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.