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BFP by IVF/ISCI/FET

Are you employing "Assisted Reproductive Technology" to achieve your BFP? If so, this is where you'll find the success stories of women in your same situation.

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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!!

BFP on 1st IVF ICSI Round

Me: 28, no known infertility factors after every test/procedure under the the sun including HSG & Lap. Textbook 28-30 day cycles ovulating on days 14-17 every month. Never been pregnant.
DH: 33, MF. Low sperm count (highest count out of at least 15 tests was 4mil) low morph & motility. Had vericocele repair 2 years ago, did not improve count or quality.

TTC for 3.5 years, 5 failed medicated IUI's.

Started IVF prep by taking BC pills for six longggg weeks spotting dark brown the whole time. Every. Single. Day. Started injections with Lupron first, then introduced Gonal-F and Menopur. I've been going to acupuncture faithfully for 1.5 years.

Day before retrieval: acupuncture

Day of retrieval: 16 eggs retrieved, 3 ended up not being mature enough. ICSI'd the remaining 13. DH's fresh sample was not of great quality (coagulated) but they were able to find 13 good swimmers to use :)

Next day: got the call that 6 had fertilized overnight--about half which they said is normal.

Day of 5dt: only one embryo made it to day 5, but it was a perfect grade AA and the doc commented "your uterine lining is gorgeous". Watched the embryo transfer on the monitor and became very emotional. Went to acupuncture later that afternoon.
1dp5dt- Started on progesterone suppositories, AM & PM. No symptoms except some dull cramping at night when I rolled over onto my stomach to go to sleep.
2dp5dt-5dp5dt- very sore nipples. Increased appetite, backache, tired. Completely drained by 3pm, took naps after work which I typically do not and still went to bed early. Light cramping daily, esp. when moving around and after getting from laying down or sitting for periods of time. This always happens to me when AF is coming, but I remained cautiously optimistic because the cramping was quick and not as intense. Getting up throughout the night to pee which also never happens.
6dp5dt-Blood work scheduled for the next day to confirm or deny. Decided to take an internet cheapie as DH and I didn't want to "find out" if yes, on a phone call in the parking lot at work (we work together). There it was- a faint second line! I double checked to make sure it was a pregnancy test and not an ovulation test. DH and I cried together, had to convince him a faint line is still a line!
7dp5dt- took another test with FMU, darker second line! Ecstatic. Blood work confirmed, BETA 48. Still hungry, tired, crampy , backache and sore nipples. Not peeing as much anymore, sleeping through the night without having to go.
8dp5dt-woke up with a headache, went away after a shower and something to eat. Hungry, tired, crampy and sore nips.
9dp5dt- took another test with FMU, I get so much satisfaction seeing those two lines pop up! Nipple soreness completely gone. BETA 123. Acupuncture.
10dp5dt- woke up with headache, sporadic cramping throughout the day. Backache.
11dp5dt-BETA 496. Light cramping.
12dp5dt- went out on our boat like every other Saturday, in a Sandbar which is party central. Took a nap in the cabin in the middle of it all, can't stay awake! Crampy. Had light light brown spotting which worried me at first, did my research and calmed down. Seems normal as long as it's not bright red.
13dp5dt- BETA 824. Light cramping. Small amount of light brown spotting again.
14dp5td- same symptoms.
15dp5dt-(today) BETA 2,057! woke up with headache, nipples sore again. Biggest symptom is tiredness.

Secondary infertility - BFP after 2 years by IVF !!

I conceived DS naturally 8 years ago after 2 months of trying. I never imagine having difficulty with conceiving the second time around. After 1 year of trying, I decided to visit an RE where I found out my DH had morphology issue (2%). The RE prescribed vitamins to improve sperm quality and suggested for him to quit smoking. Couple of months of BFNs later, I decided on IUI. After two failed IUIs within a span of 6 months, my DH pushed for me to go for IVF. I agreed to pursue IVF just after turning 35 years old.

I had a short protocol with low dosage. Other than frequent visits to the RE, the IVF process was relatively easy for me. I couldn't do a fresh transfer hence I had 8 embryos frozen 3 days after egg retrieval. Two cycles later, I had a natural frozen embryo transfer with 2 embryos as I do ovulate regularly. No bed rest after transfer but I took time off from work and took it easy for 3 days. 12 days post 3 day transfer I got my BFP. I didn't test earlier than that as my RE advised against it.

I am now cautiously happy but relieved that I am able to get pregnant at least. I am now 7 weeks along and haven't gone to see my RE for a scan. I will know soon if I am carrying a singleton or otherwise.

Don't lose hope even though the journey seems long and bleak. Cry when you need to but pick yourself up and keep moving forward.

xx

Don't give up... There is always hope!

I have stalked the stories on this board for many years and am now thrilled that we can share our story!

A little bit of background... We began our journey 4 years ago. After a year of no luck we were referred to a fertility specialist. We went through 5 OI (ovulation induction) cycles... All negative. All tests to date were normal (hubby had sperm which got a gold star from the specialist.. Hehe)!

We were given the option of a laparoscopy to check for endometriosis or begin IVF. I had no symptoms of endo other than up to a week of spotting before each of my periods. We decided on IVF.

The following IVF and FET (single 3 day and then 5 day embies) were negative. We then decided it was time for the laparoscopy... I was dreading it! Op went really well, turns out I had stage 2 moderate endo, which would have been causing problems with implantation.

Next IVF round was 5 months later, new doc (due to moving cities), new tests (I had speckled ana levels), new protocol (clexane) and new hope.

We put back a very good looking AA day 5 blasto and 8 days past transfer (8dp5dt) I had a squinty BFP... The first time in my life! Confirmed by several pee sticks later and then blood tests.

Symptoms:
Not many unfortunately... Boobs felt a little sore but nothing else.

Best of luck to all the hopeful mums to be out there... I 100% understand the frustration and disappointment each BFN can bring. If you can check for endo or natural killer cells ... Do! Don't be afraid of a laparoscopy.... Just make sure you rest lots and have heat packs at hand for the recovery! Most importantly, don't be afraid to speak to people about your journey... It does help! Love and baby dust to every single one of you x

BFP Symptoms after FET 5 day blast

I can't believe I am finally able to share my story after reading so many of all of yours on here! After two years of TTC, 4 IUIs, 3 IVFs, and 3 hysteroscopies with biopsy/ERA procedures, we finally got our BFP this morning :-).

Our FET was on May 26th and here were basic symptoms in the days after. We transferred our only two frozen embryos. I am 29 and my husband is 31. We had male factor as well as ERA (endometrial receptivity array).

Day of Transfer: Tired but can't fall asleep. Laid in bed most of day.
1 DPT: light nausea in mid morning, body achy/tired in evening
2 DPT: Woke up at 3:30am and couldn't go back to sleep. Twinges in left side, period-like cramping at 7:30am, lightheaded during the day. Very vivid dreams.
3 DPT: Twinge cramps and bloating at 6am. Headache 7:45am. Cramping and headache again at night. Vivid dreams again.
4 DPT: Bloated, heavy breasts, slight breast soreness. slight burn in throat, excess saliva, mild nausea after eating. Extremely tired. Lump in throat after eating. Vivid dreams about being pregnant/delivering at the hospital.
5 DPT: Fuzzy feeling in throat when lying down.
6 DPT: Slight temp drop. Slight sore throat, bloating, light twinges right side. Fatigue and irritability. Sore heavy breasts.
7 DPT: Temp back up. Twinges left and right at 3:30am. Exhausted after work, heavy breasts.
8 DTP: sore breasts, metallic taste in mouth early AM. Ok dx day (no symptoms).
9 DPT: Sore boobs, night cramps and fuzzy feeling in pelvis. Tiniest bit of spotting mid day.
10 DPT: Sore breasts, light nausea on empty stomach, light twinges and cramping when lying down.
11 DPT: Positive hpt!!! Sore breasts. Nausea on empty stomach. Twinges and PMS bloating. Craving toast.
12 DPT: woke up at 3:30 am and can't go back to sleep until 5am. Light nausea on empty stomach. Heavy sore breasts. Moments of metallic taste in mouth but very brief. Twinges and pms bloating. Exhausted. Craving toast/bread.
13 DPT: Beta test positive at 64.7!!!

Natural conception after IVF!!

So in a nutshell, I struggled to conceive for a couple of years and was diagnosed with 'unexplained primary infertility' before finally undergoing IVF. Thankfully at our first attempt it was successful (i was 34) and I became pregnant with twins. Sadly we lost a twin at 10 weeks but my son was born at full term healthy and very bonny. As i was breastfeeding I didnt have a period until I stopped 7 months after his birth. However hubby and I wanted a sibling for our son so we started trying naturally and low and behold on only the second month of trying, I became pregnant!!! Truly a shock as I was expecting to have to undergo IVF again - an expensive and stressful procedure......
I am currently 9 weeks pregnant and hoping all with be fine but I wanted to give hope to those who are trying IVF and also to those who have successful IVF attempts, that natural conception can happen! Maybe I kick started my body into reproducing!! I am beyond thrilled and feel very lucky although it was a hard road getting here. Happy and healthy 9 months to all you yummy mummies to be. ;)

BFP almost 2 yrs, IVF #3, Donor Sperm

Some may know my story, my username is Reapage.

I Praying for a sticky bean. This has been in the making since Sept 13.

I am 23, My love is almost 33 (end of june) I was 21 when we first started trying. We thought it would be so easy! We own our home, we have stable jobs. I am one of 6 children- infertility is not a word we hear in our family.

After six months off birth control and crazy cycles I was diagnosed with PCOS. I had no cysts but my ovaries were swollen (round instead of oval) and my cycles were a mess, 50+ days. I was put on Metformin and we kept trying.

After 3 months of met, 9 months of ttc. We decided it was time for a SA. We got the results and we were DEVASTATED. He had 0-1% morphology, only 1.5 million count (normal is 20+ mill) and he had 24% motility. That weekend we had to travel to Florida to meet our new nephew... It gave us so much motivation and as soon as we got back I got with my primary physician to get a referral to the RE.

It took a month to see the RE and in the meantime all the research I found said we would basically be getting a free pass to IVF- do not pass go, do not collect $200. I also found a local RESOLVE support group... and went to my first meeting a few days before our RE consultation. Best decision I ever made for my psyche.

I was right- the RE said IVF was our only option. We did not have insurance coverage, but we have Aetna and the clinic offers a prorated discount to Aetna patients, so instead of 17k we paid 10k plus meds for ICSI. (the ended up covering my meds even tho they said they wouldn't, all three cycles) Fast forward a few months after all the testing...

Dec 14/Jan 15 IVF cycle #1- yielded 2 AB blasts... we transfer one and froze one. Chemical
As soon as I got my period, we went straight into cycle #2 with our only frozen embryo.
Feb/March IVF #2 FET- BFN
As soon as I got my period, we moved right into another cycle, We found out DH only had FOUR good sperm.
April/May IVF #3 Fresh w/donor sperm- yielded three blasts, AB, BB, BA. We transferred AB, BB and froze BA. BFP 4dp5dt(9dpo) faint faint faint. BFP 5dp5dt(10dpo), darker. BFP 6dp5dt(11dpo) with a digi!!!!!!!!

Praying that this is truly the end of the road for us. We have been through so much. I pray that my story encourages everyone to NEVER GIVE UP. Do what it takes to get your baby. This moment is worth every tear, every heartbreak, and every tough decision.

Infertility has changed my life. I am a better person for it. I have been raising money and will be walking on June 6 for the RESOLE Hope Walk to raise awareness for infertility. I will never forget this journey, and will forever support my sisters fighting the good fight<3

It only takes ONE!

I am 32 and my husband (34) and I been TTC for two years. I had a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy in November 2014 to correct a uterine septum, remove as much endometriosis as possible, and remove a large ovarian cyst. At that time I was excited and thought we had finally identified our issues and were ready to move on and have a baby! We did three rounds of IUI that were all unsuccessful. Each round of IUI it became more and more clear that I wasn't responding to the medications. I was told that I had ovarian deficiency syndrome and that we could have difficulty with producing enough follicles/eggs for IVF. We decided to move forward with IVF and got included on the next IVF cycle.

For the first round of IVF I was on Gonal-F injectables morning and night. When I went in for my 2nd ultrasound I only had 4 follicles; 3 normal and 1 abnormally large. The IVF cycle was cancelled and moved to TI. I was so upset that it was cancelled and even more upset the TI didn't work. We would have to wait for the next IVF cycle that was nearly 2 months away. It felt like forever. For the next round of IVF I was moved to 300 of Follistim in the morning and 300 of Menapur at night. At the final scan I had 7 follicles. We hoped for more but would take what we could get. On day of retrieval we were informed they were able to retrieve 5 eggs. I kept running through my mind all the different scenarios. Best case I'd have a few embryos and worst case I wouldn't end up with any. The thought was too much for me. When we got the call on the status of the embryos my heart was both overjoyed and crushed. One had fertilized. I was so grateful and happy that we had the one but also so sad the others didn't make it. I only had one shot! This was it. When we went in for the transfer I was told the one embryo looked great. Grade A with no fragmentations. Thank the Lord! On day 8 or 9 post transfer I took a HPT and it was BFN. I went into breakdown mode. I cried myself to sleep knowing it was over. I'd have to go through the whole thing again. The pain was too much. On day 10 post transfer I took another test and saw the faintest line. I couldn't tell if I was making it up in my head. I guess I wasn't, yesterday I had my beta test and got the call that I'm prego! HCG Beta @ 13dpo (10dp3dt) - 130!

The road is still long but I never thought I'd get to this place. Ever. It really does only take one. Have faith on the day of the transfer and believe you are pregnant!! Don't let those HPTs play mind games with you (so easy to say, so hard to do.) I wish you all the best on your journey and pray for BFPs for all of you. It is the most broken I have ever been and only those that experience infertility can truly understand the pain. Have faith.

BFP after three years ttc!

Hubby and I (both 27) have been ttc for just over 3 years. I have pcos and there's also slight male factor. After trying on our own for a year, acupuncture and herbs for 5 months, we decided to move forward with IVF last year. Our fresh cycle resulted in 7 embryos. Fresh cycle and subsequent frozen transfer didn't work.

Going into FET #2 I was trying to remain calm and positive. I made a vision board, did a lot of meditating and yoga, ate well, prayed, and it really helped me to be calm.

The TWW started off normal. On 2 days past transfer I puked after dinner, though I think maybe it was just bad food? I hadn't really had any symptoms. No cramps no implantation spotting, boobs felt fine. Convinced it didn't work I even waited to change my estrogen patches on test day.

9dp5dt my beta was 147! I was shocked to say the least.

I go back Tuesday for beta 2 and am praying it's a good number. I have faith this is our take home baby.

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My BFP - IVF/ICSI/PGD/FET Story

Me: 41, idiopathic infertility (I am just old)
DF: 41, 2 Children from previous marriage

TTC- 6 months. I honestly think that if we kept trying, I would have become pregnant. I took this route mainly because of my age and the ability to screen for healthy embryos (reducing the risk of miscarriage).

Feb 2015 IVF/ICSI#1 Antagonist Protocol- ER 17 eggs, 11 mature, 4 fertilized, 0 made it to 5 day
April 2015 IVF/ICSI #2 Antagonist Protocol (lower dose of Follistim)- ER 11 eggs, 9 mature, 4 fertilized, 2 made it to 5 day (6AB, 6BB) - performed PGD and only 6AB was genetically normal. ET on 4/29/15

What I did: Watched diet carefully (low carb, high protein/veg and monounsaturated fats). Acupuncture 2x week, supplements: DHEA (3x day), Fish Oil, L-Carnitine, CoQ-10, Calcium and Iron (the last 2 because I am a post bariatric patient). On night of Embryo transfer I slept with a heated blanket on low...I was told not to raise my body temperature but acupuncturist advised some warmth on my uterus...I seriously had it on 1 out of 10 in heat strength.

Symptoms during 2WW- Absolutely nothing other than normal PMS cramping, some hot flashes (on progesterone) and insomnia (chalked up to anxiety). I had brown spotting the day before beta and every feeling in my body told me my period was coming. I even stopped taking the hormones, took aleve, drank wine and had an orgasm - because I was convinced I didn't conceive.

May 8th- Beta: 30
May 10th- Beta: 72
May 12th- Beta 214

I started with a low beta, but I am now convinced that I had a late implanter since she was frozen. The cramps/spotting were just 1-2 days before beta. My RE is happy with beta progression and now schedules viability U/S for 5/19/15 so fingers crossed!

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