I feel comfortable posting my story now that I've had 3 days of positive pregnancy tests, including a Clear Blue Digital this morning. Needless to say, DH and I are over the moon excited and so, so shocked Clomid finally worked for us! My story is kind of long and I'm including background info for those interested, but you can skip to the end for symptoms. :)
DH (25) and I (24) have been married for three years and trying for just over a year, not counting time he's been away for trainings and deployments. After NTNP for almost a year, I went to an OBGYN because I noticed my periods were irregular. By irregular, I mean 28 to 100+ days with an average somewhere in the 50s. From the research I had been doing online, I knew that would be a problem for us while TTC. To make a long story short, my OBGYN did tests and determined I was healthy, I didn't have PCOS, all my hormone levels were normal, but that I was not ovulating. I was put on Provera for 10 days to induce a withdrawal bleed and then Clomid for 5 days. I was given 4 rounds. Round 1, I took Clomid CD 5-9 and ovulated (for maybe the first time ever, as I had never felt it before, and boy did I that month!) on CD 14. Unfortunately, that cycle resulted in a chemical pregnancy. I had 3 very, very faintly positive tests on DPO 11, 12, 13 and then ended up having an incredibly painful period 3 days later than expected. I was crushed, but I tried to be positive taking it as proof that I could get pregnant! Round 2 was about 4 months later, and I decided to take Clomid CD 3-7 instead. That was a terrible idea for me! I felt symptoms of OHSS, like extreme bloating and abdominal pain around O, which was CD 18. The symptoms were not bad enough for me to see a doctor, I just drank a lot of water and waited it out. When it came time to test, there was not even a hint of a line. AF came right on schedule. About 2 months later, my DH returned from a training and we decided to try again. I took the Provera to induce bleeding and had a really light period, which made me think I was out before I even started.
Here is my cycle in detail:
July 16 was CD 1.
CD 1-5 I had a very light period, and thought I was out because of this!
CD 5-9 Clomid. On Clomid, I tend to be very emotional! I cry like a baby about the stupidest things! I was thinking, "I'm not doing this again after this!"
We BDed on CD 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, and 19. We used Preseed internally with the applicator, which we had never done before, and I think was crucial to our success this month.
I had decided this month that I was NOT doing OPKS because it was either going to happen or it wasn't, and I needed to just relax and leave it up to God. So, I didn't really test, although I did sneak a couple of OPKs in around expected ovulation, and NEVER got a positive result. This was probably because I ended up going to the ER on CD 15 with a UTI. I remember thinking "I don't care if I get pregnant this cycle as long as this pain goes away!" I think that I ovulated between CD 14 and 17.
After ovulation, my hopes were not high because although we had "tried" quite a bit, I was more focused on getting well, and it turned out my infection was resistant to the antibiotic they gave me, so it was a long process.
I was expecting that if I got pregnant, I would "just know." I thought I would have metal mouth, feel super hot, and have boob pain from hell. None of that happened. In fact, I took a test on my lunch break at approximately 12 DPO and threw it away without really looking at it because I "just knew" I couldn't be pregnant! The next morning when I stuck around and watched the test for 5 minutes, I was totally dumbfounded when it came up obviously positive! I stared at it like it was a foreign language I couldn't read. It didn't make any sense. I just thought, "How could this be?" Then, I checked the test in the trash can from the day before and it was positive, too!
The ONLY symptoms I had were in the second week of the TWW. I was extremely hungry all the time and I was getting up about three times in the night to go pee. My boobs were a little sore, but nothing like other people have written. Also, I had AF like cramps for 3 days about 3 days before my first positive test. I distinctly rember one shocking pain that lasted for a couple minutes. That got me wondering. The other thing that got me wondering (which is pretty crazy) is that about 7 days after my expected O, DH woke up from a dream that a coworker had told him I was pregnant. He's never had a dream like that before.
When I told DH, he said he knew it but didn't want to say anything because every time before he had said "maybe you're pregnant," I ended up not. His reaction was pure shock, just like me, but by the next day he was so excited! I think we'd been trying for so long that we just thought it might not ever happen. We have been praying and thanking God for this blessing. We truly believe He waited for the best time for us to get pregnant.