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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 10dpiui w/ Femara, Trigger and First Time IUI

Trying to keep my excitement at bay, because I know I need to stay cautiously optimistic. Bit of background- I am 26, DH 28. Married shy of 5 years. Diagnosed with PCOS around age 21 although I knew since my preteen years that I was different from other girls when I noticed my erratic period arrival and length (I’d get it 2-3x/year and would be very heavy lasting 2-3 weeks!) got on BC at age 18 – 23. Started using condoms knowing my body will need at least a year to recoup from BC pills and by then hopefully we could start ttc’ing. Not the case. I didn’t get my first period after stopping BC until 13 months after- NOT NORMAL. Went to OBGYN who offered Provera to start up a cycle. Did that a few times with ovulation monitoring with WONDFO test strips, never got a positive ovulation. Summer of 2015 I started seeing a Naturopath hoping to get my cycles going naturally. 6 months later and A LOT of money lost, my cycle was still all over the place with no positive ovulation. Went back to OBGYN who prescribed 3 months of Clomid 50mg, unmonitored, and said if I’m not prego by month #3, he would direct me to RE. Tried 1 cycle and nothing- no ovulation, no period. I knew and read this wasn’t a great med to keep taking and taking so I wanted to be monitored closely if I was to try it again. Friend offered me to check out a well-known fertility clinic in MD and surrounding states. DH and I got checked, all levels came back normal, hubbies sperm count came to 34mil with good mobility motility and morphology. All my levels and HSG came back normal except for the fact that I don’t ovulate. Clomid cycle #1 was 100mg for 7 days with Ovidrel trigger shot and timed intercourse. I did ovulate but BFN. 2nd cycle I was offered to try Femara. Did 5mg cycle day 3-7, but when I went in for follicle scans on CD 12, 13 and 14 the largest follicle I had was 11mm and wasn’t growing. Since my hormone levels were still very low, doc said I didn’t have to bleed again; we could start another medicated cycle as if I just started my period. So CD15 really turned into CD3 and I started femara again for 5 days. LADIES! I’m convinced the follicles didn’t grow the first Femara cycle because I was extremely stressed out at work at that time! Stress will totally affect TTC’ing! So, this second cycle of Femara seemed to do the trick for us! Oh, with the combination of IUI and trigger shot of course! Hubby’s count came in at 5mil post wash (I thought from just hearing that number we would be out this cycle because I’ve heard of couples having WAY more post wash and still not getting prego). Here were my day to day symptoms starting day of IUI (I was testing out the trigger shot starting 1dpIUI): Day of IUI Extreme heavy pains very low and close to anal gland - so weird! Periodic hot face 1dpiui Slept extremely well, very vivid dream. Gassy early morning & afternoon and continues thru the day, right ovary twinges, hot face 2dpiui A lot of sneezing, snotty, bloated 3dpiui Gagged dinner up, bloated 4dpiui Constipation, woke up to weird and really large very red mark on right hand hand 5dpiui Constipation 6dpiui Constipation, nauseous, sleepy 7dpiui Constipation, heart burn 8dpiui Right ovary pulling & cramps, extreme irritability and constipation, ringing in ears 9dpiui Itchy nipples 10dpiui Broke out on my forehead with never before seen red blotches after morning shower, cramps in lower pelvic area, ringing in ears, light lower back pain, first time I see a test getting a shade darker 11dpiui Extreme exhaustion- slept from 6:30pm-3am on couch (and I am NOT one to take naps), leg muscle cramps, first positive on FRER, NO NEED TO SQUINT! 12dpiui Darker FRER, darker Wondfo, Darker target brand blue dye test, appetite disappeared! 13dpiui (as seen in picture) all tests getting darker 15dpiui bloodwork level came in at 206! Norm for this day in the pregnancy is 100 so we are definitely prego! Early signs- Extreme cramp (felt like near anal gland) lasting 10-15 minutes about 2 hours after IUI Noticed BO changed / was really bad Occasional ringing ears throughout TWW Muscles would tense AF cramps 9dpiui-14dpiui Heartburn on and off What i did- Letrozol/Femara 5mg cd3-7 Ovidrel shot cd12 IUI cd14 Pineapple core cd15-17 Progesterone suppositories cd15-current Vitafol Ultra Prenatal daily Red Wine 4-5oz almost every day during TWW (not recommended but it’s what I did to pass the time and relax in the evenings) PRAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Luck to all you ladies! Praying for you all, I know this waiting game is excruciatingly dreadful! Hang in there; there are so many options before the expensive IVF! Look into fertility clinics- they are amazing and the docs have so much knowledge! WAY more than OBGYN when it comes to infertility!

BFP 10DPO!

***BABY DUST TO ALL *** I hope this helps. We’re all different, so the more stories the better, right?! BACKGROUND Baby #1 CLOMID I had gotten married at age 22. By age 26 I was having trouble conceiving- Doc’s diagnosed me with PCOS. January 2008, I was prescribed Clomid. Took it January, February and by March we had kinda “given up” stopped trying so hard. And Bam! BFP, just shy of my 27th birthday. Healthy baby boy . C-section 41 weeks. 9 pounds 5 oz. 12/18/08 Babies #2 & 3. TWINS INJECTABLES IUI (DPO listed at bottom) Started trying again in 2011 on Clomid via OB. Few months nothing. Referred to fertility clinic... 2 rounds of Clomid at clinic/ being monitored/ 2 IUI's. No dice. March 2012, the 3rd and last try, we did injectable hormones in place of Clomid. I also did acupuncture before and after the procedure (it was upstairs of the Clinic), and at night I would listen to pregnancy mediation. It worked, just shy of my 31st birthday! Two Healthy baby boys! C-section 38 weeks. 6 lb 4 oz and 7 lb 4 oz. 12/11/12 My husband passed away when my twins were 6 months old. Last year I got remarried to a wonderful man, God -sent. PRESENT DAY For the last year I used OPK’s and realized that I DO OVULATE! I have erratic cycles.... I’ve been clocking all my physical symptoms for a year. I know my body pretty well at this point. I used progesterone cream to do an ovulation “shut down” and after that I ovulated every cycle! (not monthly. because it was sometimes 60 days. but every CYCLE). I have been taking Ovaboost and Fertile Aid. Womans multi, Viatmin D3, Glucomannan, Cod liver oil, Adrenal Health, Evening primrose cd1-O, PMS pill O-end. Stopped taking them last month just because it was getting to be too much... I hate taking pills and I never remember and i’m inconsistent. It also makes me feel like i’m trying too hard, and it’s too “in my face”. Twice in the last 8 months I got stuck in an annovulatory cycle, at which point I would take the natural progesterone cream and by the 8th day I would have a break through bleed, allowing me to start a new cycle. I was psyched I had this all down to a cycle! It may not be a traditional one but i was bleeding, i was ovulating, and i wasn’t in hormonal agony!! We used this as a method of birth control, seeing as though we weren’t trying for our own baby just yet. April 2016, we unknowingly DTD during my fertile cycle, as It wasn’t until 4 days later I got a +OPK. So we decided to just try that night too. What the heck, we thought.... it won’t happen that fast... I coincidently had a new patient visit with my OB during this week, to talk about my options, and just talk about my history. I was afraid she was going to be quick to tell me I need clomid. But she was super supportive of what I was doing, and she told me that as long as my luteal phase is 14 days --THEY DONT USE THE TERMINOLOGY LATE OVULATION--. She assured me that egg quality isn’t an issue, its if there’s a short luteal phase that’s concerning for viability. She did say because I am going to be 35 next month that if I do decide to use medical help, she would refer me to a clinic for safe measures. But I didn’t need that!!! Baby #4 ALL NATURAL BFP just shy of my 35th birthday! DD January 21, 2017 Tuesday (cd26): DTD <3 Wednesday (cd27): - OPK Thursday (cd28): - OPK, but darker Friday (cd29): woke up from a dream of a positive test, couldn’t shake it. +OPK second morning urine! Digi and POS all positive, took 3. DTD <3 Saturday (cd30): Assumed Ovulation Day. - OPK 1DPO: Good day, good mood, mild cramps but nothing too noteworthy (because of PCOS i’m always crampy-ish from O-AF) 2DPO: Lower left Cramping. Fertility Luteal Phase Yoga. NEW this cycle~ Acne, Gassy in addition to my NORMAL ~ Backache, light cramps, dreams, joint paints- pretty normal, neck-ache- maybe slept wrong. *progesterone cream 3DPO: Woke up in the middle of the night to pee- cramps on left when i went, but not a lot came out. Bloody snot- not abnormal. While doing yoga laying on my right side I got a sharp pain from my left side when moving to the sitting up position after 2 mins of holding uterus pose. NEW~ Gassy-ish last two days. ACNE! Like a teenager, Hungry!! NORMAL~ Runs- not too abnormal, light cramps, light backache, *progesterone cream 4DPO: DTD <3 Really gassy last night. Stuffy nose. Sleepless night DH up a lot. Hate the dog! So aggravated with the kids. Mean and sarcastic. I feel unattractive. NEW~ Thirsty!! Acne bad. Hungry. No discharging.... that’s odd for me. NORMAL~ Backache, light cramps, dreams, irritable *progesterone cream 5DPO: Tried to be calm today. the twins are just testing me. NEW~ Thirsty! Weird “after sex” odor down yander. Acne. Hungry again! Indigestion (maybe because i’m eating like a pig). NORMAL~ Weird dreams, impatient, light cramps and backache *progesterone cream 6DPO: (new moon) OBGYN appointment/ annual pap. NEW ~ Acne chin and jaw/ one or two new a day small white heads.

BFP After Back to back IUI's - FIRST TIME SUCCESS!

A little background about me, I am 26 and in a same sex relationship. I have no known fertility issues and all preliminary testing came back normal. I was put on Letrozole/Femara CD5-9, then did OPK's at home until I got a positive. After the positive I went in two days in a row for back to back IUI's with donor sperm. This is how I was feeling each day after: 1dpiui - very bloated, cramping 2dpiui - twinges in abdomen throughout the day 3dpiui - still bloated, gassy 4dpiui - strong cramps on right side of abdomen, cold symptoms 5dpiui - tired, otherwise normal 6dpiui - normal 7dpiui - woke up with a nose bleed (never get them normally) 8dpiui - blood/metallic taste in mouth, pains above right hip 9dpiui - cramping above right hip 10dpiui - FRER with FMU - BFP! I have since had two blood draws completed. Hcg at 14dpiui was only 61, 4 days later it should have doubled twice (should have been 244 or higher) and it was 390! I am still so in shock that we had success the first try! My first ultrasound is booked for May 2nd :) Think positive ladies, you really can be successful with iui even with the odds against you! Baby dust to all!

BFP after trying for years. First IUI with low sperm

Ladies, I have stalked this site so much over the last few years of ttc. And I'm so happy to be able to share my BFP story FINALLY!! We all have our own stories and what worked for me won't necessarily work for anyone else so I'm so here is just a quick summary of how we got BFP. We were on our first iui cycle with natural ovulation. Docs confirmed ovulation started cd 13 so took ovidrel trigger shot. Had iui cd14 and 15. Hubby had low levels. Cd14 was 6 million and cd15 was 4 million however doc said although levels low his sperm was grade a (4). From 8pm on cd 15 I started taking prometrium and will continue to 12 weeks. Here are my symptoms 1-6 dpo: nothing 6 dpo: had a weird dizzy episode while at work, i turned my head to talk to a colleague and it was like my eyes took a minute to catch up. Also had a weird implantation dream. Woke up twice in the night and was awake early in the morning and I am not a morning person. 7 dpo: didn't sleep through night again. Felt tired 8dpo: dizzy again and tired 9dpo: really tired awake in night again 10- 13dpo: period like cramps felt just like AF was on way. Feeling down 13dpo: blood test revealed BFP. In total shock!! I'm now 4 week pregnant and still have on and off cramps had another blood test today and levels are progressing well. Cramps now feel a little less like the pulling cramps of AF and more like zappy cramps. Still having a few dizzy episodes but no sickness and bobs don't really hurt at all. Don't seem to sleep through the night now and waking up before my alarm but also feeling very tired during day. I even went home at lunch one day and had a nap on lunch break. Thanks for letting me share ladies. I know everyone says it but just try relax and think positive and know it will happen when it's supposed to. Good luck to all those ttc!! Finger crossed for a h&h 9 months!! :-)

BFP after my very first IUI

I didn’t think IUI would work wonders for us, let alone the first try. I have PCOS and hubby has low count. I took letrozole, gonal f and ovidrel. I started POAS 7-12 dpiui and got evaporation-like lines on day 15-16. Lo and behold, I got my BFP on 17 dpiui and was confirmed by a bloodtest. I couldn’t believe it. The line was faint but it was there. I am now 5 weeks 5 days pregnant and have seen the gestational sac on my scan yesterday. Hoping for a healthy and full-term pregnancy. Baby dust to all. :)
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BFP after 19 months ttc w/ PCOS and blocked tube

Hello soul cysters. Here is my story. I also never thought I would EVER post here. When I was younger, my cycles usually lasted 3-4 months, sometimes longer and sometimes shorter. I always have a good laugh at ladies who say their cycle length "varies so much" and then follow that up with "it's 28-38 days long." Really? I wish that were me :) Anyway, I never even realized anything was wrong. I was uneducated and the doctors never spelled out how much difficulty I'd have becoming pregnant. At some point, I went on hbc (hormonal birth control) and had regular cycles for those five years. I married DH in July 2013 and stopped hbc in September 2014. I didn't have a period after the withdrawal bleed for 4 months - in January 2015. I saw my obgyn and he ordered an HSG, diagnosed me with PCOS, and prescribed clomid for 3 cycles without any monitoring. The HSG revealed that my left tube was blocked - no fluid was able to get through. I cried all the way home. In the meantime, I'm making special trips to places like Whole Foods for natural remedies like maca root, vitex, and raspberry leaf tea..enough to cost a small fortune. I started using BBT and obviously discovered that I was not ovulating, and if I was, it was super late in the cycle like cd28 or cd36. I had continuous positives on opks that meant nothing as is typical of PCOS. I overanalyzed my BBT charts when there really wasn't any hope in it. I also joined a wonderfully supportive community - Kindara - and connected with other PCOS ladies. In April 2015, I had a consult with a fertility clinic. We didn't begin treatment immediately due to cost. We saved until September 2015 and officially started trying at the clinic. I also began acupuncture for fertility in August 2015. I stopped buying the natural remedies and focused on what my clinic and acupuncturist told me to do. I went through 3 timed intercourse/femara/ovidrel cycles = BFN. The 3rd femara cycle, all follicles were on my blocked side. I was devastated. Then, we did 2 timed intercourse cycles with gonal f, low dose hcg, and ovidrel = BFN. This brings us to January 2016. During the next cycle, I was forced to take a break because I had too many cysts..fast forward again to February 2016. At this point, DH and I decided we would do 1 or 2 iuis (he had no sperm issue so we had said no to iuis for a while), then take another several month break and save for IVF. We planned to start IVF around September 2016. But, IUI #1 with follistim, low dose hcg, and ovidrel did the trick!. BFP in March 2016...Beta #1 167; Beta #2 385. I'm also taking a prenatal, metformin, progesterone, levothyroxin (which I had to start doubling now that I am pregnant). I'm nervous and excited and hoping it's a sticky baby. I NEVER thought it would happen for us. I cried countless times over negative results, and over the stupid, insensitive things people say (I could write a book of these awful things!). Much love to all of you struggling to ttc with pcos and a blocked tube. I remember wanting to hear people say "never give up!" but I would also think...but maybe it won't happen. Just don't give up on your dreams, even if those dreams change over time. Never give up!! I was on progesterone so my symptoms may all be attributed to that, but I did have some lower back pain, bleeding gums, and different feeling cramps/bloating. Also, I did lose 20-30 lbs over the last year, but am still overweight (thanks pcos). <3

BFP After 6 years of trying. 2nd IUI

Hello All, Since 2012 I have been reading and stalking symptoms and BFP stories on here. Finally I have my own. Just a little background. My husband and I have been married for 8 years, together for 11 years. We have been trying for 6 years now as well. Finally in November 2015, we decided it was time to really get serous so we went to so a reproductive specialist. Result for the husband came back all normal, I was diagnose with Thyroid disease, so I was placed on medication to reduce it. No other issue. We tried 2 rounds of IUI. The first one I had a HSG Shot after the ultrasound showed 2 mature follicles. It was a failed month. On the second round (this month) it was a success. I really thought I was out by 9po since I had no symptoms and an earlier pt was negative. I was so sad the whole day. By night time, being additive to POAs, I took a second test. THE FAINTEST BARELY THERE SECOND LINE! I couldn’t believe it, but since it was only 9po, I disregarded it. 10dpo, I took a digital and FRER, both positive. I couldn’t believe it. It was so early but it is positive. I had a blood confirmation at 3weeks4days. Beta was 55. Doctor says it is a good number. I think, had I visited a RE sooner I would have saved myself much anxiety and probably would have conceived a long time ago. I am just so glad it did not take too long, because I can’t afford out of pocket medical expense any longer. Hoping this baby sticks! Thanks all for reading & wishing everyone BFPs!!

First IUI BFP 10dpo

IUI First IUI clomid days 5-9 two follicles one at 18mm and one at 17mm cd16 triggered that night 10000 norvel shot hcg and 36 hours later on cd 18 had IUI 25 million sperm post wash and great mobility! progesterone test cd25 was 14.5! also had great lining 10mm O/4dpo-Symptoms since ovulation. Sore and tender boobs on the sides, dizzy spells, bloated, very tired in afternoon and no energy, white CM and Vivid dreams. 5/6dpo-Cramping and very bloated super sore and tender breasts on sides and nipples very dizzy this morning starting to get tired and hungry 7dpo-More cramping and bloat boobs are more sore and tested out the shot I know I am pregnant also hungry again and more wet down there 8dpo-Very dizzy today and thirsty also boobs hurt worse today esp at night had light cramp and pulling yesterday and today and hungry More cramping and bloat gassy. Headache and very tired boobs still super sore had to take a nap very tired 9dpo-Boobs still very sore and still hungry got a bit of nausea and dull pressure in uterus all day also when i would get up I would feel a sharp pull and I only had that last time I was pregnant! Very tired In afternoon. Tested 10dpo with FMU and positive!!! 10dpo-very gassy insomnia and dull pressure. Very hungry Just want all the ladies out there to know it is possible to get pregnant! I've been ttc for 3 years now and have PCOS! Things I did this time was lose 20lbs and all my health tests checked out! Don't lose hope I never did! Hoping this is a sticky bean as I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks a year ago. Praying for healthy pregnancy! Baby dust to you all!
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BFP* iui first time

Same sex relationship 13yrs, highschool sweethearts. Graduated college ready for a family so we went right to a reproductive specialist. No major issues with fertility just no male partner. We used a sperm bank and they did our iui. During my cycle we used clomid... trigger shot(thigh) and iui 36hrs after trigger shot. No other meds. I was pregnant on our first try. So it's very much possible. 1dpiui bloated ovary pain 2dpiui bloated ovary pain 3dpiui ovary twinges dizzy 4dpiui ovary pain, dizzy when I initially stand up 5dpiui uterus and ovary pain 6dpiui gassy/burning in stomach and sharp/pulling sensation in groin 7dpiui nausea and light cramps 8dpiui nausea on/off entire day started at 11a, fatigue on/off, slightly soar breast/nipple, two vivid dreams that night 9dpiui very sharp ovary pain on right, nausea, fatigue, tested at 1107p BFP 11dpiui blood test BFP 13dpiui doubling HCG numbers remained BFP She came 3 day early 6lbs 3oz Blessings and pregnancy dust to you all.

Exactly 12 Months of Trying, 1st IUI w/ Femara, Low Count, Success!

Here's my story to help others still in the process. It'll happen, just keep doing what you're doing. Husband and I both are 31. Got off BC February of last year. Like many others I naively thought we'd conceive right away. In my excitement, I blabbed about it to everyone which later backfired as I kept being asked. Pro tip: Keep it to yourself if you can! For the first three months off BC I didn't get my period which was very unnerving. Finally got it, after some acupuncture and vitex, and kept trying. Started temping- never got a clear chart. Gave up on temping. Tried ovulation tests which were hit or miss. More acupuncture. More BFNs. Cycles erratic. I exercise regularly, drink infrequently and in moderation, and started taking supplements like bee pollen, spirulina, B12, Vitamin D, baby aspirin. Friends got pregnant by blinking, had babies, talked breastfeeding and whatever, while I carried on living that BFN life. In November I went to a specialist, was told I have mild PCOS i.e. I don't ovulate every month. Husband's count perfect. Started monitoring. Then December took Clomid which made me crazy and found out made my lining very thin. January Femara, BFN. Then February we decided to go forward with IUI with Femara because why not? Insurance covered it. Trigger shot the day before then the morning of IUI my husband's count was at 2.9 million which the doctor told us was very low. They did it anyways, offering for us to go for second IUI at their other location an hour away the next day if we wanted to. We decided against it (didn't want to make it more stressful than necessary.) Evening of IUI I had a beer at a friend's birthday and then we had sex that night and again the next afternoon. Doc had me take estradriol to support lining. Because of the low count I was pretty sure it was a no go this month. On top of that I had practically no symptoms (while other months I was CONVINCED we had conceived because I'd be feeling everything: sore breasts, tingling nipples, bloating, pulling, etc.) All I felt this month was like my period was about to start the entire week before the day it was due and I was PMSy af. So: DPO 1-7 nothing but some creamy CM DPO 8 - very faint blood after sex. Mild cramping. DPO 9 - Got anxious, took test, BFN. Mild period-like cramping. DPO 10 - PMS, crabby, barely tinted CM, little watery CM DPO 12 - PMS, slight sharpness behind bellybutton, wet but no spotting (CD27, day before period due.) DPO 13 - PMS cramps. Sex, no spotting. Period due. DPO 14 - Dark blown/black blood, not full flow. Figured it was my period, used tampon. Disappointed, drank a glass of wine with dinner, a beer later on in the evening. Later in the night realized something was up when tampon was practically clear. Hello implantation bleeding? DPO 15 - Took cheapie wondfo test first AM urine. Couldn't believe I was seeing a second line for the first time ever. BFP! Took two more cheapies later in the day, both positive. DPO 16 - And another, BFP. DPO 17 - FRER two lines right away. DPO 18 - Blood test at doctor's office. Confirmed! Relieved and hoping the next part goes smoothly. We haven't told anyone yet as we're both still stunned. Also gonna work on the whole keeping it to myself thing for a while until we learn a little more about how this pregnancy is going. But thanks for letting me at least share here, anonymously, with all of you! I know it's tough and can be a real mind-fuck with each passing month. Just remember you're a person first with interests, good qualities, and other attainable goals and that (hopefully) you and your partner like each other for reasons other than just becoming parents together. Good luck out there.

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