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BFP after 3 years of trying

After 3 years of ttc, including 3 IUIs, 3 IVF cycles, 1 miscarriage and 1 chemical pregnancy, I am in a place where I feel like my miracle is real. After transferring 1 5AA PGS normal embryo, I finally have a healthy pregnancy. There were definitely some things I did differently this cycle that I believe led me to success.

For 3 months before my stimulation I followed the CCRMs acai study - I took 2 NOW brand acai tablets 3 times daily (purchased from amazon), along with other vitamins recommended by my naturopath such as CoQ10, vitamins d and e, fish oil, and folic acid. I saw dramatic improvement in egg quality from the acai. My first ivf my spindle view (a marker of egg quality) was 67. For my second it was 75 (after starting my vitamin regimen). After adding the acai before my 3rd IVF cycle, it rose to 89, which absolutely shocked me.

My cycle with the acai was the only one in which we made a PGS normal embryo, and top grade at that.

After FET with this beautiful embryo, I felt absolutely nothing during 1-4dp5dt. No implantation bleeding, no cramping. My boobs were already sore and swollen from the progesterone, they stayed that way. Around 5-6dp5dt I had some AF like cramps, as well as a very sore lower and middle back, which I never get. Around 8dp5dt onward I had lot of very watery cm, and the sore back continued on and off.

I also had acupuncture done right before and right after the transfer.

I managed to remain very positive throughout the 2ww - of course there were moments where I stressed and felt like it didn't work, but there were also times where I felt like I just knew I was pregnant.

I am so grateful to be where I am today, and wish the same for everyone who reads this. Don't give up!

Can't believe I get to finally write this! (includes symptoms and my protocol)

First of all I have to express my gratitude for this site. We have been trying for four years and I had so many two week waits where I found comfort from reading all these posts. So glad this site exists!!!

OK history:

38 year old healthy female (same sex couple, sperm donor)
4 failed IUIs
2 failed IVFs
3rd IVF success!!! I couldn't believe it! We were in shock for weeks!

Symptoms:

Day 1 of 5 day ICSI Frozen Embryo Transfer w/genetic testing: came home, went straight to bed to watch movies, slept, woke up, ate, went back to sleep, repeat!
Day 2 Post Transfer (PT) slept, rested all day, mild dizziness
Day 3 PT - went back to work, dizziness on and off all day, shortness of breath (brief, twice)
Day 4 PT dizziness, sore boobs
Day 5 PT dizziness on and off, sore boobs, HUNGRY
DAY 6 PT hungry, small dizziness, a couple of boob zaps, general soreness of bbs, overall feeling more tolerant and happy (which is weird cause I should be pmsing)
Day 7 PT morning moody then fine; a little out of breath when walking (generally in good shape), sore boobs, especially on sides, tingle or cramp in nipples, felt warm, took temp of 99.5
Day 8 PT moody; afternoon very brief nausea (ate a bar and it went away), dizziness, evening temp of 99.5, cervix high and soft
Day 9 PT High cervix (i knew this because of my 3x a day vaginal progesterone insertions), sore boobs, dry eyes and nose (could be weather), no period, watery cm, pain on left side, 99.3 temp
Day 10 PT Pain on lower left side, sore boobs, 99.4 temp, no period, frequent bm (which is usually a sign of period coming so I thought I was out)
Day 11 PT, 99.3, boob zaps, cried in the morning (thought I was out), no period
Day 12 PT, blood test - 826 HCG!!!!! POAS test (just because I wanted to see it): BFP!!!!!

Major tellers for me: the higher temp that I had in the evenings, the weird boob zaps (unlike before with a period or PMSing), and the dizziness and shortness of breath. These were all things I didn't have when I had failed attempts.

What I did differently:

-In prepping for IVF I read and adhered to a great book (It Starts With the Egg, by Rebecca Fett) - I think this helped with my egg quality
-Ate healthier
-Tried to keep lower stress (meditating, yoga)
-Had a polyectomy before the transfer which removed any and all polyps from my uterus (girls, get a hysteroscopy to make sure your uterus is in good shape before you waste money on failed IUIs)
-Had acupuncture before and after the transfer
-Ate pineapple core before and after the transfer
-Kept a positive attitude
-Prayed, prayed, prayed - kept a positive mindset and knew it was out of my hands at the end of the day

I am now 7 weeks and looking forward to the arrival of our little bundle of joy next July!!!

Good luck and most importantly ladies, DO NOT GIVE UP. Have faith, take care of yourselves and believe it will happen. Positive mindsets make all the difference. Sending baby dust, love and peace to all!
XOXOXO

38 yo pregnant after 2 years trying

I thought for a moment why bother submitting a post? And then I remembered all of the posts that I read that helped me when I had a question, or needed reassurance about some random symptom or to just distract me during the infertility rollercoaster ride. So here we go...
Married to DH 10+ years - together for 20+. We waited + experienced life and other unexpected events and then realized it wasn't going to be easy.
Went thru 4 failed rounds of IUI late last year and were placed on the list for government funded IVF and I was advised FEB of this year that I would be up for IVF in June. YAY After the prep and injections of Gonal F, Menopur, Suprefact fast forward mid July and then trigger, 7 eggs retrieved, 2 days later 5 still going strong, 2 more days later, 3 embryos and on transfer day, 2 embryos and transferred.
I remember feeling worried after transfer as I had to pee badly! That kind of pee that blasts out. And I tried my hardest to hold it but when you have to go. DH helped me with my PIO shots every morning. I ate pineapple 5 days post transfer and Baby aspirin every day.
The following day and the main symptom that I had never seen prior was blue visible veins on my BBS and BBS were bigger. I felt some twinges here and there. Took my first HPT 3dp5dt and there was a very faint line. So at this point I'm thinking trigger. I was too scared to take a HPT the next day. Took another HPT on 5dp5dt and another faint line even fainter than 2 days prior. I'm gutted :( 6dp5dt I take a third HPT and 2 lines come up straight away and darker than the day prior. :) Had some light spotting on 8 and 9dp5dt. Beta results 14dp5dt 490 and beta 16dp5dt 1406. Sending positive love vibes out to everyone out there who is struggling in some way with infertility. xo

2 years TTC second round IVF

I visited this site on so many occasions and wanted to share my storey to help others.

We have been trying to conceive for 2 years with unexplained infertility. I had a slightly below average amh for my age I'm 33.
We did 2 rounds of iui and then moved on to ivf.
First round I was on 175 of Gonal F they collected 5 eggs 3 fertilised and only ended up with x1 blastocyst for transfer which didn't work.
Second round 300 of Gonal F I had 9 eggs retrieved and all 9 fertilised. I was in a lot of pain after this egg collection.
On day 5 I had one blastocyst to transfer and was advised they had 4 to freeze which was great news. The next day I got a phone call saying they had another 2 that were good to freeze. This was an unexpected better result this time.
My story on my wait:
I had no symptoms no sore boobies, no implantation bleeding, I didn't feel sick, I didn't really have an appetite, I had a stressful situation come up and thought well this isn't going to help. The only strange thing was watery CM but I had read that was a side effect or the Crinone.
I consistently ate well through this whole process ( I would eat whatever on weekends)
There have been so many times through this I have thought I wonder if I will ever get to experience being a Mum. It's still really early days and so much is really out of our control but its good to celebrate the good along the way. We had to remind ourselves through out this journey that this was the most important thing to us and we will keep going and do whatever it takes.

I know I'm coming from a positive place because I'm lucky right now but we were once in this situation and got through it and we will appreciate this so much more now from what we have been through.

Wishing everyone all the best for their journey.

BFP with FET after 3 Years of Infertility

I promised myself I would put my symptoms if and when it ever happened and OMG..it finally happened! Still very early and I am very cautiously optimistic but trying to stay hopeful and positive. Don't give up hope everyone - if you don't have it in you to be your cheerleader, find someone who will. My husband was my rock and helped me get through the last few months.

Egg Retrieval: June 2017 - Retrieved 13 eggs
Did PGS on 7 that survived. 4 abnormal, 3 normal...so 3 frozen embies
Egg Transfer August 25 with a singleton, 5DT
PIO shots every night along with estrogen 3 times a day

1DPT and 2DPT: went to mountains for a short trip and it was great...relaxing and good to breathe mountain air
3DPT: sharp twinges and cramps throughout day, drink pom juice for sh*ts and giggles, a couple of pains doubled me over, completely exhausted
4DPT: couple of sharp twinges in morning, some creamy CM, called nurse about sharp pains and she said hopefully implantation and to not worry about it too much. Few small throbs here and there. Nipples tender, tired and craving chocolate
5DPT: Tender and low cramps - no better way to explain them. Felt like period cramps. Off on and on. Creamy CM in morning. Sad and crying to husband. Exhausted. Thinking the progesterone shots were making me crazy. Nipples NOT tender today. Gassy. Totally felt like period was coming on.
6DPT: no cramps as of 9:00 am. later in day had a few low cramps off and on. More positive attitude that day. Super hungry.
7DPT: No cramps in am. Creamy CM in morning No symptoms at all. Thinking it did not work. Throat starts to get sore. 1 or 2 deep twinges in the abdomen. Hungry, 1 BIG random cramp at 9:00 pm.
8DPT: woke up with really sore throat. Tired at lunchtime, lots of creamy CM, few tiny cramps here and there. Took 2 hour nap. Did not sleep well that night. Sweating alot at night.
9DPT: woke up with sore throat again. Creamy CM and then turned to watery CM. Small dull feeling in right ovary. Cramps all day, coming and going. Lots of "pulling" feelings and recently found a term for it "lightning crotch" lol. Such a crazy name but apparently pregnant women feel it. Def. had these sharp pains to the vaginal area. Dizzy, nauseated and heartburn. Overall feeling bad. Woke up in middle of night drenched in sweat. And to top it all off, very gassy. My husband was loving me during this time, lol.
10DPT: Sore nipples, no CM - all dry and that scared me. Gassy and bloated. Pain in lower left ovary area and slightly throbbing. "Lighting crotch" pains and def. period pains. I know my body well after 3 years of examining every feeling and it felt identical to my period coming on.
11DPT: Swear CM had pink in it in am. Uncontrollable crying. Sore throat. Nothing else going on. Went in for my first beta and it was POSITIVE! HCG: 484 and Prog: 31. We were over the moon.

About 5 days after test i started bleeding and it has been off and on - of course I thought the worst but Dr. cannot find anything on U/S to indicate an issue. We go back this Monday for our last appt. with our fertility specialist. I have been told that FET folks experience bleeding more than the average person.

Know this list was super rambly but I pulled from my journal I kept each day. I was 100% convinced it did not work but lo and behold...our baby is growing and we are so incredibly happy. Dont give up hope ladies!

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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Low ovarian reserve, 5 failed ivf cycles aged 39 - BFP success with DHEA and ubiquinol

Posting this to give hope to others with a low ovarian reserve, hoping to get pregnant. It was here i discovered the possibilities of combining DHEA and ubiquinol after 5 failed ivf cycles.

A year after i had my son (a natural conception) i was diagnosed as having a very low ovarian reserve at 38. I had the egg count of a 45 year old and my mother had gone through menapause at 43. I needed some help getting pregnant again.

I started short cycles of ivf. First cycle was cancelled as i just grew one big folly. Gutting. 2nd cycle was filled with hope, 4 eggs retrieved and 2 beautiful blastocysts. I lost them both at 10 weeks and 8 weeks. It was as if they just ran out of energy and stopped growing. Even more gutting was that the 2nd blastocyst was tested for genetic issues and we'd been told it was a 95% perfect egg. This one didnt even grow into a fetal pole.

2 more cycles came and went one cancelled again and another we couldnt even start as my hormones never baselined. Then someone told me about improving egg quality through various ways. One was to take hormone supplements. My doctor suggested we try DHEA - 25 mg 3 xdaily. I did some more research and found a post here by a lady who got pregnant naturally at 43 with all sorts of homonal issues and swore by a combination of DHEA and ubiquinol. So i started taking ubiquinol too - 600mg first in the gel capsule form and then in liquid form as i was told you absorb more through the membranes of your mouth with the liquid spray than when you ingest it. I also gave up alcohol nearly altogether even tho id been told a glass every other day would be ok, as i read that any more than 4 units of alcohol a week reduces your chances of conception and implantation. Really hard for me as i love booze and it helped a lot with the stress of it all.

Id been told that to see the results we'd need to wait 3 months for the DHEA to take effect. Of course i went head anyway with another cycle as by now i was 39 and was desperate. Plus the ivf clinics reckon its just a numbers game. They retrieved 6 eggs and we got 1 blastocyst using the long ivf cycle. Not nearly as good quality as the first 2 that i lost. It didnt even implant. Totally gutted.

The 7th cycle was my last go as far as i was concerned IVF had impacted my life in everyway possible - from how i felt about my body to my relationshio with my partner and son, as well as stalling my career and quite frankly i was depressed and over it. By now i was 4 months into DHEA and ubiquinol, i had experienced heart flutters early on but it passed as my body got used to it all, by the 3rd month i realised i had much darker thicker facial hair and on my feet! But that nothing a few creams didnt sort out.

They collected 4 eggs and we got 2 blastocysts - and in their opinion not as good quality as the 2 id lost. So we just went ahead with a fresh transfer and froze the other one. I wasnt hopeful. Well blow me down BFP result, stong growth and heart beat at 7 weeks, another at 10 weeks and a beautiful scan at 12 weeks showing everything was healthy and normal. Im now 25 weeks pregnant today, its a girl and we feel truely blessed.

Im convinced it was the DHEA and ubiquinol combo and opting out of alcohol.

And by the way as soon as i stopped taking DHEA and ubiquinol all the dark thick hair fell out and im back to normal.

Good luck to you all. This worked for me, i hope it does for anyone out there in a similar position. Im not a doctor so please dont take this advice as professional. Just sharing my story in the hope of giving hope to others.

Infertility and surprises

We started trying to get pregnant in fall 2007 (I was 25). By 2011, after years of trying and a handful of miscarriages, the final straw was being 12/13 weeks and hearing there is no heartbeat. I decided was time to try fertility treatments. I had no clue what this entailed. Since our insurance doesn't cover anything related to fertility we started with medicated/timed ovulation. Then switched to IUIs. After no luck we made the decision to do IVF. First fresh transfer resulted in a healthy baby boy. After being told by my nurse to try on our own because sometimes our bodies are capable, they could maybe need a jumpstart, I got pregnant but had a chemical pregnancy. Immediately following that loss I went ahead and did a FET which gave us our second son. When he was 4 months old I was still exclusively breastfeeding and didn't have a period yet. I went in for a 12w post partum check up at my birth center to be told I was pregnant! On our own! My third son came on his due date in December 2015. Knowing we wanted 4 kids we decided to try on our own for about 6 months and had no luck. After speaking to a new doc at our center (my previous RE left the practice) we decided to do genetic testing on my embryos. Out of 10 'good' embryos only 4 came back 'normal'. We went ahead and did a FET (the first frostie didn't make the thaw, so we thawed a second) and after a positive test and two good betas my numbers dropped and I had a miscarriage. I was very discouraged and beyond sad over this loss. This embryo was healthy and perfect. I felt the need to try on our own during the month or two between cycles. I ovulated as usual following the miscarriage and then started spotting a little bit brown on the day my period was due but then it stopped. My nurse said that's normal after a failed FET so we went ahead and scheduled my next FET for September. I was supposed to start meds this week but surprisingly enough I took a pregnancy test and got a BFP! I know it's still early, and in the infertility journey this is on my step 1. But it's an amazing direction to be going in!

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.

3rd fet cycle worked

If I got a positive, I told myself I would come back here and write down my two week wait symptoms so that maybe it could be helpful to others. I am hoping myself that this baby sticks and is a healthy one.
We got pregnant with one baby on our first fresh IVF cycle in 2015.
We had some Frosty's and the first frozen cycle with those, we only put one in and it did not work. The second time we put two perfect embryos in and it still did not work. After that I had a hysteroscopy and they did not find anything wrong. This time, the third time, we also put in 2 embryos.

Day of transfer:
Emotional. Very bloated and gassy. At night, very light cramping. Woke up at 4 am and couldn't go back to sleep. Kept having adrenaline rushes over and over. Just anxious.
1dp5dt:
Still light cramping. And still very emotional. Very bloated and gassy and constipated. Boobs not really sore. Also woke up at 4 am with anxiety, very hard time getting back to sleep. Anxious thru out Day also.
2dp5dt:
Exact same as yesterday except was able to go to sleep easier when I woke up at 4 am.
Also around 10:30 at night, I noticed the slightest amount of brown spotting in my underwear. Went to pee right after and never saw any sign of that again.
3dp5dt:
Same as yesterday but slept better. Still having cramping but it comes in waves. For awhile today I went a little while feeling nothing and got very sad thinking something was wrong. Body felt quiter. Also didn't wake up in the middle of the night thank goodness!
4dp5dt:
More cramping again. Never has been painful like strong period pms crAmps but for sure feels like something is going on. Feeling a little more hope but very emotional like a crazy person. Hubby and I went out to breakfast and started crying because my husband forgot to order me a decaf coffee instead of regular hahahah. Ya......
5dp5dt:
Had to get on a plane today. Woke up very early to get on plane so extremely tired. Also woke up sweaty. Still light cramping and again very emotion. Cried a lot today. (Starting to get lame all of the emotions). Noticed creamy slippery discharge. Bloated. Uterus feels heavy.
6dp5dt:
Very tired just literally could take a nap at any moment. Also didn't feel like my normal coffee in the am. Didn't gross me out just didn't feel like it. Noticed when I was laying on my stomach for my pio shot, my boobs were sore, first time I have noticed. Also emotional as usual. Going to bed I felt like something was telling me I was pregnant. (Still light on and off waves of cramping).
Also had creamy slippery discharge. Oh and mid back pain so intense!!! Like really bad. Noticed it a bit yesterday but today was the worst. Will radiate to low back pain also. Bloated. Uterus feels heavy.
7dp5dt:
Mild cramping. Boobs sore. Back hurts. Have to pee more. And uterus just feels heavy. Bloated.
Today my doctor met me get a beta quant today (a little early I know)
So had very strong anxiety.
Beta was positive at 45.2. Still haven't peed on anything as seeing negatives in the past have been to painful.
Praying it sticks and is healthy. I wish all of you the best and please don't give up. This was third frozen transfer for me.

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