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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 (Beautiful Fabulous and oh-so-Prego)

I have lurked this site for months. I am so happy that it's my time to shine now!

My partner and I are both 30. We decided to have a baby last year of August. We are NTNP at the time. Come November we broke-off. But in February, we got back together. I was 29 at the time and I was scared of not having a baby because I had an abortion when I was 17. I never saw a doctor and only took a medicine for it to happen. In April, we had another serious talk and we again decided to TTC and this time, we are going to take it seriously. We went to a gyne bec I had to have myself checked due to a bacterial infection. I also asked if we can get an advice about TTC. We were told to try naturally first and if after a year nothing still happens, then we should go back. I was turning 30 in May. I took a 2week vacation from work as we really want to have a baby and stress is not helping us at all. I had all the symptoms in May, I tell u. But I ended up with a Big Fat Negative! I didn't lose hope. Come June, I started drinking green tea, taking robitussin, taking aspirin, etc. We timed our BD too! But still, a Big Fat Negative! July, we decided to take a time off because it stresses us out more. We decided to have a "sexfest". He took a 2week leave too. We were thinking that he's the one who is stressed. We can't take a vacation at the same time as we hold the same position in the office. Only 1 person is allowed to take a time off for a long time as we manage people. He booked us a nice hotel room 1 day, had a fancy dinner, had a bubble bath and BDed like it's the first and the last. It's my O day by the way so it's to our advantage too. But it ended up with another Big Fat Negative! Come August, I told my partner that I am so stressed in TTC. If the baby's gonna come, then it's gonna come. I did not really think about it anymore. I did not count the days. I did not take the meds I've been taking. I am a social smoker and drinker. I smoked and drank when I want to. I forgot about TTC at all. When we BD, we BD bec we want to. I didn't even raise my legs for 15mins. I wash after 5mins. I practically told myself that it's gonna happen. I don't know how, I don't know when, but it will happen. I did set my BBM status to --- I will be. I just lived a life of expectancy. I prepared 2 void drawers in my cabinet for my upcoming baby. Then I let go. All I knew is that I have a 30-day cycle and I'm supposed to get my period on August 31. I was never late! But this month, I missed my period! So I was like, "Hmmm...this is weird. Maybe tomorrow it's gonna come." But then, the red witch did not come! I went to church and prayed for His will to be done. I would accept it without a baby or not. I bought HPTs because I used up all my stock last month. I did not re-stock because I didn't want to obsess again POAS-ing. I got home and I'm supposed to POAS tomorrow. But I couldn't resist! The time I felt that I needed to pee, I took 1 HPT and in less than a minute, Big Fat Positive! I was shaking and the first words that came out of my mouth were, "Oh My God! I am happy and scared!" I knelt down and prayed for my baby and offered it to God right away. I asked for His help in raising this baby with fear in the Lord. Now I am planning to surprise DP. It's gonna be life-changing for us. But we are ready to do anything for our little angel.

Thank u to all who shared their stories. You have all inspired me. To those who are TTC-ing and who lurks this site during TWW, Positive Thoughts to all of you! May u all be showered with tons of baby dust!

I did not track my symptoms because it's stressing me. But below are my take-aways for all of u.

*My PMS started earlier than usual (LBM, breasts and nips hurt, cramps, eating a lot), about 5 days earlier. I didn't mind this as it felt like my usual PMS.
*A week before my AF is supposed to show up, I could not catch my breath when I climb up the stairs or if I walk for only a block. I thought it's due to my social smoking.
*Few days before my AF is supposed to show up, I noticed that my saliva is more than the usual. It's as if there's a fountain in my mouth and it just overflows on occasions that I had to swallow more often. I did not mind this as I don't want to be disappointed again.
*My breasts ache at the side near my underarms. It's something new for me. I thought my PMS is changing again as I get older.
*I did not spot when I usually spot.

I don't have much symptoms aside from the above. I really thought the red witch is coming. But this time, I've won over the red witch! My advice is for you girls is to stop obsessing. I know it's hard! But you shouldn't stop living just because you are TTC-ing! All will fall into its place at the right time. If the red witch attacks u, fight back by partying :) And most of all, don't just BD. Make love. Because you are loved! Positive Thoughts always! God has plans for each and everyone.

BFP with Clomid, IUI, Progesterone Suppositories and Male Factor - 7 Cycles TTC

I can't believe I finally get to share my BFP story. This website has been a huge source of support for me over the past 6 months while TTC, so I pray that my story gives someone else hope.

Me: 28 - irregular cycles, short luteal phase, blood clotting factor, small uterine fibroid, low AMH (1.2)
DH: 29 - high count and great motility but poor morphology

Our story: Me and DH started TTC at the end of February. I went off BCP after 10 years in October when my doctor discovered I had a blood clotting factor (high beta2glycoprotein and high anti-cardiolipin) which was found due to blood work completely unrelated to TTC. When I went off the pill my periods were CRAZY. They ranged from 19-26 days, and based on OPK's and temping I had a luteal phase that ranged from 4-9 days only! I was also a chronic spotter (anywhere from 2-5 days pre AF). The first few months DH and I tried naturally but I knew something was wrong, so my doctor did blood work bc of my crazy cycles and I am so glad she did bc they found low progesterone (could not confirm I was ovulating) and also low AMH for my age. My doctor said bc of the AMH we should be aggressive with treatment and she started me on Clomid right away. DH also got tested at this time and found that he had super sperm (count and motility) but morphology was low - only 6% normal strict kruger. At first the nurse thought this might not be an issue since his count was so high, but said we should try 3-4 IUI's only and then move on to IVF after that due to my low AMH, and because if it hasn't worked by then it probably wasn't going to work. First round of just Clomid failed, so the second round was Clomid + trigger+ IUI. I was feeling really optimistic that this would work, but a week after the IUI my doctor called me to tell me that the strict kruger test for the IUI sample came back and it was worse than last time - this time only 3% normal. He told me without hesitation that he didn't think IUI was going to work for us, despite DH's high count, and that we should move directly to IVF, or at least start consultations. That cycle did fail, so, we started consulting with different clinics and were all set to go have a complete work up done at CCRM while we waited to find out if our second Clomid + trigger + IUI worked. DH and I had both been doing acupuncture during this time and DH was on some high level anti-oxidants (seemed to help a bit) and my nurse also added progesterone supplements for this cycle because of my short luteal phase. This cycle was perfectly timed and I just had a good feeling about it - 2 follicles over 20 at time of trigger, DH's morphology was a little better than last time, and I started progesterone from 2DPIUI. Well, it did the trick!! I really think the progesterone was our saving grace because previous cycles I would start spotting usually 6DPO, which is just not enough time. I tested on CD13 and had a strong light that showed up almost right away. DH and I are so ecstatic and can't believe this is happening to us just a month after our doctor called to say IVF was our only hope. I had so many doubts thinking something was terribly wrong with me or DH and that maybe this would never happen for us, and just when I feel we had almost hit rock bottom we get our very first BFP! Stay positive ladies, even though it is SO hard!! As far as my symptoms, it's really hard to say bc this was my first month on progesterone suppositories so I really don't know what is from the pregnancy and what is from the progesterone. Starting about 3DPO I had mild cramping on and off, I generally felt warm this month almost like I was running a low grade fever, and felt more tired than usual. I had a tiny bit of brown spotting on 9DPO, but the day before I had a transvaginal ultrasound at an IVF consultation, so I don't know if maybe that's what caused the spotting. Have had no other spotting since which was a huge clue, but again, thought it was bc of the progesterone and did no necessarily mean I was pregnant. I also had crazy vivid dreams almost every night in the TWW, including a dream the night before I tested that I took an HPT and it was positive. Anyway, I am so excited and just waiting to get my beta results and start my Lovenox for the blood clotting tomorrow. Praying for a sticky bean and a healthy nine months, and praying for all you ladies out there waiting for your BFP!

BFP with Clomid and Male Factor

Me and my partner have 2 children already both were conceived easily, my son was a one hit wonder and my daughter was conceived on the 4th cycle TTC. We started TTC in September 2011 the same month I had a chemical pregnancy and miscarried a week later at around 20 dpo.
We visited a fertility doctor with our local trust and I was put on a diet and exercise plan and my partner underwent semen analysis' 4 times. Eventually my bmi became within range and his sperm quality and motility became increasingly better so we were given an increased dose of Clomid. on the 3rd round of 50mg we finally got our bfp, and the irony? We were sat in the drs office totally unaware I was already pregnant. We are thrilled to be expecting #3 in May 2013. It took us 1 year to get to this point and will be our 3rd and final child :)

so cd 15 + opk
cd 16 temp dived
cd 17 o day - no ovulation symptoms
1 dpo - nothing
3 dpo - nothing
4 dpo - nothing
5 dpo - temp dive starting to think I didn’t ovulate after all
6 dpo - temp rise and cramping
7 dpo - temp dive again and cramps
8 dpo - no pms?
9 dpo - something off feeling full and achy uterus BFP with FRER!
10 dpo - BFP with cb digital
11 dpo - temp went triphastic
13 dpo - bfp with cheapie brand!

Thanks for reading!

BFP @ 14dpo w/ Poor Morphology

Hi y'all!

I'm 28 and my husband is 30. I just got my first ever BFP (with first response confirmed with clearblue digital!) at about 14dpo on cycle #6. It will be our first child!!!! We are so happy and grateful. After actively trying for 4 cycles (doing OPKs) I was so stressed out thinking there was something wrong with me, so I went to see my OBGYN for some basic fertility tests. Blood test showed I was ovulating, ultrasound looked great too. She then asked for DH's SA and the results were good counts, good motility but horrible morphology. only 2% normal forms. My doctor told us to go see a urologist and she was not going to proceed with any other infertility treatment such as Clomid until a final report from urologist. I was devastated because mostly of what I found on the internet was that poor morphology is very hard to change and the solution is IVF. My husband was sent to a urologist who ordered a second SA. Results were better - 4% normal forms. His doctor encouraged us. He said still his overall numbers were good and we could get pregnant on our own. He then ordered a blood test for him and the results were scary: very low testosterone levels and FSH. He was prescribed Clomid (for men... ) to try get his testosterone levels up and started taking it one week ago. Today I just found out I'm pregnant which means he got me pregnant all natural because he wasn't taking Clomid when we conceived.
Now I 'm praying for a healthy pregnancy and looking forward to calling my doctor tomorrow morning with the great news!

Now, a little bit about symptoms. Not many different ones. The normal ones pre af symptoms =: tender boobs, bloated, etc.
CD13 positive OPK
CD14 assumed ovulation day.. but this cycle I did not feel the usual ovulation pain.
1dpo - 11 dpo - I felt drier than the usual. Less cervical mucus.
11 dpo - noticed an increased appetite. I ate well on previous night but woke up starrrrrving and it's been like that ever since. Increased appetite in the mornings. I usually start spotting at the end of 11dpo and then will spot for the next 4 days before af arrives full force. but nothing until end of the day. I started being cautiously hopeful.
12 dpo - decided to take a pregnancy test with FMU. BFN. Devastation. Thought I was out and told my husband... of course it's not gonna be this month honey... Clomid hasn't started to kick in in your system yet.... . So I was waiting for spotting to start at any time. But it didn't start by end of 12 dpo. Went to bed dry as bone.
13 dpo - no spotting still.
14dpo - no spotting. but I'm a spotter... well we went out for an amazing breakfast with my husband (today is Sunday morning) and on our way back stopped at Wal-Mart to pick up early response. at this point I was suspecting it could be positive because I always start spotting latest at 12dpo but this cycle nothing. I was thinking maybe it would be a false negative because I wouldn’t be using FMU? Well second line appeared almost immediately. I cried. We ran back to Wal-Mart and bought clearblue digital and it said " pregnant". I'm pregnant!!!!!

I know I haven't been on this journey for as long as so many of you have but it can happen. Don't lose hope. Every month is a race inside of us and one day a little sperm will make it up there. It happened to us with a poor morphology diagnosis, all-natural.

What we did different this month:
- Stressed less. Last month we bd 10 days straight. So much stress on my poor dh and I had so much mid cycle bleeding as a consequence. This month we took it easy. Maximum 2 days straight when I got a positive opk I guess it worked better for us.
- Went swimming on ovulation day, exercised more (walked for about 40 minutes 4 times a week)
- Stopped charting.
- Brought back my daily cup of coffee (which I absolutely love) and stopped with the green tea (which I don't like but was trying to take it because I heard it could help)
- Took a breaking on taking maca, vitamin b, robitussin during ovulation time.
- Only used Pre-Seed as a lubricant for the days I wasn't fertile (had no ewcm)
- Had about 3-4 alcoholic beverages weekly. Had fun!!!
- Took a glass a day of Trader Joe’s not from concentrated pineapple juice from 3 dpo to 8dpo (have no idea if it helped)

Good luck to all of you!!!! One day will be writing your story too!!!

Pregnancy

Hi ladies I am glad to post today after 3 years of trying. Thanks to God I got my bfp today. Me 32 with pcos, dh34 low sperm count. I had iui in May 2011 no success, IVF in February this year failed. Because we did not have much money we went back in July 2012 big surprise bfp. I would feel selfish if I did not post today because your stories kept me positive. Thanks.

BFP Naturally With Low Sperm Count

Finally after a long year of ttc, we conceived naturally. DH has a low sperm count and motility and I am healthy. Finally made an appointment to see an RE and 2 weeks before the appointment we got out BFP. I don't chart or check CP I usually just go by my cm.

Symptoms from O to BFP:
Heartburn, gassy, sore boobs, moody, veins on chest popping out, LOTS of CM, cramps which felt just like AF, slobbering in my sleep and bleeding gums.

To all the lady's with male factor DON'T GIVE UP IF IT HAPPENED FOR US IT WILL FOR YOU ALSO. We are now 7 wks and 4 days. :-)

TTC Success Male Factor, IUI CLomid

Hi,
I used this site every day for almost two years. It took my husband and I almost two years to conceive our first child. When we started I was 27, husband was 29. After many tests (all "normal" for me, low motility for hubby (think from 0 to 5 on a movement scale sperm was rated a 1), 6 rounds of Clomid, and three IUIs we finally have our baby on the way! I am now 19 weeks pregnant. I did not have any symptoms during the two-week wait. On the day my period was scheduled to arrive, I actually felt like I was going to get my period – same cramps and bloated feeling. I experienced all the same signs and signals leading up to aunt flow- and believe me I was looking for signs. I also charted for a year and a half and this chart was no different than my normal charts. No triphastic graph or anything. I got to know my body pretty well over the two years of trying. There were no signs. We were shocked and thrilled when we took the pregnancy test and it finally said positive. I told myself I need to post that, to give hope to all you ladies out there like me that do not have any signs during the two week wait. Don't count yourself out! :)

Also, for those who do chart… do yourself a favor and stop taking your temperature the second you get your positive on that stick!! My temps went up and down for a few weeks… with no rhyme or reason. All the information did was stress me out about impending miscarriage with every low dip. I stopped taking my temperature on the advice of another charting friend. :)

***I also want to mention that I prayed every day that God would give us a child. Two of my favorite prayers: Prayer to Saint Anne and Prayer to Saint Gerard. God blessed us with this pregnancy and I continue to pray for our baby's health every day. My husband and I are so grateful for this blessing. He is listening to all of us. ****

Secondary Infertility; 38 and Overweight

I have deliberated whether to write, as things are so fragile and new, but decided to share my story with the intent to bring hope to others. I am 38; DH is 41 - we conceived our first child 5 years ago without effort. Assuming #2 would be as easy, we decided to wait and well, when we were ready to try or bodies weren't :(

I spent 1 year "on my own" trying, then sought the help of a specialist who turned me a way as I was overweight (I am size 18); so I cried, tried to lose weight, and well, nothing. Found a new Dr, who welcome with open arms.

There was no official reason for our issues. DH was fine, I was fine. We did 5 rounds of Clomid - nothing. Then Clomid with IUI - Nothing. My insurance didn't cover IVF and truthfully I was very nervous to go there. We had one last attempt at IUI - and we started looking into adoption.

This time, we did the Gonal pen and trigger shot. The day of IUI, was a Sunday, and we used the "on call" Dr, who said DH counts were low and not to count on this working. Needless to say, I was devastated.

We DB for the next few days; all the time feeling very sad and hopeless. On about 11 DPO, I was convinced AF was coming. Horrible cramps. I called my Dr to advise we were out.

The only thing different this month as in past, we my boobs - HURT so bad (but I thought was from all the meds)

Sure enough, on 13 DPO we got a faint BFP. We were in shock - denial almost. We are now 7wks (saw heart beat yesterday) and graduated to OBGYN.

The strangest things were the cramps - how horrible and the soreness above.

We have a very strong faith in God and prayed every day. We believe this is a gift from God and hope our little bean sticks with us.

Don't lose faith - there is hope!! God Bless & baby dust to all. 

TTC For 10+ Years

I just want to tell everyone, that after about 14 years of TTC with no luck, I finally got my BFP on 5-20-12! I have endometriosis and my husband has a low sperm count and we went to fertility Dr's who advised us it would be best to do IVF after 2 failed IUI's (well not really failed but they wouldn't do it b/c DH sperm count was so low) that was in Nov. 11 and I just couldn't go through that with the holiday coming up. We decided to put off for a lil while and to my surprise I am glad I did. It is still very early but I am 6 weeks preg. and Dr's say everything looks great. so I just wanted to share my story and symptoms b/c I used to visit this site almost every month checking symptoms of a/f.

I had period like cramps the week before I would normally get my period. I also had hot flashes at night I would wake up with my neck soaked with sweat. (and I am never hot)

***baby dust to all*** I was never one of them people who believed it when people would say they just stopped trying and it happen, but that is exactly what happen to me!! 

ICSI Successful First Time! 2yrs TTC Male Factor

Like many of you on here I am finding writing this a very surreal experience given that I have read
so many stories on here and now it is my turn. After nearly 2 years of TTC naturally, I am finally
pregnant following my first ICSI treatment!

Here's my story: 

I am 29 years old, and have been married for 3 years. I've always wanted children and so a year
after we were married we starting trying. After 1 year of trying, and nothing, we went to see our
doctor, and we're referred to the fertility clinic. It turned out that my husband has major sub
fertility - morphology, count and motility. The best option for us was ICSI, so we were put on the
waiting list. During the wait I was fully tested and they found through a laparoscopy that I had a
bicornuate uterus, which for me I try to see as a positive. It means my uterus is heart shaped
rather than pear, so I think it is full of love!

Through this process I had met three women who had all been successful first time with ICSI and
all had twins, so they gave me hope and positivity for my treatment. Obviously ICSI is incredibly
nerve wracking, a real journey, but I remained very positive and did everything I could to give
ourselves the best chance. I rested after transfer but then went to work for the next two weeks
as my doctor said bed rest was not necessary. I had acupuncture during stimming, before the
transfer and 1 week into my 2ww. I listened to the Zita West cd every day to connect with the
embryos, and to relax, and I really feel that had a lot to do with my success. It is obviously very
early days but I am going to stay as positive as possible and take care of myself.

So, onto the 2ww.....

I had 1 grade a 8 cell and 1 grade a-b 6 cell embryos transferred on day 3. My doctors were very
happy with the quality and grading and we agreed to transfer two to give it the best chance
of working.
1-3dpt - not much, a little cramping
4-5dpt - slight cramping and light headache, sore boobs
6dpt - pink discharge on toilet paper when wiped. Think this was implantation bleeding. There was
some red blood cell type things in it ...tmi! Sore boobs
7-9dpt - again, no that much apart from cramps, sore boobs
10-11dpt - started to feel quite dizzy and a little seasick, tired all day, feeling very thirsty
12dpt - slight brown discharge on toilet paper when wiping, cramps, tired, sore boobs, thirsty,
dry mouth, sore throat, sore back
13dp - tired, sore boobs, thirsty, dry mouth, sore throat, cramps
14dpt - had my blood test in the morning, called the hospital in the pm and was told the good
news!! BFP!! My nurse said my beta was 862 which is apparently quite high, so maybe both embryos
stuck?! I am a twin myself so know how amazing it is and would be if we had twins, but just one
healthy one is more than enough!

I am so pleased I didn't do a hpt before my blood test, I've done so many in the past and couldn't
bear to look at another negative. Thankfully I didn't have to! I want to wish everyone who is trying all
the very best of luck. Stay strong and focused and most of all positive and it will happen to you xx

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