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BFP after 5 ys with Endo, blocked tubes and IVF

I am beyond happy to be finally able to share my success story and hope to all of you.
We had been trying for about 5 ys (started at 29) after the first year we started to see doctors as nothjng was happening, but no concludent results. He was onced diagnosed with a minor...slowness in his sperm, but took treatment and it improved. I had a sinosalpyngogram to check my tubes, came out perfect. Hormone tests, perfect. We went to a fertility specialist who had me monitored, put me on Clomid and triggered ovulation. Nothing,
By that time we started having troubles in our marriage (not connected with the infertility, but I suppose the whole mechanical baby making and rush didn't help much). This was year 2 of trying I think. After a very rough patch we got therapy, started working really hard on ourselves, both individually and as a couple, and I'm beyond grateful to say we made it. Needless to say, we did not prevent during this time and I kept hping that maybe...but no.
After about 4 years someone recommended a good embryologist who had us run some genetic tests and sent us to a new OB Gyn. This was my 4th or 5th doctor since we had started trying. The genetic tests came out well, but I had really low ovarian reserve (AMH 0.6). But the doctor was hopeful, she said as long as it's not 0 we can aways have a baby. We made a plan. The first thing she noticed was that I had a cyst on my left ovary, it had been there for years and had not evolved. All previous doctors had expressed a concern that it might be endometrial but stopped there. This doc put me under operatioin (histeroscopy) to check what was inside my uterus.
The results were bad. There was tissue floating everywhere inside, and my tubes were blocked with endometrial tissue. This lets liquid through (hence the ok sono test) but not the egg (hence, no pregnancy). We were relieved to finally understand the reason. It's worth mentioning that I never had the excruciating pain linked to endo, though I had often asked myself (had felt!) that maybe I have it.
We started preparing for IVF, our only option.
A few months before, listenjng to my body signals, I had started a very restrictive diet, after having read the book Inconceivable. I quit sugar, meat, dairy and gluten. (Kept alcohol though, because sanity). Later I found out this is the endo diet. It took about 4 months to see some results in improved digestion. I also started accupuncture.
I had some new cysts, got on birth control, they went away..only after 4 months were we able to do the IVF.
By that time I was exhausted, but made a pledge to stay positive throughout the treatment, as I had read it's invasive and takes its toll on body and mind.
I had 5 follicules(very low by normal standards) even after stimulation. I was also concerned what stimulation will do to the endo , since estrogen exacerbates endo. BUT. I took stimulation very well. Had little if any symptoms. At the retrieval they only found 3 eģgs, 2 of the follicles were cysts. My doc did the impossible and fished one out from behind my endo cyst. 2 of the eggs got fertilized ok, 1 made it to blastocyst. We were thrilled.
After the transfer here's what I did:
1. Lots of meditation started even before. Daily or even twice daily. No visualization, just emptying the mind and relieving stress.
2. Took 4 days off and stayed in bed.
3. Ate all those healthy stuff they recommend on youtube videos : pineapple, warm foods etc. No sugar. (I had cut out alcohol beginning of stimulation)
4. Continued accu (day 3 post transfer and onwards).
5. And most important : had FAITH and listened to my body.
My doctor also gave me a cocktail of medication to make the embryo stick : antispastic meds, aspirin, magnesium and progesterone. I did not take any prenatal vitamins but ate as healthy as I could.

All these years stalking the TTC boards, I had all the possible pregnancy symptoms ever. So I did not believe anymore..and had very little symptoms when I actually GOT pregnant. Sore breasts - not more than in PMS. Sleepyness - but I was lying in bed and resting all the time! Nausea - none!
I hsd days when I felt pregnant and days when I felt nothing.
I tried to believe that if this little speck of light inside me wants to stay, it will. If not, it will be okay.
I really believe that it was this combination of Faith and Letting Go that made the difference.

BFP after 3rd round of IVF - No symptoms

We just got our second hCG results back. On 15 dpo (1/15/16) it was 176. Today is 17 dpo (1/17/16) and it came back at 407!

This is our third BFP in 8 months after 13 years of BPNs. The last two sadly ended in chemical pregnancies. This one feels a little different -in a very good way. I crossing everything I can to keep this baby healthy and growing.

Symptoms - I didn't have any symptoms that couldn't be attributed to progesterone.

9 dpo - I decided to start testing on because I had a ton of tests. I was amazed when my husband said that even he could see a line.
11 dpo (2:00 am) - We went up to the ER for UTI related pain in my kidney. We mentioned that we had just done a transfer so the doctor also did a pregnancy test which was positive. For some reason it felt more official coming from a doctor.
15 dpo - hCG 176
16 dpo - cramping every time I stand up or roll over in my sleep (normal stuff)
17 dpo - hCG 407!

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BFP - 4 Years, IVF, Adrenal Burn Out

I have visited this site religiously for over 4 years. Having read people's posts about having had more symptoms during the BFN months and not believing it - I can say for me it was true. No sickness, no dizziness, mild cramps, but IVF procedures and progesterone cream will do that for you. On our successful round of IVF (Fourth Attempt - age 37) I could not have been more surprised. I am now 20 weeks pregnant and only just allowing myself to post here.

I had suffered from Adrenal Burnout about six months after we first started TTC. Having gone from running the successful multinational company I had founded six years before - overnight I suddenly struggled to do simple things like brush my hair without needing to rest. I now doubt our infertility was 100% caused by burnout, but I'm sure it didn't help - as I struggled to get my health back on track and slowly figure out how to run the business without my usual invincibility.

Three years later, still no sign of pregnancy and after ovulation tracking for three months we were advised to move onto IVF. As a result of this - I also made the tough decision to step back from my business - selling my stake - and taking six months out to give IVF the best shot I could. It was tough financially and emotionally, but I feel very blessed that we had that option open to us. I always imagined I would be one of those wonder women, pregnant, jumping on and off planes and still kicking ass in the business world. Once the decision was made I tried really hard not to feel like I had failed - my health, my business, my husband and myself - by not being some kind of fertile warrior. As it turned out, the space that decision secured was sacred and important to me in many ways.

On our first round of IVF, my body seemed to thrive on the challenge of 'egg overdrive' - delivering 30 follicles and 11 eggs. Two of which made it to Day 5, meaning we had one to transfer and one to freeze. As soon as I could I POAS'd and got our very first positive result. The happiness was short lived as two days later I started struggling to breathe, apparently I had overstimulated - meaning I now had fluid on my lungs and my blood was dangerously thick. After starting a course of blood thiners it obviously became all too much for our little one and we lost the pregnancy.

From there it seemed nothing went according to plan for the next two cycles, from hiding ovaries, disappearing hormones, to half my eggs deciding to disintegrate overnight.

Finally - round four - we got our next BFP, two hours before I was due to fly home to London for a month. There is definitely nothing like comparing today and yesterday's pee stick results with your 67 year old Father!

As for symptoms? In the 2ww there were none. At about 5 weeks I was unusually tired and at 7 weeks morning sickness kicked in as a permanent feeling of being seasick.

I'm writing this post because I promised myself I would - even if its taken me until 20 weeks to finally feel ready. Also to give hope to those going through IVF or Adrenal issues. These were the two periods of my life where I felt the most isolated and hopeless - despite being surrounded by incredible support. When you get through the other side, and I promise that you will get there, you will have known more bravery, resilience and commitment than you knew you had - and you will know without a shadow of a doubt how brave you can be. Tired, swollen, frightened, sad, angry, and at times completely desperate - but always brave enough to keep going.

My love and support to all those walking this path x

It feels so surreal...

It’s been said time and time again, “I’ve been stalking this site for years and promised myself when the time came I’d write my story”. And although this is also cliché, I never thought it would happen to me. I’m pregnant. I can’t believe I can type those words...it still feels so surreal. I was the person on the other end reading this wishing I was able to tell my story while reading everyone else’s.

After a failed IVF attempt in June, my husband and I decided to take a break for a few months before trying again. We have the dreaded “unexplained infertility”.

This time I took better care of myself mentally. I tested 6dp5dt and got a faint positive. The line got darker from that point until I received my positive results 13dp5dt today. Beta is at 403.

I had no symptoms initially until about day 5 after my 5-day transfer. I will list all of the symptoms from that point forward. Some of them are strange, but I remember them vividly.

- Sore nipples – My breasts weren’t very sore, but my nipples are becoming more and more sore. It isn’t BAD though, just a slight soreness to them.
- Infrequent SMALL cramps on right side.
- A heavy feeling in my lower abdomen. It feels similar to the same heavy feeling you would get right before you start your period.
- Sneezing – I feel like I sneeze at least thirty times a day!
- Thirst – I’m the FIRST to admit I do not drink enough water. The last week I feel like I can’t get enough water. I will be driving home and have to stop to buy water it’s so bad.
- Waking up early – I’m not a morning person, but I’ve been waking up between 5am-7am over the last week and a half.
- Tired – I know this is common, but I’m sleepy on and off throughout the day. Unfortunately I feel as though I’m incapable of napping if the sun is out.
- Smell – I can smell EVERYTHING which isn’t really a great thing!

I wish all of you the best of luck. BELIEVE it is possible.

Donor eggs at 43

I've been on this journey for 2.5 years now. I remember sitting in the RE's office discussing a plan in June of 2013 and wanting to get started right away. I was 40 then. After several iui's, 2 tubal reversal surgeries, 2 HSGs, 5 ivfs, here is my 4th BFP since the journey began. I had a couple of chemicals and two miscarriages. I just turned 43 a couple of months ago.

Here is my step by step journey to my BFP.
We did ivf again this time. We transferred one 4BA 5-day blast on Monday, 12/21/15. We did a frozen transfer of one emBaby this time.

I will count fertilization day as ovulation day.

5dpo- transfer day 12/21/15
6dpo- (1dp5dt) nothing different but did have twinges and felt dizzy
7dpo-side boob twinges, AF like cramps, thirsty, vivid dream
8dpo-vivid dream, twinges above pubic bone
9dpo-vivid dream about implantation spitting on underwear. No symptoms today, getting worried
10dpo-vivid dream
11dpo-vivid dream, have been very gassy -
TMI- burping and flatulence. It's quite excessive and malodorous. Mild side boob twinges both sides. Runny/drippy nose- odd for me. Progesterone shot sites were really sore and they have been tolerable up until this night before going to bed. Very irritable. Got annoyed with DH easily today. A lot of holiday traveling today. Worried it didn't work again and listened to meditations and visualized it working and our baby growing inside me.
12dpo (7dp5dt)- beta day. Dizzy today. Woke up at 4:30 am. My RE likes to do betas early. I tested with a FRER, it came up positive within a minute. It was a nice, strong line. Gas is getting a little better, AF cramps still present. I feel that my boobs are a little more full than they have been. Feeling blessed and hopeful this is going to be our take home baby. We've been praying every day for a child for the last couple of years. Beta is today waiting for my results. All day not too many symptoms. Just feeling blessed to have this opportunity.

BFP after 20yrs of ttc and am 45.

It has been a very long and torturous journey but I thank God that I am finally writing on this blog. I have been immensely blessed reading other people's stories. Having been waiting for the past 20yrs I can tell you it has been terrible but God has made a name for Himself in my life.
I used donor eggs in all my cycles. This is the third ivf and I had said will be the last and thank God it is the last. I had FET on 8th of December 2015. The only thing I did differently in this cycle is Pray, Pray and pray. I had the right people praying with me and tried not to talk about it with family or friends unlike the last times. I entrusted the whole process in God's hands and did my part. After transfer I took things easy but not necessarily bed rest. I went about my business but cautiously. Took pineapple core for the first 5 days of 2ww. I was on the following medication progynova, Prednisone, baby Asprin, Pregnacare, cyclogest and Gestone injection.
I had headaches every now and then but nothing major. Cramping for the first 3days after transfer and some tugs and pulls but I was careful not to assume anything because I know that the progesterone I am on can cause some of those symptoms.
I was so tempted to test 4 days before my blood test but I asked my husband and he said I should wait till yesterday 22nd of December 2015 when I went for my blood test. I was a wreck yesterday at the hospital. M'y case was very special to the hospital because of my age and how long I have been on this journey. It was the hospital victory yesterday and all glory to God. A lot of dancing and crying yesterday. I am waiting for the HCG result later today. Hopefully the numbers will be as high as expected. I transferred 2 beautiful blastocyst but I am expecting that one will split into two identical boys while the other will be our little girl. This is our desire and God can do all things.
I will update us on the progress of my pregnancy. I live in Germany but came to Nigeria to do this ivf. It has been a roller coaster but am happy it ended in praise.
If you have been waiting for a long time please do not give up. God comes late when He wants to come big.
Baby dust to all.
Jules

BFP after 1st IVF!!! - Luteal Phase Defect

My husband and I are both 31. We started trying a year ago right after we were married and it wasn't working no matter how hard we tried. I tried everything. Sex everyday, sex every other day, checking cervical mucus, doing handstands, etc. After I started temping and using OPKs I realized that I ovulated late in the month (day 18-20) and then had a short luteal phase. The longest my luteal phase was naturally was about 10 days and some months I would start spotting around 5 days after ovulation.

Once I realized this I went to a specialist and told him about my Luteal Phase Defect. Then I tried everything again. 1 month of Clomid, 1 month of Femara, and about 4 months with Follistim with trigger, and 1 failed IUI. Husband has no sperm issues, it just wasn't working. I started trying progesterone support to extend my luteal phase. One month endometrin (suppositories) worked and gave me a 14 day luteal phase, and one month it only gave me 10 days. I also tried progesterone in oil shots- and still just a 10 day luteal phase. I was nervous about my progesterone levels and my doctor was not monitoring me during that luteal phase which really upset me. I know it's standard that they don't because levels can change all the time, but I just felt like I needed a blood test to make sure given my history. Since I wasn't getting the attention I felt I deserved, I decided to switch doctors and move straight to IVF.

I felt really comfortable with my new doctor and was so excited to start the process. They retrieved 10 eggs and 8 were mature- all of them fertilized naturally. By day 5 though I had 3 blastocysts, 2 were transferred and 1 made it to freezing. Started 1cc of PIO and estrogen patches.

1dp5dt - nothing much - on bed rest
2dp5dt- 9dp5dt- each day was pretty much the same - off and on period like cramps. More so around day 6-7 (implantation) but then they continued right up to the day of my beta. Felt more tired than usual and also out of breath at times.

I was worried about my progesterone level given my past and about 4 days past transfer - (9dpo when I would usually start spotting) I just felt off and called my doctor to ask for a blood test. I had a feeling 1cc of PIO was not enough since it did not work for me last time. I basically told them I needed to be monitored- turns out my gut was right. My progesterone had dropped a little and they changed my dose to 1.5cc.

Just got the beta results today and its 332!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY!!!! I was so nervous and anxious ALL day waiting for the nurse to call. I also refused to test at home because of the disappointments I have had in the past. I am just so thankful for this. Thankful for a healthy 9 months, and healthy babies- hey could be twins?! ;)

Oh yeah Bfp!! 5 day 2 blast transfer

Me: 35
Husband: 36
4th IVF cycle. 3 fresh 1 frozen.
This one was a fresh cycle. 7 eggs, 4 were good, 4 fertilized. Only 2 made it to 5 day transfer. One excellent and one pretty good. Already started hatching with Assisted hatching.
Our issue: 100 % male factor but I also had fewer follicles over last 4 years of TtC and minimal effect on max stim drugs.

Here's my log:

Transfer day: evening pinching cramps on right side. Slept 4 hours after transfer day. Overnight. Crampy all night. Woke up felt nerve quick pain in right boob. Peed a few times. Woke up very tired.
Day 2 p5dt
Slow start felt better by 2pm. Worked a little few meetings. Acupuncture.
11pm not tired but yawning. Punchy and silly in evening. Upper abdomen tense or slightly nauseous. Hot flashes.
Day 3 p5dt
Sneezed a lot today. Felt pretty good. Silly. Hands swollen during dinner. Cramping kind of like muscle spasm more than af. Under belly button. Hot flashes.
Day 4 thanksgiving
Strange Shooting pain down right leg in morning.
Day 5 p5dt
Friday felt fine. Beach walk with baby and family. Few hot flashes. Up to pee a few times. Started estrogen patches.
Day 6 p5dt sat
Acid reflux. Almost throw up in my mouth out of nowhere? Sharp pain under my belly botton. Pee smells weird. Overnight got up to pee, very disoriented and dizzy
Day 7p5dt Sunday
Twinges a little sharper, very hungry. Mild headaches all day. Dry skin, itchy. Body tiredness at night.

Day 8p5dt Monday
Not much during day at work. Evening started to feel heavy belly, sharp and pinching cramps on lower right side. Itchy, boobs beginning to feel sore. Feel like my movement is restricted by fragile belly.
Insomnia

Day 9p5dt
Nothing in morning
Low back ache. Feeling yuck

Day 10 p5dt Wed.
Low back pain

Thursday 11dp5dt
Acupuncture today. She said my pulse felt "slippery" which was a pregnantcy pulse. She said very good sign.
Crazy dreams. Getting hungry at night.

Day 12p5dt Friday
When I chew gum I always have the same kind dentyne in black package. Tonight it tasted like rum pineapple..? Made Husband have a piece and he said I was crazy it tasted normal.
Just feeling all around pregnant. Heavy belly. Tired. Blood test in morning! Longest wait ever!

Day 13 dp5dt
Sharp pains in right ovary area that woke me up at 4:26 my lucky number! Tingling nerve pain in tip of toes and fingers sporadically.

Blood test is today.

BFP! Beta 460. Another test in two days.
Things I did:
Accupuncture transfer day and once last week.
Pineapple core
Kept feet warm
Tried to drink room temp water
Took it easy, did not let myself be too busy at work and did not let anything stress me out. (Last ivf cycle was unsuccessful and I did not take it as slowly and rest as much as I did)
I "built a bridge" -visualized every step with a positive end. A technique I had just learned from a healer a few weeks ago.

My pee smelled weird the entire time since transfer. It has been increasingly uncomfortable bending over last week. Last few days I've been uncomfortable in all my clothes. And I gained 8 lbs.

I feel so blessed that in 3.5 years we've had 4 ivf cycles, 2 pregnancies. (A beautiful 18 month old that will now have a sibling). So grateful for IVF and my 50% success rate!
Good luck and believe in the process!

BFP in God's time!

Hello to every mommies and to the ones who are still hoping to be one! I just wanted to share my story about how God gave us this gift of life in His own perfect time. Me and my husband wanted to have our own baby. He is 46 and got 2 kids from previous marriage and im 36 and wanting to have our own little one too. So we opted to go for ivf ( my husband got vasectomy long time ago) and our only option is IVF. I was even worried coz my clinic said i had low AMh. So we started with the fresh cycle and ended as BFN ( our hearts was crushed but we have faith in God that he had plans for us in His own mighty time. We by the way had only 11 eggs matured and only 6 made it to the 5th day. So we transferred 2 on our frsh cycle and we only had one 6 day blastocyst that was frozen. So we all had our hopes for this only one blastocyst that we had left for put FET after a month of the failed fresh cycle. Trnsfer was done and i felt no symptoms at all until the 5thday post transfer that i woke up with a heart burn! And 6th days post transfer i felt i am really gonna have mg period that i was so grumpy and frustrated its not gonna work again and thats the only embryo we have left. 8 days post transfer i did hpt and there was that 2nd faint line i cant even believe it! 9dpt i got an beta of 38! And 113 11dpt! And now im 7 weeks prego and we saw that heartbeat! God works in mysterious ways we sometimes doubt his power ! But God always plans everything ahead for us and we should never loose faith in Him! So for all the women and couple wanting to have a gift from God hang in there ! He is on his way of making a jelly bean for you! God bless us all!

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.

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