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BFP with Male Factor

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BFP After TTC For About 16 Months

I am so excited to finally be sharing my own BFP story! Me (29) and DH (31) have been TTC for about 16 months. During the first 7-8 months of TTC we were just ‘not careful’ but I never got pregnant. We wondered if something was wrong since I had an issue with cysts in the past. I made and appt. with my gyno and did some blood tests. We discovered that I have low progesterone levels, and ruled out cysts. So I started taking Duphaston (Dydrogesterone) from day 18-30 of my 32 day cycle, and I bought a Clear Blue Fertility Monitor to try to get the timing of ovulation right. I used the monitor for about 3 months, and we BDed the day of O but never got pregnant. So we thought, maybe I'm not pregnant cause of MF. So DH went to the urologist, who told him he has a varicocele in his left testicle and should get a spermiogram. Despite this news, I kept using the CBFM and had sex with DH the day of O this cycle…..and sure enough… period is a day late today!
I took a cheap drug store brand pregnancy test this morning and I was shocked to see a faint 2nd line. On my way to work, I quickly ran into the pharmacy and bought a Clear Blue Digital pregnancy test. I know you are supposed to use morning urine, but I couldn’t wait! I just didn’t use the toilet for 6 hours- which was hard- and took the test- it was positive too! OMG…it’s just sinking in! No wonder I ate a whole jar of pickles for lunch today, LOL!

I am over the moon, I hope it lasts and these cramps I’m having today are nothing to worry about and just a natural part of early pregnancy. The difference this month with other months- I totally DE-STRESSED! Went to the pool a lot, did a lot of Yoga/Pilates and meditation. I think that is what made all the difference! Also a lot of praying, cause really you shouldn’t treat getting pregnant like a science experiment and trust that the Lord has a plan for you too! =)

I haven’t told DH yet, but I will surprise him tomorrow. We are going out on a lunch/walk in the park date to finish off 2012. So tomorrow I hope to surprise him with a gift box from my jewelry store (he will think the gift is from there) but instead it will contain a pacifier that says, “My Dad is the Best!” I can’t wait to tell him, it’s so hard to keep it inside.

For those who prefer not to read my story, here were my symptoms. I have a 32-Day Cycle:
CD 14- BD (about 5 days before I ovulated)
O- Clear Blue Fertility Monitor detected ovulation for two days, BDed both days
1dpo – nothing
2dpo - nothing
3dpo – very slight cramps
4dpo – very slight cramps
5dpo – stronger, noticeable cramps in the evening
6dpo - nothing
7dpo – nothing
8dpo- small breakout on my chin
9dpo- phlegm in my throat in the AM, also had gas
10dpo- phlegm in my throat in the AM, also had gas
11dpo- woke up feeling groggy and tired like I was getting sick, but never got a cold, also had gas
12dpo – somewhat tired and groggy, also had gas
13dpo- cramps like AF! But I still took a pregnancy test since I was one day late on my period- and it was POSITIVE!!! Took a second one to confirm!!

Baby Dust to All!

PS- My pics say pregnant or "Schwanger" in German, I live abroad currently =).

TTC For 2 Years - IUI - BFP FINALLY!

I have been waiting until the day I could post my BFP story. This site has helped me so much and I have found so much hope in reading these posts. I can only hope that another woman in my position can find the same hope that I have.

My hub and I have been trying to conceive for about 2 years (we are now 28 and 29). After just over a year (many many tears, stress, heartache) we went to see a fertility doc and found out his morphology was just below normal (3%) and that I was ok - but also that our chances of conceiving naturally were about 1-2% each month. After 1,000,000 tests and appointments (at least it felt that way) we decided to try IUI with the intent of doing IVF if it didn't work. The first round didn't work - went in Nov. The 2nd round we started just after Thanksgiving and in fact, almost missed our cycle window. We went in for Dec 5th IUI.

I am happy to report that we finally got our BFP! We want to see The Hobbit on the 15th and I just remember sitting in the theater thinking ... Hmm I think I'm pregnant! There was no rhyme or reason for it - I mean - I didn't have many symptoms before testing.
0-10 dpiui - not many symptoms - had mild nausea, moodiness and mild sore BBs - but nothing unusual
11 dpiui - nausea intermittent through the day but very mild (if I wasn't looking for it, I wouldn't have noticed) also very gassy
12dpiui - got home from work and hub was grouchy - decided to take a test on a whim and BAM! Faint but distinct BFP!! I called him in and was jumping sound shouting "we're not broken!!" We have NEVER had any hint of a positive before in the entire time trying. Noticed some cramping in my right ovary and was still gassy
13dpiui - FMU POAS and again, BFP - can't believe it! A little darker! Continue to be gassy, have intermittent cramps and some poking pain like I am o'ing.
14dpiui - FMU POAS, and again - BFP! Called doc since it was my missed period day - sched blood work for Thurs morning.
15dpiui - FMU POAS AND POSITIVE AGAIN :) line is getting darker. Blood work and my hcg beta is 114 - scheduled blood work for monday (today) - Xmas eve. Still gassy, still cramping on and off

Today's blood work came back at hcg 929! We are thrilled. Ultrasounds scheduled for after the new year :) Ladies - do not give up hope. Keep your head up, ask for help, talk with others that are going through the same. You are not alone and there is always hope :) lots of love, peace, blessings and BABY DUST to all :)

BFP With IVF With ICSI - Low AMH, Male Factor... It Can Happen!

We have been trying for 1.5 years and finally got our BFP.

Both me and my husband are 35. Our issue was low AMH and male factor. After one failed IUI, we decided to move to IVF with ICSI.

We did our IVF in September - Had 8 eggs retrieved and 6 fertilized through ISCI. 2 were 8 cell grade AA. We did a 3 day transfer of 2 embroys and froze on on day 5.

After my embryo transfer, I was just normal - felt great, had no sore breasts, no cramps, no nausea, nothing! I was not recommended to be on bed rest and in fact the next minute after the transfer, I was asked to get up and change my clothes. Then we went out for lunch and came home and just relaxed for a couple of hours. Then I was doing my normal chores as usual.

I started testing on the cheap internet tests from day 7 and till day 9 I was getting negatives. I was so depressed and was crying most of the time. On day 10, I threw the internet cheapies and took a test with FRER and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a faint line. I almost was 100% sure that I was not pregnant.

Then I tested in Clear Blue Digital and First Response Early Response every 6 hours and could see the line getting darker. I was ecstatic.

My first beta was 126 at 11dp3dt. Second beta was 304 at 13dp3dt

I continued my POI and estrace supplements till my 8 week and was on progesterone suppositories for the 9th week. On my 10th week, I had stopped all my medications.

Now I am on my 14th week and still do not have any symptoms, apart from being constantly hungry and some weight gain. No sore breasts, no cramps, no nausea - NOTHING!

Please don't despair if you don't receive a positive result on your HPT. I would definitely suggest trying FRER instead of the cheapies - Would have saved me from the heartbreak and depression on the days after the transfer.
Please don't worry if you don't have any symptoms at all.
Please don't worry if you have less than average number of eggs retrieved and less fertilize.

IVF journey is hard by itself. I was just clinging to faith and hope blindly. I did feel negative that the cycle will not work out all the time. I was only relieved when I went in for my 7th week scan to see the lil one moving its arms and legs all around.

Don't feel down if you don't have symptoms or the symptoms are few and far between.
Don't give up hope if your pregnancy tests come back negative. It ain't over till it's over!!

BFP With NO Symptoms

This BFP was totally unexpected!

I am 32 years old (turning 33 in a couple of months) , DH is 33.
If I had known how long it would take to conceive I would have started much earlier.

For this cycle I had no symptoms. No AF crampings either. It made me sad because I thought I was out, especially reading about all the ladies with sore boobs and feeling nauseous.

We BD 3 days, 2 days, 1 day, on peak, after peak, and 2 days after peak. But on both peak days, it felt like he pulled out so those days were busted. I wasn't expecting a BFP this round.

Hubby has MF (Low motility, morphology, and low TSH). I am fine. The urologist put him on clomid for 4 months. This upcoming January would be his third month on clomid and also this third month on vitamins. I put him on a bunch of vitamins to help increase his motility. He cut out coffee and has tried to go to the gym more, at least one or twice a week (we're not in shape). He used to drink a A LOT of coffee with 4+ shots in each cup.

We also made changes to his blood pressure medications because it was affecting his ability to ejaculate and maintain an erection.

For the past two months, he has been making blueberry smoothies for the both of us to drink everyday to possibly help with any morphology or sperm DNA fragmentation problems. We put things like blueberries, mixed berries, bananas, OJ, apples etc into the smoothie and have it with our dinner. We drink the smoothie before we eat so it helps us control our portion size. I think the smoothie somehow helped to move my ovulation date from CD17 to CD 14/CD 15 or maybe it's just because I have been relaxing more about the baby making ordeal.

We've been trying since November 2011 so I have this attitude that when God thinks it's time it will happen. As long as I hold absolute faith that I will be a Mommy, it'll happen.

1dpo - 10dpo: Boobs hurt but they've always hurt after ovulation
11dpo: Boobs stopped hurting; feeling very sad, thought I was out - Progesterone drops so your boobs stops hurting, which means AF is coming :(
12dpo: No change
13 dpo: A pinch in the uterus area for about 3 - 5 minutes; it wasn't like an AF cramp
14 dpo: Nothing
15 dpo: Nothing; boobs looked like they have shrunk :(
16dpo: Expecting AF - Nothing
17dpo: Expecting AF - Nothing
18dpo: Expecting AF - Bothing; did a test - BFP!!!!! WOHOOO

What really helped me to bring peace of mind to this TTC is a book I've been reading called: Stories of the Unborn Soul: the mystery and delight of Pre-Birth Communication by Elisabeth Hallett. It brings into prospective that your baby is right next to you but you gotta relax. There's real life stories in there. Whether your being in the metaphysical pre birth communication or not, it's comforting to know that your baby spirit won't leave you until she/he is born.

You can read some sample chapters here:

Also, if you type in "I didn't know I was pregnant Dawn Pannell," It's inspirational. Doctors told her she'd never get pregnant but she did.

Good Luck to all! It's definitely a blessing and pray, pray, pray.

2 Years in the Making

We began our TTC 'adventure' around October/November 2010 and being naive to the whole process, I assumed it would be simple. Although in the back of my mind I knew it took my mother years to conceive, I figured I was young and healthy and it would just happen. How wrong I was.

During that time we made initial steps in relation to investigating the infertility issues. I had the blood tests for PCOS which revealed I was not in any sort of danger there, but DH had a very low sperm count and low motility, making it not impossible but highly unlikely we would fall naturally. Given all the recent stress of building and moving, we decided in August that we wouldn't take the next step (i.e. referral to a specialist) until 2013.

It didn't help that stress levels were incredibly high: I changed jobs, went back to studying AND we built a house in the second year. My study and house finished around August and I instantly felt the stress levels lift off my shoulders.

So... as far as this cycle goes, it went a little something like this...

LMP 11 Nov 12
BD 24, 25, 27 and 28 NOV. That's it!
OV date believed to be the 27th according to the POS OPK.

BFP After 18 Months

Infertility history:
DH and I stopped using birth control in April 2011, by February 2012 we realized there probably was a problem. Eventually, we found out that DH had low counts and poor morphology due to a varicocele but luckily all was good on my end. We did three IUI's this summer but none were successful. On September 24, DH underwent a varicolectomy in an attempt to solve the problem. We were told by the surgeon that we wouldn't see any improvement for 72 days, so DH was slated to have a SA done at the end of the year. At his post-op visit in mid-October the surgeon told DH that the varicocele was gone!

Much to our delight we didn't end up needing to wait 72 days because this week I tested positive on an HPT (OK, so I took three test but they were all +). This means we conceived six weeks after the surgery and we found out exactly eight weeks after the surgery. YAYY!!

I didn't track ovulation at all so I'm going to list my symptoms based on cycle day, I normally have about a 27 day cycle.
CD9 and CD12: bd
CD24: felt a weird cramp in my lower right side
CD26: looking back, I remember being able to smell things that I shouldn't
CD27-28: I still sometimes felt that cramp and noticed that I was more tired than normal
CD28: felt like I had period cramps, thought AF was coming
CD29: before bed the night before I decided I would test in the morning if AF hadn't shown up. I usually spot for a few days before AF so it was weird that there was no sign. I woke up anxious at 4:45 a.m. and decided that I couldn't wait any longer, and since there was no sign of AF, I took a test. I got a +HPT using FMU and proceeded to wake DH up at 4:58 a.m! :) I'm officially 4 weeks pregnant.
CD29-31: I've had what feels like period cramps on and off, my bb's are slightly sore like before AF, I can't relax or sleep because I'm so excited/nervous!

BFP After First Round IVF!! Endometriosis & Male Factor Infertility

Hi all,

My husband (35) and I (35) have been TTC off and on for a year and a half. I have aggressive endometriosis and have had to have two laproscopic surgeries, and we found out that my husband had really high semen morphology (99%). Did three rounds of Clomid with IUI, then since the fertility odds were against us, decided to skip ahead to IVF with ICSI. Just found out today (16dpo11dpt) that I am pregnant! Because all the Crinone gel I'm using can mimic a lot of pregnancy symptoms, I tried not to get my hopes up every time my boobs felt sore or I got sleepy or burst into tears randomly like a nutjob. Plus, these symptoms were so fleeting and short-lived that I wasn't sure if they were anything at all. I took a pregnancy test at 9dpo and was BFN. Decided not to check again and let the bloodwork tell the story.

Yesterday (15dpo10dpt) I was convinced AF was coming. Had cramps all day, felt heavy and achy down there, but no flow. Cramps usually happen after AF has begun, so this was my only shred of hope that something was up. Got blood drawn this AM and beta came back at 596! Still many obstacles to overcome, but I wanted to send reassurance to everyone TTC that you can have many physical challenges and still get there! Don't feel down if you don't have symptoms or the symptoms are few and far between. Don't give up hope if your pregnancy tests come back negative. It ain't over till it's over!!

Best of luck to all of you. I can't wait to read your BFP stories.

BFP FertilAid is Amazing

First I want to say that I miscarried 9 months ago and conceived on my expected due date!!!! Before my last pregnancy I had two failed IUI, they assured me it was unexplained infertility... The last IUI the sperm count was low and again they assured me it was not the male factor. I decided to take my fertility into my own hands. I had my DH take FertilAid and CountBoost. One month later, Bam! I was pregnant but I miscarried with a blighted ovum. Well I tried naturally for 8 months and decided to try FertilAid and CountBoost again. Two months later I'm am NOW 4 weeks pregnant... I hope it sticks!!!

Tired w/ sore BBs
Tired, sore BBs, frequent potty breaks, nausea, acne
2 BFPs in the evening, tired, sore BBs, frequent potty breaks, nausea, light cramps acne

BFP One Month Post Varicocele Repair!

Been trying to conceive for 18 months, diagnosed with male factor infertility and pcos in June. Urologist confirmed varicocele in DH and repaired it on 9/26/12. Found out I am pregnant today, only 1.5 months after the procedure! My tww symptoms are as follows:

1-7dpo... Not a thing
8dpo... Small amount of blood noted in toilet after urinating (implantation bleeding I presume)
9dpo... Mild nipple sensitivity, increased cm
10dpo... Mild breast tenderness, mild cramping, thinking af is imminent
11dpo... Moderate breast tenderness, typical pms for me
12dpo... Breasts hurt a lot! More than usual, but still not convinced
13dpo... Breasts still really sore, peeing a lot, took a hpt on a whim and got a BFP!

This is proof that the varicocele surgery works! Our RE told us it probably wouldn't help but it sure did, and fast too. I just hope this little one holds on tight!!!!

Baby dust to all!

Embryo Donation/Adoption Works!

We were denied IVF due to low amh, high fsh, low responder, male factor. We decided to go with an Embryo Donation program in the Czech Republic. They transferred 2 perfect day 6 embies.

1dp6dt: Slight cramping, pretty mild but still can feel it.

2dp6dt: Slight cramping, pinching feeling in lower right side of tummy.

3dp6dt: Nausea, can’t eat dinner. The smell of cigarettes outside makes my stomach lurch. Boobies are KILLING me. Flew back to the US and so at 3.5dp6dt I caved in and took the HPT that reprofit gave me. I see a slight shadow. Hubby says he thinks it is an indent on the test.

4dp6dt: Got a definite positive on a First Response Early Response. I am blown away. Nausea is worse, still have the cramping and super tired. Bloody mucus when I blow my nose and bleeding gums when brushing teeth.

5dp6dt: Took another hpt. BFP! Even darker. Nausea, really sore boobies and tired. Feeling gassy and bloated. Backache.

6dp6dt: Another hpt. Even darker than yesterday, almost as dark as the control line! Nausea, sore bbs, tired, bloated, backache, some dark brown spotting.

7dp6dt: Beta 166! I am amazed at how fast that came back and at how high the number is! Hoping its twins?!?! Sore bb, nausea, tired backache and metal taste in mouth. Tastes like I am sucking on a penny. Ew! A little bit of pink spotting on my toilet paper twice, but none on pantyliner. It scared me half to death. Came home from work, ate dinner and fell asleep in my chair.

8dp6dt: No more spotting! Boobies are sore but not quite as bad as the past few days. Tired, metal taste in mouth, still light cramping.

9dp6dt: Second Beta drawn today. Won’t get results for two days. Super tired and nausea. Came home from work early to rest. Headache, sore boobies.