I am so humbled and grateful that I get to write this tonight. My partner and I (female, we're a
lesbian couple) have been TTC for 4 cycles with anonymous donor sperm via IUI, and I just got 2
BFPs tonight on FRER! We are over the moon, and so thankful! I kept very close track of my
symptoms this month and want to share them because this site was so helpful to me during
This was the first "intervention" cycle. Due to the cost and the fact that we had had to take 10
months off from trying between cycles 2 & 3 due to my partner's health issues, RE recommended
Clomid 100mg days 3-7, the estrodial patch days 8-12, Ovidrel trigger on day 12, and the Crinone
(progesterone) gel days 2-14DPO. At my day 12 US, I had *FOUR* mature follicles, so there is def
an increased chance of twins or even higher level multiples...ack! FYI my CM was creamy and/or
EW throughout the entire 2ww, but I was taking the vaginal gel so didn't really count it as
Anyway, here are my symptoms:
2DPO--Vivid dreams at night, really tired, increased appetite. I felt like I was always hungry,
wondered if it is side effect of all the meds I'm on this month...mild loose stool, feeling happy
3-4DPO--Vivid dreams continued, broke out in acne on my chin, got SUUUPER bloated on day 4,
so much so that I had to unbutton my pants at work(!), mild passing cramps. Major gas, itchy dry
eyes and stuffy nose.
5-7DPO: vivid dreams, itchy eyes, bloating continue, a little less gas, passing "pinch-like" pains,
still tired and suddenly constipated (VERY unusual for me), developed a weird sore throat, dry
mouth, felt thirsty a lot
8DPO: Still bloated, constipated, some quick "waves" of nausea, but biggest symptom was that I
had an epic crying tantrum/meltdown on my wife and literally felt like I could not stop crying like
a toddler, even when we were laughing about it I had tears streaming down my face. It lasted like a
hour. SO not normal for me.
9DPO: thirst continues, some periods of light-headedness and "waves" of nausea, was borderline
retarded at the grocery store, including wandering aisles forgetting what I was looking for,
dropping things, bought a bunch of stuff I never normally buy, forgot things. It was the first
moment my wife thought for sure we are pregnant. My breasts also seemed swollen and tender.
10DPO: Holy breasts, batman--I can barely fit in my bra! Breasts are increasingly tender
throughout the day. I also started smelling everything intensely--was marching around the house
trying to identify smells my wife couldn't smell, made her take out the garbage even though there
was almost nothing in it. Biggest weirdo thing of the day was that I was driving home around 10
pm and suddenly had the most desperate, insane craving of my life: for a juicy burger, which is
something I almost never eat! I drove way out of my way to the only place open and ate the thing
so fast that I almost choked and then felt sick.
11DPO: breasts still swollen and tender, spacey, intense sense of smell, and dropping things all
day long. I have super vivid dreams during a nap.
12DPO: Swollen breasts, forgetful, intense sense of smell, thirsty, and all night long last PM I was
kept awake by a weird ache/tightness all the way across my abdomen, like nothing I've even felt
before. Could NOT sleep. This afternoon I went to my fertility acupuncturist (who I've been seeing
for about 6 weeks) and told her my symptoms, and she felt pretty good about my chances. Had a
nice long session with her, then drove home and was hit with another ridiculous burger craving!
Saliva was literally pooling in my mouth...I went and got a big juicy burger (ate it more slowly this
time ;) and came home and told DW that I thought we should test. She agreed, and we got a BFP!
The line was fairly dark and appeared quickly. We took a second about an hour later, which was a
little fainter but still BFP!
WHAT WE DID DIFFERENT:
Mainly, we took meds. I had completed fertility testing and everything looked great, but our RE still
recommended their "CEP" protocol (Clomid, Estrodial,Progesterone) because of how long we waited
and our budget. I have always been 28-29 day cycles, O monthly on CD13 or 14, like clockwork,
but they just wanted to "up the ante." I guess it helped!
The other main addition was the acupuncture, in which I am a big believer. I had been to
acupuncture many times in the past for other health issues/injuries with spectacular results, so it
was a natural addition when the RE recommended it.