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3 1/2 years BFP after first frozen transfer

I have been on this site for 3 1/2 years still ttc. I was hestitant to even post my story but I figured it may inspire others. I am 33 and husband is 28. We were orginally unexplained infertile after trying 1 1/2 years with no luck. I underwent lapo to rule out endometreosis and none was found. I then had a hysteroscopy to remove minimal scar tissue. None of this was the factor. The only factor they found was slightly low sperm count on my husband but it was not alarmingly low. We underwent 5 clomid cycles, no luck. We had 3 failed IUIs no luck. We did our first round of IVF in September. I produced 18 eggs. They transfered two embyos and 5 were able to freeze. The retrieval was very ruff on me, I was sore and swollen and still believed I was over stimulated. Of course we were devistated when we got a BFN. We waited one cycle to give my body time to recover from all the meds. My doctor decided for us to try and natural frozen egg transfer for November. We were nervous of the thaw, but they had our 5 embyros frozen in one set of two and one set of three. They thawed the first two which were beautiful ready to hatch blatocysts. The night before transfer I went to the spa and got a full body massage. 11/5 we had the transfer. The week after was our 4 year anniversay on 11/14 so we took a cruise which was nice because it helped me relax. We got back Monday 11/17. I pretty much was preparing for the worst I had no symptoms but was exhausted from lack of sleep on the cruise. I was so tired that the night we got back, I made a pot of sauce and dropped two plates of hot pasta and sauce all over me and the floor and then slipped. I started crying and was a bit over emotional. We were due for our blood test yesterday on 11/19. I honsetly did not want to go, I had no symptoms and figured we would just take an hpt in the morning today so yesterday could have been my last day of the progesterone oil and my period would just come so we can use our other frozen 3 embryos for next month. I took a cheap test this morning. My husband and I waited patiently. We both walked back into the bathroom and nearly passed out when we saw a perfect + -. We cried and cried and cried and looked at the test a million times. I can't believe it, after 3 1/2 years of heartache and watching everyone else have babies we did it. We went into today for blood work to confirm. I really did think I was out this month.

The only symptoms I had were heightend sense of smell, tired and super sensitive emotions. Not sure if that was from being over tired from the vacation of actual pregnancy symptoms.

The only thing I did differently this month aside from the frozen transfer was the spa visit the night before transfer, and I pretty much just tried not to even think about it. I just stayed busy and relaxed. I also took a baby aspirin each day from transfer on.

I am literally in disbelief even typing this. I strongly believe in the frozen transfer as opposed to fresh ivf cycle. I believe the body works best when it is not under a huge dose of medications and is overstimulated. Plus the frozen eggs that are able to survive a thaw have already proven to be the strongest and are at a later stage of developement. Ours were ready to hatch already.

Looking back on all of this and all the let down we have had over the years I have realized the importance of not giving up, but more importantly the importance of believing that things happen when and how they are supposed to. My husband has recently done amazing with our business and we are bringing in great money and have a lot of stressful things past us in the last two months. This is finally our time, the right time and I feel very blessed.

Good Luck friends, don't give up and trust in what fate has to offer!

4 years TTC, 3rd IUI with injectables

Like many of the ladies on this site, getting able to post here seemed like a distant dream. I will try to sum up our story as much as I can, given over the past 4 years we have certainly gone through a lot. We started TTC in November 2010, and after a full year of trying with no success, we decided to seek help from a fertility specialist. My husband was tested and came back with low sperm count, so immediately the fertility doctor said we needed to go straight to IVF. We weren't ready to go down that path yet, so we decided to take a break from the doctor route and continue to try on our own. A year after that, I started seeing a nurse midwife who specialized in pelvic massages and manipulation to help with the uterus. First, my periods were much improved after my sessions. The therapist recommended a fertility doctor who she felt would really listen to our situation and not immediately resort to IVF unless that was our last option. We started seeing him and he wanted to try a few IUI cycles to see how I would respond to it. The first cycle I took Clomid, and my husband's post wash count was 4 mil. No success. The second cycle I went on the Gonal F injectable, and my husband's post wash count was only 1 mil. No success. On our third go around, i went back on the Gonal F, and his post wash count was 2 mil. We also BD'd the day after the IUI in hopes to increase our chances. On CD 23, I started to experience my typical pre-menstrual spotting, so immediately felt I was out. I have been a spotter for the past three years, and no doctor has ever been able to tell me why or has seemed concerned (I have always been concerned about it). Two days later, the spotting was almost gone and I started feeling crampy and really bloated. I tested on CD 27 when the spotting was completely gone, and got my first BFP ever! I have had two blood tests already confirming the pregnancy as well as my HCG rising numbers. I am praying for a healthy pregnancy as it has been such a long journey to get here. I believe in God's plan and prayed every night that He give me the strength to have patience in His plan. Not that it was ever easy, or that I didn't have meltdowns every month Aunt Flo showed up. This site has been my go-to for hope and comfort over the years.

Ok, so my symptoms have been on and off cramping (exactly like menstrual cramps), bloated, dizziness, sore boobs (these started while I was taking the Gonal F and have only subsided a little) and constipated. To be honest, ever since I found out, I have not felt great at all physically but we are over the moon that we are here and are hoping for the best! My prayers and best wishes to everyone out there reading this. It does happen when it's supposed to, as cliche as it sounds.

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TTC #1 for 11 months with low morphology, possible PCOS and probable endometriosis

I know most gals say this but I'm so happy that I can finally post my BFP story!! I've been reading this site for many months now, especially the post laparoscopy BFP stories.
A little bit about me first: both DH and I are 29 and have been trying for 11 months. I knew that I probably had endometriosis for about 4.5 years now but chose not to have laparoscopic surgery initially (my consultation with the surgeon is tomorrow!). Had an U/S in the summer which showed borderline PCOS and a probable endometrial cyst on my ovary. DH had SA done which showed low morphology (only 3% normal!).
I really thought that I was out this month since my temps were all over the place and I didn't ovulate until CD23 (Halloween!). The last time we BD'd was CD20 so I wasn't feeling good about my chances. Had my annual physical exam with my family doctor on CD30 and asked that a pregnancy test be done on my urine and it came back negative (I wasn't surprised). But my temps have been nice and high and I had a dream last night that I had BFP so I decided to test this morning on CD33/10 dpo with FRER and I was SHOCKED to see a BFP!! It was faint but definitely there. I woke up DH to look even though it was only 5:45 am. It really took a while to sink in, but I couldn't be happier! I never thought that this would happen!!!
No symptoms except for subtle brown CM the night of CD30, but I thought that it was from my PAP. Also my bbs have been big and sore, but that happens sometimes before AF.
Some of the things we did differently since the summer: DH quit drinking, switched to boxers, no baths, no cycling and started fertility vitamins for men. I've been taking chinese herbs, B100 complex (along with the usual pre-natal vitamins), gained some weight by eating healthy fats (I had a borderline low BMI) and had a mayan abdominal massage.
Praying for a sticky bean!

BFP on First IVF - no symptoms

Me: 32 (turned 33 during IVF) - No fertility issues
DH: 37 - operated on varicocele. A year and a half had gone by once we started with IUI and, later, IVF.
3 failed IUI with Menopur and Gonacor.
Once the third IUI ended in failure, we decided right away to continue with IVF. We did all four procedures one after the other. We did not stop to rest.
First IVF – 9 eggs. 8 fertilized ok. Two “perfect” ones (according to the Doctor) were transferred after 2 days.
During Two-Week-Wait: no symptoms. I was on progesterone and, even so, I really did not feel different. As a matter of fact, during the first 5 days after embryo transfer I felt my boobs very heavy but once I reached 7dpet they weren´t any more. The only thing which was really noticeable was the feeling of a high body temperature, but I thought it was progesterone´s side effects.
On 11 days past egg transfer I was sure I was out: I had no symptoms, no heavy boobs and I started feeling pre-menstrual camping. I cried my eyes out all day long and once I got home from work that evening I decided to POAS just to get it over with. It came out a very faint positive. Before leaving home on 15dpet for my Beta I POAS again (I was afraid it would be negative and did not want to hear it from my Doc over the phone). It came out a much darker line. Beta was 206. After 48 hours my second Beta was over 1000.
Later, my Doc said to me it was very unusual that I have gotten a BFP on a HPT so early.
I am now waiting for my first scan and the only thing I feel is cramping. Doc says it´s normal.
Baby dust to all of you!

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BFP 14DPO with 4% Sperm Morphology! Don't sweat a bad SA!

Here's a chronicle by Cycle Day of this very volatile month, which has shockingly ended with a BFP!

CD 1 -- AF arrives on Sunday Oct. 5. We have been TTC since January, after being together since the end of 2009 and using condoms for protection around ovulation. I turned 33 in September, DH turns 40 in November. With so many accidents, we assume we are infertile. We are reconciled to infertility (at 7 billion and growing exponentially, there are too many people as it is), but think we would be good parents. We prepare for the "work up" of exams to determine cause of infertility.

CD 2 -- I go to my OB/GYN office to have hormone lab done. As I wait in the office, I overhear one young man, who is accompanying his very young and pregnant girlfriend for checkup, bragging to another woman that he already has three children by another woman. Want to throw up thinking about how messed up our society is.

CD 4 -- DH goes in to fertility clinic to get SA done on his way to work. He does not relish jerking off at clinic, but is being a trooper about it.

CD 5-9 -- I take first round of Clomid, prescribed by my OB/GYN even though I'm ovulating regularly.

CD 9 -- I go to Radiology department at hospital to have an HSG! On the news is the story about Nina Pham, the nurse at Dallas Presb. who has contracted Ebola from the Liberian, Thomas Duncan, who had been sent home from hospital earlier with antibiotics, despite the fact that he had recently traveled from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak and was showing symptoms. I ask the nurse who is prepping me for the HSG if the hospital has been reviewing protocols for Ebola. She clearly has no idea what Ebola is and says they use the same procedures for all diseases. Unbelievable. A nice resident arrives to do HSG and wants to know if it's OK if a med student watches. Fine. So they begin. "That is the cervix," says the resident to med student, and away they go. The contrast spills out ovaries. The uterus and ovaries look surprisingly pretty all lit up on x-ray. No blockage. Infertility still a mystery.

CD 10 -- OB/GYN calls me with results from hormone tests and HSG. Normal normal normal. The SA, on the other hand, shows only 4% normal sperm morphology. OB/GYN is sure this is the cause of infertility, and refers us to fertility specialist and predicts he will have us go right to IUI or IVF. I call DH with news and freak out. DH doesn't want to do IUI or IVF because the risk of birth or developmental defects. "If I can't do it naturally, then it probably shouldn't be done at all." I don't want to do such procedures either, but there's nothing like someone telling you you can't have a baby to make you want to have a baby.

CD 11-24 -- I begin obsessively reading medical literature about abnormal sperm morphology, or teratozoospermia. And I also discover this site and begin reading the stories of other couples dealing with low sperm morphology. The medical literature is fascinating. There are several case studies of alcoholics in which teratozoospermia has been reversed after three months of abstaining for alcohol. There are several population studies showing alcohol consumption negatively affecting sperm morphology. Although DH and I are very healthy, active, and abstemious during the week, we party hard on weekends. DH especially. DH is persuaded that he needs to cut way back on booze, maybe even go on wagon. He also begins taking a multivitamin, and 200 mg/pycnogenol a day. There is a 2002 study (with an admittedly low sample size) that showed men with low morphology taking 200mg/pycnogenol a day increased their percent normal sperm by 38% over three months. I make our already healthy diet even healthier.

CD 15 -- I get an LH surge on fertility monitor. We had soberly BD'd CD 12, 13, 14. We soberly BD again on CD 15 and 16. Previously we had been BD'ing every other day. But since DH has a high count (just a lot of weird sperm), we figure we would increase our chances by BD'ing every day around ovulation.

DPO 8 -- I begin noticing UNDENIABLE SYMPTOMS. Major nausea in the evenings. White, lotiony CM on underthings. GI weirdness/bloat. Usually a week before menstruating I feel bloated and have to exchange B cups for C cups because breasts get so much larger, but I've never experienced nausea like this.

DPO 9 -- Take a pregnancy test for the hell of it. There is a faint line that I decide is an evaporation line but am still suspicious.

BFP @ 14 dpo

Wow! I still can't believe its my turn :).
My BFP came after an IUI with very low post-wash sperm count of 2.4 mill (morphology and motility normal) while awaiting first round of IVF. AND I only have one fallopian tube due to a previous ectopic! I thought I was definitely out because my RE told me my chances were very low this round. Also, my 2ww symptoms were virtually identical to pre af symptoms.
So there is hope, ladies!....

1-5 dpo - bloating, abdominal twinges
6-9 dpo - above plus tired, deep sleep w/ wild dreams, full/non-tender bbs
10dpo - above plus frequent urination, a lot of creamy CM, sore throat
11-12 dpo - above but VERY full/non-tender bbs and moody
13 dpo - above plus single episode of mild nausea
14 dpo - BFP!
14 dpo beta #1 - 202
16 dpo beta #2 - 485!

Praying for a sticky little one :)

BFP after 9 months and a pituitary tumor - BD 1 time during fertile window

I won't make this too long, but we started trying to get pregnant January 2014. I had my 1st son September 2012, and wanted to have another soon after, but it didn't really work out like that. My period did not even come back until December 2013, and that was only with the assistance of Provera. I started temping and tracking everything in January..ended up with a short (7,8,9 days) luteal phase, and things really didn't get back to normal until around May 2014. After that, our BD timing was perfectly lining up with my ovulation days, so I just was not understanding why it wasn't happening for us.

July 2nd, 2014, my husband went blind in 1 eye. Long story short, we took him to the ER in the AM, and by that evening, he was having surgery to remove a pituitary tumor at the base of his brain. Scary stuff, but he is recovered and all is well. During the check up appointments, the dr's mentioned that the tumor appeared to be 2 years old, and were very surprised that we had even had our first child. Apparently the pituitary affects sperm production and all of that, which is what we are thinking the issue was. His recovery took about a month, and we started trying again in AUgust. Well, sure enough, during the 2nd month of trying after his surgery, we got our BFP.

During the months of trying, I tried it all, preseed, legs in the air for 30 minutes, pills, vitamins, b-vitamins, mucinex, temping, charting, Fertilaid etc. ...However, by September I was so tired of doing all of that, and I didn't even track in September. I prayed about it (as I have many months prior), but really decided to just rest and relax in September. We BD 'd 1 day during my fertile phase - the day that I received a positive on my ovulation test, and we used pre-seed, that's it. TMI , but he also slipped out as well as he was finishing, so I really didn't think we had a huge chance this month.

I did have my husband on Fertilaid for men as well. I'd like to think this helped. If this wasn't the month, our next step was to get his sperm tested.

Around 7DPO I started getting queasy. I thought it was because I had just taken a flu shot. I was queasy for the next couple of days. I did not think you could get queasy that quickly, but I may very well have been flu shot related, though I've never had that reaction. I started testing around 11 dpo and noticed a squinter 12 dpo. The squinter didn't turn to a full BFP until after my period was due.

We are VERY ecstatic and I just wanted to share my story because many nights these stories have helped me to not get discouraged. I hope this will encourage someone!

BFP with IVF/ICSI #1

Thought I start with the background:
Me: 28- BFP week before turning 29 (27 when first started TTC). DF: 28 (27 when first TTC).
How long we’ve been TTC: Naturally for 1 year, then first IVF with ICSI in September 2014.
Issues: Me – PCO but regular ovulation (so not really an issue). Right tube blocked at end near ovary (can’t be fixed). DF – 1-2% morphology, and below average motility (overall numbers are normal – no ‘count’ issue).
What we’ve tried/used:
Me –
OPK’s (Clearblue digital the most reliable).
Charting temperature (helped with timing BD perfectly, even though unsuccessful anyway).
Chinese medicine (acupuncture, cupping and herbs).
Evening Primrose oil.
Red raspberry leaf tea.
Pineapple core during TWW.
Laying down after BD.
Cutting out caffeine and soy products.
Adding maca powder to smoothies.
Taking B vitamin supplement.

DH –
Chinese medicine (acupuncture, cupping and herbs).
Joined gym and did regular exercise.
Cut down on smoking and alcohol.
Eating more healthy foods.
Men’s multivitamin.

After trying out the natural alternative (Chinese medicine), DH got another SA which showed no improvement. We had already researched our options and felt IVF with ICSI was the best option for us, which our fertility/IVF specialist agreed.

First IVF with ICSI cycle started 21/9/14.

I had 21 eggs collected, and 19 of those were mature. 17 of those fertilised, and all 17 made it to day 5!!!! They transferred 1 on day 5, and then waited till day 6 to freeze remaining – 15 made it to freeze!!!!!

I decided on a whim that I would do a test at 5dp5dt. It was during the day on only a 2 hour hold, and to my absolute shock there was a faint line!
I continued to test throughout the week and have kept getting stronger and darker lines. My last test was on 8dp5dt, on only a two hour hold, and the test line was almost as dark as the control line. I have my blood test on 12dp5dt, and really hope it all comes back within the normal range!!!

I honestly just couldn’t imagine getting a BFP after trying so hard over the last year and a bit. I am so blessed and happy to see those two beautiful lines!!!

In terms of symptoms. I really have not had much.. I felt completely and utterly normal right up to 7dp5dt. Around 7dp5dt, I did feel a little sick in the morning, but it was short lived. I have had some mild light headedness as well, and felt mildy sick throughout the day on 8dp5dt. I have had the odd crampy feeling since 6dp5dt. This has all been so mild though - it could easily just be the progesterone gel as much as the pregnancy hormones.

BFP at 12 DPO!!!

I am so happy to be posting on this site!! I have been stalking it for 1.5 years. Some background-
My husband and I have been married for 4 years and started trying for baby 1 about a year and a half ago. I didn't go nuts, just started tracking my cycles by checking CM. After a couple of months I realized I had really inconsistent cycles, ranging from 35-45 days. I then tried OPKs, but got frustrated because I would get a positive, but then wouldn't ovulate for several days, sometimes a week. After 6 months of trying and getting really frustrated, I went to the doc. They did blood tests to check hormones and an ultrasound to check for cysts and everything was normal. My husband went for tests as well, and found that his sperm count was a little low and motility was slightly abnormal, but doc wasnt overly concerned. Just in case, he was prescribed Clomid. Then, in Feb of 2014, I slipped on ice and tore my ACL and meniscus. I needed surgery and lots of rehab, so the baby making was on hold for a while. I started tracking my cycles again in June after I started feeling sort of normal again, and was shocked that I now had a 28 cycle. From June until now, its been like clockwork. I attributed it to weight loss (I've lost almost 40lbs since March). This was our first month trying again, and it worked!! I should also mention that we only BDed once this cycle bc my husband was sick. Here's the good stuff-
O day- feeling good :)
1-2 DPO- Nothing
3 DPO- I was walking through the hall of the school I work at and suddenly everything felt like it was spinning. I had to stop for a second until it passed.
4-5 DPO- Nothing
6-7 DPO- period cramps and a spot of blood in my undies. I started getting suspicious.
8-12 DPO- boobs sore, continued mild cramping, dull headaches, watery CM, lightheadedness, HUNGRY, and my husband says I'm moody, but I dont see it :)

I am super excited and really hopeful that this little bean sticks. Good luck out there to all the couples trying!!

Let's try this again....

Hello I am new to this site. I am 31 and married and have been TCC since August 2012. 3 failed iui. I have not been responding to injectable horomones. I am now starting metformin and on a strict diet and exercise. It's been a tough road. I am going to try IVF however I need to respond to the medications! All the shots have been intramuscular hoping that would help but no such luck. Need some support feeling pretty down. Thanks all!