Quick background - my husband and I have been trying for over a year. We are in our early 30's, and both in high stress/demanding careers. My cycles vary from 30-34 days I usually can tell when I am ovulating, and have actually had my ovulation confirmed by ultrasound. We were not on any fertility treatments, however my MD had discussed possibly starting a combination of Clomid and Metformin so that my cycles would be shorter and possibly produce more eggs. Because we were going through a lot of big changes in life (new job, selling our house and relocating to a new area) we decided to hold off.
My usual PMS symptoms: cramping approximately 7 days prior to period. Sore/tender breasts approximately 5-7 days before period, but the day of period the breasts go back to normal. Also, (and this is just a superstitious type thing) when I'm pretty certain I'm about to get my period I'll usually take a pregnancy test, and usually seeing a BFN usually starts my period that night. Maybe just a coincidence, lol.
Anyway, for my BFP!!!
I was convinced this was going to be another negative month, because I was out of the country on a vacation tour with mom and brother and away from my husband during my supposed ovulation window. However, I will note that I didn't really notice whether or not I ovulated because I was so busy site-seeing and having a good time so I really didn't bother paying attention, lol. Besides, my husband wasn't with me so even if I noticed ovulation I wouldn't be able to do anything anyway, so I didn't really care.
Because my cycles vary, there is a chance I could have ovulated while on the last days of my vacation, or if I was lucky the day of my return flight. However, due to jet lag, and just general vacation exhaustion, my husband and I were not intimate until 2-3 days after I returned, so I really thought my chances were unlikely. Also, since I was sure we missed ovulation, I didn't bother with any of the usual stuff like Pre-Seed or the soft cup (truthfully I stopped using the cup several months prior because it was uncomfortable and wasn't working anyway).
I started getting my usual PMS cramps almost exactly on schedule. A light cramping starting around 7 days prior to when period was due, and the cramping usually increases until the day of period. This time? EXACTLY the same. Breast tenderness also appeared a couple days later. Both symptoms were right on time for PMS. And both felt exactly identical to PMS. I am, of course, a symptom checker (much like most of us). My vaginal discharge was the same, I had no sore throat. The ONLY maybe different symptom was kind of weird - we had sex a few more times after the PMS symptoms started, and a few of those times I remember noticing that there would be a brief tickling sensation in my lower abdomen right as I had an orgasm - it almost felt like an itch deep within that I couldn't scratch. The orgasms were just as wonderful and intense as usual, there would just be that light tickle, like a mild cramp/itch for maybe like 30 seconds right after orgasm. I don't know how to describe it, and it really only happened during that week, and maybe the week after. When I tested it was probably 10-14dpo I really was just expecting a negative - I was actually hoping to get my period already so I could start my next cycle faster. It was a VERY big surprise to look down and see a BFP!! I never had any changes in vaginal discharge prior to BFP, in fact the only day I maaaaybe saw a slight pink tinge upon wiping was 1-2 weeks after BFP, and it only happened once.