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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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2nd Try... Natural IUI

I am so happy and wanted to share my story with others in hopes that it will help boost your confidence and help you stay positive! After 9 months of ttc with no luck, we decided to go to the fertility doctor and take some tests... we learned that my husband has a low sperm count and low motility. I have a low egg reserve. The doctor recommended a natural IUI (3 times before moving to the next option). 1st IUI... post wash my husband had 26 mil sperm. I had every symptom in the book.. loads of cm, weird twitches and cramps, tired, nauseous, everything! But got AF on the day she was due. 2nd IUI... worked for us... and my husband only had 2 mil sperm post wash. They weren't happy with that number at all. Here's what worked for me... I layed there for 15 mins after the IUI with my knees bent... then went home immediately after and kept my feet up for a few hours. I did the pineapple core thing (1 piece a day for 5 days)... took it pretty easy (but I have a 2 year old daughter so it's sometimes hard to). Then during the 2ww, I did a lot of things that would keep me relaxed and my mind off of it all (played games with my hubby, shopped, drank wine when I wanted to, etc). I stayed busy! Before I knew it.. the 2ww was almost over. I didn't track my symptoms day by day... but I hardly had any... 7 and 8dpiui - gassy, bloated 9dpiui - super gassy and weird cramping right below my ribs, bowel movements more often (2-3 a day) 10dpiui - same as above 11dpiui - super bad cramps to where I thought AF was coming... but could've been gas too 12dpiui - No cm (not normal for me.. I normally have a ton the week before AF), super gassy, bloated, waking up in the middle of the night wide awake, peeing 2 to 3 times in the night, woke up shaky and feeling like I had coffee but I didn't, can't stop eating, need a nap in the middle of the day, cramps off and on, BFP I hope this helps somebody! Don't give up and stay positive! It's not a bad thing to get double checked and tested either... baby dust!

2nd try and got a BFP!!

I feel very blessed to be able to share our BFP story. For a few month prior to my first IUI (and still continuing) I was taking prenatal pills, baby aspirin, folic acid and Vitamin D. Then my RE put me on letrozole CD days 3-7. I took one 50IU shot of follistem on CD 7. On CD 12 I had the ultrasound, which showed one 24mm, 17mm, and 15mm follicle. Immediately after the ultrasound I got a 10,000IU HCG trigger shot then 30hrs later had my first IUI. 10dpiui I tested and got a BFN and everyday after all tests continued to be BFNs. Although I was disappointed, I was very much ready for round two. I felt like I was better equipped because I had been reading and researching so much during the 2ww. My second IUI was almost the same except on CD 7 and 9 I took 75IU shot of follistem and had my ultrasound on CD 11. The ultrasound showed two 20mm follicles, and one 17mm follicle. My doctor did the HCG trigger right afterward but knocked it down to 5000IU instead of 10,000 in hopes that I would only release the two bigger eggs. 30 hours later I had the IUI done. So the main difference between the first IUI and the second was the follistem and doing the trigger and IUI one day sooner. At the time I had the IUI, I felt this tugging in my ovaries (like I was about to ovulate very soon). From 1dpiui to 5dpiui I experienced a lot of lower back pain mainly on my right side. I would also feel that pain go down my right leg. No sore boobies 6dpiui the lower back pain wasn't as bad, but I did feel slight twinges in my lower abdomen and when I urinated I saw the tiniest little speck of blood on the toilet paper. No sore boobies 7-9dpiui I tested to ensure the trigger was out of my system. Slight back pain still and no sore boobies. Confirmed trigger shot was gone and test strips were all BFNs. 10dpiui I tested and got a BFP. I was happy but a little skeptical and didn't want to let my self get excited. Back pain and mild cramping began. No sore boobies 11dpiui I tested again and got a BFP and I tested again after that and got another BFP. I continued to have mild cramping and lower back pain. No sore boobies. 13dpiui I had the blood test done and confirmed my pregnancy. My HCG levels are a little high which may indicate more than one...yikes. To everyone who is TTC, I hope and pray your BFP arrives soon. We had previously tried several times on our own with no success and feel very blessed to have found an amazing RE who has been an integral part of making this new journey possible.

2nd try and got a BFP!!

I feel very blessed to be able to share our BFP story. For a few month prior to my first IUI (and still continuing) I was taking prenatal pills, baby aspirin, folic acid and Vitamin D. Then my RE put me on letrozole CD days 3-7. I took one 50IU shot of follistem on CD 7. On CD 12 I had the ultrasound, which showed one 24mm, 17mm, and 15mm follicle. Immediately after the ultrasound I got a 10,000IU HCG trigger shot then 30hrs later had my first IUI. 10dpiui I tested and got a BFN and everyday after all tests continued to be BFNs. Although I was disappointed, I was very much ready for round two. I felt like I was better equipped because I had been reading and researching so much during the 2ww. My second IUI was almost the same except on CD 7 and 9 I took 75IU shot of follistem and had my ultrasound on CD 11. The ultrasound showed two 20mm follicles, and one 17mm follicle. My doctor did the HCG trigger right afterward but knocked it down to 5000IU instead of 10,000 in hopes that I would only release the two bigger eggs. 30 hours later I had the IUI done. So the main difference between the first IUI and the second was the follistem and doing the trigger and IUI one day sooner. At the time I had the IUI, I felt this tugging in my ovaries (like I was about to ovulate very soon). From 1dpiui to 5dpiui I experienced a lot of lower back pain mainly on my right side. I would also feel that pain go down my right leg. No sore boobies 6dpiui the lower back pain wasn't as bad, but I did feel slight twinges in my lower abdomen and when I urinated I saw the tiniest little speck of blood on the toilet paper. No sore boobies 7-9dpiui I tested to ensure the trigger was out of my system. Slight back pain still and no sore boobies. Confirmed trigger shot was gone and test strips were all BFNs. 10dpiui I tested and got a BFP. I was happy but a little skeptical and didn't want to let my self get excited. Back pain and mild cramping began. No sore boobies 11dpiui I tested again and got a BFP and I tested again after that and got another BFP. I continued to have mild cramping and lower back pain. No sore boobies. 13dpiui I had the blood test done and confirmed my pregnancy. My HCG levels are a little high which may indicate more than one...yikes. To everyone who is TTC, I hope and pray your BFP arrives soon. We had previously tried several times on our own with no success and feel very blessed to have found an amazing RE who has been an integral part of making this new journey possible.

BFP Baby#2 and IUI #2

I always said that as soon as I got my BFP, I would post here. Just in case there is even one person out there that could benefit from my story, as i have benefited from all of yours so much. So, here it goes- we have been ttc baby #2 for a year now. It took us 2 years and 2 miscarriages to have DD, but we were able to get pregnant with her with no fertility treatments. Anyway, fast forward to now and she is 18 months and perfect. We knew that we wanted more children and decided to start trying when she was 6 months old due to our age(I'm 32 and DD is 35) and the troubles that we had the first go around. It took us 6 months to get pregnant and I finally got a BFP back in July, only to find that the pregnancy tests kept getting lighter until finally AF arrived. We were devastated to say the least, and immediately got the ball rolling on fertility testing and next steps. Being proactive was the only thing that kept us sane. There were a few things that came back from our testing, the biggest was that I have an overactive thyroid which my RE says could have been causing the miscarriages...he says that my thyroid could have seen the baby implanting as a foreign object to my body and rejecting it. He prescribed me a low dose steroid in case this was the issue. I should also mention that DH has no issues...his count and motility have always been great. After trying for another couple of months naturally, we decided our next step was clomid and IUI. We decided that we would give it 3 months then move on to IVF as a last resort. Our first IUI, we both had so much hope. We truly thought it was going to work. Partly because it was the first time, and partly because our numbers were so great...I had 2 mature follicles, and 2 medium sized ones. Hubby's count post wash was 94 million with 86% motility! We really thought we nailed it, only to get a BFN in November. Now for IUI #2- everything was a mess. I thought that I had ovulated prior to the trigger shot, as I got a very strong positive on an OPK. My follicle check only showed one at 17 and another at 13. My lining was at 5.6 from the clomid and I read that it was next to impossible to have successful implantation with anything under 7-8. My RE assured me that we still had 2 days for the follicles and lining to increase. We nearly cancelled the IUI because I thought that I already ovulated, and I wasn't convinced that my numbers were strong enough. We figured, what the heck..we're already so far along in the process. Let's just do it, so we did. Hubby's counts were strong again, 76 million and 86% motility. Even though my RE told me not to test early, I did of course :) I started testing at 9dpiui and saw a very faint line. I thought it could be the trigger so I tried not to get excited. Then I tested the next day and the next, the lines kept getting darker. The Clearblue digital also came back at "pregnant 1-2". We confirmed with a blood test at 13dpiui and here are my betas- Beta 13dpiui- 118, progesterone at 16 Beta 16dpiui- 800, progesterone at 11.6(RE immediately put me on supplements twice a day) Beta 20dpiui- 2799, progesterone at 20.6 It's still so early, that I won't feel completely comfortable until I hear a heartbeat. We're scheduled for our first ultrasound Thursday. I'll just be trying to calm my nerves until then! I do want to mention a few things that I did differently this cycle- drank pomegranate juice as soon as I heard that my lining dipped(not sure if it helped, but I thought-why not?), prenatal and baby aspirin every day. Hubby and I bd'd on CD8, 10, 14(day after IUI), and 15. I truly believe that I ovulated early and bd'ing on CD8 or 10 is what did it for us. We never do it that early(usually start on day 11 or 2 to give it the best swimmers..lol). I took the advice on my RE and did it on those days and I believe that is why I got my BFP. Lastly, symptoms before my BFP were slim but I did get a sore throat and stuffy nose somewhere around 5-7dpiui. I also remember wiping and seeing a twinge on brown 6dpiui. Must have been implantation bleeding. Also, frequent urination- I notice it mostly at night. Previously, I would get up once during the night but lately it's been 3 times or more. Other than that, not much to report. Ladies, I know that it seems hopeless sometimes, but persistence is what got us here. I love being a mom so much and I would have continued trying for years if I knew I would eventually be staring at 2 pink lines. Don't lose hope, and just know that you aren't alone. Fingers crossed that you all get your BFP's soon :)

BFP??? Do you see it? 9dpiui

Trying to conceive for almost 16 months. I am 9dpiui after my first ever IUI. I had not had a wiff of a BFP all this time (in fact, stopped testing for 6 months because it was causing me extreme depression). For this first time I've had ZERO symptoms. No sore boobs, no tingling nipples, NOTHING. Last night I had some electric/pulling sensations in my lower belly that went on for about an hour. This morning I broke down and POAS. I see something, but need your guys expert opinion! THANK YOU BEAUTIFUL LADIES!!!

BFP after chemical last month

Hello. I'm back. Last month on 10/25/15 I posted my BFP, but it ended in a chemical. This month it's for real! These are my cycle symptoms: CD 1 Started period. CD 2 CD 3 CD 4 CD 5 Started round 2 of meds. 1 shot Gonal F. Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 6 Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 7 1 shot Gonal F. Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 8 Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 9 1 shot Gonal F. Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 10 CD 11 Ultrasound. 2 follicles in left ovary 15mm each. Doc not happy. Menopur shot today. CD 12 CD 13 Menopur shot today. CD 14 Ultrasound, follicle in left ovary 21mm, follicle in right ovary 16mm, uterine lining 10mm CD 15 BD (date night!). Also trigger shot 11pm (convinced I O’d before trigger kicked in) EWCM 1 DPO EWCM 2 DPO IUI #2. 73million post wash. EWCM 3 DPO BD. No EWCM 4 DPO Secondary Estrogen Surge??? EWCM 5 DPO Secondary Estrogen Surge??? EWCM 6 DPO Watery CM 7 DPO 8 DPO light brown once when I wiped in evening! 9 DPO light brown once when I wiped in morning! Sore nipples at night. Super light BFP on internet cheapie, probably still trigger shot. 10 DPO BFN in the morning. Trigger probably gone. Then super faint BFP at night. 11 DPO Still faint BFP 12 DPO Breasts sore. Didn’t test today. 13 DPO Darker but still light BFP 14 DPO BFP on First Response Digital Gold! 15 DPO 16 DPO BFP confirmed with blood test! I just want to add that I'm CONVINCED I got pregnant on date night, due to the timing of my symptoms.

BFP after chemical last month

Hello. I'm back. Last month on 10/25/15 I posted my BFP, but it ended in a chemical. This month it's for real! These are my cycle symptoms: CD 1 Started period. CD 2 CD 3 CD 4 CD 5 Started round 2 of meds. 1 shot Gonal F. Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 6 Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 7 1 shot Gonal F. Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 8 Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 9 1 shot Gonal F. Letrozole pill 2x a day CD 10 CD 11 Ultrasound. 2 follicles in left ovary 15mm each. Doc not happy. Menopur shot today. CD 12 CD 13 Menopur shot today. CD 14 Ultrasound, follicle in left ovary 21mm, follicle in right ovary 16mm, uterine lining 10mm CD 15 BD (date night!). Also trigger shot 11pm (convinced I O’d before trigger kicked in) EWCM 1 DPO EWCM 2 DPO IUI #2. 73million post wash. EWCM 3 DPO BD. No EWCM 4 DPO Secondary Estrogen Surge??? EWCM 5 DPO Secondary Estrogen Surge??? EWCM 6 DPO Watery CM 7 DPO 8 DPO light brown once when I wiped in evening! 9 DPO light brown once when I wiped in morning! Sore nipples at night. Super light BFP on internet cheapie, probably still trigger shot. 10 DPO BFN in the morning. Trigger probably gone. Then super faint BFP at night. 11 DPO Still faint BFP 12 DPO Breasts sore. Didn’t test today. 13 DPO Darker but still light BFP 14 DPO BFP on First Response Digital Gold! 15 DPO 16 DPO BFP confirmed with blood test! I just want to add that I'm CONVINCED I got pregnant on date night, due to the timing of my symptoms.

BFP - 2nd IUI - Vasectomy Reversal

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to FINALLY be able to share my BFP story! My husband and I have been TTC for about 2 years now. DH had a vasectomy reversal right after we got married, July 2013. The surgery was a success and 6 months after his surgery we began actively trying. After about a year we decided to seek medical help. In April 2015, we started Clomid. After 2 months with my regular OB I was frustrated and decided to see a specialist in June, 2015. We were set to do IUI in July but I had 9 follicles and they canceled the IUI. August was out because of residual cysts. We had our first IUI in September. DH's sperm count was extremely low, 2 million, (he was taking antibiotics and we were told it shouldn't matter...IT DOES) and I only had two follicles. That IUI resulted in a BFN. Our second IUI was October 19th. I had 5 follicles and his sperm count was better 38 million! TWW SYMPTOMS I tried my hardest not to symptom spot as I normally do. I did not take my temperature daily, I tried not to think about anything! Around 5 DPIUI I felt some light cramping that lasted a couple of hours. 7DPIUI I was eating lunch and had very strong cramping that I had to move around to try to get relief, that never came. Those cramps lasted for about 30 minutes. It was very strong. I felt wetness but never really the familiar feel of AF getting ready to come. My Cervical Mucus was very prominent, very white and thick. That was unusual for me. I also took my temperature a few days in the second part of TWW and noticed it was very high. I started temping daily at 12DPIUI when my temp usually starts dropping if AF comes and it still remained high. I took a test on Sunday (13dpiui) and it was negative. I didn't want to test because I hate POAS and seeing BFN, but DH was going out of town and he wanted to be there. I was discouraged but did not cry as much as I usually do, I had faith because my temps were still high. I did not test the next day exactly two weeks after the procedure, I just figured I would wait for AF. Nothing came! The next morning I said oh forget it, let's get it over with. I looked at the control line and saw it popped up and started crying with joy, then I quickly laughed at myself when I realized I was only looking at the control line. I brushed my teeth and looked again and there was the most precious sight ever a +! Then I cried for real. I was alone and had to call my hubby! It was amazing. I left to go to school and picked up another test on the way and took it in the bathroom in my First Grade classroom. Two pink line immediately showed up. :) I went to the clinic the next day for my Beta it was 147 and two days later it was 496. Yesterday I had my first ultrasound at 7 weeks and saw my little baby and heard the heartbeat. I have not felt a single thing yet. Just a bit tired sometimes and my breasts are very sore and getting bigger daily it seems. I am so happy. I am so relieved. I am so thankful. Never give up. God is able to do anything. TTC is a long road, it is hard, it is tough, it is sad, it is lonely but it builds character and strength. When it finally happens it makes it all worth while! I am still praying for a healthy pregnancy throughout but now and forever all the praise and glory is to God for answering my prayer! Good luck and God Bless! Candice - Mother-to-Be :)

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! Negative Yesterday, positive today 10/11 dpo!

Hi all, I'm a longtime 2 ww reader, I can't believe it's finally my turn to write my bfp story! We've been trying for 2 years... I can't believe it's positive! This month we did 2.5 mg Letrozole IUI w/Ovidrel trigger. IUI Sunday/Monday 11/8 and 11/9. I thought I would ovulate that monday or tuesday but on Wednesday morning I woke up with really bad pains in my lower abdomen. It felt kind of like when your bladder is way too full. I think that's the day I actually ovulated. I took a few pregnancy tests this week to make sure the Ovidrel trigger was out of my system, and they came back negative. Yesterday (Friday) I took a cheapie wondfo with FMU and it was absolutely negative. I was feeling really bummed out and a bit bitchy yesterday (probably because I thought I was out yet again). I'm a Fertility Nurse and my coworkers knew I was ttc. I voiced how frustrated I was by not having any control over what happens to my body. I was so sick of seeing negatives, I didn't think it would ever happen! I ran out of cheapie pregnancy tests, so this morning (realizing that it would probably be negative), I took an LH test. It came back positive, so out of curiosity I decided to use my golden pregnancy test, the FRER. Within seconds, this is the line that I saw! I called my office and they squeezed me in for a beta. I find out the beta number within a few hours! Fingers crossed! My symptoms: Absolutely none. Breasts tiny bit tender (wayless than my previous cycles with negative results). Little twinges past couple days (probably implantation). Vivid dream last night, (but I had vivid dreams with negative cycles as well). Basal Body Temperature 98.9 for past few days. Good luck all!

BFP after IUI, first try worked!

Hi all! I'm writing this partly because I stalked these forums for almost two years while TTC, and partly to help myself believe that this is really happening! I'm 4W5D today, and so far everything is progressing normally. Here's my story: My husband and I started TTC in February 2013. At that time I was 32 and he was 35. I'd had an IUD (Mirena) for 8 years, and even though I didn't have periods at all during that time my period came back really quickly after it was removed. My periods were (and remained) incredibly light, BUT they were super regular. Per the internet, the regularity was the important factor, so we kept trying. I tracked my temps and other fertility signs and also used OPKs during that time, and my husband and I were doing a good job with timing. But after 6 months of BFNs I made an appointment with my OB. She did a blood workup but nothing came up. My husband's tests also came back normal (count on the lower end of normal but good motility). After 6 MORE months of trying we were finally eligible to see an RE (we had health insurance in NC at the time, so we had to wait for an "official" diagnosis of infertility before any diagnostic work would be covered). The RE did more bloodwork and noticed that my TSH levels were slightly elevated, so she put me on synthroid. I also had an HSG done to be sure my tubes were open, etc., and that went great. Within two months my thyroid hormone levels were normal, and since that was the only possible explanation for our infertility we figured we'd try for a couple more months to get pregnant naturally. But nope, no BFPs, periods kept coming every 28 days. My RE wanted to try IUI, but unfortunately we were moving from NC to NY and had to put our fertility treatments on hold. Finally, after finding a doctor in New York and getting the timing right, we did our first round of clomid-assisted IUI last month. I did 5 days of clomid, and when I went in for my ultrasound on October 12th there were four mature follicles! My RE's office administered the trigger shot and we came back 24 hours later (October 13th) for the procedure. My husband's numbers were lower than average this time (~10mil), although motility was good. Still, because the count was low my doctor warned me that it might not take, and reminded me that "it's a process". We were pretty disappointed, but life goes on. Well, 6 days after the IUI (October 19th) I started to feel my first symptoms. That night, as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep, I had some mild cramps. Like menstrual cramps, but I never have cramps normally (in addition to my periods being super light I have almost no symptoms). The next day (TMI warning!) I was SUPER gassy and constipated. My sisters all experienced gas in very early pregnancy, so I started to get excited. I also continued to cramp all day, and at one point mid-afternoon it felt pretty intense. Like I had to stop what I was doing and breathe through it, a noticeably sharp pain that was definitely not intestinal. I'm pretty sure this is when the fertilized egg implanted. For the next several days I continued to experience constipation and a mild skin breakout (also very unusual for me), but the cramping subsided. On October 23rd my boobs started to feel pretty sensitive (they have continued to be since that point). So at this point I was pretty sure I was pregnant and freaking out with excitement. I took my first HPT 10 days past IUI and... BFP. I took another one 11 dpiui, again negative. I was crushed. I broke down crying that night, sure I'd either had an early miscarriage or was never pregnant to begin with. The next evening (October 25th), I took one more test just to be sure. BFP!!!!! It was a faint second line, but it was there!!! We were both completely ecstatic and in shock. In 21 months of trying, this was my very first BFP. It's still hard for me to believe! So far my HCG levels are doubling every 48hrs as expected, and progesterone has been good too. I go in for my first ultrasound on Friday. Please cross your fingers for me! Even if this embryo doesn't survive, I'm so happy to know that it's possible for me to get pregnant using IUI. For those of you TTC with unexplained infertility, I know it can be so crazy making. Don't give up hope!

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