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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.

My BFP Journey with ISCI – it’s taken a while!

My BFP Journey – it’s taken a while!

So some background:
Me – 30 and never been pregnant (not even a smidge)
Husband – 32 and no children. Good quality sperm but normal form was 2% rather than 4%

My husband and I started trying in June 2013. By October 2014, nothing had happened and I had turned into a bit of a wreck so I went to see a gynaecologist privately with work insurance. (I had been to the GP in August but they just did blood tests and told me to come back in 6 months).

He instantly said my periods weren’t right, they have always been heavy and varied in length. He suspected endo, something I was also worried about.

I had a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy in November 2014. Lots of scarring found including a big ol’ cyst on one of my ovaries. He cleared it all up and gave me 4 months to conceive.

4 months came and went and I still wasn’t pregnant so went back to the GP and got referred on the NHS back to the same gynaecologist. Wasn’t really sure what to expect but he instantly referred me for ivf, a bit of a surprise! By the time I had more blood tests (hormones fine) and waited for my appointment, I started my first ivf cycle in June 2015.

After 3 weeks sniffing the hormones, the cycle had to be cancelled due to fluid in the uterus, it had to be removed with a hysteroscopy. Disappointing but I was going on holiday in August and the time scales were getting stressful so we decided to start again in September. Had the op beginning of September where he found no fluid (wtf).
Ivf cycle 2 started up again in September.

I was put on a short protocol and didn’t respond amazingly to the drugs. I only had 4-5 follicles developing and when I had my egg retrieval on 12 October, they only got 2 embryos.
Both embryo’s fertilised and I had two grade 1 embryos put back in on a 3 day transfer. We had the option of putting one in the freezer but we decided to go for ‘all or nothing’!

So my Two Week Wait went like this:

1dp3dt - nothing
2dp3dt - nothing
3dp3dt – I woke up in the morning having the most INTENSE orgasm dream of my life. I have had these before but never with the severity. As soon as I woke it turned into extremely painful low uterine cramps, it lasted about half an hour and only shifted with 2 bowel movements. I thought there is no way embryos could stick to my uterine wall after that. Although I wasn’t told not to have orgasm’s if you read online, it is a big no no to have any contractions. Has anyone else had this?!
4dp3dt - nothing
5dp3dt - a few jabby pains that got my attention but after egg retrieval (HOW PAINFUL IS THAT?!) everything was sore and bloated.
6dp3dt – Same, a few jabby pains
7dp3dt - Nothing
8dp3dt - BFN in the morning. I start spotting brown and presume it’s the beginning of my period as that is how it always starts.
9dp3dt – Heavier brown spotting. Sore boobs but I have had that since transfer, put it down to progesterone. I’m at a wedding and think fuck it so have a few drinks and shots.
10dp3dt – Spotting lighter and still brown but now have cramps that are EXACTLY the same as the day before my period would be. Seriously glum now and tell my husband, parents and sister that the whole things is over. Put a tampon in and go to bed expecting AF in the morning. Don’t bother doing progesterone suppositories.
11dp3dt – Go to the shop and buy a pregnancy test first thing just so I can get it out the way. Husband wishes me good luck and I tell him I don’t need good luck because ‘we all know what the result will be’. To my amazement, I get a BFP within seconds and within 2 minutes it is darker than the control line!!! Aches and cramps continue throughout the day. Phone the nurse at the hospital because I am now nervous about the spotting and she says to have ‘cautious optimism’ but it is very good news!
12dp3dt – spotting and aching have subsided. Boobs are still sore but nipples aren’t anymore.

Things I have learnt
- After ttc for 2.5 years, I thought I would instantly know that I was pregnant and something would be different. There was absolutely nothing different to my BFP and the build up to my normal period. I can’t believe how similar the cramps and aches were. Basically, you know nothing until you get a bfp!
- Don’t worry about having an orgasm! The uterine contractions I had after my dream were so strong, I honestly think if an embryo is going to stick it will
- I did the 5 day pineapple thing and ate brazil nuts every day but that was it.
- I really enjoyed doing the Zita West ivf positive visualisation CD. I tried to do it most days and always felt really good afterwards.

Very Surprising BFP

Hi Ladies,

Just thought Id share my story here, just to give those other endo sufferers hope if it isn't already happening for you!

Just to give some background:
I suffered quite badly from endo during my teens and was put on the pill to control it (although I doesn't agree with me) so Ive tried different pills and then the mirena (also not another great choice for me) so as of Nov 2014 I was on nothing. Discussed with hubby maybe to start trying as I know it may be hard with the endo and my age (23) would be on my side. That was Jan of this year, needless to say.... nothing happened. I did everything I could, read up on as much as I could, spent countless hours on here reading stories! This continued till June, which I know isn't a long time, but so close to our wedding we decided to focus on the wedding and leave the babies for another 6 months to a year. It was disappointing because my doctor would continually test my ovulation levels and say they were spot on, that my age was perfect for trying to have a baby, then suggesting maybe my husband was the reason we werent conceiving and to get him tested. That all seemed bit invasive to me considering the fact he was only 26.

Anyway fast forward to late sept/early oct, we had gotten married, gotten through the stress of it all, were just enjoying ourselves with our honeymoon coming up, me not giving much thought to babies at all. I must of ovulated somewhere in the first week of october (I'm sorry I don't have the exact dates, or what I exactly felt because I really wasn't paying attention) I always felt ovulation, boobs got tender etc, again I didn't think much of it as nothing had happened before. Two weeks later we were off on our honeymoon, with my period of course due on the day we were to fly out... and with what felt like shooting period cramps I was thinking, yep right on time! (28 day cycle). The days passed and Id continue with these pains maybe once or twice a day but no period. I wasn't particularly worried because my cycle before had been a little scattered as Id tried going on the pill again- that lasted two weeks and I was over it. I just kept putting my absent period down to that. Telling my husband constantly, its got to be on its way soon. Fast forward another week, slight twinges in my abdomen on and off, no period. I sort of broached the subject that wouldn't it be hilarious if I actually was pregnant after all of that. He wasn't finding it THAT funny of course haha. I decided to let it go abit longer, and last sunday I took one of my spare ovulation tests (because I've read they can pick up on hormones if you are pregnant and don't have a test to use) it came up with the smiley face indicating definite hormones there but I knew I couldn't be ovulating, that was confusing so again I left it another day and bought some preg tests on my shopping run. I decided to take it the next morning, convincing myself it'd be just like the others, only this time the test line developed long before the control line did.

I am still quite shell shocked, not quite understanding what was different about that ovulation/month to all the others when I was trying to do everything right. I think its true what they say, the moment you aren't worried about it, is the moment it will happen. I also think the fact hubby had gotten back into a fairly rigorous gym routine helped (Ive read a few articles on studies that go on to say weight lifting and constant exercise improve sperm speed and capabilities). So from that it was off to the doctors to see the little bean in my tummy (it looked just like I spot to me) haha and am waiting to hear back on my HCG levels. Hopefully there fine, as not knowing about this pregnancy, I had continued doing everything normally, including getting a new tattoo (lordy, if only id known!)

So to wrap it up the big things I've noticed in what would of been the two week wait would be the shooting cramp pains, they'd come and go only lasting a minute if that, and maybe wanting to sleep abit more (but Ive always loved my sleep) everything else seemed normal. Its only in the last couple of days that Ive felt tender boobs, slight nausea when I don't eat enough and aversion to smells/food that I normally love. I'll be 6 weeks on friday (30th).

So goodluck and positive vibes to all of you ttc with endo, cause it does happen!

BFP 3rd IUI with Injectables and Endo

I will start this story like so many that I've read before. I've been reading this site for about 2 years now, praying that one day I could post here. Finally, I can :)

Let's start from the beginning. My husband and I started TTC when I was 26, and he was 32. I had no reason to believe that it would be a difficult TTC road for us, but after a few months, I was feeling discouraged. I started buying ovulation predictor kits, switching brands, and trying new techniques. I used a fertility app to track my ovulation date. The timing was perfect nearly every month, for 12 months. Finally, I went to the doctor's and was referred to a fertility clinic.

We went for a battery of tests, and I had a HSG done. Tubes were open, but the ultrasounds showed spots on my left ovary indicative of Endo. We started on the IUI road, while I waited for my Lap surgery date to confirm Endo, and get rid of the Endometriomas. Devastated doesn't even describe how I felt the day they told me.

IUI #1: Puregon injections (50iu). We thought this was it! We just needed a little nudge. But I got a BFN, and was devastated.
IUI #2: Femara pills. Another BFN.
IUI #3: Puregon injections (100iu). Three mature eggs (yikes!), and four semi-mature at 15mm. Normally they wouldn't proceed, but with Endo, we all decided to go for it. I got my BFP exactly 10 days before my Lap surgery date. I shook, cried, and collapsed to the bathroom floor when I saw my very first BFP at 11DPO (faint, but there).

I am now 28, and 24 weeks pregnant. I will never forget the struggle it took to get here, and the pain I felt every month when AF arrived. There is hope to conceive without a Lap, and with IUIs (although injectables seem to have done the trick). My doctor said they work best for Endo.

Only distinct BFP symptom was a sharp, jolt-like pain at 9DPO (or 9 days post-IUI). It felt like little electric jolts in my uterus. I thought it may be from the Puregon injections earlier, but it turned out to be the implantation of one healthy little egg :)

Have hope ladies. It took us 2 years - you will get there one day.
xo

BFP 4 months Post Lap

I am now 26 weeks pregnant!!! I was a bit nervous to write my story on here too soon so I waited far past the risk period. I am 31 and DH 32. I got off BC Feb 2014 an it seemed like from that very first cycle I had what I thought was odd pain during ovulation. I didn't even want to have sex being double over in pain at times the first day or two of my period I also experienced pain. By the time September rolled around I had an intuition that something was off. I consulted my OB that October and in the ultrasound they found several small cyst the tech called, "Chocolate Cyst". She said it resembled PCOS. After my blood work came back negative for PCOS I know the possibility was even greater that I had Endometriosis. My mother too had it and had a full hysterectomy at 42. Even though we were very early in trying to convince I opted for the lap. My cousin also had a full hysterectomy at 35 for stage 4. My mothers oldest sister (her mother) also having been diagnosed. I knew my chances we high and I was very concerned what stage I had considering the amount of cyst I had. Nov 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 2. Cyst were drained, tubes were open some scaring and endo was also removed. 4 long months later the one month I wasn't focusing so much on it, we finally had our prayers answered. I realize my journey was not nearly as long as some but I am glad I took action sooner rather than later. Our baby is doing just great. I haven't had any complications thus far. My heart goes out to all of you ladies who are struggling. Please keep faith and follow your intuition. God bless.

BFP after ovarian drilling with PCOS

I went off birth control in October of 2014 hoping to start trying after the new year. Unfortunately, I never got my period! By March, my doctor had me try Provera. That induced a period, but I went another 90 days without a period- so I obviously wasn't ovulating. We tried another round of Provera and added Clomid 50 mg. the Clomid didn't make me ovulate either! ugh... But it did make me crazy hormonal. During ultrasound scans, my doctor found a dermoid cyst and scheduled a surgery for July 30th. The day before surgery I got my period! During surgery, she removed the cyst, did ovarian drilling, and also found endometriosis. One of my Fallopian tubes is also blocked! My doctor told us that it might be time to see a specialist. Well... Surprise!!! Exactly 4 weeks after surgery I was feeling exhausted and had uncharacteristic diarrhea and decided to test. BFP!!!!! The odds were against us but it happened!!! It took a lot longer than my plan (10 months!) but I'm so grateful!!!

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BFP with Endometrioma

Hi Everyone,

Like all of you I have been trolling these sites for a long time looking for clues to help me on this journey. So I thought I would share my story so hopefully it will help out others.

The main thing that I have done differently every month since my diagnosis of my endometrioma was:
-Strict diet of no diary, no caffeine, no gluten
-Acupuncture every week. This was huge for me! It helped me sleep and it completely regulated my cycle. I have always been 28-30 days but I would always spot 4-5 days. With the diet and acu the spotting went away completely after 4 months and so did the pain! I can't recommend it enough!

What I did differently this cycle:
-I was on holidays this month so I slept a ton!
-I used Chinese herbs that my acu prescribed
-We did it in the morning the morning I ovulated

My cycle notes:
CD 11-Watery cm BD with hubby
CD 13- EWCM bd in the morning with the hubby
DPO 1-6- nothing out of the ordinary
DPO 7-8- Really cranky but surprisingly energetic
DPO 9-10- My appetite came back in full force!!! I was wanting to eat everything!!!! And I never have much of an appetite. My boobs hurt too.
DPO 11-12- Heart Burn!!! Ive never had heart burn in my life :( It was not pleasant
DPO 13-14- No PMS symptoms. I didn't have any CM but it still smelt like I was getting it (metallic smell that i always get right before AF so i thought i was out).
DPO 14- Test with first response and clearblue both came up positive instantly!

i am still in shock- but i am trying to reserve the celebration until the 12 weeks have passed just to be sure.

My OBGYN told me that i had a 1% chance of conceiving because of my endometrioma in my left ovary that is 6cm. I was getting ready for the lap surgery (in a year!!!!! :(). I know it sucks when everyone says this- but don't give up hope. Some people it works right away and others it takes a while.

The last 8 months have been really hard! The ladies who are on this long road- you guys are so strong!!!!! It will end.

Take the herbs, run and do acupuncture.
Hope this helps :)
Heather

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Unexpected Miracle - battling through Endometriosis & Crohn's

Let me just start by saying this TOTALLY caught us by surprise! We had been trying off and on for about 6 months to get pregnant. Since it had not happened yet, and since we are both still fairly young, we decided to just give it a break for a while. After all, I figured it would be hard for me to get pregnant anyways with my health history (endometriosis & Crohns Disease). After we stopped trying to get pregnant, that's when we conceived :)

I have a fairly regular 27-28 day cycle with ovulation falling around CD 13-14.

DPO 1-8: literally no symptoms at all. {I recognized more "symptoms" in the months I didn't conceive than I did this month!}

DPO 9: feeling very nauseated this morning and afternoon until around 2:00. {didn't think anything of it since a coworker of mine had just gotten over the stomach bug}.

DPO 10: nausea in the morning and afternoon until around 1:30 or 2:00; fatigued (normal PMS symptom for me, though)

DPO 11: {morning} no nausea; {evening} light pink, "gooey" spotting (thought I was starting my period 5 days early)

DPO 12: no spotting, very dry; no symptoms except fatigued.

DPO 13: thinking for sure it would be a negative pregnancy test, I took an Internet cheapie anyways. BFP!!!! (Test line appeared before control line). In disbelief, I took another one. Another BFP!! {cue total shock!} My best friend suggested that I go to the store immediately and get a digital test. So I did. Results: PREGNANT 2-3 WEEKS! Crazy shocked.

DPO 14-15: fatigued & moody (crying, laughing, and mad -- at crazy things -- all within 30 minutes).

DPO 16: blood test confirmed pregnancy at doctor's office; confirmed 4 weeks along at this point

DPO 16-20: nauseous from around 10-1:30 every day; very tired all of the time; extremely hungry but can't seem to eat a lot at a time (I get full very easily); VERY sensitive to smells; very emotional.

I hope this story gives hope to someone battling endometriosis and/or Crohn's disease! God has a plan & will fulfill His plan at just the right time! Hang in there, and God bless :)

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Stage IV Endo, BFP with 3rd IVF

I have never posted anything online but I realized how much this site brought me hope during some difficult times that I thought it would be selfish not to do the same for someone else. I’ve provided as much information as possible because I liked knowing the details but consequently this is a long post. To give a little bit of background, I am 33 years old and was diagnosed with stage IV endometriosis when I was 30. At the time of my diagnosis, my father was dying of ALS, I had just gotten married, and I started experiencing abdominal pain (needless to say it was a high stress time which I believe exacerbated my endo). After testing and laproscopic surgery, endo was confirmed. As much endo tissue was removed as possible, my ovaries were put back in their proper position, and my tubes were cleared. At my 6-week follow-up with my surgeon, I expressed that I wanted to start a family (I had just gotten married) and he immediately sent in the fertility specialist at the hospital. I knew from previous research that endo can make conceiving difficult and I wanted to start the process as soon as possible. During that apt, the fertility specialist ordered another HSG just to confirm my fallopian tubes were still clear post-surgery, along with blood work to assess my ovarian egg reserve and whether I was ovulating or not. Turns out both tubes were clear at that point, my AMH (egg reserve) level was good (I can’t remember the number), and I was ovulating. We decided to do a round of IUI. Two follicles grew well and my husband’s sperm count was excellent. We were not successful. During the two week wait, I interviewed for a new job and was offered the position. Because I was starting a new job, I asked my specialist if I could wait three months before proceeding – she agreed. As the end of the three month mark approached, I called the case manager I was assigned and said that I had been experiencing some bad pain and thought another HSG should be performed before doing another round of IUI. Turns out both of my tubes were blocked. I live in Canada and our healthcare system allows for three paid rounds of IVF with bi-lateral blocked tubes and our insurance company paid for our medication. Two months later I stared my first round of IVF:
Day 1 of period started birth control pill
Day 18 of pill, went for ultrasound to ensure everything was calm with no cysts from using the pill. Brown spotting within a week of being on the pill until it was time for meds. Stopped pill that day and waited for my period
Day 3 of period stared 150 Puregon, 75 Menopur (did this for two days)
Added Femara 5mg on day 3 of injections to control the estradiol in my blood to help reduce the inflammation of endometriosis, along with Puregon and Menopur
Started Orgalutron 250 units on day 5 of stim meds to prevent ovulation
Used stim meds for 10 days. Injected Ovidrel on the night of day 10
18 eggs retrieved, 11 mature. ICSI used to inject sperm. Six eggs fertilized normally
Two embryos transferred on day 3, 1 six cells and 1 eight cells but not the greatest quality. None made it to freezing.
Prometrium, 600 mg vaginally
AF arrived on Day 13
BFN, Beta of 7 on day 16

After the first round was not successful, my specialist recommended that I go on Depot Lupron for a maximum of 6 months to calm the environment and stop the endometriosis from growing. We decided on five months and they were not easy but I knew it would be worth it (hot flashes, painful sex from lack of lubrication, and mental fog). We started our second round in October. My specialist added Omnitrope to the medication mix and switched out Puregon and Menopur for Luveris and Gonal F. Omnitrope was not covered by our insurance and cost ~$1,100. I also had a uterine scratch prior to my period starting. My embryo quality was much better this round and we made it to a Day 5 transfer with an advanced morula and an almost morula. However, once again, BFN, with no beta level detected:
Gonal F 200
Luveris 75
Omnitrope 3.33
Femara 2.5 mg starting on day 2 of injections until trigger shot
Orgalutran 250 starting on day 5 of stims
10 eggs retrieved, 7 injected by ICSI, 6 fertilized normally, none made it to freezing
AF showed on day 13
BFN, no beta
Prometrium, 600 mg vaginally

bfp 7dp5dt fet

Hi. I tried to post this on the "Am I Pregnant" forum but was having trouble getting it published. I did my first FET this month and have been taking 6mg estrace and PIO injections every night. I have not been feeling any early symptoms. I decided to do a HPT because I was pretty sure I wasn't pregnant and didn't want to wait two more days to go first beta. surprisingly it came out positive but i am still in disbelief. Is there any possible way estrace or progesterone could have altered the results? I did not take an HCG trigger shot this cycle. I'm trying not to get too excited.

Finally - after 3 years!!

After 3+ long years, I couldn't believe it when I saw "pregnant" on my Clearblue stick yesterday. I got my blood work done in the morning, but it was taking the doctor too long to call me. At lunch I bought my own test :-)!!!

First, let me say I had my doubts because not only have we failed at IVF twice (four times if you include two cancellations), but I only had a Day-5 morula, rather than a blastocyst on the day of transfer. Three doctors gave me little hope. Now, I'm so happy to report my BFP was received yesterday - both from my HPT and Beta (182).

During the TWW, here's what I felt:
- 3dp5dt - period-like cramping (lower abdomen and lower back) for 3-5 days
- extreme thirst
- 30 seconds of nausea, only once
- extreme tiredness (like in my bones)

Two days before before my pregnancy test, the symptoms just went away.

Wishing you all the best!!

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