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Isn't that just the way it goes: you try for month after excruciating month to get pregnant, but to no avail. Then you decide to lay off for a bit, take it easy, re-charge the battery… and voila – you're pregnant!

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BFP After a Year of Trying!

So, I've been stalking this website for the past year and promised that if/when it happened for me that I would make sure to post my story.

DH and I started trying last December, which is when I got off the pill. I had been on the pill for almost 15 years and had never been pregnant before. After 5 months I decided it was time to chart and use OPKs. I always got positive OPKs around cycle day 14 or 15, but my luteal phase was only about 13 days. After 9 months with no BFP in sight, I told a slight untruth to my dr. and told them it had been a year and I wanted to be seen by a fertility specialist. They referred me and I had the full work up: blood test, HSG, ultrasound. Everything came back normal. My body was essentially doing what it was supposed to do, but for some reason it wasn't making a baby. The RE put me on Clomid in an attempt to "jump start" everything. When I went in at ovulation time for an ultrasound he said my lining was thin, around 5.4mm. They like you to have at least 8mm at that point, and this only confirmed my suspicions that my lining was too thin for anything to "stick". After two rounds of Clomid, I developed a cyst on my ovary so I had to stop everything. The cyst caused me to spot that month and I never really had a real period.
That cycle was about 19 days and then AF came on with a vengeance! I had a full on 5 day cycle (previously AF was only 3-4 days), so my assumption was that my lining had had a chance to thicken up since I hadn't had a real period the cycle before. The next step for us was to start hormone injections, as my RE thought this would help to thicken the lining and give me more hormones for a better ovulation. I have Kaiser, so they require that you take a class before you can do the injections and since my period was so early we hadn't had a chance to take the class yet. So, I was out for another month...or so I thought.

We used Pre-Seed every time this last month (I used the syringes and put it WAY up there...) and we did it missionary around O time and (TMI) because of the position DH was really deep, hitting my cervix. So, maybe that helped the little buggers get up there faster....who knows? :)

CD12- + OPK
CD15- O'd (based on BBT; I was worried when my temp hadn't gone up by day 14)
1-4dpo- Boobs started hurting on the outsides, especially at night / they felt really heavy when I'd take my bra off at night
5-7dpo- Got the flu, had a fever, boobs still hurt, really tired, but assumed it was because of the flu
8dpo- Boob STILL hurt (not normal for me at all)
9dpo- Boobs still sore, feel bigger, DH says they are bigger (haha)
10dpo- Heartburn after EVERY meal, extremely bloated feeling, still tired, but thought is was b/c I wasn't completely over the flu
11dpo- Felt hungrier than normal, heartburn continues, still VERY bloated, had to unbutton my pants at work b/c they felt so tight!
12dpo- More heartburn, irritable, was in tears b/c DH forgot to put butter in my breakfast (he makes it for me every morning for me to take to work), still bloated and lower stomach feels heavy
13dpo- BFP!!!!! Took a test in the morning to "get it over with". I thought, if it says no now, then I can just wait for AF to come. It took less than 1 min. to get a "Pregnant" on a digital
14dpo- Took 2 more tests just to be sure, CB digital and a FRER- both VERY positive
15dpo- Went in for blood test and confirmed I am pregnant!!!!

I will be 5 weeks on Sunday, so hopefully it sticks! Everyone says that birth control doesn't mess up your system, but I truly believe that statement does not apply to everyone. Every month that went by I felt different and my hormones seemed to even out. Even looking back at my charts over the last 9 months or so, I can see my cycle got a day longer every 2-3 months or so. Moral of the story is, sometimes it really does take time for your body to figure it out, so all hope is not lost!

BFP After Over 2 Years TTC

I had to take the time to post here as I stalked this site for so long and all the symptom spotting helped me through the 2WW!
The main thing I wanted to report is that all through our time of TTC, I was using ovulation sticks, Pre-Seed and the CBFM, the month I fell pregnant (Dec 2012) we had a conversation about giving the whole thing a break for a few months and I stopped buying the sticks etc., 3 weeks later I conceived! So in my case it shows that once I stopped looking at dates, working out fertile times etc and just relaxed about it all without thinking about it EVERY DAY of EVERY MONTH, it happened!!!
As far as symptoms go:

DPO 1-9 nothing
DPO 10 - this night I noticed my BBs were a bit tender
DPO 11 - I had one FRER test left in the drawer and just did it not thinking it would be positive and a faint line came up!
DPO12 - more faint positives
DPO13 - bought a clear blue digital and BFP!!!!!

I'm now nearly 7 weeks pregnant

I want to wish all you ladies the best of luck in TTC, loads of sticky baby dust to you all!!! xxxx

We Did it!

After 7 months its finally happening! I'm so happy & feel so blessed! I hope this one is my sticky bean!
God bless & tons of baby dust to everyone! (:

BFP on a Break?!?!

Hello everyone! DH and I have been TTC for 7 months now. I had told him last night that I was 3 days late for Aunt Flo and he had suggested to buy a HPT test. Automatically I had told him that there's no way that I am because I haven't felt any different at all. I've been trying to adjust to some changes. My doctor had told me that I need to relieve all the stress in my life because my blood pressure was too high and I'm only 21. Also I've been taking levothyroxine the last 2 weeks because It had come to my attention that I have hypothyroidism. Well today at Walmart as I was doing some grocery shopping l, I decided what the heck, I'll check just to prove him wrong. I took 2 tests today, one at 12:30 and the other at 3 and poof, it looks like my BFP! Not 100% sure yer because the lines are very faint. I had a similar incident where the line was faint but when I had taken the next one, the line was completely gone so I just figured it might have been an evaporation line. But on these they BOTH were faint. Just to be sure I'm taking one tomorrow with FMU but I have a feeling that this is it!

Total Surprise! My Miracle Bean!

For the last 3 years, me and my fiance have been trying for a child. My cycles were never normal so I knew something was not right. I was diagnosed with PCOS March 27th of 2012. My OB said my chances of conceiving without the help of a RE was slim to none. We tried 4 emotional cycles, filled with Clomid, trigger shots, IUI, and constant monitoring. I ovulated 3+ follicles each cycle with all BFN results. I was an emotional wreck and honestly couldn't take it anymore seeing how everyone around me was pregnant. We stopped trying in August and I proceeded with the normal routine of Provera to induce my cycle.

Shortly after, my fiance and I broke up. I found myself with a new partner and he was very considerate of my fertility situation. As we became sexually involved, I got on birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo). The side effects were HORRIBLE so I stopped taking them because I knew I could not ovulate without Clomid. December 12th, I started having horrific period like cramps that had continued until the 17th with no spotting or indication of a period. I finally decided to go to the hospital because the cramps were the most painful thing I've ever experienced! There, they did blood work and took me in for an ultrasound where I was notified I was 4 weeks pregnant. What?!?! Impossible! I thought it was a joke! They said the cramping came from my uterus stretching making room for baby. In shock, I went home and took 8 pregnancy tests, all positive! Today, I am 9 weeks due August 26, 2013.

I am a true testimony of how God works in mysterious ways! Put your faith in God and he will give you what you desire! Baby dust to all and congrats to the ones already preggo!!

BFP On A Break, After Ectopic!

Hi everyone,

My DH and I have been TTC for 19 months. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and had problems with irregular periods. I was on all doses of Clomid (50, 100, 150mg), had an HSG, DH's sperm are great, OPK's every month, and we began seeing a fertility specialist after many frustrating months of trying on our own and Clomid not doing the trick for us either. I had an IUI in August 2012 which resulted in an Ectopic pregnancy. My tube was saved, and needless to say after that, we took a step back from trying so hard for a bit.

I was on no medication last cycle (December) and we got through the holidays like normal. We were on vacation the last 2 weeks of the year so we were both pretty relaxed. I didn't feel any symptoms at all...none, until what I now guess was about 13 DPO when I had some spotting which I naturally assumed was my period.

I was thrilled that my period was going to start (weird, right?) because I hadn't taken any Clomid that month and it seemed I was getting my period all on my own for once!! But then my period never actually started, the slight spotting went away. When I realized it wasn't going to be starting I figured I should rule out a BFP because that's what I do every month just in case. I was fully prepared when I took my test at 19 DPO to toss this test in the trash with the others!

But to my shock, I had a full out BFP staring me straight in the face! So far as of today (27 DPO) all is going well! I have had good HCG numbers (831 and 4000) and it's all working out!

Again, let me re-iterate...up til that ectopic pregnancy, I could literally not think about anything other than getting pregnant, I was obsessed...and low and behold with no help at all, we did it on our own when I wasn't thinking about it at all. All those people that say "just relax and it will happen" truly are right...even though it's next to impossible to fully relax when TTC!

I hope my story can help give someone hope...if you've had an ectopic pregnancy, been trying a long time, etc....I hope my story helps!!

Still Can't Believe it... A Year of Trying Then it Happened Without Any Effort

My husband and I went off birth control (Paraguard) in Sept. 2011. I imagined we would be pregnant the within a couple months as I have regular periods and conceived before.... unfortunately worry and fear took over when it did not happen as quickly as I expected. In August 2012, I had an appointment with my OBGYN to schedule fertility tests. The week later we got a positive pregnancy, but it unfortunately was ruled an ectopic pregnancy a week later and was treated with medicine no surgery required. We continued with the fertility screenings, but felt convinced something was wrong and was scared we would not be able to conceive naturally. Over the 12 or so months of trying, I used vitamins, teas, OPKs, and the fertility awareness method. Every month, I would search for symptoms and convince myself I was pregnant. Finally, me and my husband were exhausted by the process and decided to take a break. I put everything away, stopped using OPK, stopped taking vitamins, stopped obsessing about everything I ate/drank and just decided to not worry for a while and that we would consider Clomid in a couple months. My cycle started Dec 17, and we were traveling for the holidays. The only indication I was ovulating was that I noticed some EWCM on Dec. 25th, 26th and 27th but then was sticky/creamy on the 28th. We had sex on the 25th and 26th and 28th. We have been training for a half-iron man triathlon so we were too tired on the 27th to BD and when my CM was sticky on the 28th, I thought we probably missed our chance. I honestly didn't feel really anything for the next two weeks except that about a week before my period I usually know its coming and I didn't feel like it was this time. I also had some strange cramping at about 6-9DPO but because I had convinced myself of symptoms every month, I really didn't get my hopes up. However, I did take a test on the 7DPO which was of course negative. At 13 DPO, I tested with Clearblue Digital and got a "Pregnant" read. We were leaving for our triathlon that night, so I didn't want to tell my husband because I didn't want to make him nervous and I wanted to be cautious about being too optimistic after the ectopic. I called my Dr and had my blood tests scheduled for following and she had me start a progesterone supplement. 14 DPO, I told my husband I might be pregnant. We tested again and it was Positive! I completed the triathlon the next day and despite a little dizziness and nauseousness on the run, I felt fine. I have experienced some mild cramping, nausea, headachey, and fatigue off and on, but nothing crazy. Breast and nipple tenderness just started at 4 weeks 5 days (19 DPO).
Also, Blood work on 17DPO = HCG level 858 and Progesterone 35.5.
Blood work 19 DPO = HCG level 2023!
The doctor says the levels look great and I will have a Ultrasound next week to confirm baby is in the right place.
Good luck to all. Practice patience and love with your partner and this process.

Still in Disbelief!

I promised myself I would announce my bfp on this website and here it is! On December 7th, I finally got my dream. 3 sticks all positive :) My husband and I had been trying for over a year to get pregnant, even taking Clomid, unsuccessfully in the Spring for 3 months. I have an endometrioma cyst on each ovary and on November 6th, had an HSG. Ouch! Turns out that HSG did the trick! I became pregnant that cycle :D
I am due August 13th and so far, everything looks great with the baby. The only negative would be my Hyperemesis... Feels like it will never end. In the end though, it's all worth it.
I used to go on this website all the time while we were ttc and it really gave me hope and some peace of mind. I hope my post does the same for you. Best wishes for everyone!

Husband: 29 (super sperm)
Myself: 25

2 Years TTC - BFP 14DPO After 5 BFN's!

DH and I have been TTC for 2 years. I'm 30, DH is 34. I absolutely did not think I was pregnant this month. I have had almost no symptoms except for some light infrequent nausea and fatigue. I had no implantation dip in my BBT and no implantation bleeding. If it wasn't for the positive HPT's and blood tests, I wouldn't have believed it. Please don't give up!

DH and I have been seeing a fertility specialist since February 2011. Except for a thin uterine lining which was dealt with pretty quickly through meds, DH and I were perfectly healthy and ovulated every month on day 14-15. Why oh why could we not conceive then?! I had one chemical pregnancy, which was so brief I'm beginning to think it was a mistake on my part, but other than that no BFP's. My HSG test showed some possibly blocked tubes, but for some reason my idiotic fertility doctors missed that in my reports for almost 10 months. I was supposed to schedule a laparoscopy this month. I was on Clomid, Letrozole and occasional HCG injections and had 2 IUI's. Nothing- although I do think the medication helped stabilize my cycles. The doctor doubled my dosage of letrozole and I began to ovulate way too early (on day 10 and then later on day 6 the following cycle). I said enough.

I finally took a break from the meds and the IUI's and concentrated on my Acupuncture and herbal medicines. I still went for cycle monitoring just so I could know for certainty what my body was doing. I started to ovulate later and I credit the herbs, vitamins, Pre-Seed, 50 shades of Grey (snicker) and most importantly the power of prayer, for my pregnancy. I asked God to let his will be for me to be pregnant and for his will to be done to me.

We BD on days 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 and I elevated my hips after each time for 15-30 minutes. I really tried to (ahem) enjoy it too. I ovulated on Day 15 (we suspect). I tried to keep to the SMEP, but it was really tough. This was our first full cycle on Pre-Seed as well. BUY IT!!!

Day 0: insomnia, night sweat- BBT 36.2

Day 1 DPO: insomnia - BBT 36.5

Day 2: no symptoms - BBT 36.2 (I think this was low from the insomnia);

Day 3: feeling tired and unwell. Flu is going around so I assumed it was that. Bit of a headache. BBT- 36.6

Days 4-9: still feeling unwell. I have a rash on my face (ew) and I can't think straight. So tired and sick! BBT - 36.8 for all days and BFN on days 8 and 9 using a 10 HCG internet HPT;

Days 10-11: still unwell. Feeling some pressure in my abdomen on my left side (I ovulated on my right side). Sleeping is uncomfortable. Tired. BBT- 36.9. BFN with sensitive internet cheapie on both days again.

Day 12-13: still sick! Nausea is on/off, but I get this during my period so I'm thinking that's what it is. BBT- 36.8 and BFN on Day 12. I think I'm out with a possible fever. I start taking medication (feeling guilty now) and cut back on my herbs to conserve them. I drank a medium coffee on both days (a lot of caffeine for me), eat sushi and pretty much just lived my life.

Day 14: Still feel foggy. BBT- 36.8. Faint BFP on internet cheapie. What the what?! I don't tell DH because I think it's a mistake, I'll test again tonight. Another BFP in the evening and then I break out the big guns and use my last decent early pregnancy test (life brand I think). Clear BFP in 5 seconds.

Day 15: stomach keeps churning. I keep gagging and feeling "crampish" in my stomach. BBT - 36.8 and another positive HPT. See my doctor- Positive Blood test- 164. :-D

I hate it when people say to relax and just let it happen. I think I had to work at this by taking charge of my fertility, making peace with God, improving my overall health through Acupuncture and herbs and by ensuring we BD'd enough (which isn't easy when you've been trying for so long). The pregnancy was a surprise, but everything up to it was very deliberate and calculated. At the end of the day I hope that my wait means that I will just have a healthier baby. I'm sure that's what it will mean for you.

Hang in there and don't give up. You never know which month will be yours. I hope this bean sticks and I'm sending you my baby dust.

Yay! BFP 12 dpo While on a Break From Treatments

I am so excited and shocked to be actually getting to share a BFP story on this site. We have been ttc for two years and had three failed clomid/IUI cycles last fall. The clomid caused my lining to be really thin (5mm last time at day of iui) and so I was worried that it would take some time to recover from that. We had met with our RE and decided to move on to IVF in February (and get some required testing done during my January cycle). I have been ovulating early - like day 11 or 12 for almost a year and this month did not get a +opk until day 14, so I am assuming I ovulated on day 15 or 16. I was truly not expecting to get pregnant during my cycle off and so was totally shocked to get a very faint BFP 12dpo on an internet cheapie test. I then took 3 more tests that morning - all positive (and about 10 tests since then, still in shock! :)
I truly credit my work with my acupuncturist for the success. I've been seeing her since September and she has really helped me with reducing stress in my life, improving my diet and getting rid of some "stuck feelings" that I think were getting in the way of conceiving. In addition I was taking CoQ10 supplements, L-Arginine (during 1st part of cycle), prenatal, fish oil, spirulina, B vitamin supplements, and royal jelly. Who knows what really did the trick. I also got the Circle + Bloom natural cycle relaxation recordings which I think are awesome, although I only used them for about 2 weeks before I got the old BFP.

Like all of us, I have looked for any minor change/pregnancy symptom during many twws. This time - virtually nothing! I had some minor heartburn in the evenings around days 9 & 10 and the evening of day 11 I actually drank a giant margarita and woke up during the night with crazy heartburn and nausea and thought I was going to puke. Since then I have just been super tired.
One tip for you all - when you get your BFP - do not share the news with your 3 year old until you are ready to tell everyone in the world (including the lady in line and the bookstore!)