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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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Lots of Preg Symptoms Immediately Following IUI, But They Disappeared By End of 2ww -- Despite This, BFP!!

Today we received the amazing result from my fertility doctor that I am pregnant!! This was our first try with IUI and we were shocked that it worked! We did Follistim, the trigger shot of Ovidrel and an IUI, followed by progesterone (Prometrium). While I can't remember my symptoms from each individual day post-IUI, I wanted to share the progression of my symptoms over the course of the 2WW because I think it might be comforting to others. About 2-3 days post-IUI, I felt constantly EXTREMELY gassy, embarrassingly so. Total exhaustion kicked in around 4-5 days post-IUI and I kept going around telling everyone "I'm just so tired and I don't know why" (honestly, I just never expected the IUI to work on the first try, esp. because we were on a very low (37.5 mL) dosage of Follistim). Then around 8-9 days post-IUI, I became RAVENOUSLY hungry. I craved salty foods and literally went through an entire family-size bag of tortilla chips one afternoon. So at this point, I was thinking...maybe I am pregnant! But as soon as I started to think that, around 10-11 days post-IUI, my pregnancy symptoms suddenly vanished. I was no longer gassy, tired or ravenous. My body felt back to its normal state and it was like the whole thing had been a dream. By 12-13 days post-IUI, I was convinced that I wasn't pregnant and that all those previous symptoms had just been a reaction to the fertility drugs. BUT at 14 days post-IUI, I couldn't handle it anymore so I took an HPT (Clearblue, which I like because it gives a definite answer), which TO MY SHOCK came out Positive! Later that day I went in for my beta blood test at the fertility clinic and lo and behold, the HPT was correct -- I was (am!) pregnant!! My HCG levels look good for 14 days post-IUI -- they are at 382 so I'm praying that this sticks. What a whirlwind!! But so worth the wait!! Anyway, the point of my story is that while you might not feel pregnancy symptoms towards the end of the 2ww, you very well could still be pregnant. Hope this helps. Good luck to all!!

BFP Through Prayers and IUI Helped Too

BFP after one year of trying by prayer.

Hello everyone,
I never thought a day would come that I'd get the chance to post my pregnancy success stories, but I always said to myself when it happens, I will def post my experience. I am 28 years old and dh is 33 years old. We have been married for a year and together for 8 years. During the course of our relationship I never got pregnant, but those years we weren't even trying but I was not on birth control or anything so I knew something was wrong.. it started getting really frustrating when we got married and 9months of marriage we tried (naturally but it never happened ) so we decided to see our RE. We did a bunch of overwhelming tests later we found out that I wasn't ovulating regularly and dh had low sperm count 11 million. We believed in God. And the doctor started me with clomid 50 mg (July 2012) with timed intercourse. Only had 1 follicle and it didn't work. The second cycle, August 2012, we tried clomid 50 mg and iui (only had one follicle) and the test came back negative... RE decided to move on to injectables because clomid made me very dry (tmi) and my lining was very thin he said. So September 2012 I started injectable (bravelle 75 iu , 3-7 and i had nine follicles 5 on the right 16.16.20,13.14and 4 on the left 16,15,16,16 and then later started vaginal progesterone. We did and it work! I can tell you things we did different this month, it's not about injectables or follicle, I believe it's God (not to lessen your hope on medication but to heighten your hope in God) no matter what your situation might be, no matter how long you have tried, one day will be one day. We prayed quite a lot. We were running out of money for fertility treatments so we wanted it so bad. I can tell you that prayers and trust in God did it.. Sarah in the bible was 70 yrs old.. she stopped ovulating, no more menstrual period, no western medicine intervention.. she gave up trying to conceive for years because it didn't happen (Genensis 18 ). An angel of God prophecies to her and her husband (Abraham) that by this time next year she would give birth.. Sarah said it's impossible, she is old and she is no longer fertile.. but God did it. She got pregnant and had a healthy baby. I don't know what your situation is, or how bad RE has told you your ovaries, tubes, etc are.. Trust God, pray and believe in God.. there is nothing God cannot do.. God of Sarah is alive and God of Hannah. If you have not given your life to God please do, if you haven't submitted your self to Jesus, please do.. challenge him on this matter and let God prove to you he does exist even through Christ Jesus... Stay blessed... below are my symptoms...

1dpo - cramps
2 dpo - cramps
3 dpo - started feeling pain under my belly button/ sore breast
5dpo-7dpo - sore breast/ uterus still hurts
8dpo - light headed (only when I get up to suddenly), heavy breast, fatigue
9dpo-11dpo - uterus pain continued breast is very sore
12dpo - started to feel a lot of cramps... af on her way?
13dpo - more cramps exactly like period was coming, bloated, frequent urination through the night
14dpo - one of the scariest day of it all ( when pushed vaginal progesterone) brown light dirt was on the stick (sorry tmi)
15dpo - out of breath, dizzy, diarrhea, sore stomach, uterus unbearable, stupid af playing pranks, mucus with brown dirt
16dpo - went for my blood and beta was 965 .. finally took 3 urine test at home and bfp (whoaaaaaaaaaa, thank you lord)

If you feel cramps around 12dpo, don't be discouraged, doesn't mean AF will come, I thought I was getting my period and witch AF didn't show up.

I am now pregnant.. Can't wait for the ultrasound!

BFP After 5 IUI Tries

I was in utter shock this morning when I left the Dr's office. They told me I was PREGNANT! HCG @ 1122 and progesterone @ 48.5. This was my 5th IUI try. I also have PCOS. I got pregnant with clomid on my first try with twins but I lost both of them: The first one we lost immediately and the second one @ 10 weeks.

We continued the process with clomid for 2 months after our miscarriage and it didn't work. We then went into injectables. It didn't work on the first try but it worked on the 2nd. We've been trying for almost 2 years. The best part was that I told my Dr that this was our last shot. We were going to take a break for a while as this process can be exhausting.

As for symptoms, this time around I stayed away from doing any research on the internet and disregarded any symptoms because I had some symptoms last month and got a BFN (symptoms came from the progesterone that I was taking). The only symptoms that stood out in this cycle included: Lots of acne, Weird pee smell and diarrhea. Besides that, I felt absolutely normal. I actually thought the Dr was going to tell me that I had a BFN. But, I got the best words that I've been waiting to hear for months... BFP!!!!! Good luck to all you future moms.

BFP with Clomid

Got my beta back this morning from 14dpiui- it's 269! Omg we simply cannot believe's why:
DH is 46, I am 39 (for 1 more month, anyway! lol) We have been married almost 6 years, 2nd marriages for both of us, no kids from prior marriages. DH is a testicular cancer survivor, so we have to use donor semen. We tried a bunch of IUIs 'au naturale', resulting in a bunch of BFNs. We took a year off, switched fertility clinics, and due to me being over 35 by then, the new Drs put me on a cocktail of drugs: Clomid 50mg, Estrace, Ovidrel & Crinone suppositories. BAM! 1st cycle resulted in BFP, our wonderful, amazing DS who turns 2 this month. We then stored 3 more samples of same donor at the cryobank. We want our kids to be close in age, so last summer we begin IUIs again, all BFNs. Purchase & store more samples. More BFNs. Repeat labs on me, which now show low ovarian reserve. Arrrugh! Cryobank informs us in spring there are just 3 more samples available, motility of 5-9 million, and donor is not returning to the donation program. We do 2 more IUIs this summer, take a month off, come to terms that DS will be an only child, and seriously, I'm fine with it overall. I'm an 'only', also. We are both burnt out by the emotional & financial roller coaster of infertility, and we aren't getting any younger. We do this last IUI with our last sample, and due to the Estrace making me loopy & the Crinone being expensive, making my lady bits itch & burn (sorry, TMI) & being just plain GROSS(anyone who has used this knows EXACTLY what I mean), I skip those 2 drugs. So, symptoms as follows:
CD10: Follicle check shows 5 follies, 2 lead follies at 17 & 18mm.
CD11: HCG trigger 10pm. Dr told me to trigger next morning, but I'm going all wildcard maverick with the drugs anyway, so I trigger early. Something just tells me: 'Do it tonight'
CD13: leave work early for 3:30pm IUI. (Boss is a bit delighted this is my last try, thankfully he has been patient with me leaving work for all my appointments, ultrasounds, repeat ultrasounds, etc.) Tell Dr I feel ouchy pressure in uterus, hope its not OHS. (In hindsight, I must have been ovulating!!!) DH cracks me up beyond belief after IUI (after Dr leaves the room, of course) making this 'sperm swimming' motion with his hands while humming the Hawaii 5-0 theme. I told you we were both a bit burnt over all this! lol
1-7dpiui: Enjoying (NOT!) all the lovely pregnancy symptoms the 10,000 units of HCG trigger gives me. If that's not a sick joke, I don't know what is. Grateful when I feel them going away, unfortunately by now, I know what the feeling of the drug leaving my body is like!
8dpiui: Ran a 5K, had to walk a few times because I was tired & couldn't catch my breath. Huh??? What's up with that?? Got up in middle of night to pee. Must be all the hydrating for the race...
9dpiui: My BBs aren't sore anymore, but my nipples are WICKED sensitive & not in a good way. Sports bra chafe from the 5K yesterday? Never happened before, and I ran a 15K 6 weeks ago with no problem. Having trouble sleeping, too. Again with the peeing at 3am.
10dpiui: HUNGRY! Oh wow, I'm hungry. Like every few hours. Deep growly hunger. Very tired, too. That's fun with a toddler...not. Spend 2 days in viscious mood. I'm usually grumpy before AF, but this is really bad. Like want-to-rip-people's-arms-off bad mood. Poor DH. :( Go to farmer's market to get my favorite fresh Brie & mango crepe and get all queasy eating the Brie part. HUH??
11dpiui: Wake up in great mood despite being up to pee in middle of night AGAIN. Start to think: 'Maybe??? Nah....' Nipples beyond sore, sides of BBs starting to get sore too.
12dpiui: Still ravenous. Have to spend a lot of time in car driving to a multi-day veterinary conference 2hrs away. Demolish box of Triscuits in car. Can't concentrate on lecture because all I can think of is lunch. Notice my lower abdomen feels fuller under my seatbelt in all the time I spend in my car today. Decide to POAS evening of 13dpiui/ 15dpt when DH gets home from work.
13dpiui: All symptoms continue: sore nips & BBs, hungries, frequent bathroom trips, full lower belly, tired. Also having some uterine twinges I kind of remember from pregnancy with DS, but that was more like 6-7 weeks along then. DH comes home from work, cracks a Sam Adams, then I POAS (FRER) & we watch it together...and the 1st line develops before the wet moves all the way across. OMG we are in shock. We are still speechless as the control line develops...BFP!!!!!!

BFP Against All Odds!!

I can't believe I am already sharing my BFP story after only 2 months of trying. I had everything going against me - I'm an older mom (38), I have only one ovary and tube, had a terrible AMH level of .16, and was using a sperm donor that had a low motility! After all that, I am in total shock that it only took 2 tries at IUI for a BFP!! Stay positive ladies, it can happen!

Like everyone else, I paid attention to every little detail during my TWW -

I took Femera CD 3-7, and had a follicle scan on Day 10. I had only one little follie that was 12.5mm, so not a good start to the cycle. I came back on Day 12, and it was 17.9mm! I triggered the next day, then IUI 38 hours later on CD 15.

I felt some cramping 1-2dpiui, but I think that was just from the insemination.
Other symptoms:
3-4dpiui - my nips already feeling sensitive (very unusual for me, never get sore bbs for pms), and VERY slight wave of nausea in the morning. Lasted only a few minutes, and wouldn't have thought anything of it had I not been looking for symptoms.
5-6dpiui - nothing
7dpiui - backache, severe cramps, so bad, I was sick to my stomach. I thought this must be pms, and af was coming early. Left dinner w/ friends early so I could go home and go to bed
8dpiui - cramps gone, felt much better, but backache remained. bbs still sensitive. Took HPT, BFN, knew it was too early!
9dpiui - backache, sore bbs, took another HPT, BFN
10dpiui - backache, sore bbs, start to feel like they are swollen, again, unusual for me, never happens during pms. Look at HPT in trash from last night, and see a very faint line. Get excited, and take another HPT, BFN. :(
11dpiui - backache, sore bbs. Out of HPTs, but heard you can use an OPK as pregnancy test - got a big smiley face!!! Rushed to store, got a HPT, and got a very clear BFP!!
14dpiui - beta 117!!!

BFP with 2nd IUI! TTC 30 Months!

Hi Ladies,
DH and I have been TTC for 30 months. We did the first IUI with 50MG of Clomid and Ovidrel trigger. It didn’t work. We did our 2nd IUI with 50mg Clomid and Ovidrel tirgger and it worked!!! For some reason I decided to take a test in the middle of the afternoon 11DPIUI and I got a very faint positive. Took a test the next morning and it was much darker! We're so excited and still shocked! I haven't had any real symptoms except for bloating and gassiness, which is all normal in the 2WW. Don't give up hope, it will happen for you!

BFP Second IUI + Clomid Cycle... TTC 20 Months!!!

Hi Ladies!
This website helped me keep hope during our long journey to becoming pregnant so I wanted to share my story. Here's a little background: I ovulate regularly and had no signs of infertility as I have always had regular cycles. My husband's semen analysis was above average in all categories except morphology, and that was 5% (krueger) with 4% being normal, which I would call borderline normal. Our RE wasn't concerned.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism in early January following my cycle day 3 bloodwork at the one-year ttc mark. My tsh was 10.6 but when rechecked 2 weeks later at the endocrinologist's office, it was 3.7. I started Synthroid in late January and am now on 88 mcg (started at 37.5). I hoped fixing my thyroid would fix our infertility, but by late June, we still hadn't conceived so we saw a fertility specialist. He was adamant that my thyroid wasn't the problem because I was ovulating every month, even with a TSH of 10.6. My TSH is now on the low end around .5, but my endocrinologist is happy with that and prefers women ttc to be under 1. My Free T4 and Free T3 are perfect in the upper third of their ranges (for those of you with thyroid issues!)

I took 100 mg of Clomid days 5-9 and on day 12, I had 4 follies (3 on left 20, 22, and 24 and a 17 on right). I was nervous about so many but the doctor assured me that my chance of high order multiples was 1 in 1000 and with one failed IUI under our belt, we moved forward. Last month on the same Clomid dose, I had 2 follies. This month we decided to add the HCG trigger shot (10,000iu). We did that on day 13 at 7:30 am and then did the IUI on day 14 at 11:30) so about 28 hours post trigger.

At 12 dpo, I decided to test because we had an IVF consult scheduled for the following day. I saw the faintest of faintest lines, but was concerned it might still be the trigger even though it should have been out of my system by then. By 13 dpo, the second line was a lot darker but still light. I went in for a beta and my level came back at 30. The nurse said I should be optimistic but with a little caution. They like to see that number at 50 or higher, but I did come in one day sooner than most of their patients. Well, by 15 dpo, it tripled to 90! I had my final beta yesterday and it came in at 946! On a side note, the doctor is pretty sure there is only one in there since the numbers started off lower. I have my first ultrasound on 9/25, one day before my birthday!

As for the symptoms, I really didn't have many. There has been so many months that I thought I was pregnant based on symptoms that I stopped overanalyzing! I did have breast tenderness from ovulation on but this is not the first time that has happened. They are still tender now. I also usually get a warning migraine that my period is coming and I didn't get that this month.

I feel so blessed and thankful. For those of you who have been trying for a while, keep the faith and know that when you do finally reach this point, it will be so worth the wait :) Best of luck to all of you and keep sharing your stories!!

BFP with Donor IUI

I finally got my BFP and thought I would share! Here is a little background; Me and DH decided to start trying to start a family just shy of our 1 year wedding anniversary. The first 6 months we tried the whole "not trying" route. Didn't work. So I started using OPKs for another 6 months. Still didn't work. I made an appointment with my OB/GYN at 15 months of trying unsuccessfully. I was sure something was wrong with me. All of my labs and ultrasound came back normal. Then came the results of DH's SA...only 2 sperm in there!!!! After consulting with an RE, we decided to use a donor rather than spend thousands of dollars on IVF/TESE/ICSI. This was my second cycle doing an IUI and I took Clomid. Here are the symptoms....

Clomid CD 5-9
Positive OPK on CD 16
IUI 22.5 hours after positive OPK

1-3 DPO - Nothing
4-5 DPO - Thick abundant white CM and was really um...horny lol
6 DPO - Nothing
7-Now DPO - Burp after everything; eating, drinking, sleeping, breathing...
7 DPO - Brief cramping (Implantation maybe?)
8-Now DPO - More burping, getting tired earlier and earlier every night
13-Now DPO - Nips are super sore and hard
14 DPO - Weak blood positive 4 mIu
16 DPO - BFP on HPT

My pregnancy symptoms are pretty much Burping, Fatigue and Sore Nips. Due to my low hCg, we aren't so sure this will be a viable pregnancy, but we are getting somewhere!

2nd IUI and First BFP!!!!!!!

I am still in shock this actually worked! I am 32 and DH is 33. We've been trying for a year and a half and have unexplained infertility. We ran through all of the tests and everything looked good but still no positives. I have a very regular cycle and everything is good with DH. This was our second round of IUI with Clomid, gonal f and trigger.

My symptoms this time were exactly the same as our unsuccessful round!! The prometrium (I started the day after iui) produced all of the same side effects as actual pregnancy including bigger breasts and sore nips, lower back pain, gas, and slight cramping. I had absolutely no idea that I would get a BFP. I waited until the blood test 16 DPO and the doctor said it came out at a 443 which is strong. I ran home to take HPT and it was instantly positive!!!

Good Luck to you all and I hope this gives you hope like all of the past posts have for me :)

BFP with Clomid, IUI, Progesterone Suppositories and Male Factor - 7 Cycles TTC

I can't believe I finally get to share my BFP story. This website has been a huge source of support for me over the past 6 months while TTC, so I pray that my story gives someone else hope.

Me: 28 - irregular cycles, short luteal phase, blood clotting factor, small uterine fibroid, low AMH (1.2)
DH: 29 - high count and great motility but poor morphology

Our story: Me and DH started TTC at the end of February. I went off BCP after 10 years in October when my doctor discovered I had a blood clotting factor (high beta2glycoprotein and high anti-cardiolipin) which was found due to blood work completely unrelated to TTC. When I went off the pill my periods were CRAZY. They ranged from 19-26 days, and based on OPK's and temping I had a luteal phase that ranged from 4-9 days only! I was also a chronic spotter (anywhere from 2-5 days pre AF). The first few months DH and I tried naturally but I knew something was wrong, so my doctor did blood work bc of my crazy cycles and I am so glad she did bc they found low progesterone (could not confirm I was ovulating) and also low AMH for my age. My doctor said bc of the AMH we should be aggressive with treatment and she started me on Clomid right away. DH also got tested at this time and found that he had super sperm (count and motility) but morphology was low - only 6% normal strict kruger. At first the nurse thought this might not be an issue since his count was so high, but said we should try 3-4 IUI's only and then move on to IVF after that due to my low AMH, and because if it hasn't worked by then it probably wasn't going to work. First round of just Clomid failed, so the second round was Clomid + trigger+ IUI. I was feeling really optimistic that this would work, but a week after the IUI my doctor called me to tell me that the strict kruger test for the IUI sample came back and it was worse than last time - this time only 3% normal. He told me without hesitation that he didn't think IUI was going to work for us, despite DH's high count, and that we should move directly to IVF, or at least start consultations. That cycle did fail, so, we started consulting with different clinics and were all set to go have a complete work up done at CCRM while we waited to find out if our second Clomid + trigger + IUI worked. DH and I had both been doing acupuncture during this time and DH was on some high level anti-oxidants (seemed to help a bit) and my nurse also added progesterone supplements for this cycle because of my short luteal phase. This cycle was perfectly timed and I just had a good feeling about it - 2 follicles over 20 at time of trigger, DH's morphology was a little better than last time, and I started progesterone from 2DPIUI. Well, it did the trick!! I really think the progesterone was our saving grace because previous cycles I would start spotting usually 6DPO, which is just not enough time. I tested on CD13 and had a strong light that showed up almost right away. DH and I are so ecstatic and can't believe this is happening to us just a month after our doctor called to say IVF was our only hope. I had so many doubts thinking something was terribly wrong with me or DH and that maybe this would never happen for us, and just when I feel we had almost hit rock bottom we get our very first BFP! Stay positive ladies, even though it is SO hard!! As far as my symptoms, it's really hard to say bc this was my first month on progesterone suppositories so I really don't know what is from the pregnancy and what is from the progesterone. Starting about 3DPO I had mild cramping on and off, I generally felt warm this month almost like I was running a low grade fever, and felt more tired than usual. I had a tiny bit of brown spotting on 9DPO, but the day before I had a transvaginal ultrasound at an IVF consultation, so I don't know if maybe that's what caused the spotting. Have had no other spotting since which was a huge clue, but again, thought it was bc of the progesterone and did no necessarily mean I was pregnant. I also had crazy vivid dreams almost every night in the TWW, including a dream the night before I tested that I took an HPT and it was positive. Anyway, I am so excited and just waiting to get my beta results and start my Lovenox for the blood clotting tomorrow. Praying for a sticky bean and a healthy nine months, and praying for all you ladies out there waiting for your BFP!