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BFP After First Round IVF!! Endometriosis & Male Factor Infertility

Hi all, My husband (35) and I (35) have been TTC off and on for a year and a half. I have aggressive endometriosis and have had to have two laproscopic surgeries, and we found out that my husband had really high semen morphology (99%). Did three rounds of Clomid with IUI, then since the fertility odds were against us, decided to skip ahead to IVF with ICSI. Just found out today (16dpo11dpt) that I am pregnant! Because all the Crinone gel I'm using can mimic a lot of pregnancy symptoms, I tried not to get my hopes up every time my boobs felt sore or I got sleepy or burst into tears randomly like a nutjob. Plus, these symptoms were so fleeting and short-lived that I wasn't sure if they were anything at all. I took a pregnancy test at 9dpo and was BFN. Decided not to check again and let the bloodwork tell the story. Yesterday (15dpo10dpt) I was convinced AF was coming. Had cramps all day, felt heavy and achy down there, but no flow. Cramps usually happen after AF has begun, so this was my only shred of hope that something was up. Got blood drawn this AM and beta came back at 596! Still many obstacles to overcome, but I wanted to send reassurance to everyone TTC that you can have many physical challenges and still get there! Don't feel down if you don't have symptoms or the symptoms are few and far between. Don't give up hope if your pregnancy tests come back negative. It ain't over till it's over!! Best of luck to all of you. I can't wait to read your BFP stories.

BFP after FET cycle

I am so thankful to finally be on here and after more than a year of TTC, I received my BFP on a EPT Sunday and I'm PG! It was a faint line and it was 6 dpt. I tested again 8 dpt and the line was darker. I had a HSC/LAP in July this year which turned out ok and have had so much BW, injections, and so many other tests. I am pretty exhausted and tired of being poked, but it is worth everything I've done. I am still doing P4 oil shots (which hurt so badly) and taking ERT to support the pregnancy. I have relatively ok health except for some terrible chronic issues from a car accident in 2007 and besides BC messing things up for me, steroid injections really messed up my hormones. I barely started to O regularly since February only on Metformin 500-1000 mg a day and over like 3 month period lost massive weight, which was scary. I took Clomid for many, many, months and it only managed to help me OV once last year in a 6 month period. I had a BOB with OPK/OPT and bought the clearblue monitor and also took my BBT regularly. I tried castor oil, yoga, reflexology, acupuncture, read books, and read many blogs. I tried eating organic and healthier and all it did was stress me out the more I did extra things and the more depressed I got. I got so deep in depression crying often and dealing with chronic pain all at once and it was very hard. I am 28 and I feel like I only have so much time and I have had so much questioning from people about "When will you guys have kids?" "Do you want kids?" I was so tired of being asked and all along know that I am trying so hard for it. It was so irritating and annoying. Then friends all around me kept popping up pregnant and said it took 3 months/7 months.... and so forth and I was happy for them but still unhappy about me being unsuccessful. I had irregular cycles after stopping BC and the cycles could be up to 40 days on Metformin when I did OV. I either had a cyst that kept releasing hormones or AO cycles. I think I drove my spouse crazy keeping my calendar clearly marked for the month and told him we had to BD every other day on week of O. It has been a roller coaster ride. I am glad we choose to do IVF versus trying IUI. I don't feel that would have worked for me. Although his SA was good and all my test were clear but something in between the whole process didn't work out and I didn't know what it was... and I was stressing a lot. I started to think about the story of Hannah in the Bible and pondered over it and also told myself Proverbs 3:5, 6 more than 100x a day. And just taking the example from Hannah, I prayed about the matter and let God know how I felt and wondered for months why I wasn't being blessed with such a great miracle. I started to feel he hadn't heard my petitions to him and felt hopeless. But just like the scriptures say that after she prayed so intensely to God- "her face became self-concerned no more." I had to keep telling myself that he had heard me but just because it doesn't come instantly doesn't mean it won't come at all. God did choose the right time for me because it made me closer to my spouse and also my stress went down when I was doing IVF and was more focused on following the doctor's instructions & making sure I took all the medication I needed to on-time. Our bodies can have malfunctions and not work properly- especially at the times we need it to. However, we can find encouragement through many avenues and many sources. My encouragement was doing things for others in turn helped encouraged me especially (at church), with friends, and family. I started working more on myself and building relationships and fix some that needed repairing. I had to keep socializing instead of just secluding myself because it made things worse to not have friendships. I had IVF in September 12 and because of OHSS my doctor decided to do a FET cycle the following month which was last month- October 12. This is my second RE, the first one just wasn't working out and we weren't getting anywhere after almost a year. So I knew I need to make changes and go with a better clinic and somewhere where the success rate was good. I am glad my doctor suggested to transfer one instead of two because of the risk involved. I think I would have been pregnant with twins and my frame is very small. That would have been too hard on me. I really don't have many symptoms yet and am only 4 weeks and a few days. I was told at 6 weeks I would see some symptoms. I just have bad fatigue and my appetite has increased quite a bit. I am drinking protein shakes and trying to gain more weight and taking my pre-natal vitamin daily. Today my HCG Beta 175, so PG is confirmed :) !!!! I go back in Friday for the next Beta. I'm beyond words excited and hope the pregnancy goes well. ***Baby dust to all ***

Embryo Donation/Adoption Works!

We were denied IVF due to low amh, high fsh, low responder, male factor. We decided to go with an Embryo Donation program in the Czech Republic. They transferred 2 perfect day 6 embies. 1dp6dt: Slight cramping, pretty mild but still can feel it. 2dp6dt: Slight cramping, pinching feeling in lower right side of tummy. 3dp6dt: Nausea, can’t eat dinner. The smell of cigarettes outside makes my stomach lurch. Boobies are KILLING me. Flew back to the US and so at 3.5dp6dt I caved in and took the HPT that reprofit gave me. I see a slight shadow. Hubby says he thinks it is an indent on the test. 4dp6dt: Got a definite positive on a First Response Early Response. I am blown away. Nausea is worse, still have the cramping and super tired. Bloody mucus when I blow my nose and bleeding gums when brushing teeth. 5dp6dt: Took another hpt. BFP! Even darker. Nausea, really sore boobies and tired. Feeling gassy and bloated. Backache. 6dp6dt: Another hpt. Even darker than yesterday, almost as dark as the control line! Nausea, sore bbs, tired, bloated, backache, some dark brown spotting. 7dp6dt: Beta 166! I am amazed at how fast that came back and at how high the number is! Hoping its twins?!?! Sore bb, nausea, tired backache and metal taste in mouth. Tastes like I am sucking on a penny. Ew! A little bit of pink spotting on my toilet paper twice, but none on pantyliner. It scared me half to death. Came home from work, ate dinner and fell asleep in my chair. 8dp6dt: No more spotting! Boobies are sore but not quite as bad as the past few days. Tired, metal taste in mouth, still light cramping. 9dp6dt: Second Beta drawn today. Won’t get results for two days. Super tired and nausea. Came home from work early to rest. Headache, sore boobies.

BFP After 2 IVF

We have been trying to conceive for over 2 yrs and finally we got our BFP!!!! Our journey began 2 yrs ago when we started trying naturally. We went through 5 failed IUI and then we finally switched to IVF. First failed IVF: 10 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 3 fertilize, 1 embryo transferred and other 2 embies didn't make it for freezing :( My 2ww symptoms- I had 5 day transfer. Only 1 day bed rest. Took vaginal endometrium suppositories 3 times day. 1-2 dt- Slight uterus cramps. Felt like tugging and pulling in the uterus. 3-5 dt- Sharp uterus tugging and pulling. 6-8 dt- No symptoms. No cramps. Symptoms just disappeared. 9 dt- Started to spot. 10-11 dt- Full period like flow. 14 dt- BFN beta. Waited 1 cycle to start 2nd IVF. Second IVF- 20 eggs retrieved, 14 mature, 6 fertilize and 2 embryos transferred, and other 4 didn't make it to freezing again :( My 2WW symptoms- 5 day transfer. Day before transfer, I did pre-embryo acupuncture and did acupuncture after embryo transfer. RE told me to be on bed rest for 24 hrs but I took whole week to rest. Drank grapefruit juice for entire week. 2dt- Left ovary slightly twitching. On bed rest. 3 st- Stretching in uterus. On bed rest 4 dt- Heard from nurse, rest of embies died. I was very upset. Felt strong cramps in the uterus. Just to relax, I went for another acupuncture to relax myself. I usually breakout before my AF. I had a few breakouts on my face. On bed rest. 5 dt- Poking pain in left ovary, cramping in lower stomach. Had lower back pain at nighttime. Did some light chores around the house but tried to stay relaxed. 6 dt- No cramps but felt nauseous all day. Stayed home. Few new breakouts 7 dt- Nauseous all day, uterus stretching. Lower backache. 8 dt- Tightness in uterus. No nausea. 9 dt- Yellow CM. Little bit of tightness in uterus. 10 dt- White CM. Nauseous all day. More breakouts. First day back to work 11 dt- Nauseous all day. Had very light red CM (possible implantation). 12 dt- Nauseous all day. More clear CM. First day had bad headache. 13 dt- Nauseous all day. Very intense headache. Small amount of CM. 14 dt- First Beta test. Nervous, didn't sleep to well. Results came in and its positive!!!!! Beta-596. Nauseous all day. Tiny amount of CM. 15dt-16 dt- Just Nauseous. 17 dt- 2nd beta test. Beta- 1495 (it doubled). I can finally breathe. I think our 2nd IVF worked because I stayed well rested during 1-7 dt (implantation period) and did acupuncture to keep the blood flowing towards the uterus. During my 2ww, I was pretty positive that I was pregnant because my symptoms either were getting worse or I was getting new symptoms. I know 2WW is insane time but don't loose the hope.


Me: 34 DH: 33 Unexplained infertility for 8 years First time with IVF, 3 failed medicated IUIs 5 day transfer with one 4AA blast 1dp5dt: Some cramping, probably due to transfer (I had a lot of cramping after the retrieval for about one week). I started testing out my trigger two days after the retrieval, on 1dp5dt I had a very faint positive on an Internet cheapy test. 2dp5dt: Experienced my typical progesterone side effects, mild headache and dull cramping. The only thing out of the ordinary was I had a definite hot flash, which I have never had before. (lighter faint positive on IC) 3dp5dt: More hot flashes and I started to have dizzy spells, like I was going to pass out. The dull cramping was much less on this day. (continue faint positive on IC). 4dp5dt: The hot flashes continued, approx, 2-3x a day. I did not feel any dizziness on this day. I had night sweats the night before, but this typically happens 1-2 days before AF comes. I really, REALLY felt like I was going to start my period. I had all my typical AF symptoms, mild cramping, bloating, and headache. Late that evening I took a pregnancy test just to see what would happen and there was a faint positive, however this positive seemed darker than the day before! 5dp5dt: I had night sweats again, which never happens for more than one night. I POAS as soon as I woke up and the line was definitely darker. I did not want to get my hopes up but I didn't think it could be the trigger since it was 13 days past my 5,000IU HCG shot. I did not have hot flashes or dizzy spells on this day. 6dp5dt: POAS in the late afternoon and I saw much darker positive. 7dp5dt: The positive was about the same color as the day before, all of my positives were lighter than the test line, but a line is a line, right? :) 8dp5dt: Positive beta test, beta was 40 10dp5dt: beta at 185 (much darker line on the IC but still pretty light) The hot flashes and night sweats continued from 6dp5dt-14dp5dt I still have AF like cramps on and off. At first, I was super nervous so I called my doctor and she said cramping is perfectly normal. Thank goodness! 22dp5dt: We saw one beautiful heartbeat!! The symptoms are continuing to add up but it is all worth it. Good luck to you all!!!!!  
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Believe Me... It WILL Happen!!

After 2 1/2 years of ttc I can finally state that we are pregnant!! After 6mns of trying on our own before seeking help, 3 rounds of clomid, a HSG test, 3 IUIs with injectables, and 1 fresh IVF, we conceived TWINS on our first and only FET! After the failed fresh IVF, I literally threw my hands in the air and asked God to carry this weight. No one ever tells you how hard the emotions of IVF can be and I know for sure that the reason it worked was when I told him I just couldn't do it anymore and take the weight. Believe me... I never thought this day would come. As far as symptoms, I had twinges two days after transfer. And then felt very full in the abdomen. I was also very gassy and had frequent bowel movements. That is it!! Don't read into anything. I POAS before my beta test and started to cry immediately when the stick turned. After staring at these sticks for years and pulling them apart in hopes to see some line, it was amazing. I'm now 7 weeks pregnant with two "snow babies" and feel so blessed. To those reading this, I wish you courage, strength and success in your journey and know that it WILL happen!

My BFP Finally Arrived!!!

Hello ladies! I'm posting this today with two positive pregnancy tests in front of me and one in my memory box!
I had my frozen embryo transfer last Monday (just had the one on ice so was delighted that it survived the thaw!) I tested this morning 8dpt, first accidentally using a ovulation stick which showed positive then realized I used the wrong one (what a doughnut!) and then tested on a proper pregnancy stick which show positive - yay!! Just have to wait until Friday now for my blood test at the clinic... Not really feeling any symptoms to be honest just some aching in my lower back and uterus area. Praying that this is a sticky bean and that all of you ladies TTC get your BFP soon x

BFP After Three Years with 1st IVF/ICSI Cycle

I am 31 years old and my DH 29. I can't believe I am writing this, I used to daydream about submitting my BFP on here, I NEVER thought this day would come. I am thrilled to say that after three years of trying, including 6 failed rounds of clomid and one cycle of IVF/ICSI I am pregnant!! me - pregnant!! My husband and I always knew we would have problems as I have severe PCOS, I say severe as I never have periods, so no ovulation at all. Compared to Clomid I actually found IVF much easier to deal with, however I was a poor responder to the stimulating drugs and only had 3 follicles. Our doctor suggested that we cancel the cycle and we were gutted but decided against his advice, we chose to gamble and go ahead with the collection anyway. We were so fortunate that all 3 eggs were collected and all 3 fertilised, better still by the day of the transfer we had 2 top quality embryos, the other had arrested. We had a Grade A plus 8 cell and a Grade B 7 cell, so it really is quality over quantity. My DH is fine but his sample was not so great on the day of the egg collection due to poor morphology so we opted for ICSI, plus we did not want to risk normal IVF with only three eggs so this was a good call. We decided to transfer both embryos as this gave us a 40% chance of success, it was 32% with one, we had a three day transfer as too few embryos to push to blastocyst. So the two-week wait began, the first week was fine. I took a week off work and got plenty of rest but stayed active with housework and evening walks. It is also important to point out I had acupuncture all the way through IVF. Below are some of the things I experienced but it is important to say that I have been on progesterone suppositories since egg collection so it is hard to tell what is pregnancy and what is the drugs. I have also been on slow release metformin since 2 months prior to starting stimulating. I have chosen to only mention the things that struck me as strange and that I never had in my two week wait on clomid.

1dp 3dt - Rash (very itchy like hives), twinges, cramps and pressure.
2 dp 3dt - Rash, hungry, twinges, cramps and pressure, creamy/ gloopy CM
3 dp 3dt -Rash, hungry, twinges and fell asleep in afternoon (which is unusual for me)
4dp 3dt - Rash, hungry, twinges and sore throat
5 dp 3dt -Rash, wet/watery cm and odd period pains/ twinges, feel like I am getting ill
6 dp 3dt - Terrible constipation, like knives are in my bottom with sharp shooting pains where there should never ever be pain!! feel like I am getting ill.
7dp 3dt - Constipation continues, boobs hurt on and off, really cold and unable to get warm, fall asleep in the afternoon again, sore back.
8dp 3dt - Diarrhea begins, still really cold, dizzy when I stand up, sore back, boobs hurt off and on period pains so think AF is coming, teary.
9dp 3 dt - Diarrhea was awful (4 times during the day), Insomnia begins, dizzy when I stand up, AF pains so I think period is coming, boobs hurt on and off. At this point I am going stir crazy and want to test and have to force myself not to.
10dp 3 dt - Wake up at 6am and POAS but don't look for an hour and a half so DH can look with me, so I stare at him until he wakes up. We get a BFP!! but I don't believe it as it could be an evaporation line so I dash out at 8am to buy a digi. Comes up BFP with same FMU super fast and shows 2 - 3 weeks on conception indicator (which means my HCG is over 200 according to Clearblue). I had a sore back – was unable to get comfortable and AF pains continue, boobs hurt on and off, mild nausea.
11dp 3dt - Diarrhea, AF pains, mild nausea, dizzy when I stand, boobs hurt on and off. Tested again in afternoon BFP (I just love seeing a positive test)
12dp 3dt – BFP with FMU. AF pains continue, mild nausea at times, boobs hurt slightly on and off.

I find the strangest symptom is the AF pains, it really does feel just like AF is coming. It makes me nervous but I have read it is very normal and can continue for weeks but it really does feel exactly the same!! Also I thought my boobs would hurt more at 4 weeks but it is just waves of boob ache. Very excited, cautiously optimistic and wonder how many we will be blessed with. So any girls out there who are going through IVF I know how you feel and I never thought it would happen for me but it did and when it did it felt amazing, it was like I had won the lottery – only so much better.

My First BFP After IUI, IVF and FET

Like many others this is a website I trolled for 14 months before finally yesterday getting my BFP!!! We went through many struggles to get here and are super excited. I only have 1 ovary and needed to start with IUI. We tried 11 times because insurance helped pay for 50% and we weren't ready go to IVF. Eventually I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility and we tried IVF. The fresh cycle failed, but we had 2 frozen eggs left so we tried FET this month and we got our BFP!!! We are above the moon!

The only signs and symptoms I recall are cramping from 4dp5dt-6dp5dt which I now believe was implantation. I did have an acne breakout and sore boobs but that also happened with fresh cycle so I believed it was medication related but now I guess it's part of my early signs!!

Good luck to everyone who has posted or is waiting for their chance to post!!

IVF Triplets with Two Embryos on the First Try!

DH: 58, vasectomy
Me: 28, perfect health

I was on the antagonist IVF protocol with 12 days of meds. 2 vials of Bravelle and 1 vial of Menopur for the first 10 days, and then 1 vial of Bravelle and 1 vial of Menopur for the last two days. I also took Ganirelix from day 5 to day 12. I was at risk for OHSS, so they triggered me with Lupron. DH went through the MESA sperm aspiration procedure without any issues. The doctor retrieved 19 eggs, 17 were mature. Out of 17, 15 fertilized normally. By day 5, we had 5 high grade Blastocysts. We transferred two of the best looking blastocysts, a 2AB and 2BB.

The waiting game was intense. I POAS 5dp5dt at 5 a.m. and got a faint positive. I continued to POAS until 10dp5dt when I got my first beta which was 207. According to Betabase, 207 is low for twins but high for a singleton. I was secretly hoping for twins. I went back two days later for a second beta, and it had only risen to 346. My doctor likes to see the number double in 48 hours, and mine clearly did not. This was over Labor Day weekend, so I had to wait 5 more days for my third beta which was 2033. The doctors were happy with that.

My first ultrasound was scheduled when I was 6w1d. Immediately we saw two gestational sacs, one smaller than the other. Baby A had a strong heartbeat of 103, and baby B was only a small fetal pole and yolk sac. The doctor scared me with the whole vanishing twin talk, and he was not optimistic about Baby B getting a heartbeat. Anyway, I went back for another ultrasound a 7w1d. We were all shocked to see that Baby A had split! Baby A was now Baby A and B! Identical twins! Baby C (who didn’t have a heartbeat the week before) had a heartbeat, too! That’s three heartbeats!
I honestly can’t believe it. Since we only transferred 2 embryos, the chances of triplets should have been 3 to 5%. It’s crazy how life works out sometimes. To be continued, they should be here in early April 2013!