DH had a flukey low sperm count that cycle for some unknown reason and it ended in a BFN. In Nov we did IUI #2, sperm counts were normal, I had 3-4 great looking follicles, but still was not expecting this to work....and it did! Took Clomid CD 3-7 Nov 15th-Triggered with Ovidrel. BD'ed that night. Nov 17th-IUI w/ 12.8 million sperm 1-6dpiui-No symptoms, feel pretty normal 7dpiui-10dpiui-Breasts start to become tender, but this is completely normal for me. Have a dream that I got a BFP. Never dreamed that before. 11dpiui-start to feel very bloated and gassy, like there was gas throughout my whole intestinal system, abdomen kind of tender to the touch, "heavy" feeling is lower abdomen, constipated. Trying not to read into it, but this is unusual for me. Scant creamy CM. 12dpiui-tired and slightly irritable, still bloated/constipated, have dinner with my mother and we are both convinced AF is right around the corner. But I have no cramps and no spotting (AF due the next day and I typically have some spotting the day before). Scant creamy CM. 13dpiui-AF due today. Wake up with same bloated feeling as past few days, no cramps, no sign of AF all day (and Im checking a lot!). CM still just scant and creamy. I am starting to get slightly excited. Tell myself if no sign of AF next morning, I will test w/ FMU. 14dpiui (today)-Wake up a little before 5am felling some gas pains. Can't decide if they're AF kind of cramps yet....and nothing compared to when I got AF last month. Have to go to the bathroom, but scared to test. Finally get up and grab my box of FRER's and head to the bathroom. POAS and scared to look. but I do, and the line came up immediately, become stronger after a few minutes. OMG. Took an EPT digital a little while later, and it was also positive. Go in for my beta later this morning! SO excited, can't even believe this finally happened. Its been a looong 13 months, and this website has really been amazing support system. Praying for a healthy sticky bean! Good Luck to all of you!!! [IMG][/IMG]