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Our 20 Month Journey to a BFP through IVF

DH and I started trying to concieve in June of 2012, like most we thought great, no protection equals baby and we expected to have a bundle in our arms in 9 months......that did not happen. At first I was just checking CM after doing some reading to find out what the signs were...next I bought a BBT and some Ovulation sticks. I knew we were getting the timing right but it just was not working. After 7 months we went to the doc both being 34 we thought we should start digging into things. Our Doc ordered a semen analsysi for hubby and put us on the wait list for our local fertility clinic. After getting the results back our doc said hubby had low count, low morphology we were devasted but thought oh ok that is the reason. Fast forward 4 months and we had our first fertility appointment the RE looked at hubby's results and said oh these tests look just fine, you don't have any problems in that area.....we were excited but then thought ok...what is wrong with me. Now it was my turn to get all the testing done.....turns out I was the problem. When I was a baby I had surgery, that surgery left me with a scare on my right side by my hip and when the doctors were sewing me back up my ovary must have floated upward and was now directly above my scar by my hip bone. So I do ovulate from both sides but only the left egg would be viable cause the right had no way of getting out. once we knew the potential problem we started with IUI we just did not want to wait so much longer to get pregnant. We tried 3 IUI's but in that time I only ovulated from the left side once. We decided that we would jump to IVF after waiting this long we were ready for something to work. We were put in the IVF wait list and were so excited....I started meds Dec 28th and had egg retreival Jan 26th the meds did not give me very many side effects which is good. We retrieved 15 eggs total and had to get the right side adomonally. 8 eggs fertalized and 1 fresh was implanted and 5 were frozen. I AM NOW 8 WEEKS PREGGERS:) Although through the last 20 months there were many tears, stresses, jealousy of others, just lots of emotion it feels great to say I am pregnant. I did suffer from OHSS after I got a + test and my abdomen grew by 15 inches in 5 days and I gained 16 pounds of fluid. I was off work for a month and am now getting better. IVF is invasion and hard on the body but if I had to do it again I totally would. I wish each person reading this the best of luck in their own journey. The one thing I have learned through this is you must be patient and know that everyone's journey is different.

IVF with ICSI--1st try! Beware of OHSS!!

After years of trying to work out MF issues we made our first IVF attempt. The cycle started very uneventful: good response to Follistim, no pain with shots, plenty of nice looking follicles. The day I triggered I was warned that my E2 was high and I should drink lots of Gatorade and eat lots of protein. I happily obliged... easiest diet ever! Retrieval was rough. In hindsight I think I had mild OHSS. We transferred 2 excellent 8-cell embryos on day 3. 0dp3dt- Relaxed at home. Ate pineapple. 1dp3dt- nothing except tender belly. I thought it was just ER pain (I had a rough ER, apparently I was fighting even though I was very heavily sedated). 2dp3dt-I read somewhere that laughing is good for implantation...watched America's Funniest Home Videos. Laughed until it hurt. Thought I overdid it. 3dp3dt- sharp pains in nether region for about 5 minutes. Very uncomfortable, kind of like electrical shock. Weird. 4dp3dt- Got up nerve to check CP- very low and huge. Never felt like that before. 5dp3dt- nothing. I felt perfectly normal and began to think it had not worked. CP very high and closed so tightly couldn't feel os at all. 6dp3dt- felt perfectly normal all day. Felt very brief AF-like cramp. Lasted literally 30 sec. 7dp3dt- woke up wanting a doughnut- DH said I'm pregnant because I never would have asked for that. I shrugged it off. That afternoon as I was getting into the car to go to the store I leaned over to pick something up off the floorboard and screamed in pain. My ovaries felt like they did just before ER. Later in the afternoon it happened again. By evening I called Dr to ask what to do because pain was intense. She said it sounded like mild OHSS. 8dp3dt- abdominal pain worse. Some bloating. Debated going to local Emergency Room (my Dr is 2hrs away) but DH said just call Dr in the morning. Hardly slept. I knew from reading online that when OHSS goes away and comes back it often means BFP is on horizon. POAS in the middle of the night- BFP!! Not even faint and on a Target brand blue dye to boot. Too much pain to be really excited. 9dp3dt- called Dr in morning and they told me to drive down right away...and bring overnight bag just in case. They immediately admitted me to the hospital: I was hemoconcentrated and had abdominal fluid(gained 6lbs overnight), shortness of breath, heart rate @151bpm, machines would not even register my blood pressure it was so low. Scary. Beta 76. 10dp3dt- still in hospital. Breathing worse. Chest x ray shows some fluid...but not too much. 11dp3dt- Pulmonologist orders VQ scan of lungs-suspects pulmonary embolus..wth?! Test inconclusive. Orders CT scan. Beta 128. 12dp3dt- Bad nausea. Could be ms, could be ohss. CT scan shows fluid on lungs and no pulmonary embolus (yay, I get to keep living!). They drained 1.64 liters of fluid off my right lung. Felt much better...received 3 bottles of albumin and diuretic. 13dp3dt- drained 850mL of fluid off left lung. Thank God! I could breathe again! Beta 235. 14dp3dt-16dp3dt- stayed around the house with my hugely bloated self. Gain about 20lbs in the past week. 17dp3dt- Beta 1280- finally a good doubling rate! Starting to get excited about my little hitchhiker :) 19dp3dt- actually feeling a little better and some weight has started to come off. I know this is a long story but I wanted to share so others know OHSS is NOT a joke. Call your doctor immediately and ask to be seen ASAP. I'm pretty sure the Dr I spoke with on 7do3dt (it was a Saturday) would have asked me to come in if it wasn't the weekend. I should have insisted that something was really not right but I think I was too caught up in the excitement that it was my first concrete BFP sign. I thought there was no way severe OHSS would happen to me --after all, my bloodwork was good enough to move forward with the fresh transfer--but I was in that 1-2%. I was an unusual case also because my lung issues, crazy heart rate, and blood issues were severe and the abdominal bloating was considered moderate (didn't feel moderate though!). At this point I feel fluid creeping back into my chest but not enough to be drained again. And apparently there was some damage to my lungs from decreased blood supply for an extended period of time. But I'm home and back to work (half days) and PREGNANT! :) Best of luck to all of you IVFers! I hope you have your day very soon :)

Rainbow BFP at 5dp5dt FET#1

I had a BFP with IVF #1 that ended in a MC. I got my BFP with 6dp5dt with that one, which got darker but sadly my HCG did not double or cooperate... I had my FET#1 and got my BFP one day earlier at 5dp5dt!!! Transferred two this time and it was a VERY difficult transfer which they say decreases the chance of a BFP; so if you have a nightmare transfer like I did, don't despair! Praying one(s) sticks and betas behave. I do not and have not had sore BBS unlike my fresh transfer. 4dp5dt- suspecting BFP tomorrow, due to back ache, campy uterus, occasional pinching in right ovary area. This is how I felt the last cycle BFP. The day I felt like AF would come in full force the next day was BFP. Swollen looking lower belly. Nips tender but BBS not sore. In the PM- strong feeling of AF mainly in Uterus area only, felling VERY bloated and have a little roundness when I look down. Frequent urination. Light pink on TP, so faint that someone wouldn't have noticed if they weren't looking. This never happened again. Last of the implantation? 5dp5dt- BFP squinter!!!! Stretching feeling in uterus, bloated, gassy, tired. Nauseated feeling 2Xs. BFP with two IC as well. 6dp6dt- UTI infection, slightly darker BFP on FRER, bbs still not sore, stretching feeling in uterus area. My first beta will be 9dp5dt. Please Lord let something stick.

Lucky Number 7!

BFP 9dp5dt - Lucky number 7!! Posted on Sat, 2014-03-01 16:41 BFP at 9dp5dt - fresh transfer with CGH tested embryo. Very excited and hoping this one sticks after 3 years of IVF treatments which include 3 previous miscarriages, 4 egg collections and 7 (5 day) transfers. Symptoms were as follows: 0dp5dt - Weirdly enough craved cheezels in the afternoon and have been craving them ever since. Rested all afternoon. 1dp5dt - Back to work - no symptoms. Sore nipples but had these prior to transfer (progesterone?) 2dp5dt - Sore nipples continue. No other symptoms all day until about 8:00 pm when I had about 45 minutes of what felt like period cramping and some very (almost unnoticeable) twinges left side. Insomnia. 3dp5dt - Sore nipples. Night sweat. Insomnia. 4dp5dt - Sore bbs that seemed to just appear from nowhere - hurt when I hugged a friend. Nipples still sore. Felt queasy in the morning (this is the only time I have felt queasy the whole pregnancy) but was okay after I ate. Starving. Night sweat. 5dp5dt - Woke up with all breast and nipple soreness completely gone. Was so strange as 12 hours earlier they were so painful I couldn't touch them. Thought I was out and became extremely emotional - in hindsight I think this was a major hormonal moment. Became extremely anxious and started to not want to eat anything. Nothing sounded good but was hungry - weird. I'm still not sure whether this was anxiety or hormones or both. Exhausted today but thought it was because I hadn't been sleeping well. Craved cheezels and had a pack after work. 6dp5dt - No real symptoms except food aversion continues. No sore bbs. Not feeling tired today - in fact feel completely fine. Very slight burping begins after eating and drinking. 7dp5dt - Some extremely slight twinges in right side - would not have noticed it unless I was maniacally monitoring all symptoms. Burping continues - enough for me to notice that it is consistent. Perhaps becomes the one symptom that makes me think....maybe? No sore bbs, not really fatigued. 8dp5dt - Had a glass of champagne and didn't really want it - very very strange for me. Pretty tired by about 8:30 pm. Burping continues. Wake up in the night with stomach gurgling so loudly that it woke both me and my husband up. Was the strangest thing I have ever experienced. I felt pregnant for the first time. By the time I woke up in the morning it was all gone and it was almost like I had imagined it? Food aversions. 9dp5dt - Burping continues. Feeling more tired today. Some extremely almost unnoticeable cramping in the afternoon. Still no sore bbs. Felt quite drunk after 1 glass of wine. Tested with FRER - strong positive immediately. Was so relieved. 10dp5dt - Some pulling in the night and the "full" feeling in abdomen. Tested again with FRER line was darker than control line - had gotten about twice as dark in just over 12 hours - good sign. 11dp5dt - Sore bbs start - finally!! 12dp5dt - 1st Beta - HCG 444. Am feeling hopeful - the lack of sore bbs and no real abdomen pulling etc made me think I was out - but these things came a lot later this time round. Good Luck to all!!

BFP 9dp5dt - Lucky number 7!!

BFP at 9dp5dt - fresh transfer with CGH tested embryo. Very excited and hoping this one sticks after 3 years of IVF treatments which include 3 previous miscarriages, 4 egg collections and 7 (5 day) transfers. Symptoms were as follows: 0dp5dt - Weirdly enough craved cheezels in the afternoon and have been craving them ever since. Rested all afternoon. 1dp5dt - Back to work - no symptoms. Sore nipples but had these prior to transfer (progesterone?) 2dp5dt - Sore nipples continue. No other symptoms all day until about 8:00 pm when I had about 45 minutes of what felt like period cramping and some very (almost unnoticeable) twinges left side. Insomnia. 3dp5dt - Sore nipples. Night sweat. Insomnia. 4dp5dt - Sore bbs that seemed to just appear from nowhere - hurt when I hugged a friend. Nipples still sore. Felt queasy in the morning (this is the only time I have felt queasy the whole pregnancy) but was okay after I ate. Starving. Night sweat. 5dp5dt - Woke up with all breast and nipple soreness completely gone. Was so strange as 12 hours earlier they were so painful I couldn't touch them. Thought I was out and became extremely emotional - in hindsight I think this was a major hormonal moment. Became extremely anxious and started to not want to eat anything. Nothing sounded good but was hungry - weird. I'm still not sure whether this was anxiety or hormones or both. Exhausted today but thought it was because I hadn't been sleeping well. Craved cheezels and had a pack after work. 6dp5dt - No real symptoms except food aversion continues. No sore bbs. Not feeling tired today - in fact feel completely fine. Very slight burping begins after eating and drinking. 7dp5dt - Some extremely slight twinges in right side - would not have noticed it unless I was maniacally monitoring all symptoms. Burping continues - enough for me to notice that it is consistent. Perhaps becomes the one symptom that makes me think....maybe? No sore bbs, not really fatigued. 8dp5dt - Had a glass of champagne and didn't really want it - very very strange for me. Pretty tired by about 8:30 pm. Burping continues. Wake up in the night with stomach gurgling so loudly that it woke both me and my husband up. Was the strangest thing I have ever experienced. I felt pregnant for the first time. By the time I woke up in the morning it was all gone and it was almost like I had imagined it? Food aversions. 9dp5dt - Burping continues. Feeling more tired today. Some extremely almost unnoticeable cramping in the afternoon. Still no sore bbs. Felt quite drunk after 1 glass of wine. Tested with FRER - strong positive immediately. Was so relieved. 10dp5dt - Some pulling in the night and the "full" feeling in abdomen. Tested again with FRER line was darker than control line - had gotten about twice as dark in just over 12 hours - good sign. 11dp5dt - Sore bbs start - finally!! 12dp5dt - 1st Beta - HCG 444. Am feeling hopeful - the lack of sore bbs and no real abdomen pulling etc made me think I was out - but these things came a lot later this time round. Good Luck to all!!
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BFP after 4.5 TTC

Hi all, I can't believe that this day has finally arrived for my DH and I...but after 4.5 years, we have gotten our first BFP!! I cried my eyes out the day before our Beta because I really felt like AF was on her way. I had cramps, was bloating, a headache and was super thirsty. I went to the doctor's office today bracing myself for a negative. When my fertility nurse called and told me I was pregnant, I couldn't believe it. In hindsight now, here are a few symptoms that I experienced during my TWW after my 3 day ET. Bloating. A lot of us get this after all the stims and I had mild OHSS, but the thing is, my bloating kind of deflated but then came back. I was eating less because I was stressed out but none of my clothes were fitting. Pulling in my lower right abdomen. This is a feeling I usually get before my period, the difference this time is that it started at about 8DP3DT and was persistent everyday. Additionally, I started to get lower back pain. I thought it was because of the progesterone oil shots because I usually don't get lower back pain before AF. I didn't test at all during my 2WW. During my first IVF I did test and it drove me crazy. I cried every day the test showed up as negative. Not testing was hard and I was tempted but I'm glad I didn't. The emotional rollercoaster of guessing and second guessing the HPT were not worth it. So if you can hold out until your Beta, do it!!! Clomid 6 months - BFN IUI#1 with Letrozole. IUI#2 with Letrozole BFN. transferred. 2 frozen same day. 1 they tried to freeze on day 5 but it didn't survive. IVF#1 Long Lupron Protocol - 10 retrieved, 8 mature, 4 fertilized, 3 left on day of transfer. 3 x 8 cell embies transferred. BFN BFN IVF #2 Lupron Microdose Protocol - 8 retrieved, 6 mature, 6 fertilized, 5 left on day of transfer. 2 x 8 cell embies BFP!!! Beta #1 at 13dp3dt- over 450

BFP at 44

Oh, how to abbreviate my journey... Starting ttc at 40.5. After 45 BFN's, had first BFP at 44 resulting in daughter. 1st Conventional IVF Clinic 7 IUI's 2 IVF's Unexplained infertility. Diminished ovarian reserve, low antral follicle count, hormones at normal levels, did not respond well to stimulation meds. Given 1% chance of conceiving speech - Dr. told me I must have bad eggs because of DOR and age, so I should go straight to egg donor - even picked one out for me before ever having the DE discussion. 2nd Conventional IVF Clinic Additional tests. Poor AMH levels. Only 2 antral follicles on U/S that month (lowest count ever). Given 5% chance of conceiving speech. Didn't feel this clinic would do anything different from 1st clinic so didn't cycle here. 3rd Mini IVF Clinic FSH levels had begun to rise. Dr. told me if I could make blastocysts (5-day embryos) I would have approx. 20% chance of conceiving - same as naturally. Did 9 natural IVF cycles and retrieved 7 blastocysts. 3 cycles - BFN. Had full autoimmune/coagulation panel testing done. Tested positive for Antithrombin and heterozygous for MTHFR C677T. Dr. put me on Lovenox (blood thinners) for 4th cycle and finally had first BFP! The successful egg was retrieved when I was 43.5 and my FSH that cycle was 56. And we have two more blastocyst left.....

7dp5dt BFP

I am so excited to report that I got my BFP this afternoon! I bought a clearblue digital test that says the weeks and it says PREGNANT 1-2 weeks....I am OVER THE MOON and cannot even believe I get to report this to you guys!! I have sore boobs, a tad stomach sickness and very tired....other than that I am over the moon!

Third IVF is a Charm!

My husband and I have been trying for three years, and I truly hope we're finally on our way!! I just went through my third round of IVF, first FET cycle, and got a positive yesterday at 8DP a 6DT. I freaked out and then ran out to get another test to double check. FET cycle's don't have a trigger so there is no chance of a false BFP due to HCG from trigger. Previously, we did three iui cycles and became pregnant from both only to miscarry around 7 weeks. I was then diagnosed with MTHFR and am taking baby aspiring, lovenox and folgard. We had two fresh cycles with two perfect embryos transfered each time and nothing! This is my first BFP with these medications so I am hoping for a sticky bean!! Days 1-6 post transfer: Nothing unsual, sore breasts and constipation from progesterone Day 6 post trasfer: Woke up in night due to sharp twinge in belly, felt like strong cramp but then it went away Day 7 post transfer: Hot sweats all night, noticed larger veins in breasts Day 8 post transfer: BFP, faint but definitely there on Wondfo. Double checked with EPT and definitely a second line Day 9 post transfer: Restless sleep, achy joints, especially in hips, tons of cramping I'm really hoping this is our take home baby. Trying not to get too excited but just can't help it!!!
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Finally It Happened. :)

Hi all, I have been reading through this website for almost a year and half now. This website has been giving me support and courage to hang in there and has given inspiration with numerous stories. This website is really helped in so many ways. thanks to all the ladies :)) So here goes my story, I have had one laparoscopy and two hysteroscopy before we started trying. 1st IVF cycle -retrieved 14 eggs, 6 mature, all of them fertilized naturally and 2 of them made it to day 5 and only one blast was transferred and one frozen. Tested - BFN 1st frozen embryo transfer - turned out negative (medicated cycle LUPRON, estrogen patches and progesterone injections ) 2nd IVF cycle - retrieved 30 eggs, 11 of them mature, 4 made it to day 5, One blast was transferred and 3 frozen. - Tested BFN 2nd Frozen embryo transfer - thawed 3 embryos to get two good embryos to transfer. Prayed to God day in and day out! (this cycle was a natural cycle, no medicines except progesterone oral tablet) My Doctor also did endometrial biopsy , because it is believed that it would help with embryo implantation. which worked out perfect for me. I tested on 6dp5dt and saw two lines show up immediately :)) I was in tears and so was my husband :))) only symptoms I had was 1)Back ache every now and then 2)5dp5dt I was feeling a little nausea by the end of the day 3)Otherwise I was feeling like my periods are going to start any moment. I have blood test scheduled this friday. Hope HCG doubles every 2 days :)) You just have to believe from within. It will eventually happen to you as well. Loads of “baby dust” to all.
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