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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.

For Those Struggling With Infertility (IUI #3, 14 Months TTC, Unexplained Anovulation and MFI)

Hello, everyone-

For 14 months, I read ths site every day for encouragement and with the hope that someone "like me" would post a BFP story. I am humbled to be posting here and promise to post an update. Sorry for the length. I didn't think I'd ever see this day.

My husband (32) and I (30) began trying for our first baby in February 2012. We have no medical conditions, eat well, are healthy weights, do not smoke. Everyone in our families is beyond fertile, and like so many others, we assumed TTC would be a breeze. I had been on the pill for 7 years prior with perfect 30-day cycles. After coming off the pill, my cycles were anovulatory and ranged from 33-60+ days. My RE was puzzled as to why I wasn't ovulating and sent me for head-to-toe medical tests including an HSG, bloodwork, and a brain MRI. My husband also submitted a semen analysis where we learned he had a very low count and very low motility. We were crushed. Days later, my test results came back. My HSG was clear, and I did not have PCOS. But my brain MRI results revealed a pituitary microadenoma, a tumor on my pituitary gland. I was told that further tests and an endocrinologist referral were needed. Not only was I infertile, my husband was also a factor, and I had a tumor in my head. These were some of the worst days of my life. After many stressful weeks and more tests, the tumor was deemed benign and not contributing to my infertility. My RE consulted and endocrinologist cleared me to start infertility treatments. I moved straight to IUI with injectables and underwent a total of 4 cycles, 3 of which resulted in an insemination procedure. My husband started taking FertiliAid and has been for about 7 months now.

Protocol: Menopur, Ovidrel trigger, single IUI 36 hours post-trigger, Endometrin progesterone suppositories (100mg 2x/day). I tested out the trigger at about day 10 each cycle.
IUI #1: 75IU Menopur, 1 follicle, ~18mm at trigger -> BFN. Ovarian cysts found, BC for week to shrink
IUI #2: Used anywhere from 75-150IU, 3 possibly 4 follicles, largest ~20mm at trigger -> chemical pregnancy at 4 weeks. Cysts & BC again
Cycle #3: RE concerned about OHSS, adjusted dosage, sometimes as low as 37.5IU. Follicles did not respond -> cycle cancelled
IUI #3: Alternated every other day between 75 and 112.5IU. This was the magical dosage. 2 lead follicles were 20+ at trigger, 3rd smaller follicle that may have been viable.

Symptoms:
1-6dpo/IUI: very hungry & bloated, but I knew from prior cycles that this was the trigger shot
7-8dpo/IUI: a few simples on my chin. Odd as my skin is usually clear
9dpo/IUI: mildly sore throat and very stuffy nose. This was my first hint that something was up since the same thing happened the cycle where I had a chemical pregnancy
10dpo/IUI: no appetite, felt a "pulling" sensation in lower-right side of stomach while walking on treadmill; felt like I was pulling a muscle, chills/felt very cold although it has been 80 degrees where I live, continued sore throat and stuffy nose
11DPO/IUI: no appetite, chills, sore throat, stuffy nose, couldn't wait- test at 9p.m.- BFP! So shocked I couldn't speak and simply handed the HPT to my husband.
I did not have sore breasts, cramping, spotting, fatigue, or any nausea- none of that! I thought for sure I was out and even cried on the drive home from the drug store to buy some HPTs.

Beta bloodwork results so far:
13dpo/IUI: 98
Today 15dpo/IUI: 192. Aside from ever-so-slight bloating, I still have no symptoms.

Things we did differently this cycle:
- Tried to relax, which didn't work. My RE's office is over an hour each way from my house, so 2-3x/week RE appts. for month and months were starting to take their toll. I also work full-time so leaving work was becoming more & more difficult.
- Booked a vacation. My husband and I pretty much had to schedule our life around fertility treatments, which meant that we essentially put our lives on hold. Plus, I kept reading stories about people conceiving on vacation or as soon as they booked one- ha!
- BD 2 days pre-IUI + day of IUI. Day of IUI, went to bed after BD, did not get up
- Gym 3x/week
- Religious about suppositories, like taking them down to the minute every 12 hours

Things I did every cycle:
- No caffeine
- No alcohol (this IUI was done the day after my 30th birthday, which was St. Patrick's Day. This was tough!)
- Ate healthy
- Used Pre-Seed internally
- Pillow under bum for at least 15 minutes post-BD

Infertility is the worst thing I have experienced in my entire life, and I have so much respect for those who endure it and for much longer than 14 months. Thank you for allowing me to post. I wish you all the best of luck TTC!

When You Least Expect it! Cliche... But True!

This time around we have been trying for four months. We took breaks often for work travel. I got pregnant with my daughter on Cycle #4 in 2007. Last month I said to my husband "Let's skip (trying) in March". I had a ton of EWCM in March way more than usual. I called my husband and said "I would feel weird wasting an egg" I had a weird feeling this month could be it. He said we can try. I said "We will just have sex if we want but, no pressure" Well that night CD 15...we had sex "for fun" after, I just went to sleep I did not get up. I did the same with my DD in 2007. I knew the night I got pregnant with her. Next day CD 16 I had a blazing OPK. I said well, the chances are slim considering we have done it like rabbits for the last three months around ovulation and all BFN. Planned sex was getting awkward and like a chore. In March we did it "ONCE" CD 15. P.S. Husband's morp was 3%! So, DO NOT let that discourage you :)

*Last Period was March 5th
*BD on CD 15...only
* POS OPK March 16th
* DPO 1-3 Felt little zings but nothing that was not normal
* DPO 3-8 Crazy burst of energy and noticeable zings in ovaries on both sides...not uterus area. I had only menstrual like cramps(uterus area) with DD. Zings in BB's too but I thought this was all because AF was coming early.
* DPO 8 Did FRER-BFN
* DPO 9 Sharp zings in ovaries again and metal taste in mouth. POA IC and FRER-BFN
* DPO 10 CD 28 No AF yet which she has been arriving by CD 27. I only had a digital so I took it. "Not Pregnant" I ripped it apart knowing I shouldn't. They always have two lines...but this one was different. Both were thick and fat. I went and picked my daughter up from Cubbies and went to the store bought a box of FRER. Went into the GS bathroom. I could not wait. POAS nothing. Threw it in the bag and headed to the car. Got my daughter buckled in and grabbed it for one more look BAM!!! BFP!!! I was shocked!!! I sat there with my mouth open for 5 minutes staring at it. I went to another store about bought EPT (sucks) and answer. Answer was BFP...EPT BFN. You stare and stare and pee and pee and nothing. Then when it happens it's total shock! I guess once is all it takes and it always when you east expect it. Baby dust to all!! :)

* DPO 11 getting the AF like cramps now and FRER was darker and digital said Pregnant :)

BFP After FET/IVF

I have just got my bfp after a frozen embryo transfer. We have been ttc our first baby for almost 2 years and this is our 3rd round of ivf. My last fet was also a bfp but resulted in a missed miscarriage at 9 weeks. We are hoping, praying, begging that this one sticks around and we get to hold a baby in arms in December.
I had a trigger shot on 19/3 which I tested out from transfer day.
0dp5dt (5dpo)- transfer day! mild cramping after the transfer
1dp5dt (6dpo)- had acupuncture and felt some sharp pains afterwards, possible implantation?
2dp5dt & 3dp5dt- no symptoms. I don't feel pregnant at all and feel like the cycle didn't work.
4dp5dt (9dpo)- bfn in the am. at least I know the trigger shot has gone... But the bfn makes me cry and feel crappy all day! Decide to test in the evening and I see a faint, but very clear line! We are still in the game! Hot flashes.
5dp5dt (10dpo) bfp! It's getting darker! Hot flashes.
6dp5dt (11dpo) bfp and there's no denying that line! Yippee
7dp5dt (12 dpo) the line is almost as dark as the control
8dp5dt (13dpo) still feeling really hot and dry retch in the morning! Already?! We are definitely pregnant and can't stop looking at those lovely dark lines :)

BFP with FSH, Trigger, and IUI

I'm 39, PCOS, DH 44 low mot. We have one daughter and she is 16 months....I ovulated on my own; however, I was in the best physical shape I've been in forever. We've been TTC since October 2012 with no success....I wasn't ovulating even though I got positive LH surges every month. Decided to see a fertility specialist....he almost convinced us to go straight to IVF.....I left the off dead set on it....scheduled the appointment paid $9000 dollars to secure the procedure and over the next 2 days I did not feel good about my decision so I cancelled and lost $500 for administrative fees....which was ok because the idea of the procedure did not sit well with me. So we decided to do the IUI first. On cd 3, 2/26/13, I started 100iu of follistim pen. On cd6 went in for u/s and blood work....they called back with labs and told me to increase to 150iu. More u/s and labs every 2 days until cd 13. On cd14 3/9/2013 I took the norvarel hcg trigger and on cd16 3/11/2013 we did the IUI with 2-18mm follies an 1-14mm and 16 million washed sperm. The 2ww was excruciating. I took a HPT 7 day post IUI BFN....wanted to see if the hcg was still in my system. On Friday 3/22/2013, I took a HPT BFP....then I took about 6 more until I went for labs on Monday...took both a quan and qual hcg both positive....quan was 264.90 and progesterone 27. 2 days later beta was 747 and two days after that (today) 3/29/2013 beta is 1467. First u/s scheduled for 4/8/2013. I'm so excited. Things are looking good....I wish you all the best!!! More info to follow....super curious as to how many eggs were fertilized!

BFP After 15 Months TTC

We did it... we finally it! We have been TTC for 15 months and were told by my husband urologist back in November that his sperm count was too low and after trying meds to increase it, we were still too low and told to consider in vitro if we ever wanted to get pregnant. This didn't make sense, as we already have a 4 year old.. But I felt defeated and threw in the towel and took a break...

Because we were taking a break, I was also taking a break from temping... but I knew when I ovualted based on past cycles, so although we were taking a break we someone managed to have sex at the perfect time. My last period was Feb 16, and the last time we had sex that we could have conceived was Feb 25.

March 18- I was extreamly moody. I was snapping at my husband and very hormonal. I figured my period was on its way any day. I had a horrible headache, and was peeing more than normal. I thought noting of it.

March 19-20 Same symptoms as above and was now wondering where my period was...

March 21- Still no period and very moody. I peed on a stick and voila!! The test line was beautiful..

I was in complete shock.. After 15 months if finally happened.. After being told we would never conceive, we did!!

Do not give up!! Please! I almost did and the month we stopped trying, it happened!! Doctors don't know everything :)

BFP With Natural Cycle IVF

We have male factor infertility. My partner (53) has low count and motility. Everything looks normal with me (35). After a failed IUI, we decided to proceed with IVF, but I didn't want to put my body though all these hormones, so decided to go with natural cycle IVF (they collected my one egg that I naturally produced this month). We were lucky enough and this egg fertilized with ICSI and did ET on day 2.
I had no symptoms during the two week wait. Just a bit tired with the progesterone supplements in the first few days. I was expecting to feel something during implantation time, but nothing! I really thought there was nothing in there. During the second week, I just had AF cramps just like every other month. I then had some spotting on the day my AF was due, which is what happens to me every month before AF arrives. I was 100% sure this whole thing had not worked, and was devastated. We had decided not to go through IVF again. I just had the worst time of my life and could not cope with all the stress. So we decided to use donor sperm if that attempt failed. On the day I had spotting, I had everything ready to order donor sperm. Had found a donor and was literally a click away from making the order. I decided to take an HPT just to rule out pregnancy for sure and go on with plan B. I was so upset that day that I did the test and then threw it away from me in despair, only to look later to see a clear second line! I thought I was crazy, but my partner confirmed it was BFP. I was in schock. Did my beta today (14 days after 2det) which was 450, so I really am pregnant. My only symptom was AF cramps and spotting. So do not lose hope if you experience the same. You cannot really tell what's going on in your body with all the meds. I thought others exaggerated when saying that, but it is true.

After 11 Months and 1 Chemical Pregnancy.... AU NATURAL!

DH (35) and I (30) have been TTC altogether for 11 months - we got a very faint BFP after 7 months TTC but sadly the tests kept getting fainter and beta HCG showed only 9 then dropped to 2 = chemical pregnancy. After the cp, I started taking Vitex/Chasteberry Tincture. We also had a couple tests done -ultrasound to make sure cp had cleared and 21 day progesterone test - both were normal. DH got a SA - results for count good (76 mil), awesome volume (5 ml), motility normal (50%), but morphology was low at 98%. I was devastated as everything I read online suggested our only hope would be IVF with ICSI. However, this didn't seem possible as we just had conceived even if it was a CP! We saw one of the top male fertility urologists in our area who assured us as long as count and motility were ok, he is not concerned about the morphology and was confident that we would conceive again naturally. DH went on a "health kick" by reducing alcohol to just 1-2 beers per week, taking a regime of vitamins (maca, l-cartinanine, zinc, selenium, multivitamin, Co-enzyme 21) and eating more fruit/veggies. He continued drinking 2-3 cups of coffee per day as the Dr. said it didn't make a difference. After 3 months, he got repeat SA and same good count, motility increased to 54% and morphology improved to 95% (kruger strict considered 'normal' above 96% but just barely!).

Now it's 1 month after that (4 cycles since cp) and I got a light BFP morning of 12/13dpo (not exactly sure the day I ovulated), a darker one the afternoon of 12/13dpo and now an even darker one this morning (13/14dpo - the day my period is due). It's still not quite as dark as the control line but it seems to be getting darker not lighter and coming up right away so I'm hoping this little bean sticks this time!!!!!!

I wasn't too obsessed with tracking symptoms this month but roughly- I did ovulate later than usual this month - got a pos. on OPK on day 17! I thought I had missed it. I think I ovulated about 17/18 but not sure. BD day 11, 13, 17, 18, 19 this month. My biggest symptoms were no PMS (anxiety/depression, sore boobs, headache).

0-7 dpo - Not much, I did have some diarrhea (TMI) but not sure if it's related
7/8 dpo - Some v. light cramping, almost 'fluttering' feeling around uterus
8/9 dpo - More light cramping/fluttering not painful - feel it more at night
9/10 dpo - Similar
10/11 dpo - At night can def. feel very light cramping stronger then before but not too painful, wet cm, more frequent urination. Tired.
11/12 dpo - Some twinges in uterus, checked cervix and felt low, wet, closed and firm but a little squishy (like it's engorged with blood a bit), in afternoon felt a stabbing in my uterus then in my nipples! very odd. Someone beside me was eating a chocolate bar and it was like he was holding it right under my nose - such a strong smell. More frequent urination. wetter down there. SOO tired, yawning. Ordered chinese food (very rare for me!).
12/13 dpo - Wetter down there, cervix moved up a bit, felt higher, wet, closed, firm but a bit squishy. Tested in am but with second am urine - Light BFP! Tested again in afternoon after holding urine for 4 hours - much clearer BFP that came up after a minute! boobs a bit sore.
13/14 dpo - Woke up at 2:45am - had to pee +++ so tested with this first am urine (even though it had only been 3.5 hours since last urination). Clear positive that came up after a minute. Later compared dried tests and this morning looks darker. Slight nausea, nipples look larger and puffier, tired.

I plan to go to the doctor this week but I'm really hoping this one sticks!!! I'm not sure if it's the vitex I was taking (which lengthened LP from 12 days to 13-14 days) or the vitamins DH was taking:) Pray for me that we will have our little bundle of joy in 9 months! Baby dust to all! I was convinced it wouldn't happen - but it will!!!!!! Very rare for people who really want a baby to not end up having one eventually regardless of the journey to get there! Even if this one doesn't stick (trying to be positive but realistic there is a chance it won't) I feel more confident now then ever that we will reach our dream of being parents!

BFP After Natural Cycle FET

Hi Ladies,

I stalked this board for a year and I'm (cautiously) excited to share my BFP story with you and give hope to those going through the dreaded 2ww! I remember reading through so many posts hoping to find someone's story that matched closely to mine so I could relate. I know it's early, but no matter how this pregnancy plays out (please please let it be positively!), it worked. I did get pregnant. I CAN get pregnant. So there is hope for me and all of you - stay strong!

Me - 34, no known issues
DH - 30, 1% morphology
Cycled at Cornell

After 2 failed IUI's with injectibles and one failed IVF/ICSI, we just completed a natural FET with 2 5-day blasts and got our BFP yesterday (beta 112 10dp5dt).

With the first three cycles, I had AF cramps and all three times, AF showed up/I got a BFN before beta. I had sore bb's, which looking back was surely a side effect of those nasty hormones!

This BFP cycle, I had af like cramping (pelvic pressure/heaviness) so I thought I was getting af (again). I have a VERY bloated tummy and the last 3 days before beta I've been very nauseous. My bb's are not sore AT ALL. Those really are the only symptoms....overall feeling like crap. This cycle, all I did was blood work starting CD 10, go two more times for blood work before I got my surge (no pee tests at all), then a few days later I took a zpack and medrol to get ready for the transfer, which was 5 days later. I started prometrium suppositories 2x a day the day after my transfer and that's it! I attribute my lack of sore bb's to not being on any stimming hormones this time, but every woman and every cycle can be totally different. I sort of just knew (only the af cramps really threw me off)!

If your periods are regular and you ovulate on your own, I highly recommend the Natural FET. I was skeptical thinking I NEEDED the hormone support to make it a success, but Cornell said if I can do it Natural there is no way I should do a Medicated cycle. I'm glad I trusted them! I was much less stressed out and my body was in its natural state. I don't regret my failed ICSI because without that, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do the Natural FET!

I hope this helps someone who is in the scary, nerve wracking shoes I was just in!

Good luck to all of you ladies! I wish you lots of baby dust!

To God be the Glory... BFP After Almost 9 Months of TTC and Headed to Infertility Clinic!

I hope my story brings hope to anyone who has been trying for a while and is starting to get discouraged because believe me, I've been there. Hubby and I are both in our 30s and thought having a baby would be a piece of cake since I've never been on BC. We held off TTC for a year after we got married. I have a pretty regular cycle (28 days) and was using an ovulation app on my phone when we first started our journey. After the first 5 months, I started using the the Wondfo ovulation sticks and ClearBlue digitals w/ the smileys and kept getting positives. After the 6th and 7th month, I couldn't understand why it was taking us so long and would cry whenever my AF would come knowing full well it can take up to a year for healthy couples to conceive. I just wanted a baby so badly and I was tired of hearing people saying, "Oh, just relax and it will happen." Even DH kept trying to tell me not to stress, but I couldn't help it because I'm naturally a planner. Finally consulted my OB and ran some basic hormone tests which came back normal for me. February's cycle came along, and right before my ovulation time, DH had a sperm analysis. Ends up he has a very low sperm count and we were referred to the infertility clinic. :/ We were pretty devastated but as believers, we stayed hopeful and just kept praying. We BD'd normally and this time, I claimed pregnancy and rebuked infertility and AF from coming. I just kept saying that over and over in my prayers. =P I also went out and bought DH a bottle of FertilAid which arrived after my fertile window... And now it looks like he won't need it anymore, because WE'RE PREGNANT!! =) WOOHOO..infertility appt cancelled! All glory and praise be to God... don't give up hope! It will happen for you in His perfect timing. "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened for you." Matthew 7:7

Here's a little list of symptoms leading up to my BFP:
1DPO...weird, metallic taste in my mouth...I thought my gums were bleeding at work but they weren't =P
3-5 DPO...sore breasts
5 -14 DPO - sore breasts, feeling tired and more sleepy than usual (yawning a lot at work), more gassy, feeling hungrier (esp early in the morning), tummy growls, minor cramps here and there

As you can see, a lot of my symptoms are similar to PMS so I didn't really think anything different this time around except for the sore breasts which usually only happen a few days before my AF is due.

*TESTING*
8 DPO - because of the early breast symptoms, something told me to test early and got a BFN on my Wondfo stick
13 DPO - faint positive on Wondfo pregnancy test...showed up within a few min
14 DPO (today) - a darker faint positive on another Wondfo stick and BFP on Equate Walmart brand test (comparable to First Response)...line popped up right away!! =D

Good luck and baby dust to you all!! Will be praying you all get BFP's soon! :)

A Natural Miracle

We have been ttc for almost 2 years now. I have been diagnosed with low ovarian reserve and DH has less than 2% motile sperm. Our doctor gave us a 1% chance of ever conceiving naturally. We have done two failed ivf cycles. The second one resulted in a pregnancy, but I lost the baby at 10 weeks in January.
This month we are away on a trip and I have just got my bfp - au naturale! We can both not believe its true. I was tracking my cycle with temps an watching my cm, but didn't hold much hope. We were actually going home for round 3 ivf next month! Hopefully we don't need it now!

O day- VERY painful ovulation!
1dpo-4dpo- temp rise, nothing much else
5dpo- 7dpo- funny taste in my mouth, a bit metallic.
8dpo- cramps/twinges
9dpo-cramps/twinges again bfn
10dpo- very hungry! Bfn (at this stage I assume I'm out as I had a bfp by this point with the ivf cycle) feel emotional and upset all day.
11dpo- have a massage and test at 3pm- a very very faint line. DH is not convinced he can see anything!
12dpo- fmu- bfn, smu- still very faint but a definite bfp! Hungry and cramps.
13dpo- smu- bfp!

My period is due tomorrow. My temp is still up and DH and I are praying, hoping and begging that this is true and we are finally having the baby we are so desperate to meet!
Lots of love and hope to every one ttc.... Whether you've been trying for 1 month or 10 years, it is an emotional journey! Please pray for us as I will for you!

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