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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.

BFP with ICSI (Male Factor)

Thought I'd add my short and simple story:

DH has a son from ICSI with his previous partner, so we knew we were dealing with MF issues before even starting TTC. We TTC naturally for 10 cycles anyway (going to naturopath to see if that would help at all, and it didn't). When we saw the fertility specialist we were fastracked to ICSI.

Type of cycle - ICSI#1 short/flare cycle (no down regulation time, no pill)
Drugs - Synarel 10 days, 150 gonal-f 9 days, ovidrel trigger, 2x1500 Pregnyl injections for LP support
Response - 7 eggs, 4 high quality embryos fertilised
Embryo transfer - 2 (and 2 to freeze)
Stage of embryo/s - 2 day
Result - HCG 537 on 16 days past EPU - singleton confirmed at 7 week ultrasound. I'm currently just past 9 weeks.
age - DH 37, me 34 (turned 35 two days after BFP)
Reasons for doing AC - MF (count less than 2 mil, motility, morphology issues as well).

BFP with FET (Male Factor/after Miscarriage)

Here's mine too -

Started IVF 2002 due to MF (at the time) very low sperm count. Had been trying other ways for 2 years.

Started IVF Sept 02
down reg included 225mls of purgon
At EPU collected 23 eggs - 10 fertilised via ICSI and we lost 1 during defrosting. I also had mild hypo-stim.

1st transfer PFP but lost preg at 8 weeks
2nd Transfer FET PFP but again No's didnt rise wait
to mc at 6 weeks.

DH & I are sent away to have blood test for M/C genetic problems etc - Nothing found. However as there seemed to be a problem with implantation it was recommended that I try baby asprin and my naturapath recommended vitex.

3rd Trans FET Start taking Vitex and Cardaprin (Baby
asprin). BFP and DS born 2/1/04

4th Tran FET BFN new nurse who doesnt believe me
that I only "o" within a period of 3
hours and Seraket doesnt work. No
asprin or Vitex.

5th Tran FET BFP again I took baby asprin but I
stopped taking it around 8 weeks as I
kept forgetting and at my 2nd U/S the
baby's H/B had stopped two days
before the U/S at 10 1/2 weeks. I dont
know if its related.

Currently stimming again with the same protocol but we are doing PGD for the m/c.

I feel in my heart that the Vitex and baby asprin helped me to achieve a PFP with DS transfer.

Never rule out FETs as you can see they do work.

BFP with Double IUI/Male Factor/PCOS

I have been hesitant about announcing this, b/c I am afraid of jinxing myself!!

After a year of infertility (PCOS and MFI after VR) we are pregnant! Tuesday my beta was 22 and the p4 was 14.7, then Thursday it went to 50 with a p4 of 21.3. We are in shock!!! We went through 4 cycles of IUI to get here!! This cycle we did a double insemination. The first IUI this cycle dhs total motile count was 1.2 million, and day 2 it was 6.8 million with a motility grade of 2!!! I had 1 or 2 follies. Although I have 2 pos betas, and increasing p4 and I have m/s I still think it must be a joke!!! I just had beta #3 drawn and I should get those results in a few hours.

Have hope ladies, I wasn't all to sure this day would ever come and now we have been blessed!!!!

BFP with 3rd IVF (after 2 failed IVF cycles)

Your site was the most helpful during my TWW, For that reason, I would like to share my experience in an attempt to help others. As a result of DH'S very low motility (0-7%) depending on the day, and zero percent morphology, we were told our only chance at pregnancy was IVF. We tried two cycles in FL with low fertilization rate and mediocre egg quality. We decided to try Cornell in NY (said to be leaders in male
infertility) and viola, BFP! Still had low fertilization rate (2/7), but the quality was beautiful - 8 cells for both and no fragmentation. The doctor attributes the difference to endoculture which was not implemented on my first two cycles. Also only administered Lupron and Gonal F, and HCG up to the time of retrieval, which was was one less drug than before. The doctor said that the other drug might be the cause of poor egg quality. TWW symptoms that I noticed on the successful third cycle as opposed to the two failed cycles were as follows:

1) 4 days after transfer I woke up with acne peppered all over my back. It looked like chicken pox.
2) noticed milky white opaque CM sometime after acne. Didn't know what it was, and was a bit worried so I called the IVF nurse who thought it might be a yeast infection! Found your site and was relieved to learn that it was a symptom. Evidently the nurse needs educating.
3) A dull headache 8 days after transfer, then it turned into what felt like a pressure headache 9 days after transfer, then the night before my blood test I had a splitting headache which I have never had in my life. The next day the headache was gone and got my positive result.

BFP Naturally (after twin IVF pg)

OMG! I don't even know where to begin! OK - here's the short version. I wasn't supposed to be able to get pregnant on my own! We tried for soooo long to get pregnant starting back in 1999. Eventually we tested - I only had one working tube and DH has poor motility, count, etc. They said our chance of getting pregnant would be to do IVF/ICSI. If you can believe it - we were blessed with twins our first IVF cycle!

Fast forward a bit, I had to have intestinal surguries shortly after their birth. My doctors told me that with scarring around my reproductive organs on top of our infertility issues, we will not be able to conceive again without IVF/ICSI. (We no longer have infertility insurance) Well two years later, I didn't give up hope and cycle after cycle was negative... until now! I will go to my OB and RE and do the happy dance and say - NEVER tell someone that it can't happen, because it can!

Here are my symptoms:
Slight AF cramping
Nausea on and off starting around 9 dpo
I can SMELL everything!
Hot, tired, irritable (sorry DH!) LOL

That's it! All I can say to all of you trying is never give up hope! It CAN happen! No - wait - it WILL happen!!!

I just pray this is a healthy, sticky bean! I feel sooo blessed!!!

BFP Naturally (after twin IVF pg)

OMG! I don't even know where to begin! OK - here's the short version. I wasn't supposed to be able to get pregnant on my own! We tried for soooo long to get pregnant starting back in 1999. Eventually we tested - I only had one working tube and DH has poor motility, count, etc. They said our chance of getting pregnant would be to do IVF/ICSI. If you can believe it - we were blessed with twins our first IVF cycle!

Fast forward a bit, I had to have intestinal surguries shortly after their birth. My doctors told me that with scarring around my reproductive organs on top of our infertility issues, we will not be able to conceive again without IVF/ICSI. (We no longer have infertility insurance) Well two years later, I didn't give up hope and cycle after cycle was negative... until now! I will go to my OB and RE and do the happy dance and say - NEVER tell someone that it can't happen, because it can!

Here are my symptoms:
Slight AF cramping
Nausea on and off starting around 9 dpo
I can SMELL everything!
Hot, tired, irritable (sorry DH!) LOL

That's it! All I can say to all of you trying is never give up hope! It CAN happen! No - wait - it WILL happen!!!

I just pray this is a healthy, sticky bean! I feel sooo blessed!!!

BFP Au Naturale with Male Factor

I want to share a Male Factor Infertility story with you and everyone else.

In September 2003 my husband had a sperm analysis done and his sperm count was 12 million and his mobility of his sperm (swimmers) was only 10%. It was very bad news.

We were told by his Urologist and 3 other INFERTILITY doctors that we had a LESS THAN 5% chance of DH being able to get my pregnant. And we were told the only hope of possible concieving was with ICSI. So in December 2003 we did the long hard process of IVF with ICSI and it failed. We decided to never do it again because of emotional and financial reasons.

Well..........

March 2004 the day after Easter my period (which is always 28 days and never late) was 1 day late and because I had some leftover pregnancy tests I tested with FMU and BFP !!!!!!

It was such a surprise and we werent even trying and we had a beautiful son born in November 2004.

Miracles CAN AND DO happen!!!!!! Our story is proof doctors are not always right!

BFP with Low Count & PCOS

My husband and I have been TTC for two years. I have PCOS and he has a low sperm count. We have been through many test. We did 3 rounds of clomid and were going to the doctor to do an IUI. We decided to take a month off. I was very emotional and TTC was making me a wreck. Well on CD9 of our break cycle I spotted after intercourse which has never happened to me. Still have no clue if that has anything to do with this. About a week before AF was due I was nauseaus and my gums bled when I brushed. The day AF was due I had horrible cramps. Some cramps were so bad I felt like I was going to pass out. I kept running to the bathroom all day but no AF showed. The next day I tested with a dollar tree test. I got a faint positive, but didn't believe it. I got my husband to get me a FRER. Got another faint line on that one. The next morning tested again another faint line. Tested today the line is not as dark as the control line but much darker than before. It is real! I am so excited and think I have already told everyone. Miracles do happen!

BFP with IUI/Poor Sperm Morphology

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 1/2 yrs now. Found out 1 yr ago that my husband has extremely poor sperm morphology. He underwent correction for a varicocele, but sperm never improved even 11 mos after surgery. RE recommended we go ahead with IUI procedures. First procedure failed and DH's sperm morphology was 0% at that time. RE recommended we go ahead and consider in vitro and skip any more IUIs. We told her that in vitro was not going to be an option for us ethically. We insisted on continuing with IUI. We had second IUI done and his sperm morphology had improved to 2%. Not much of an improvement but it was huge for us! RE likes it to be at least 4% for successful procedures.

Was surprised to notice the following symptoms post IUI:
DPIUI = 2 : felt sharp pains in lower abdomen that I didn't feel after the first IUI
DPIUI = 3-14: felt absolutely nothing. none of my normal post-ovulation breast soreness, no moodiness, no nothing. However, I did get a random cold on day 12 that I didn't think much of until a friend said that a cold can often be an early pg symptom.
DPIUI = 15: was just beginning to feel hopeful I might be pg when I noticed some ever-so-slight spotting of brownish mucous. I was sure I was getting my period. It never came. Slept very poorly this night and had constant "pulling" sensation or slight camping in my lower abdomen. Also was developing tender breasts.
DPIUI = 16: more ever-so-slight spotting. No period. My friend convinced me to take a pregnancy test. BFP right in the middle of the afternoon!!! Current symptoms include developing breast tenderness, feeling warmer than normal (I'm usually always cold!), more pulling/aching sensation in uterus. Otherwise, I'm on cloud 9!

Let me say that if I and my husband can get pg after 2 1/2 yrs of trying and a fairly significant male factor fertility problem, YOU CAN TOO! I'm so thrilled to share my story and hope it gives you all faith it can happen for you.

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