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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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IVF DE BFP 1st try

5 years TTC
DH - 31 excellent sperm!
Me - 44 three past full term pregnancies, eggs to old now

2009-2014 Four attempts at stimulated cycles with natural BD, poor egg stimulation numbers. Only 2-3 at a time. BFN

Moved on to DE
20 harvested, 18 fertilized, 8 keepers!

Date of transfer 2 5d blastocysts, grade A and B. Stopped IM progesterone, moved on to suppositories
Day 1 a little crampy, pressure in uterus, peeing tons, bloat
Day 2 more cramping, got worse that evening, peeing a lot, bloated, POAS BFN
Day 3 super bad cramps, like AF, no bleeding, tired now, sore boobs, more bloat
Day 4 cramps tapered off, tired, slight nausea, bigger boobs, POAS BFN, last one till beta
Day 5 feel great, tired, slight nausea, sore boobs, pee, pee, pee, lots of bloat
Day 6-8 feel great, tired, slight nausea, peeing, sore boobs, bloat
Day 9 Beta test 7 am, feeling the same. BFP!!!! Beta was 260, progesterone 70, possibly twins. Next beta in 1 week and ultrasound on January 12.
Crossing fingers for sticky embies!
Honestly I don't really feel pregnant other than some uterine pressure, slight nausea and bloating which I attributed to the progesterone I use 4xdaily.

I hope this helps, don't give up and waiting for my beta was much better than the disappointment of POAS too early.

After 1.5 yrs TTC, we finally got a BFP! PCOS, IVF/ICSI

My husband and I had been TTC for 1 1/2 years. We never thought it would be this difficult to get pregnant. A few months after we started TTC (with no luck), we had a ridiculous number of friends and family announce their pregnancies. It felt like a huge slap in the face. Everyone was getting pregnant, but no matter how hard we tried it just wasn't happening for us.

After 3 months of trying naturally, we went to the OB/GYN. We would have tried naturally longer but I suspected problems, as I had always had irregular cycles. Three months of Clomid did nothing for us. I ovulated each month but did not conceive. That was a crappy holiday season.

The next move was to go to an RE. At the first appointment I was diagnosed with PCOS and given Letrozole (Femara)--we did this with IUI. Again, I ovulated each of the 3 months but did not conceive. It was getting more difficult each time we had to take a new step. Next was Femara with injectables and IUI. I hate getting shots, so I did not want to do this, but we pushed on and still had no luck. We then had to make the huge choice of trying IVF. Thankfully we did a money-back guarantee program which gave us 3 fresh and 3 frozen cycles. The doc gave me very low doses of meds for the 1st IUI because I was at risk of overstimulating, due to PCOS. Unfortunately it only yielded 3 eggs, 2 of which fertilized. We also had to do ICSI, which we found out at the last minute. After a 2-day transfer of both embryos, we later found that this IVF failed. We were devastated. At this point I really thought that I would never get pregnant.

Last month we did another try at IVF/ICSI. I was prescribed double the amount of medicine, and thankfully this helped because I got 17 eggs out of it. I was incapacitated over Thanksgiving due to the egg retrieval, so I missed out on family stuff, which was actually ok because I was still in a huge funk over everything we had been going through. We made it to a 5-day transfer, but only had 2 embryos and none to freeze. I was distraught about having none to freeze, but still hopeful as we had a 3AA embryo and a 3AB embryo that was kind of an oblong shape.

The worst part about this cycle came about a week after transfer. I swore I was starting my period. I couldn't find any information online about this, but I'm pretty sure this is what happened: when you do IVF you are on a ton of medication. Starting around the week of ET/ER my boobs started swelling and getting firmer/painful, especially on the sides and tops. This happened every single month that we had been trying, and usually went away/went back to normal about 2 days before my period. Around 5 days after my ET I noticed that my boobs were getting softer and less painful. At the same time, I was starting to get those low, warm-feeling period cramps. My CM was the same as it was before a period. I just KNEW I was about to see AF and was really depressed. I wore a liner for the next 2 days, but AF never came. I asked the nurse if it was possible that symptoms could go away as the medication started wearing off, but that I could still be pregnant. She said she had never heard of that but that anything was possible. Well, I'm pretty sure that is what happened, because a couple of days later my boobs started getting perky/swollen/painful again and I started getting better feelings. My CM was still the exact same (wet, clear), and I was still getting what I thought were period cramps but they were very dull and didn't last very long.

I wanted to wait until the day before my beta to test, but 3 days prior to that I just had a feeling it had worked out, so I tested at night (after holding it in for 4 hours). It did not take long for my first, beautiful BFP to show up. I truly never thought I'd see the day. We were shocked and thrilled. It was a weird feeling, because after getting negative tests for a year and a half I really never thought I'd finally get a positive. We were very happy, but cautiously optimistic. Although we got our BFP, after everything we have gone through I am still nervous every day that something might happen. Trying to stay positive, though.

As long as we have been TTC I have been googling every little symptom. This website has helped a ton, and I hope that my story can help ease someone else's worries.

Here is a breakdown of symptoms on the days I remembered to write them down:

7DPO/2DP5DT: noticed small acne on left bb (from progesterone supplements?). slightly more face acne, despite creams. sore bbs

8DPO/3DP5DT: weird, light cramps in middle, lower. felt slightly sicky after lunch. Sore full bbs. headache (dull).

9DPO/4DP5DT: Dull cramps just below belly button, slight cramps on r side (ov?)-have had this on both sides for a few days. BBs slightly less sore.

BFP finally after 3 IVF & 2 FET!!!! There is always hope....

Me: healthy, 35
Dh: low sperm counts (2-11 million), 32

We tried naturally for 11 months and I just new something was wrong. I took my temp & used opk's but I was so regular I knew within hours when I would ovulate--so frustrating!! So my dh agreed to get tested and the results were heartbreaking. I left that appt hopeful that the clomid my dh was prescribed would def work. 3 months later and his numbers were the same. Next came the fertility dr, I thought he would say let's try IUI, but we left that appt with brochures explaining IVF. We were devasted! I had no idea how we were going to afford IFV since my dh was working partime and I work for myself= no insurance that covers IVF. A few months later-- Lots of praying and lots of luck,my dh got on full time with full benefits. I was beyond ready so we got started right away. I responded GREAT to all the drugs and had 13 eggs retrieved (round 1), 14 eggs (round 2), and 15 eggs (round 3) but nothing worked. Each time we put back 2 great looking embryos but every time BFN! I was at a loss....we had 1 more chance that insurance covers for a lifetime so I did some research. I wasn't overly happy with my current dr and the way he ran his practice-- soo many patients and he didn't even know my name on my 3rd surgery. I found a new dr and it just felt right!! We did a fresh cycle then froze the 2 best embryos right away and gave my body a month to rest.

Got my BFP 9 days later!!

Only thing I added this cycle was baby aspirin and COQ10
I was very open about the process this time around and actually filled out a prayer card at church-- I literally said it out loud and prayed like crazy!
I'm 14 weeks today but going thru all the ups & down of infertility it still seems unreal.
I'm not gonna say "It'll happen, don't worry", because sometimes it doesn't happen- you need some assistance. I'm just glad I didn't wait, didn't stay with my old doctor, and didn't take any breaks. Taking the drugs was a part time job...in the car, in a restaurant bathroom, shots in the stomach, in the ass.... But you just do what needs to be done!

If you're in the Chicagoland area-- check out dr springer in crest hill :)

First BPF ever at age 40 thanks to IVF-FET

Hi everyone! Some of you may know me already. I'm Adventurer from the TTC boards. I started my journey a little over a year ago when I had just turned 39. I had never been pregnant (but also never tried). Since I met my DF later in life, we decided to go straight to a fertility clinic to get (me) checked out due to my age. It's a good thing I did because my first AMH done to assess ovarian reserve put me in the low fertility category (not that I was that surprised given my age). It was 12.7 pmol/L (in Canadian units) and 1.8 pg/ml (in American units). I had a total of 7 antral follicles, 4 on my right ovary and 3 on my left ovary. My initial FSH was 8.3 so in normal range. My day 3 LH and other tests were within normal except for my TSH which was a bit high at 5.43 so my RE put me on a very low dose of thyroid supplementation which corrected me to between 1.0-2.0. DF's SA was normal with 5% normal morphology (greater than 4% is considered fine). In the interests of time and maximizing chances, we decided to proceed straight to IVF.

Since my SHG revealed a polyp, I underwent a hysterscopic polypectomy. My RE insisted we wait 2 months before doing IVF so we did an IUI with few expectations since this is not the way to manage a 39 year old with slightly diminished ovarian reserve! But we thought, what the heck - you never know. Well, it turned out as expected - BFN. So on to IVF.

IVF Cycle #1 for a freeze all was in February of this year and the results were ok. FSH had climbed to 11.1 which is borderline high meaning I was edging towards premenopause faster than initially believed. On an antagonist protocol with 225 units Gonal F and 75 units Menopur, we got 7 eggs retrieved, 5 fertilized by ICSI and 4 blasts which were biopsied for PGS and were a disaster because we only got results on one out of 4! The one was abnormal. What a waste of $$ but I will not discuss this part further.

IVF Cycle #2 was in April and by this time I had been on vitamins and supplements including DHEA, ubiquinol, vit B6, vit D, vit E and royal jelly for at least a month. Plus, in mid March I began doing weekly acupuncture for the first time and starting drinking Chinese medicinal tea. I swear the acupuncture made a difference because my antral follicle count for April cycle was 16 (8 on right and 8 on left)!!! I couldn't believe it. Again on antagonist protocol (this time I insisted on starting Cetrotide on same day as stims even knowing it may slow growth) using 300 units Gonal F and 37.5 units Menopur, we got 19 eggs, 16 mature, 13 fertilized and 5 blasts for freezing. No transfer. We did not opt for the PGS this time.

IVF cycle #3 was in June and AFC count was 12 (6 on both sides). I had asked for my AMH to be repeated fearing that 2 IVF cycles would have depleted my egg supply but to my astonishment it came back in the normal range, almost double my initial AMH: 23.4 pmol/L or 3.3 ng/ml!! I almost entirely credit this to acupuncture but that's just my feeling. I'm sure the vitamins and supplements helped too, particularly vit. D. On the same protocol as in April, we got 16 eggs, 14 mature, 10 fertilized and 4 blasts frozen. No transfer again. They triggered me a day too late and I lost at least 2 of my leader follies (those eggs degenerated).

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3 1/2 years BFP after first frozen transfer

I have been on this site for 3 1/2 years still ttc. I was hestitant to even post my story but I figured it may inspire others. I am 33 and husband is 28. We were orginally unexplained infertile after trying 1 1/2 years with no luck. I underwent lapo to rule out endometreosis and none was found. I then had a hysteroscopy to remove minimal scar tissue. None of this was the factor. The only factor they found was slightly low sperm count on my husband but it was not alarmingly low. We underwent 5 clomid cycles, no luck. We had 3 failed IUIs no luck. We did our first round of IVF in September. I produced 18 eggs. They transfered two embyos and 5 were able to freeze. The retrieval was very ruff on me, I was sore and swollen and still believed I was over stimulated. Of course we were devistated when we got a BFN. We waited one cycle to give my body time to recover from all the meds. My doctor decided for us to try and natural frozen egg transfer for November. We were nervous of the thaw, but they had our 5 embyros frozen in one set of two and one set of three. They thawed the first two which were beautiful ready to hatch blatocysts. The night before transfer I went to the spa and got a full body massage. 11/5 we had the transfer. The week after was our 4 year anniversay on 11/14 so we took a cruise which was nice because it helped me relax. We got back Monday 11/17. I pretty much was preparing for the worst I had no symptoms but was exhausted from lack of sleep on the cruise. I was so tired that the night we got back, I made a pot of sauce and dropped two plates of hot pasta and sauce all over me and the floor and then slipped. I started crying and was a bit over emotional. We were due for our blood test yesterday on 11/19. I honsetly did not want to go, I had no symptoms and figured we would just take an hpt in the morning today so yesterday could have been my last day of the progesterone oil and my period would just come so we can use our other frozen 3 embryos for next month. I took a cheap test this morning. My husband and I waited patiently. We both walked back into the bathroom and nearly passed out when we saw a perfect + -. We cried and cried and cried and looked at the test a million times. I can't believe it, after 3 1/2 years of heartache and watching everyone else have babies we did it. We went into today for blood work to confirm. I really did think I was out this month.

The only symptoms I had were heightend sense of smell, tired and super sensitive emotions. Not sure if that was from being over tired from the vacation of actual pregnancy symptoms.

The only thing I did differently this month aside from the frozen transfer was the spa visit the night before transfer, and I pretty much just tried not to even think about it. I just stayed busy and relaxed. I also took a baby aspirin each day from transfer on.

I am literally in disbelief even typing this. I strongly believe in the frozen transfer as opposed to fresh ivf cycle. I believe the body works best when it is not under a huge dose of medications and is overstimulated. Plus the frozen eggs that are able to survive a thaw have already proven to be the strongest and are at a later stage of developement. Ours were ready to hatch already.

Looking back on all of this and all the let down we have had over the years I have realized the importance of not giving up, but more importantly the importance of believing that things happen when and how they are supposed to. My husband has recently done amazing with our business and we are bringing in great money and have a lot of stressful things past us in the last two months. This is finally our time, the right time and I feel very blessed.

Good Luck friends, don't give up and trust in what fate has to offer!

BFP on First IVF - no symptoms

Me: 32 (turned 33 during IVF) - No fertility issues
DH: 37 - operated on varicocele. A year and a half had gone by once we started with IUI and, later, IVF.
3 failed IUI with Menopur and Gonacor.
Once the third IUI ended in failure, we decided right away to continue with IVF. We did all four procedures one after the other. We did not stop to rest.
First IVF – 9 eggs. 8 fertilized ok. Two “perfect” ones (according to the Doctor) were transferred after 2 days.
During Two-Week-Wait: no symptoms. I was on progesterone and, even so, I really did not feel different. As a matter of fact, during the first 5 days after embryo transfer I felt my boobs very heavy but once I reached 7dpet they weren´t any more. The only thing which was really noticeable was the feeling of a high body temperature, but I thought it was progesterone´s side effects.
On 11 days past egg transfer I was sure I was out: I had no symptoms, no heavy boobs and I started feeling pre-menstrual camping. I cried my eyes out all day long and once I got home from work that evening I decided to POAS just to get it over with. It came out a very faint positive. Before leaving home on 15dpet for my Beta I POAS again (I was afraid it would be negative and did not want to hear it from my Doc over the phone). It came out a much darker line. Beta was 206. After 48 hours my second Beta was over 1000.
Later, my Doc said to me it was very unusual that I have gotten a BFP on a HPT so early.
I am now waiting for my first scan and the only thing I feel is cramping. Doc says it´s normal.
Baby dust to all of you!

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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

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