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BFP by IVF/ISCI/FET

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1st short protocol IVF + PCOS

Firstly thanks for all the stories that have kept me going over the past 2.5 years of ttc. My BFP... at last.
I had short protocol IVF i.e ivf lite.I take metformin 1000mg and pregnacare. I found the treatment was fine, the injections were ok and easy to do. I had a quick response to stims so ended up with egg collection earlier than we thought. Had 5 eggs with 3 that fertilised IVF. 2 were grade 1's and one 3. After transfer at 5 days blastocyst, it was doubtful if we would be able to freeze but we do now have one in store.Had to do Gestone injections daily, which we are continuing with. I was told to test 16 dpo, we waited for this. First test didn't work as no line in the cb control window. Then tried a viola early test, I thought this was negative as it is hard to read them( would not recommend for ease of use) Then did a clearblue again and it immediately changed to positive result. I am so shocked as so many people say it doesn't work very often first time around. For those of you who obsess with symptoms as I did here goes....
1dpt cramps and sore bladder feeling
2dpt cramps more urinating than normal
3 dpt(8dpo) occasional cramps
5dpt very lightheaded
not a lot until 13dpo, strong cramping panicked but read a lot of ladies have this and its normal
morning feeling lightheaded and slightly nauseous but fine after food.
Cramps have continued but not as intense. I am warm which I am never warm. I wake a lot in the night and having vivid dreams.
Thanks again to everyone who share their stories it kept me sane.

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BFP and I knew it!

This site has helped me hold my faith many a night when I felt like becoming pregnant was something unattainable. It helped so much to read about other women achieving this prize. It's not about the BFP they are new lives our families growing. So special this site and these times these precious moments. Hope you also find hope here.
Me now 35 DH is 36. Both healthy and active. We have a 4year-old.
My story begins two and a half years ago when we started trying for our second child. A year into it and after trying every trick and every bd position known to man, I decided to see a specialist because I secretly doubted my hubbies little swimmers were doing their job. I was right and we were advised to go straight to IVF. Ladies don't depend on your obgyn sperm count, my husband was assured it was fine. Well it was not! If you are over 35 and trying for more than six months you may need intervention!
Well we did. I have to say my retrieval was hard and I was unprepared for it all and the recovery after. I didn't get OHSS but it took me an entire week to not feel excruciating pain and I have a high pain tolerance! They did retrieve 26 eggs which I am sure is the reason behind my painful recovery. 19 fertilized and 9 were able to be frozen this was December 2014. I had my transfer done March 19th 2015. It was a 6 day FET of two grade A embryos and it was a much more pleasant experience. The very next day I felt a burning hot spot in my right ovary area. I needed to eat three times as much as I usually do. Over that week the week leading up to my BFP I was short of breath, extremely cold especially at night, and very sleepy. All I wanted to do was eat and sleep. I POAS the morning of the 26th and got my BFP. I had blood work done on the 27th and it was confirmed. IVF is no easy road but keep your hope and dreams alive with prayer and positive thinking. I hope this little bean or beans stick around and lots of baby dust to us all.
God Bless each and every one of us with the desire of our hearts...children!

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ViaRae

I just got the amazing news this afternoon from the RE and couldn't have been more shocked, considering I had no symptoms during the tww after my first round of IVF (2 blastocyst 5 day transfer). The only "symptom" was likely from the progesterone, resulting in sore bb, which has gone away recently. I went in for my beta this morning, sure that it was negative (was too scared to POAS so I abstained!) and even told the nurse that I expected a bad call later. Shockingly, it was the opposite. The RE said "Are you sitting down?" and then delivered the best news: a positive test with a beta at 112. Hours after the good news, period like cramps have set in, 9dpt, but before that, no cramps and no implantation bleeding. Crossing my fingers for continued success and a normal, comfortable 9 months ahead! Best of luck to everyone!

My First BFP!

I still can't believe I'm typing this... But after 2 years TTC, 2 rounds of IUI and 1 IVF cycle... I'm finally pregnant! it has been a hard and long process but it looks like it has finally worked and we have been finally blessed with our first BFP! I had my first BETA last Wednesday and it wasn't what we expected... my HCG levels were very low and the nurse said it wasn't looking good... but two more BETAs and 5 days later... I'm officially pregnant and my first ultrasound is next Monday!!!! I CANNOT WAIT!

For all of you out there TTC have faith and pray pray pray a lot! Your little miracle will happen before you even know it!!! DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE! With GOD all things are Possible!!!!!!!!!!

BFP

Hi ladies,

I have just got my BFP blood test result back about 2 hours ago, but I gotta share my story right away! My husband had a vasectomy over 15 years ago, so even though I'm only 26, the chance of conceiving after a vasectomy reversal is slim. So we did IVF as advised.

After 4 failed cycle, I wasn't sure what to expect any more and tried to keep positive (while preparing for the worst I guess). We still have 2 frozen embies left, so I thought if it didn't work out this one, we'll just throw 2 in! (previously only do 1 at a time).

I didn't really rest after transfer. In fact, went straight to a car show (we run a restoration company so had cars on display in shows every weekend) and walked around for hours in 40 degree C heat! I did my house work, shopping, cooking and went to work as usual that week, though tried not to lift anything heavy. No particular symptoms, had my normal pre-menstrual signs like pimples and mood swing.
I did a HPT on 13dpo or 8dpt, I've got a BFP straight away. The lines came up nice and dark within a minute on First Response! I tried the ClearBlue Digital and got a Pregnant 1-2. The next day I woke up and did another First Response, same result, and a Digital which came back Pregnant 2-3. I was over the moon, but scared at the same time. So I rang up the nurse and asked her if I could do the blood test a day earlier. The answer was no, and that the positive tests could be from the trigger shot. I was quiet upset, but did my blood test the day after (which was today this morning). Results came back within 2 hours, a whooping 241!

So so happy and sending lots of happiness to everybody.

xoxo

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Two week wait - so hard!

Hi
Just want to write this as voyering these boards helped me SO MUCH during my two week wait. All of us are so brave. having to undergo IVF is the hardest thing for a woman to go through, it goes against everything us women were made for. I struggled so much during the 2WW that I felt really negative at the end of it. I just wanted to tell you all a few symptoms that I read into and shouldnt have. 1st week: sore boobs and going to the toilet loads 2nd week: squeezing my boobs every day for hope of some tenderness - none. Period pains almost every day I was pretty sure it hadnt worked. I get different period pains like dragging but some sharp pains ad weirdly a pain in my tummy button which always means a period. had all these. I even said to my husband sadly "whats the point in doing a test," but something came over me I thought "Ive been through all this I have to know" so i did the test on the 2nd wee of the day (i was so desperate for the loo when I first got up I forgot?!) and it was a BIG FAT POSITIVE!!!!!! We just saw the heart beat 2 days ago and now feeling nice and nauseas.
Please ladies dont read into any of the signs as one forum said "the cruel thing is early pregnancy symptoms reflect period symptoms." I love the person who wrote " have FAITH have FAITH have FAITH...." when she was writing about her positve result after all the cramps and no symtoms/symptoms there one day gone the next.If this baby is a girl her middle name will be Faith. FYI I have had these cramps pretty much the whole time. Lots of us IVF pople also have scaring and dont forget the effects of stimulating your ovaries to the point of no return and then stopping the hormones. We've been through so much, let's give ourselves a break. I believe in positivity and do loads of hypno. BELIEVE you will have a baby, even go out and buy it something to confirm your belief it will happen. the sub concious mind knows so much more than you think. what's the worst that could happen? you were too positive? I don't think so, it would always be worse to think I wasn't positive enough. All the best to you brave lot.

Bfp 8dp 5dt

Hi this has definitely been a struggle. Me and my husband have been trying for 2 years now. I have done acupuncture, which I feel really helped me
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Also I have had reiki and other massages throughout to keep me balanced and relaxed throughout the process.
We started with an ivf fresh cycle which didn't work bfn
2nd ivf fresh resulted in an ecoptic pregnancy and this time we did an
FET w/ 2 great quality embies, I wasn't taking any chances as this may be our last attempt financially- at least for a while. During the transfer one stuck to the catheter and we had to do it again- is my baby already stubborn? I hope they both stick- twins would be great but we would be happy either way.

I will be 34 this month and my husband is 30 and a Cancer survivor ( was diagnosed 6 months after getting married) to say the least we have been through "it" and back.

married 2 years this March 1st !!!

Good luck and much baby dust to all
Keep up the fight it is worth it!

BFP on 2nd IVF after 2 years of trying with PCOS and male factor

Hi Ladies. I'm actually writing this 35 weeks pregnant and belatedly keeping a long-ago made promise to myself to share my story and encouragement with others, as during my fertility struggles hearing from other people who had been through it too was something of a lifeline for me. Like many of you, it has been a long, difficult journey for me. Shortly after I got married (husband and I both aged 33 then) I came off the pill, in preparation for trying for a baby in a year or so. But my periods were irregular and I felt like something was up so went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a dermoid cyst and polycystic ovaries. Given this, we decided to start trying sooner rather than later. Also my husband's motility and count were quite poor. Here's what we tried:

- 3 rounds of clomid: had to stop because it thinned my lining and also the last round gave me really bad blurred vision
- 3 rounds of letrozole
- husband had an operation to fix a varicosele
- husband went on Fertil Aid pills and reduced alcohol and caffine intake
- I switched to a low GI diet
- I did acupuncture, yoga, biotherapy, reduced alcohol intake, took wheatgrass, started juicing, took a range of vitamin supplements
- I did 2 rounds of IUI with letrozole, both times lining was thick, had a couple of good sized follicles, husband's sperm was fine but BFN
- I had an operation to have the dermoid cyst removed (doc thought there was a chance it was causing hormone imbalances)
- 3rd round of IUI with injectibles. I totally overstimulated - the doc said we couldn't carry on with IUI as it would be too dangerous with so many large follicles, the risk of multiples was too high. So we pushed through and turned it into an IVF - increased the stims and did the whole thing. I had 2 good embryos 5 days after egg collection, implated one and froze the other. BFN.
- Waited 2-3 months and tried to live healthy and relax, and get over the hearbreak. Husband got me a kitten to try and cheer me up and weirdly it really worked!
- 2nd round IVF (Now aged 35. Also fresh cycle - I am from the UK but live oversees right now, so instead of implant the frozen embryo I had, I used my trip back to the UK to do a whole new fresh cycle). They put me on a really high dose of stims, I produced 24 eggs; of which 6 made it to good quality 5 day blastocysts. I implanted 1, froze the rest. I also went to a acupuncture clinic who do specialist fertlity treatment and had acupuncture 3 times during stims and twice on transfer day (immediately before and after transfer). I ate a high protein diet during my treatment and took some time off work. The treatment made me very sick - two days after egg collection I was rushed to A&E with ovarian hyperstimulation. I wasn't sure if they could compelete the treatment, but they did; I was just in a lot of pain for a week or so.

A week after transfer I had left the UK again and was testing (too early, I know!) and all BFNs. I had spotting 7dpt and was convinced it was game over. I went to see my doctor to discuss a FET and to my amazement the blood test he asked me to do showed that I was pregnant.

I tried so many things and made a lot of changes to my lifestyle. I'm not sure whether it helped get that positive result with the final IVF but I think it can't hurt. IVF and pregnancy are both really hard on the body so getting yourself healthy and in shape can only be a good thing. I feel for anyone going through this, it's brutal. All I can say is try to have faith that this is temporary and eventually it will work. And try to be kind to yourself, be proud of your ability to cope with something so hard. Good luck to all of you.

3 years TTC, 2 failed IUIs, successful on 1st round of IVF!

I promised myself when (and if) I received my (lasting) BFP, I would post my story since I was obsessed with reading all of the BFP stories leading up to it! Hope this helps or gives hope to people...

About me: 35 years old, married 6 years, TTC for +3 years. 2 previous pregnancies thanks to Clomid (1 ecoptic, 1 miscarriage @ 7 wks).

After a helluva time getting - and staying - pregnant, we decided to move forward with IVF. Honestly, it was an easy decision for the 2 of us. Everyone was right - it was an emotional rollercoaster. Probably one of the most difficult things we have faced in 13 years together, but (as trite as it sounds) it brought us closer; rallying together for our child-to-be!

After 1 false start due to overstimulation, my doctor changed my protocol and decided that low & slow was the best since I had a lot of eggs, but very few were mature.

My protocol:
Days 1-3 - Menapur 75 unitsl
Days 4-6 - Menapur 150 units
Days 7-10 - Menapur 225 units
Days 11-15 - Menapur 225 units + Ganirelix

As you can tell, I was stimming for quite a while. Outcome: 11 retrieved / 3 mature / 3 fertilized via ICSI.

3 DPO - Transfer of 2 - 8 cell 'perfect' embryos
1 DPT - Relaxed & watched movies
2-4 DPT - went for a walk, carried on normally, no real symptoms
5-8 DPT - felt...different. Odd dreams, white CM, sore boobs
9 DPT - very faint BFP on First Response
11 DPT - beta day (HCG = 29)
13 DPT - repeat beta (HCG = 52)
15 DPT - repeat beta (HCG =100.4) At this point concerned it could be chemical since it wasn't doubling...
17 DPT - repeat beta (HCG = 207)

Went in at 7+2 and saw 1 beautiful sac + yolk + heartbeat of 142!

Right now, I'm 17 weeks and everything is looking healthy and as it should! For those symptom watching, I actually had higher betas and more pronounced symptoms with my pregnancies that didn't work out than I did with this little one. Even now, I really feel fantastic! No morning sickness, no spotting, no backache, no headaches - nada.

Good luck to everyone!

BFP after 9 years 3 month of trying through embryo adoption

We adopted our son 3 years ago and he needed a sibling so we went with embryo adoption for multiple reasons. It is cost effective, I will get to experience pregnancy, and we believe in life at conception.

I have PCOS, uterine fibroids, and MTHFR mutation C&A.

All of my symptoms can be attributed to the estrogen patches and progesterone shots but I’ve been tired and my boobs have grown and HURT.
I started eating a ton of pineapple the day before transfer and continued until 2 days after. Directly after we got Mexican food and walked for hours at the flea market(me carrying out giant 3 year old a lot of the time.)
We transferred 2 blasts. 1 AB5 2 BB4

Got a SUPER faint BFP 4dp5dt
Faint BFP 5dp5dt
BFP 6dp5dt am bought a FRER for Vday and used it at the store… BFP
BFP on FRER and week estimator 7dp5dt

I don’t know what to do with myself I’m so excited! We’ve had BFP before but never 2 days in a row. I think the baby aspirin made a big difference.

Praising Jesus!

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