Well, I lurked on this site for hope many times and read into every little symptom and promised myself I would write an update if I was lucky, so here I am!
Some background; Conceived dd over 7 years ago after just 2 months, and she's been a joy. After a few months we decided to try for another. After 6 months I went to the GP and he sent me to the local hospital for tests. I had a hysteropingogram and all was clear, so the hospital put me on clomid along with monitoring of follicles to monitor best chance of conception. I did this for a year. (Even though I'd read that if clomid hadn't worked in 6 months, it was unlikely). I felt the NHS at this point had little sympathy as I already had a child. And in fact, after the year, they pretty much said, we can't help you any more. You don't get IVF as you already have a child. I understand as there are people who need the treatment for their first. Still, a bit heart breaking at the time and we had a break from thinking about another.
We then looked into private IVF at the Lister Hospital in London. Initially we did one round of IUI, which I felt was a waste of time and just a money collection idea for them. Then we did 3 rounds of IVF over the course of a year. All unsuccessful, it seemed although plenty were fertilising, they weren't strong enough to make blastocysts.
Due to the heartache, we decided to count our blessings and forget about it, however as you will know, that's easier siad than done. All in all, to this point was about 5 years.
Eventually this year, I said to my dh, that as a last ditch attempt why didn't we consider alternative therapies. He agreed. I went to a holistic clinic, where they looked at overall well being and made recommendations. I was already taking royal jelly capsules, and COQ10, and pregnacare conception. They recommended Shatavari for women, and milk thistle complex. So I was taking about 11/12 supplements a day. I then began acupunture with a wonderful lady, who also said to stop eating or drinking cold food or drink, I struggled with this but did it! And then I began Mayan abdominal massage, the first time is by a practitioner, and then you continue it for the first half of your cycle. I also monitored my fertility with Clearblue sticks (they only worked in the afternoon for me!).
I followed this regime for 5 months, and then we went on holiday in August, where I was drinking and eating cold things, kept forgetting my tablets and generally forgot all about it. When we returned I carried on the regime, and a few days after had a smiley face for conception. I was going away the day after, so at the time thought, we might as well, but it's not exactly likely after the month we've had. (Have you noticed romance goes out the window a bit?!).
A couple of weeks after we moved house, and on the moving day, I had some spotting, nothing unusual at that point as I was about 13 dpo (smiley face), and often have spotting before af. But, what was unusual is that I only had that tiny bit of spotting once and then it went. I remember thinking that's strange, and kept looking out for af.
After another week and no af, I began to wonder, but it seemed such an impossibility, I ignored it. I mentioned I was on day 37 of a cycle to acupuncture lady and she said to hold off a bit. I think I lasted another 3 days, as we were due to go out and I'd have been drinking. So on day 40 I tested (my cycles vary between 31 and 35, sometimes longer or shorter). Needless to say it was a BFP!!!!
I couldn't believe it, neither could my DH. We were over the moon, 6 years TTC, and within 6 months of starting my alternative therapies, I was pregnant! I can't say it was definitely down to that, but it's too much of a coincidence!
Symptoms wise, none, apart from the spotting once. Which was unusual for me.
However about 2 weeks after BFP, I started to feel very ill with morning sickness and went off all my favourite things. That stopped at about 13 weeks. I'm now 15 weeks and 2 days. I wanted to wait til the first scan was done to post, as I'm 41 and a high risk for various things. But all is well and looking healthy, I hope very much all goes well, I still worry after waiting such a long time.
But please, please, do not give up hope, it can happen. And usually when you least expect it, I mean 6 years?! Who'd have thought? Wishing you all the luck in your quest,xx