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BFP ICSI/LOW EGG RESERVE after 3 years TTC at age 38

Firstly it’s important I introduce myself I’m a man and possibly the first guy who wrote on this site (back in 2012 titled; BFP Thank You So Much! On the 28 April 2012 regarding my DW BFP and again in 2013 titled; BFP After Early MC and BF "A DADS STORY" on the 8th November 2013).

So the reason why I’m writing this is because I have been on this journey with my aunty for the last three years and during my own tww I was more neurotic than the Mrs and found the waiting soooo hard, this website and the forums were a godsend and my best friends at the time. This journey has been so long and testing but finally the patience and belief in god has been rewarded. Culturally infertility is a taboo subject and I’m so glad that I was able to grab the elephant by the trunk so to speak and get to this place in my family recognising that help is not failure or a negative who cares how we got there the gift at the end is all that counts that beautiful baby you long to have and I hope this encourages others.

So my aunty is 38 one blocked tube ovulates regularly unexplained infertility uncle 30 apparent low motility and semen amount. Married in 2007 started to ttc in 2011 6 failed clomid cycles this was our first ivf cycle. Over the last three years watching my aunty struggle has been difficult particularly because myself and the mrs were lucky we conceived relatively quickly and started our ttc journey after them and so watching my aunts struggle and yet her vast support and love for my wife during her pregnancy and with my children spurred me on to seek medical help for her and break the taboo of infertility within our community. Its important to mention that my aunty and uncle live across the road from us and she is always at our house helping with my babies and supporting my Mrs.

My uncle being an old school hegemonic male and having anxiety with new social situations was not good at expressing himself or going to appointments so I went with her for everyone in the last two years, also I translated for her as she is not completely confident in her spoken English. I feel being a primary school teacher it’s within my nature to help and this truly was my calling I made it my mission to be there and support her through this journey.
The last two years of appointments had been leading up to this first ivf cycle and it had to work so I decided to ensure that I had done everything I physically could whilst maintaining my faith in the almighty. I asked all my fellow colleagues, friends and family to send out positive thoughts and prayers. I put my aunty on a cocktail of foods and vitamins; so pregnacare for pregnancy and conception, extra folic acid, calcium/vitd tablet, coQ10 for better egg quality and b vitamins. During egg collection we got 8 eggs 4 fertilised with icsi (even though we were told uncles semen analysis now looked normal no low motility and good amount) of the four fertilised returned two fantastic 8 cell embryo’s on day three froze one blastocyst day 6 and one didn’t make it. After egg collection I asked my aunty to rest and recover from the procedure and I began working on her diet a glass of milk in the morning and one in the evening before bed at breakfast 1 full avocado, 10 fresh raspberries, then during the day she had to have 1 pieces of pineapple core, 1 glass of pineapple juice not from concentrate, 5 brazil nuts, 5 kashew nuts, and a seed and nut mix I created using sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. All foods and drinks had to be warm nothing cold from the fridge and same with the solid foods she had to keep her socks on at all times and had to bed rest for 3 days and then after that could just walk around the house/garden lightly. We were not meant to test until the 1 of November but I couldn’t wait and today 8days after a 3day transfer we got our bfp on a Clearblue digital. I’m hoping all goes well and that everyone gets there sticky beans. I’m so glad I kept my promise to my aunty that I would be there for her and help make her baby dream come true. As with all the things I did overall we believe it was whatever god had planned but I did do a lot of research into the foods and rest I’m not saying everyone should follow it but it worked for us adding them to the process wishing you all the best!!!!

BFP after TTC 2+1/2 yrs, secondary infertility, 2nd Rd of IVF, 38 1/2 yrs

I've found hope and inspiration on this site, so I thought I would add my story in case it helps anyone. I have 2 daughters (4 and 6) that I conceived early on in my 30s with no difficulty. After just turning 36, we wanted to complete our family with a third, but nothing happened. After much testing, I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The only difference I noticed was that I always got spotting on day 25 or so of my cycle, until full period around day 28. I always knew I was out for the cycle when I got that spotting!! After 5 rounds of clomid and no BFPs later, we thought about calling it quits and counting our blessings, but I could never get past my desire for another child. At the beginning of this year, we made the big decision to go for IVF. We were self-pay so I told myself this was the one and only chance, and that hopefully I could get closure if nothing else! I did gonal-f and ganerelix protocol, and only got 5 eggs, 4 fertilized, and only 2 made it to day 3. We did a day 3 transfer of 2 8-cell embryos, and two weeks later I got the dreaded spotting and just knew it failed. My beta was 10 - it was a chemical pregnancy. 4 months later, I wanted to try again. I felt like a new protocol based on learnings from the first, could make a big difference. So we went into debt to do it again. This time I asked them to check my thyroid again, because I had heard that its really important the TSH is under 2.5. Mine was 2.97, and they decided to treat it with medication. Going forward with the IVF Round 2, I had a great response. It was lupron, follistim AND Menopur (which for some reason I felt like made a difference). We got 9 eggs, 6 fertilized and 3 made it to 5 days. I had two excellent blasts transferred, and 1 frozen. My first beta was 977 (on 4wks 2days) then 2893 (4wks 4 days) and then 6278 (4wks 6 days)!! Strong numbers, but I'm still cautiously awaiting my ultrasound at 7 1/2 weeks before getting too excited. I don't know why I had such a better response to round 2 - the thyroid medication, or just the increased meds dosage and adding Menopur, or what, -- but it felt better right from the beginning. Good luck to anyone going through IVF - it is a roller coaster!

Faint line 12hours before BFP at 9dp5dt

Oh. My. God. I cannot believe I am actually posting on this site. I have spent years on this site, felt every possible symptom, cried a million tears and eventually gave up. I have been off contraceptives for more than 7 years and hubby and I were actively trying to conceive for 4 years. We have tried everything from natural herbs to lubricants to specific diets and specific BD'ing dates/times to temperature monitoring and ovulation testing ... Gosh the list goes on and on. I wanted to fall pregnant as naturally as I could but I waited until it almost tore my marriage apart for me to get to the next step. IVF!! And now it's my very first IVF cycle ... I am 3 days away from my blood test. 3 days ago I POAS ... It came up negative which crushed me considering I had absolutely NO symptoms this time. No twinge, nose itch, funny sneeze or whatever symptom I previously thought I had. I was worried because I felt nothing. This morning (9dp5dt) I tested again because I had a spare test and decided what the heck .. The test came up with a faint line. It bothered me the entire day so I bought a few more tests after work and held my pee until I couldn't take it anymore ... I POAS and what do you know .. A fantastic pink line .. I was shocked ... I haven't told hubby yet .. Think I will take another test tomorrow morning and let hubby know after the blood test in 3 days ... I'm praying for the same results!! I'm in tears, smiling from ear to ear

BFP after frozen transfer

Finally got our BFP this weekend after two years of trying! As way of background, after the first year of trying we got tested and realised that there were problems with the sperm and so we needed ICSI. Then, devastatingly, the embryos in our fresh attempt didn't implant. I was diagnosed afterwards with some immune problems and having an intralipid drip and being prescribed prednisolone (steroids) seems to have done the job with the frozen cycle.

I really didn't feel many symptoms at all. There have been many months of trying naturally and with the fresh IVF cycle (where I actually had a day of cramping and what resembled implantation bleeding) where I have had many more symptoms. This time I felt a tiny burning sensation in my uterus area, a few very tiny cramps and a couple of sharp pains in my armpit about 8 days after the 6 day transfer.

I tried two for £1 pregnancy tests from Asda 7dp6dt transfer and got a very, very faint pink line. I tried my cheap ebay tests the same day and again barely saw a line. At 8dp6dt and 9dp6dt I tried Boots own digital test and Clearblue digital (which also tells you how many weeks pregnant) and both said "pregnant"!!

In between the failed fresh and successful frozen cycle I went to see Mel Brown the nutritionist who was absolutely brilliant; I had thought I was being so healthy already but she gave us so much advice and recommended certain supplements too. I also had a bit of acupuncture. And tried (sometimes easier said than done) to surround myself with friends with babies and to be positive and keep believing.

The very best of luck to everyone trying xxx

BFP :)

I will be 6 weeks pregnant this Tuesday! :)
I still can't believe it.
I am still not having many symptoms though....which makes it feel this real?
I want to thank everyone who has shared their BFP stories on this site as reading this blog really helped me through last year.
I had 5 failed IUI's (some with clomid) 3 before polyp removal/DNC and 2 after.
I tried IVF this September and it worked. I was so nervous during two week wait.
I was especially nervous when they nurse called after my one embryo transfer (5 day transfer) and said none of the others had survived enough to make it to the freeze and use in other cycles, and when the doctor called to say that my eggs had not been that efficient with IVF.
It felt surreal when the nurse called after my beta test and said congratulations on my voicemail.
I am still not feeling many symptoms and think all the time... am I really pregnant?
I was even afraid to write on this site worried to jinx myself.

I wish I can look back and say this two week wait felt different then the other two week waits but not sure it really did. My boobs were sore but they always were and I felt constipated and a little crampy but thought that might be from progesterone I take daily. The only thing I can think about is my body temperature felt warmer. I did not take my temp, but my skin felt flush at times.

Things I did differently for BFP cycle:

Switched to IVF and they have me on progesterone daily since retrieval
Lost 5 pounds and tried to eat healthier/ no drinking the month leading up to IVF
Started acupuncture twice a week
Started probiotics (always took just prenatals before) and started eating yogurt with coconut milk (had avoided dairy yogurt before), went to dentist for deep cleaning (had avoided it for awhile)...just wanted to make sure all bacteria was good bacteria in my body
Ate pineapple with core on days around when implantation was likely

Wishing anyone reading this waiting for much luck!! You will be writing on here before you know it.

BFP after first round of IVF- hoping for a sticky bean or beans!

Me: 29- Endometriosis, both tubes blocked.
DH: 27- Low sperm count/poor motility and morphology
Together 12 years
Married 2 years
TTC 13 months

Prior to diagnosis tried everything I could think of but now looking back it doesn't matter because my eggs couldn't pass through my tubes anyway.

IVF cycle 1:

Lupron (10u then down to 5u) Gonal F Follistim Pen (150u, down to 75u, down to 50u)

12 eggs retrieved, 8 fertilized
2 5aa embryos transfered on day 5
1 4aa, 4ab, 4bb frozen

3dp5dt- hcg from trigger out of system
4dp5dt- feint positive at home!
5dp5dt-9dp5d- BFP on Wondfo test strips and finally a digital.
9dp5dt beta test- BFP, HCG 336!

Cautiously excited! First ultra sound Monday November 3!!

Please send sticky vibes my way!

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BFP with IVF/ICSI #1

Thought I start with the background:
Me: 28- BFP week before turning 29 (27 when first started TTC). DF: 28 (27 when first TTC).
How long we’ve been TTC: Naturally for 1 year, then first IVF with ICSI in September 2014.
Issues: Me – PCO but regular ovulation (so not really an issue). Right tube blocked at end near ovary (can’t be fixed). DF – 1-2% morphology, and below average motility (overall numbers are normal – no ‘count’ issue).
What we’ve tried/used:
Me –
OPK’s (Clearblue digital the most reliable).
Charting temperature (helped with timing BD perfectly, even though unsuccessful anyway).
Chinese medicine (acupuncture, cupping and herbs).
Evening Primrose oil.
Red raspberry leaf tea.
Pineapple core during TWW.
Laying down after BD.
Cutting out caffeine and soy products.
Adding maca powder to smoothies.
Taking B vitamin supplement.

DH –
Chinese medicine (acupuncture, cupping and herbs).
Joined gym and did regular exercise.
Cut down on smoking and alcohol.
Eating more healthy foods.
Men’s multivitamin.

After trying out the natural alternative (Chinese medicine), DH got another SA which showed no improvement. We had already researched our options and felt IVF with ICSI was the best option for us, which our fertility/IVF specialist agreed.

First IVF with ICSI cycle started 21/9/14.

I had 21 eggs collected, and 19 of those were mature. 17 of those fertilised, and all 17 made it to day 5!!!! They transferred 1 on day 5, and then waited till day 6 to freeze remaining – 15 made it to freeze!!!!!

I decided on a whim that I would do a test at 5dp5dt. It was during the day on only a 2 hour hold, and to my absolute shock there was a faint line!
I continued to test throughout the week and have kept getting stronger and darker lines. My last test was on 8dp5dt, on only a two hour hold, and the test line was almost as dark as the control line. I have my blood test on 12dp5dt, and really hope it all comes back within the normal range!!!

I honestly just couldn’t imagine getting a BFP after trying so hard over the last year and a bit. I am so blessed and happy to see those two beautiful lines!!!

In terms of symptoms. I really have not had much.. I felt completely and utterly normal right up to 7dp5dt. Around 7dp5dt, I did feel a little sick in the morning, but it was short lived. I have had some mild light headedness as well, and felt mildy sick throughout the day on 8dp5dt. I have had the odd crampy feeling since 6dp5dt. This has all been so mild though - it could easily just be the progesterone gel as much as the pregnancy hormones.

Let's try this again....

Hello I am new to this site. I am 31 and married and have been TCC since August 2012. 3 failed iui. I have not been responding to injectable horomones. I am now starting metformin and on a strict diet and exercise. It's been a tough road. I am going to try IVF however I need to respond to the medications! All the shots have been intramuscular hoping that would help but no such luck. Need some support feeling pretty down. Thanks all!

After 1.5 years - BFP with FET!

While trying to conceive over the past year and a half, I read this blog way more than I probably should have. The first few months of TTC I would go onto the blog during my 2WW and compare my symptoms to those who had a BFP. At first this was exciting because inevitably I would ALWAYS find someone who posted symptoms that were identical to those that I was experiencing that particular month, and I would convince myself that I must be pregnant. I think half the time I manifested symptoms that didn't even exist just to substantiate my hope of pregnancy, and honestly at some point I experienced every single pregnancy symptom including; 'twitching' in my stomach, exhaustion, sore breasts, implantation bleeding, increased urination and appetite, nausea (to the point of gagging), changes in CM, back pain, and I even had bleeding gums at one point - and guess what... none of those symptoms were actually indicators of pregnancy. They are actually all indicators of increasing estrogen and progesterone levels which women experience regardless of whether they are pregnant or not. I just want to put that out there, I guess I'm more of a realist than an optimist after such a long wait.

Here's a recap of my journey which finally resulted in a BFP!

- 1 year of perfectly timed intercourse leveraging OPKs and charting with Fertility Friend

- 3 failed IUIs

- 1 IVF cycle which resulted in 5 perfectly healthy embryos. The fresh cycle was cancelled due to rising progesterone levels, so all 5 embryos were frozen

- 1 FET with 2 5D blastocysts which resulted in my BFP!!!!

Symptoms and # days after ovulation

Days 0-5: Nothing (embryo wasn't implanted yet)

Day 6: Embryo implanted

Day 7-8: No symptoms

Day 9-12: Very slight burning / cramps in my uterus area. They were barely noticeable but definitely different than menstrual cramps

Day 13: BFP!

Day 14-19: BBs definitely seem to be getting heavier, harder, and fuller... at this point the soreness is more substantial that my typical cycle

I hope someone who is out there finds this honest and practical post helpful. I never had even a sniff of a BFP until this week, and I am so relieved that I know my body can get pregnant! Now Im just hoping and praying for a full term healthy pregnancy!

Good Lucky to all, and don't drive your self crazy reading posts and Google search results!

FET #1 success! BFP 8dp5dt

Me: 28, DH: 32. Tried on our own just four cycles, then DH was impatient and got tested... Discovered low sperm count, poor morphology and very poor motility. Retested a couple of times with similar results. Decided to proceed with IVF with ICSI. Discovered during routine tests that I have a unicornuate uterus, so multiples would be impossible for me to carry... We will have to put back one embryo at a time. I overstimmed bigtime - after retrieval I was hospitalized overnight two seperate times due to dehydration, nausea/vomiting, and pain. Ladies, know that severe OHSS puts you at very high risk for blood clots, so please don't suffer through it at home... Seek care! I had three paracentesis procedures to remove liters of fluid from my abdomen. It was easily the most uncomfortable I've ever been in my life, but let me tell you, IV dilaudid is a wonder drug. Seven days after retrieval I finally started to feel 'normal'. I had been too sick to do a transfer, so it was a freeze-all cycle. As for the results: retrieved 48 eggs, 36 mature, 28 fertilized, 16 still growing at day 3, 6 high-grade blasts frozen on day 5, and three more frozen day 6, so 9 total frosties, five of which are graded 5AA! What a relief after all the awfulness.

Waited three months due to moving and scheduling. Did our first FET of a single 5 day, 5AA blast on 9/22. The emby thawed beautifully - the embryologist said it had 100% cell survival (anything over 50% is viable). I resisted POAS until this morning, 8dp5dt... I peed on a FRER with FMU and then quickly hid it in a drawer. I waited for DH to wake up, told him what I had done, debated whether to look or to wait for beta tomorrow... And decided to go for it. I steeled myself for that stark white negative. I grabbed the stick with my hand covering the results. We stood together, took a breath, and I opened my hand to see... Two lovely lines. We couldn't believe it! Based on the strength of the line I think I would've been able to test + at least a couple days earlier, but didn't want to drag it out, so waited almost to beta day.

What I did in TWW: nothing special except eating pretty well, hydrating, and obviously not drinking. I didn't do any bed rest at all - my RE believes normal activity and blood flow are important. In fact, immediately after the transfer I did a bit of shopping, went to lunch, and once the valium wore off I drove myself home (6.5 hour drive)! I made sure to stop every couple hours to walk and move around, and stretch a little.

Okay, so symptoms: first I have to say that they're barely there, and all easily could be attributed to the progesterone or wishful thinking.
- starting 1dp5dt: heaviness/pressure in uterine area that is usually but not always there. I attributed this to progesterone. A couple sharper twinges, but those weren't until 7dp5dt. Zero implantation spotting.
-starting 5dp5dt: a bit of fatigue, feeling a TINY bit queasy if I let myself get hungry, a whiff of indigestion, a hint of dizzy/lightheadedness, maybe a tad more sensitive to smells... All very minor things that I swore I felt in other tww's. Basically I would not have been surprised to get a BFN. So don't lose hope if your symptoms are mild or even nonexistent. Good luck to everyone reading this!

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