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.
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:
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!