Have been ttc for almost 9 years. In that time we've tried everything and I mean EVERYTHING. Each disappointment was more heartbreaking than the last. Finally in November we started the agonizingly long journey of IVF. After an excruciating bout of OHSS, two perfect day 5 blasts were transferred. 7 days later, I got the faintest of faint positives on a FRER test. After about 10 minutes a line appeared. It was so light I had to take the test strip out of the plastic casing and hold it up to the light to see it. Unfortunately it ended up being a chemical pregnancy and it terminated on its own in early December. I felt inspired to try again immediately, however, with the 9 frozen embryos leftover from our fresh cycle.
Last week, they thawed 3 blasts. Only 2 survived and were transferred on January 8th.
This morning, I tested. I'm currently 6 days past 5 day transfer. I told myself I wasn't going to test early this cycle and that I'd just wait for my official beta on the 18th, but I couldn't hold out. I've been keeping track of my symptoms and I've had just about every pregnancy symptom in the book, especially the moodiness. I decided that for my own sanity and for the well-being of those around me, I needed to know for sure. The only test I had left was locked up in my desk drawer at work where I'd stashed it to keep myself from jumping the gun this time, so when I tested it wasn't with my FMU. A light but VERY definite second line popped up IMMEDIATELY!
I can't believe it. I'd really thought that this was it for me and that I was going to just have to give up my dreams of being a mother. I can honestly say that I've never been happier about anything in my life.
Here is my symptoms diary.
1dp5dt- Vivid dreams, hot flashes, headache, metallic taste
2dp5dt- Vivid dreams, hot flashes, noticeable cramping, extreme, leg cramps, extreme thirst, frequent urination, headache, metallic taste
3dp5dt- Vivid dreams, night sweats, moodiness, fatigue, low blood sugar at 9:30 a.m., drenched with sweat (it's 10 degrees outside and only about 60 indoors), vertigo and lightheadedness, unbelievable heartburn, metallic taste in the morning, feeling fluish at night and in the morning. Extreme appetite that resulted in me throwing up about 20 minutes later (I thought it was just because I'd REALLY overeaten). AF cramps at night so bad it woke me up. (I think this was implantation day). Loose bowels.
4dp5dt & 5dp5dt- Vivid dreams, hot flashes, fatigue, AF cramps (but less so), heartburn (but not as much as before), insomnia, beginning an upper respiratory infection. Metallic taste gone. Loose bowels. Just "feel pregnant."
6dp5dt- Cough. Sore throat. Tender breasts. Mild AF cramps. BFP!
The only things I did differently this cycle were:
Cut out caffeine (I've been addicted to Diet Coke since college)
Cut out sugar
Cut out ALL artificial sweeteners
Switched from a pre-natal to Geritol (plus an additional folic acid supplement)
Ate pineapple for three days after transfer
Drank about a gallon of water a day from transfer day on.
This goes to show you that it's never too late, and that you should never stop trying!