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BFP with Endometriosis

I tell you what: nothing soothes the soul like a whole web page dedicated to the stories of ladies just like yourself who have successfully gotten pregnant with endometriosis.

That's what you'll find here: real life BFP stories from ladies with real life cases of endometriosis. These kind ladies have provided their stories to let you know you're not alone, and that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Because you're not alone. And there is a light. Really.

So check out these stories, and be sure to send us your story when it happens for you. I also highly recommend that you check out FertilAid for Women success stories for women with endometriosis. It's quite inspirational.

First IVF, Endo and bleeding

My 5 year wedding anniversary it’s in May, but we started TTC exactly 5 years ago to this month of March. I had 28 back then and no knowledge at all that I had Endometriosis.
Around December of that first year I went to my annual check up with my Gynecologist and said that I need to wait a whole year, because nothing seem wrong (he even ask for a semen exam from my husband). He recommended the ovulation predictor kits, which I use about 2 months, but quit on those because it made me more anxious than I already was.
In July of 2014 I came back with my Gyno and he found an endiometroma on my left ovary.
At first I felt relieve because I knew what was wrong, and it wasn’t my work, or my physical activity, or the lack of relaxing or not having enough sex.
But the more I read and the more I knew about endometriosis, I urdestood what the diagnosis meant.
It’s been a hard road, we’ve spent a lot of money in doctors, meds, one laparoscopy, tests, prescribed vacations and therapy; but my marital relationship was my deepest concern, an at this date it still is.
This was our first IVF and probably the only one, regardless of the result, because of how expensive this is and has been all the way (we’ve been paying everything).
We started the month with the first shot of Gonal, and in the 12th I had the egg retrieval (12 eggs).
We waited and lost all but 2 in the long road to what end up being a 5 day transfer or blastocyst transfer on the 17th.
Last 26th I got up to pee in the morning and there it was in the toilet paper: blood.
At first light brown and by noon bright red.
I call my RE and said that I needed to increase the dose of progesterone that I was already taking, and wait till Saturday for my test, but I insisted that it was my period, I had cramps, it had to be, and felt totally defeated.
At night, with my head cool down I call again an explain what was happening: I’m not spotting, but i don’t fill up the pad; it’s blood, red clotting blood, but it’s not my period.
He told me to take the progesterone and wait to the test.
I rested on the 27 and read everything I could find about bleeding but still being pregnant and today I got up and took a urine test, couldn’t wait, but so glad I did because BFP.
I told my husband and we cried together, told my RE and prescribe another shot of hormones and rest.
I’m still bleeding, I’m still worried, I don’t know how this is going to end, but I needed to share this, because there might be someone like me, considering giving up too soon because of blood, even thow I’m pregnant, until this morning I’m pregnant, and I still can’t believe I was ready to give up Monday afternoon.
Don’t be scared just be strong and hope for the BFP even if there is blood.

BFP at 10dpo! - 10yrs infertility, Menopur +Trigger + IUI

I am your typical stalker and have miraculously gotten my FIRST ever true BFP. My journey has been epic and I want to open up about it because this site was where I spent so many years of TWW's.

Background: I am 31, my infertility journey started when I was 19 (2005) and trying to conceive with my then fiancee. I knew something wasn't right then and all the doctors I went to wouldn't listen to me. In 2010 I finally got a DR who would do what I wanted and had a laprascopy, hysteroscopy and chromatubation done. Found grade II endometriosis, my uterus was completely filled with polyps, and my right tube was blocked. He didn't try to open my right tube because I was "so young and would be fine," but he did remove all the polyps. Fast forward to 2016, I am still not getting pregnant. Tried some clomid and AI (using known donors) a few times with no luck. So in 2016 I have a HSG and both of my tubes are blocked and there is a large filling defect. Saline sonogram shows nothing that would cause a filling defect, so weird! guessing it was a cyst that burst? A few months later I have a fallopian tube recanalization done, which was successful, doctor got both tubes open! That was December 2016. Tried all of 2017, had another HSG that showed both tubes still open. Finally got referred to an RE in late 2017 (I am a veteran and working with the VA so it takes forever!). RE said that my left tube actually looks terrible and while technically patent, it doesn't look good. So we try one cycle of clomid and timed intercourse because my follicle was on the left side. She wanted to move to injectables, so while waiting for them to be ordered we did one natural + IUI cycle and no luck. Partner is 39 has 4% morphology, everything else good. Beginning of March I started Menopur injectables (2 bottles) for 9 days (CD 2-10) Triggered with Ovidrel 250mcg on CD 11 with three good looking follicles, two on left and one on right. Did IUI on CD 13 and lots of BD'ing around then so we don't know what worked ;)

1-6dpo nothing unusual - Refilled Menopur RX, just in case (so now I have a ton I don't know what to do with!)
7dpo- tested with FRER, very faint positive (then I remembered the trigger shot, so disappointing!!)
8dpo- tested with FRER very very faint positive, ok trigger is pretty much gone, but now I am out of tests! Order more on internet!!
9dpo- brief wave of nausea while cooking
10dpo- preggo tests arrive in am so I can use FMU - faint, but definite, positive on Wondfo. Now I don't know if it's trigger or real, but thinking real!
11dpo- test with FMU - faint positive - wave of mild nausea again in the evening.
12dpo- test with FMU- positive getting darker!
13dpo- test with FMU still positive! Beta test done = 98!
14dpo- test much darker now
I had big temp jumps at 8 and 9dpo, and it has stayed really high. I use the ava bracelet, which I don't actually recommend if you are doing medicated cycles, it really throws things off! It was totally off for when I ovulated this cycle and when I did my clomid cycle. Was great for the one natural cycle though! I typically have 10-11 day LP, I am taking progesterone suppositories (started 2 days after IUI) even though I didn't have low levels, don't know if it helped considering I must implanted around 6 or 7 dpo.

Because of my tube issues, I have an increased risk of ectopic, so all fingers and toes crossed that everything is where it should be and it sticks! I have been doing acupuncture almost every week for 11months, taking prenatals for years. I think a lack of symptoms and the few waves of nausea had me suspicious, I never get nauseous unless I have a migraine. No AF-like cramps at all, more like constant activity and sensations in my uterus/ovaries and I was really happy, not at all like when AF is due. Boobs are tender now but didn't start until after the BFP, that comes and goes with my typical cycles though. Also extreme tiredness, like taking naps tired, started after the first bfp. I am so thrilled, this has been such a long, emotional journey and just knowing my body can actually get pregnant, it's just the most wonderful feeling.

BFP after 2 1/2 years

Background story for anyone who is in a similar position:

Husband and are 29, had two children twelve months apart at age 25 and 26! Each time were conceived with no problems and in less than three months. After I had my second child, I did not prevent, but was breastfeeding, even though my cycles returned at 8 weeks postpartum. Had normal cycles for a year but didn't get pregnant. Went for my yearly exam (2nd baby now 1 year old) and my dr. thought something might be wrong given the fact that we do not use birth control. Took blood work and found that I had low progesterone, and my dr. hoped I would be pregnant again within 3 months with progesterone supplementation. didn't happen. started charting and observing my cycles and realized I did indeed have low progesterone as evidence by a 10 day luteal phase. then cut out gluten and dairy, as suggested by my dr. and continued progesterone supplements. Improved to 12 day luteal cycles. after another 3 months, and continued charting, my dr. suggested possible lean PCOS and wanted to confirm ovulation. Did a follicular study, observed successful ovulation, but noted that one ovary was one cm bigger than the other. After 3 more months, my dr. suggested continued avoidance of gluten and dairy, but also now low carb diet, basically paleo. Still NOTHING! In November 2017 I opted to have a lap to check things out. Before the surgery we tried 2 rounds of clomid, but to no avail! During the surgery, my dr. found that my ovaries were 4 times the size they should be, indicating PCOS, I had a small amount of endo, and clear tubes. My dr. performed a bilateral ovarian wedge resection and used excision to remove the endometriosis and stressed for me to continue to eat paleo/low carb, and continue exercising. At this point I ate no more than 75 carbs a day and ran 4-5 days a week. three months after the surgery, I was still not pregnant! But saw an improvement of symptoms from the surgery (hair growth, low anxiety, better ovulation). We checked my progesterone and it indicated that I was ovulating, but it was not strong enough for implantation. (above a 5, lower than 10). We tried 2.5 mg femara in the fourth month after surgery, in addition to progesterone supplements at 3 DPO and no monitoring or injections. AND IT WORKED!!!!

As difficult as it was to battle infertility, I am so grateful to have found that my body was not functioning properly and I can fix it with diet and exercise. Lean PCOS comes with its own hardship... you cannot just lose weight to improve symptoms. The mechanism of hormonal communication is broken. I attribute everything to the wise surgery my dr. did for me, and to God who truly does everything in His own time.

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unexpected BFP for baby #2

I know reading the titled "unexpected BFP" when you're trying to conceive is a bit weird but I honestly thought we were out this month. Out of the last couple months we have been actively TTC and all of those months I thought this month is the month ended shattered with BFN & pre AF spotting.

Quick back story. I have endo, diagnosed 2 years ago. We have been not trying, not protecting for 5ish months then actively trying for 2 months. I have had a miscarriage not long after finding out I had endo. (endometriosis). This month I tested for my ovulation. I was due to ovulate on the 01/02/2018 with AF due 15/02/2018 day after Valentines Day. Thing is, we completely missed O due to my partner working long days and getting home late and I was asleep as I work a full time job. So we BD 25/01/2018. So either I O'd sooner (which doesn't make sense as I was testing with ovulation strips or his swimmers stuck around for 4 days!!)

Normally I get a trillion symptoms and think this is the month! This month was a few but nothing crazy.

1DPO-10DPO
*so much lotion like CM. Like and excessive amount. To the point of going to the toilet just to wipe not to actually pee. (TMI)
*tired, which I normally am leading up to O day but not so much after. The fatigue stuck around and just continued to get worse.

8DPO
sore boobs kicked in. Now this was a bit of a hmm moment. Not because of the timing of sore boobs but the actually soreness of the boobs. Normally it might be underneath or the sides but this was my WHOLE boob. Top, sides, underneath except the nipples. The swelling and the veins. They were just on a whole other level!!!

9DPO *Mild cramps continued from here on out*
I got my first wave of nausea after scoffing down my lunch at work and stuck around for a good few hours.

10DPO (implantation spotting - pink, and a few dots about the size of a 5cent coint (aussies)
About 1:30am I went to the toilet and had light pink spotting. Weird because that would have made it a 27 day cycle and I average a 31 day cycle. Also my pre AF spotting is day before or morning of and light brown, never pink. I assumed my period was coming back to full flow without the pre AF spotting and just wore a tampon to bed. Gutted and majorly confused. Again, I was not expecting this to be a successful cycle but I did still hold hope with the few symptoms that I did have.

11DPO
I woke and checked still no AF, no spotting, nada! So Weird! Boobs still feeling like they're about to explode. So hungry but got full super quick. Very, very fatigued. To the point that I was thinking if i'm not pregnant I need to go to the doctors and get my iron levels checked because this is getting hard to function.

12DPO (today)
Still no AF. That's it. I'm going to pee on an ovulation strip and if it comes up postive i'm taking a pregnancy test.(apparently O tests come up positive if you're pregnant) BFN.... Screw it, i'm taking a test any way. Boil the kettle, Dip the test, made my morning coffee, check the test with expectation it will be BFN and BAM 2 lines! NO FREAKING WAY!!!!!!
Tested again after work and two instant lines. I'm so happy and so scared at the same time that I'll lose this baby too. So i'm praying to my angels that they don't take this one away from me.

Tomorrow being Valentines day, my partner and I don't do presents. We cook for each other, put my son to bed and normally chuck a movie on and just being in each others comfort. This year will be different. I've bought a box and put a pink and a blue jump suit in it, with a pregnancy test and a Valentines day card that has a Winnie the Pooh quote. "A grand adventure is about to begin"

I told him I started spotting early, and never told him that it didn't eventuate into a period because I wasn't sure what was going on. So this will generally be a huge shock!

Good luck to you all the are still on the TTC journey and when you times comes, which it will. I wish you a happy and healthy 9 months of joy and love.

BFP after 22 months, short luteal phase and Endo

I have been TTC for 22 months. I am 37 and started when I felt pressure to have a second at 35. I have endometriosis, hypothyroid, gastroparesis, as well as a short luteal phase which doctors kind of ignored and went straight to the I word. I can’t possibly do that bc of money. Anyway I have to say I had a feeling from the day I ovulated. Everything changed from the first day which was so different from my first pregnancy when I had no idea. I wanted to post this here because I stalked this site so many times but also because I Know the reason I got pregant and I think it may help others. I USED VITEX THIS CYCLE AND GOT PREGANT THE FIRST TRY AFTER 22 months, an endometriosis diagnosis and a short luteal phase (8-10 days). I took a risk because I know many people have had miscarriages on it but I have found enough reliable info for me that I was willing to try it. I will continue it to the end of the first trimester. I found information that explained that a short luteal phase is likely due to low progesterone and that is what the vitex helps! My O showed up four days early! So people who have miscarriages from it often actually have it from stopping (and therefore dropping progesterone) and not just from being on it. I know this got me pregnant so it’s a big step further than I was able to do without it. That being said, I got symptoms starting the day I ovulated. I chalked it up to the rise in progesterone from the vitex, which it may have been. There’s no way to tell bc I got pregnant the first cycle on it so I have nothing to compare it to.
1 dpo twitching in uterus like an eye twitch. Very annoying. Uterus felt hard. Belly very bloated. Lots of ovary cramping.
2 dpo- current: headaches and two migraines (these usually only happen during period) dizzy spells, emotional, feeling weepy occasionally. Cramps, ovary pain. Very slight tingling boobs on outside edge only. Nauseous all the time. Extremely forgetful and mixing things up.
9 dpo I woke up to a very pregnant looking belly and was like wtf if I’m not pregnant I need to stop eating at all. It’s also very hard like down low where your uterus is. I swear this began the very first day after the positive OPK. I have gained four pounds in a week. Got BFP THIS MORNING. Very dark in under a minute. The test looked different right away.
That’s it ladies. Try that vitex just don’t go right off it bc your progesterone will drop!

BFP before septum removal surgery

History: After a year and a half of trying, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis, a complete uterine septum, and low egg count (1.5). I had a laparoscopy and hysterscopy in Oct 2018, where they removed as much of the endo as they could and removed polps from my cervix. They discovered that my septum was thicker then they thought so they didn't remove it. My RE wanted me to get an MRI and have a specialist look at it. They did and it was determined that they could operate on it safely and surgery was set for January. This was back at the beginning of December and it is now Dec 25 and I just got my first BFP three days ago. I would love to be consumed with joy but instead all I can think about is how likely my pregnancy will end in a miscarriage. Hopefully everything happens for a reason and if anything, I can say that YES I can get pregnant naturally.

This month was probably the first month I didn't track any symptoms, thinking we could take a cycle off before my surgery. I'm not even sure when I ovulated and I think we only bd'd once around that time. Also after my laparoscopy, everything about my cycle was a little off. I did start changing a lot of things this month because I believed that after they removed my septum I would start on IVF and I wanted to start improving my egg quality. I started to think about my diet, BPA, and chemicals in our house. Coincidentally my husband bought a bunch of fresh pineapple (I think it was on sale) and I did eat all of it around the time of my ovulation. Also, my 80 year old grandma told me recently that the reason I don't have a baby is because I walk barefooted around my house. I disregarded this as a superstition.....but I started wearing socks to bed this month just in case. So I guess my grandma got the last laugh.

I know its been said on here time and time again but I definitely have had more pregnancy symptoms in previous cycles then I did this cycle. The first sign something was off was the lack of my usual PMS symptoms. Usually about a week before my period my bb's get really hard and sensitive but they felt normal. I chalked it up to the changes from the removal of my endo. Then a couple days before my expected period I started to feel like I was coming down with something. I felt feverish (only had a low grade temp),tired, and sore throat. This was odd because I don't normally get sick and if I do it only lasts max two days. So on the third day of felling awful, I decided to test just for good measure and there was a shadow of a line on an amazon cheapie. I sent my husband out in the morning to get a First Response and a Clear Blue and they were instant positives. I have an appt tomorrow to get my blood drawn and find out the next steps. Good thought are appreciated!

BFP after miscarriage with diagnosis of severe endometriosis.

I'm not much of an online poster but I really felt that after this long journey I owed it to myself and to give others hope.
I fell pregnant within three months of trying last time and my pregnancy was going fine apart from feeling rough! However, heartbreakingly I found out that my baby boy had died at 12 weeks at a scan at 13 weeks. I was admitted for medical management of the the miscarriage which didn't work. I was then booked in for surgery and the baby decided to come naturally five minutes before I was due to leave to go to the hospital. They were the worst nine days of my life. The baby came in April 2016.
After the miscarriage I still had pain which I was told would go eventually. It persisted. I kept going back to the Doctor who suggested that I might have IBS. I took peppermint oil for this and the pain still persisted. I got to the point where I could not shake the feeling that something was wrong so I paid for private tests. The consultant said that he thought he could see an endometrioma on one of my ovaries. I went back to my Doctor and I was referred for a laparoscopy. I had that in March 2017 and I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis and was told that my tubes were patent but a little swollen so I could be at slight increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. I was heartbroken all over again and started to fear that I may never get pregnant again.
I was referred for IVF and I was told there was no waiting list which gave me hope. My husband and I decided to go on holiday to try and heal from everything in between and came back tanned and a little refereshed. We had our first appointment and we were told that because we had been somewhere where the Zika virus had been reported (we didn't know this at the time) they couldn't treat us for six months. I was heartbroken for a third time and went home and cried for hours. I then decided to focus on other things (with the help of some low dose antidepressants!) I applied for new jobs because I had been unhappy in mine for a while and had only been staying for the maternity leave (bad I know). I got a new job which is less stressful and more money (great combo!).
Anyways yesterday I found out 18 months after my miscarriage that I'm expecting again. I was in shock and took two tests including a digital to make sure and sure enough both were BFP! One month before we were due to start IVF too!
I didn't record for every day because i was trying not to focus on it too much but this is what I can remember:

6dpo cramps on right side which I assumed were endo pain and got my husband to get me paracetamol. I now think this was implantation pain. Sore throat.
7dpo-9dpo sore throat on an off.
10dpo the most squinty BPF that I discounted it and had a naughty glass of rose! Twinges on left side. Gassy. Bloated. Itchy left breast. Sensitive nipples.
11dpo BFP on acutest early sign and clear and simple digital. Light cramps and gassy.

Thanks for reading and baby dust to all. I know it is early days for me but I am keeping everything crossed for a sticky baby.
I know the heartbreak that can come through this journey of TTC and send hugs and baby dust to all going through this. X x x x

Bfp on first IVF?!

This was my first IVF cycle and I just got my BFP this morning on an FRER digital test. I'm so excited, but after two years of trying, I'm still worried that maybe the test was wrong or the Ovidrel was still in my system (from 15 days prior?) I go in for Beta tomorrow morning. Weird thing is my Easy @ Home test was still a negative this morning! Maybe because FRER detects it first?

Anyways I have to say I have next to no symptoms. I even told my accupunturist I was sure it hadn't worked. I had some cramping at 5dp5dt and some twinges in my lower abdomin. For the most part, I was unsure except for the fact that I've had a way smaller appetite and felt like my heart was beating really fast all week and I couldn't catch my breath. I hope the test was right and my beta is high tomorrow!does anyone know how much HCG an FRER needs to be positive (I took the test that's says Yes+ if it's positive and NO- if it's negative) I know I should be happy but I still can't believe it!

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BFP on CD31

I have been following this page in my journey TTC for 1 year and always dreamed of typing a post like this myself.
I just got my BFP on CD31 (Im guessing about 16DPO)
I am in shock, i have never seen two lines out of the millions of tests I've done.
A little background info: i have PCOS
Round 1 of 50mg Clomid i ovulated but didnt get pregnant
Round 2 50mg i did not ovulate and had a 50 day cycle
Round 3 50mg same as round 2 with 60 day cycle - had to induce AF on both rounds
Round 4 100mg - same thing

My Gynae suggested a laparoscopy, ovarian drilling and a DNC which i had on 17 July 2017. He drilled my ovaries and found & removed mild endometriosis. My tubes were not blocked. I had already started taking Provera to induce AF before the surgery.
AF came on 27 July 2017.
Did 1 round of FEMARA 5mg on days 4-8 seeing as clomid didnt work in the past
Follicle scan on CD9 discovered 1 egg at 13mm and my Gynae said i would ovulate in about 5 days time
I was so sick and tired of temping that i didnt temp this cycle.

SYMPTOMS:
CD 13 - Dull cramps (i guess ovulation about to happen)
CD 15 - had to go to the hospital because i had terrible cramps that i could not even stand straight or walk. They did blood tests to check it was not my appendix and all was clear - so im guessing that was ovulation day. We BD anyway
CD 21 - Headache all day and tired & small twinges in my lower abdomen
CD22-CD31 - Cramping like small twinges on and off everyday and SORE nipples & sides of my boobs.

We BD on CD11, CD12 & CD15

BFN on CD24 and CD27
I tested on CD31 (26 August) because my husband insisted because that night was his 40th birthday party and i was going to drink alcohol - and got my BFP straight away

Ladies i just want to say DON'T GIVE UP!!! It will happen. Explore ALL options and do research. Last but not least: PRAY PRAY PRAY! God is so so good. Tell him what you want and it will happen in HIS time!

I wish you all baby dust and a BFP :-)
xxxx

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BFP after 3 years trying - first IVF, 37 yrs old

Hi everyone,

Like so many on here I promised I would come on here to write my story if I should get a BFP, and I am very excited to be doing that tonight!

It was a long road here as I know many of you have experienced or are experiencing. Infertility is one of the most difficult things a woman can face - psychologist say the mental process of dealing with infertility is similar to that of a cancer diagnosis, so please be kind to yourselves if you are dealing with this right now or starting to suspect that diagnosis is coming. I certainly found it extremely difficult. There were times where I had a handle on it and could focus on other things while I waited (so much waiting on this journey which is the worst) and times where it consumed me and I was completely miserable. I have learned a lot about myself along the way, and I am stronger and better for it in the end like any struggle we face in life, and I've had my share. So before I jump into my story, ladies who are struggling to get pregnant, I am with you and think about all of you and always will. Husbands, if you're on here on behalf of your wives which is something I've seen a few times, hang tight. She'll come through this and so will you. Never give up hope. Others have walked the same path before you and, regardless of the outcome, created a beautiful life for themselves. My Naturopath struggled with infertility and never got her miracle baby, but her practice is now focused on helping women get pregnant, and she loves it and loves her full life of travelling and freedom. I was starting to think it was something I would do as well - change my life to find a way to help women and children, too. There is a life beyond having children, but I know that's so difficult to think about now. My heart goes out to all of you who are trying to get pregnant. I am sending so much love and light your way. I will always feel a kinship with you. Being a woman, eh? The struggle is real : )

To try to summarize my story, I tried for a year starting when I was 34. I never thought I wanted kids until I did which pretty much came around from meeting an amazing man and marrying him which shifted everything in me. We started trying doing the OPK process, temps, the whole nine yards and nothing was happening. I was a bit surprised as someone who was always health conscious and focused on eating well and exercising - not a smoker, not a big drinker, etc. But at the same time, I was struggling with painful periods coming off birth control and started to suspect endometriosis.

With my age and the suggestion you go see a specialist sooner rather than later on top of the issues with my period, I checked in with my GP. He felt it was premature to go to a fertility clinic, but agreed to send me for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed no abnormalities, which I didn't really think it would as endometriosis is often only diagnosable through a laparoscopy. I brought that up and he said if I had it then it would've shown up on the ultrasound. He said it was just cramps and it was normal. Being that I was passing out and vomiting from the pain I knew something was up and he was wrong. Not getting anywhere with him and his lack of knowledge about the female reproductive system, I pushed to be referred to a fertility clinic and he eventually agreed.

The fertility clinic sent me for a bunch of testing. A hysteroscopy showed I had something in my uterus which may or may not be of concern (could've been an air bubble he said), but we should check it out. Also wanted to do that laparoscopy to see if I have endometriosis. Found out I do have endometriosis, and I also had polyps in my uterus.

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