We dealt with male infertility after cancer and used DH's frozen sperm from several years ago.
After months of blood and genetics tests, we finally got the long-awaited "first squirt." We didn't use drugs and I was so stressed about not knowing how to read an OPK that I thought the first try would be a trial run.
Except, IT WORKED!
1 DPO: Sticky CM & cramps
2 DPO: Creamy CM & horny
3 DPO: Creamy CM & cramps
4 DPO: Creamy CM & cramps
5 DPO: Creamy CM & cramps (twingy cramps, lasted all night, abdomen felt tight). VERY stressful day at work. I talk to my tummy, rubbing it, saying, "Don't worry little bean. You do what you have to do. Mommy will take care of the job stress." It was the first time in my life I've ever felt like a mother, or realized what is more important.
6 DPO: Creamy CM & cramps & dizziness (stood up too fast, went right back down) (twingy cramps won't quit. I know something is up, I know my body really well.)
7 DPO: Creamy CM, gassy, skin broke out - little patch of pimples on bottom left cheek of my face
8 DPO: First BFP on FRER - EVER so faint line - but definitely there. Excitement builds. (If it weren't for this site, I would've thought the faint line meant nothing.) Forced myself not to retest. Felt really tired that day. Also, got the implantation dip on my temp chart, but it was only a slight dip.
9 DPO: Slightly darker line on the BFP. Sticky CM. Temp spikes.
10 DPO: Darker line. Definitely positive. Schedule blood test and they don't want to see me until 17 DPO! Elevated temp continues.
10-17 DPO: Have to pee every hour. Hungrier. Boobs sore began on 13 DPO and really intensified at 16 DPO. Also, at 15 DPO, my boobs were noticeably bigger! (DH is delighted.) Felt nauseated once on 15 DPO.
Today, at 17 DPO, I got my confirmation from the blood test. HCG level is 1,700 and some change.
I love the well wishes and inspirational messages of this site. Baby dust to all of you and don't beat yourself up about the stress. There will always be stress, and after conception, there's something new to stress about in miscarriage and after the baby is born, there is SIDS.
So just know that your body can do it and miracles are possible.
I'm still so surprised and pray that this little soul sticks with me for the rest of my life.
One final tip:
How to survive the Two Week Wait:
Read this site
Force yourself to exercise and TAKE CARE OF YOU (yoga, aerobics, whatever!)
Have DH or SigOther rub your tummy and encourage the bean
Go for a walk
Write down your feelings.