Our story is a long and complicated one. I'll try to pare it down to the very basics. I'm 29 and have PCOS. DH is 33 and has a translocation chromosomal disorder. His issue makes is incredibly difficult for us to create a healthy embryo. Basically, his disorder can be passed on 6 different ways, and 4 of those ways will result in a miscarriage every time. The odds were not in our favor. We were told we needed to pursue IVF for our best shot at having a baby. We had a miscarriage over a year ago, which actually had nothing to do with his disorder, it was just an unfortunate occurrence. So, fast forward to May of this year, we took the plunge into IVF. Because of DH's disorder, we were required to do PGT (pre-implantation genetic testing) and use ISCI. We had 11 embryos tested, and only 1 healthy embryo left to transfer. Praise God, this baby is a true miracle. We already know it's a boy because of the genetic testing, which reveals the gender. We feel so lucky to be having a boy, and to be pregnant with this incredible miracle. We were supported by our family and friends with tons and tons of prayer and faith. My Jesus is the only reason I am trying this story and am pregnant.
Because of all the meds and shots and whatnot, it's hard to say which were actual pregnancy symptoms, but I know there were a few that weren't from the meds. My symptoms are as follows:
We did a 5 day transfer on Sunday May 26th. I layed in bed for the entire rest of the day after the transfer. Then took the following three days off work to rest and relax.
2dp5dt - Hot flashes, dull achey crampy feeling in uterus.
3dt5dt - Terrible pain in right ankle. My acupuncturist explained that lots of nerves related to our reproductive system run through our ankles and most pregnant women experience ankle pain. Increased heart rate.
4dt5dt - Feeling very tired. Increased urination. Ankle pain still there. Dull achey cramps still there. This am, I took a test, completely negative, this pm, took another test, and I saw the faintest ghost line. Didn't even tell DH because I knew he wouldn't see it. Got super excited to test the next morning.
5dp5dt - Super faint positive this am. DH could see it but was weary. I knew this was it. After two years of analyzing countless FRER's, I know what a positive looks like.
6dp6dt - Darker BFP in the am, even darker in the pm. Getting so excited, knowing our little man is really in there! Loving watching these tests turn darker and darker. I want to pee on everything!
7dp5dt - This am, test line was almost as dark as control line on FRER.
I go for my blood test on June 5th (3 more days!) so I'm expecting my levels to be nice and high!
For those of you who have been trying for a long time with no luck, maybe check into some genetic testing to see if either of you has something like what my DH has. If you're contemplating IVF, pray about it, but also, don't be scared. Yes, it's a whole lot of money, and A LOT of shots and meds, but in the end, next February, when I'm holding my sweet baby boy, I know it will all be worth it. May God bless you with the desire of your heart!