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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 After Trying For 18 Months

Me: 30
Husband: 31
We have been trying since June 2011 and diagnosed with unexplained infertility. We got pregnant in Nov. 2011 but miscarried at 6 weeks :( We started going to the reproductive endocrinologist in May 2012 after 12 very frustrating months. The doctor ran many tests and everything came back normal. By the end of July, we were still not pregnant, so we decided to start Clomid in August. We started on 50 mg on days 5-9 and did blood work and ultrasounds around my ovulation. We also did a sperm wash and IUI to increase our chances. My blood work never showed a LH surge, so I had to self administer the ovidrel shot to trigger ovulation. In September, the doctor increased the dosage to 100 mg to give me more of a chance to produce more eggs. My lining was thinner, but I had 3 great eggs and my husband's count was strong...ovidrel again with IUI. In October, we stayed on 100 mg of Clomid and repeated the same routine of BW, US, ovidrel, and IUI. We had gotten so tired of all the medications and doctor appointments, so we decided to stop all meds in November. I got my period on October 24, and got a second period on Nov. 4. The doctors couldn't figure out if it was another cycle or just random, so we kept trying on our own! This morning, I tested because I had 14 days of high temperatures.... and BFP!!!!! We're overjoyed and we just hope that our story provides some hope to those who find themselves losing faith. It will happen!!

DPO 10-13 Headache and very tired
DPO 14 BFP!!!!!

BFP with Donor IUI

Wanted to share my BFP with all the women out there TTC with Donor IUI to give all of you hope. My partner and I have been TTC since July, but we've been together 14 years. We did two unsuccessful home ICI and two IUI at RE office, All natural, no meds. used OPK. I'm 33, no known fertility issues, female partner is 38. Here is my course:

CD 12: Negative LH at 5am but + at 9am. ( but I tested again because it seems my surge is later during morning, despite RE instructions of testing once daily in am, I believe my previous IUI was done too late)
CD13: IUI at 830am. 13 million with 100% motility (from xytex)
1-6DPO: Nothing
7DPO: lower back/pelvis pain at night, restless sleep.
8DPO: scant brown discharge, slight uterine cramping
9DPO: discharge stopped.
7-11DPO: restless sleep, increased urination
11DPO-12DPO: sore (.)(.), feels like I pulled a muscle.
12DPO: BFP at 430pm!!!!!
biggest clue for me, was implantation bleeding 8DPO and the fact that I did not spot before af. AF due 11/25 and I usually spot 3-4 days prior to AF each cycle.


Good Luck to all of you. Sticky prayers.....

Pregnant w/ Twins! :)

I found this fantastic site at the start of my two week wait and actually read every single passage listed on here during my own TWW. I am thrilled to share my story, in hopes it will help some of you...

My husband and I got married in our 30's in 2008, so we decided to try for a family right away as we both were ready. My journey has been long and difficult over the past 4 years of TTC. Through it all, several months were cancelled due to cysts on my ovaries...
-- 2009 Clomid for 5 Cycles
-- 2009 HSG Test
-- 2010 IUIs - 3 Failed Cycles
-- 2010 Surgery: Laparoscopy to Confirm & Remove Endometriosis
-- 2011 Surgery: Hysteroscopy to Remove Uterine Polyps
-- 2011 Several Genetic Tests Completed
-- 2012 HSG Test
-- 2012 Cysts - 4 Cancelled Cycles, then put on BCP
-- 2012 Surgery: Hysteroscopy to Remove Uterine Polyps

Details for Month/Cycle:
My last cycle started on 10/22 and we began our injections a few days later. [Follistim & Menopur] On 10/31 I was ready for my IUI and had 4 follicles at full size. My hubby had a count of over 75M w/ a 90% Mobility after the "washing".

I was keeping a log of my injections and meds, so I tracked my symptoms during my two weeks.
1dpIUI: Cramps, laid down all day w/ my legs elevated, my abdomen felt "very full"
2dpIUI: Cramps, laid down most of the day, very gassy and bloated, still had the "full feeling"
3dpIUI: Back to normal routine, still bloated and full, started Crinone 8% Gel Daily
4dpIUI: Still bloated, a few cramps off and on, very teary/emotional, also constipated [literally little turd-lets for the rest of the week]
5dpIUI: Still bloated, a few more cramps off and on, constipated, had a more to eat today - very hungry, tender breasts/nipples
6dpIUI: Same as day 5
7dpIUI: More Bloated, cramps, and seriously constipated
8dpIUI: Vivid dream - got a BFP, started urinating in the middle of the night, tender breasts/nipples, sensitive to smells today
9dpIUI: Up to urinate at night, a few cramps, very gassy and bloated [like 4mths pregnant], also a few spots on pantie liner that were light red [implantation]
10dpIUI: Up to urinate at night, painfully bloated and gassy [tried prune juice and suppository for relief], tender nipples only
11dpIUI: Very vivid dream - pregnant w/ belly!, areolas look larger today, slight relief to constipation and bloating
12dpIUI: Up to urinate at night, a few cramps, and tired in the afternoon at work
13dpIUI: Up to urinate at night, a few cramps, some slight brown spotting today [Took a $Tree Test, Very Faint Positive]
14dpIUI: Up to urinate at night, a few cramps, some slight brown spotting - BETA TEST DAY

1st Beta on 11/14 - 291.9 & Progesterone >40
2nd Beta on 11/16 - 656.3 & Progesterone >40
3rd Beta on 11/21 - 7248.0 & Progesterone >40
Ultrasound at 5wks - Confirms TWINS!

Things I did differently this time than in past cycles:
1. Acupuncture for Fertility - I highly recommend, worth the money! [Weekly]
2. Also took some Yoga classes and listened to the Spa Station on Pandora to stay relaxed.
3. Gave up coffee ENTIRELY - this is a biggie for me as I am a VIP Starbucks card holder. :)
4. Joined the Fertile Friends at my clinic, it matched me with someone at the same stage of treatment - THIS WAS HUGE. Very helpful to have someone to talk to and text after apts, freak outs over my injections etc!
5. Asked the hubby to come with me to all Apts/Tests. This was a great support and we both felt apart of each step.
6. Took Fish Oil and Baby Aspirin with my PreNatal Vitamin - - Daily.
7. Made sure I had 62oz of Water Daily
8. Tried to get 8-10 hours of sleep Daily
9. Requested the same nurse for each visit - this was a comfort and she knew every detail. If it's possible, it is worth the extra wait.
10. Rubbed my belly and spoke to it as if I was pregnant - keeping a positive outlook and mindset can be so hard but really critical!

Ladies - I really never thought this day would come, and while I must admit I am still a little anxious to get to that 12wk mark....we are just over the moon EXCITED!! I am beginning to feel like we received an "extra" gift after waiting so long. I welcome the big belly and morning sickness with open arms!!!

Your day will come, just believe it in your heart...

BFP With IUI at Home, 3rd Try!

Like many others, I swore that once I got my BFP I would post on this site since reading all these amazing stories helped me through the hard times.
Background: I'm 28 and my partner, Megan, is 27. We have been TTC for 3 months using frozen donor sperm. This was my 4th month on clomid. The first cycle was to see how it affected my temps and symptoms (sort of a test run). 2nd cycle we used 2 vials (at 18hrs after +opk and again 12 hours later) and inseminated into the vagina (many people refer to this as ICI but technically it isn't correct to call it that since it isn't inserted into the cervix) - BFN. 3rd cycle we decided to do IUI at home. My partner is a nurse and she felt comfortable doing the procedure and we wanted to increase our chances as much as possible. We triggered and did IUI 36 hours later. Just to make sure nobody reads this and tries this at home - make SURE you do your research on the procedure at home-- you have to use washed sperm, inseminate in a sterile field, have sterile materials, etc. It just made sense for us to do it this way financially since insurance doesn't cover fertility. We tested out the trigger and at 9dpo our line was almost completely gone. Then at 10dpo it got darker, 11dpo about the same, 12dpo slightly lighter. So we went to the doctor for a Beta which came back at a 4. My OBGYN informed us that we had had a chemical pregnancy. We were DEVASTATED! We decided to try ONE MORE TIME and then take a break! Not only for financial reasons (it's super expensive for us each try) but also because we needed an emotional break.

4th cycle:
The IUI didn't go as smoothly as it did in the 3rd cycle. Our trigger did not arrive on time because of Hurricane Sandy so we based our IUI off of +opk. I knew I Od at least 36 hours after +opk so we timed it for 38 hours after. The catheter did not go in as smoothly as before and my OS was not as open as it was in the 3rd cycle so we were scared we had missed the window. We agreed not to talk about it and just let go and let God. We knew that if it didn't work this time, there was a reason that God didn't want us to be pregnant and we had to just accept that. We also decided we weren't going to test until 12dpo so we wouldn't have to experience the awful feeling of a chemical pregnancy again. We didn't make it though - we tested at 10dpo and the darkest line we've seen showed up within 1 minute. We couldn't believe it! A REAL BFP!!! We didn't get our hopes up though and wanted to make sure we kept testing and kept seeing it get darker before we really could "believe" it. Well 11dpo was darker and at 13dpo we did a digital and it said PREGNANT! We are in shock! We are so excited and feel so blessed. For those who have tried IUI a few times to no avail, DON'T GIVE UP! We are proof it can work!

1dpo - cramping from IUI
2-4dpo - extremely tired but I don't think this was related
5-6dpo - nothing out of the ordinary
7dpo - a sharp pain in the top of my leg near my groin (similar to round ligament pain) like nothing I had experienced. Think this might have been implantation. Migraine before bed. This also happened in cycle 3 so I was hoping it was related!
8-10dpo - pressure in lower abdomen, increased as the day progressed. Felt like something was in there. face broke out - doesn't happen often.
11-13dpo - pressure subsided some but still there. got a bit nauseated morning of 12dpo
13dpo - EXTREME sore throat came out of nowhere!!
14dpo - throat still sore, probably going to the doctor!

Still in shock! I don't know when I'll actually stop worrying that I'll miscarry. Hopefully it will sink in sometime over the next few weeks! Going in for an ultrasound in 2 weeks so maybe hearing that will make it "real"!

Hang in there ladies! Your time will come!

BFP After 2 Years, Just Found Out it is Twins

I promised myself if I ever got a BFP I’d post our story. I’ve read numerous posts on this site and they always gave me a feeling of hope. So here’s our story with as many details as I can remember.
Me: 32 years old and diagnosis of anovulation and endometriosis.
DH: 38 years old and diagnosis of low sperm count (which is now in the normal range after med changes and surgery) He is Type 1 diabetic and has a host of other medical issues including thyroid issues. All diagnosed in his 30s.
Our Story: We’ve been married for 8 years. We were told that conceiving might be difficult since DH had so many medical things come up – and this was before I even knew I had anything wrong. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted kids so we went about living our lives enjoying every moment. Decided to go off the pill to give body a break and see what happens…. 4 years pass by and figure that it isn’t meant to be. Then I got to thinking one day (shortly before I was to leave for a ladies night of fun) that I was probably late. Take a 2 year old test on a whim and sure enough – a BFP!!! I couldn’t believe it, had to buy more tests to be sure. All natural little miracle – and we never expected it! After a very rough pregnancy with preeclampsia and early induction we have a healthy 2 year old 7 month little boy who is the joy of our lives. Right away, after his arrival I knew I wanted more, so we started down our journey for baby #2. We knew it might take a while and we tried for 6 months with no results – was charting and realized after some labs I wasn’t consistently ovulating. Sent husband in for sperm analysis and learned his sperm was really low - less than 3 million. Doctors made some changes with his meds and counts increased and I started Clomid. After 3 months, got a BFP but it ended in miscarriage at 6 weeks. Keep moving forward and completed another 5 months of Clomid and nothing then 1 month of Femera and then we were told to move to IUI. Did 4 IUIs with Folistim 100mg and it worked on our 4th try. Interestingly, we were ready to move to IVF and I was in progress of getting everything lined up. Because of the wait we figured we’d fit in one more IUI. I wasn’t expecting anything – I was so used to disappointments and kind of had it in my head IVF would be our ticket. I had spent quite a bit of time conversing with God over this “journey” and finally told him, “I know this won’t happen until you feel it’s the right time.” I shared our plan with him and asked again for his blessing. 1 more IUI and then IVF and then we’ll be at peace with what happens. Went in for my IUI. So – things I did different for the month of our BFP – exercised like crazy – I do this anyway but was training to run the Tough Mudder with my sister. I was trying like crazy to get rid of the 15lbs I’ve gained from all of this. I honestly made no positive changes (drank more, slept less, pushed myself more physically, ate worse, crazy stress at work, lots of chaos) except for the fact that started some supplements I read about on a natural fertility site my mom sent me. I was coming down with a terrible cold anyway – so I figured some extra vitamins might help. I started these about a week prior to ovulation and here’s what I took: Folic acid 400mcg, Zinc 30mg, Selenium 100mcg, Fish oil 1000mg, Vitamin B6 up to 50mg, Vitamin B12 up to 50mcg, Vitamin E 200mg, Vitamin C 1000mg, Manganese 5mg. I was taking a prenatal vitamin anyway as well as Fish Oil but the others were new. Here’s the interesting thing. I normally had 1-2 follicles each cycle on Folistim but when I went in I had 5 follicles that were developing strong. I was so surprised! In order to not cancel the cycle they triggered me a day early to bring the number of viable follicles down to 3. I’ve know my body so well after all of this I always know I’m not pregnant at least a week before I get my period. I have extremely rough cycles and terrible PMS symptoms that typically start about 7 dpo. I’m usually lining up the next month of treatment well in advance because I just know no luck and I feel miserable until I get my period. So here’s what was different this month:
Day of IUI: Super crampy – much worse than other cycles. Figured it was because I had that extra egg. I prayed I’d feel better in the morning and went to bed early.
Day 1 post IUI: Woke up feeling good
Day 2 post IUI: No symptoms that were unusual (sore boobs and tired but that was normal)
Day 3 post IUI: No symptoms that were unusual (sore boobs and tired but that was normal)
Day 4 post IUI: No symptoms that were unusual (sore boobs and tired but that was normal)
Day 5 post IUI: Super nauseous more than usual (something I always get with my PMS), and very crampy – just like PMS cramps but at least 4 days earlier than they always kick in. I thought maybe my body was off since they triggered me early but felt miserable most of the day.

5 Cycles Later

Hi ladies,

I have been on this site for about 12 month and have been TTC for 15 months!! I’m so happy to say that I finally got my BFPJ I had to go through 3 cycles of Clomid, 2 cycles of Gonal-F and finally on my third Gonal-F and IUI I got my BFP. During the whole time I was TTC and going through all these cycles I was really sad and always thinking the worst but my sister always told me to have faith in GOD and I did. I prayed everyday asking for a BFP. SO ladies who are TTC please don’t give up and please don’t feel like you’re alone. I wish all the ladies out there a BFP!! With lots of love and baby dust to all!!!

God is SO Good!

I am 28 and my hubby is 32. We have been TTC since June of 2011. I never thought this journey would be so hard, so emotionally draining and so unpredictable. We found out we had conceived in June of this year but unfortunately we miscarried in late July. I was really discouraged but I held fast to God's unchanging hand and believed that he would grant my husband and I the desire of our hearts. This month we did our first IUI. It was our 3rd month on clomid; our second using 100mg. At the beginning of the month I was not intending to do IUI but my husband and I talked about it and we decided we would give this all we could. I didn't keep of my symptoms very well because there weren't many. My face broke out horribly and my nipples were burning/ tingling whenever I would workout or go for a run. I tested last night off of a whim at 12dpo. I got a VERY faint positive on a wondfo. Woke up this morning on 13dpo and took another wondfo and a clearblue digital. Wondfo was still very faint but digital came up "Pregnant"!! Had blood work done and Doctor confirmed that I am pregnant! I am SO excited :)

God is faithful!!!

BFP - Not Much Symptoms

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share the news that my doc called and confirmed that I am preg. (I am elated). Just a brief background about us. I'm 28, DH 37. Unexplained infertility. I had a IUI last Dec, 2011 for the first time and it resulted in a Molar pregnancy. I just wish no one has to go through Molar preg. I had D&C in three week in Jan 2012. We were told to wait for at least 8 month before we could try again. I had IUI on Oct 16. I had a Ovidrel shot on Oct 14. I did not have symptoms for first 9 days. On day 10 I had little morning sickness. I was not sure if it is real morning sickness or not, as my mind wanted to have symptoms. Anyway I thought this try was a bust too. Day 11, I was little tired end of day. Day 12 I was having dry hives. I took a preg test on Day 13 (Oct 29, Monday) and I had a faint line. As much excited as I was, I didn't want to get all hyped up. I called the doc and they asked me to come over for blood work. They did the blood work and they confirmed I am preg. I just wanted to let you know that if you don't have symptoms, don't get depressed. You still might be pregnant. THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE AND WHICH KEEPS US GOING.

Good luck and Baby dust to y'all.

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BFP Finally!!!

I've spent the past 13 months obsessing over every little symptom and convincing myself that I was pregnant just about every month. A little background on us. I am 30, DH is 32. Unexplained infertility. We've been married since 2008 and started TTC in September 2011. After going off BCP in September, my cycles were crazy irregular lasting 32-56 days so it was hard to pinpoint when/if I was ovulating. I started using the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor in January of this year and ended up with an ectopic pregnancy in February. Luckily it was caught early and I just had to have Methotrexate injection to make everything pass. As devastating as it was, it could have been a lot worse. In June, my OB recommended I have an HSG to make sure my tubes were open. I read and heard so many horror stories about this procedure. I was terrified! If you have to have one, do yourself a favor and don't Google it! Honestly, it wasn't anywhere near as bad as everyone claimed. A little crampy but overall pretty easy. I started Clomid 50mg in July praying that was all I needed to get my cycles on track and get me pregnant. July and August passed with no success so I went and saw an RE and planned for my first IUI in September. I had 3 follicles and my husbands count was over 22 million. I was sure we'd nail it that month. When aunt flow showed up 2 weeks later, I was completely devastated. Not wanting to give up, I scheduled another IUI for October. This cycle I had 2 follicles (25 and 26 were the sizes I think). My husband's count was right around 22 million again. From the minute I got off the table after my IUI, I just didn't feel confident about this cycle. I don't know why but I just felt like it didn't take. I tried not to obsess too much during the 2 week wait which we all know is not easy. I was on the lookout for the usual symptoms we've all read about on here. I had the sore boobs, but I get that every month especially on Clomid. The only weird things I noticed were on 4 days past IUI, I had some really thick white discharge (sorry, gross I know!). I thought for a minute maybe I had a yeast infection but there was nothing more after that. It was really odd. 10 days past IUI I went to get out of my car and got really light headed. I seriously thought I was going to faint for a minute. The feeling subsided just about as quickly as it came on and I didn't end up fainting. The next day I took a Dollar Tree preg test and it looked negative so I tossed it in the trash. Then I pulled it back out--staring some more. I kind of thought I saw a super super faint second line. Then I thought I must be seeing what I want to see so I tossed it back in the trash. I did this several times before finally taking a photo and sending it to my friend who claims to be an "expert" on reading pg tests. She said she definitely saw it so then I figured I must not be crazy. I had my beta levels drawn at the RE office on 13 days past IUI and they were at 65. A definite BFP! By Friday (17 days past IUI) my levels were in the 300s. I have my first ultrasound next week and I am really excited. So far, I feel great! A little tired and a few waves of nausea but, overall just feeling blessed to finally have my BFP. Thanks to all who have shared their stories previously. It's been really inspiriting and exciting to go through this journey with all of you :) Best wishes and lots of baby dust to all!

3rd IUI After Miscarriage - BFP on 11 DPO

1-4 DPO: clear CM
5-6 DPO: mild cramps more like twinges on left side; clear CM; BB sore to touch (this is earlier than pre-AF); gassy; felt too hot at night; vivid dreams; mild insomnia, less sleep than usual yet bounced out of bed in morning feeling energetic; partner tells me I am irritable and "hope it's because you're preggo!"
7 DPO: all of above but twinges on left side increased; very tired by 6pm
8 DPO: all of above but creamy CM; twinges on left and right sides; low abdominal aches, much milder than AF cramps
9-10 DPO: bb not as sore; very few twinges; low back ache; feel full faster; feel bloated; vivid dreams; very tired; very little CM
11 DPO: vivid dreams; woke up with cramps, felt very much like AF; twinges in lower abdomen throughout morning; no CM; felt faint and dizzy briefly mid-morning; off and on cramping during the day; feel bloated; bb moderately sore. Took EPT HPT in morning, partner saw nothing, I thought (imagined??) I saw a very faint second line. POAS obsession: took a CBE HPT mid-afternoon, again I saw the faintest line but partner only looked at me like I may be crazy. Definitely too faint to feel comfortable calling it a +HPT. Hard not to get hopes up now. Late evening, tested using FRER and finally a definite (faint) line, a +HPT! Even my partner finally saw this one. We aren't telling anyone yet for fear of a chemical pg but we are definitely optimistic and excited.
Update: Strong, fast BFP this morning, 14 DPO. Going to tell parents and OBGYN tomorrow. BBs quite sore now and heavier, fatigued all day, vivid dreams, hard to sleep, hungry every 3 hours, sore gums, gassy, very little CM, occasionally light-headed (trying to eat more nutritiously/more regularly to reduce this), bloated, mild cramps and twinges in abdomen. I'm 35, had my 1st pg earlier this year after 4 IUI cycles, but miscarried at ten weeks, so I am thrilled with this new pg but predictably anxious; praying for healthy baby!