My husband and I are both 33 and we had been trying to conceive for 15 months. After I went off the pill, my periods were never regular and I either did not ovulate or I ovulated very late. After trying clomid and femara with my OBGYN, I moved on to a fertility specialist.
The first month we went through the tests (semen analysis, dye test to make sure tubes are open, etc). Everything turned out great. We tried 5 days of femara with the trigger shot and IUI the first month. Ultrasounds showed 2 follicles that could work. Waited two weeks, BFN.
The second month we did a lower dose of femara for 5 days, shots for 5 or 6 days, and the trigger shot. I went in for IUI 36-40 hours after the trigger shot. Ultrasounds showed I had 3 follicles that could work.
Days 1-3: Cramps on and off, bloating.
Day 4: Nothing
Day 5: Gassy and ovary twinges
Day 6: Ovary twinges
Day 7: Cramps
Day 8: Slight ovary twinges in the morning, exhausted, face acne
Day 9: Occasional ovary twinges, slight cramping
Day 10: Nothing
Day 11: Little crampy, slight left ovary twinges, feverish, tired.
Days 12-13: Absolutely nothing. I think at this point, the shots and side effects were out of my system and I had no side effects. I assumed I was not pregnant.
Day 14: Woke up early and took pregnancy test. Negative. Left it on the counter and went back to sleep. Woke up 1.5 hours later and thought I saw maybe the slightest line. What I mean by this is I had to put it in the light at several angles to even see anything. We were both convinced there was nothing there and I went to work. I had mentally prepared myself for the disappointment because I had been upset so many months when I would always get that negative result. Anyway, I couldn't stop thinking that maybe I did see a line. I called the doctor's office and they said to come in for blood work, that even the faintest line might mean something.
I went in and my blood work came back at 49. 50 is what they consider pregnant but she said I was definitely pregnant, but to come back in 48 hours for repeat blood work to make sure the numbers double. 48 hours later, I went in, and the number was 212. I was definitely pregnant and we were overly excited! Now we had to wait for a couple more weeks to see the ultrasound (and to confirm if we were having one or two babies).
I am now 12.5 weeks pregnant with one baby. If you are trying to get pregnant and having trouble, don't give up. Find a doctor you really like and try to remove any unneeded stress from your life.
Also, I think everyone has different symptoms. I think my symptoms were mostly side effects from the shots and meds. Just because you do not have symptoms, doesn't mean it didn't work. And when you take that first pregnancy test, you may not get a positive right away. Just hang in there.
Another thing. It seemed like while I was trying to get pregnant, everyone around me was getting pregnant (I was happy for them, it was just hard on me because I wanted it too). It got so frustrating hearing, "I wasn't even trying to get pregnant" or "I got pregnant the first month I tried." On top of that, I was constantly being told how long I had been married (only 2 years) and how I should be pregnant, trying to have a kid, when am I going to have a baby, hurry up and have a baby, etc, etc. I am kind of a private person and I wasn't sharing with everyone that I was trying to get pregnant, but I really hated how everyone was constantly pressuring me about it. I don't know if anyone else has had these feelings or not.... But if you are, try your very best to ignore it or get away from it and stay as positive as you possibly can (easier said than done, I know).
I truly wish everyone the best of luck on this difficult journey and I pray that you enjoy the same BFP as my husband and I have. Good luck to all of you.