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BFP on my 1st IVF try!!!

I had my beta today and also did a home test because I just didn't thin I could wait for the call with my beta result and I couldn't believe I am actually pregnant!!
Both my husband and I are 28 and have been trying to have a baby for over 4 years. I was diagnosed with PCOS around the same time. (I once went 9 months without a period!!!) Last year we tried 3 cycles with clomid but they were all a complete fail. I wouldn't even ovulate at all. So our doctor referred us to the Fertility Clinic in San Antonio and we decided to go ahead and bypass IUI and go straight to IVF. The first sonogram they did there came out really good, I had lots of eggs, my blood work was all back normal, so I was put on BCP for 21 days. On the next sono they found a cyst!! about 2 cm in diam. To say I was disappointment is an understatement. They decided to put me on BCP for another 18 day and hope that it would disappear. 18 days later I'm back to the clinic and the cyst is still there, but they told me that it was a paratubal cyst and that it wouldn't affect the IVF process at all, so we started the meds the next day. I was on 125 of gonal-F and 75 units of menopure. I am have cero pain tolerance and I was so nervous about all the injections, but honestly they were not that bad, I didn't have any side effects and sometimes I even wondered if they were working at all. Fortunately they did and we ended up with 15 mature egg, 10 were fertilized with a partial ISCI and by the transfer day we had all 10 still developing. We did a 3 day transfer of 2 eggs. The retrieval was not bad, the paid after was not bad just really uncomfortable. lots of cramping, especially when I when to the bathroom. The transfers was harder for me... Having to hold a full bladder with someone pushing on your stomach, legs spread open... just not a fun time for me. They recommended 2 days of bed rest counting the transfer day. I slept the whole fist day, but the second I didn't stay in bed the whole day, just took it easy.
The hardest part of this whole process is definitely the two week wait... I kept googling symptoms and comparing my self with all the women out there and that's part of the reason I decided to post this...most of the posts I read were about women feeling every symptom under the sun from 1dpt ... The sore boobs, implantation spotting, the sensitive smell... I felt nothing... not a single one of those things. I decided not to test early until the day of my scheduled beta because I was scared of the result being negative.
So today woke up and took an hpt before leaving home for my beta and I got a BFP!!! I just got the call back from my doctor and confirmed the beta was positive and my hcg level was 583!! I'm still processing.... but I am so excited!!
I just wanted to share my story and tell all the women going trough IVF not to loose faith. Don't get caught up in the symptoms. Take one day at a time and try to keep your self busy.
I wish everyone good luck with your current cycles and lots and lots of baby dust!!

Happy For the Hubby

Well, I finally got a BFP!!! My story goes like this... I have 3 children of my own. I have a son and two daughters. My son is 12, and the girls are 8 and 9. After my youngest was born I had my tubes tied because I did not want any children with my ex husband. It's a bad story so I won't go into that but I got remarried. The best thing I could have ever done! I met my best friend and such a lucky person to be with the man that I am with! My husband has no biological children but adopted my children and they call him dad and he loves them no less. Back in 2011 we tried to have my tubes untied but were told that it was not possible as my tubes were too short. It destroyed my husband and it took me a while to get him out of his depression. We are military so we really do not have the money for IVF so we thought that was it. We wouldn't have a baby. Well, the Air Force moved us to Ohio where we are now and I went in for a check up with my doctor. They seen that I had an unsuccessful tubal ligation reversal and asked if I was still interested in having another child. I said yes of course. The doctor put in a referral for me to go to the women's clinic. I spoke to a RE and she gave me the spill about IVF. I said we can't afford it. She went on to tell me that the Air Force would pay for all the meds, blood work and ultra sounds and the price for the rest would be discounted because she would be the one doing it. That's half off! So I said what do I have to do? She said I have to be put on a waiting list and see if I'm picked for the program. 2 weeks later I get a call that I made it into the program! We go to the meetings and talk to the RE and go by the clinic that would be performing the procedure and then we got the cost. we didn't believe it but the day after we got the price list my husband received a bonus! We were able to pay the full cost of the procedure. So I start the IVF process and go through it all. I had my ER on Sept 3rd and my ET on Sept 6th. I am now 10dp3dt. My mother in law is and RN so she has been trying to stay calm as this would be her first grand child from my husband. She knows that Sept 19th I get my beta results. We have planned a trip to Chicago to see his family and let them know either way. His younger brother is even coming from out of town. The plan was to not POAS but with the pressure of his family coming from out of town, I felt like I needed to know before friday. So behind the DH back I went to the store and got a cheap dollar test and took it at 7dp3dt. Of course it came back negative and I was hurt. I didn't tell my husband because he doesn't want to know until friday. So I sat around depressed until yesterday. Something told me to get up and try again with a real test. So I went to the store and got a FRER. I took it and closed my eyes. Nothing again. I was frustrated. Picked up the test to throw it away and took one last close look at it and there it was. A faint second line! You could barely see it but it was most def there. I'm so excited at this point!!! So I'm happy the rest of the day but still unsure. So I took another one last night but this time I didn't stick around to see. I went to bed. The next morning I went down and looked and there it was again but very dark. I'm pregnant!!! I'm so excited but not that I'm pregnant. I've done this dance before...3 times! I'm so excited because I can't wait till friday when I get the official results so I can tell my husband. I'm excited for him! This is his pregnancy! One thing about my husband and I is that we have had the biggest "Gift War" between the two of us to see who can get who the better gift. This is the winner here. This is the best gift that anyone could ever give him and I get to be the one to give him the gift! We have tried for 5 years and finally I get to tell him that he will be a dad! That's what I am excited about!!!

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Cautiously optimistic

I'm so nervous even putting this down, but I'm also unbelievably excited that it's my turn to contribute on here. I'll make it quick:

IVF Fresh Cycle = BFN :(
IFV FET = BPF :) Symptoms as follows
- Day of Transfer: sleepy from Valium so forced couch potato mode all day; took day off from work
- Day 2: Worked from home; did a lot of standing in the kitchen while cooking low stress meals; heard too much bed rest isn't good; need to get blood flowing, but no bouncy or crazy workouts and such.
- Day 3-5: Long weekend; had visiting company; took it easy; didn't feel anything; pretty much normal; maybe due to distractions
- Day 6: Very slight nose-bleed; heavier than normal mucus, similar to before period; thinking cycle will be a bust
- Day 6-9: Extremely sleepy at work; PIO and estrace also makes you sleepier than normal; chalked it up to that; heavier than normal mucus, similar to before period; Didn't POAS; didn't want to disappoint myself prior to beta
- 9pt5d: Beta 240 = BFP :) :) :)
- Day 10 - 12: Mild crampy feeling; heavier than normal mucus, similar to before period; very sleepy; took it easy
- 12pt5d: Beta 814 :) :) :)

Beyond excited... but super cautious! Good luck ladies.

First round IVF!

After 4 unsuccessful cycles of IUI, my wife and I moved on to IVF. We did a single embryo transfer, with acupuncture on the day of transfer, and finally got our BFP! At 4dp5dt we had a faint line on FRER test that got darker on days 6 and 7, by day 8 and 9 we got a quick "Pregnant" on Clear Blue digitals. Our beta on 9dp5dt was 277 and two days later 539! The only thing really different this time was 2dp5dt I had an episode where I felt extremely nauseas, dizzy, sweaty and hot for probably 20 minutes. Otherwise I feel nauseas and have sore boobs, but that has happened before. Here's hoping to a healthy 9 months, and baby dust to you all!!

bfp first ivf try

first of all, congrats to everyone who got bfp!

just got my result, wanted to share:
1st ever ivf cycle (never tried iui or anything else)
im 34, hubby 42, unexplained infertility for at least 5 years, but we never tried rigorously to conceive either
had to do a polypectomy prior to starting the cycle
ivf shots: menopur, gonal-f, then added ganerelix every morning
retrieved 20+ eggs, ended up with two AA blastcyst, another two lesser graded frozen (considering the number of eggs retrieved, i thought my egg survival rate was pretty sad)
after retrieval immediately gained 5 lbs water weight, needed to pee ALL the time for several days, bloated
5 day egg transfer of two blastcysts, it was a little difficult for the doctor to navigate to the right place (sharp turns in the "tunnel"), but he was patient and succeeded
after the transfer, i immediately felt like completely normal. no discomfort besides very minor sore breasts, so i thought it might have failed. starting 5 days after ET, only new sensation was very small amount of pressure on my ovaries, just like how i felt when i was taking the stimulating shots. thats about it in terms of symptoms.
got bfp today, yeah!

btw, i need to say, ive never encountered a better doctor (any field) than the one I have for this ivf cycle. he explained everything in detail, extremely caring and such a soothing presence, we had absolute confidence in him, and the procedures he performed on me all resulted in no pain whatsoever. he was the hero who made this usually stressful experience a total breeze, not to mention successful. so, if anyone is in long island ny and need a reference, let me know and i would highly recommend him to you.

lucky and grateful

My first ever faint Positive tests today after more than 3 years of trying, tests and doctors. We were "unexplained" until finally a detailed second semen analysis showed male factor morphology and motility to be the issues. I want to encourage all women reading this to be sure to pursue the male testing thoroughly if you are having difficulty, as we could have saved a year by having the more detailed testing (that was never mentioned to us until we enrolled in ivf) done. Male factor accounts for 40% of infertility issues and yet we seem to assume it is the female partner for some reason. I tried everything you can name, but science was what worked for us- iVF with ICSI, which is when the sperm are injected into the eggs to ensure they have a chance! We were able to freeze 5 extra embryos because they were so good. No one can understand the pain and silence of infertility until you have experienced it, but please be sensitive to the fact that one in six couples will face it, and that many around you are suffering greatly and silently.
As for symptoms, I have come to understand that most of what we think are symptoms are really just progesterone and pms. The only unusual symptom I had was a small amount of dizziness and weakness for a couple of minutes on the two mornings after the embryo transfer. But that could just as easily have been due to the many medications coming and going in my system. Everything else was exactly like every other cycle I have ever had, same cm changes same breast feelings, same twinges and pains and cramps, same increase in sense of smell, same moodiness. SAME. So my advice is to spend your time investigating ways you can become a parent, not just reading these symptoms, during your 2ww. Make a plan for if it doesn't work this time, so you can feel more in control and find your resolution, be it adoption, trying ivf, or choosing to live child free and finding freedom to be happy to nurture the children in your family or "village". I still have back-up plans in case this little bean doesn't stick.
My heart goes out to you if you are waiting and losing hope, but I have been there and I may be again, and I can say that your struggle will make you more patient and compassionate and grateful for life, and you will one day find peace and an answer. Try to access that part of you that always has peace, and get off the internet and live for today as much as possible.

Finally BFP!

Finally I get to post my story... It's been rough 3 years of trying and trying to conceive. It took us three IUIs, one fresh IVF, three FETs, and a second fresh IVF to finally be gifted with two amazing miracles, a boy and a girl!
After being diagnosed with unexplained infertility, me and my husband didn't know what else we can do to have a complete family.
I just want to encourage every single woman who is about to give up and let you know that IT IS absolutely possible. Never quit, never stop believing, never lose hope and you will get what you want and will be blessed with a child!

My symptoms after I got my BFP:
- sore breasts
- bloating
- gas

I didn't have much symptoms except the ones listed above. As a matter of fact, I didn't have lots of symptoms until I hit week 8 of my pregnancy.
Good luck to everyone and never ever stop believing!

pregnant after 16yrs of trying

Ahhhhhh cant believe i get to post and share with you guys. Never thought id see the day :) x

BFP with IVF!!!

Finally I get to post! So here's my story (its a long one)...
Im 28 and DH 34, we got married on Feb '12 and we Started trying for our first on Sep '12 using ovulation sticks and preseed but nothing happened. My cycles started getting super long so I went to my ob in March and was diagnosed with PCOS, so I got started on metformin and in April did a medicated cycle (follistim and trigger) with timed intercourse. By October I had done 4 of those and nothing had happened. Thats when my doc said we had to get all the fertility tests, my DH was perfect but on my HSG one of my tubes was blocked so doc recommended we do IUI. We then did 2 of those and still nothing.
Thats when they found 2 chocolate cysts which they told me were from endo and had to get a lap surgery, so I had the lap and was diagnosed with stage IV endo and had tubal damage. Thats when docs told me IVF was my only option and the fastest way to get pregnant before my endo came back. So I went on bcp for a month and then started my IVF cycle. I had my egg retrieval in May, they retrieved 29 follicles and 19 were fertilized normally. I had two day 5 blastocysts transfered and everything went great and on day 6 they froze 4 embrios which turned out to be better quality than the ones they transfered. After 9 days I got my BFP, I did have cramping and pulling which I thought was implantation but all those symptoms I imagined were the progesterone I was taking. I took a month off with bcp and then as soon as I got AF I started my FET cycle which was easier except for the progesterone shots which I still have to take. They also transfered 2 grade 4AB embrios on July 10th and today after such a long wait got my first BFP, I took a hpt and a faint line appeared!! I also went to get my beta and it was 44 and it was increasing but wasn't doubling, it was 43 14dpo, 66 16dpo, 125 18dpo then 310 20dpo and 3868 26dpo when I went for an ultrasound and saw a sac at 5 weeks 5 days!
The only symptoms I had were cramping and pulling but Ive had that before, not even my bbs hurt.
What I did for both IVF and FET, I took FertilAid up until transfer then I switched to Prenatals, took Omega 3, baby aspirin, vitamin C and folic acid. Ate pineapple core for 5 days starting on the day of transfer, good fats like avocado and brazil nuts, coconut water and hot water with lemon everyday (supposed to help make the body alkaline.) I dont know if any of this worked but its what I did.
I go back at 7.3 weeks to see the heartbeat so wish me luck!!
Good luck to everyone!!!

BFP on IVF #1 :)

I promised myself I would submit my story when and if I ever got a BFP. This site, and others like it have given me hope and really helped me during my (VERY numerous) two week waits.

My husband (45) and I (35) have been TTC for exactly a year. Very early on, we were diagnosed with severe MFI, mostly based on low morphology. My husband had a vericocele reversal in 1986, and our doc thinks that might be why his numbers were so low. We tried monitored and timed cycles, and 3 IUIs with trigger to no avail. Every cycle, I mistook PMS symptoms for early pregnancy symptoms and was always so disappointed, though in my heart I knew IVF would probably be the only route for us.

We began Lupron at a dose of 10 on cycle day 21, and that was lowered when we added stims on CD 2 (Gonal F 150 and Menopur - 1 powder- along with the Lupron at 5). I was on stims for nine days, and triggered on CD 12.
My retrieval was on CD 14, and they got 16 eggs out of there, 11 of which were fertilized. By day 3, we still had 10 which were growing healthily enough for them to push my transfer back to Day 5. On Day 5, we transferred one 5AA Blast and now have 7 blasts on ice.

My beta was this morning, and came up 250! Today is 14 "dpo" so to speak. We are anxiously awaiting the next two betas, scheduled for Monday and Weds.

If I have any advice to give it would be to make sure you have a fertility clinic with a great staff that is good at maintaining contact and giving you information in a timely manner. Although I wasn't thrilled with my fertility doctor herself (who I never really saw anyway), I WAS thrilled with the nursing staff. They explained everything so well, and always answered my questions. The nurses and support staff are just as important as the doctor, in my opinion!

Good luck to all!