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BFP over 40

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Over 40 High FSH/Low AMH BFP!!

Hi everyone,

I spent the last week or so going through these boards looking at the symptoms, and I promised myself if I got a positive, I would post my story.
I just turned 40. After eight months of no success, we were advised to undergo treatment with IVF. To my major disappointment, my fsh was high and AMH low and so it was suggested that I would not be a good responder to IVF. It turned out I wasn't: only 3 eggs were retrieved at collection, and only two of them fertilized. Thankfully, they were high quality embryos though: one 7 cell and one 9 cell with hardly any fragmentation.

I guess one (or two?) of them implanted because just a few days after my three day transfer, I started feeling a little "off".

Food aversions were my first real clue. I love pecans and was not able to eat them without thinking of cockroaches and gagging
I started having cravings for high protein foods like red meat and pork chops (I am normally not a fan of meat)
Breasts started getting larger and sore
A few night sweats
On and off nausea

My first beta was only 12 at 8dpt
I started getting worried the next day because some of symptoms (like the nausea) disappeared, but at 12dpt my beta was at 58.
At 12 days post transfer, I still feel breast soreness and my appetite is completely gone.

It's early days yet, but I'm desperately hoping that everything continues to go smoothly.

Good luck everyone!

43 Yrs Old, 4th Cycle TTC - Naturally

This is my 4th cycle and I got BFP today. I used Pre-Seed and OPK digital.

BD CD 4, CD 9, CD 10, CD 12

CD 10. Positive OPK. odd to ovulate early. Used Pre-Seed this day only.
CD 11. Crampy all day (not sure which day ovulated.)
1-7 dpo. EWCM
8 dpo. EWCM stabbing pains in both breasts
9 dpo. EWCM stabbing pains worse, light headache started (had this with 1st pregnancy) insomnia
10 dpo. EWCM stabbing pains almost unbearable, headache, insomnia, implantation bleeding (brownish pink) at night. Crampy
11 dpo. Woke at 3am starving, BBs are super sore and bigger, metal taste in mouth. Back ache. Light implantation bleeding - only when I wipe. Took HPT at 9am and positive showed right away.

Because of my age I thought this would take a long time because of reading the stats on the Internet. I'm in excellent health. I'm a runner as well.

My periods are usually a 28 day cycle without fail. I have no issues like endometriosis, etc.

Don't be discouraged by your age!!!

BFP at 43 After 4 Miscarriages

I'm slightly nervous about posting up here just in case things don't work out. I had son at 41 no problems first time round. Breastfed for 15 months. Periods returned 9 months post delivery but irregular with late ovulation. Then ended up having 4 miscarriages within 12 months - 5 weeks 3 days, 8 weeks 5 days (treated as ectopic), 5 weeks 6 days and 5 weeks 6 days. I was using the Toni Weschler book Taking Charge of Your Fertility and had been filling in the charts at the back of the book. Generally gradually trying to get fitter and improve diet. I was down to the last chart in the book and unbelievably got a BFP totally unexpectedly. Mittelschmertz came on much earlier D11-13. BD D9, 10, 11, husband away, D15 and 17, 19, 20. Wasn't really careful about charting and not absolutely sure when ovulation took place. On previous cycles had BD practically everyday so thought no chance. Very tired on D23 and then had quite severe cramps D26,27,28 cycle with tiny amount spotting. Tested D28 digital Clearblue 1-2 weeks. Then D30 2-3 weeks. Previous ones that didn't work out always tested 1-2 when I thought they should be 2-3 weeks. D36 3+ weeks. So I am now 10 weeks at 43.5 years old with quite severe nausea/morning sickness which I'm taking to be a good sign. I have my first scan/screening next week so fingers crossed. I really hope this one works out. I don't think I will ever not feel the fear on every twinge and thinking when I go to the loo - oh no will there be blood - but so far so good. So fingers crossed - there can be hope to be older mums out there TTC after several miscarriages. Baby dust to all!!

BFP at 43 With Vitex

Got my BFP Xmas night following 1 month on vitex.
Hi I'm 43 TTC for 2 months had mirena coil removed in October, had a short 8 day LP read vitex may help took 2x 1000mgs for 1week but upset my stomach so reduced to 1 a day not sure if my LP got any longer but I got my BFP the first month I started taking it.
My symptoms following ovulation
1-6 nothing
Day 7 cried 3 times in frustration not like me
Day 8-12 sore boobs, bloated stomach thought AF was coming.
Day 12 BFN creamy cm and cervix all over the place with high, low, soft and hard.
Day 13 same as day 12 but didn't test. Still sore heavy boobs.
Day 14 Xmas day busy all day then working night shift tested at 2300 hours BFP.
Day 15 today rechecked BFP.
Good luck all you lovely ladies, baby dust to all.

BFP On Christmas Day at Age 40!

It has taken me almost a year to get here. I turned 40 in September, and have just one tube and one ovary due to an ectopic pregnancy. I have 5 kids from a previous marriage.

I have a 24 to 29 day cycle. I had no idea really when I ovulated because the two months that I used ovulation predictors, it would have a smiley face on day 9 and then again on day 15. I just checked cm daily, and found that the egg white sticky stuff happened very early in my cycle... like day 10 to day 12. So, this month we made love in the earlier part of my cycle more. From the end of my period (which is 5 days) until day 13 we made sure to get it done daily. My cm dried up by day 13. I am assuming I ovulated around day 12.

My symptoms were

6dpo When I wiped, I had some very light pink cm on the tp.
7dpo Nothing unusual
8dpo Nothing unusual
9dpo Cramping started.. thought for sure period was close.
10dpo Red cm.. one smear on tp.. thought I was definitely out this month because I almost always spot before my period. No spotting again.
11dpo Nothing unusual... cramping
12dpo Cramping still
13dpo Starting to feel really really horny (sorry but true)
14dpo Can't get enough of my Husband. Still feel crampy like period is very near. Yet, the cramps seem a bit different. Have one huge hot flash, and feel like I could pass out.
15dpo Christmas Day.. Tell my Husband that I think I might need to go get a test. Change my mind.. still crampy.. Never had implantation bleeding or spotting while pregnant, just before period, so was convinced I was out.. still something told me.. just maybe.. Drove to Wal-greens (only store open) rushed home and as soon as I dipped the EPT in my urine filled cup (I find it so much easier than peeing on a stick) there was a plus sign appearing. It came with two tests, so about an hour later I did another one just to be sure :)

BFP at 42, IUI #1 (TTC 1st)

There are so many discouraging articles about TTC conceive that I felt compelled to share my positive story.

I'm 42 and my husband is 38.
I've never been pregnant before and have never undergone any assisted reproductive procedures before.
I have no major health issues, nothing unusual at all. I'm just considered "old." (LOL)

After TTC naturally, we finally met with one of the top fertility clinics in NY. The plan was to try one or two IUIs and then switch to IVF. I was prepared for a long, arduous journey. I did not have unrealistic expectations given the odds.

Basically, what happened was this:

I took Clomid for 5 days (the low dose), got an Ovidrel trigger shot (again the low dose), and then went in for an IUI (Note: I had two good-looking follicles in the twenties.) I started testing early (of course) at 10 DPO. Got a faint BFP. Figured it could still be due to the trigger. Added OPKs which were strong double line at DPO 11 and 12 in addition to continuous BFPs.

Went in for a blood test this morning and just found out it was positive, beta = 178/prog = >40

I had (and continue to have) NO symptoms other than extremely faint signs that could easily be attributed to something else.

I guess what I want to say is this. Almost every over 40 has a chance at a BFP. But I think regular ol' healthy over 40s have more of a chance than all the data and the bad stories imply. May the odds be ever in your favor.

(P.S. I really, really hope this sticks, and I feel so lucky and grateful to have this chance so soon without the suffering and aggravation that many of my peers have or will experience.)

Best of luck to all of you reading this.

IVF with Donor Egg a Success!

Me 45, DH 50
I met my husband late and didn't think being a mom was in the cards for me. It was a long journey to get here, and it was hard to accept that at my age, donor eggs were the safest way to proceed. But now, I can't imagine not taking this road because I get to be pregnant and give birth and be a mom - what a miracle. I read this site obsessively and vowed I would contribute when it was time.

5 day frozen blast transfer
DET - cramping - BED REST
1 DPET - hot sweats, cramping, headache - BED REST
2 DPET - bloody nose out of no where, gassy - BED REST
3 DPET - itchy rash on stomach, insomnia - BACK TO WORK
4 DPET - pinching, tugging in uterus, nausea
5 DPET - cramping & sore breasts
6 DPET - cramping & sore breasts
7 DPET - break-out on chest, sore breasts
8 DPET - cramping
9 DPET - cramping & heart burn
10 DPET - woke up in hot sweat, cold like symptoms, first beta 100
12 DPET - second beta 204 - double = BFP
13 DPET - Had significant bleeding, thought it was over, doc said reaction to estrogen/progesterone vaginal suppositories, but did another beta to be sure.
15 DPET - 1736 - nausea & sore breasts continue
Just had 7 week ultrasound yesterday and saw his little heart beating strong.
My heart goes out to you all, whatever your story, whatever your past, I hope and pray your future brings the baby of your dreams!

BFP at 39 Naturally After Driving Myself Crazy Other Months

Hello ladies. It was so helpful to me to read these stories so today, here is mine! I'm 39 and got off birth control pills in February of this year. Right away, I though I was pregnant, had all the pregnancy symptoms from no AF, cramps, hot flashes, tired, and emotions all over the place. Well, that was just the pill. But, it made me realize how badly I wanted to get pregnant again. I have a 10 yr DD. So, I tried for a few months, nothing happened, by June, I was getting paranoid. 10 years ago, I wanted a baby, I got off pill and was pregnant straight away. So, I just assumed it'd be almost that easy. lol, I'm embarrassed at that thought now. Anyway, I got serious and started trying to track ovulation with a calendar and really pay attention to my body, I'd never noticed ovulation before. So in July, went on a romantic trip with my partner and had sex around ovulation time. I just knew I was pregnant, had all the symptoms, 7 days late, but it was all in my head. This happened again in August, September, and November. Then my my best friend said, maybe my partner couldn't have kids since he is 37 and has never had any children. She didn't know it, but it hurt me to the core, then I just sort of gave up, thought about how much I loved him and how great our life would be with my 10 yr old that he loves too. Then BAM!!!!! Was relaxed in October, not thinking about it, BD'd only 3 times (other months it was every other day the entire month - we love it!) and only once around ovulation. I remember thinking the next morning, hmmmmm, I've got a painful throbbing in my lower right ovary area, I wonder if I'm ovulating. Then, I just forgot about it. But, that was it!!!! I work out 6 days a week and for the last two weeks, my workouts just seemed so hard, I was out of breath, and afterward I'd feel so tired instead of energized. Then my partner says "hey when's AF coming?" I realized I was 10 days late!!!! Took a test and the line appeared, I kid you not, about 1 second after the control line and was just as dark. Couldn't believe it!!! Bought another test, a dollar store cheepie, dropped 4 drops of urine per instructions, BAM!!!! Line came up before I could throw away the dropper, it was so dark and so fast. I just quietly sat on the floor and cried. I am so happy and for all you ladies in late thirties and forties or any lady having some issues, I hope my story is an inspiration. I know it's hard to relax, but hopefully I can help someone else focus on all the other great things in their life. Then maybe, like me, the BFP will come when you least expect it!!! I found out 3 weeks before my 40th birthday. Please pray for my little bean to stick.

Unfortunately, I don't remember any symptoms except being tired, that's it. This week (7 weeks from 1st day of LMP) I am getting some nausea, a non-stop disgusting taste in my mouth, and a really defined sense of smell. But, I feel great and God is good!

Baby dust to all!!!!!!

BFP!

We had been TTC for 9 months, and every month I'd read TWW and it would give me hope. I just turned 41, and DH is 41 also. This will be our second child. I had gone for my annual OB/GYN appointment in July, and asked Dr about Clomid. He didn't seem concerned and said, and I quote "Just have fun!" ( Wanted to smack him! lol) And I will add I am insulin resistant (but not PCOS) and on Metformin 500 mg once a day.

So, AF started Sept 6th. We did BD on 17th, (stressful month unrelated to ttc, only time we did BD!) Used Pre-Seed. It was Rosh Hashana.. Mazel Tov!

3-5 DPO.. No real symptoms.
5-7 DPO.. Sore boobs, vivid dreams. More tired than usual.
7-13 DPO.. Sore boobs, more tired. Slightly nauseous. feel.. pregnant!
OCT 1st.. Stopped at Dollar tree.. yes 1 dollar pregnancy tests.. yay! Went home, both BFP!! So excited! So then ran out to drugstore and bought First Response Early.. why I spent the extra $ I'm not sure.. BFP again. Very happy and feeling blessed. Baby dust to you all!

Natural BFP

I am thrilled to post here again! I posted here in middle of July or so when I got my natural surprise bfp! We struggled for four years before we did 5 ivf and conceived our son in Jan 2011. In about October 2011 we decided to try for baby no 2 naturally until our little frozen embryo was used in March, we got a bfn on that try. Suddenly in June I conceived naturally – I was shocked!!! We where so very happy. My little baby had no heart beat after 3 months and we were shattered. We have found out that our little angel was very sick, Trisomy18.
I thought I would never be so lucky again to fall naturally but we decided to try for a few months and here I am…..8 weeks after my D&C I got BFP again!!! Totally amazed and thrilled and scared and hopeful……so many feelings are there…
It just feels like a dream; now when I am 40 I suddenly am fertile!!!!

ov day – BD plus 3 days earlier.
1 dpo - Nothing
2 dpo – Tired
3 dpo – Nothing
4 dpo – Nausea and backache
5 dpo – Nausea and dizzy ( to early!!!! LOL)
6 dpo – Headache
7 dpo – Really really depressed.
8 dpo – Nothing. Bfn (what was I thinking)
9 dpo – Huge temp dip. Lots of pinching. Bfn in the morning. Bfp at 4pm
10 dpo – BFP, cramping and pinching feeling.
11 dpo – Line getting darker!!! Tiny bit queasy
12 dpo – Line getting darker! Little bit of cramp
13dpo – Tired
14 dpo – Line darker than control line whooooo!!!

What I did this cycle; dhea for the last 8 weeks; coq10; folic acid and pregnancy vitamins and 2 fish oil tablets.
I hope this little bean is healthy and very sticky…..

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