Hi am 40 y.o., got married late at 38, fell pregnant one month after wedding, had MC, fell pregnant two months after MC, had another MC, and then couldn't seem to get pregnant again for the past two years. Ugh! It's been a frustrating, depressing, heartbreaking journey.
Before marriage, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Endometriosis. I had a gigantic cyst on my right ovary, and the whole ovary had to be removed surgically, which resulted in an extremely low ovarian reserve of < .1. Fast forward to 3 months ago, and my RE diagnosed me with Adenomyosis, which is basically the same as endo, except the chocolate cysts are on the uterine lining. Double Whammy. No, actually it gets worse.... my CA125 (ovarian cancer marker) levels came back very high, so I was referred to gyn/oncologist. For the past 3 months, I have been seeing different docs, getting all kinds of tests, and was waiting to complete one more test that was scheduled next week (but I can't be pregnant to do this last test)... oh well!
That's the "quick" back story, here's the symptoms (all the same symptoms as every month, really):
BD on CD 8, 10, 11, 13
CD11: OV day
7DPO: breasts slightly tender (it's a usual symptom, but a little earlier than usual)
8DPO: lower abdominal cramping (started soon after dinner, so most likely digestive)
9DPO: breasts more tender
10DPO: breast extremely tender (this makes me wonder)
11DPO: light cramps, mild twinges, more creamy white discharge than usual
12DPO: lots of discharge; quick, intense stabbing pains when changing positions (sitting to standing, or any sudden move)
13DPO: cotton mouth
14DPO: severe cotton mouth; mild cramping
15DPO: one day before AF and breasts still extremely sore and temp still up (usually temp goes down and breast tenderness disappears); decide to test in evening because I started feeling a bit fuzzy while cooking dinner (not quite nauseous, just "off"). BFP!!
16DPO: AF due today, but temp jumped up, making my chart triphasic! Breasts still tender, but no cramping.
What I tried differently this month than in the past 2 years:
1. Hypnotherapy (amazing experience, and only 2 sessions seemed to do the trick... first session to clear my mental blocks and 2nd session at the beginning of my cycle to affirm pregnancy this month).
2. We tried at home insemination for the first time ever. CD 8 and 10 was the good old fashioned way, and on CD 11 and 13, I inserted DH's swimmers directly into my cervix with a plastic syringe.
For those of you who have been struggling for a long time, especially those of you who have "unexplained fertility" (which I did NOT) I definitely recommend giving hypnofertility a try, for no more than a few sessions.
I will certainly be continuing to see her to affirm a healthy 9 months, and healthy baby, and no repeats of the past.
Good luck to all!