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It feels so surreal...

It’s been said time and time again, “I’ve been stalking this site for years and promised myself when the time came I’d write my story”. And although this is also cliché, I never thought it would happen to me. I’m pregnant. I can’t believe I can type those words...it still feels so surreal. I was the person on the other end reading this wishing I was able to tell my story while reading everyone else’s. After a failed IVF attempt in June, my husband and I decided to take a break for a few months before trying again. We have the dreaded “unexplained infertility”. This time I took better care of myself mentally. I tested 6dp5dt and got a faint positive. The line got darker from that point until I received my positive results 13dp5dt today. Beta is at 403. I had no symptoms initially until about day 5 after my 5-day transfer. I will list all of the symptoms from that point forward. Some of them are strange, but I remember them vividly. - Sore nipples – My breasts weren’t very sore, but my nipples are becoming more and more sore. It isn’t BAD though, just a slight soreness to them. - Infrequent SMALL cramps on right side. - A heavy feeling in my lower abdomen. It feels similar to the same heavy feeling you would get right before you start your period. - Sneezing – I feel like I sneeze at least thirty times a day! - Thirst – I’m the FIRST to admit I do not drink enough water. The last week I feel like I can’t get enough water. I will be driving home and have to stop to buy water it’s so bad. - Waking up early – I’m not a morning person, but I’ve been waking up between 5am-7am over the last week and a half. - Tired – I know this is common, but I’m sleepy on and off throughout the day. Unfortunately I feel as though I’m incapable of napping if the sun is out. - Smell – I can smell EVERYTHING which isn’t really a great thing! I wish all of you the best of luck. BELIEVE it is possible.

Donor eggs at 43

I've been on this journey for 2.5 years now. I remember sitting in the RE's office discussing a plan in June of 2013 and wanting to get started right away. I was 40 then. After several iui's, 2 tubal reversal surgeries, 2 HSGs, 5 ivfs, here is my 4th BFP since the journey began. I had a couple of chemicals and two miscarriages. I just turned 43 a couple of months ago. Here is my step by step journey to my BFP. We did ivf again this time. We transferred one 4BA 5-day blast on Monday, 12/21/15. We did a frozen transfer of one emBaby this time. I will count fertilization day as ovulation day. 5dpo- transfer day 12/21/15 6dpo- (1dp5dt) nothing different but did have twinges and felt dizzy 7dpo-side boob twinges, AF like cramps, thirsty, vivid dream 8dpo-vivid dream, twinges above pubic bone 9dpo-vivid dream about implantation spitting on underwear. No symptoms today, getting worried 10dpo-vivid dream 11dpo-vivid dream, have been very gassy - TMI- burping and flatulence. It's quite excessive and malodorous. Mild side boob twinges both sides. Runny/drippy nose- odd for me. Progesterone shot sites were really sore and they have been tolerable up until this night before going to bed. Very irritable. Got annoyed with DH easily today. A lot of holiday traveling today. Worried it didn't work again and listened to meditations and visualized it working and our baby growing inside me. 12dpo (7dp5dt)- beta day. Dizzy today. Woke up at 4:30 am. My RE likes to do betas early. I tested with a FRER, it came up positive within a minute. It was a nice, strong line. Gas is getting a little better, AF cramps still present. I feel that my boobs are a little more full than they have been. Feeling blessed and hopeful this is going to be our take home baby. We've been praying every day for a child for the last couple of years. Beta is today waiting for my results. All day not too many symptoms. Just feeling blessed to have this opportunity.

BFP after 20yrs of ttc and am 45.

It has been a very long and torturous journey but I thank God that I am finally writing on this blog. I have been immensely blessed reading other people's stories. Having been waiting for the past 20yrs I can tell you it has been terrible but God has made a name for Himself in my life. I used donor eggs in all my cycles. This is the third ivf and I had said will be the last and thank God it is the last. I had FET on 8th of December 2015. The only thing I did differently in this cycle is Pray, Pray and pray. I had the right people praying with me and tried not to talk about it with family or friends unlike the last times. I entrusted the whole process in God's hands and did my part. After transfer I took things easy but not necessarily bed rest. I went about my business but cautiously. Took pineapple core for the first 5 days of 2ww. I was on the following medication progynova, Prednisone, baby Asprin, Pregnacare, cyclogest and Gestone injection. I had headaches every now and then but nothing major. Cramping for the first 3days after transfer and some tugs and pulls but I was careful not to assume anything because I know that the progesterone I am on can cause some of those symptoms. I was so tempted to test 4 days before my blood test but I asked my husband and he said I should wait till yesterday 22nd of December 2015 when I went for my blood test. I was a wreck yesterday at the hospital. M'y case was very special to the hospital because of my age and how long I have been on this journey. It was the hospital victory yesterday and all glory to God. A lot of dancing and crying yesterday. I am waiting for the HCG result later today. Hopefully the numbers will be as high as expected. I transferred 2 beautiful blastocyst but I am expecting that one will split into two identical boys while the other will be our little girl. This is our desire and God can do all things. I will update us on the progress of my pregnancy. I live in Germany but came to Nigeria to do this ivf. It has been a roller coaster but am happy it ended in praise. If you have been waiting for a long time please do not give up. God comes late when He wants to come big. Baby dust to all. Jules

BFP after 1st IVF!!! - Luteal Phase Defect

My husband and I are both 31. We started trying a year ago right after we were married and it wasn't working no matter how hard we tried. I tried everything. Sex everyday, sex every other day, checking cervical mucus, doing handstands, etc. After I started temping and using OPKs I realized that I ovulated late in the month (day 18-20) and then had a short luteal phase. The longest my luteal phase was naturally was about 10 days and some months I would start spotting around 5 days after ovulation. Once I realized this I went to a specialist and told him about my Luteal Phase Defect. Then I tried everything again. 1 month of Clomid, 1 month of Femara, and about 4 months with Follistim with trigger, and 1 failed IUI. Husband has no sperm issues, it just wasn't working. I started trying progesterone support to extend my luteal phase. One month endometrin (suppositories) worked and gave me a 14 day luteal phase, and one month it only gave me 10 days. I also tried progesterone in oil shots- and still just a 10 day luteal phase. I was nervous about my progesterone levels and my doctor was not monitoring me during that luteal phase which really upset me. I know it's standard that they don't because levels can change all the time, but I just felt like I needed a blood test to make sure given my history. Since I wasn't getting the attention I felt I deserved, I decided to switch doctors and move straight to IVF. I felt really comfortable with my new doctor and was so excited to start the process. They retrieved 10 eggs and 8 were mature- all of them fertilized naturally. By day 5 though I had 3 blastocysts, 2 were transferred and 1 made it to freezing. Started 1cc of PIO and estrogen patches. 1dp5dt - nothing much - on bed rest 2dp5dt- 9dp5dt- each day was pretty much the same - off and on period like cramps. More so around day 6-7 (implantation) but then they continued right up to the day of my beta. Felt more tired than usual and also out of breath at times. I was worried about my progesterone level given my past and about 4 days past transfer - (9dpo when I would usually start spotting) I just felt off and called my doctor to ask for a blood test. I had a feeling 1cc of PIO was not enough since it did not work for me last time. I basically told them I needed to be monitored- turns out my gut was right. My progesterone had dropped a little and they changed my dose to 1.5cc. Just got the beta results today and its 332!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY!!!! I was so nervous and anxious ALL day waiting for the nurse to call. I also refused to test at home because of the disappointments I have had in the past. I am just so thankful for this. Thankful for a healthy 9 months, and healthy babies- hey could be twins?! ;)

Oh yeah Bfp!! 5 day 2 blast transfer

Me: 35 Husband: 36 4th IVF cycle. 3 fresh 1 frozen. This one was a fresh cycle. 7 eggs, 4 were good, 4 fertilized. Only 2 made it to 5 day transfer. One excellent and one pretty good. Already started hatching with Assisted hatching. Our issue: 100 % male factor but I also had fewer follicles over last 4 years of TtC and minimal effect on max stim drugs. Here's my log: Transfer day: evening pinching cramps on right side. Slept 4 hours after transfer day. Overnight. Crampy all night. Woke up felt nerve quick pain in right boob. Peed a few times. Woke up very tired. Day 2 p5dt Slow start felt better by 2pm. Worked a little few meetings. Acupuncture. 11pm not tired but yawning. Punchy and silly in evening. Upper abdomen tense or slightly nauseous. Hot flashes. Day 3 p5dt Sneezed a lot today. Felt pretty good. Silly. Hands swollen during dinner. Cramping kind of like muscle spasm more than af. Under belly button. Hot flashes. Day 4 thanksgiving Strange Shooting pain down right leg in morning. Day 5 p5dt Friday felt fine. Beach walk with baby and family. Few hot flashes. Up to pee a few times. Started estrogen patches. Day 6 p5dt sat Acid reflux. Almost throw up in my mouth out of nowhere? Sharp pain under my belly botton. Pee smells weird. Overnight got up to pee, very disoriented and dizzy Day 7p5dt Sunday Twinges a little sharper, very hungry. Mild headaches all day. Dry skin, itchy. Body tiredness at night. Day 8p5dt Monday Not much during day at work. Evening started to feel heavy belly, sharp and pinching cramps on lower right side. Itchy, boobs beginning to feel sore. Feel like my movement is restricted by fragile belly. Insomnia Day 9p5dt Nothing in morning Low back ache. Feeling yuck Day 10 p5dt Wed. Low back pain Thursday 11dp5dt Acupuncture today. She said my pulse felt "slippery" which was a pregnantcy pulse. She said very good sign. Crazy dreams. Getting hungry at night. Day 12p5dt Friday When I chew gum I always have the same kind dentyne in black package. Tonight it tasted like rum pineapple..? Made Husband have a piece and he said I was crazy it tasted normal. Just feeling all around pregnant. Heavy belly. Tired. Blood test in morning! Longest wait ever! Day 13 dp5dt Sharp pains in right ovary area that woke me up at 4:26 my lucky number! Tingling nerve pain in tip of toes and fingers sporadically. Blood test is today. BFP! Beta 460. Another test in two days. Things I did: Accupuncture transfer day and once last week. Pineapple core Kept feet warm Tried to drink room temp water Took it easy, did not let myself be too busy at work and did not let anything stress me out. (Last ivf cycle was unsuccessful and I did not take it as slowly and rest as much as I did) I "built a bridge" -visualized every step with a positive end. A technique I had just learned from a healer a few weeks ago. My pee smelled weird the entire time since transfer. It has been increasingly uncomfortable bending over last week. Last few days I've been uncomfortable in all my clothes. And I gained 8 lbs. I feel so blessed that in 3.5 years we've had 4 ivf cycles, 2 pregnancies. (A beautiful 18 month old that will now have a sibling). So grateful for IVF and my 50% success rate! Good luck and believe in the process!

BFP in God's time!

Hello to every mommies and to the ones who are still hoping to be one! I just wanted to share my story about how God gave us this gift of life in His own perfect time. Me and my husband wanted to have our own baby. He is 46 and got 2 kids from previous marriage and im 36 and wanting to have our own little one too. So we opted to go for ivf ( my husband got vasectomy long time ago) and our only option is IVF. I was even worried coz my clinic said i had low AMh. So we started with the fresh cycle and ended as BFN ( our hearts was crushed but we have faith in God that he had plans for us in His own mighty time. We by the way had only 11 eggs matured and only 6 made it to the 5th day. So we transferred 2 on our frsh cycle and we only had one 6 day blastocyst that was frozen. So we all had our hopes for this only one blastocyst that we had left for put FET after a month of the failed fresh cycle. Trnsfer was done and i felt no symptoms at all until the 5thday post transfer that i woke up with a heart burn! And 6th days post transfer i felt i am really gonna have mg period that i was so grumpy and frustrated its not gonna work again and thats the only embryo we have left. 8 days post transfer i did hpt and there was that 2nd faint line i cant even believe it! 9dpt i got an beta of 38! And 113 11dpt! And now im 7 weeks prego and we saw that heartbeat! God works in mysterious ways we sometimes doubt his power ! But God always plans everything ahead for us and we should never loose faith in Him! So for all the women and couple wanting to have a gift from God hang in there ! He is on his way of making a jelly bean for you! God bless us all!

My BFP Journey with ISCI – it’s taken a while!

My BFP Journey – it’s taken a while! So some background: Me – 30 and never been pregnant (not even a smidge) Husband – 32 and no children. Good quality sperm but normal form was 2% rather than 4% My husband and I started trying in June 2013. By October 2014, nothing had happened and I had turned into a bit of a wreck so I went to see a gynaecologist privately with work insurance. (I had been to the GP in August but they just did blood tests and told me to come back in 6 months). He instantly said my periods weren’t right, they have always been heavy and varied in length. He suspected endo, something I was also worried about. I had a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy in November 2014. Lots of scarring found including a big ol’ cyst on one of my ovaries. He cleared it all up and gave me 4 months to conceive. 4 months came and went and I still wasn’t pregnant so went back to the GP and got referred on the NHS back to the same gynaecologist. Wasn’t really sure what to expect but he instantly referred me for ivf, a bit of a surprise! By the time I had more blood tests (hormones fine) and waited for my appointment, I started my first ivf cycle in June 2015. After 3 weeks sniffing the hormones, the cycle had to be cancelled due to fluid in the uterus, it had to be removed with a hysteroscopy. Disappointing but I was going on holiday in August and the time scales were getting stressful so we decided to start again in September. Had the op beginning of September where he found no fluid (wtf). Ivf cycle 2 started up again in September. I was put on a short protocol and didn’t respond amazingly to the drugs. I only had 4-5 follicles developing and when I had my egg retrieval on 12 October, they only got 2 embryos. Both embryo’s fertilised and I had two grade 1 embryos put back in on a 3 day transfer. We had the option of putting one in the freezer but we decided to go for ‘all or nothing’! So my Two Week Wait went like this: 1dp3dt - nothing 2dp3dt - nothing 3dp3dt – I woke up in the morning having the most INTENSE orgasm dream of my life. I have had these before but never with the severity. As soon as I woke it turned into extremely painful low uterine cramps, it lasted about half an hour and only shifted with 2 bowel movements. I thought there is no way embryos could stick to my uterine wall after that. Although I wasn’t told not to have orgasm’s if you read online, it is a big no no to have any contractions. Has anyone else had this?! 4dp3dt - nothing 5dp3dt - a few jabby pains that got my attention but after egg retrieval (HOW PAINFUL IS THAT?!) everything was sore and bloated. 6dp3dt – Same, a few jabby pains 7dp3dt - Nothing 8dp3dt - BFN in the morning. I start spotting brown and presume it’s the beginning of my period as that is how it always starts. 9dp3dt – Heavier brown spotting. Sore boobs but I have had that since transfer, put it down to progesterone. I’m at a wedding and think fuck it so have a few drinks and shots. 10dp3dt – Spotting lighter and still brown but now have cramps that are EXACTLY the same as the day before my period would be. Seriously glum now and tell my husband, parents and sister that the whole things is over. Put a tampon in and go to bed expecting AF in the morning. Don’t bother doing progesterone suppositories. 11dp3dt – Go to the shop and buy a pregnancy test first thing just so I can get it out the way. Husband wishes me good luck and I tell him I don’t need good luck because ‘we all know what the result will be’. To my amazement, I get a BFP within seconds and within 2 minutes it is darker than the control line!!! Aches and cramps continue throughout the day. Phone the nurse at the hospital because I am now nervous about the spotting and she says to have ‘cautious optimism’ but it is very good news! 12dp3dt – spotting and aching have subsided. Boobs are still sore but nipples aren’t anymore. Things I have learnt - After ttc for 2.5 years, I thought I would instantly know that I was pregnant and something would be different. There was absolutely nothing different to my BFP and the build up to my normal period. I can’t believe how similar the cramps and aches were. Basically, you know nothing until you get a bfp! - Don’t worry about having an orgasm! The uterine contractions I had after my dream were so strong, I honestly think if an embryo is going to stick it will - I did the 5 day pineapple thing and ate brazil nuts every day but that was it. - I really enjoyed doing the Zita West ivf positive visualisation CD. I tried to do it most days and always felt really good afterwards. UPDATE: I have just had my scan at 7 weeks 4 days and we saw a bean with a very strong heartbeat! It has been an incredibly hard wait but such a wonderful reward. I have had quite strong cramps the past 2 weeks but it’s obviously everything moving around.

3 failed IUI tried IVF- BFP- PCOS

I am 37 years old. Tried on our own for 6 months, added clomid/ ovidrel, 4 more months nothing. Saw RE. Found out I have skinny PCOS. I have alway had an issue w/ on time periods. 3 Failed IUIS. I did acupuncture, yoga, castor oil packs... FAILED. I knew something was wrong. We went for the IVF. Something in my GUT told me to do the genetic testing PGS. They got 15 eggs, only 6 made it to day 5. So, they tested those 6. 4 were bad!!!! So, I have 2. I love the genetic testing. I know I am keeping frozen 2 good eggs. We know they are the same sex but, didn't ask the sex. You only have to put ONE egg in cause you KNOW it is a GOOD EGG/blastocyst Also, of my 4 that were bad 2 were the "higher" quality ones. So, if I didn't do the PGS I would have put a genetically messed up egg in and most likely miscarried. What they heck would you spend all the $$ for IVF and not know you are putting in a GOOD EGG?!?! SO!!! I was always looking for symptoms. To me I didn't have any. The only thing that was different was my boobs were tingly and bigger. I was bloated about 4-5 days after the egg went back in. They did a FROZEN transfer w/ me. Where I wait about 2 cycles for my hyper body to calm down from the meds from the Egg retrieval! First beta was 450, next 1425! So far so good!!! I just want to post that if you spend the $ for IVF, spend the extra for the genetic testing. It is an insurance policy so you KNOW you are putting back a good egg. If they took 15 eggs and 2 were good, and we were trying for 1.5 years... no wonder why I wasn't getting pregnant. Add to that stress, timing etc. etc. SO!! Hang in there ladies!!!! I never thought I would be typing there. I did acupuncture 2x a week, the day before transfer and day of. Castor oil packs 4x a week. Utericalm - taste nasty though Raspberry leaf tea Thera Natalpre Natal vitamins (ask doc for coupon code) Maca Root in my shakes Pineapple core baby asprin a day Metform for the PCOS before dinner Fertility Yoga DVD http://www.amazon.com/Flow-Yoga-Fertility-Womens-Health/dp/B00EZVZKG4 Timing is key some of regiments so google when to do them. I tested day 9 after transfer and got my BFP GOOD LUCK and baby dust to ALL!

BPF 14 months after m/c.....

The back story..Me (39) & DH (38)... July 2014 Got engaged after 9 months of dating..When you know, you know.... August 2014 Pulled the goalie & got pregnant with the first try! OMG, I didn't know how lucky I was.. Sept 2014 Found out we were having twins! (I'm an identical twin..) Oct 2014 10 week u/s revealed both babies had passed about 8 weeks :( Had a d/c three days before bridal shower) Dec 2014 CP early in the month, married Dec 27! Jan/Feb/March 2015 TTC..nothing April 2015 IUI BFN May 2015 Had to wait a month because our clinic mandates you go to genetic counseling if doing PGS test and I couldn't get an appointment prior to period..seriously! June 2015 IVF #2 9 Retrieved, 9 Fertilized, none made it to Day 5, day 3 didn't look good. NO TRANSFER When I was 36 years old and single, I knew I wanted kiddos so I looked into egg freezing. I didn't have enough money (12k) at the time so I asked my parents if I could borrow a little. So, IVF #1 (alone) 19 eggs retrieved, 17 eggs frozen. During the stim process in June 2015 for IVF #2, we simultaneously defrosted all 17 eggs from IVF #1. 11 made it through the freeze, 11 fertilized, 4 made it to day 5 and were PGS tested. 3 normal, 1 abnormal (Chromosome 2, I have a skin disorder, Ehlers Danlos and this the chromosome that is affected. I live a very normal life (law enforcement) so I KNOW THIS EMBRYO is TOTALLY FINE TO TRANSFER!) July 2015 2, 30 mm plus cysts..ugh rest month August 2015 Decided to do another stim cycle because we wanted to bank more embryos because stats suggest 1 out of every 3 normal embryos will work. After 2 months of CoQ10, DHEA (50mg), AMH had increased from 1.34 (March 2015) to 4.21! FSH down from 7.8 to 4.9. That stuff works! IVF #3 27 retrieved,13 mature, 15 fertilized, 4 made it to day 3, transferred 3, froze 1...BFN! ugh... Sept 2015 5 small cysts..ugh rest month Oct 2015 Immune testing to maximize success rates from 65% to 85% one copy of MTHFR, PAI-II, and needed IVIG..5k later...ugh Oct 27, 2015 transfer date! baby girl... Only symptoms during ttw were heaviness in uterus and upon waking 6dp5dt boobs were a little sore under armpits, then more sore 7dpt5dt. I was on progesterone shots, estrogen, and lovenox, baby aspirin, and loads of other supplements. Did acupuncture 1-2x/week since June 2015. BFP 8dp5dt on 11/04/15! @0345. Woke DH up...and we never went back to sleep...I'm still in shock!

First BFP after 2 years of TTC

In the 2 years we were trying to conceive, I've been on this site many times to read about other people's experiences and it really helped me pick myself up during all those low moments and keep trying. This morning, I finally got the elusive 2nd line! I hope my story can help other people out there struggling with infertility to stay strong and keep fighting on this tough journey. A bit of background, I'm 30 with PCOS, my husband is 38 with low sperm count. We've been trying to conceive since we got married 2 years ago. During these 2 years, we've had many cycles of disappointment. I had a surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. My husband took many vitamins to improve his count. We tried IUI once and it failed. Finally, we decided to stop wasting time and just go for IVF which had the best chance of working. Due to my PCOS and high AMH, the doctor was worried that I would get OHSS, so he recommended a Lupron trigger and a freeze all cycle. We ended up with 11 good quality blastocysts all frozen on day 5. I recovered from the egg retrieval quickly and the next month we did FET #1 with 1 blastocyst rated 4AB, this cycle was a BFN. We were very disappointed. The doctor said everything looked good, it just didn't work. He told us to stay positive and that my chance is quite good. Since we didn't do PGD, it was likely just not a normal embryo despite looking great. We went straight into FET#2 in the following month. Transferred 1 blastocyst again, another 4AB. Here are my symptoms: Transfer Day - very smooth and painless transfer, no cramping at all afterwards. Went to the bathroom right after, did not lie down at all. 1dp5dt - no cramping, breasts are sore but have been since starting progesterone 6 days ago, very little cm. 2dp5dt - breasts still sore, no cm 3dp5dt - a little cramping, definitely noticeable but not the same as af cramp. Breast still sore. Noticed that cervix is higher when inserting the progesterone suppositories 4dp5dt - no more cramping, watery cm, breasts sore, cervix still high 5dp5dt - stronger cramps (not the same as af, more like muscle spasm below the belly button) for a few hours. Watery cm, breasts sore, cervix still high 6dp5dt - no more cramps, lower back sore, watery cm, started having shooting stabbing pain on the side of breast randomly throughout the day. Cervix high. 7dp5dt - BFP on Wonfo test strip. The second line is lighter than the control line but it is clear and pink, definitely no squinting. It's still early so I'm cautiously excited. To everyone struggling out there, just know that you are not alone and it CAN happen, truly!
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