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Hey everyone, I just wanted to share my BFP story after stalking this site for over a year now!!
My partner and I got married in May 2015 and started ttc straight away! We tried all the tracking ovulation methods but each month AF would turn up right on cue. Deep down I always had a feeling something wasn't quite right but people kept saying 'you're stressing too much', 'it will happen when u stop trying', etc etc blah blah all the stuff u dont want to hear.
Well after a year and not even a hint of a second line we decided to both get checked out. All my tests came back clear and positive but unfortunately my partners results weren't very good. We were dealing with Severe MFI - a count of 4 mil and of that motility and morphology were also poor. We felt helpless and numb.
Next stop...fertility clinic consult in July this year. After more tests we were told our only option was IVF with ICSI. It was scary that our only option was peoples last option. But at the same time I was relieved we still had hope!
Our cycle started September 11th and we had our Fresh Embryo Transfer on the 28th. Unfortunately none of the other embryos survived but our one surviving blastocyst looked good!
I have to say I was too scared to track the days past transfer too closely but I did have some pulling/twinges on my left side 3dp5dt but I wasn't sure if that was just the progesterone I was on! Plus sore boobs and bloating throughout the 2ww!
I caved and tested on Oct 7th (9dp5dt) and saw the most beautiful thing I've ever seen..2 pink lines!! And not even a squinter! It was confirmed later that day by blood test.
Feel like I'm dreaming right now especially to fall on our first IVF cycle! I just pray this little poppyseed sticks and stays strong! I never thought it would happen..but just keep the faith and never give up!

BFP after 6 years TTC + 3 rounds IVF and almost giving up

Cannot believe I am finally able to put my TWW diary on here with a BFP!

Long story short married 10 years this year, I am 32 husband is 33, started trying for a baby over 6 years ago, 3 failed rounds of IVF with 3 years off between this one and the last one. I suffered OHSS for my first two cycles and didn't want to ever do it again but so glad we changed our minds and changed clinics to get another opinion. This last cycle we only got 1 good embryo to transfer but I guess it only takes 1 right? I was going to wait for the blood test in two days but just couldn't wait as I was 100% sure it was going to be a negative result.

5dpo (day of transfer)
Cramps straight after transfer and into evening


- woke up sweaty
- weird/vivid dream
- woke up congested slightly
- strong jabbing cramps on and off a few minutes at a time on left made on and off from 10am - 5pm then some on right in evening made me go ouch
- Tiny bit of pink on my undies (could have been the crinone)

- Really tired and hungry today
- Couldn't remember alarm code at work ha baby brain but could be IVF hormones
- Sharp pains back after lunch on left this time
- Could have sworn there was a bit of pink when I wiped (could have been the crinone)
- Dizzy and nauseas in PM
- Itchy stomach

- Another weird dream
- Omg boobs soo sore today & real hungry
- Sharp pains back but not as frequent maybe twice? so who knows if it was implantation now.
- Feeling negative.
- Period type cramps in PM

- Weird dreams and sore boobs continue
- Feel a little off in the stomach also (morning and evening)
- Period type pains continue
- Sharp pains back once or twice in PM

- More vivid dreams
- Sore boobs
- Fatigue
- A little off in the stomach in am
- Craving salt at dinner time..
- Still light period pains

- Woke up with sore throat and stuffy nose
- Boobs and nipples still sore
- Cramps gone

- Omg BFP
- Stuffy nose in the morning

I never thought after all this time that we would finally get pregnant! Please bubba keep growing!!! The only different things this cycle was new clinic, chinese herbs, more acupuncture, cut out coke zero and soft drink, endometrium scratch two months before and just relaxed ate what I want. Good luck ladies!!

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1st BFP ever after 5 years ttc with IVF/ICSI!!

I never thought I would be posting my BFP story on here, there was actually a really low point in my life where I thought I might never be able to carry my own child. Here's my story...

My husband and I got married 9/12/2009, we were pretty young when we got married so we planned to wait about 1-2 years before trying for a baby. We decided about a year and half into our marriage I was going to stop taking birth control, I thought for sure I would get pregnant within that year. After 2 years we decided to get more serious and started tracking my cycle, another year passes and nothing. That's when I make all our dr. appts. to get checked out and all tests were normal for me and we find out my husband has extremely low motility. He made many life style changes in hopes to increase his motility and after a year nothing changes and still no BFP. We decide to go to our first RE and tried IUI a few times in the summer of 2015 all end in BFN...we're devastated. We were referred to our next RE at the beginning of this year and made our first IVF consult for May. We started our first cycle in mid June. I had my egg retrieval on 7/11- we got 14 eggs (OMG) and 11 fertilized. Only 4 made it to day 5, 2 were great quality and 2 were poor. We froze the two poor as backup and transferred the other two on 7/16. During my wait my boobs were super sore, definitely had cramping (that felt just like menstrual cramps) and I was super tired. I waited until 8dp5dt to take my first hpt and it was the first BFP I've ever seen!! The next 2 days got darker each day until my blood came back very positive. I had my first ultrasound 2 weeks later and saw BOTH heartbeats yes you read that right....we're having TWINS!!!

I honestly didn't think it was going to work for us on our first try so I didn't track my symptoms day by day but here are somethings I did that I'm pretty sure helped in our success: I meditated daily and stuck to my yoga routine as long as my body allowed, ate lots of healthy fats, fruits and veggies and limited the carbs and sugar, got a relaxation/fertility massage the night before my transfer, after my transfer I took 3 days off to just relax, I ate lots of warm foods and continued with my meditations :) I'm so so grateful and hope my story will give hope to someone out there that's feeling just as low as I was. Stay positive and keep the faith, I truly believe god put me on this emotional infertility journey for a reason. I will never take this pregnancy for granted and will always advocate for other women struggling to get pregnant. Opening up and sharing with other women really got me through some of my hardest days. Happy trails and lots of baby dust to you all Xoxo

BFP 1st IVF w ICSI after a year trying...

I can't believe I'm finally posting here- I stalked this site for a year while ttc and gained a lot of hope through reading everyone's stories. Here's a quick summary of our situation:
My husband and I got married last July and started trying right away. We used OPKs, temping, pre-seed- you name it! Every time I got my period, I was devastated. I tried to be brave but I got really discouraged when friends all around me started getting pregnant. Finally after about 8-9 months, we went to my OBGYN and requested testing. It turned out that my husband was dealing with severe male factor: his best sample was 2 mil and they were not all healthy. Luckily, male factor turned out to be our only issue. OB referred us to a fertility specialist and we started our IVF cycle on June 10 with Lupron, then started stims on June 19. We had a very successful retrieval on July 2 (15 retrieved, 12 fertilized) and 6 made it to day 5. We now have 5 frozen embies and one growing inside my tummy:) IVF meds mimic a lot of pregnancy symptoms, so it is hard to determine what was real and what was due to the meds, but here it goes:

1-4 dp5dt: Just continued bloat
5-6: dp5dt: Light brown spotting (looked more like brown discharge) and SUPER emotional. I now realize the spotting must have been implantation bleeding, but at the time I convinced myself it was a period coming on and I cried for 2 days!
7 dp5dt: (this is the equivalent of 12 dpo) BFP with FMU and it wasn't even a squinter! Husband and I were totally speechless because we both expected the worst after the spotting.
8-9 dp5dt: tests got darker and I started experiencing exhaustion and some breast soreness.
10-12 dp5dt: positive blood test, exhaustion and breast soreness got worse.
13 dp5dt- present: SO TIRED! I need daily naps and I'm still ready for bed by 9. Breast pain got worse every day until about 8 weeks, now they are just huge. We have our third ultrasound this afternoon.

I know infertility- and IVF, make for a difficult, heartbreaking journey. I hope reading this will give some of you hope and inspiration to keep moving forward on your baby journeys :)

BFP with hydrosalpinx and severe OHSS

I’m writing this as living proof that there is hope for all of us to get pregnant, as impossible as it may seem. Hopefully, my story will give you ladies a bit of light and positivity.

Warning: Extremely long post incoming!

DH and I have been trying to get preggers for 5 years. We have gone to 4 gynaecologists, and none of them ever suggested a full set of tests to make sure we don’t have any issues. Instead, they tried all the different kinds of drugs including 9 months of clomid which really ruined my mental and physical state of my body. We didn’t know better then, and even turned to fortune telling, religion, traditional chinese medicine, everything that gave us a bit of hope.

We didn’t know what was the issue but the BFNs every month was really getting to me. I honestly thought that I’m one of those women that could never get a BFP on a HPT, and can only rely on blood tests, which I have done on several occasions and obviously it led to a sad BFN.

Finally, we tried IUI. DH and I took leave and everything just for the procedure, and at the procedure table, the doctor could not get the catheter through my cervix and told me I have a pin-hole cervix, so it wasn’t successful at all. But I found out later from my IVF journey that I actually don’t have a pin-hole cervix and that the gynae previously just doesn’t have the skill.

That was the last straw for us. We went on a trip to Europe and took a break. When we got back, I told DH that we should go to a specialist. He agreed and on our very first appointment with the director of IVF at a local public hospital, we got an array of tests that we were supposed to do before seeing her again to be able to discuss next steps.

That’s when we found out that I have a moderate hydrosalpinx in my left tube. I was devastated when the doctor told us that IVF is the only way.

I have always blamed my stress for all the BFNs we’ve had and I thought of quitting my job to focus on getting pregnant. But thank God that I have the most amazing boss and she let me take sporadic breaks with no specific dates.

So we went on the waiting list for our first IVF treatment. Waited for 3 months and it finally came.

I honestly feel that IVF is an incredible act of love as we signed up for pain to have a bit of chance that normal people already possess to get pregnant. In our case, hydrosalpinx lowers that chance further by about 50%.

Alas, the stims started. Daily painful injections where the liquid stings as it entered. Tapered needles where the tip of the needle is slightly curved, like a torture tool. I’m sure DH felt the pain as he administered them for me. And then there were the painful blood tests.

One thing about me is that I am extremely terrified of needles and my threshold of pain is almost sub zero but this journey has forced me to push many boundaries. In my mind, I kept thinking of the child that we are going to have and I just bit down and overcome them one by one. I am seriously amazed at my progression.

Then the egg retrieval day came. I was already bloating horribly from all the stims but no one told me what was really going to happen. They told me that I’d feel uncomfortable, and that I will have slight bloating and nausea but it will go away.

This is true for the ladies that went for the same procedure after me. When I woke up from the anaesthesia, I could not move and the pain from my ovaries was super intense. 4 ladies who got wheeled out after me had changed and walked out of the recovery area, as if nothing happened. 2 hours passed and I still could not get up and the nurses would not release me until I have passed urine, which was extremely painful.

That was when the nurse told me that they have extracted 26 eggs from me and that I might need to take this really expensive medication to prevent OHSS from happening as I am at high risk for it. OHSS is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. I didn’t think that this OHSS is anything that bad but now that I am in the midst of severe OHSS, I do not wish my worst enemy to get it. It is seriously nothing I have ever encountered.

Eventually, I did pass urine after forcing myself to drink a few cups of milo and I have never felt this level of achievement from such a simple task.

From this point on, the real nightmare started. I could not sleep lying down flat on my back or on my sides because it caused excruciating pain. I have to sleep sitting upright. My back was hunched when I tried to walk. Well, I wouldn’t call it walking. My belly looked like it was 5 months pregnant. Just drinking or eating a little makes me feel really full and tight and my lungs felt like there are at my throat. I was severely constipated and I could not even try as a little pressure down there caused pain. I also could not sleep well at night due to being so uncomfortable. I have gotten OHSS and I didn’t know then.

BFP Hope

A year ago today I found out I was pregnant. It therefore seems appropriate that today I share my story with all those people out there who are on the same journey as I was for over 4 years. I found so much comfort and hope in reading your posts and want to give something back and hopefully bring comfort to others.

So in a nutshell here is my story. I met my husband when I was very young - only 20! We spent many happy years together enjoying life, creating careers for ourselves and traveling. We got married when we were both 31 and started trying for a baby the year after. I assumed it may take up to a year but even early on I sensed that our journey to becoming parents may be longer than expected.

After over a year of trying we both had check ups to see what was going on. I was diagnosed with mild endometriosis and all was ok for both of us apart from that. We started with monitoring my ovulation and then stimulating with injections. We then moved on to inseminations and finally resorted to IVF. The IVF was tough and I reacted badly to the treatment and our embryos had to be frozen. After one failed transfer and a lot of heartache we decided it was time for a break. IVF was taking over our lives and affecting our couple.

The decision to have a break was the best decision I could have made. I had been running on the treadmill and unable to stop and was worn out both physically and emotionally.

Taking the control back was liberating. I also began yoga, acupuncture and went to see someone to talk about how I was feeling. It felt like an outpouring of grief that was bottled up inside me. I came to live with the fact that it may not happen and to enjoy the life I had.

After a 6 month break we decided to transfer the remaining 2 embryos - one day 3 embryo and one day 5 embryo. I felt in such a great place at that stage and so at peace no matter what the outcome would be. I took time off work after the transfer to rest and to "live" the experience. I listened to lots of relaxation music and meditation. This time the treatment worked and my little boy is now 4 more old. The expression "rollercoadter of emotions" is so apt to describe this experience. Before finding out the treatment had worked I resigned myself to the possibility that we may never have children.

In the wait leading up to my first blood test I had no real symptoms apart from cramps early on which I put down to the transfer procedure and tiredness. The day before I did the blood test I was convinced my period was coming and that the treatment hadn't worked. These period like pains continued for the first month of my pregnancy. In the past, I had convinced myself that I had all the symptoms going and then each time got a BFN. I had prepared myself for this again and when the results came back positive, I just didn't know how to react. The first few months I was still quite
nervous and it wasn't really until I felt my baby moving that I allowed myself to "enjoy" being pregnant and relax a bit.

To all of you out there waiting for you BFP, continue to believe. You will become Mums one way or another. I know that it is easy for me to say this now, but keep positive and stay strong. Wishing you all so much luck. Being a Mum really is the most precious gift I have ever received and one that I will cherish even more given what I have been through. The last 4 months have been life changing and I feel so privileged to have experienced them.

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Bfp aged 39


One failed Ivf cycle but bfp naturally the month after (2012). Happy healthy 3 yr old girl conceived whilst on holiday with friends.

Prior to this history of miscarriages and after daughter no pregnancies for 3 years. Was about to give up hope and did Ivf with full expectation it would fail like it had before. I do want to impart advice on things I think made this cycle of ivf successful.

1. I made a series of lifestyle changes. I walked 3.5 miles a day 5 times a week ( I noticed improved blood circulation and stronger nails). This was one year in advance.

2. 2 weeks before I did 'cupping' therapy to get rid of all the bad blood.

3. One month before I gave up chocolate to reduce sugar highs...3 days before egg collection I kept 2 days of fasting Ie no food or drink from sunrise to sunset. This boosts your immune system.

4. During meds I went on short holiday to UAE to get some sun and see my friends

5. During meds my friend bought a large watermelon and huge box of cherries which I ate copious amounts of.

6. In middle of night I prayed really hard- I believe in power of prayer.

7. Day before ET I had acupuncture and also 3 sessions every other day thereafter.

8. I watched comedy videos just before et ( in hospital ) and immediately after. It's important to laugh .

9. Did not sleep well throughout Ivf due to work and 3 yr old. Made sure hubby and I did not bicker....luckily et on Saturday but back to work on Monday as normal. I seriously thought it was not going to work so had low expectations.

10. Day 8 after et, very faint line on test . Day 9 took digit and it was bfn. Day 12 bfp on digital!!!

11. From Ivf I produced 11 follicles, 5 eggs retrieved, only 2 embryos survived , one grade 2+ and other grade 2-. 3 day transfer with two embryos planted.
Almost 6 weeks no bleeding and nausea feeling. Wish me luck and lots of baby dust to you all... It will happen, just do some of the above and whatever works for you!!!

BFP after IVF 12dp5dt

My husband and I tried naturally for about 2 years. We also tried one IUI that was unsuccessful about 6 months ago. This story concerns our first IVF. We had 24 eggs retrieved, 18 of which fertilized and 16 which continued on until the next day. All were fertilized by icsi because we were having male factor issues (low motility and poor morphology). By day 5 we had three blatocysts, one that was of the highest quality and that is the one that we transferred. The others would have been frozen if they could have been along with about 6 others that were in an earlier stage of development but none made it to freezing.
0-5 dp5dt - nothing (had very stressful fight with dh and was crying and very upset so was scared that stress would make anything impossible which made me very upset)(also had a 6 hour car trip til 3 in the morning and had some adrenaline rushes while driving due to semis cutting in front of us, also made me scared for embie)(both of these were occurring days 1 and 2 past transfer)
6dp5dt - in the morning very nauseous in the bus on the way to work. About noontime had strong af type cramps that were painful to the point that I took two Tylenol once in the afternoon (thinking early period and out)
7dp5dt - 8 dp5dt - nothing, 7dp had intercourse and orgasm (doc had said not to for 4-5 days and had read was good for process so figured day 7 was okay)
9dp5dt - 11dp5dt - cramps that are intermittent and slight to medium, feel deep or low but not sharp or wrenching.
12dp5dt - home pregnancy test fmu ... BFP!!! So excited have never seen this before! I cried and thanked God! I woke dh up and showed him the test. He was so happy and opened his arms for a hug. Did another test about 45 minutes later. First test was first response, second was clearblue +. More cramps today, feel stronger than the past couple days but still come and go.
13dp5dt - beta scheduled for tomorrow. Hoping for great news. Very excited, trying to be cautiously optimistic. The only other symptom I can think of is my tummy feels warm to me today and there was a night about five nights ago that I woke up really warm.
Thank you all for your posts over the years. Baby dust to all.

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BFP after 1st IVF cycle

I'm writing this at 20 weeks pregnant. I'm still wondering whether I should wait a few weeks more. Anyway this is my BFP Story (warning it's a long story).

I am now 38 and DH is now 40.

I went off bcp in December of 2013 and we got pregnant on our first cycle. Sadly I was only was pregnant for a week after we found out (5 weeks) and I miscarriaged. I so desperately wanted to be pregnant again.

Fast forward 10 months and I was still not pregnant. I thought I better get myself and DH checked out. By the time we finished all the tests it was December of 2014 and the tests came back all normal. There was no reason why we couldn't get pregnant.

January and February of 2015 we started clomid and trigger shot. March we did Femara and trigger shot. April we had a break and even then I still didn't get by BFP. May and June of 2015 we did an IUI. Still bfn and we had another set of tests just to make sure nothing was wrong and it was all fine.

Dr advised us to proceed to IVF.

July we stopped TTC before we started IVF. We were about to start IVF in August when I found out I was pregnant again. Sadly again at 5 weeks I also miscarriaged. They did a bunch of tests and everything came up normal. I then developed what the Dr thought was Thrombosis which turned out to be a huge cyst on my left ovary. The IVF was postponed until the cyst disappeared.

In October my cycle was super long cycle (45cd) I thought I was pregnant but in the end I wasn't. Come November of 2015 I was about to start IVF and my AF came early at 24cd. It was a total surprise nothing was prepared I had no meds and hadn't visited the Dr. I managed to get an appointment and my IVF cycle was on its way.

The meds gave me big headaches and made me feel tired. The meds effect people in different ways so I don't recommend planning any events around that time. Btw some injections are better taken on the butt not leg. Trust me it hurts.

Egg retrieval was scheduled 10 days after I started the injections. I managed to produce 8 eggs. 1 day after egg retrieval we were informed only 3 of the eggs fertilised. Embryo transfer was scheduled the next day. They implanted 2 embryos both perfect as can be. The third embryo didn't survive. The Dr didn't tell me to do anything special no bed rest no anything just no bd for 2 weeks until my beta. I even went for a walk after the embryo transfer!

During the wait I had so many symptoms but since I was taking all sorts of hormones I didn't trust my symptoms. I had extremely sore boobs, insomnia, could smell everything etc

About a week after the transfer I started going off coffee. This made me think if I might be pregnant. I took a hpt test and it came up with 2 lines but the second line was faint so I thought it might be the trigger shot. I took another one the next day and the next and the lines got darker. I had the beta scheduled for 11dp3dt and the beta hcg came up as 244. I could not believe it! I've never had such a high number. 4 days later we did a repeat beta and it was 1026. 16 days after the first beta we found we were having twins and we heard both their heart beats. They continue to grow and now and again I feel them giving me subtle kicks. There has been some scares. I spotted a few times in the first trimester and still do this day I check to see if I'm bleeding.

For those still TTC I think the most important lesson for us was we needed to stop obsessing about the whole process. We needed to enjoy life. During the TWW of our IVF cycle we took time off work relaxed, had fun, and went to bed early.

Secondly I regret not going to the Dr earlier and doing IVF earlier. It would have saved me from heart break and feeling sad especially when others were pregnant and we were not.

DH and I had a discussion about this subject yesterday and we thought for us the reason why it hadn't worked earlier was due to the egg and sperm quality.

Baby dust to all and good luck remember make TTC only part of your life not your whole life. Remember who you were before TTC.

BFP after 2+ years of TTC- IVF #1!

I'm sure many of you can relate to this if you've been TTC for over a year... everyone else seems to be announcing their pregnancies all over the place... why is it taking us so long? My sister got pregnant with both her children on the first try... my two sister-in-laws conceived their children in the first or second tries. When my DH and I started trying November of 2013, we were pretty sure that we would get pregnant in the first couple months too... but 26 months later, we still never had that BFP.

After about 16 months of trying naturally (with temping, OPKs, teas, pineapple... you name it, we've tried it), we got DH checked out and found out we had MFI. He was on Clomid for 6 months, but still no BFP. I quit my stressful job, partly to see if it would help with the baby making, but it did not. We changed our insurance this year and decided to go for IVF (we were not a good candidate for IUI because of DH's sperm issues). I'm 32, DH is 31.

So here is the good stuff- the symptoms!

Transfer day- Transferred two embryos. one very good (AA) and one almost as good (BA). Really bad cramps
1dp6dt- bloating, cramps continue, but not as bad, gas
2 and 3dp6dt- tender breasts, sore nipples, bad backaches, sensitive teeth, increased cm, gas
4dp6dt- so this is equivalent to 10DPO, I believe. I had the TINIEST bit of brown cm on my pad and when I wiped. just the one time... but this got me excited because this is right around when implantation bleeding might happen.
5dp6dt- cramps... but different kinds. maybe what people describe and "pulling" or "stretching" cramps.
7dp6dt- BFP! this is the first pregnancy test I took.. and it was two very dark lines on the FRER and a "pregnant" on clear blue! yay!
8dp6dt- wiped red blood. scared me... but it was just one time and it never came back. This is the day my period would have been due, because my Luteal phase is 14 days (and this would have been 14 DPO). Maybe this was the implantation bleeding, not what I had on 4dp6dt? I'm not sure.
9dp6dt- took another FRER just to make sure and the second line was really dark! darker than 2 days ago, and darker than even the control line.

12dp6dt- First beta is 1449!! hoping that both little beans stuck!

I stopped tracking symptoms as closely after but definitely have a lot of symptoms. I'm definitely tired. Today, (12dp6dt) I took a 3 hour nap. I get little cramps every once in a while, usually when I'm relaxing or laying down. Boobs are huge and they hurt. Veins are super prominent! I noticed yesterday that my skin looks translucent and I feel like I'm just looking at all the details in my veins on the arms and hands. I looked it up and it is a pregnancy symptom. Maybe I'm a little more moody. No nausea or morning sickness yet, but I'm still really early on.

Advice for any of you ladies considering IVF. I STRONGLY recommend preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) testing. It cost us over $5000 extra, but it was definitely worth it. When we got our embryo report, 6 had made it to blastocyst, but only 2 were genetically normal. The embryos that were not genetically normal, and would have ended in miscarriage, were decent quality too (BB or BA), and we would not have known that they were not viable pregnancies if we did not do the testing. I feel like the testing saved us a lot of grief and ultimately, saved us money as well (because FETs are more than 5k, at least at my doctor's).

My DH and I are so excited that our first IVF attempt is a success because we definitely would not have been able to afford another round this year. We are still not in the clear yet, but I feel so happy and blessed that we made it this far! seeing those two lines for the first time ever brought tears to my eyes... =)