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BFP by IUI

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 on 5th IUI with DS

I want to thank every person who has posted their successes on this site. You helped me get through the insanity-producing 2WW, and helped me feel less alone. Plus I learned a lot! With so much happiness (and a lot of worry still), it's my lucky turn now to share my story with all of you. Quick intro: I'm 35 (almost 36) and have no previous pregnancies. This was my fifth IUI using donor sperm, but my first cycle using meds (Clomid on days 4-8 and Ovidrel trigger shot).
CD8-10: Mild Clomid side effects. Bloating, sore ovaries, nausea. Our 17 year old cat died, which was so sad and I wondered if my emotions about her would interfere with conception. OPT negative CD10.
CD11: Clearblue Easy digital (smiley face) OPT was positive. Surprising b/c I usually do not surge before day 14. When I pulled the disposable part out of the reusable part of the kit, the second line actually did not look equal to the first to me, but it's digital so I figured I was wrong.
CD12: Scheduled for IUI but I was worried because I did another OPT this morning and it was negative. Usually I detect the surge 2 days in a row. I felt crazy but decided to tell them my concerns at the dr.'s office before they started thawing the DS. Dr. agreed to test blood for LH surge and do IUI later in the day if I was surging. Thank goodness I brought it up because lo and behold, I was NOT surging yet; Clearblue OPT was false positive!
CD13: More blood work and ultrasound - 2 good follicles, both on the left, but I can't remember the size. Blood work showed LH surge was coming; Dr. had me take the ovidrel shot.
CD14: LH surge in the morning. IUI. Very tired and bloated, with some cramps and nausea.
1-3 dpiui: Depressed, horribly bloated, constipated, pain in abdomen that actually made me cry a little, mostly because I didn't know when it would end. I always bloat after O but this is something new, I'm assuming from the Clomid. It felt like a loaf of bread was rising in my gut (but not in a cute "bun in the oven" kind of way at all, more like an "I'm going to explode" kind of way).
4-5dpiui: Mildly bloated. Light cramps in what feels like ovaries. Breasts a little tender. Scant CM. All typical for me at this stage of the cycle except for the ovaries, which I think was due to the Clomid.
6dpiui: Added veiny breasts to symptoms (again typical at this stage for me) and - though I knew it was probably in my head - I thought my areolas looked bigger.
7dpiui: Noticed an absence of one of my biggest PMS indicators - a UTI sort of discomfort when I pee that I get every month, for at least a week before my period, without fail. This is one of the only things I was feeling (not feeling) throughout this cycle that's quite different from a normal cycle. I'm still not sure whether this was because of pregnancy or Clomid. Light cramps. Multiple BMs today which usually means my period is coming. Feel hopeless. Vivid, fantastical dreams, including one in which I took a positive HPT that conveniently also tested the sex of the baby: a boy. :) Was sad to wake up and realize it wasn't true.
8 dpiui: Sore breasts, some UTI feelings but very mild for me, nauseous, anxious. Significant amount of pinkish CM. Passing mild cramps.
9dpiui: Sore veiny breasts, loose stool, very PMS-esque cramps that went down my legs, munchies. Low energy/irritable. All typical.
10 dpui: Similar symptoms continue. Became so obsessed with symptoms that I had to take a HPT so either way I could try to get my mind off it. Clearblue Easy Digital said "not pregnant." Glass of wine.
11 dpiui: Decided to do OPT because I think I read somewhere that it would also turn positive if pregnant (? which I don't really understand). Also a BFN. Cont full/tender breasts, cramps getting stronger with more downward pressure, near-convincing me that my period was around the corner. Somehow the cramps seemed a little different than usual - like a little more like things were widening or something rather than contracting - but figured it was in my head. I craved mustard.
12 dpiui: Expected period today, along with diarrhea which is the hallmark of my period. But instead I felt constipated. I was wondering but I still thought the Clomid may have changed my cycle. Nips a little tingly/itchy. Period-like cramps mixed with different cramps and slight UTI feelings; I felt almost no hope. But no period by the end of the day ...
13 dpiui: Woke at 5:30 AM to pee (early for me, I usually sleep through until 7 without having to pee) and OMG Clearblue digital says "pregnant"!!! This is the purest feeling of elation that I have had in a very, very long time. Also feels too good to be true.

BFP with PCOS on Femara

As with everyone here, I've been stalking this site for the past 12 months! Finally am able to post my own story!
A little background info, DH and I started TTC July 2011, when I was 27 and he was 29, and after 3 months of no period (and all BFNs), I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with PCOS. I started on Clomid and went to see an RE. After several cycles of Clomid (where I ovulated, had 3 BFPs that turned out to be chemicals), we switched to Femara, and as far as I'm concerned, it's a miracle drug! This was my second cycle on it! I was also on metformin 1500mg, PNV, baby aspirin and lovenox daily (because of the recurrent chemicals) and crinone twice daily, and this was my first cycle doing acupuncture as well. I also switched from skim milk to whole milk, and stopped charting once ovulation was confirmed to try and not focus on it so much (not that that worked, but at least I tried! lol).

I o'd on cd 14 (which NEVER happened on Clomid-always cd 19 or later) and we bd on cd 12, had IUI on cd 14 and bd again cd 15.

As far as my symptoms I really didn't have much, starting about 12dpo I had sore boobs, which is totally normal for me. I didn't test at all until the morning I was going in for my blood test (14dpo), and I took a Clearblue digital, full expecting it to say "not pregnant", I left to go make the bed and came back and it said pregnant! I couldn't believe it and just managed to catch DH before he left for work to show it! We're still in shock! My hcg on 14 dpo was 146, three days later it was 679, and a week later it was 15,152! Today I had an u/s at 6w3d and we saw a teensy tiny little heartbeat!

About 2 days after I got my bfp I started having to pee all the time (esp at night), have had some cramping, and some serious constipation (which is unusual for me). I've also been completely exhausted. About a week ago my sore boobs just disappeared, which had really freaked me out, but apparently all's good anyways.

Praying that this baby sticks!!! I'm terrified that something will happen, but seeing the heartbeat today was really reassuring. Baby dust to everyone and try to keep up hope, I know how hard it is, these past 12 months I simply couldn't imagine ever getting this bfp and here it is!

BFP on First Round of Injectables (With Only One Mature Follicle!)

I will start my post like everyone else: I have been lurking for months and have never posted on a board in my life, but I swore I would when I got a BFP! All of the stories on this website were invaluable in this frustrating and scary infertility process. I finally got my official BFP at 13 DPO, in my fourth IUI cycle (the first IUI using injectables). Before getting into my BFP cycle, here’s a little history—it was so helpful reading about similar cases when I was constantly googling around for “people like me” who had succeeded. I am 33, as is DH. I am healthy and in good shape. I have always had irregular cycles, definitely not true PCOS according to all indicators, but somewhere on the PCOS/hypothalamic amenorrhea spectrum (likely caused by the 30 miles a week I was running!) I went off BCP in May 2011. I didn’t get my period until July 2011 (65-day cycle). I then started acupuncture once a week. In August 2011, we didn’t start trying, but we weren’t preventing; unfortunately, we totally missed the next time I ovulated in late August (a 56-day cycle). We then started getting more serious with OPK’s, etc. in October so that we didn’t miss another one of my rare ovulations (I highly recommend Clear Blue digital OPK, the 20-pack for $30 on Amazon). I didn’t ovulate again until late November, and we timed it perfectly, but BFN. I then went to my OB/GYN in January 2012 for two monitored Clomid/timed intercourse cycles, before moving on to an RE in March 2012 and getting more serious. Below is a (long) summary of my 7 cycles of trying, with more specific details about the final cycle that worked.

Clomid/timed intercourse round 1: lowest dose of Clomid (50 mg) for 5 days, started mid-cycle with no withdrawal bleed first. Triggered a mature 20mm follicle on “day 10” with 6mm lining on trigger day. Timed intercourse (with Pre-Seed) day of trigger and next day: BFN.

Clomid/timed intercourse (disastrous) round 2: started 50mg of Clomid on CD2 for 5 days. No mature follicles at CD9 scan, so 100mg for 3 days; still nothing ready, so 150mg for 3 days. Finally ready to trigger an 18mm follicle (also had a 16mm) on CD 27! Lining killed by so much Clomid, only 3.8mm at trigger. Timed intercourse day of trigger and day after: BFN.

March 2012, on to the RE for all the testing! Discovered TSH level of 3 (needs to be under 2.5). Started 25mg of Levothyroxine every day to get thyroid under control (thereafter TSH was around 1-1.5 at the start of every subsequent cycle). Good day 3 FSH numbers (usually in the 5’s and 6’s on CD2 or 3). DH’s numbers all good except morphology, which was only 3% (4% is the lowest range of normal). Tubes clear in HSG, but discovered that I have an arcuate uterus (confirmed by MRI). Told arcuate (heart-shaped) is a normal variant. Of course, I worried about my uterus and DH’s morphology, despite RE saying not to worry!

First Femara/IUI cycle in April 2012: 5mg of Femara. 2 mature follicles (they were 27mm and 24mm right before my IUI) that ovulated on their own on CD14 or 15 without a trigger shot. 9mm lining on the day of IUI (no word if triple striped). Back-to-back IUI’s on the morning OPK turned positive (CD14) and morning after (CD15). 20m post-wash sperm count for first IUI and 10m post-wash for second IUI: BFN! As with all the IUI’s below, we also BD’ed the night of the IUI and the morning after.

Second Femara/IUI cycle in May 2012: 7.5mg of Femara. 2 mature follicles (20mm and 22mm right before my IUI) that ovulated on CD 16 on their own without a trigger shot. 6.5mm lining on the day of IUI (triple striped). One IUI day after OPK turned positive. A measly 3.9m sperm post-wash: BFN (obviously). *Here I learned that I should not BD every other day from CD10 until the day of the IUI (not sure why I decided to do so). I had depleted DH!*

At this point, I started incorporating my “eastern medicine tricks” into the routine. I changed acupuncturists and started going 2x a week (prior acupuncturist was kind of negative about western treatments and my chances b/c of my thinner lining. Goodbye, negativity!) Also started fertility yoga 1 time a week and doing the yoga “legs up against the wall” every night for 15 minutes (trying to direct blood flow to uterus for thicker lining). Occasionally had red raspberry leaf tea in follicular phase and ate a lot of strawberries for my lining (acupuncturist’s advice). I did more elliptical than my 3-mile jogs.

BFP- Over 35, Overweight & Artificial Insemination

I've been trolling this site off an on over the years. I promised myself if I ever got that BFP, I would share.
I am 38, about 100 pounds overweight (which I am working on successfully), but otherwise have no health problems. My periods have always been 100% regular, usually 29-34 days, but for the past year or so, they have been consistently 27-28 days. From charting, I believe that I also have a short LP-- my doctor looked at my charts in January and believed I was ovulating and he wasn’t completely convinced I had a LP defect.
My husband is unable to have children and we have been worked with donors off and on over the last 6 years or so. Our last attempt was once in 2007.
Unfortunately it’s very hard to find donors without the expense of going to a sperm bank (something we tried in 2005 and 2006 with no success). In October 2011, we approached an acquaintance about being a donor and we tried for 3 months with no luck. We were very blessed to locate someone else & tried in March & April of this year--nothing. I got so down about it because I would swear I was having symptoms. We took May & June off because these two months were very hectic for us and meeting our donor entails about an hour of driving (usually in rush hour traffic) for each time we decide to inseminate. We inseminated only once this time-July 18th. I hadn’t done any OPKs or temping. I relied on my CM and my husband looking at my cervix to see how open it was.
Since I am not sure when I ovulated, I am just assuming the 18th. I had a lot of symptoms this time:
July 28th (10 DPO): this is when the nausea started for me. I was dizzy, shaky & nauseous literally from morning until late afternoon. This exact pattern continued for me everyday until yesterday (16 DPO), when I started feeling better. Even so, during the day at work, I struggle to eat a protein bar in the morning and a pb&j sandwich in the afternoon. Then when I come home, I feel better and I am ravenous.
DPOs 13/14-very fatigued. I usually spend time of my computer after work-those days I literally spent on the couch reading or napping.
DPO 13-had an orgasm with severe cramping afterward. Figured AF was coming for sure, but when I looked it up the next day, it said this could happen with early pregnancy.
Tested with internet cheapie HPT DPO 15 in the morning-looks like a faint positive. Tested again with same thing in evening-same faint positive. Also decided to do a digital OPK--came up with a big smiley face (OPKs will turn positive when you are pregnant as well). We are excited but still need to see something more concrete.
DPO 16 in the evening, test with Walgreens digital HPT--came up PREGNANT!

Other symptoms I had here and there was pinching in abdomen, cloudy/odd smelling pee, racing heartbeat, sensation on skin (especially armpits) like a sunburn. Pronounced backache.
Symptoms I didn’t have that surprised me a bit were: no implantation bleeding/spotting whatsoever; no enlarged or painful breasts (they are just now getting slightly tender) and no bloating-- just now starting to feel a little heaviness in my uterus.
According to the pregnancy calculators I've seen, I am due 04/09/13. Praying for the sticky dust and baby dust for all of you ladies out there!

BFP at 13 DPIUI

Hi,
I've posted earlier this week in the "Do you think I'm pregnant?" section. 70% voted that I was indeed pregnant. You were right :)

As I said in the other post, it was my third IUI. This time, the DR prescribed Femara instead of Clomid.
I tried really hard not to pay attention to symptoms because I always have a few and I end up disappointed.

Symptoms I always have: - Sore and heavy boobs - Nausea - Fatigue - Craving sugar - Spotting at about 7 DPO (on Clomid, not naturally)

This time was the same and different at the same time:
Since the IUI, I felt a mild pulling/ pinching sensation in the left ovary.
It got more intense from DPIUI 10-11 and moving into the uterus area. I started have nausea around the same time.
Craving anything (always hungry) from DPO 11
I told my BF that the apple he bought tasted like onions last weekend
Cried during the Biggest Loser....lol

I didn't really plan when I would POAS but my BF bought a dollar store HPT at DPIUI13 so I said why not. And to our big surprise... BFP :)) We rushed to buy 2 digital FRER, both were BFPs.

Blood test at 14 DPIUI confirmed with HcG level of 239! We are SO happy!

Baby dust to all of you :))

BFP by IUI

HISTORY:
Me: 40 years old
Hubby: 45 years old
We have a 2 year old and have been trying for 1 year to get pregnant. We tried ovulation kits, 5 cycles of Clomid/hcg and 1 cycle of IUI with Clomid/hcg. I had cysts that were significant between some of the Clomid/hcg cycles and had to rest those months. I also am 35 pounds overweight so was trying to eat healthier at time this worked for me.
Dr believed that my cervix changed with first baby and that hubby's sperm couldn't get passed my cervix so not making anywhere near my uterus/eggs.

Period started, but Dr needs to know the full day of period
Day 5 saw fertility specialist for ultrasound to make sure no cysts before start Clomid
Day 5-9 Clomid 150mg
Day 11 Dr said to have sex
Day 12 saw fertility specialist for ultrasound to make sure I had an egg that was large enough. I only had one egg. I was hoping for two to three and when the Dr. sensed my disappointment she said it only takes one egg to get pregnant.
Day 12 at 10:30pm the Dr had me take HCG 1cc (5000 units)
Day 14 semen collection dropped off at 8am, scheduled for insemination at 10:30am (took less then 5 minutes). Dr. did not have me lie down after procedure and I was on my way. No lubricants, so saliva, keep warm (put in between my breasts to take to facility to keep at body temperature and had to be delivered within 1 hour of collection) Dr. stated to avoid ejaculation for 2-5 days before insemination, but Dr had us have sex on Day 11 before 2nd ultrasound.
Day 15/post IUI day 1 HCG 1/2cc (2500 units)
Day 18/post IUI day 4 HCG 1/2cc (2500 units)-I missed this dose as I left town and forgot to take.
Day 19/post IUI day 5 had a few breakouts on my face, vivid dreams
Day 20/post IUI day 6 had strange twinges only twice but noticeable
Day 21/post IUI day 7 had loose stool, gassy, bloated
Day 22/post IUI day 8 had pressure on anus/vaginal area during day and vivid dreams in the night
Day 23/post IUI day 9 had all of above but could attribute to anything else
Day 24/post IUI day 10 had vivid dreams
Day 25/post IUI day 11 BFP with faint line. Used First Response. According to them this is a positive result but because of IUI Dr. states not to test until day 14 but I couldn't wait.
Day 26/post IUI day 12 BFP positive again. No darker same faint line. Period due. Feel pressure on anus/vaginal area again.
Day 27/post IUI day 13 BFP positive again. Called Dr. and they ordered a blood test and progesterone. Feeling a bit tired by end of day which I usually get a second wind so this is different for me.
Day 28/post IUI day 14 Office called and congratulated me. My numbers HCG is 80 and states normal is 60-100. Will retest 4 days later because of weekend otherwise would have been 2 days later. Tired today, couldn't keep my eyes open and itching around breasts which was what happened with my first pregnancy but no soreness/tenderness to breasts during entire time. After I found out all my symptoms intensified such as loose stools, tightness in abdominal area, itchiness to breasts, different twinges in abdominal area and tired.
Good luck to all of you and I hope this helps.

2 Years of Infertility

Clomid and IUI

Decided this month to completely stay off the Internet. Went on vacation day after IUI and felt completely relaxed. Prayed as often as I thought about it.

Always looked waaaay too much into symptoms. These past 14 days I felt a little tired (but it was really hot out), my boobs felt a little sore (but was wearing a new bra). I defiantly did notice some mild cramping 13 to 14 dpo. Couldn't be happier. God is good. Giving all those couples out there the hope that I tried to hold on to month after month.

10 dpo BFP!

I used this board all the time when we were trying so I felt it was only right to give back and share my story! My partner and I tried IUI twice with donor sperm unsuccessfully and then found a known donor and switched to at home inseminations with a BFP on the 3rd try. I was getting discouraged but the best thing was reading success stories of other women and knowing it was possible. Don't give up hope!

Here is my story & my symptoms:

-Had lots of creamy CM leading up to ovulation and only scant amounts of egg white right around the time I got a smiley face on OPK the night of CD13.
- Inseminated at 9 am on CD14 using syringe and Instead cup.
- Temp dropped CD14 and rose gradually the next day and fully on CD16.
- 1-7DPO no symptoms except for some creamy cm
- 7DPO temperate dropped that morning to my cover line, got discouraged.
- Night of 7 DPO I feel a sharp-ish pain in my lower abdomen, almost on my cervical bone, it doesn't last long.
- 8 DPO, temp shoots way up, past where it was prior to dip - excited again!
- 9 DPO start having digestive issues, queasy and diarrhea (sorry TMI), think I have a stomach bug.
- 10 DPO stomach issues continue and I feel like I can smell EVERYTHING. I notice that my mascara has a smell....that's when I decide to buy a test.
- 10 DPO pm - POAS - immediately two beautiful pink lines appear - BFP!!
- 11 DPO am - POAS - line is there and stronger
- 12 DPO - POAS (I wanted to be 1000% sure) - Still preggo!

Still feeling queasy and occasional cramping with some boob pain but not much. I've had more "symptoms" in bfn cycles than I did this time but some things just stuck out as strange.

Good luck to all!!

BFP on First IUI!!!!

My partner and I decided earlier this year to start TTC, we went through all the fertility testing, counseling, and selected a donor. On June 18 we were inseminated for the first time with what we like to call "ninja sperm" and on DPO 12 we got our first BFP!!! We are still in shock that it took on the first try hoping little bean sticks!! Here are our symptoms.

DPO 1 Nothing
DPO 2 Lots of bloating
DPO 3 Face started to break out, very tired, bloated and gassy and EWCM. Kinda Munchy
DPO 4 CM started to change was more creamier bloating seems to be sticking around and constipation has started, still tired. Starting to become achy.
DPO 5 Woke up to pain on right side of lower abdomen, tired and felt nausea on way home
DPO 6 Dizzy, yellowish CM, some pink on TP still feeling "weird " in lower abdomen
DPO 7 back hurts a lot today and cramping feels more like AF thinking I was out of the game
DPO 8 Feeling off most of day, heart burn, dizzy, cramping, took a HPT possible BFP turned out to be an evap Line.
DPO 9 Dizzy, heartburn, cramps, anxiety about thinking AF is on her way, very emotional
DPO 10 Lower back pain in pelvis, AF pain?
DPO 11 Left boob is super sore to touch seems to be swollen, cramps are persistent, heart burn and suddenly super hyper. Took HPT slight pink line
DPO 12 Slight pink line is still there with second test, dizzy, light headed and bbs very tender
DPO 13 BFP!! Three days in a row and that line is getting darker!!!

We are still in shock; our blood test is in two days we are super happy!! Good luck to everyone trying!! Sending everyone "Baby Dust"

Pregnant After Ectopic (and One Fallopian Tube)!

My partner and I have been using donor sperm to do IUI's since last June. We went 3 rounds no meds, 3 rounds Clomid. Then we took a break, changed donors, 2 rounds fermara (letrizole). Each time I was producing eggs from both sides, sometimes 2-3. I got pregnant in Feb, but started spotting (barely) at 7 weeks, just before 1st ultrasound. At the ER they discovered I had an ectopic pregnancy partially in my ovary and partially in the fallopian tube. So I had surgery that saved the ovary but took the tube. Fast forward 2 periods (the dr said your fertility is inexplicably 'up' after this kind of thing but I was sure she was full of it!) and here I am, pregnant on the first try out. I did take fermara again and did an ultrasound to make sure I was ovulating from the side with the tube.

2 pieces of valuable info:
- Turns you can be an 'early ovulator'. While most women test positive on an ovulation test and release eggs 24-36 hours later, I released more like 6-8 hours later.
- Both times I got pregnant, before insemination, if I had a drink, I only drank Woodchuck Hard Cider. Random, but all the other beers/ciders have gluten, which I heard increases prolactin, discouraging pregnancy.

Day of IUI: crampy on left at night
1dpo: crampy on left, tired early
2dpo: nose stuffed on one side in morning, excessive CM
3dpo: nose stuffed again, metallic taste in mouth, woke up feeling hung-over (but didn't drink), heartburn, pee smells like a man's
4dpo: hot at night, mild heartburn, creamy CM, twinges in abdomen? Barely noticeable, probably imagining.
5dpo: heartburn, twinges (I won't call them cramps - Period cramps are way worse than this)
6dpo: heartburn, ache in right leg, pee smells again, gassy
7dpo: woke feeling like I was getting sick, twinges, veiny boobs? vivid dreams
8dpo: dizzy twice, watery CM, dreams. IMPORTANT - I had been tracking my temp for months and instead of hitting a peak and heading down to 'period time' like usual, it stayed up. Also want all the food I see on TV :) Got over-eager and took a test, negative.
9dpo: twinges, lots of peeing, dreams, still want food I see on TV. Temp still up
10dpo: BFP!!! Soooooo faint though. My partner called it a 'bullsh*t line' :)
11dpo: Another BFP! Slightly nauseous mid-morning until I ate, a little crampy, pretty happy.
12dpo: Scary temperature dip but then back up.

Love to all :)

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