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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 with vitex after 10 months ttc

DH & I are both healthy and 30. Had been trying since June 2013 with a break for 3 months earlier this year. I found out I had no immunity to chicken pox and had to have a vaccine & wait 3 months before trying again. In this time we had lots of tests done. DH came back with low & clumpy SA. I immediatly got him on vitamin C & Fertile Max. 2.5 months later his results were soo much better the doc asked what medication he was on.
Next came my issues, I've had painful AF & spotting for the last 4-5 years & once we started ttc it got worse. Had an ultrasound & found a complex cyst & fibroid, that didnt go away after my next 2 month scan. My gyno also said my CD21 hormones were too low (progesterone) & wanted me to take Clomid. Having read that clomid wasn't very good for women with cysts, i started hunting for a herbal alternative and found the wonderful VITEX!
1st month my some what regular cycle dropped to 20 days long (taking 1 x 1000 mg per day) & with no pain at all. 2nd month it increased to 23 with a little cramping. Month 3 I increased my vitex dose to 3 x 1000mg a day & on CD 28 I got my first ever BFP!! ive also been takingo B6, B12 & Vitamin C daily.

I hope my experience helps someone else in their journey & I really recommend you try vitex for at least 3 months :)

Over 3 Years TTC

I can't believe it's my turn! My DH and I have been TTC since we got married. I'm 30 and he's 35. After a few months I decided to try using OPK's. They didn't work for me and I was frustrated and spending too much $! I'd start at cd10 and would neg up to cd22. One month I finally got my first "blinking smiley face" and it stayed that way for 9 days and I never got the standard smiley. I started temping trying to figure my O Day at cd21 and some months it was all over the place. After a year we went to an RE. He started me on Femara since I wasn't O'ing each cycle. My husband had an SE which came back slightly low. He had be dx with Acromegaly, a rare form of adult giantism the year prior. He had a golf-ball sized tumor removed from his pituitary gland and his symptoms started to improve. He was put on Clomid to help with his sperm and started taking FertilAid. Within a few months his sperm count increased to low-normal. We continued Femara and then started injectibles to time our chances better-BFN's. We then had our first IUI-BFN. Something was bothering me about the clinic and I really liked the doctor, but I didn't like his RN's. I didn't feel they cared about me and the one RN also talked to me like I was an idiot. I decided to switch RE's, but a bit further. She was great! I didn't have to temp-wahoo! I'd been temping for over a year with the other RE and on my own- I was sick of it! She checked my blood work each cycle, before and after O, and the other clinic didn't. We did 2 IUI's-BFN. I was starting to lose hope. Everyone around me was getting pregnant and I was turning into Negative Nancy-BFN as in Big Fat Negative Nancy since I had gained weight through TTC and even though I was exercising and eating well I was gaining! My boobs were ginourmous- I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. We had taken 6m off TTC to give us a break and my DH quit drinking and we started marriage counseling. We started repairing our relationship after the toll that TTC and other life stressors put on our marriage. I had already spoke with the RE about IVF before our break. I was putting financials in order, but then going through such a rough patch in our relationship. We were even turned down for a loan for IVF and I thought it wasn't meant to be. We decided to start trying again and the RE did bloodwork and saw that my Prolactin was high and sent me for an MRI. They found a small pituitary tumor that was producing too much Prolactin making my boobs ginourmous and throwing my ovulation off each month. My husband and I both had pituitary tumors!! I was put on Cabergoline in June and my symptoms improved. In Aug we decided to try IUI again since we couldn't afford IVF and our insurance covers half. I did Femara days 4-8 (supp to be 3-7, but my Rx wasn't sent through), and 250mg Ovidrel on cd14 after finding 1 follie (18mm and 1 large 30mm cyst that's been there for a year)on u/s cd 12. Our insurance didn't cover Ovidrel and it cost $140. I didn't think 1 follie would be enough! It was! The morning of the IUI was a disaster! My husband is a firefighter and had to do his sample at work and then rush it to the clinic. He got "stage fright" and couldn't do it- I cried. He tried again at home and he got it! I rushed to the clinic 45 mins away and almost ran out of gas! I was so afraid we wouldn't get the sample there in time and it wouldn't be enough (didn't look like a lot)! It was! 19 million (93%mot, 81%morph)!
1-8dpiui-bloating, slight dizziness
9-14dpiui-same with indigestion, fatigue (no boob tenderness at all!)
Very very faint BFP on 13dpiui-DH was skeptical (CVS brand)
Faint BFP on 14dpiui, BFP on Clear Blue Digital!
We still need to get bloodwork to confirm, but after NEVER having the slightest BFP I'm so excited! I'm hoping it's a sure thing! Sorry so long, but 3y is a lot of work!
I didn't like when people said "it'll happen"- it made me so mad, but they were right!
Keep praying my friends <3

lucky and grateful

My first ever faint Positive tests today after more than 3 years of trying, tests and doctors. We were "unexplained" until finally a detailed second semen analysis showed male factor morphology and motility to be the issues. I want to encourage all women reading this to be sure to pursue the male testing thoroughly if you are having difficulty, as we could have saved a year by having the more detailed testing (that was never mentioned to us until we enrolled in ivf) done. Male factor accounts for 40% of infertility issues and yet we seem to assume it is the female partner for some reason. I tried everything you can name, but science was what worked for us- iVF with ICSI, which is when the sperm are injected into the eggs to ensure they have a chance! We were able to freeze 5 extra embryos because they were so good. No one can understand the pain and silence of infertility until you have experienced it, but please be sensitive to the fact that one in six couples will face it, and that many around you are suffering greatly and silently.
As for symptoms, I have come to understand that most of what we think are symptoms are really just progesterone and pms. The only unusual symptom I had was a small amount of dizziness and weakness for a couple of minutes on the two mornings after the embryo transfer. But that could just as easily have been due to the many medications coming and going in my system. Everything else was exactly like every other cycle I have ever had, same cm changes same breast feelings, same twinges and pains and cramps, same increase in sense of smell, same moodiness. SAME. So my advice is to spend your time investigating ways you can become a parent, not just reading these symptoms, during your 2ww. Make a plan for if it doesn't work this time, so you can feel more in control and find your resolution, be it adoption, trying ivf, or choosing to live child free and finding freedom to be happy to nurture the children in your family or "village". I still have back-up plans in case this little bean doesn't stick.
My heart goes out to you if you are waiting and losing hope, but I have been there and I may be again, and I can say that your struggle will make you more patient and compassionate and grateful for life, and you will one day find peace and an answer. Try to access that part of you that always has peace, and get off the internet and live for today as much as possible.

BFP on IVF #1 :)

I promised myself I would submit my story when and if I ever got a BFP. This site, and others like it have given me hope and really helped me during my (VERY numerous) two week waits.

My husband (45) and I (35) have been TTC for exactly a year. Very early on, we were diagnosed with severe MFI, mostly based on low morphology. My husband had a vericocele reversal in 1986, and our doc thinks that might be why his numbers were so low. We tried monitored and timed cycles, and 3 IUIs with trigger to no avail. Every cycle, I mistook PMS symptoms for early pregnancy symptoms and was always so disappointed, though in my heart I knew IVF would probably be the only route for us.

We began Lupron at a dose of 10 on cycle day 21, and that was lowered when we added stims on CD 2 (Gonal F 150 and Menopur - 1 powder- along with the Lupron at 5). I was on stims for nine days, and triggered on CD 12.
My retrieval was on CD 14, and they got 16 eggs out of there, 11 of which were fertilized. By day 3, we still had 10 which were growing healthily enough for them to push my transfer back to Day 5. On Day 5, we transferred one 5AA Blast and now have 7 blasts on ice.

My beta was this morning, and came up 250! Today is 14 "dpo" so to speak. We are anxiously awaiting the next two betas, scheduled for Monday and Weds.

If I have any advice to give it would be to make sure you have a fertility clinic with a great staff that is good at maintaining contact and giving you information in a timely manner. Although I wasn't thrilled with my fertility doctor herself (who I never really saw anyway), I WAS thrilled with the nursing staff. They explained everything so well, and always answered my questions. The nurses and support staff are just as important as the doctor, in my opinion!

Good luck to all!

Only had one embryo and it took!

My DH and I just did our first round of IVF. Our issue was male factor. I'm 33 and he's 41. I didn't respond well to the meds so I only had 2 eggs to retrieve and 1 that was mature. It fertilized and we did a 3 day transfer.
Well, that baby was a fighter and it took!
My bb's and nipples were soooo sore about 6dp3dt, so I took a test. It came back positive about an hour after. Did three more tests, that day and day 7 all of them popped up positive AFTER the allotted time. Finally 8dp3dt my pink line popped right up! Had beta day 10 and I'm definitely pregnant!

Other symptoms, I bruised in four places from acupuncture at 7dp, bb's veins were much darker and I had "odd" cramping not consistent with my normal AF cramps. They were twingy and inconsistent. But above all my bb's/nipples were so sore I couldn't sleep on my stomach anymore!

That's it! Good luck to everyone. Still doesn't feel real!

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Shocked!! BFP au Naturale with 1% Morphology

I promised myself I would post my story if and when I ever got my BFP! These stories really got me through some devastating months. My husband and I started our TTC journey in January. We knew he had varicocele but he wanted to try for a few months before getting it checked out. From the very beginning I was charting taking my BBT, using OPKs, preseed, and lying flat after DTD with my legs in the air for 30 minutes. My periods fluctuate within four days every month. I was getting positives on the ovulations kits and having periods monthly. My doctor said there was no reason to test me yet but that my husband needed to go get his varicocele checked out. So he made an appointment for the end of March. He went in for a SA and we got devastating news. His count was 37 million (low end of normal), motility was fine, but his morphology came back at 1%. The doctor said not to give up yet that we could conceive on our own - it may just take a while. In the mean time he also had normal checkup with his PCP and had a blood test. He found out that he had a SEVERE vitamin D deficiency. He was prescribed 50,000 I/U's of vitamin D twice a week for three months and then once a week for another three months. On month four he started the vitamin D prescription and switched from briefs to boxers. Two more months went by and nothing. We were timing everything perfectly so I just didn't understand. After reading all kinds of boards, I was convinced he was going to have to have surgery and/or go straight to IVF due to the morphology issue. My doctor told me to give it a few more months before we did anything drastic because his sperm could change. We were about to make an appointment for a second SA in August but we didn't have to - I got my BFP in JULY!!! The only thing we did differently was we had sex MORE! We DTD four days before ovulation, two days before, one day before, the day of, the next day and day after that. It was almost exactly 90 days after my husband started taking the vitamin D and switched to boxers. I've heard it takes 90 days for sperm to change so I can't help but think it had something to do with that. I'm about 4 weeks today so I'm still being cautiously optimistic. I have prayed every day for this baby!! Here are my symptoms by DPO:

1 DPO - Nausea and cramps
2 DPO - 5 DPO - nothing much
6 DPO - nausea, cramps, and I couldn't drink one glass of wine without feeling sick (weird)
7 DPO - nausea, cramps, extreme fatigue!
8 DPO - nausea, cramps, I tried to drink my morning coffee and almost puked! I live for my coffee!!
9 DPO - still lots of nausea. I decide to take two WONDFO tests that night. I waited 10 minutes and BFN. I left my test and three hours later was about to throw it away and noticed the faintest of faint pink line on BOTH. I'm freaking out because I dont know if it's even valid since it was so many hours after but I have never seen a line before.
10 DPO - nausea, cramps, take a FRER and wondfo - both have a very very very faint pink line - almost so faint that i'm doubting it. I went to by a clear blue digital (even though I know normally they are not very sensitive) and more FRER. I take a FRER, WONDFO, and Clearblue digitial and it shows up PREGNANT within three minutes. The other two had visible faint pink lines. I'm in SHOCK!
11 DPO - I took four more tests and the lines were a little dark
12 DPO - lines a little darker!!

I still can't believe it. I'm praying for a sticky bean!! Don't lose hope!! :)

God is good all the time, pregnant with low sperm count

I have been trying to get pregnant and following this site for 2.5 years now. I am 34 and my husband is 29. I first found this site when I was diagnosed with intrauterine fibroids. I had surgery July 2012 to remove them. After the myomectomy surgery the doctor told me one of the friboids was as big as a grapefruit and the other two were smaller. After two months of recovery and a follow up the doctor said everything looks good. We can begin trying again. This was my OBGYN who did the surgery. She said after two months if we are not pregnant to come back. After five months of trying with OPK's, preseed, and fertile aid for men, I went back to my OBGYN. She said often times its the male who is the issue and not the woman. She said my husband should get a semen analysis and she will check my hormone levels. My levels came back normal but my husbands sperm count was 17 million. We were shocked. We did not expect that. The Urologist but my husband on clomid and vitamins. We redid his sperm count and it came back lower. We talked to my OBGYN about artificial insemenation. She put me on clomid 50mg cycle days 5-9. We went for the IUI last year in July and it did not take. After that we decided to take a break and just do it naturally. I even use soft cups and putting my legs up for 30 minutes in the air after intercourse. Nothing helped. Months went by with negative pregnancy test. Every month I thought I was pregnant. I had the all the symptoms and only to be disappointed when my period came. This year we went back to the urologist and he said he believes my husband has a varicocele. He wanted him to get an ultrasound done, and if it came back positive he will need sugery. We were not to keen on the surgery but was willing to give it a try. The day before my husband was to get the ultrasound done, we got news that his father passed away. We put baby making on hold. A couple of months after we decided to do the artificial insemintation a try in April. That also did not take. We went to talk to a RE in May to consider IVF. He told us that looking at my husbands count and his motility, it would be impossible to get pregnant. He gaved us a big discount on his prices, mainly because I worked for the hoispital that hires him and he said I would not need to be on alot of the fertility medications, since my periods are regular and I ovulate on my own. He did an ultrasound in the office and found two fibroids. He said they were not a problem and were not in the way of me conceiving. He also noted I had a cyst in one of my ovaries probably from the clomid. He said he will put me on birth control pills. WHen he is ready for me to come to in for the intitial IVF he will have me stop the pills and take the placebo. We were still debating if we wanted to do the IVF because we were also in the process of buying a new home. We didnt want to get pregnant and be broke. My insurance does not cover for any infertility trwatments so every thing has been out of pocket. Since the birth control bills were free from the RE, I decided to take them home any and I husband I will further discuss if we wanted to do the IVF. When I got home I started taking the pills for a few days. During that same week my husband and I decided we will wait on the IVF and concetrate on buying the new home. I stopped taking the pills.

A few days later my period started.It lasted 3 days. After a week my period started again. I thought my body was trying to adjust after being on the birth control pills. This happen in the month of June. The first week of July we moved into our brand new home. My period was suppose to come July 9. It never showed up. The next day I felt some cramps and a sharp pain in my lower back. I thought my period was coming but it never showed. Two days went buy and my period never should came. On Sunday a week after we moved into our new home, I decided to take a pregnancy test after missing my period for four days. The test came positive immediately and it was one of those 88 cents test at walmart. I could not believe my eyes.I got pregnant naturally after trying for 2.5 years. Normally I am testing five days before with the FRER 5 day sooner test. My husband was at work, so I made dinner and baked a cake with the words "IM PREGNANT". When he came home he was totally shocked. He couldnt even eat his dinner. He only drank the apple cider I had bought for us to celecbrate.

Sorry this is so long. But this site has helped and I hope my story will help someone. I am still waiting on the blood test to confirm the pregnancy.
My only symptoms were the sharp pain and cramping. I am 4 weeks and 3 days and I get cramping here and there and hunger pains.

For all the ladies still trying, dont give up. It will happen keep the faith.

I can't believe I get to post my story!!!!

After 3 years of trying, we are pregnant. I have been through so much in the last 3 years I just can't believe this is real.

I'm 39 and have 4 children ages 20,18 and 13yo twins. I had a tubal ligation after the twins.

I got married again and had tubal reversal. I wasn't getting pregnant, checked my tubes,,,,, all good,,,,tried and tried,,,,, more testing found out that my husband had MFI and so we put him on vitamins and started doing IUI 3 rounds all BFN. Then found an IVF study a year and a half later ( all along still trying)and we could afford it so did that and BFN. We were waiting for my period to start so we could do 1 last round of IVF and My period was late I didn't think much of it because of all the drugs I've been on and thought I was just messed up from IVF. Anyhow my period is never late so at 5 days late I peed on a stick and surprise !!!!! I drove right to the Dr and made sure it was true. My beta was 240!!!!! I am 5w1d today. I never thought this would happen. And we didn't do anything.

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First BFP in 2.5 years

My husband & I have ttc our first for 2 1/2 years. I hated hearing "oh, it'll happen" because how could anyone know that?'s our story:

After 1 year ttc, we started doing tests. My HSG came back great & charting was proving that I was ovulating. However, semen analysis came back slightly abnormal (normal concentration, abnormal motility & morphology). After further testing & dr appointments, it was determined dh had a varicocele & low testosterone. After 6 months or so, DH went for surgery. Surgery was a success. While semen numbers were still low, they were much improved. Unfortunately, I was still getting BFNs every month. So, a little over 2 years ttc, we started seeing an RE. The first month with her, we did a natural IUI - BFN. The second cycle, it was discovered that ovulation tests did not work properly on me. So even though I was ovulating on my own, my RE put me on low levels of Clomid, estrogen, & progesterone through that cycle. I ovulated before we had a chance to do an IUI that cycle, but it appeared that I had 2-3 good follicles. Regardless, it was BFN. The third cycle, RE upped the Clomid, added low dose Metformin (since my testosterone was borderline high), & kept me on estrogen & progesterone. U/S showed 3 good follicles. So, we did one IUI 2 days after the U/S, we did a trigger shot that night, and another IUI 36 hours later. During that cycle, here were my symptoms:

1-10 DPIUI - nothing much out of the ordinary - sore breasts (typical) & some moodiness. I did notice an increase in acid reflux.
11DPIUI - BFN. I cried nonstop for an hour. It was super emotional. Felt normal all day. That night I noticed that my ab muscles suddenly felt as if I had done 100 crunches, and I did zero exercise. I also noticed mild bloating.
12DPIUI - ab muscles still sore & tight. Bloating increased. I was constantly trying to suck in my stomach at a dinner with family.
13DPIUI - ab muscles tight, sore, and major bloating. Thought it was all the increased meds & first time trigger shot. Called the dr because I was worried. They were not & it really annoyed me. They told me to take a HPT the next morning & call with result.
14DPIUI - BFP for the very first time ever. I was (and still am) in complete shock. Blood work that day at the dr confirmed pregnancy. 2 days later, I went for more blood work & the dr said HCG had risen an appropriate amount & scheduled an U/S in 2 weeks.

I am now just 4 weeks, 4 days. At times, I look about 3 months preggo due to the major bloating. And I am still in total shock & disbelief. I'm nervous of miscarriage & want soooo desperately for everything to go right. I just hope that this post gives others as much hope as the many I have read over the past 2 1/2 years. Baby dust to all!!!


I can't believe this is even real. I read a million BFP stories and tried to find hope and our miracle in each one. It's finally our turn and I'm shocked. We have been trying for 15 months. Our issues included my age of 39 years old and his morphology of 0%. We tried everything including Clomid, Letrozole, two failed IUIs and then changed REs. First month with new doc who have gave us the chance of less than 10% tried letrozole w/ a few injectables (samples, we couldn't afford a real injectable cycle yet), a trigger shot, and IUI. This IUI was totally different. We had 138 million motile sperm and I released at least two eggs. I instantly felt cramping and burning pain that lasted all night long after the IUI.
1-2dpo/1-2dpiui- nothing, started progesterone on 2dpiui
3dpo/3dpiui- mildly tender breasts, constipation
4-8dpo/4-8dpiui- nothing
9dpo/dpiui- huge BBT implantation dip, that afternoon had breast tenderness increasing throughout the night, constipation, cramps, nausea, took pregnancy test- faint line, ? HCG trigger shot remaining
10dpo/10dpiui- breast tenderness, constipation, skin breakout, gassy, irritability, cramps, dizziness, back pain
11dpo/11dpiui- breast tenderness, constipation, skin breakout, gassy, irritability
12dpo/12dpiui- breast tenderness, constipation, skin breakout, gassy, irritability, cramps, fatigue, bloating
13dpo/13dpiui- scant brown spotting (one episode)
13-14dpo/13-14dpiui- breast tenderness, constipation, skin breakout, gassy, irritability, cramps
15-18dpo/dpiui- breast tenderness, constipation, skin breakout, gassy, irritability, cramps, fatigue, nausea, bloating
16dpo/16dpiui- BFP!!!!!!