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BFP with Male Factor

Male factor infertility can certainly insert a few turns and detours on your path to your BFP. If you've managed to get double lines on your pregnancy test despite contending with male factor infertility, we want to know about it! Send us your story through this contact form.

BFP on New Years Eve 11 dpo MF

The name lastleaf comes from watching bugslife (disney) with my adopted daughter a hundred moons ago. Deciding winter is coming (cut off age to have baby) and the last leaf of fall was about to fall...Against motility issues that went from a super low percentage to 0 percent motile. Turning 45 with that issue looming in the background, 17 year relationship ending and was ready to defer my baby dreams when a friend asked to surrogate for me. I decided WHAT DO I HAVE TO LOSE? I started reading EVERYTHING on treating low motility. The count was 57million morphology was terrible too! I began a STRICT vitamin program this past summer. I've read so many threads and posts to give me insight and to keep me going when I felt like calling it quits. I decided if we got a BFP I would share our story in Hope's of passing on hope. 2000mg Vitamin C 100mg Zinc 200 mcg Selenium 1000mg L-Carnitine 1000mg L-Arginine 10mg Lycopine 100mg CoQ10 1000 mcg B12 800mg Ashwandga root 450mg Vitamin E 450mg Saw Palmetto 1000 iui D3......EVERY DAY (split up 1/2 twice a day) I used mostly Walmart spring alley or walgreens finest nutrition. And 2 rounds of antibiotics in 6 weeks time for good measure. I immediately notice a consistency change in semen. I didn't get a follow up analysis because of the BFP literally just happened! Cycle One : We used clearblue digital OPK, and some cheapies OPK,and preseed. We ICI on cycle day 12 13 14 15. With ovulation on cycle day 14. It ended in a BFN. I went back to reading and discovered ladies were praising softcups! I learned sperm needed a 10 hr head start for capacitation to be able to fertilize. We immediately decided to incorporate softcups into our program. This is what made it happen for us.... Because of my surrogates remarkably consistent cycle timing (which hinders most) timing wasnt an issue for us. We always started testing for O day 10 at 10 am with clearblue and at 6 PM with cheapy. After smiley we used cheapy until line faded (because clearblue is expensive) incase something did change . Surrogate inseminated between 9am to 10 am. She coated with preseed first and then inseminated sample on cervix and immediately put in softcup. CD 12 ICI CD 13 ICI (SOLID SMILEY 2PM) CD 14 ICI 8 DPO ONLY SYMPTOM WAS FATIGUE BFN 9 DP0 CLEAR THIN MUCUS (MORE THAN NORMAL)BFN 10 DPO CRAMPY STILL MUCUSY BFN 11DPO RIGHT BEFORE MID NIGHT THAILAND TIME (IM ON HOLIDAY FOR 2 MONTHS) BFP! HAPPY 2019 TO ME! 2ND CYCLE I BELIEVE IT WAS MOST DEFINITELY THE SOFTCUPS, VITAMINS, AND PRESEED THAT BROUGHT HOME THE BACON! PS. We started mucinex to help with CM 7 days before predicted O day.... GOODLUCK TO ALL. OH yeah, wondfo is the test we got our BFP on. Save you some MONEY and get them on ebay. You get 50 O test and 50 preg. test it helps with POAS ADDICTION.

Through God All Things Are Possible

I've been part of this ttc community since 2013, and I am so excited to say that after 5.5 years and $20k that this ttc veteran is graduating! I used to think BFP stories like mine were super scary. I would scroll through and think "wow, I can't imagine waiting years for a bfp" and "no way that'll be me". I think most long term ttcers agree that we all felt that way until one day we looked up and realized it *was* us. It happens slowly and somehow all at once. So if you're reading this, whether you're brand new to trying or you've already crossed into infertility territory, please know that the journey is not so scary. At times very hard and harrowing, but nothing you can't handle... one day at a time! Anyway, here's the short version of what these past few years entailed: We were up against borderline low motility with no other known issues. We proceeded more slowly than many couples do, mostly because (in case you didn't already know) this shizz is expensive, lol. We did 3 unsuccessful IUIs before taking a break and switching to a clinic with much more personalized care. We did a mini (minimal stimulation) ivf in 2017 with a "freeze all" protocol and had our first transfer in Feb 2018 with two great embryos that didn't take. That let us with one, and perhaps they saved the best for last because the late November transfer was the miracle we'd been waiting for. I'm pregnant! It still sounds so surreal. My beta HCG numbers are within range and rising appropriately. We are still deep in prayer that this little one stays healthy and strong, but I have done by best to lay my worries at God's feet and let them go. Don't worry, I won't deny you the symptoms! Two days after our 3-day transfer (5dpo equivalent) I had really terrible period like cramps on and off for a few hours. By four days past transfer (7dpo equivalent) I was running hot and just not feeling great. This went on for a few days. I can't say it's nausea so much as just feeling gross all of the sudden, and I was more prone to an indigestion feeling after I ate, which is a symptom that has continued and worsened. By 6dpt (9dpo), my bbs were getting tender. Bbs are such a tricky symptom, and mine usually get sore around 9dpo so I didn't think much of it. But they stayed sore, which was unusual. I took all of these "symptoms" with a grain of salt, but looking back they paint a clear bfp picture to me. I also had a very calm and serene feeling for much of the tww that maybe it had worked. During my meditation practice I felt very grounded and nurturing and connected to our embryo, like I was Mother Earth and this little seed had taken root and sprouted within me. Sounds nutty but hey -- the beta came back pregnant! :D I love every symptom though. Indigestion? Yay! Hot flashes? Bring em on! Sore bbs? The sorer the merrier! Side effects of being long-term ttc I guess. Anyway, that's my story. This community offered me so much support and wisdom over the years, and I'm so grateful. I'm humbled by what these past years have taught me and I can't wait to take those lessons in faith, patience, and perseverance with me as I move forward. You're all in my prayers. If you're reading this and wondering if it could be you, YES, it could be you. Through God all things are possible. Take a breath and know that you can't be anywhere other than exactly where you are right now. Relax. All is coming. Faith, trust, and baby dust, Spazzle

BFP - IUI #3 and MFI

Hello ladies, I stalked this page for symptoms during my tww and promised to post my symptoms when I am blessed with a BFP. IUI #3 - 5.0mg Letrozole and Ovidrel Trigger, 2 Follicles and 7.1 million post wash, 79% Motility. 1dpiui - Bloated and Constipated 2dpiui - Bloated, Constipated, and twinges on right side. 3dpiui - Twinges on the right side and butt pain. Started progesterone vaginal suppositories. 4dpiui - Twinges and pulling in lower abdomen. More intense pains on right side. 5dpiui - Cramping... Not excrutiating but very uncomfortable 6dpiui - Pin in both hips, Gassy, Bloated, on and off back aches. 7dpiui - Tested out the ovidrel trigger. Negative internet cheapie, twinges on both sides. Still having some back aches 8dpiui - No usual sore breast. Extreme pain in ovaries. 9dpiui - Still having some mad pains in both ovaries, nipples are sore. Vvfl Internet cheapie. Assumed it was the trigger 10dpiui - Bloated and cramping on both sides. BFP on IC again. Went out to pick up a First Response BFP... I am in shock 11dpiui- Intense side pains, visited the ER... Closed cervix and 53 beta. 12dpiui - Pain in Hips.. Took some Tylenol. Pregnant on digital test 13dpiui - Horrible cramps... Worried something is wrong.. 14dpiui - Brown spotting that filled up a panty liner, but stopped. Freaked out. Went in for another beta 141. 15dpiui - Spotting stopped.. Cramps Days leading up to Week 5... More cramps and hip pain.. Sore breast and nipples.. Slightly nauseous... Very tired.. 5 weeks Scan - Two Gestational sacs... Beta 7472 5 weeks 5 days scan after spotting and cramps - Beta 33756.. Saw both sacs and fetal poles.. Cannot wait to hear my babies heart beat... What I did differently? Husband started taking Fertil Aid and Sperm Boost. IUI #2 was only 500,000 post wash. Huge improvement within 3 weeks. Abstained from sex for 3.5 days, husband started eating better, had sex after iui and we used Pre-seed, used the progesterone regularly this time around, drank plenty of water, and prayed. Thank you Lord.... Good Luck ladies

BFP with IVF after 7 yrs- severe male factor with only 1 testicle

I'm going to keep this very simple and short. This site helped me a lot in those years of trial with no good result. This is to encourage especially the men out there who may be going thru malefactor that its still possible. Our case was in addition with a case of having only 1 testicle Drs told us all kind of neg news that we only had 1% chance. Infact, we were asked to forget about having our own biological children but we never gave up and God gave us a beautiful baby girl after all these yrs. So, its possible. Just know when to relax a bit and when to start again. Ensure you continue taking your normal vitamins. Make some lifestyle changes and continue to pray. My best to you all.

BFP 10 DPO-2ND IUI MALE FACTOR

My husband and I have been trying for a year. I am 32 and he is 34. No issues with me but he has morphology and motility issues. His count averaged around 25 million. Our first IUI was not a success (post wash was only 1 million) and I had 4 eggs. I was on femara CD 3-7 and trigger shot - iui 24 hours later. Fail. 2nd iui was a success and even the doctors were shocked. I had two eggs 17 and 20) and sperm post wash was only 3 million. I was on femara CD 3-7 again and trigger shot - iui 24 hours later. I was convinced it wouldn't work. I gave up alcohol and reduced caffeine intake to one cup of coffee a day. My husband gave up alcohol for only 2 weeks prior to procedure. We were both on several vitamins for several months. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby boy! I received a BFP on 10 DPO (11 DPT). I had literally no pregnancy symptoms! I also normally spot and didn't spot at all leading up to BFP. Male: Conception XR with motility support (l-cartinine) Liquid Fish oil Vitamin D3 Coq10 pycnogenol Female: Prenatal vitamin with DHA Liquid fish oil Vitamin D3 Coq10 pycnogenol

3 years trying, 1st IVF bfp 6dp5dt

I just turned 34, my husband is 36. We started trying 3 years ago in July. What started off as fun and exciting turned over the years to stressful, disappointing and sad as we learned that it would be very difficult for us to conceive naturally. My husband has low sperm count and motility. I have low AMH, 0.9 when tested in 2017 and 2018. We had two failed IUIs and sought multiple opinions, and IVF was agreed to be our best option with our issues. We have no other health problems that were adding to our infertility. Our RE told us it would work the first time, which I thought was a bit bold to say to someone, because he had no way to know that. What a disappointment it would be to hear that and then have it fail. I did an estrogen priming protocol for the cycle before we started IVF. I applied an estrogen patch to my abdomen every other day for 7 days starting 5 days after ovulation. 6 days after ovulation I did a cetrotide injection every day for 3 days. I was not prepared for the cetrotide to give my hives around the injection site. It's totally normal and common, but I wish I would have been warned because I definitely freaked out a little the first day and had to call the nurse. I started my period the day I took off the last estrogen patch - time to start IVF! We started stim meds on day 3 of my cycle. I was taking 225 units gonal-f, and 150 units of menopur each evening. I took the meds for 12 days, including the day of my trigger (10k units hcg). I took cetrotide starting on 8th day of stims in the mornings. By the last ultrasound I had 7 follicles, 5 of which were between 17 and 24 mm, the other two were smaller. My uterine lining was a nice thick 138 mm (they want to see at least 70 I think). They retrieved 5 eggs, all 5 mature, and all 5 fertilized with ICSI. I bled a lot after the retrieval, and was pretty sore. I had my retrieval on a Sunday, and though I could have made it through work on Monday, I'm so glad I took it off. I was still pretty sore. Two made it to a 5-day blastocyst stage and were of good quality. We transferred both. Here are my symptoms, but it's very possible they are mostly due to the progesterone in oil injections at this point. 4-6dpt, I have felt light-headed quite often, have had cramps JUST like my regular pms/af cramping. Some sharp, shooting pain in breasts, but no achy tenderness. I have actually been peeing less often than normal (due to cutting out caffeine and carbonated waters?), light headache that's ongoing, and yesterday I had brief but intense pain around the cervix area. The cramping and headache were just like what I get every month the day before I start my period, so it was really difficult for me to think this may have worked. I guess it was all those years of association. And, here's all the symptoms I did NOT have, that I have seen in many other posts: achy breasts, metallic taste in mouth, twinges or pulling feeling in uterus, mood swings, nausea, increased urination, increased sense of smell, or spotting. On 6dp5dt I got my bfp on a FRER. I had been making myself sick with thinking the cycle had failed, so I made myself face whatever was coming and just take a test. I couldn't stop crying and laughing when I finally saw that second pink line after nearly 40 months of seeing only one. Today, 7dp5dt (12dpo, or past egg retrieval) the line was darker! I'm looking forward to seeing how many babies are in there, and praying that they stick around :) I am thinking of those of you who are struggling. It's hard to keep believing that it's possible, but it really is.

8dp5dt - BFP??

8dp5dt of two blasts. One was said to be highest quality and other was right below it. I started getting faint faint positives 4dp and they’ve definitely gradually gotten darker but shouldn’t it be darker by now? My beta isn’t for 4 more days. Do you think this is BFP or a chemical?

BFP & Unsolicited Rant

Hi Ladies If you’ve read my blog on this site then you already know I miscarried 3 cycles ago at 7 weeks and was then diagnosed in short order with mild PCOS, ureaplasma and male factor issues of 78% “irregular” sperm by World Health Organization’s standards. Throw into the mix that my father was battling late stage pancreatic cancer since last year and you’ll understand how (un)well I was faring. My dad passed away earlier this week before I got to tell him that I’m pregnant again, but I’d like to tell you all, because I know how much reading these stories has meant to me over the last year, in times of both hope and despair. The number one thing I want to put out there is that I was extremely stressed out and unhappy this month, had given up on this cycle and even had a perscription filled for Femara to start the cycle after I’d take antibiotics for the ureaplasma. I was still devastated following my blighted ovum miscarriage in early March. In fact, I was experiencing a new degree of emotional rock bottom during the days that sperm likely met egg. All this to say: when people chide women for being stressed during TTC and order them to relax in that weirdly condescending tone I know you’ve all heard, tell them, silently or otherwise, to go fuck themselves. Empirical experience has shown me that conception is the product of timing, hormonal balance, whatever fertility assists you’re using (be they Western medicine, TCM, Santeria or whatever you ascribe to) and sheer dumb luck. Don’t let the that patriarchal line of thinking about stress being a “conception hinderance” guilt you or convince you that you’re sabotaging your own BFP. I don’t buy that nonsense anymore. Women get pregnant during wartime and in captivity and under unthinkable conditions. So as if the factor being a woman doesn’t offer enough challenges to begin with, we are then scolded for not somehow being serene enough while we toil towards our fertility goals. It’s normal feel frustrated and scared and isolated in this process. It *is* depressing. We’re gonna feel what we’re gonna feel. Time to shift our notion of psychological accountability while TTC, methinks. Onto the dirty details. The what-when-how-where of products and practices. Without further ado: Stuff That Probably Helped This Time All month: •Bayer prenatal supplements •folic acid (in addition to the prenatals’ folic content) •4 capsules of fish oil •C0Q10 supplement •selenium supplement •saint John’s wort supplements •2 drops daily of Woodstock brand “Women’s Repro Formula” (contains vitex, maca and all the usual suspects, $21) •probiotics twice daily with meals CD1 through ovulation: • red clover supplement • evening primrose oil supplement • expensive-ass deer antler tea 2-3 times daily (basically you soak it in a clay pot, strain that water and drink it and then add new water, simmer it for an hour, drink THAT and then if you’re feeling like a champ add more water for a final hour long simmer and drink that, too) actually I stuck to this regimen from CD1 til about 5DPO when I ran out and was too broke to buy more... but we’ll never know if it was this potion that tipped the scale “Mechanical” aid: • Wandflo OPK’s ordered online from Amazon • a small amount of preseed injected as close as possible to cervix right before intercourse followed by • softcup smeared with preseed directly after sex, that be left in for 12 hours • sorry for TMI but I tried to give myself an orgasm right after inserting the softcup each time (no, my partner didn’t do it lol) because they claim that the contractions cause “upsuck” (ew this word) • weekly acupuncture • not in the shower = wearing socks no matter what Stuff I avoided: • caffeine (so coffee, tea and chocolate) • alcohol • hot baths Other things I think helped: • I had an HSG test late autumn 2017 and I had never been pregnant. In the days following it some “debris” and mucus unlike anything I’d seen in that, uh, zone, seemed to be dislodged. I think the HSG might’ve cleared the pipes to an extent that they weren’t before. I’ve conceived for the first time in my whole life since then, which may tell us something about that procedure • my partner and I timed intercourse every other day from the first day my bleeding stopped until a few days after the OPK’s started to darken. By the way, he was also under instruction from the doctor not to masturbate because it’s thought to compromise sperm count • my partner started consistently taking a men’s multivitamin, selenium, folic acid, C0Q10, fish oil, selenium and fenugreek supplements every day starting about 3 months ago (they say it takes about 3 months to “build” fresh sperm that reach maturity and are ready to do their job And finally

BFP with IVF at 38

Hi ladies! I've read so many of these stories over the years so wanted to drop in and give hope to those who may be feeling hopeless. I had my first round of IVF when I was 36 - after trying everything else for years. I was a poor responder and ended up with just one blastocyst... and she stuck! My only symptoms with her were sharp cramps and light spotting 3 days after a 5 day transfer. And she is my now one year old daughter! I've just undergone my second round of IVF (age 38), transferred one blastocyst and got my BFP! It feels like a miracle because I didn't have the same symptoms as my first round. In fact I had no real symptoms other than a low level 'period type' feeling 3-4 days after my 5-day transfer. I had a stuffy nose and really bad diarrhoea on days 3,4,5,6 after transfer and just felt incredibly sad. My beta is on Friday and I'm hoping for great results! We prayed very hard all through our journey and feel extremely blessed that God has answered our prayers in this way. For info, we had severe male factor infertility and high FSH, lowish AMH for me.

BFP at 10dpo! - 10yrs infertility, Menopur +Trigger + IUI

I am your typical stalker and have miraculously gotten my FIRST ever true BFP. My journey has been epic and I want to open up about it because this site was where I spent so many years of TWW's. Background: I am 31, my infertility journey started when I was 19 (2005) and trying to conceive with my then fiancee. I knew something wasn't right then and all the doctors I went to wouldn't listen to me. In 2010 I finally got a DR who would do what I wanted and had a laprascopy, hysteroscopy and chromatubation done. Found grade II endometriosis, my uterus was completely filled with polyps, and my right tube was blocked. He didn't try to open my right tube because I was "so young and would be fine," but he did remove all the polyps. Fast forward to 2016, I am still not getting pregnant. Tried some clomid and AI (using known donors) a few times with no luck. So in 2016 I have a HSG and both of my tubes are blocked and there is a large filling defect. Saline sonogram shows nothing that would cause a filling defect, so weird! guessing it was a cyst that burst? A few months later I have a fallopian tube recanalization done, which was successful, doctor got both tubes open! That was December 2016. Tried all of 2017, had another HSG that showed both tubes still open. Finally got referred to an RE in late 2017 (I am a veteran and working with the VA so it takes forever!). RE said that my left tube actually looks terrible and while technically patent, it doesn't look good. So we try one cycle of clomid and timed intercourse because my follicle was on the left side. She wanted to move to injectables, so while waiting for them to be ordered we did one natural + IUI cycle and no luck. Partner is 39 has 4% morphology, everything else good. Beginning of March I started Menopur injectables (2 bottles) for 9 days (CD 2-10) Triggered with Ovidrel 250mcg on CD 11 with three good looking follicles, two on left and one on right. Did IUI on CD 13 and lots of BD'ing around then so we don't know what worked ;) 1-6dpo nothing unusual - Refilled Menopur RX, just in case (so now I have a ton I don't know what to do with!) 7dpo- tested with FRER, very faint positive (then I remembered the trigger shot, so disappointing!!) 8dpo- tested with FRER very very faint positive, ok trigger is pretty much gone, but now I am out of tests! Order more on internet!! 9dpo- brief wave of nausea while cooking 10dpo- preggo tests arrive in am so I can use FMU - faint, but definite, positive on Wondfo. Now I don't know if it's trigger or real, but thinking real! 11dpo- test with FMU - faint positive - wave of mild nausea again in the evening. 12dpo- test with FMU- positive getting darker! 13dpo- test with FMU still positive! Beta test done = 98! 14dpo- test much darker now I had big temp jumps at 8 and 9dpo, and it has stayed really high. I use the ava bracelet, which I don't actually recommend if you are doing medicated cycles, it really throws things off! It was totally off for when I ovulated this cycle and when I did my clomid cycle. Was great for the one natural cycle though! I typically have 10-11 day LP, I am taking progesterone suppositories (started 2 days after IUI) even though I didn't have low levels, don't know if it helped considering I must implanted around 6 or 7 dpo. Because of my tube issues, I have an increased risk of ectopic, so all fingers and toes crossed that everything is where it should be and it sticks! I have been doing acupuncture almost every week for 11months, taking prenatals for years. I think a lack of symptoms and the few waves of nausea had me suspicious, I never get nauseous unless I have a migraine. No AF-like cramps at all, more like constant activity and sensations in my uterus/ovaries and I was really happy, not at all like when AF is due. Boobs are tender now but didn't start until after the BFP, that comes and goes with my typical cycles though. Also extreme tiredness, like taking naps tired, started after the first bfp. I am so thrilled, this has been such a long, emotional journey and just knowing my body can actually get pregnant, it's just the most wonderful feeling.

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