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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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BFP IVF and Donor Sperm

Hi Ladies,

My DH and I have been TTC nearly 4 years. My husband was diagnosed with Azoospermia back in 2013. We have just done our first round of IVF with donor sperm. Today I got my BFP!

I promised myself I would post on this site as during the TWW I drove myself crazy reading the threads and trawling the internet for every twinge and cramp.

3dpt I had horrendous AF cramps and thought I was out for sure. Today was OTD and I tested 3 times just to be sure. But sure enough all 3 were positive.

Really hoping it sticks.

Lots of baby dust to you all! X

Long Journey to BFP

I'm so over the moon right now because I just got my first EVER BFP!

DH and I have been trying for about 4 years. Prior to that I've never gotten pregnant before, so Ive always thought something must be wrong with me. We started seeing a RE at the end of 2011, we did all the hormone tests and everything looked fine. we did 1 IUI which resulted cysts in my ovaries, so I underwent a laparoscopy surgery. RE diagnosis was mild endometriosis. After that we went on to IVF, we had 2 fresh cycle and 1 FET, all BFN. Finally the RE told me "you just need to gain some weight, come back to see me after you gain 10-15lbs"... WTH!!

Then we switched RE, also got everything checked again and all hormones are normal. Moved on to a fresh cycle with the new RE, but also ended BFN... This time RE suspected something must be off because she was pretty confident about this cycle. At the same time I heard about immunology issues from a friend so I brought this up to my RE, she agreed for us to do further testing.. We found out I have high levels of natural killer cells. It actually gave me a glimpse of hope knowing at least we are able to find something wrong (the worst is when they said everything is fine with you, but you are just not getting pregnant!). So she prescribed intralipid infusion for this past cycle. I just found out this week that I'm pregnant.. It feels so unreal because it's been a long road and I never thought it'd be possible for me to get pregnant.

The only symptoms I had was AF like cramp on 8dp5dt, I usually get cramps a week before AF, but this cramp felt debilitating, I was not able to move and just wanted to lay on the couch, with backache. However the pain was gone next day. The other symptom was breakout in my face the next few days. I don't usually break out around my cheeks (only on forehead or chin areas). The break out looks almost like some kind of white pumpy rash (but not itchy).

If you are like me, have experienced multiple ivf failures and couldn't find out why, I recommend to do a immunology testing before you waste more money on IVF. I wished I had it tested sooner, but I'm still ecstatic about my BFP!

OMG!!!! BFP!!!!! Natural cycle IVF! Unexplained infertility. First BFP after 5 years!!!!!!!

Now I really CAAAANOOOT BELIEVEEE that I am posting here. As many others, I was reading this forum like crazy over and over again. These stories helped me so much to stay positive whatever happens while going through many TWW including the successful one. I was dreaming of posting here, but I was sure it will never happen to me. But IT HAPPENEEEEEEEED!!!!! OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD!!!UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!

Me - 29, endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, regular periods every 28 days since I was 12, have been very healthy before TTC.
Him - 41, good semen analysis, very heathy.

TTC since March 2010. I was 25 years old - young and healthy to my knowledge. Started the dream relationship with the love of my life and wanted many kids right away. We were so excited! Unfortunately, the infertility road started....It took us 5 years. It was sooooooo painful and unbearable. Just until couple of weeks I thought that it will never, never end. I was so hopeless even though I am still 29. It was never going to happen and my heart was broken.
We were trying naturally for some time, but I was nervous on the 3rd month already. Started some tests. They found cervical dysplasia in 2010. It was coned - no BFP months after that. In 2012, a big dermoid cyst grew on my left ovary. During surgery - severe endometriosis found....Cleaned it - no BFP months and months after that. Then it continued - dysplasia recurring....2013 AMH levels checked - 0.25, two months later 0.14....They said I might need to think about egg donor. Whaaat?!!!!!!

We were trying naturally for many months.
TTC since March 2010
3 unmonitored Clomid cycles in the summer of 2011
3 IUI between 2013 and 2014 - 2 natural, 1 monitored Clomid
Medicated IVF - Cancelled - 8 eggs, 6 retrieved, 5 mature, non fertilized (dr. was shocked considering our good semen analysis - it's a mystery...)
Natural Cycle IVF/ICSI (absolutely no meds except the trigger shot to time retrieval) - 2 mature eggs!!! The doctors couldn't believe... Both fertilized. 2 beautiful embryos at day 5. One transferred on day 5, one frozen!!! BFP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beta #1 - 146, Beta #2 378.

It's five weeks since my last period and 3 weeks since my egg retrieval/fertilization. I am 5/3 weeks PREGNANT!!!!! I still can't believe it and certainly can't process it.

My symptoms day by day:

Transfer Day - on the coach most of the day, no symptoms

1dpt - dull cramping mostly on the left side and some pain in the left leg, both for 3-4 hours.

2dpt - very very tired in the evening, shortness of breath, very light pulling and pinching pains on the right - barely noticeable, cystitis pains in the evening.

3dpt - some cyst like type of pain on the right during the day, extremely cold/freezing during the day while trying to take a nap, light menstrual cramps evening, late evening - again ovulation/cyst like pain on the right - more than earlier.

4dpt - super sensitive left nipple since last night - breasts are sore, evening - ovulation/cyst pain on the right, tired, nipple is super hurting, feeling wet but still dry, later changed to a ovulation mixed with dull menstrual cramping almost going to the legs.

5dpt - sore throat in the morning (possibly because of dry air), no pains in the morning / the left nipple still very sensitive, tired in the afternoon, after 4pm - premenstrual cramping, feeling wet, cm got more watery/sticky as the day went on, feels like period is coming. I am almost sure period is coming.

6dpt - no pains in the morning, a little bit of clear cm, after 11am - dry again, no cramping during the day, after 3pm - slightly crampy (dull..some leg pain as well), creamy yellowish cm in the evening, tired again in the afternoon.

7dpt - no pains in the morning, nipple a little less sensitive, bloated the most of all days before, veins are more visible - on my arms and a little bit on the breasts (I am not sure whether I am making this up...), cramps after 6pm - feeling warm and wet as my period will start any moment or more like it is already the most intense day of the period, very tired in the evening, shortness of breath, all day palpitations, some very light central pinching pains in the evening.

8dpt -no pains in the morning, nipples still much more sensitive than usual, but less that two days ago, breasts feel less sore, but full again, very hungry in the morning, strong palpitations and shortness of breath - almost couldn't talk, extremely emotional, feeling wet, very light cramping less than previous days couple of times between 3 and 6pm, some yellow cm, pinching in the left breast, pinching and pulling in the uterus for couple of seconds couple of times in late afternoon - very light.

Finally!! BFP with IVF ICSI after 4 yrs TTC :)

Me: 32
My Love: 31
TTC: 4 yrs

Like so many others I have been reading these posts as a way to find hope during my fertility journey that oftentimes left me feeling utterly hopeless. Almost exactly 4 years ago my husband and I decided I'd stop taking my bc pills and we'd just "see what happens". We weren't consciously trying but not trying to prevent it either. After about a year I started to wonder what was up, and began charting my cycles and paying attention to my fertile days. My husband wasn't concerned and was not at all interested in getting anything checked out. After another 6 months of bfn's, I started using ovulation predictors and still, nothing. Finally my husband agreed to get a semen analysis. The results were 0-1% morphology, low motility, and the low end of normal for count. We were devastated. Thus began the rollercoaster ride of infertility and fertility treatments. We moved and waited to get settled into our new home and new jobs before going to a new RE and beginning treatment. After months on vitamins my husband's numbers hadn't changed. They did every test under the sun on me, and everything came back fine.

The ups and downs and constant disappointments have been heartbreaking and I honestly began feeling a little depressed at different points in the journey. I would try to remain positive and hopeful and patient, but as you probably know, it is so hard to keep it all together when going through this. I felt guilty for the sad feelings I had when so many friends and loved ones became pregnant and gave birth around me. I was happy for them but couldn't help feeling sorry for myself, which in turn made me feel like a selfish person. It was also very hard to talk about with anyone. Even the people who love me seemed to cause me more pain when I tried to open up about it. It's very hard to understand this journey unless you have personally experienced it. I've learned so much since going through this and reading other people's experiences online really helped me. Sorry to go on and on, but I just can't believe I have finally made it to the other side of the infertility mountain! I'll try to skip to the good stuff.

We did 2 natural cycles of IUI which both failed. We then moved on to a medicated cycle of IUI, which also failed. At this point I was ready to move on and started researching adoption, an option I am still very interested in. We found out that our insurance would cover IVF and so decided to give it a try. It took a few months to get everything in order and finally in December 2014 we began our first cycle of IVF with ICSI.
14 eggs were retrieved, 8 fertilized, and only one blastocyst was good enough to transfer 5 days later. None of the others made it to freeze. This made me worry very much. The day of transfer went really well and we were so happy and excited. My husband asked for a picture of the blastocyst and then taped it to our headboard so we could see it before bed and when we wake up lol. Hearing that none of the others made it to freeze made me nervous and anxious. But our Dr. had only planned on transferring one anyway, so that gave us hope. I felt constipation and bloated, with sore breasts, but wasn't sure if it was from the progesterone suppositories. A few days after the transfer I started feeling really bad. Super bloated and my abdomen was very distended. I felt tightness in my chest when I would lay down, like it was a little hard to breath, and a little swollen. I got worried and looked up my symptoms. I think it was mild ohss, and so I ate plenty of protein and salty foods and drank a lot of gatorade. THis helped. (At retrieval they said they had to remove some fluid and had advised me even before that on how to treat mild ohss due to my trigger shot... we accidentally injected more than prescribed into my butt!!). I was confused, thinking ohss only happens before the transfer, but was surprised to read that a positive pregnancy result can also cause the symptoms, since the hcg hormone goes up. Reading that gave me some hope. I was way too nervous to take an hpt though. I couldn't bear the thought of another bfn, and then having to wait for the blood test anyway. Btw I was definitely a nervous wreck most of my 2ww. I was not sleeping well and anxious and worrying. So if you feel like that too, its ok! It’s not going to make or break your embryo’s implantation :)

BFP - 2nd time with IVF!!!

Ok, I will make this as short and sweet as possible, just to give others a bit of info on what led up to my BFP and the symptoms I experienced. B/c I know, the hardest part is the 2ww and judging every single symptom!
After a year of trying with no BFP, we found out my hubs has an unknown condition that leads to low sperm count. Basically 1 million when it should be 20 million. And, out of that 1 million, many are not good quality. We were informed right away we would have to jump straight to IVF. The first time I started the meds, my body over stimulated and I got ohss and we had to 'pull the plug early' as my doc said and do the retrieval sooner than planned. I had 29 eggs, several fertilized, we used two, froze the rest. The first 2 did not implant. It was devastating to have gone through all of it with out getting pregnant. We had all our hopes into it working. But, in the 2ww with that cycle, I had some dark brown spotting, so I guess that was my indicator it didn't work. We waited about 7 months and used a frozen cycle, and used the only 2 embryos that were good to go at that point. Within a few days, I just knew I was pregnant. I had a metallic taste in my mouth while at work, as if I just sucked on a penny! Gross! So, of course, I googled 'taste like metal in my mouth' and it popped up as an early sign of pregnancy! What!!! A few other symptoms were in the list, one being an elevated body temp, so I pretended to be ill, and rushed home to check my temp. Sure enough it was almost 100 and I felt just fine. It was at that moment I just knew it had worked. After my beta, the nurse called to confirm what my body already knew.
Fast forward to today, about 4 years since last IVF fresh cycle. Today is my 9 days past 5 day fresh embryo transfer. My beta is tomorrow. But, my nerves got the best of me and I felt like I needed to be eased into the news for tomorrow. So, I took a test this morning, and it said Pregnant! Overjoyed, tears, and thankful to God! In the past few days, I have not had any very prominent signs of pregnancy, but a few things do stand out. I charted my temp twice a day since transfer, and 4 days ago it was 99.2, and I felt just great. So, I had a feeling it could have been implantation and it was working out for us! I also have just been tired, eyes droopy at strange times of the day, and still bloated. Since I had OHSS again this time, I knew that if the bloating didn't go down, it was a good sign that it worked b/c the levels of hcg are going up and not down. Also, I've had just a fullness feeling in my uterus area, along with similar feeling cramps to my first BFP. I just had high hopes and felt that these things added up to another successful attempt. I go tomorrow to have beta, and I can't wait to hear the nurse confirm what my gut and EPT already said is true. In all things, be thankful. And, for everyone in these shoes of infertility treatments, my prayers are with you. It has not been an easy road, but it has been worth it.

Simply Positive

Me: 39
DH: 35
TTC: 2 Years

My fertility journey began with the thought, it will happen when it happens. I think most people start out like this - sure that when you want something it will just happen. Well, I became pregnant after 4 months of trying; at almost 9 weeks, I miscarried. Devastated but certain I would become pregnant again soon, I began what would turn out to be a very long and frustrating journey. The ups and downs (as you know) can be life changing. I had all the testing done after a year of not being able to conceive. Basically it was my supposedly old eggs causing all the problems. I don't know how many times I've heard this between then and now. Due to my challenged eggs and my DHs good but slightly abnormal sperm, IVF was really the best option for us. Prior to beginning the IVF cycle I dramatically improved my diet, started acupuncture and visualizations. I even began to write a blog (http://delayedmama.com) in a way to support myself and others going through the same process. I truly believe these changes really helped me mentally, physically, and emotionally. At the end of November I began the cycle.

8 Eggs Retrieved
5 Fertilized
3 Made it to Transfer (8 Cell 3DT)
None to freeze

Now for the symptoms -

1-3DP3DT
Some minor cramping and lightheadness but nothing major
Extremely bloated and sore
Took it easy and ate lots of protein

4-8DP3DT
Threw up after yoga
Very strong dreams
Tired a lot
Some acne

9-12DP3DT
Very strong cramping and pulling
I thought I was having my period for sure.
I also thought I was having OHSS

13DP3DT
Cramping went away but there was this feeling of heaviness in my stomach. Almost like my uterus was being lined with silver or something.

14DP3DT
Beta - 525
Shocked to the core.

I will say that all of my symptoms could have been connected to the progesterone shots and pills. But the day (Christmas Day) that I had the most severe cramping I hadn't taken the progesterone yet. The next day I took the progesterone and I had no cramping. I really think I was experiencing implantation cramping. It's like your period but not as painful or deep. It's close but there is a slight difference.

Getting the call from the doctor with positive results was one of the best days of my life. I encourage everyone not to early test. I know that if I had gotten a BFN because I had tested earlier it would have really depressed me. Also, for those who are in your late 30s trying to conceive. Don't give up hope. It will happen. I'm living proof of it. Believe in your beautiful eggs!!

Finally!

Finally, after over two years of trying to conceive, I can happily post my very own BFP story! I want to give hope to other couples out there who are going through the same struggles I went through. My husband and I tried for years, saw numerous doctors, and barely got any answers in the beginning.

I was so niave. I always had normal menstrual cycles, so I never thought I would be one to have infertility problems. Boy, was I wrong! After months of not having any luck conceiving on our own, my husband and I started seeing a doctor for our problems. My husband's sperm tested great. I had blood tests done, an HSG performed, ultra sounds, etc. All my tests kept coming back normal, which was good, but still wasn't giving us any answers...

After trying months on Clomid, months on Femara, and even a few IUI procedures, we began to get frustrated. I even lost 136 pounds because I had been overweight. Nothing was working. After doing a bit of my own research, I asked my doctor to perform a laparoscopy to check if I had endometriosis. Turns out, I did! I had small spots on both ovaries, which were removed. I understood that there was no cure, and the disease would eventually return, but was advised to try to conceive in the following months, before it came back. Months later? Still wasn't working.

Finally, I was told about a "mini IVF" procedure. It was a cheaper/less medicated version of the regular IVF. We did three cycles of this, and while being monitored during these few months, it was discovered that my ovaries were not responding at all to the fertility meds. I needed the "strong stuff!" So, the husband and I saved and saved, until we had enough money for a full, regular IVF cycle. (It's not cheap, especially with insurance not covering anything!)

During this IVF cycle, I had 17 eggs retrieved, but only 2 survived the whole process, which is uncommon for someone my age, I'm only 28. My doctor says the endometriosis I have probably plays a huge role in my egg quality, unfortunately, so thank God we opted for IVF, finally, because the chances of us conceiving on our own were slim to none.

I just completed that cycle of IVF, and went in for a blood test three days ago. To my surprise, it was positive! I'm still in disbelief! It just doesn't seem real, after trying for so long! I thought for sure that it was going to be negative, I had even taken a couple pee tests leading up to my blood test, but they were barely positive. I could only see them if I held them in a certain light, so I assumed the tests were junk, or that I was seeing things. For the first time, I am glad to be wrong! Also, the only symptoms I have are huge/sore boobs (in fact, I have to wear a bigger bra at the moment), and I'm exhausted all the time and need daily naps. That's it! But, I'm also on progesterone suppositories, so I assume that it could also be from that.

I'm currently 4 and a half weeks, and I go in for my first ultra sound in a couple of weeks. So ecstatic!

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