My mom had me when she was 19, and spent the next 11 years of her life trying to have a second baby. She was never successful due to her endometriosis and eventually had to have a hysterectomy. When I was diagnosed with endo at age 18, I just knew I would have the same difficulties. When I was 24, DH and I started TTC, and I was then diagnosed with PCOS and insulin-resistance. I was devastated to have new problems tacked onto existing ones. Immediately the doctor put me on Metformin, Weight Watchers, and fertility treatment. DH and I went through 5 rounds of Clomid - w/ IUI, trigger shot, and progesterone supplements for the cycles I did ovulate. I only ovulated 2 of those rounds and conceived with none. The doctor recommended a laparascopic surgery for my endo, and afterwards I spent my time recovering and considering my options. The doctor wanted to move onto injectibles; DH and I were pretty sure we were going to save our money to adopt. I got pregnant two months after my surgery while we were still deciding our next step! Completely natural, not even trying (well, in my head I knew when I should supposedly ovulate, so I wasn't completely oblivious but no aids and little hope). So . . . once PPAF arrived when DS was 14 months (I was breastfeeding still hence why she showed up later), I was determined to give it a try naturally. It took some weeks for my cycles to regulate, but they did so fairly quickly. This was our 5th month of trying, and I already had an annual exam scheduled with my gynecologist, preparing to discuss fertility treatment. Now I will be going in to check hCG and progesterone and scheduling u/s dates. I am so excited to say that with the right diet, medication, and natural assistance, my PCOS and Endometriosis did not prevent me from conceiving! I am very lucky.
Here are the things I did this cycle: I took prenatal vitamins along with a B complex to help with my short luteal phase, Vitex to help with hormone regulation, and Vitamin E to help with egg quality. I drank grapefruit juice leading up to O, in the hopes it would increase EWCM. DH and I used Preseed, and this cycle I tried, for the first time, the Soft Cups found on early-pregnancy-tests.com. I also began using the Fertile Balance natural progesterone cream. I think the past months of eating well and taking vitamins/supplements helped prep my body, but I think the Soft Cups insured success. I will definitely use them next time we are TTC.
I didn't track my symptoms very well this month. I was just so sure I was out, so my dpo may be off slightly.
CD17 - O at 11pm, one day later than expected. Definite O pains.
1-3dpo: Nothing really. No lingering CM, cervix immediately moved down like AF was impending and stayed there all week. Usually my cervix is all over the place until a few days before AF. Bb's were more sore than usual, but I attributed that to the progesterone cream.
4dpo: Lots of creamy CM. My root beer tasted weird, and I usually LOVE root beer.
5dpo: I was reading a book on the couch and felt some odd pressure in my lower abdomen. It lasted about 5 minutes, then disappeared.
6dpo: I cried 4 times that day, over little things, too! Two of them were because of some sad scenes in the book. I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to getting attached to characters, but that was a bit much. I started feeling super exhausted, in the evenings especially. And felt an odd tingly feeling in my uterus that lasted about 3 minutes.
7dpo: Exhausted in the evening. Creamy cm. Bb's sore. Wildly vivid dreams, although this is common for me. Still crying at silly things, and feeling SUPER emotional, taking things too personally.
8dpo: More exhaustion. Bb's not very sore. At 11pm, I felt the tingly/bubbly sensation again, but it's stronger, most definitely in the uterus, and lasted about 20 minutes.
9dpo: Beginning to see hope because of the exhaustion, emotions, and the tingly feeling from the night before. Also, I found myself "aware" of my uterus a couple times throughout the day.
10dpo: BFN in the morning. Bummed but not surprised. Randomly, I decided to test after my nap. I swear I could see a line!! But the more I looked, the more I thought it was my imagination. Held out peeing for 3 hours, tested with two strips, and got two more slightly there lines, definitely within the time limit and visible in photos. DH could even see them! Tired. Sore bb's. Watery CM.
11dpo: B(faint)P in morning. I decided get both FRER and CBE digital tests since I was using IC's before. I got a clear 2nd line in 2 minutes on the FRER, so I whip out the digital, and PREGNANT!! I go in for bloodwork later. Now I just have to concentrate on a sticky bean and healthy momma. Please don't give up faith ladies. Even if you have obstacles ahead, you can still achieve your positive!