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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 3rd IUI with Injectables and Endo

I will start this story like so many that I've read before. I've been reading this site for about 2 years now, praying that one day I could post here. Finally, I can :)

Let's start from the beginning. My husband and I started TTC when I was 26, and he was 32. I had no reason to believe that it would be a difficult TTC road for us, but after a few months, I was feeling discouraged. I started buying ovulation predictor kits, switching brands, and trying new techniques. I used a fertility app to track my ovulation date. The timing was perfect nearly every month, for 12 months. Finally, I went to the doctor's and was referred to a fertility clinic.

We went for a battery of tests, and I had a HSG done. Tubes were open, but the ultrasounds showed spots on my left ovary indicative of Endo. We started on the IUI road, while I waited for my Lap surgery date to confirm Endo, and get rid of the Endometriomas. Devastated doesn't even describe how I felt the day they told me.

IUI #1: Puregon injections (50iu). We thought this was it! We just needed a little nudge. But I got a BFN, and was devastated.
IUI #2: Femara pills. Another BFN.
IUI #3: Puregon injections (100iu). Three mature eggs (yikes!), and four semi-mature at 15mm. Normally they wouldn't proceed, but with Endo, we all decided to go for it. I got my BFP exactly 10 days before my Lap surgery date. I shook, cried, and collapsed to the bathroom floor when I saw my very first BFP at 11DPO (faint, but there).

I am now 28, and 24 weeks pregnant. I will never forget the struggle it took to get here, and the pain I felt every month when AF arrived. There is hope to conceive without a Lap, and with IUIs (although injectables seem to have done the trick). My doctor said they work best for Endo.

Only distinct BFP symptom was a sharp, jolt-like pain at 9DPO (or 9 days post-IUI). It felt like little electric jolts in my uterus. I thought it may be from the Puregon injections earlier, but it turned out to be the implantation of one healthy little egg :)

Have hope ladies. It took us 2 years - you will get there one day.
xo

Happy We didn't give up!

Last month, I wrote a blog post asking for some advice - I was so torn as my husband and I had to come to the point where we needed to try something more or do nothing at all. The advice and support for the others on this site encouraged me to keep going when I felt so alone and didn't want to anymore. I am so happy that I did because we tried the sperm wash(IUI) with Letrozole, a trigger and progesterone and got a confirmed by blood work BFP yesterday!!! I am still in complete shock and both my husband and I are so happy, we are still slightly timid about getting overly excited just yet until we have the second blood work done this week and an ultrasound in a couple of weeks, as I lost a baby in April this year at 5 weeks. I am currently 4 weeks and feeling a lot different than the last, my morning sickness has already kicked in and woke me in the middle of the night yesterday! Who would have thought I'd be so happy to feel so crappy? Feeling lots of tenderness and light cramping which my nurse said was normal. I am just so thrilled to be here, it seemed like this day would never come. Now I am just waiting to be able to share the good news with our family and friends, I just couldn't be happier. I hope all of the ladies on this site, have happy and healthy pregnancies; and those still in the midst of trying - if I could offer you the same advice I got - don't give up. I will be praying and thinking of you all! Good Luck. :)

Rainbow Baby, after a LONG wait :)

I am PREGNANT!! I can't get enough of that word. It still feels completely surreal and Oh, so amazing :)
My story...
My Hubs and I have a 6 year old little miracle son that we conceived naturally. We have been TTC for nearly 5 years to give him a sibling with 4 losses, 2 laparoscopies (diagnosing/removing endometriosis, adhesions and scar tissue), 2 saline uterine scans (one identifying uterine polyps) and 2 iui's (the last one in April, ending in a very early loss. I was spotting before I even got my BFP and a few days later, it was all over)
I am 7 weeks, 1 day and we saw the most beautiful little bean yesterday with a strong heartbeat! Here are the details of my cycle/symptoms for anyone it may help.
Cycle Deets,
-Gonal F injections, cycle day 4-10
-Final follicle scan showed 4 competing follicles, ranging from 17.5-20mm, trigger shot that night
-iui 36 hours after trigger, Hubby's count was 17.5 million post wash with 90% motility
-Endometrin suppositories, twice per day, beginning 2 dpiui and continuing now
-I was on COQ10, 400mg additional Folic Acid, a Prenatal, once a day baby aspirin and had pineapple core
2-6dpiui
Symptoms,
-iui day, Major cramping all day and night
-4dpiui, super sleepy
-7dpiui, break out on my chin (rare for me) and minor cramping
-8dpiui, more sharp cramps, sleepiness intensifies
-9dpiui, intense cramps (I think implantation day) began having WILD dreams
-13dpiui, evening test (pictured) immediately turned positive

The one major thing that we did differently was try to relax & "take it easy" per my sweet Hubs and RE. My only advice, after ALL of these years, is that although it's impossible to keep your mind off of TTC, especially when going through fertility treatment, set yourself up for success. Don't tell too many people that may worry you and ask questions, don't test early (as hard as this is, it saved me! I am awful for squinting at tests at 8dpo!!), chart your symptoms so that you are aware of them, and move on! I prayed a lot and every time I got anxious and worried (often!), I just thanked God for our miracle. I know it seems simple, but I think the best we can do is keep our crazy under control. I feel for all of you long time TTC'ers. I pray you're looking at double pink lines soon :)

5IUI's later and now i'm an ecstatic mummy to be!

Ladies, I am very excited to share my BFP story and hope it helps others waiting. Our journey began long before I met hubby and he decided to have a vasectomy shortly after having his ds from a prev relationship. From the very beginning he knew I wanted children and he was open to having a reversal. A few months before our wedding dh had the reversal but shortly after we were married we got the results of his SA and it came back 0. We were devastated as we were told it was a 98% chance it would be successful. His surgeon referred us to the fertility clinic so we could learn our options. After speaking with the Dr there we decided financially our best option was IUI with donor sperm. All my tests came back good so once we picked our donor we could start right away. The Dr said as I have never tried to get pregnant before it would be best to do 3cycles unmedicated as we don't know how fertile I am. Then from there we would add meds. So we did our 3 cycles each time I was so excited and optimistic but unfortunately each time af arrived even before my blood tests and I was devastated. Finally we were moving on to medicated cycles. My first cycle I only showed 1 follicle even with the clomid. We triggered and iui and I just knew that this was the kick I needed and this was our month...no such luck. We were only able to do a max of 6 tries financially so I was so scared that this was number four and still bfn.

DH and I decided we needed to take a break to unwind and relax. We took 6 months off and in June we went on a relaxing vacation. The day our vacation ended was day 1 and my plan was to call the clinic and start right away but I came home with a stomach bug so we held off one more month.

Which brings us to this cycle. July 25 I called the clinic and reported my day one. We did 100mg clomid from cd 3-7. Ultrasound monitoring first showed 2 follicles and a good lining. By my 3rd and final ultrasound I have 3 follies and a great lining. Cd 12 trigger and 14 was iui day. 36 hours after trigger. My goal this month was to try to spend as little time thinking about it as possible so I do not have day by day symptoms but I will list what I noticed.

The evening of iui I have pain like I had not had after any other iuis. My uterus felt full and my left ovary (where I had the 2 follies) was sore. I think we timed it absolutely perfect. The next day or so I had some cramping then things went back to normal. 6 dpiui we were on a big family camping trip and my sister made a comment that is so her but I almost cried. I thought this was weird but was to early to think to much of it. After returning from our camping trip I noticed cramping, I threw up on two separate days and was having hot flashes but the thing I have noticed the most is how tired I am. Hubby and I decided no early testing and just kept ourselves busy. The clomid had pushed back my ovulation so I was not sure when af was due but my Lt phase is normally 11-13 days so once i passed that I considered myself late. Our clinic tests at 17dpiui to make sure no chemical pregnancy is picked up but at 15dpiui dh and I tested together and I got a pregnant 2-3 weeks on the digital. At 17dpiui I had my blood and the clinic said my numbers look great and booked me for an ultrasound on Sept 14 to find out if more than one of those follies succeeded in implanting.

When people are trying one of the comments everyone makes is once you stop trying it will happen...we do not have that option but I decided this cycle I was going to try to get as close to that as possible. I went to my appointments and took my meds as I was supposed to but other than that I lived my life normal. Normally I stop drinking over think what I am eating and stress if I miss my vit. This month I went out for dinner with friends had a few drinks and relaxed about symptom spotting. Even my mum noticed how different I was. I really think this helped.

I am not 4w5d and could not be happier. I wish each and everyone of you luck in this journey and hope you all find peace in the hard times and ride the highs as long as possible!

BFP 2nd IUI, 3 years TTC!

I feel like everyone says this, but I really cannot believe it's finally my turn. I feel like the journey has been so long and heartbreaking, it definitely has not sunk in yet... I have spent the last 3 years reading these stories and every message board imaginable, so I want to post my full story below for those of you who have similar situations and need some hope!

We started TTC 3 years ago, of course thinking it would happen right away. After a year I went to my OB, who wanted to have my husband tested since my cycles are super regular. It took us a good 6 months to get the courage to get the test, and it came back with morphology of 1%. DH started vitamins and we retested 3 months later, it increased to 2% (whoopie!) Around that time, DH was in physician assistant school, and they just happened to be learning about varicoceles. He was pretty sure he had one as it would cause discomfort and he could feel it. We scheduled an appt with a urologist, which took a couple months then another month to get an ultrasound to confirm. After that, we scheduled surgery which was pushed back due to DH's school schedule, so it finally happened in February 2015. While waiting for surgery, we did try 6 months of Femara and progesterone supplements, but it didn't work. While waiting for the 3 month analysis post-surgery, we saw the RE who said we could try IUI or go right to IVF. I wanted to do IVF and skip IUI, but DH really wanted to try IUI first. In the meantime, the RE ordered some basic bloodwork and found out I had hypothyroidism, so I was put on synthroid and my levels are good now. Hubby's analysis came back in May and morphology had increased to 4%, which is actually on the low end of normal! It was a small victory, but I agreed to do IUI first given the improvement.

I really wanted to do a hybrid IUI with Femara and injectables right away, but hubby wanted to try one with just Femara first. We did that in July. I had 3 follicles at 22, 18 and 15 mm at trigger on CD 10. IUI was on CD 12. I was devastated when the post-wash count was 12 million, as hubby's count had always been in the 100 thousand's. I knew it would go down post-wash but I was so confused why it was so low! I know they say anything over 10 is fine though, so I tried not to worry too much. I didn't even need to test when my period showed up 13 dpiui.

Next we moved to Femara days 3-7, with 75 iu gonal-F starting day 7. I ovulate on day 11/12 on my own, and triggered on day 10 the previous IUI. My RE wanted to do my first ultrasound on day 10 again, but I asked to do it on day 9 because I was worried with the gonal-F that my follicles would grow faster or something and we would miss it. Well, I was really glad I insisted on day 9 because after the ultrasound, the doctor said I had 7 follicles, 3 were at 14 ish and 4 were 12/13. He said I had to trigger that day or cancel the cycle because of too many. I scoured the internet and could not find one instance where someone triggered with such small follicles! I kept trying to tell myself that my follicles grow fast and there could still be a chance, but I was not that optimistic. IUI was CD 11, and I almost cried when they told us the post-wash count was 39.2 million this time- huge improvement over last time!

Looking back, here are my symptoms. After 3 years of TTC, I tried not to read too much into anything because I felt like I had different symptoms every cycle!

Day of IUI - 4 dpiui- I felt STRONG ovulation pain a couple hours after the IUI (about 38 hours post trigger). My first IUI I felt more cramping at 24 hours past trigger (Maybe another reason that first one didn't work?) My ovaries were fairly sore for a good 4 days. I only took short walks and tried to take it easy. I felt like I could literally feel gas and any sort of pressure from my bladder and bowels. I was worried I had OHSS, but was happy when it started going away.

5 dpiui- 6 dpiui - Nothing too out of the ordinary

7 dpiui- This is when hubby and I both sort of suspected something was up. I had slept 11 hours Friday night, then Saturday (7 dpiui) I took a 3 hour nap, then slept 12 hours Saturday night too. I also woke up in the middle of the night starving which is weird for me.

8 dpiui- I started testing out my trigger. My first IUI I had tested it out and it was still very faintly there until 12-13 dpiui so I was expecting the same. I got a slight sore throat this day, which I attributed to allergies. I have gotten colds/sore throats in the 2WW before, so I was telling myself it didn't mean anything. I continue to get a dry throat/cough at night.

9 dpiui- Still had a sore throat. I also noticed that shoes I always wear were giving me blisters and never had before. I thought it was strange, but thought maybe my feet were swelling? Also had just a small amount of blood when wiping a couple times, and started to think maybe IB??

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39, Mild PCOS, 1st IUI

Greetings!

We had our first IUI, Sunday July 19. I am 39, diagnosed with "skinny" PCOS. My fiancé has no issues. We started trying to conceive in November 2014. In April 2014, I had my gyno give me the Clomid Challenge; my LH can back abnormal so she referred me to an RE.

At the first appointment with my RE she diagnosed me with PCOS after performing an ultrasound. My cycles has never been irregular. I had the HSG, no blocked tubes so I was then put on Letrozole 5mg 3-7, on the last day of the Letrozole, we did a shot of Bravelle. At my mid-cycle ultra, the RE was very pleased with how I had responded to the meds. I had several mature follicles(not sure how many, I think 4) with the largest being 21mm. We triggered that night with 10,000iu of Noveral and BD'd using pre-seed. We were told to abstain the next day and to come in Sunday morning, July 19 for the IUI. My fiancé had a total of 95 million sperm and 26 million post-wash with 30% motility. On Wednesday after the IUI I was told to start taking 200mg of prometrium vaginally once a night. At 14dpiui I had a dark positive on a CB test. My first beta was Monday and the results were good, 253.2. I will have another one tomorrow morning to make sure the numbers are doubling.

I haven't had many symptoms and still can't believe I am pregnant. I have been experiencing my cramps/twinges since the IUI. Minor back aches and side boob aches. Currently, my nips are sore and I still have mild cramps. I really thought I was out this month and had made my peace with it. God had other plans. :-)

I know it's hard to stay encouraged so I wanted to tell my story in hopes that it will encourage someone. Sending lots of baby dust to everyone and remaining cautiously optimistic!

39, Mild PCOS, 1st IUI

Greetings!

Like many of you, I have stalked this site while TTC and reading everyone's stories has really been a blessing. Now that I have my bfp, I want to pay it forward...

I am 39 and was recently diagnosed with "skinny" PCOS. My periods were never irregular; however, I may have had some cycles where I didn't ovulate. Because of my age(just turned 39 in May) my fiancé and I decided to start trying to conceived right away which was November 2014. In April 2014, I had my gyno give me the Clomid challenge and my LH can back abnormal so she referred me to an RE. At my appointment with the RE, she performed an ultrasound(I just so happen to be 3 days into my menstrual cycle) and showed me the cysts in my ovaries. At that visit I also had blood drawn for genetic screening and was scheduled for an HSG. The HSG, although a little painful, came back great and showed no blockage. Subsequently, my fiancé had an SA, which can back normal. We discussed a treatment plan with our RE which included a medicated/monitored cycle and because of my age we decided we wanted to be aggressive and do an IUI.

I was prescribed Letrozole 5mg days 3-7, on the last day of the Letrozole we had to administer a shot of Bravelle. At my mid-cycle ultrasound the RE was pleased with how I responded to the medications and advised that I had several mature follicles(can't remember how many maybe 4), the largest was 21mm. She told us to trigger that night with Novarel 10,000 iu. We were also advised to BD the night of the trigger, skip the next day, and come in Sunday morning, July 19 for the IUI.

The IUI went smooth. We had 95 million total sperm and 26 million post-wash with 30% motility. During the TWW I didn't have many symptoms, primarily some minor cramps/twinges, gas, bloating/full feeling in my uterus which all could be attributed to the progesterone, which I have been taking 200 mg once a night vaginally since Wednesday after the IUI. In addition to what's been mentioned already, I have been taking baby aspirin everyday, ate pineapples for about 5 days post-IUI and have been taking prenatal vitamins since we first started trying to conceived. I had a dark positive with CB on 14dpiui and I had my first beta yesterday and the results were good, 253.2. I go back for another one in the morning to make sure the numbers are doubling. I still can't believe I am pregnant.... LOL! It's early still but we are remaining cautiously optimistic.

I give ALL the praise to God! Please don't give up! Praying for you all!

BFP IUI-Gonal F cycle 1

My DH 28 and I 29 have been TTC for a year. Month after month of trying naturally failed. it is truly the most disheartening feeling to go through the process of OPK's....timing the BDing especially with extremely busy schedules, long commute and hectic work and the worst part is having to see the negative pregnancy tests each month. this caused me much grief, depression and cynicism.

After 6 months of TTC naturally we started seeing a fertility specialist who ordered a myriad of tests. the anxiety was affecting me and all the tests were taking so much time and i was becoming so impatient and frustrated but knew we had to take our time and try to get to a root cause. all my tests came up perfect but DH was diagnosed with teratozoospermia; meaning his morphology was bad. Doc suggested an IUI and we signed up to begin. Before beginning; upon discovering the sperm morphology issue we proceeded to purchase fertilaid for men along with count boost and motility and retested in 6 weeks which showed triple the numbers and normal morphology. it also helped that DH stopped taking warm/hot showers completely per doctor's recommendation.

Doc advised us that we can continue to try naturally which we did for one more month...again another failure.

We did the IUI with injectibles. i had no side effects from the gonal f and good stimulation. we had 2 good sized follicles and triggered on day 13 of having started taking the daily injections. i had back to back iui's on day 13 and 14 and also took endometrin every day after.

DH and i put all our hope and faith into this try and believed with whole heart this had to be it....my birthday was approaching and we anticipated it because a year ago on my birthday was when we first began the TTC journey. the much talked about bethlehem star which appears every 2000 years was out in full effect and shining and it followed me all the way home while i lay with my knees up in the back seat of our SUV on our 1 hour drive home after our first IUI. something felt very promising about that....

1-4 dpo felt no symptoms....maybe a few minor tugs on the left side but thats it
5dpo-7 dpo--started having vivid dreams to the point where i felt i was dreaming all night....woke up in nightsweats and needed a fan even though the AC was on full blast....just felt soo warm and uncomfortable....had hard time falling back asleep. started feeling thirsty during night and feeling the need to pee during night which never happens
8dpo---i sat home alone watching the chronicles of narnia and ate a huge plate of food and still felt hungry...couldnt stop eating then all of a sudden...i started crying (it wasnt even a sad part---it was a fight scene)....and i could not stop crying...it was insane...i had no control over it...the tears and sobbing continued for a good 8 mins.
no cm observed except that endometrin is messy and causes discharge (usually white) as it is a white vaginal suppository
9 -10dpo-extreme tiredness....napping during day which never happens....falling asleep anywhere from couch to car....continue to have night sweats, vivid dreams
11 dpo--DH asks me when im going to test...told him period not due until next 5-6 days so didnt want to take the chance and test too early in case of false negative. tested anyway with FRER and FMU and after 2.5 mins saw a second faint pink line. God alone knows how long and hard i had hoped and wished to see 2 lines on a stick. it was surreal for DH and I ...we could not believe it and were excited but cautious
12 dpo tested with another FRER and FMU...faint positive again....2 lines very clear...second line came up in under 30 seconds
13 dpo tested with another FRER and FMU this time late in the evening...instantly 2 dark lines showed up.....so excited.

First IUI and we had success!!!!!!!! I am hoping and praying hard each day for a successful pregnancy! there is a possibility of twins whcih is also exciting.

I took mucinex daily about 6 days before expected ovulation date, also took red raspberry leaf tablets, maca, fertilaid for women.

Trust in God ladies....not in statistics....i worried over statistics till i went crazy. tell yourself it will happen. believe. have faith. put faith into action. DH and i bought 2 pink baby vests and a pack of huggies little snugglers and slept with the vest and diapers each night as if we were hugging them.

These boards have given me lots of hope on my journey and just want to tell you all still trying that it WILL happen for you!

BFP Clomid + IUI Cycle #3

I am so glad I came across this discussion board and all of your stories just 3 days ago. My husband and I have been TTC for two years, since we got married in July of 2013. I am 33 and he is 32 (both going on 34 and 33 in a couple of weeks) and the only thing that was a concern was my hypothyroidism. In 2012, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and had the radioactive iodine treatment, which eventually made me hypothyroid and placed on thyroid medication. We TTC on our own for a year at the recommendation of my doctor but were not successful. My doctor then asked if I wanted to be referred to infertility and I said yes. TTC on our own put such a strain on our marriage - using OPK to determine my fertility window, I became obsessive about BD during those days no matter what, even if we were dead tired and had to get up early for work the next day. I really felt the urgency because I felt like I was past my baby-making prime being that I was already in my 30s. Some of those nights, my husband was just not up for BD because he commutes an hour to and from work and has to get up really early. On top of that, he did not feel the urgency I did because he felt I was still young and there are many women who get pregnant at my age and older. It got to a point where one night, when he wasn't up for it, I got so upset and we ended up staying up late discussing everything. I came to the realization that we may never get on the same page in terms of the urgency to get pregnant and he even suggested that perhaps we needed to seek counseling to get us on the same page. I was so disheartened at this - I wanted to have a baby so bad but at the same time I was really concerned that after only one year of marriage, we were already talking about seeking counseling. We eventually agreed that the referral to infertility may be helpful in more ways than one.

We had our consultation in September 2014 and diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The plan was to start with Clomid and IUI for a few cycles before moving on. We did our first cycle in October 2014 and second in November 2014, both ending in BFN. Because the process is so time consuming and required us to take time off work, we decided to take a break and wait until my Spring Break (I am a teacher) in March. When I went back in March to start a new cycle, the ultrasound showed that I had a cyst on my right ovary and I had to skip that cycle. After that, we just decided to wait until summer as I would be on break and my husband took the entire month of July off for vacation. I had been going through a lot of stress because of work so it was best to wait until I was stress free and was able to go in anytime.

We did our IUI on July 1st and I was told to go in for a blood test two weeks later, which would be July 15. A few days after our IUI, we went down to Disneyland for a couple of days. I figured maybe a couple of days at the Happiest Place on Earth would do us some good. When we got back, I was extremely exhausted...unusual from the I normally am after some time away. I was taking at 1-2 naps every day and sleeping 8-10 hours and on top of that, I was getting up to pee every hour. So I started searching the internet about IUI success stories, early symptoms, etc. and I came across this board. I read that several of you tested early around 10-12 DPIUI so after that on Sat night (7/11) I decided to take a HPT just for fun...I expected to get a BFN since that's what I usually got when I tested early but l got a BFP instead! I was still cautious about it because I didn't want to get my hopes up only to be disappointed later so I decided that I would test again the next day but with a couple of different brands - again I got a BFP on both tests I took. Still cautious after that but more hopeful since I can't possibly have that many false positives, right? Well, I tested yesterday and today and again both were positive. My blood test is scheduled for tomorrow so we're hoping it is confirmed!

I don't wish infertility on anyone. It's such a difficult experience to go through, especially when it is unexplained. It's so easy to get discouraged because you pretty much have no control over making it (pregnancy) happen and you see it happening to so many people around you so easily. I really think finding boards like this or finding people you can talk to for support is really helpful. I've been on several forums for people who are struggling with infertility and doing treatments like IUI and I found it comforting. I also know a former high school classmate of mine who was open about her struggle with infertility on FaceBook so I reached out to her when we got our referral and she really gave me some great advice and encouragement. Don't give up hope! Find the right people that you can go to and read/listen to experiences of people who are going through or have gone through the same thing.

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BFP Clomid + IUI Cycle #3

I am so glad I came across this discussion board and all of your stories just 3 days ago. My husband and I have been TTC for two years, since we got married in July of 2013. I am 33 and he is 32 (both going on 34 and 33 in a couple of weeks) and the only thing that was a concern was my hypothyroidism. In 2012, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and had the radioactive iodine treatment, which eventually made me hypothyroid and placed on thyroid medication. We TTC on our own for a year at the recommendation of my doctor but were not successful. My doctor then asked if I wanted to be referred to infertility and I said yes. TTC on our own put such a strain on our marriage - using OPK to determine my fertility window, I became obsessive about BD during those days no matter what, even if we were dead tired and had to get up early for work the next day. I really felt the urgency because I felt like I was past my baby-making prime being that I was already in my 30s. Some of those nights, my husband was just not up for BD because he commutes an hour to and from work and has to get up really early. On top of that, he did not feel the urgency I did because he felt I was still young and there are many women who get pregnant at my age and older. It got to a point where one night, when he wasn't up for it, I got so upset and we ended up staying up late discussing everything. I came to the realization that we may never get on the same page in terms of the urgency to get pregnant and he even suggested that perhaps we needed to seek counseling to get us on the same page. I was so disheartened at this - I wanted to have a baby so bad but at the same time I was really concerned that after only one year of marriage, we were already talking about seeking counseling. We eventually agreed that the referral to infertility may be helpful in more ways than one.

We had our consultation in September 2014 and diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The plan was to start with Clomid and IUI for a few cycles before moving on. We did our first cycle in October 2014 and second in November 2014, both ending in BFN. Because the process is so time consuming and required us to take time off work, we decided to take a break and wait until my Spring Break (I am a teacher) in March. When I went back in March to start a new cycle, the ultrasound showed that I had a cyst on my right ovary and I had to skip that cycle. After that, we just decided to wait until summer as I would be on break and my husband took the entire month of July off for vacation. I had been going through a lot of stress because of work so it was best to wait until I was stress free and was able to go in anytime.

We did our IUI on July 1st and I was told to go in for a blood test two weeks later, which would be July 15. A few days after our IUI, we went down to Disneyland for a couple of days. I figured maybe a couple of days at the Happiest Place on Earth would do us some good. When we got back, I was extremely exhausted...unusual from the I normally am after some time away. I was taking at 1-2 naps every day and sleeping 8-10 hours and on top of that, I was getting up to pee every hour. So I started searching the internet about IUI success stories, early symptoms, etc. and I came across this board. I read that several of you tested early around 10-12 DPIUI so after that on Sat night (7/11) I decided to take a HPT just for fun...I expected to get a BFN since that's what I usually got when I tested early but l got a BFP instead! I was still cautious about it because I didn't want to get my hopes up only to be disappointed later so I decided that I would test again the next day but with a couple of different brands - again I got a BFP on both tests I took. Still cautious after that but more hopeful since I can't possibly have that many false positives, right? Well, I tested yesterday and today and again both were positive. My blood test is scheduled for tomorrow so we're hoping it is confirmed!

I don't wish infertility on anyone. It's such a difficult experience to go through, especially when it is unexplained. It's so easy to get discouraged because you pretty much have no control over making it (pregnancy) happen and you see it happening to so many people around you so easily. I really think finding boards like this or finding people you can talk to for support is really helpful. I've been on several forums for people who are struggling with infertility and doing treatments like IUI and I found it comforting. I also know a former high school classmate of mine who was open about her struggle with infertility on FaceBook so I reached out to her when we got our referral and she really gave me some great advice and encouragement. Don't give up hope! Find the right people that you can go to and read/listen to experiences of people who are going through or have gone through the same thing.

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