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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.

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. 1-3DPO - Nothing much, noticed I had a mild headache on day three, but nothing significant. Also noticed Sticky CM which seemed odd. Didn't want to get too excited. I've had it before. 4DPO - Extremely hot day. Felt pretty ordinary, headache carried over and I had incredibly strong heartburn. That in itself wasn't unusual, I get it when I eat the wrong things. Normally I can clear it up with a swig of Gaviscon but today it has no effect. That night woke up around 11pm feeling unbelievably nauseous. Tried to fight it but couldn't. Got up and experienced urgent diarrhea, followed by a big vomit. Sorry TMI but it was awful, and it was right then and there that I knew something was up. 5DPO - Felt wiped out, probably because of my bad night. Spent the entire day on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Felt hungover despite not touching any alcohol. Nauseated again, indigestion still present and my CM is now creamy looking. Interesting. 6DPO - It's Monday so I went to work. Felt the indigestion again. Also feeling dizzy and act like a bit of an airhead... well, more so than usual. Creamy CM again. Notice a wet patch on my underwear. Okay, that is NOT normal. Ignore. It's nothing... 7DPO - I feel the heartburn creep up early on and notice I am still feeling nauseated. My lower back hurts a little and I start to develop a sore throat in the afternoon. Oh geez, it feels like tonsillitis. Why me?!! CM continues. 8DPO - Wake up noticing the sore throat right away but figure it's not that bad and I'd rather go to work than see a doctor. First signs of sore BBs but the ache is very mild and on the sides. Odd, because I'm normally aching for the entire TWW. Oh and what is this cramp? It feels like AF might be a week early. Nooooo!!!! Go away. Getting suspicious. 9DPO - Still feeling light AF cramps and mild nausea. BBs feel tender but its not particularly bad. Feel VERY hormonal. I am convinced today I will start my cycle and prepare myself mentally. 10DPO - Feeling pretty much the same. Waves of nausea and slight aches. Also have quite a nasty pimple on my chin. And I find an enormous one on my back. Really? We are doing this? We are growing pimples on my back now? Thanks hormones. It's lovely, really. Feel for my CP and am surprised to find it very high, firm and closed. Lots of creamy CM. Use a HPT. Wait... is that a shadow? No... couldn't be. Nope. Must be an evap. These are cheap. Ignore it, go to work. When I get home 10 hours later I scrutinize the strip again. Yes, there is definitely a mark in the test space, but it's barely there. Tell myself to stop getting my hopes up and I vow to wait until Tuesday (14dpo) before I test again. 11DPO - Yeah right. Day 14. Whatever. Get out of bed at 6am and whip out a test. I sat there timing three minutes. Saw nothing and went back to bed deflated. That's it. No more. Stop torturing yourself. Get into an irrational argument 2 hours later and burst into tears. I use the opportunity to go to the bathroom again and I pick up the HPT for a further bit of torture. Holy. Sheeet. There is a line. THERE. IS. A. FREAKING. LINE! BFP!!! Lose my mind. I carry it out and show him with a stupid look on my face. Cry a lot more. Go back and read the instruction sheet. I was supposed to wait 10 minutes. Whoops. Do another test in the afternoon and BAM, it's there. Still light, but there's a line. Symptoms are barely noticeable today. Feeling fatigued (or is that just lazy?) and a bit nauseous. 12DPO - Test with FMU and get another faint line. Yay. That's good. Go shopping for an hour and start sweating uncontrollably. Feel awful. Must go home. Get a digital test but decide not to use it yet. 13DPO - I use a standard strip and it comes out darker so I whip out the digital. PREGNANT!!!! 1-2 Weeks. OMG! So happy. Overwhelmed.

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! Surprise!: 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!! Symptoms: 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!!! ~6DPO Tired w/ sore BBs ~7-11DPO Tired, sore BBs, frequent potty breaks, nausea, acne ~12DPO 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.

Finally BFP After 12 Months w/ Male Factor!!!

I wanted to first thank everyone for sharing their stories on this website, I've read them day in and day out and they have truly kept me going for the past 12 months. Me, 30, and DH, 31, have been TTC since November 2011. Only a few of our closest family/friends knew that we were even trying and everyone said it would happen quick for us. Well, 6 months later, I just had this intuition that something wasn't right. My DH and I were college sweethearts and have been together since we were 19 and with no previous pregnancy scares EVER I thought I would make an appointment to get checked out. My obgyn did all of the normal blood work, everything came back fine. I went for an HSG and that too came back fine. My husband offered to see a urologist in April 2012 and that's when we got the worst news, his total count and morphology were extremely low. Next stop for us was to visit with an infertility specialist and discuss our options. The infertility specialist did several more SA tests, blood work (for both of us) and after several sit down visits we FINALLY met for our "options" meeting in late September where we were told that we had <1% chance of conceiving naturally. We were also told that our best chance of conceiving was through IVF w/ ICSI and even that's not guaranteed. We expected to hear bad news, but this was devastating news. It seemed like our dream of becoming parents and raising a family together would not happen without this alternative procedure, so we signed all the forms (there are quite a few!) and were told a nurse would call us in a few days to provide us with our IVF calendar and to get the process going. On the way home my husband and I spoke about it and he told me he wanted to try FertilAid/Mega Man vitamins for a month or so and asked if we could postpone the process until January. I was fine with that because I was nervous (as was he) about the whole procedure and I didn't want to start it over the holidays anyway. It's a good thing we decided to postpone because we FINALLY received our miracle from God. I was three days late for my period during the last week of October and I'm ALWAYS 28 days (almost to the hour). For the past 12 months I would POAS a week leading up to my period and then be crushed each time AF showed her ugly face. This month I just didn't have any reason to believe it could really happen given with the doctor said and also because we only BD twice around my +OPK. Well, I got up the courage to test on my last (yes, last!) cheapie and a very faint line showed up. I never saw such a beautiful sight before, I never even had a spot, speck, hint of a line before this. I remember holding the stick and praying that a line would come, it took a while, but it did. I quickly ran to the store to buy a more reliable brand and within a minute the word, "pregnant" popped up. My husband's birthday was three days away so I wrapped up the test in a present that I had already bought him and surprised him when he came home. He thought I was playing a joke and when he saw me crying he realized it was true. We feel so, so blessed to have this miracle happen to us. God is good. As far as my symptoms, I didn't have much of anything. I do remember an achy back about a week before AF was due. That was it!!! And like many of you, I had more symptoms the months that I was NOT pregnant. We are praying that our lil sticky bean sticks and hope each and every one of you get your BFP soon!! Baby dust to all!!

Natural BFP

I am thrilled to post here again! I posted here in middle of July or so when I got my natural surprise bfp! We struggled for four years before we did 5 ivf and conceived our son in Jan 2011. In about October 2011 we decided to try for baby no 2 naturally until our little frozen embryo was used in March, we got a bfn on that try. Suddenly in June I conceived naturally – I was shocked!!! We where so very happy. My little baby had no heart beat after 3 months and we were shattered. We have found out that our little angel was very sick, Trisomy18. I thought I would never be so lucky again to fall naturally but we decided to try for a few months and here I am…..8 weeks after my D&C I got BFP again!!! Totally amazed and thrilled and scared and hopeful……so many feelings are there… It just feels like a dream; now when I am 40 I suddenly am fertile!!!! ov day – BD plus 3 days earlier. 1 dpo - Nothing 2 dpo – Tired 3 dpo – Nothing 4 dpo – Nausea and backache 5 dpo – Nausea and dizzy ( to early!!!! LOL) 6 dpo – Headache 7 dpo – Really really depressed. 8 dpo – Nothing. Bfn (what was I thinking) 9 dpo – Huge temp dip. Lots of pinching. Bfn in the morning. Bfp at 4pm 10 dpo – BFP, cramping and pinching feeling. 11 dpo – Line getting darker!!! Tiny bit queasy 12 dpo – Line getting darker! Little bit of cramp 13dpo – Tired 14 dpo – Line darker than control line whooooo!!! What I did this cycle; dhea for the last 8 weeks; coq10; folic acid and pregnancy vitamins and 2 fish oil tablets. I hope this little bean is healthy and very sticky…..
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BFP After 16 Months of MFI

I am so excited to say that I got my first BFP last night after struggling for 16 months. DH had low count (10 mil) and horrid morphology (0-1%). We had an appointment scheduled for the 12th of November to revisit, have another SA done, and discuss our options. He has been on zinc, vit. C, fish oil, folic acid, vit. E, a men's multi, CoQ10 (the list goes on!). We had started talking about the direction we would go if things hadn't improved at our next appointment with the RE. Anyway, this cycle just felt different. I had a hunch, but didn't want to get my hopes up too high. I tested 6 days before my period and got a negative, which I expected. But, I still had this feeling like something was different. I am 4 days out from missing my period, but when I came home from work, I decided to test again. BFP!!! Since we have been trying, my husband and I talk about what I will be like as a preggo. I crave food normally, so he keeps telling me that he is scared of what my pregnancy cravings will be. I am going to buy him a card today that simply says: 'Let the cravings begin' and attach my pregnancy test- I can't wait! Since DH has low count, we BD every other day around ovulation which occurred on the 18th. Timed it so we BD on the day of ovulation. Symptoms: 1-5 DPO: No symptoms, still BD every other day just to ensure timing was on. 6 DPO: Minor cramping and sort of a heavy feeling low in abdomen. Sore BB (normal for me sometimes even this far out from AF) 7 DPO: Exhausted. Still minor cramping. 8-10 DPO: BB still sore- nipples especially, which is new. Ravenous! Usually I want chocolate, but nothing but salt will satisfy. Starting to get curious. BFN day 10 11 DPO: NO symptoms. Convinced myself I was crazy and that AF was going to rear her ugly head again. 12 DPO: Not hungry all day. Felt queasy starting in the afternoon and continuing through the night (I am writing this at 6 a.m. on 13DPO and have been up for 3 hours). Came home from work and tested (First Response Early Result). BFP!! Could NOT believe my eyes since we have tried for so long with nothing. Took another test and another BFP. We had a friend over, so I did not spill to DH yet, and I wanted to make it creative. I will test again today to make sure, sure, sure!! For all of you struggling, it can happen! Things looked really hopeless for us, but it just takes one. Lots and lots of baby dust to you all!!

BFP After 2 IVF

We have been trying to conceive for over 2 yrs and finally we got our BFP!!!! Our journey began 2 yrs ago when we started trying naturally. We went through 5 failed IUI and then we finally switched to IVF. First failed IVF: 10 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 3 fertilize, 1 embryo transferred and other 2 embies didn't make it for freezing :( My 2ww symptoms- I had 5 day transfer. Only 1 day bed rest. Took vaginal endometrium suppositories 3 times day. 1-2 dt- Slight uterus cramps. Felt like tugging and pulling in the uterus. 3-5 dt- Sharp uterus tugging and pulling. 6-8 dt- No symptoms. No cramps. Symptoms just disappeared. 9 dt- Started to spot. 10-11 dt- Full period like flow. 14 dt- BFN beta. Waited 1 cycle to start 2nd IVF. Second IVF- 20 eggs retrieved, 14 mature, 6 fertilize and 2 embryos transferred, and other 4 didn't make it to freezing again :( My 2WW symptoms- 5 day transfer. Day before transfer, I did pre-embryo acupuncture and did acupuncture after embryo transfer. RE told me to be on bed rest for 24 hrs but I took whole week to rest. Drank grapefruit juice for entire week. 2dt- Left ovary slightly twitching. On bed rest. 3 st- Stretching in uterus. On bed rest 4 dt- Heard from nurse, rest of embies died. I was very upset. Felt strong cramps in the uterus. Just to relax, I went for another acupuncture to relax myself. I usually breakout before my AF. I had a few breakouts on my face. On bed rest. 5 dt- Poking pain in left ovary, cramping in lower stomach. Had lower back pain at nighttime. Did some light chores around the house but tried to stay relaxed. 6 dt- No cramps but felt nauseous all day. Stayed home. Few new breakouts 7 dt- Nauseous all day, uterus stretching. Lower backache. 8 dt- Tightness in uterus. No nausea. 9 dt- Yellow CM. Little bit of tightness in uterus. 10 dt- White CM. Nauseous all day. More breakouts. First day back to work 11 dt- Nauseous all day. Had very light red CM (possible implantation). 12 dt- Nauseous all day. More clear CM. First day had bad headache. 13 dt- Nauseous all day. Very intense headache. Small amount of CM. 14 dt- First Beta test. Nervous, didn't sleep to well. Results came in and its positive!!!!! Beta-596. Nauseous all day. Tiny amount of CM. 15dt-16 dt- Just Nauseous. 17 dt- 2nd beta test. Beta- 1495 (it doubled). I can finally breathe. I think our 2nd IVF worked because I stayed well rested during 1-7 dt (implantation period) and did acupuncture to keep the blood flowing towards the uterus. During my 2ww, I was pretty positive that I was pregnant because my symptoms either were getting worse or I was getting new symptoms. I know 2WW is insane time but don't loose the hope.