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BFP by IVF/ISCI/FET

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Don't give up... There is always hope!

I have stalked the stories on this board for many years and am now thrilled that we can share our story!

A little bit of background... We began our journey 4 years ago. After a year of no luck we were referred to a fertility specialist. We went through 5 OI (ovulation induction) cycles... All negative. All tests to date were normal (hubby had sperm which got a gold star from the specialist.. Hehe)!

We were given the option of a laparoscopy to check for endometriosis or begin IVF. I had no symptoms of endo other than up to a week of spotting before each of my periods. We decided on IVF.

The following IVF and FET (single 3 day and then 5 day embies) were negative. We then decided it was time for the laparoscopy... I was dreading it! Op went really well, turns out I had stage 2 moderate endo, which would have been causing problems with implantation.

Next IVF round was 5 months later, new doc (due to moving cities), new tests (I had speckled ana levels), new protocol (clexane) and new hope.

We put back a very good looking AA day 5 blasto and 8 days past transfer (8dp5dt) I had a squinty BFP... The first time in my life! Confirmed by several pee sticks later and then blood tests.

Symptoms:
Not many unfortunately... Boobs felt a little sore but nothing else.

Best of luck to all the hopeful mums to be out there... I 100% understand the frustration and disappointment each BFN can bring. If you can check for endo or natural killer cells ... Do! Don't be afraid of a laparoscopy.... Just make sure you rest lots and have heat packs at hand for the recovery! Most importantly, don't be afraid to speak to people about your journey... It does help! Love and baby dust to every single one of you x

BFP Symptoms after FET 5 day blast

I can't believe I am finally able to share my story after reading so many of all of yours on here! After two years of TTC, 4 IUIs, 3 IVFs, and 3 hysteroscopies with biopsy/ERA procedures, we finally got our BFP this morning :-).

Our FET was on May 26th and here were basic symptoms in the days after. We transferred our only two frozen embryos. I am 29 and my husband is 31. We had male factor as well as ERA (endometrial receptivity array).

Day of Transfer: Tired but can't fall asleep. Laid in bed most of day.
1 DPT: light nausea in mid morning, body achy/tired in evening
2 DPT: Woke up at 3:30am and couldn't go back to sleep. Twinges in left side, period-like cramping at 7:30am, lightheaded during the day. Very vivid dreams.
3 DPT: Twinge cramps and bloating at 6am. Headache 7:45am. Cramping and headache again at night. Vivid dreams again.
4 DPT: Bloated, heavy breasts, slight breast soreness. slight burn in throat, excess saliva, mild nausea after eating. Extremely tired. Lump in throat after eating. Vivid dreams about being pregnant/delivering at the hospital.
5 DPT: Fuzzy feeling in throat when lying down.
6 DPT: Slight temp drop. Slight sore throat, bloating, light twinges right side. Fatigue and irritability. Sore heavy breasts.
7 DPT: Temp back up. Twinges left and right at 3:30am. Exhausted after work, heavy breasts.
8 DTP: sore breasts, metallic taste in mouth early AM. Ok dx day (no symptoms).
9 DPT: Sore boobs, night cramps and fuzzy feeling in pelvis. Tiniest bit of spotting mid day.
10 DPT: Sore breasts, light nausea on empty stomach, light twinges and cramping when lying down.
11 DPT: Positive hpt!!! Sore breasts. Nausea on empty stomach. Twinges and PMS bloating. Craving toast.
12 DPT: woke up at 3:30 am and can't go back to sleep until 5am. Light nausea on empty stomach. Heavy sore breasts. Moments of metallic taste in mouth but very brief. Twinges and pms bloating. Exhausted. Craving toast/bread.
13 DPT: Beta test positive at 64.7!!!

Natural conception after IVF!!

So in a nutshell, I struggled to conceive for a couple of years and was diagnosed with 'unexplained primary infertility' before finally undergoing IVF. Thankfully at our first attempt it was successful (i was 34) and I became pregnant with twins. Sadly we lost a twin at 10 weeks but my son was born at full term healthy and very bonny. As i was breastfeeding I didnt have a period until I stopped 7 months after his birth. However hubby and I wanted a sibling for our son so we started trying naturally and low and behold on only the second month of trying, I became pregnant!!! Truly a shock as I was expecting to have to undergo IVF again - an expensive and stressful procedure......
I am currently 9 weeks pregnant and hoping all with be fine but I wanted to give hope to those who are trying IVF and also to those who have successful IVF attempts, that natural conception can happen! Maybe I kick started my body into reproducing!! I am beyond thrilled and feel very lucky although it was a hard road getting here. Happy and healthy 9 months to all you yummy mummies to be. ;)

BFP almost 2 yrs, IVF #3, Donor Sperm

Some may know my story, my username is Reapage.

I Praying for a sticky bean. This has been in the making since Sept 13.

I am 23, My love is almost 33 (end of june) I was 21 when we first started trying. We thought it would be so easy! We own our home, we have stable jobs. I am one of 6 children- infertility is not a word we hear in our family.

After six months off birth control and crazy cycles I was diagnosed with PCOS. I had no cysts but my ovaries were swollen (round instead of oval) and my cycles were a mess, 50+ days. I was put on Metformin and we kept trying.

After 3 months of met, 9 months of ttc. We decided it was time for a SA. We got the results and we were DEVASTATED. He had 0-1% morphology, only 1.5 million count (normal is 20+ mill) and he had 24% motility. That weekend we had to travel to Florida to meet our new nephew... It gave us so much motivation and as soon as we got back I got with my primary physician to get a referral to the RE.

It took a month to see the RE and in the meantime all the research I found said we would basically be getting a free pass to IVF- do not pass go, do not collect $200. I also found a local RESOLVE support group... and went to my first meeting a few days before our RE consultation. Best decision I ever made for my psyche.

I was right- the RE said IVF was our only option. We did not have insurance coverage, but we have Aetna and the clinic offers a prorated discount to Aetna patients, so instead of 17k we paid 10k plus meds for ICSI. (the ended up covering my meds even tho they said they wouldn't, all three cycles) Fast forward a few months after all the testing...

Dec 14/Jan 15 IVF cycle #1- yielded 2 AB blasts... we transfer one and froze one. Chemical
As soon as I got my period, we went straight into cycle #2 with our only frozen embryo.
Feb/March IVF #2 FET- BFN
As soon as I got my period, we moved right into another cycle, We found out DH only had FOUR good sperm.
April/May IVF #3 Fresh w/donor sperm- yielded three blasts, AB, BB, BA. We transferred AB, BB and froze BA. BFP 4dp5dt(9dpo) faint faint faint. BFP 5dp5dt(10dpo), darker. BFP 6dp5dt(11dpo) with a digi!!!!!!!!

Praying that this is truly the end of the road for us. We have been through so much. I pray that my story encourages everyone to NEVER GIVE UP. Do what it takes to get your baby. This moment is worth every tear, every heartbreak, and every tough decision.

Infertility has changed my life. I am a better person for it. I have been raising money and will be walking on June 6 for the RESOLE Hope Walk to raise awareness for infertility. I will never forget this journey, and will forever support my sisters fighting the good fight<3

It only takes ONE!

I am 32 and my husband (34) and I been TTC for two years. I had a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy in November 2014 to correct a uterine septum, remove as much endometriosis as possible, and remove a large ovarian cyst. At that time I was excited and thought we had finally identified our issues and were ready to move on and have a baby! We did three rounds of IUI that were all unsuccessful. Each round of IUI it became more and more clear that I wasn't responding to the medications. I was told that I had ovarian deficiency syndrome and that we could have difficulty with producing enough follicles/eggs for IVF. We decided to move forward with IVF and got included on the next IVF cycle.

For the first round of IVF I was on Gonal-F injectables morning and night. When I went in for my 2nd ultrasound I only had 4 follicles; 3 normal and 1 abnormally large. The IVF cycle was cancelled and moved to TI. I was so upset that it was cancelled and even more upset the TI didn't work. We would have to wait for the next IVF cycle that was nearly 2 months away. It felt like forever. For the next round of IVF I was moved to 300 of Follistim in the morning and 300 of Menapur at night. At the final scan I had 7 follicles. We hoped for more but would take what we could get. On day of retrieval we were informed they were able to retrieve 5 eggs. I kept running through my mind all the different scenarios. Best case I'd have a few embryos and worst case I wouldn't end up with any. The thought was too much for me. When we got the call on the status of the embryos my heart was both overjoyed and crushed. One had fertilized. I was so grateful and happy that we had the one but also so sad the others didn't make it. I only had one shot! This was it. When we went in for the transfer I was told the one embryo looked great. Grade A with no fragmentations. Thank the Lord! On day 8 or 9 post transfer I took a HPT and it was BFN. I went into breakdown mode. I cried myself to sleep knowing it was over. I'd have to go through the whole thing again. The pain was too much. On day 10 post transfer I took another test and saw the faintest line. I couldn't tell if I was making it up in my head. I guess I wasn't, yesterday I had my beta test and got the call that I'm prego! HCG Beta @ 13dpo (10dp3dt) - 130!

The road is still long but I never thought I'd get to this place. Ever. It really does only take one. Have faith on the day of the transfer and believe you are pregnant!! Don't let those HPTs play mind games with you (so easy to say, so hard to do.) I wish you all the best on your journey and pray for BFPs for all of you. It is the most broken I have ever been and only those that experience infertility can truly understand the pain. Have faith.

BFP after three years ttc!

Hubby and I (both 27) have been ttc for just over 3 years. I have pcos and there's also slight male factor. After trying on our own for a year, acupuncture and herbs for 5 months, we decided to move forward with IVF last year. Our fresh cycle resulted in 7 embryos. Fresh cycle and subsequent frozen transfer didn't work.

Going into FET #2 I was trying to remain calm and positive. I made a vision board, did a lot of meditating and yoga, ate well, prayed, and it really helped me to be calm.

The TWW started off normal. On 2 days past transfer I puked after dinner, though I think maybe it was just bad food? I hadn't really had any symptoms. No cramps no implantation spotting, boobs felt fine. Convinced it didn't work I even waited to change my estrogen patches on test day.

9dp5dt my beta was 147! I was shocked to say the least.

I go back Tuesday for beta 2 and am praying it's a good number. I have faith this is our take home baby.

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My BFP - IVF/ICSI/PGD/FET Story

Me: 41, idiopathic infertility (I am just old)
DF: 41, 2 Children from previous marriage

TTC- 6 months. I honestly think that if we kept trying, I would have become pregnant. I took this route mainly because of my age and the ability to screen for healthy embryos (reducing the risk of miscarriage).

Feb 2015 IVF/ICSI#1 Antagonist Protocol- ER 17 eggs, 11 mature, 4 fertilized, 0 made it to 5 day
April 2015 IVF/ICSI #2 Antagonist Protocol (lower dose of Follistim)- ER 11 eggs, 9 mature, 4 fertilized, 2 made it to 5 day (6AB, 6BB) - performed PGD and only 6AB was genetically normal. ET on 4/29/15

What I did: Watched diet carefully (low carb, high protein/veg and monounsaturated fats). Acupuncture 2x week, supplements: DHEA (3x day), Fish Oil, L-Carnitine, CoQ-10, Calcium and Iron (the last 2 because I am a post bariatric patient). On night of Embryo transfer I slept with a heated blanket on low...I was told not to raise my body temperature but acupuncturist advised some warmth on my uterus...I seriously had it on 1 out of 10 in heat strength.

Symptoms during 2WW- Absolutely nothing other than normal PMS cramping, some hot flashes (on progesterone) and insomnia (chalked up to anxiety). I had brown spotting the day before beta and every feeling in my body told me my period was coming. I even stopped taking the hormones, took aleve, drank wine and had an orgasm - because I was convinced I didn't conceive.

May 8th- Beta: 30
May 10th- Beta: 72
May 12th- Beta 214

I started with a low beta, but I am now convinced that I had a late implanter since she was frozen. The cramps/spotting were just 1-2 days before beta. My RE is happy with beta progression and now schedules viability U/S for 5/19/15 so fingers crossed!

BFP after IVF #5

After over 2 years of trying and 5 fresh cycles of IVF, I finally got my first ever BFP! I haven't posted much in forums during my struggle, but I found so much comfort in googling success stories anytime things got too hopeless. Now that I finally have a confirmed pregnancy, I'm here to share my story.

TTC History:

Me: 38, AMH 1.9, poor IVF responder
DH: 43, male factor
TTC 28 months

#1 IVF: BFN
#2 IVF: BFN
#3 IVF: BFN
-- changed clinics, started taking DHEA --
#4 IVF: BFN
#5 IVF: BFP

Pregnancy History:

2ww symptoms: none
HCG Beta @ 13dpo (10dp3dt) - 24
HCG Beta @ 18dpo (15dp3dt) - 236
HCG Beta @ 26dpo (23dp3dt) - 5621
Vaginal ultrasound @ 6w5d - embryo 3.8mm, heartbeat detected

Currently, I'm 8w5d pregnant and obviously over the moon! It felt like I was never going to get here. When my first beta came up as 24 (which is a very low positive) I was freaking out that I would miscarry right away. Because the normal level for my beta day should have been 80-100, the doctor said only a second test would be a better indicator. Luckily the numbers zoomed up from there. It was only after the 2nd beta that I allowed myself to believe that I could really be pregnant!

BTW, after two positive blood tests, I still was coming up negative on my home pee sticks at 18dpo. I was using the cheapo internet cardboard sticks, but still. I decided to stop peeing on sticks at this point because it was really messing with my mind. I also had NO symptoms until I was about 6 weeks pregnant. So much for early symptom spotting!

What did I do different on my successful cycle? I adopted two kittens two months before my last cycle, which helped cheer me up a lot and give me an outlet for my mothering instincts. Sounds silly but they really helped lift me out of a two year low caused by infertility and unemployment. I also completely abstained from alcohol for 3 months before. Additionally, I did weekly acupuncture sessions with someone who had experience with IVF treatments.

I hope this story helps somebody else during their struggle, and gives them a bit of hope.

Correction to my below post "Vasectomy not reversed but now prenant with HCG 1,200 at 2ww!!"

earlier I didn't realise that Australia, beta tests differ from USA in results data. Our 1,200 HCG at 4 weeks (14 days post FET transfer of 1 embryo) needs to be multiplied by 3.18 ie., the reading in USA numbers is 3,816.
now 6 weeks, the last week very uncomfortable breast tenderness, grown 1 cup size, belly extending, excessive bloating, constant nausea. Hell, does 1 kid do all this?

BFP after 4 years TTC, fibroid & immune issues, with IVF/FET

Finally after 4 long, hard years of TTC we are pregnant following our 7th transfer attempt! Fingers crossed it sticks!! Various female issues were considered and addressed over the years, including an endometrial polyp (2012) and a persistent submucosal fibroid (resected 2013 & 2014) but ultimately we were put in the unexplained category. I've never, ever conceived naturally. Last year after revisiting the problem we discovered I had elevated NK cells in my blood and these were also elevated on two separate uterine biopsies, so we decided to try treatment for immunological dysfunction using prednisone and clexane, plus intralipid on the most recent (and so far successful) attempt. Here's a quick summary of our IVF history:
IVF#1 - single day 5 transfer, BFN
FET 1 - single day 5 transfer, BFN
FET 2 - single day 5 transfer, BFN
IVF#2 - single day 5 transfer, BFN
FET 3 - single day 5 transfer, BFN - NB: tried prednisone + clexane
FET 4 - single day 5 transfer, early BFP (biochemical) - NB: I was weaning OFF prednisone this cycle and did not use clexane
IVF#3 - planned freeze all cycle, no transfer done
FET 5 - double transfer of two day 3 embryos - very, very faint BFP at 7dp3dt!!! Now getting stronger at 9dp3dt! OMG!!

This time with the FET cycle we used prednisone (25mg) and clexane (40mg) again, plus also an intralipid infusion just before my cycle started. The data seemed to suggest we might be onto something with the immune hypothesis and perhaps treating me this way is what has worked. My HPT lines have been getting darker over the past three days and we are really hopefully that THIS IS IT!!!!

I've not had any symptoms of note, at least nothing different to my usual luteal phase twinges, etc. And if anything, I've had less breast tenderness than usual for this last week of the cycle.

The heartache of this journey is almost unbearable at times. I am sending my strongest and most powerful best wishes to all of you wonderful ladies out there who are still trying. Don't give up. xoxoxox

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