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BFP by FET after 1.5 years of trying

Like most people I have stalked this page for the last 1.5 years. Everyone’s stories kept me sane, strong and hopeful and I promised myself I would post on here if I ever got my bfp! I am 32, DH is 34 and we found out DH had 0% morphology and very high DNA damage - so bad that the consultant advised not even IVF by ICSI would help us. Turns out he had a varicocele causing this damage. He had an embolization performed and 3 months later his tests had significantly improved - enough for IVF by ICSI we were thrilled. I started the IVF procedure which I found pretty straightforward. 15 eggs retrieved, 14 fertilised and 6 made it to blastocyst stage - all top quality. I had a freeze all cycle as I was at risk of OHSS. The very following cycle I had a natural FET where I finally got my bfp at 4 weeks. The day I tested 9dp5dt I was absolutely devastated I cried I even emailed the clinic asking for my next protocol as I was convinced it didn’t work as I felt SO normal. I had very few symptoms and was on cyclogest 2 x 400mg a day. The only things that made me keep thinking maybe was: very light cramping, pulling, bubbling sensation on the left side of my lower abdomen since day of transfer. On the end of 2dp5dt I had the tiniest drop of brown mucus upon wiping and that was it. I also had very soft bowls throughout the two week window and still do - was yellow in colour In the days leading up to bfp. I had ZERO sore boobs throughout the window and have only just started to feel tender at 4 weeks. This was also a sign as I normally always start getting them at around 8 dpo until AF. I also had a VERY dry upper lip for the duration of the two week window which I thought was bizarre as it’s dimmer!! It’s only the last few days where it started to go away. Other than that at times I felt quite periody especially the day I tested and convinced it did not work! I was in absolute shock when I saw the two line!! I promise you it will happen to you! Keep going! Your time will come, lots of love xx
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I went through 4 IVF

Hello all, This forum helped me a lot during my infertility. I am 36 and DH 37 year old. Me low AMH and DH severe male factor. My first IVF was a BFN after 2x 3day embryos were transferred in 2017 (1x 7 cell and 1x 8 cell stage). My 2nd IVF in a different clinic with a different protocol resulted in our DD. 2 embryos transferred on day 3 (1x 6 cells 1x9cells). We tried for a sibling 1 year after my DD was born. Again a new clinic because we moved house. IVF number 3 got cancelled 24h after egg collection, reason total fertilisation failure. 4th IVF we got 2 cavitating morulas by day 5 and I'm now 11dp5dt and have a BFP. I first tested positive on 6dp5dt. I never had any embryos to freeze, hence only fresh cycles. I just wanted to share that each cycle is different. Try again if it fails and don't give up hope. Before my last cycle I read the book 'it starts with the egg' from Rebecca Fett and found it helpful.

BFP with IVF #2 after 8 years of infertility!

I’ve been waiting 8 years to post on this site for a BFP!!! Can’t even tell you how many months I went on here trying to match my “symptoms” with someone else’s only to have my heart broken when AF came :( ... I did my first round of IVF in February and had cramping and thick discharge with blood mixed in three days after the transfer. I didn’t feel anything after that. It resulted in a negative. The second time (in March) I had mild cramping from day 2 till day 9 after transfer. Night 5,6, and 7 I had insomnia for part of the night and usually I’m a really good sleeper. On day 8 my blood test came back positive! I can’t even begin to describe how happy we were. (I’ve never been pregnant). I then ran out to pee on a stick just to see the two pink lines for the first time ever. The only other symptoms I feel are sleepiness and I get out of breath in the evenings, but it’s still early. I’m only 4 weeks and 4 days. I kept praying Psalm 113, which says “you make the barren woman a joyful mother” and I know God really heard me. I understand the pain of infertility and I just want to say, don’t give up hope!! 8 years of trying and 5 failed IUI and one failed IVF but I finally got my BFP!!!

First BFP after 3 years

Hello all, I'm so excited to FINALLY be able to write my own story, after three years lurking and reading your emotional stories. I must say, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for sites like this one, thanks to all of you and your successes I tried once again. We started TTC by the beginning of 2016, and we were very excited. I thought it would take 2-3 months maximum, as my doctor never said I had problems whatsoever. I grew impatient after 6 months, I started to wonder if something was wrong after a year of trying. I went to my doctor and he deferred me to a fertility specialist who ran some tests. Everything was apparently fine, and she recommended us to keep trying. However (and this was KEY), I felt something was not right with me and two years after we started this adventure, I decided to switch specialists. I found an amazing doctor who ran some more tests, and my gut was right: something was not right. Two days after changing doctors I found out that I needed two remove a couple of uterine cysts, that I had endometriosis (grade IV, so severe, and with a low AMH) and I needed a laparoscopy ASAP; and that it would be nearly impossible to conceive naturally. I was desolated, but I proceed with all their recommendations. My laparoscopy was a success (one tube was removed, too), and as I was healing quickly, my doctor recommended to start IVF. The first round was on July 2018, not a great one as I overreacted to the meds and only got two viable 3-day embryo. That cycle (FET because I was risking OHSS) was negative, but we were right to continue. We started our second cycle on September, and it was even worse than the first one: just one day 3 embryo survived. We decided to go ahead with the transfer, knowing it was our last chance (it was draining us economically, too), it was also a FET (again, risk of OHSS), but for some reason, this one decided to stick with us. I'll never forget my face when I saw that second line for the first time. I was pregnant, at last. This little one's decided to tell us that 2019 is gonna be magical. We couldn't be happier, three years later, here we are. With this, I just want to tell all of you that I've been there, with the tears and the "why is it not me". But here I am, and it's a miracle. I always write everything down, so here I go with my "symptons", which I didn't really have :D but I know how important they are when someone is as anxious as us. FET day - 3 dpFET: Nothing special, bloated because of the meds and very light cramps here and there. Normal. 8 dpo (4 dpFET): cramps and a runny nose in the morning, nothing special as my DH was down with the flu (seriously, he was sick on Christmas Day!) 9dpo (5 dpFET): cramps, sore breasts (but def because of the meds) 10 dpo (6 dpFET): sore breasts, very dry throat when I wake up 11 dpo (7 dpFET): sore breasts 12 dpo (8 dpFET): sore breasts 13 dpo (9 dpFET): VERY hungry, light cramps at night 14 dpo (10 dpFET): cramps in the morning, hungry, frequent urination, dry throat (there I thought I was starting with the flu) 15 dpo (11 dpFET): NOTHING, but I decide to test late afternoon with diluted urine (OPK, as I didn't have any FRER) and it's positive. I start wondering something's up. 16 dpo (12 dpFET): Beta day, but can't wait and do a One Step with very diluted urine by lunch time just to confirm I was out. It comes positive within seconds, even with that kind of urine. My beta is also positive. Thinking back, I did some different things this cycle that I think helped: * Cut caffeine (apart from green tea) * Drink herbal infusions with ginger on it. * I threw away all my supplements, vitamins etc (apart from the ones prescribed by my doctor: Folic Acid, Iodine and B12) and tried to follow an anti-inflammatory diet as much as I could, as I thought it would keep the endo in check. It's worked. No salt, sugar or dairy products (almond milk on ocassion); and emphasizing on fruits, vegetables, lean protein (mainly white-meat poultry, beans and eggs), nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. * Drink water and sports drinks such as Powerade Zero (I did my own mix at home) * Have lots of work (I seriously didn't have time to Google anything, which is always a plus!) And that's basically it. It's a dream come true, just in time for the New Year. It seemed impossible, but here we are, knowing that WE CAN. Lots of baby dust to all of you, and good luck! xx
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I am 40 and I have been trying to get pregnant for the last 13 months, 3 IUI's and 3 IVFs. On my 3rd IVF I finally got my BFP!!! My story starts with 3 no successful IUI’s. On my 1st IVF we decided to go with PGS (long waiting). One embryo transferred, I felt breast soreness (I believe it was because of the meds) and cramping. Full bleeding at day 3 after ET, of course full depression, but the nurse encouraged me to continue on the meds. I got a positive PT, that after 2 days I lost in my second check. I tried again and during my 2nd IVF, one embryo transferred and I felt the regular monthly cramping 2 days before the PT, which resulted negative. I gave it a try, and for my 3rd IVF I got 2 embryos transferred. For all my cycles I have had slow growth and no more than 6 follicles to be candidates for extraction. On my 3rd cycle I got 3 follicles extracted and the 3 were fertilized. The day of the transfer I got 2 embryos transferred, and I started praying, meditating and being thankful for any result that could result. ZERO symptoms, honestly ZERO. I was very thirsty (I believe was because of the meds) 6dp5dt I had a watery discharge, desperate since I didn't understand why I did not feel anything!. I did a PT on day 10dp5dt which results on 1 strong line and the second one very fainted. 11dp5dt we did the electronic test and we saw a beautiful YES. Resulting on a positive beta. I am super excited and thankful. Strongly believing that I am having a happy ending. I read so many posts and with my experience, I just want to ask you to have hope in your heart, trust your god, every women body is different. Which you the best in this journey!
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BFP IVF (FET) (2nd attempt)!!!!

Wow I am so excited to finally share my story! This website has been a mixed blessing to me. Giving me hope and also making me feel a little crazy! Anyway...( I wish this didnt appear in one giant paragraph!) Background: I am 33 and my wife (we are both women) is 36. A few years back we tried IUI (with donor sperm obviously). We did 5 attempts and I ended up having a chemical pregnancy on the second attempt. Due to anovulatory dysfunction, the other attempts didn't work and the drugs made me feel terrible. So we took a break for a couple of years to just focus on ourselves and travel. About a year ago we decided to use my wife's eggs since she's a little older than me and try recricpricol IVF. She was 35 at the time of retrieval and we ended up getting a bunch of good eggs. We also did ICSI on half of the eggs and PGS (genetic testing) and got 5 high quality genetically normal embryos. In the meantime, I had a hysteroscopy and we found a uterine polyp which actually may have been the cause of the chemical pregnancy (but really you never know). I ended up having surgery to have that removed. Fast forward to this past august and we had our first transfer scheduled. At this time I was working a full time job that i hated, going to grad school part time and attending a really intensive volunteer training. Needless to say I was pretty stressed out. We did the transfer anyway (5AA embryo). I didn't feel like it worked but since the odds are "so good" I kept my hopes up. Every symptom I felt could have been attributed to the progesterone (my doctor's office uses Progesterone in oil shots as a protocol). They also had me on 8 mgs of estradiol a day. I tested at home on 6DPT (aka 11dpo) and got a BFN and just had a bad feeling about it. Cried for a few days and it was confirmed negative with my beta. I was devastated. I decided to go right into my next cycle though because I knew I could handle it and didn't want to wait. We ended up doing another hysteroscopy to make sure my uterus was polyp clear and it looked great. I also did an endometrial scratch at the rec of my RE but its hard to say if that actually helps. It doesn't "not help" though i guess? Anyway fast forward to the second attempt... I lost my job a couple weeks prior to the transfer which was actually not the worst thing. It was a pretty high stress job and I'm luckily not the main breadwinner so it was actually an opportunity for me to relax and get my body ready for pregnancy. These are the things that I did differently in my second attempt compared to my first attempt. Please keep in mind I don't know if this stuff actually contributed but i know sometimes you want to feel like you have SOME control so i concentrated on those little things... * No caffeine (man that was hard) * No clairtin (i read that it can contribute to reduced blood flow..who knows) I had been taking it daily for years. * Meditation! * Positive affirmations (example "my body knows how to nurture an embryo"...seems unnatural at first but try it!) * Ate more veggies * No alcohol Ok here are my symptoms (since you probably just scrolled to this part anyway haha) ** 1DPT 5 Day Embryo 5AA singleton- nothing noticeable. Progesterone makes my boobs huge and this is the point where it starts to build up. ** 2DPT- some mild cramping in the middle of my abdomen. less noticeable than period cramps ** 3DPT - a headache on and off. could be from progesterone though. When i was trying to sleep at night had weird pulling, tightening feeling near my belly button. Like my stomach was tight? Felt like this was a sign because during my chemical pregnancy I had this feeling. Little jabs on my sides and abdomen. Like poking. ** 4DPT- Lower back pain and mild cramping. Upper thighs super sore like I ran a marathon (I dont run haha). ** 5DPT - AM upper abdomen cramps again. I want to test but I am trying not to. Lower back sore again. SO TIRED. Napped and i never nap. ** 6DPT - Itchy nipples - big sign. Slight nausea but I feel relatively normal. super emotional. nausuea at night. Super tired by 1pm. ** 7DPT - Boobs huge esp in morning. light cramping and nausea at night again. Weird jabs all over abdomen still. ** 8DPT (aka 13DPO) - light pinkish brown spotting all day. Could be implantation bleeding but I have heard that FET can cause women to have more spotting than non FET pregnancies. Sore legs again. ** 9DPT - BETA TEST and HOME first response test. First response test was SUPER positive. Like...super dark plus. Had beta come back at 245! Still spotting on and off. ** 10DPT - Itchy nipples. Waves of nausea and dizziness. Need to start eating more frequently i think. Super flushed and gross feeling at night. ** 11DPT - 2nd beta came back at 706 so I feel like I can breathe a little. AHHHHH but i cant because im probably having a baby! Feeling dizzy a lot throughout the day. **Advice and Notes:**

Through God All Things Are Possible

I've been part of this ttc community since 2013, and I am so excited to say that after 5.5 years and $20k that this ttc veteran is graduating! I used to think BFP stories like mine were super scary. I would scroll through and think "wow, I can't imagine waiting years for a bfp" and "no way that'll be me". I think most long term ttcers agree that we all felt that way until one day we looked up and realized it *was* us. It happens slowly and somehow all at once. So if you're reading this, whether you're brand new to trying or you've already crossed into infertility territory, please know that the journey is not so scary. At times very hard and harrowing, but nothing you can't handle... one day at a time! Anyway, here's the short version of what these past few years entailed: We were up against borderline low motility with no other known issues. We proceeded more slowly than many couples do, mostly because (in case you didn't already know) this shizz is expensive, lol. We did 3 unsuccessful IUIs before taking a break and switching to a clinic with much more personalized care. We did a mini (minimal stimulation) ivf in 2017 with a "freeze all" protocol and had our first transfer in Feb 2018 with two great embryos that didn't take. That let us with one, and perhaps they saved the best for last because the late November transfer was the miracle we'd been waiting for. I'm pregnant! It still sounds so surreal. My beta HCG numbers are within range and rising appropriately. We are still deep in prayer that this little one stays healthy and strong, but I have done by best to lay my worries at God's feet and let them go. Don't worry, I won't deny you the symptoms! Two days after our 3-day transfer (5dpo equivalent) I had really terrible period like cramps on and off for a few hours. By four days past transfer (7dpo equivalent) I was running hot and just not feeling great. This went on for a few days. I can't say it's nausea so much as just feeling gross all of the sudden, and I was more prone to an indigestion feeling after I ate, which is a symptom that has continued and worsened. By 6dpt (9dpo), my bbs were getting tender. Bbs are such a tricky symptom, and mine usually get sore around 9dpo so I didn't think much of it. But they stayed sore, which was unusual. I took all of these "symptoms" with a grain of salt, but looking back they paint a clear bfp picture to me. I also had a very calm and serene feeling for much of the tww that maybe it had worked. During my meditation practice I felt very grounded and nurturing and connected to our embryo, like I was Mother Earth and this little seed had taken root and sprouted within me. Sounds nutty but hey -- the beta came back pregnant! :D I love every symptom though. Indigestion? Yay! Hot flashes? Bring em on! Sore bbs? The sorer the merrier! Side effects of being long-term ttc I guess. Anyway, that's my story. This community offered me so much support and wisdom over the years, and I'm so grateful. I'm humbled by what these past years have taught me and I can't wait to take those lessons in faith, patience, and perseverance with me as I move forward. You're all in my prayers. If you're reading this and wondering if it could be you, YES, it could be you. Through God all things are possible. Take a breath and know that you can't be anywhere other than exactly where you are right now. Relax. All is coming. Faith, trust, and baby dust, Spazzle


Well it’s my time to give back to you all who kept my hopes high when times looked rough. My husband is 33 yo I am 29 yo, we have a 5 yo who was conceived naturally without any issues. When he was 2 yo we decided to start trying...nothing happened. From OpKs, clomid, letrozole, IUI unmedicated to medicated IUIs and nothing. Specialist called it unexplained infertility as hubby was good and well me I had issues with ovulation. I had enough follicles but ovaries needed stimulation. Fast forward, I thought I had tried enough and proceeded to IVF. Huge step, huge time of acceptance and huge burden off you back as you feel a step closer to your goal. I prayed to God to lead us in the right path and with the right drs. Now we went through whole IVF process shots/pills/Retrieval etc. We opted for genetic testing just to increase the probability of implantation. Then time of FET. 1dp5dt (Wednesday) no symptoms. Started feeling AF type cramping 5dp5dt-7dp5dt. I also woke up middle of night super hot and uncomfortable. I remember crying on my own and telling myself it don’t work. 8dt5dt cramps subsided. And occurred randomly. I didn’t want to test at home and waited for blood work. Did blood work. Got the call at work. Told them to hold so I could get some privacy (I share my office with 3 people). I’m shaking lock myself in the restroom. Nurse asked me if I’m ready for result. Nerves Werre high. I could feel my heart pounding. I ask her if I could say a prayer first. She says yes. I say my little prayer. And then i heard congratulations you are pregnant. I am in total dsbelief and I start crying. I asked how my progesterone levels were since I’ve had low progesterone issues. She said they looked great. FYI nurse, PA, and office assistant have me on speaker and all tell me you’re going to make us all cry. Theyve been part of my journey and I think they were truly invested in helping my little family grow. I wanted to do something special to surprise hubby. But I couldn’t contain myself and called him immediately. We have decided to wait on telling our 5 yo as we want to tell him a little later. So this is my Story as short as I could make it. Keep your head up high. Believe there is a higher power when all else fails. Allow yourself to cry, pout, be angry, but get right back up and try again. No matter how many negatives you see it all fades away with that one positive. Keep enjoying life. Whatever your circumstances are you will prevail!

BFP with IVF after 7 yrs- severe male factor with only 1 testicle

I'm going to keep this very simple and short. This site helped me a lot in those years of trial with no good result. This is to encourage especially the men out there who may be going thru malefactor that its still possible. Our case was in addition with a case of having only 1 testicle Drs told us all kind of neg news that we only had 1% chance. Infact, we were asked to forget about having our own biological children but we never gave up and God gave us a beautiful baby girl after all these yrs. So, its possible. Just know when to relax a bit and when to start again. Ensure you continue taking your normal vitamins. Make some lifestyle changes and continue to pray. My best to you all.

3 years trying, 1st IVF bfp 6dp5dt

I just turned 34, my husband is 36. We started trying 3 years ago in July. What started off as fun and exciting turned over the years to stressful, disappointing and sad as we learned that it would be very difficult for us to conceive naturally. My husband has low sperm count and motility. I have low AMH, 0.9 when tested in 2017 and 2018. We had two failed IUIs and sought multiple opinions, and IVF was agreed to be our best option with our issues. We have no other health problems that were adding to our infertility. Our RE told us it would work the first time, which I thought was a bit bold to say to someone, because he had no way to know that. What a disappointment it would be to hear that and then have it fail. I did an estrogen priming protocol for the cycle before we started IVF. I applied an estrogen patch to my abdomen every other day for 7 days starting 5 days after ovulation. 6 days after ovulation I did a cetrotide injection every day for 3 days. I was not prepared for the cetrotide to give my hives around the injection site. It's totally normal and common, but I wish I would have been warned because I definitely freaked out a little the first day and had to call the nurse. I started my period the day I took off the last estrogen patch - time to start IVF! We started stim meds on day 3 of my cycle. I was taking 225 units gonal-f, and 150 units of menopur each evening. I took the meds for 12 days, including the day of my trigger (10k units hcg). I took cetrotide starting on 8th day of stims in the mornings. By the last ultrasound I had 7 follicles, 5 of which were between 17 and 24 mm, the other two were smaller. My uterine lining was a nice thick 138 mm (they want to see at least 70 I think). They retrieved 5 eggs, all 5 mature, and all 5 fertilized with ICSI. I bled a lot after the retrieval, and was pretty sore. I had my retrieval on a Sunday, and though I could have made it through work on Monday, I'm so glad I took it off. I was still pretty sore. Two made it to a 5-day blastocyst stage and were of good quality. We transferred both. Here are my symptoms, but it's very possible they are mostly due to the progesterone in oil injections at this point. 4-6dpt, I have felt light-headed quite often, have had cramps JUST like my regular pms/af cramping. Some sharp, shooting pain in breasts, but no achy tenderness. I have actually been peeing less often than normal (due to cutting out caffeine and carbonated waters?), light headache that's ongoing, and yesterday I had brief but intense pain around the cervix area. The cramping and headache were just like what I get every month the day before I start my period, so it was really difficult for me to think this may have worked. I guess it was all those years of association. And, here's all the symptoms I did NOT have, that I have seen in many other posts: achy breasts, metallic taste in mouth, twinges or pulling feeling in uterus, mood swings, nausea, increased urination, increased sense of smell, or spotting. On 6dp5dt I got my bfp on a FRER. I had been making myself sick with thinking the cycle had failed, so I made myself face whatever was coming and just take a test. I couldn't stop crying and laughing when I finally saw that second pink line after nearly 40 months of seeing only one. Today, 7dp5dt (12dpo, or past egg retrieval) the line was darker! I'm looking forward to seeing how many babies are in there, and praying that they stick around :) I am thinking of those of you who are struggling. It's hard to keep believing that it's possible, but it really is.