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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.

GLORIOUS 2 Lines!!!

Like the majority of post, I too have been obsessed with this web site! My DH and I started ttc in 2010. Soon found out that low - to no sperm was the issue. Later 2011 he started with a urologist who had him up to snuff in under 3 mths! I am text book 28 day cycle & I can tell you the moment I ovulate, so not getting that BFP was sooo frustrating! After all was said and done and DH was cured, it took us only 3 tries! Here are my ttw symptoms!!!!

CD8 bbd with Preseed
CD 10 & 11 bbd
CD 13 bbd pre seed, ewcm, slight cramp left, +OPK - ITS ON!!
CD 14 BBD mid afternoon, still cramping - O day
1 dpo shooting gas pains, no bm that day and I'm like clock work - TMI
2 dpo diarrhea, great
5 dpo crampy, sore boobs kick in - which is normal for me before AF, blood in my nose
6 dpo constipated, blood in nose again - stuffy nose but wet, hungry and queasy at the same time
7 dpo woke up congested, lower back killing me, blood in nose again!!
8-11 dpo lower back still achy, boobs are still sore, still skipping days with bm's - not normal for me
10 dpo dreamed of blazing BFP... and friend called to tell me she dreamed I was preg...hmmmm
11 dpo terrible sleep! back is killing me, cant get comfy! af cramps in full swing, sore bbs especially the left, and notice a more rounded fullness! hmmm
12 dpo, back still at it, again terrible sleep, but remember vivid dreams when I did get some sleep, slight nausea in am. Decided I was going to bite the bullet and test in the afternoon, was sure I was doomed and af was coming, but couldn't resist! 3pm snuck away to test, IMMEDIATE BFP!!!! 2 days away from Valentines Day!!!
13 dpo testing again with first morning and another GLORIOUS BF POSTIVE!!! ran to baby store and bought the hubbs a Daddy loves me onesie for Vday!
14 DPO blood test! all is amazing!!!!
Hope this help!! And keep your heads up, your BPF is around the corner!!!

BFP with Male Factor

I can not believe it is finally my turn to post my symptoms!!! I thought this would NEVER happen.

I am 33 and my husband is 36 and we have been TTC for well over a year, since June of 2010. We got married in October of 2010 and didn't wait very long to start trying to start a family. I didn't think it would necessarily happen right away, but as more and more months passed without falling pregnant, I began to suspect something might be wrong. We finally began the process of infertility testing in December. My husband did a semen analysis. The doctor called with the bad news that he had low volume, low motility and very low morphology. We also strongly suspected that I had endometriosis due to family history and a lot of pain with my cycles. She felt we may need IVF to conceive at all. I have been devastated for the past month and wondering how we would come up with the money for IVF. I even broke down crying in my boss' office when I tried to tell her that I might be taking time off for surgery. I had an appointment for this Thursday to discuss doing a lap surgery to diagnose the endo.

I expected my period this past Sunday and it never showed. My period is usually regular but stress has caused it to be late from time to time, so I figured that's all it was. Today I was 4 days late, so I was a little suspicious but still expecting AF to show anytime. It came up a really dark positive in about 5 seconds! I am in total shock! Its really true that it will happen when you least expect it. This was such a dark month for me after being told conception on our own was highly unlikely. When you get past that year mark, trying to conceive gets so much scarier. I wanted to post to give others hope, especially those who have been trying for a while. Reading other symptoms has been a help and comfort to me all this time. I feel like this is a total miracle and I am praying for a healthy pregnancy!

I have tracked symptoms faithfully this month, because I thought there was no way it could even happen. My only symptoms have been sore breasts and AF like cramping for the past week. They feel identical to what I always feel before I start my period. I've had no nausea, head aches or increased CM. In retrospect, I have been extra weepy the past couple of weeks, but I attributed that to being told we were infertile. Literally, I have been extremely depressed and in so much pain all these past few weeks and the whole time I've been pregnant!!!

Just because you get a bad semen analysis DOES NOT mean there's no hope. I think it just made it take a bit longer. I am over the moon right now! Baby dust to all!

BFP with PCOS, Male Factor and after an IVF & FET!!!

I cannot even believe I'm typing this all out right now because I am still in such SHOCK!!!! :O  I'll start with a little of my history first!
I'm 34 and hubby is 38. We started trying to get pregnant in 2005 and tried unsuccesfully for two years before we went to a fertility specialist who informed us that I have PCOS (which i figured, my periods were always irregular and heavy) and hubby has low sperm counts (low count, motility, and  morph). The doc said our chances of concieving naturally were like 5% a month MAYBE. We did two rounds of IUI one with Clomid, one with Gonal F inections and NOTHING. Finally we went all out and in 2007 had an IVF cycle. I ended up with 6 beautiful grade A blasts...two of which we put in and on the first cycle I got pregnant with my son! In 2009 we tried for our second and did a frozen transfer from the same blasts we had leftover and I got pregnant with my second son.

Hubby and I decided to hang on to the other blasts leftover in case we wanted a third because I REALLY want my little gir. Well, the problem is its super expensive and no guarantee i'd have a girl etc. Also we are getting older and hubby is afraid it would be just too expensive to raise three kids etc.

Fast forward to this month. Hubby and I havent been *trying* but havent been *preventing* either...especially with both our issues. My doctor a few months ago at a routine GYN appt put me on Metaformin for my PCOS. She wanted to try it out and see if it helped my particular PCOS becuase I had been complaining about  my cycle being completely nuts. She told me it took a few months for it to start fully working and to "be careful" if we baby-dance because I *may* become pregnant. I of course, laughed at her considering all we had been thru to try to conceive naturally and failed. Oh baby was I in for a surprise! :D

This past month on the 29th of October (Saturday morning at 6am) hubby decides to get fresh and we baby dance. I think nothing of this as I had EWCM a day or two before and figure if I WAS fertile it was over. I was on day 14 of a 30-31 day cycle. On Monday the 31st of October very early that morning I feel crampy. Twingy, crampies like period cramps (this was at like 1am that moring when i went to bed) and i took advil to help me sleep. That day on the 31st I was at my doc and asked what ovulation felt like LOL! She told me i may have. So now I'm nervous of course, but not expecting anything. The week goes by fine and then I start to notice strange things: (assuming I ovulated on the 31st that Monday)

DPO 1- 5 I feel nothing. Nada. I'm  not looking for anything anyway so I wasnt really noticing.
7 DPO Its football Sunday and I have friends over. I'm REALLY feeling hot spicy foods. I eat jalapeno poppers and I NEVER eat them. I also had hot wing sauce and spicy ribs that I made for dinner and it's all tasty tasty. At one poin I'm wearing my regular bra and note that the girls are falling out a bit. They seem extra big and I even say to my husband that my boobs arent cooperating and keep falling out of my bra that day.
8DPO Still feeling fuller breasts, I note to my friend that I'm starting to feel pinchy, scratchy, scrapey feelings in my uterus like someone is scraping a knife from the inside. I go to my zumba class that night and feel crampy
afterwards.
9DPO I wake up that morning and just for kicks decide to take a Dollar Tree test. I totally forget to use FMU and use the bathroom first thing, but then catch myself and manage a few FMU drops of pee. LOL I do notice too that my pee smells funny, almost pungent like sausages LMFAO! Sooo I put the test aside and go about my business for 5 minutes or so. I casually pick up the test expecting NOTHING (as usual) and instead I see a FAINT line! And not the kind of line I have to like tilt into the sunlight or hold up to a bulb...I can see it from arms length. Im in SHOCK and in DENIAL becuase this has NEVER happened to me...i mean, a positive without already having prior knowledge there may be one. I take a second test a few hours later and BOOM another faint positive. I go in to my doctor and get bloodwork. She tells me the pee test i took at her office came out  negative but I show her my tests and she believes me.
10DPO I get my HCG blood test results back from the doctor and its a 5. Its  low, but she wants me back on that Friday (would be 12DPO) for another HCG.
I'm feeling crampy at this point and full boobs. I'm also starting to smell
things really intensely!!!

BFP - after just receiving MFI diagnosis!

We've been trying for 4 months, and we were losing hope since my husband was recently diagnosed with low sperm count (6 mill./mL). We decided to just keep trying the old fashioned way until the new year...turns out it wouldn't take that long at all!! The only thing we did differently this month was BD'ing the two days before ovulation and the day after (no BD on O day for us due to work travel for him). In prior months, we BD'd everyday during O week...which, in hindsight, was probably depleting an already-low count. I do not chart by temp, but I can feel a pinch at O and watch for EWCM and cervical position to confirm.

1 DPO: nothing
2 DPO: sore boobs, very irritable, light cramping (all normal symptoms of being on the back end of my cycle, for me)
3 DPO: crampy, irritable, sore boobs
4 DPO: crampy, moody, sore boobs
5 DPO: less crampy and not moody at all. feeling great...total swing from day before, so I'm wondering if something's up.
6 DPO: semi-sore boobs, thirsty, pinchy sensations in ladyville, feeling so much better than a few days ago
7 DPO: very emotional but nothing else (cried saying goodbye to a friend and couldn't stop for almost an hour...very unlike me). BFN.
8 DPO: breakout, sullen, very emotional, cramps and boob soreness gone
9 DPO: nothing during the day, weird dreams all night including one about taking a pregnancy test
10 DPO: woke up from that crazy dream and tested right away - BFaintP (!!!) on an IC...confirmed later with a BFP on First Response digi.

Ladies, do not give up hope. We were told in the spring that we would never conceive a child naturally with my husband's counts. Although he is only 29, he was dx'ed with low testosterone last year, and that has shown no improvement since diagnosis. In the spring, we did the SA because we knew we wanted to try for a baby. Doc gave us very little chance that the numbers would come up on their own, and told us to start preparing for an IF journey. We are not even 5 weeks yet, so of course, a lot can happen....but FOR NOW, we are rejoicing and hopeful.

Many prayers for BFPs and sticky beans for all of you!!

Faint BFP with skeptical husband, and a touch of pre-seed.. after almost a year!

I finally got my BFP after almost a year of TTC #2! We went through all of the "whats wrong with me", "why is it so hard the second time", and "maybe getting drunk will help, it seemed to work the first time" inner struggles. The first few months I went by an ovulation chart I found online, and when I realized my cycle was irregular, we bought OV tests from early-pregnancy-tests.com. We tried that for a few months, DTD every day on what I called the "money week". Still.. left us with nothing. Then we went on to get pre-seed, which helped ease some of the pain we had (i have a messed up PH or whatever in that area after my DS was born). Tried that for a few months.. nothing again. Meanwhile, I'm getting dissapointed, my husbands reactions were dwindling from dissapointment to "aw thats too bad". At month 10 I decided to lie to my doctor and tell him we had been TTC for a year so he would see us. All of my bloodwork came back fine, and they sent my DH for a semen analysis. Two days after hearing that my husband has low sperm count.. BAM! BFP :-)

So here are my symptoms!

1 DPO- nothin
2 DPO- nothin
3 DPO- nothin
4 DPO- nothin
5 DPO- had to get up that night to use the bathroom
6 DPO- again had to get up at night
7 DPO- realized that I was a few days before my cycle was to begin (I have a 12 day luetal phase)
8 DPO- took a test for the hell of it.. VERY FAINT BFP! I was convinced I was crazy, so I brought it with me to show a girlfreind of mine who has been helping me through this journey, she too saw the line.. my husband said he could barley see it.
9 DPO- took another test, line slightly darker.. called my dr (my test was in my purse as proof I wasn't crazy incase their test came back negative) Doc cam in.. BFP!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am now 5 weeks 4 days.. let hope it stays!!!!

Don't give up, it truly will happen when the time is right :-)

BFP on 6th IUI after failed IVF

4 years TTC
low sperm count DH
me Endometriosis corective surgery 2010
IVF 2010 20 eggs  11 fertilized none lived to 3 days
5 cycles IUI w Clomid no fewer than 5 eggs each time Donor insemination BFN
6th IUI cycle this time using injectibles Follistim
6 eggs
BFP  I waited til I was officially 6 days late
1st beta 1235
2nd beta 2347

symptoms
gassy
bad cramping swore AF was coming even wore a tampon
really over the top emotional
crying and bitchy
nothing with my boobs but kinda looked bigger
weird white CM

Just don't give up....really !!!

BFP after 1 yr TTC with varicocele

I have been trying to conceive for one year exactly. We started trying july 2007, and here i am FINALLY pregnant in July 2008!!!!!! My husband has a variocele on his testicle, and the doctors have all said it would be VERY difficult to get PG. Thank goodness it happened. Today I am on dpo 19, I only tested today b/c of the cramps.

1-8 dpo: Nothing...in all other months my breasts hurt, but no breast pain this cycle
8-19 dpo: Breast pain, veins (always get this in tww), and increase in size--didn't have cleavage, now I do.
13-19 dpo: Cramps. intermittent. lighter than AF, but the same feeling...but will come for one hour then go away without meds...that is very unusual for me..usually need lots and lots of motrin for them to go away.

I didn't have any nipple tingles which i have had in the passed with other PG's, nor did i have any nausea, heartburn, lethargy, or increased need to pp!!!!!

baby dust to all, and praying this is sticky...

BFP with first Clomid/IUI cycle

This month was our first IUI/Clomid cycle for male factor (6-7% morphology). We have been ttc our first baby for 12 months. I am 30, dh is 31.

My Clomid experience was very unusual as I felt terrific while taking it on cd 5-9 but horrible for a few days afterwards. I lost several clumps of hair and had very depressing thoughts. I had cramps, especially from my left ovary, from the first day I started Clomid, through the IUI, finally stopping on 4 dpiui.

This cycle was clearly different, as I hardly had any symptoms compared to what I normally get...

cd 5-O = cramps started
cd 13-13 = detect LH surge through OPK
cd 15 = IUI
1-4 dpiui = cramping, esp from the left ovary
5-7 dpiui = very odd and real dreams, very fatigued, somewhat irritable, lots of CM, constipated, dizzy when I turn my head quickly
8dpiui = tons of energy, happy, CM continues
9dpiui = very faint BFP on Equate brand HPT (only reason I tested this early was because I was getting on a plane and needed to know if I could take motion sickness meds)
no energy, irritable, pulling cramps, one very strong vaginal cramp that went down leg, bb's starting to ache - not as much as a usual cycle, dizzy at times
10dpiui = another faint BFP on Equate, went to buy Clearblue Easy brand and still a BFP, lots of CM
11dpiui = darker BFP on Clearblue

We have been using preseed, dh sat on cold packs and took multivitamin, bd every two days throughout cycle

What we did differently this cycle: went completely vegan (found out animal products contain so many hormones that it is bad for us and baby, we have just decided to raise the baby vegan), added IUI and Clomid.

BFP with PCOS and Male Infertility Factor.

I would like to tell you about my story. I was married to someone else, before I married the love of my life. We tried to have a baby and it didn't work. I've known since I was 17 that I have PCOS. I was told at that time I would probably NEVER be able to have children. I did have a m/c in January of 1992. I had concieved my first angel without meds. After being single for 6 years I met my hubby. We were both in our late 20's, and I gave him EVERY oportunity to walk away and to find someone who could eventually give him the children that he wanted. But he assured me that he loved me, not for my ability to be able to have children. Two years after we met, I got pregnant with our now 4 year old son. How this happened......

On 9/11/01 we were down at Labcorp, for my dh to do an SA. It seems funny when we were trying to create life, our country was being torn apart. We found out he had a problem, but we couldn't fix the problem before he left for deployment in 2002.My dh found out he had a varicocele in august of 2002, and had surgery in october of 2002. I had lost all most 100 lbs in about 13 months (Ive gained it back plus some due to an injury to my lower back, but Im on my way back down. :) ) I took traditional chinese herbs, and followed a very strict diet and exercise routine. The infertility doctor at Portsmouth Naval Hospital gave me a new drug to try called Letrozole aka Femara. I was a little concerned about trying a med that was used for treating women with breast cancer. My dh had the varicocelectomy surgery on October 4, 2002. I had started my period on time that month (two days after he had surgery). Dh said why don't we try BD with the femara and see what happens. I was really
leary of us BDing with him,just having that surgery (he had a hernia repair several years prior), and I didn't want him to tear anything. He ASSURED me if anything hurt he would stop. The doctor said NO sex for up to 6 weeks after surgery. Well Dh was VERY INSISTENT that we BD, and so I took the femara days 5-9 and we BD for several days during my ovulation cycle. I waited for my period to come it never came.I figured it was my PCOS acting up again. I was irritable, miserable, moody, and I took an HPT and it was POSITIVE. My dh was skeptical of hpt's, so I went to the clinic on November 11, 2002, and got a qualitive beta, and it was POSITIVE. I was so very very thankful to be able to get pregnant with a new drug (which now has a black warning on the label to NOT be used for reproductive purposes according to the Dr. at Portsmouth Naval Hospital). I delivered our son at 33 weeks 5 days (June 4, 2003). He weighed 5 lbs and 4 oz, and he was 17 3/4 inches long. Our son is
now 4 years and is ALL boy. It is such a privlege to be the mom to this very special little boy. When I didn't think it would ever happen for me. .

I'm 35 now, and I just had ovarian drilling in January of 2006. I am losing weight, trying a different route this time around. Im again taking traditional chinese herbs, but ive added an even stricter diet since I found out that I have celiac diease (www.celiac.org) and I am working out alot more diligently. I am also seeing an acupuncturist, who is also a traditional chinese medicine doctor. She has helped many couples get pregnant and have healthy children. Im also doing reflexology, massage to help me relax more. Hopefully,
I will get another BFP soon,

I hope my story inspires those to never give up their dreams.

BFP after Grade 3 Vericocele

My DH has known that he has had a grade 3 vericocele since he wa a teenager and his doctor back then told him he may have trouble conceiving one day.  Vericoceles are often found in premature male babies, and it just happens my hubby was a premie. So when we got married in Feb 2005, we put away the contraception... but weren't all out "trying" yet. We thought we'd just see what happened. By about 6 months I knew that we'd better have his semen count checked, so he went in. Overall, his #'s weren't bad, they were borderline normal, but his morphology was quite low at 5%. The doc told us he didn't HAVE to get the vericocele repair surgery as we could still get pregnant with these numbers. We were told that with IUI we'd have a much better shot. So we tried IUI a total of 4 times over the next 10 months and tried naturally in between. We then moved to a new state and put everything on hold for a while.

We then went to see a FANTASTIC urologist here in Milwaukee, WI. After doing more testing, it was determined that the next best thing to do was for my DH to have the surgery. He had the surgery in March and at his 3 month check his counts had quadrupled already! They say it takes 6 months to see maximum results too! So at this point I was emotionally beyond the end of my rope and wanted to just jump to IVF instead of "starting over" again (in my mind).  But my DH convinced me to try 1 more IUI with the new and improved "boys".  Well, that was last month and I am proud to say I just got my first BFP last night, confirmed with a blood test today! It's been 2.5 of the longest years of my life, but now I can officially say I'm pregnant! I just pray for a healthy pregnancy from here on out!

For anyone with vericocele issues, if you have borderline results like us and aren't getting pregnant, I highly HIGHLY recommend considering surgery.  It's not pleasant, but DH was back to himself in a few days. Our only regret is that we didn't just do the surgery 2 years ago. But I firmly believe everything happens for a reason, and part of our great success, without a doubt, is the surgeon we used. Had we done the surgery where we used to live, we wouldn't have found him.

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