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BFP after long cycle/late ovulation

First of all I have to start by saying this pregnancy was not planned, but it is very much wanted now that it happened :)
My cycles are usually very regular: 26-27 days with ovulation on day 13-14, and for the sake of knowing what happens in my body couple of cycles a year I measure basal temperature to see if everything is okay.
Due to the fact I'm so regular, my husband and I protected ourselves with a pull-out method during my fertile days for years now (successfully!)
This fall I started having really bad PMS, so my friend recommended the Maca root pills that worked for her. I started taking them after New Year's and my next cycle lengthened to 36 days, which I considered an adjustment to the supplement (I read similar experiences online).
So cycle started with a normal period, continued normally until I started suspecting my period is gonna be extremely late and stopped taking Maca. That was about day 30, and by that point we have stopped practicing our protection method.
My suspicion is that Maca was preventing my ovulation, and as soon as I stopped taking it egg was released after few days- I'm pretty sure I ovulated on day 35.
5 DPO (CD 40)- I took 2 pregnancy tests, both negative. Now I know it's because implantation didn't occur yet, but at the time I thought I have caused some hormonal mess by taking Maca. I planned to call my doctor as soon as we're home (we were in SF for couple of months on business, otherwise from Europe)
6 DPO- 12DPO- brown spotting with tinges of pink- it was implantation, but I thought the belated period is finally coming at the time.
[9 DPO my boobs started to hurt, again- I thought it was period coming] [11DPO we flew back home]
12-19 DPO- boobs are getting crazy- super sore and more than size bigger. Never had that before. Some naggy voice in my head told me to take another test.
20 DPO- the most positive test I've ever seen in my life. Line was almost darker than the control line! :D

Doctor appointment next week, excited and scared... Good luck to everyone trying! :)

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Hi all! I caught my first egg after 18 months of no cycle! So 1st child turned 6 months and I couldn't wait to Ttc. Only problem feeding on demand 10-15 times per day, but didn't want to stop that or use factory powder milk!!!

So abruptly purposely missed a couple of nights of night feeds (3-5times per night) and used stored milk to feed instead.

This abrupt change advised by websites where you want to TTC whilst breast feeding gave my first period in 1.5 years! Fab. It worked! Ovulated for the first time in so long (cheapie opk and obvious ovulation pain) we caught the first egg and now have bfp!

All five times I've gotten pregnant (3 m/c in 2013 and my first baby and my current pregnancy) it's been when we orgasm at the same time and pelvis raised by pillow for 30 mins after.

Used preseed for first time this time. Curiosity. It was amazing and clearly worked in helping!

Can't wait to tandem nurse.

Breastfeeding is like a drug. Beautiful bond which is indescribable and extra special between mother and baby- NO ONE else.

So excited!

Average full time breast feeding mother on demand will have first cycle return in average month 14 post birth. Mine had no sign to return until I skipped a few days over the space of a couple weeks. It tricked my body into resuming cycle!

So cool. So blessed. Prayed to jesus for 3 months for another baby and against odds, he gave me one!


First response showed all 5 pregnancies 9/10 dpo. Amazing.

So excited. Baby dust to all! Xxxx

Wow I can't believe it's my turn to share my BFP story by DPO!!!

Hi for those who are interested. I use to search for posts like this. I would come to this website during TWW looking for hope and to compare my symptoms to those who got there bfp. Here is my story.

2dbo: DTD cervix (Cx) hard. Thin/ watery cervical mucus (cm) no ewcm
1dpo: did not DTD lotiony cm Cx not firm not soft somewhere in the middle
O day(CD18 of 30): ovulation pain I'm positive this is o day. very little EWcm. Rushed home to DTD
1-2 dpo: nothing to report
3-4 dpo: want to binge eat due to hormones or the fact I'm dieting?
5dpo: nothing to report
6-7 dpo: headaches could be from dieting
8: heighten sense of smell maybe just more aware because I'm symptom spotting
9: 2 sharp pains woke me. They were in my pelvis it's hard to say if it was in uterus or gas pains. (I assume implantation pain cuz I want bfp) TWW is making it hard. To not test early
10: amost none existening off/on cramps is it in my head? Trying to hold out n not test early. If 9 dpo is implantion I couldn't get bfp yet.
11: tested couldn't wait anymore the weird pains on 9dpo makes me want to test so badly. I expected bfn i didnt feel prefo had no symptoms plus its spuer early and only 2 days after implantation.. However i got BFaintP!!!! I don't believe it. Retest at pm another faint positive
12: cramps wake me at 4 am I guess the full bladder irritates uterus. I get up and test another BFaintP

I don't think I have any symptoms that made me test. I only tested because I was not very patient. Even now on 12 dpo the only "symptoms" I'm having is cramping with full bladder and I get full a little quicker than usual. No undeniable pregnancy symptoms. I wouldn't have know if I wasn't do impatient.

Af due 13 dpo will test again until i get a blazing BFP. This is the 5th cycle since mc. Before this cycle we DTD whenever and didn't try to stop pregnancy this cycle I rushed home to DTD because I wanted to try to catch the egg. Looks like it worked. I was staring to get worried that it wasn't happening. (Pic from 1st test in 11dpo)

Will tell hubby on 15dpo which is family photo day/ April fools day just have to keep it a secret for 4 whole days!!!

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BFP!! I'm still in disbelief

Me: 32yr- hx of prolactinemia, on Bromocriptine 2.5mg twice daily since June 2014 (microadenoma on pituitary gland)one dd with DH- Madelyn Jaymes 7/2011
DD: 41y/o. Three children from previous relationship

I got my BFP on Thursday and I still can't believe it. When we decided to try again I thought it would take awhile as it took 18 months for me to get pregnant with dd. This is only our second month of trying. It still doesn't seem real. I prayed for another baby and left the whole situation in god's hands. He has once again answered my prayer. I am beyond grateful! I have been charting my cycles with BBT's, OPK, CM, and CP for nearly a year. We used Pre-seed and Softcups this cycle. Here is the breakdown by DPO:

I ovulated later than normal this month mysteriously ;)

Pos opk on 8 March and 9 March

Ovulation day- 9 March (my o-pains are no joke)!

1 DPO (10 Mar): temp drop confirms ovulation (97.7). Just some mild cramps
2 DPO: slight pressure sensation and twinges in lower abdomen, sore breasts-not out of the ordinary after ovulation
3 DPO: sore breasts
4 DPO: mild cramping
5 DPO: sore breasts
6 DPO: intermittent small sharp pains in lower abdomen
7 DPO: sore breasts
8 DPO: weird tingling sensation in left jaw, light lower abdominal pain while stretching
9 DPO: small pinching/soreness and intermittent left lower abdominal pain, sore breasts, mild cramping, feeling worn out while doing Zumba-(I thought I was dehydrated)!
10 DPO: cramping, sore breasts
11 DPO: slight nausea, cramping, felt tired even after I woke up
12 DPO: nauseated after eating, tired-slept through about 1/4 of my shift, mild cramping, itchy in random areas-legs and arms w/o provocation, felt light headed at one point
13 DPO: cramping, backache, some indigestion, and nausea. Feels like my period is revving up for a restart
14 DPO: TMI-mild cramping after orgasm
15 DPO: Feels like period is coming-my normal "burning" cramping sensation that accompanies my period, alternating left and right sided pains in lower abdomen, "fluttering" sensation
16 DPO: cramping, nausea, backache, suddenly got a stuffy nose, mild pain on right side of abdomen, mild cramping after orgasm, itchy throat w/cough, my urine smells weird. I really wanted to test on this day as it is the last day of the longest luteal phase I've ever gone, but I wanted to give it one more day to round it out for as long as a LP should last.
17 DPO: pain in left lower abdomen, dry chapped lips, itchy throat w/cough; expecting my period to start, but I feel none of the signs. I have no pregnancy tests at home, but I do have plenty of ovulation tests and these did turn positive with my last pregnancy so I give it a try-take the test, do my hair, dance with my daughter and come back 10 min later to a smiley face :)! I have no doubt that I'm pregnant then. I pee in a cup at work and send it off to the lab. It results less than 15 min later-BFP!!

I'm in the early days yet and am praying it sticks. I feel absolutely fine and hope I get through this pregnancy relatively unscathed like it did my last one. I hope my symptom list was helpful to some. Although I don't have nearly as many symptoms as some I've read. Good luck everyone!

Positive 9 DPO after 2 years Secondary Infertility

My husband and I have been trying to conceive our second child for 2 years and 4 months. It has been a challenging time wondering if we would even get pregnant again. My husband has been on Men's Fertility Blend this whole time and I have tried various supplements and herbs, along with acupuncture, chiropractor, etc. This month I started a new diet called The Plan, you can read more about my experience on, and also took a vacation to get some relaxation and Vitamin D. I O'd late this month on Day 23 because Vitex delayed my ovulation. We BD on days 14-18 (vacation), 20, 22, and 24 (in the AM).

1-5 DPO - I noticed that I did not have any post-O cramping, which is unusual for me
6-7 DPO - Got some cramping that was mild and lasted about one minute each time, maybe three times out of the day. Lower abdomen felt bloated.
7 DPO - Started to get some tugs and pulls when moving around
9 DPO - Faint positive on internet cheapies and dollar store tests. Feel like I am getting clumsy, spacey, and tired.
11 DPO - Cramping seems to be getting stronger and longer. Very faint pink spotting when I wiped in the morning. Pregnancy test line is getting a little darken than before.
12 DPO - Very bloated lower abdomen, tugs and pulls.
13 DPO - Chest getting a little sore, some light cramping, tired.
14 DPO - Very bloated in the morning, some cramping in the PM. Sore chest. Getting very tired late afternoon. Still clumsy. Missed my period!

I have officially missed my period, still have a high temp, and still have a positive pregnancy test at light to medium strength. I am ready for that test line to get stronger! I have read that it can take a while though, so I am trying to relax and just know that I am pregnant and will have a healthy baby at the end.

Good luck to all of you! I know how challenging it can be when you are trying for so long to have a baby.

BFP after acupuncture

I avidly read all the BFP stories in the hope that one day I would be able to share my own. I'm 34 and we've been ttc for 11 months. We had fertility testing at 7 mths, which all came back fine but I am impatient and was willing to try everything!

We used a Clearblue fertility monitor the entire time plus Conceive plus lubricant. For 6 weeks prior to my BFP I had weekly fertility acupuncture and herbal tea, which I'm positive helped this month!

Dpo1 - 3 - no symptoms
Dpo4 - lower back pain, skin break out
Dpo5 - as above but I also mild period like cramps
Dpo6 - I had very creamy cm for the first time during the tww
Dpo7 - creamy cm again
Dpo8 - cm went waterey, cramps again, felt tired, my breast felt really tender and I had weird heart palpitations
Dpo9 - noticed a small amount of brown spotting, cramps, very irritable, breasts continued to feel full and tender and I noticed I had a shortness of breath when bending down (never had this before, I'm fit and healthy!)
Dpo10 - tiny amount of brown spotting, tender breasts, another skin break out and mild nausea
Dpo11 - had a massive temp spike this morning so tested just in case and to my surprise it was positive! Cramps and spotting continued for another 3 days.

BFP 11DPO for baby #2

Hello, so glad to be able to finally post on here! I have been on this website so much! Little of my history had 2 ectopic pregnancy prior to my pregnancy of my daughter. Since she was born in Oct 2013 just haven't been using protection, figured it would take a while to get pregnant again...which it did. This was our 7 cycle trying since getting my period back (breast feeding) I just felt different I was so positive I was pregnant and so glad I saw BFP!!

I have long cycles lasting typically anywhere from 31-34 days, and I ovulate late this cycle I ovulated CD 19 (which was early for me, got positive opk CD 17/CD18) I also typically have short lutheal phase typically 9-10 days and I have hypothyroidism so like I said a bunch of stuff to overcoming. Since we were trying I paid close attention to my symptoms here we go:

3dpo-indigestion, increase appetite, backaches, diarrhea
4dpo-gas,tender boobs,body aches,diarrhea
6dpo-gas, sore throat, nasal congrestional,tired
7dpo-slight nipple soreness,cold/flu,tired
8dpo-very light spotting (only when I wipe, mixed with mucus-implantation spotting?! Had it with my daughter too), gas,dizziness, cold/flu
9dpo-light spotting this just in AM only then stopped nothing now, stomach ache,cold/flu,backache,cramps (very slight different from AF ones), gas
10dpo-tired,gas,cramps,nasal congrestion, dizziness,constipation
11dpo- gave in and tested this morning, was First morning pee, took a test (cheapie) didn't see anything rig away so went back to bed -- got up later and saw very faint line...was so happy - took digital to make sure it wasn't just a evp line ..nope BFP, soooooo excited and happy

Now just super nauseous but so happy going to doctor to confirm it tomorrow, wishing you all luck even if it takes time don't give up hope and pay attention to the signs your body tells you!!

BFP after AF!

Hi everyone,

Here is my BFP after AF story. Disclaimer: decent amount of AF description in this story. Sorry in advance.

I had a late O date (CD 20), which is not unusual for me. For the 9 days afterwards I had no symptoms at all except that one day I had crazy sugar cravings and got really moody but that can also happen during PMS.

9 DPO - I had very light spotting when I wiped. I got a little excited thinking it was implantation.

10 DPO - My temps dropped to close to my coverline (although still slightly above) and I had full on bleeding later that morning. It was a dark dark pink to light red color and required a tampon. I was mad because my luteal phase had been so short.

13 DPO or 3 days into my "period" my husband and I traveled to Bogota, Colombia. Still needed a tampon, but noticed AF was lighter and tinged brown. Not unusual for me. I have a light flow.

The following day, my temperatures spiked back up. I take them even during AF to keep the habit. Bogota is at a much higher elevation so I figured my body was working harder to breathe etc. And that would account for the elevated temps. I was still bleeding at this point. In fact, I bled for 7 days... 7. Days. The last 3 days were just brown tinges when I wiped, but it was close enough to a real AF that I suspected nothing. 1 day spotting, 2 days medium flow, 1 day light flow and 3 days heavy to light spotting.

I did not have sore bbs or additional moodiness. I had some stomach cramps and constipation but I was eating REALLY differently on vacation so I thought nothing of it. I do remember having 2 bouts of nausea and thinking "man, if I hadn't gotten my period, I would think I was pregnant." The nausea was on 15 DPO and 17 DPO.

The morning after we returned from Colombia, I noticed my temperature didn't drop. I went to the gym and almost threw up on the squat press.. adorable. That was when I decided to take a test. I hate seeing the BFN but I steeled myself for it and knew it would give me piece of mind. I was convinced I had picked up a bug. But when I POAS that pregnancy line lit up like the Vegas strip. It developed even before the control line.. like I wasn't even finished peeing. I was afraid to be happy though because I was sure something is wrong. I assumed "you can't get AF and still have a healthy pregnancy, right?"

I emailed my doctor and told her about the bleeding and she fit me in for an ultrasound to be safe. Everything looked normal. She said she can't figure out the bleeding at all but that the sack was the size and shape it should be at 5 weeks 5 days. We could both make out a little fluttering which she said was probably the heartbeat but was too early to be 100% sure. I have an appointment for another ultrasound in 2 weeks to be sure all is progressing well but she allowed me to feel hopeful.

Baby is due in mid November. I am so excited! I hope this helps people. I had barely any symptoms and even got AF! Weirder things have happened.. Baby dust to all!!

BFP with Short Luteal Phase

Hi! I am sharing this mainly because I want to share hope with the other women who have a short LP. Have hope! Stay positive!!!!! Obviously I can't speak for every woman with a short LP, but I've done a great deal of reading about short LPs, and I encourage you to look into it as well. This is a hotly-debated topic and some Reproductive Endocrinologists maintain the actual length of the LP actually has no bearing on the ability to conceive successfully. (Read about Early Pregnancy Factor as well, it may give you more encouragement about why your LP isn't necessarily the death sentence some sources indicate).

I've been charting for five years and I have always had a LP that averaged 7 days. Meaning AVERAGED seven days. Sometimes I have a LP as short as 6 days or as long as 8 days, but it is almost always 7 days long). My 4 year-old son was conceived on the first cycle we tried, my 20 month-old daughter was conceived on the seventh cycle we tried (we had one CP in there), and we just found out about #3, who was conceived on the third cycle TTC (we also had one CP in there). With my daughter, I had implantation spotting on 11 DPO, so I know there is some communication happening between the fertilized egg and the mom's body before implantation... Why else wouldn't I have started my period on 8 DPO as usual? My period held off for some reason and the egg implanted at 11 DPO. I got a VERY faint + HPT three days later). I know we have been really blessed and I am so grateful. I wasn't sure if I would be able to get pregnant while my daughter is still breastfeeding, but it looks like that didn't have an effect.

With my son, we didn't use any interventions to conceive. With my daughter and this current pregnancy, I used B-complex supplements (but I've been taking that for about 2.5 years for the energy and metabolism effects, as well as the fact that I eat a vegan diet and need a good B12 supplement). With my daughter and this current pregnancy, we also used Pre-seed. No other interventions, though. We have always used the Sympto-Thermal Method because my thrifty self doesn't want to spend money on OPKs and I like the benefit of using that method to prevent pregnancy as well (when I'm finished having babies). :) I recommend the classic book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler; I think it is a great comprehensive resource on our fertility and I'm going to review it with my own daughter (and any future daughters??) when she starts her menstrual cycles.

Anyway, my message is this: Try to stay positive (and I know this is so hard. Even though hope is one of the things that truly sustains me in life, the burden of hope can be so heavy when TTC). There is a ton of information out there that gives hope to women with a short LP. I wish you all the best in your journeys!

BFP 2 days before IVF!!!

My husband and I have been TTC for 2 years. I've regularly stalked this site and held onto every BFP story as a shred of hope.

Our RE told us along the way that due to our particular fertility issues (PCOS, low sperm count, 0% morphology), we would not be able to conceive naturally, and IVF would be the best option. We did all the prep and pre-requisites for IVF, and I was supposed to call the nurse last week to tell her when I started my period, so that we could begin the medications and IVF cycle.

My period never came, so on a whim, I took a HPT the morning of my missed period. I knew it would be negative, just like it had been for the last 2 years, so I set it on the counter, went to the kitchen and started doing some things around the house. I had forgotten about the HPT and went back several minutes later to check (prepared to pick it up and throw it in the trash immediately) and was SHOCKED to see that it read "Pregnant 2-3 weeks"!!! After picking myself up off the floor and drying my tears, I immediately ran out and bought several more tests and tried them...all BFP!!!

Since then I've had 2 Beta tests and all numbers look great. Still very very early (5 weeks) so I am praying that our little miracle baby sticks and I am thanking God every minute for this amazing surprise. I would never tell someone TTC that "it will happen when the time is right" or any of those other annoying things people say, but I will say I 100% believe this is a miracle and prayer is a powerful thing.

Here are some symptoms I've had along the way:

14 DPO - extremely moody/weepy/irrational
16 DPO - Strong food aversion (feta cheese)
17 DPO - BFP!!! Cramping and backache
18 DPO - Cramping and dizziness
19 DPO - Cramping, bloating, dizziness, fatigue, craving anything salty
20 DPO - All of the above and empty stomach feeling, insomnia
21 DPO - All of the above and heavy boobs, sore on outside/left

Good luck to you all and please wish us sticky baby dust!!! :)

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