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A Story of Hope

Like many of you, I had read this blog with the hope of having symptoms that would correspond to a positive pregnancy test. For each cycle, every month, I would be checking my symptoms with the blog posts. Over the years, this site had provided me much encouragement when I needed it the most. I vowed to post my story once I was successful in becoming a momma. In sharing my journey, may you find a story of hope that resonates within you during your personal journey!

My husband and I were married for four years before we started infertility treatment in 2011.  Our case could be classified as unspecified infertility; although, I was diagnosed with PCOS.  We underwent a fresh IVF cycle in 2011, which resulted in an ectopic pregnancy outcome right before Christmas.  I think that first cycle was the hardest one because of all of the medications used for egg retrieval and then transfer.  We were devastated from it and took some time before going back for two frozen transfers in the summer and fall of 2012.  Unfortunately neither of those embryos implanted, but those cycles were less taxing on my body than the original fresh one.  Unsure of why the FET cycles were unsuccessful, my husband and I took a break as to better evaluate our situation.  We even considered surrogacy; however, the investment needed was a little overwhelming financially and emotionally.  By spring of 2013, we were absolutely shocked to learn that we were pregnant naturally.  We were not trying to get pregnant, but it happened and we were thrilled.  We had heard the heartbeat and started to make plans for a baby due in 2014.  At our 12 week appointment, a heartbeat could not be found during ultrasound and the baby measured 9 weeks.  After genetic testing, we learned our baby had Turner's syndrome from paternal chromosome.  This loss was equally as devastating as our first embryo transfer.  It was definitely a low point for us; however, we found that even in the deepest pit, our faith and love grew stronger.  We put our trust in God's plan for us. With hope that a frozen transfer might work after this miscarriage, we transferred two embryos in December 2013.  Again, we were met with the disappointment that neither embryo implanted.  It was shortly after this time that we decided to take another break to try a more integrative and holistic approach to pregnancy.  We started with diet and supplements through a naturopathic practitioner.  Eliminating dairy, gluten, sugar, and processed foods was a start to becoming more healthy.  I lost about 15 pounds through diet and exercise (going from a size 10 to a 6).  Then we started acupuncture and herbs in May 2015 with sessions once a week.  I was temping and tracking my cycle, yet our attempts to get pregnant naturally were not successful.  The acupuncturist was extremely helpful in diagnosing that my uterus needed improvement and my husband had to lower his body heat.  By November 2015, the acupuncturist advised that my uterus was in the best condition possible to try another transfer.  At that same time, I started taking Metformin 500mg once a day, along with Aspirin 81mg daily.  In December 2015, we transferred one embryo and our pregnancy test was scheduled for New Year's Eve.  To be honest, I was nervous about the timing of it all.  Of course, I was hoping that we would be celebrating the best New Year's Eve ever; however, I was also realistic of our history.  It was with great joy that we received a positive phone call on New Year's Eve!  And in August 2016, our daughter was born!  We rejoice in the miracle of her life each and every day.  For anyone who has gone through infertility, miscarriages, and high risk pregnancies, you understand the sweet sorrow that accompanies it.  My husband and I are humbled by friends, family, and strangers that have prayed for us during this journey.  As we get ready to celebrate our first Christmas as a family of three, I want to share our story of hope so that you find encouragement and always believe!

Parents Age: Dad 36, Mom 35 (Embryo age of Dad 30, Mom 31)
FET (Singleton, Day 6 Blast)
Medications: Endometrin, Estrace, Metformin, Aspirin
Notes leading up to transfer date: Baby danced four and six days prior to transfer of embryo, Massage two days prior to transfer, Cold sore developed one day prior to transfer and Valtrex was taken (first cold sore ever).

BFP on first round of IVF

Hi all. Long post ahead, but I hope it brings hope to one of you out there.

I've been reading your stories the last few days, and they really helped me get through the nail-biting finish of the 2ww. My husband (33yo) and I (31yo) have been married for 3.5 years, together for 9, trying for about 2.5 years. Last year in November, I had a laparoscopic surgery for grade 3 endometriosis, which was really affecting my daily life (from terrible pain, fainting, heavy periods, ruptured cysts, etc.). After a tough but successful surgery and taking some time to recover, we decided to start trying again about 3 months after the operation. To no avail, my doctor recommended we go on Clomid for three months. (Note, a few months before my operation became was no longer optional, a previous doctor had put me on Femara for three months). I'd taken a month break in between, as Clomid turned me into an absolute MONSTER. Sorry world.

By June, my doctor suggested I take a couple months break from Clomid and continue trying naturally. If by August we were still not pregnant, then she said let's look into some further tests, starting with a HyCoSy (tube patentcy test). August came around and the HyCoSy went well - both tubes were healthy, clear, and in good shape. My dr then suggests another round of Clomid, to which I decided not to go ahead with because of the way it made me feel and the fact that it makes more eggs 'drop'. Again, giving us a couple more months of trying naturally, we aimed for a timeline of October/November of this year before seeking fertility advice. Up to this point, my doctor wouldn't go as far to say that there was 'unexplained infertility', but perhaps we should consider assistance so to avoid the endometriosis returning.

As of October we started shopping for a fertility doctor, 'just in case' by the end of the year we needed further assistance and to beat the endo from coming back. We met our doctor, and the first thing she did was an AMH blood test along with some other routine blood work. Not thinking anything of it, we were stunned when we got a call that my egg count, at 31 years old, was far below the low level. I was absolutely heartbroken. Shattered. I cried for days and kept telling my husband that I didn't feel like a woman. My whole adult life I've dreamt of being a mother.

We decided not to waste any time, and started our first round of IVF once my cycle started, 2.5 weeks later (November 8th 2016). I have been afraid of needles my entire life, so this process was daunting for me, to say the least. I started with the highest possible dose of Menopur, one injection of 450iu per day, for 5 days. Through the stim process, I only had 6 follicles. Also heartbreaking. By day 6 of stim, I was on Menopur (450) and Cetrotide (which WAS AWFUL the first tim - swelling, itching, burning, etc.. but last 6 shots were bearable. By Nov 19, I had 1 trigger shot of Ovitrelle, and was prepping for my EC on Nov 19 (scared shitless, but really really wasn't worth the stress. Yes, stress about the results, this is normal. But I wasted time stressing about being knocked out and had some flashbacks of my surgery, which was really rough for me).

We were able to get 4 eggs, all mature. By the next day, only 3 had matured and fertilized properly. On day 3, Nov 24, we get the call that 2 of our embryos are beautiful and ready to be transferred. And so began the 2ww.... well, 12 days in reality, but it felt like an absolute ETERNITY.

I'd been so positive the first week post ET, then as the first blood test got closer, the more paranoid and negative I became. I felt my period coming and was going crazy wanting to know what the results were going to be. Finally, Dec 6 came around. I went in for my blood test in the afternoon, (I was almost avoiding it, as my husband had work until late so we asked the clinic to call us at 8:30pm with the results and not before). Last night we get the call of our BFP!!!!! We are absolutely elated!!!

I know this post has been SooOoo long, but I just wanted to share my journey so at least one of you can not feel alone and have faith in the process. It's hard as hell, and I admire all of you for your strength and perseverance in this crazy quest to parenthood. Also, if it's helpful at all, these were the symptoms I'd been feeling the last few days:

I cant believe it !!

My husband and i been together for 11 years and we never used proctection .. i always wanted to come out pregnant so i been trying for a long long time like 6 years .. i knew i wAs young but i wanted a baby anyway we started looking for fertility clinic and went to nyu langone fertility center in new york because i had insurance and iui were covered. All the test came out good and hubby sperm too .. we tried 3 iui and failed .. i was so dissapointed in him myself everybody so we took a break went to punta cana in may and i wanted to give my body a break i than went to a different clinic my friend recommeded me she got pregnant with that doctor. The doctor at nyu recommended us to do IVF. We was only planing to do it once because of financial reasons and it worked thanks god.

Me: 26
Hubby:28

Ivf
Started birthcontrol two days after my bday went out with friends on oct 7 and had some drinks . Last time i drank i completly stopped.

10/07 Oct started birth control on
10/20 Last bcp
10/23 Started with clomid and injectibles
10/28 Finished injectable
10/31 Blood and sonogram
11/02 retrieval 9 eggs
11/03 7 fertilized
11/07 transfered one good quality embroy
11/08 vivid dreams and cramping had a dream i was pregnant , went back to work bad sharp pains at work had to sit down.
11/09 sore boobs period light cramping tired, pinkish on panty liner
11/10 sore boobs cramping feel like af coming, gassy , pinkish on panty liner
11/11 tired , cramping , sore boobs
11/12 called out tired , very sore boobs , emotional been crying had a big argument with bf i dont like him lol.
11/13 sore boobs , no cramps , we tried intervourse very painful so we stopped.
11/14 still sore boobs , constipated but im always constipated , very tired , nausous, little bit of cramps ,tired exhausted walking up steps
11/15 crampy ,slightly sore boobs ,
11/16 crampy pregnancy test early morning , afternoon comfirmed secound beta on friday
11/18 secound beta

Ps im writing this and im
Still in desbelief i was crying through phone with nurse from happiness. It has been a long journey and i hope bean sticks. Thank you god
I prayed alot and stalked this website during the two week wait. I wanted to surprise hubby at home but i couldnt hold it i called him and told him. Good luck and lots of baby dust

BFP with IVF 4 years ttc

Hi Ladies, I'm 30 years old ttc for 4 years, one miscarriage. I have recently undergone IVF treatment, and have finally got my bfp!!!
I promised I would write on here when the day finally came. I'm not one for writing on forums, and don't think I've ever left a comment on anything before, but in those darker times I looked on here to draw strength from all these bfp stories, and it gave me hope that anything is possible. And that more importantly, don't give up.

Me and my partner conceived naturally in November 2012. We weren't actually trying at the time but weren't being careful either.
Unfortunately this ended in miscarriage 12 weeks later.
Since then we have actively been trying to get pregnant. I've never charted temps but have used ovulation tests. For me, after a few months of doing this with no success, I found that it was mentally easier for me to try without the the 'tools'. I did use preseed for a couple of months but with no luck there soon stopped that as well.

At the beginning of this year we decided that we would seek help. We went for all the investigations, my bloods and ovary scans came back fine and my partners sperm results were fine also.

When they tested for blockages in my tubes, the test came back inconclusive. Whilst some dye came through one tube, there wasn't evidence of any coming through the other. I was told this could be a blockage, but it could also be as simple as the tubes going into spasm when the dye was passed through. Either way, I know it is possible to become pregnant naturally with one healthy tube.

Instead of having a lapropscopy to check this for certain we decided to go straight for IVF. They retrieved 16 eggs of which 9 fertilised. From that 3 reached blastocyst stage and the best of the 3 was transferred back. We used embryoscope and I had an endometrial scratch around 4 weeks beforehand. My bfp has been confirmed today!! I honestly can't believe it and am feeling so humble and blessed.

It's has been a long old journey and although it's early days I'm feeling positive and happy that everything is going well. Everyone's story is so different, but try and remain positive and trust your body. That was the best advice I was given. I also found that acupuncture really helped me to relax and am sure it has played a big part in getting me mentally and physically ready for my pregnancy. Good luck everyone. Stay strong xxx

BFP @ 5dp5dt

After two failed FET's (March: BFN & June: Chemical Pregnancy) earlier this year, I am excited to share my BFP! We transferred 1 perfect blastocyst on October 30. Here were my symptoms:

0dp5dt - nada... a little cramping

1dp5dt - light cramping, emotional

2dp5dt - more intense cramping... all day & night, vivid dream

3dp5dt - cramping which was intense at night - woke me up, felt like poking on left side of uterus. vivid dream, hot flashes

4dp5dt - very tired (didn't sleep well), hot flashes, vivid dream

5dp5dt - vivid dream, cramping, BFP in the afternoon!

6dp5dt - tired, a little cramping, another BFP

7dp5dt & 8dp5dt - extremely tired, but that's it!

This is so much different than my first pregnancy where in the TWW, all I had was cramping. I had NO other symptoms. Goes to show that while it's fun to look at all these different stories, every pregnancy is different!

7dp5dt - IVF BFP!

Hi All,

I'm so excited to share my BFP story! We have unexplained infertility and have been TTC for 18 months. I'm 35 and OH is 43.

This was our first round of IVF. We got 11 eggs from EC and 7 fertilized. Of the 7, 6 made it to 5 day blasts. They were all graded 4AA. Two blasts were transfered back in and the other 4 were frozen.

Symptoms Leading to BFP
0dp5dt - sharp twinges, headache, tired
1dp5dt - deep stabbing twinges in uterus, headache, tired, backache started
2dp5dt - backache continued, no more twinges
3dp5dt - dull, more intense backache which got worse when I went for a poop. Very loose stools. Felt like really bad period pain.
4dp5dt - felt great! Full of energy, mild backache
5dp5dt - full of energy, worried symptoms have gone. Pink tinged Crinone. Could be Implantation Bleeding. Vivid dreams. Dizzy spell for 2 seconds.
6dp5dt - woke up to dry month and mouth ulcer. backache back with avengance. I fee terrible today. Feels like AF will come any time. Cramps woke me up in the night.
7dp5dt - woke up with dry mouth and feeling full of cold. Feel run down. Mouth is full of sores. Back is really achy. Want to stay in bed. Uterus feels tight and heavy like before AF.
Had big dizzy spell. POAS! BFP!!!!

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BFP with IVF ICSI

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

6dpo
Nothing

7dpo
- 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)

8dpo
- 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

9dpo
- 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

10dpo
- 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

11dpo
- More vivid dreams
- Sore boobs
- Fatigue
- A little off in the stomach in am
- Craving salt at dinner time..
- Still light period pains

12dpo
- Woke up with sore throat and stuffy nose
- Boobs and nipples still sore
- Cramps gone

13dpo
- 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 :)

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