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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 after 2 years, pcos, low morphology

So I've never posted on a forum....just searched and read them for what feels like almost daily for the past 2 years and 1 month. I told myself (and I even made a promise to God and I'm not very religious) that if I get a positive I will share my story.

I have had PCOS since I was 24 (probably longer but that's when I began treatment) so I knew getting pregnant would be hard. I suffered with horrible cystic acne and was on bc and Spironolactone for like 5 years until after I got married at the age of 30. (I'm 32 now DH is too) We started trying for a baby around May 2014. My cycle was immediately out of whack after stopping bc and my skin was too. Let me add I also have Hashimotos (hypothyroid) I started researching foods and diet and decided to go Paleo. I was very strict in the beginning, eating very low card,absolutely no dairy and all grass fed meat. My period and skin improved almost immediately. My face was more clear than when I was on the pill. Let me add by saying I have Lean PCOS so I'm not overweight which actually makes things more difficult. It was very difficult to be strict but I kept with it as much as I could. I let more things into my diet but stuck with dairy free and gluten free because that kept my skin clear and cycle somewhat normal. After a while my cycle settled around 36 days being the average length, sometimes 42 days sometimes 32 days. It was difficult to track my ovulation if I didn't pee on an opk. Which was expensive month after month because I could only interpret the digital ones. After a year or so of trying my husband was tested and it came back that he had low morphology. 1% to be exact. He tested again and it went up to 3%. His counts and all other numbers were fine. Tested neg for vericicole. I tried charting, my temps were all over. We would bd everyday in the fertile week, sometimes every other day...we gave it our all every month. My obgyn told me there is nothing more she could do for me. Finally we went to a fertility specialist who told us that because of the morphology we would most likely need to do IVF. She sent us home, gave my husband some supplements which included L Carnitine Fumarite 500mg 2 pills twice a day, acetyl L carnitine 1 pill twice a day, and a pouch of emergen c each day. After 3 months he was supposed to retest his semen, and after my next period I was to begin a million tests. A month before our apt I fell pregnant. I just found out last night. I truly believe that morphology means nothing and there is hope just keep trying. This cycle I was desperate and I pulled out all the stops. I tried everything I had ever read in a forum. I used the digital opk, mucinex during my fertile week, preseed during intercourse, andI bought soft cups to insert after intercourse to keep the sperm in (which was a nightmare and I couldn't get it out for a while. We didn't get a chance to bd the day after ov but did 2 days before, the day of and two days after. I didn't think I was pregnant. I had stopped drinking coffee two months prior and my boobs didn't seem to get as sore each month anymore so sometimes they did sometimes they didn't. Leading up to now every month I felt pregnancy symptoms so I didn't even want to bother testing. What I did notice was my boobs hurt again, they hurt earlier on and never tapered off. my nipples tingled. I felt very hot and very cold. I had cold sweats at night. I felt twinges in my abdomen. I finally tested at 18dpo and received a strong two blue lines immediately. I'm Still in shock.

If I had to give any advice it would be change your diet, if you have PCOS you probably shouldn't be eating Dairy. Cut out gluten and eat low carb, sugar wreaks havoc on your ovaries. I love coffee but when I stopped drinking it my PMS symptoms all went away, and also weird pimples I would get on my neck/lower jawline. If your husband has sperm issues tell him to take the supplements listed above. And don't lose hope!!!!!!

BFP after 20 cycles post Vasectomy Reversal

Hi! I got my BFP 3 days ago.....I've stalked this site every month. I promised when ever I got my blessing I would post my symptoms. I do not track my ovulation outside of the app on my phone. So I don't know my DPO's I go off my cycle day. I have a 28-30 cycle this year I've had 29 day cycles.

CD21: I woke up super crampy and I threw up my breakfast.

CD22/25: super crampy,tired,hungry as heck,and very sore nipples.

CD26/28 super crampy....noticing my nipples hurt and I'm super moody/bitchy. Tired it's hot in my city 91 degrees but I felt like it was 1000 degrees couldn't take it.

CD29 I realized I hadn't gotten my normal sharp pains that shoot through my vajayjay. Right before my AF.

CD30 Same symptoms decided to test after work and bamp BFP!

The only real true symptom or lack there of was the sharp vajayjay pains. I didn't have them and that set off my alarms.

I'm currently 4 weeks 3 days! I'm having some pretty Kick ass cramping. But I feel like everything will be ok!

God bless and baby dust to you all!!!

BFP! Beginners luck with clomid + IUI

Like so many others, I never thought this day would come but we finally have our first ever BFP! I'm 33 and my husband is 35. We've been married for 7 years and decided last year that we are ready to start a family. When I stopped the pill in January 2015, I was sure that I would be pregnant in no time. We are both healthy, fit, eat well, no health issues, and all of our siblings had multiple children easily. So when 6 months went by and we still weren't pregnant, we decided to see an OB/GYN. I had started to have pre-period spotting every cycle for 2-5 days before AF, so I thought this could be an issue. I had the normal bloodwork done: FSH, Day 21 progesterone, prolactin, vaginal ultrasound, physical exam, etc. but all normal and no reason to explain the spotting. Anyways, we decided to get more serious and started BBT charting, using OPKs, pre-seed, I tried vitamin B6 and red raspberry leaf a few cycles for the spotting issue. I would get a smiley face on the CB Digital OPK or CBFM (I was using both at some point) around CD 11-13, followed by strong ovulation cramps the next day, and a temp rise the following day, and we nailed the BD timing cycle after cycle but still nothing.

Finally, we were referred to a RE who did further preliminary work. AMH (1.65), HSG, hysteroscopy, semen analysis. All normal with the exception of husband's SA which showed slightly low morphology although he was making up for it in numbers--count was 200+ million. RE said we fall into the unexplained infertility category. She recommended we start with 3 rounds of clomid, even though I ovulate on my own--multiple eggs could help increase our chances. We decided to try on our own for a few more cycles, but still nothing. Finally, we decided to try a first round of clomid. And in the meantime, we thought to have my husband rechecked to see if the morphology had changed since last time. I was devastated when his second SA came back terrible. Count was down to 60 million (which is still considered normal) but morphology was down to 2%. He was referred to a urologist who did some more testing and determined that he had slightly low testosterone and too many white blood cells in semen culture. Anyways, husband was put on clomid (25mg every other day) for low T and an antibiotic (3 week course) for the possible infection.

Clomid cycle #1
Clomid 50mg for 5 days (CD 4-8)
CD13 - follicle scan showed 2 follicles: 23mm and 25mm, uterine lining perfect.
CD13 afternooon - smiley face on OPK, BD that night
CD 14 - BD in AM and PM, strong ovulation cramps in afternoon through evening
1DPO - BD in the morning
No need to test as AF arrived right on time, even with my usual 3 days of pre-AF spotting.

Given the slight male factor issue and detrimental effects of continued clomid use (thin lining, no ewcm, etc.), we decided to skip another round of clomid only and move on to clomid + IUI.

Clomid + IUI cycle
Clomid 50mg for 5 days (CD 4-8) - BTW, I had heavily researched the difference between taking clomid cd3-7 or cd5-9 and I learned that taking clomid CD3-7 produces multiple eggs, while CD5-9 produces better quality egg(s) (but maybe not more than 1). As I already ovulate on my own, I opted for something in between (CD4-8) to hopefully produce multiple eggs but also healthy mature eggs.

CD12 follicle scan: 2 follicles, 1 on each side, each measuring 25mm. Uterine lining 10.6mm.
Nurse mentions that these follicles are pretty big but still good. She instructs me to trigger with Ovidrel shot that night and IUI is scheduled for 36 hours later. Of course, I researched ideal follicle size like crazy and everything I read said that 25mm may be over ripe, so I was already bummed out before we even did the IUI.
That afternoon I got a smiley face on my OPK and panicked! Do I still use the trigger shot if my body is already surging? Shouldn't we move up the IUI to tomorrow? I researched like crazy and everything I read said that if you have an LH surge, IUI should be the next day. I called the after-hours line and spoke with a nurse who was clueless and told me to stay on schedule, still trigger tonight and IUI in 36 hours. But that didn't feel right. After studying my last 20+ cycles, I know that I always ovulate the day after a positive OPK, which would be tomorrow. Anyways, I have a moment of calm and think maybe I should just listen to the specialists. My husband gives me the Ovidrel trigger at 9pm. BD tonight

Another BFP with MFI!

I am now 6w3d after getting my third BFP with MFI. We were told over 3 years ago that natural conception was unlikely and that we would likely have to undergo IVF with ICSI. We started preparing ourselves emotionally and financially....and then we got pregnant. Our son is now almost 2.

I figured that this was hitting the lottery and that he would be our one and only. When he turned 1, we started thinking again about whether we wanted to head down that road again. It had been so painful and frustrating the first time around.

We stopped preventing (and of course I secretly started timing) and we fell pregnant again. Sadly, it ended as a chemical pregnancy.

Three cycles later, we fell pregnant again! So far so good. We are very cautiously optimistic this time around.

We really have no idea what happened here. We have not had his sperm count rechecked. We made a few lifestyle changes starting at a few months before my first BFP. We switched to an all organic diet and he started eating a few Brazil nuts each day. They are high in selenium. However, we learned that more than 2-3 a day can actually be bad or even toxic.

As far as symptoms go, I didn't have many. My boobs were perhaps a little more sore than they usually are with PMS. I had insomnia pretty much immediately. But, I can never tell whether that is an actual symptom or if it's just because I am so excited about a BFP. At 12 dpo, I had a headache that wouldn't go away. At 14 dpo, I had a nosebleed.

I hope our story gives some of you with MFI some hope. I know that is an incredibly frustrating situation because there is just so little you can do to control or fix it.
Good luck, ladies! And send me a little prayer for a sticky baby!!

BFP despite: one ovary, varicocele, low sperm motility, and BBT drop

Hey everyone-

So I have been pouring over these posts since TTC. I wanted to post some of the obstacles we faced in the title to give people some hope, as I gained so much insight from all of you.

1. To start I have one ovary as a result of a very large ovarian cyst when I was 18. Doctors have always assured me this would not affect my fertility, but I was still worried.

2. My significant other was diagnosed with low sperm motility 25%. We had just ordered supplements. He also has a varicocele, so we were looking into surgery when we got our positive.

3. Here are some details about my successful cycle:

- My cycle length has been variable since stopping birth control: 21-30 days so I have been using OPKs and BBT

- I had a +OPK on CD 17 and 18 (Clear Blue Digital and Easy@Home strips)

- We BD on CD 15, 17, 18, 19 (using pre-seed lubricant)

- Cramping with very slight brown discharge 11 DPO (CD 29) - otherwise no symptoms

- Rise in BBT 3-10 DPO (CD 21-28), but dropped back to the cover-line 11-12 DPO (CD 29-30), shot up to the highest point 13 DPO (CD 31)

- BFP 13 DPO (CD 31) on Clear Blue Digital (barely visible on Easy@Home strips)

Ok, I hope this gives some people some information.

Thanks again for all of your posts.

BFP after 2+ years of TTC- IVF #1!

I'm sure many of you can relate to this if you've been TTC for over a year... everyone else seems to be announcing their pregnancies all over the place... why is it taking us so long? My sister got pregnant with both her children on the first try... my two sister-in-laws conceived their children in the first or second tries. When my DH and I started trying November of 2013, we were pretty sure that we would get pregnant in the first couple months too... but 26 months later, we still never had that BFP.

After about 16 months of trying naturally (with temping, OPKs, teas, pineapple... you name it, we've tried it), we got DH checked out and found out we had MFI. He was on Clomid for 6 months, but still no BFP. I quit my stressful job, partly to see if it would help with the baby making, but it did not. We changed our insurance this year and decided to go for IVF (we were not a good candidate for IUI because of DH's sperm issues). I'm 32, DH is 31.

So here is the good stuff- the symptoms!

Transfer day- Transferred two embryos. one very good (AA) and one almost as good (BA). Really bad cramps
1dp6dt- bloating, cramps continue, but not as bad, gas
2 and 3dp6dt- tender breasts, sore nipples, bad backaches, sensitive teeth, increased cm, gas
4dp6dt- so this is equivalent to 10DPO, I believe. I had the TINIEST bit of brown cm on my pad and when I wiped. just the one time... but this got me excited because this is right around when implantation bleeding might happen.
5dp6dt- cramps... but different kinds. maybe what people describe and "pulling" or "stretching" cramps.
7dp6dt- BFP! this is the first pregnancy test I took.. and it was two very dark lines on the FRER and a "pregnant" on clear blue! yay!
8dp6dt- wiped red blood. scared me... but it was just one time and it never came back. This is the day my period would have been due, because my Luteal phase is 14 days (and this would have been 14 DPO). Maybe this was the implantation bleeding, not what I had on 4dp6dt? I'm not sure.
9dp6dt- took another FRER just to make sure and the second line was really dark! darker than 2 days ago, and darker than even the control line.

12dp6dt- First beta is 1449!! hoping that both little beans stuck!

I stopped tracking symptoms as closely after but definitely have a lot of symptoms. I'm definitely tired. Today, (12dp6dt) I took a 3 hour nap. I get little cramps every once in a while, usually when I'm relaxing or laying down. Boobs are huge and they hurt. Veins are super prominent! I noticed yesterday that my skin looks translucent and I feel like I'm just looking at all the details in my veins on the arms and hands. I looked it up and it is a pregnancy symptom. Maybe I'm a little more moody. No nausea or morning sickness yet, but I'm still really early on.

Advice for any of you ladies considering IVF. I STRONGLY recommend preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) testing. It cost us over $5000 extra, but it was definitely worth it. When we got our embryo report, 6 had made it to blastocyst, but only 2 were genetically normal. The embryos that were not genetically normal, and would have ended in miscarriage, were decent quality too (BB or BA), and we would not have known that they were not viable pregnancies if we did not do the testing. I feel like the testing saved us a lot of grief and ultimately, saved us money as well (because FETs are more than 5k, at least at my doctor's).

My DH and I are so excited that our first IVF attempt is a success because we definitely would not have been able to afford another round this year. We are still not in the clear yet, but I feel so happy and blessed that we made it this far! seeing those two lines for the first time ever brought tears to my eyes... =)

BFP after trying for years. First IUI with low sperm

Ladies, I have stalked this site so much over the last few years of ttc. And I'm so happy to be able to share my BFP story FINALLY!!

We all have our own stories and what worked for me won't necessarily work for anyone else so I'm so here is just a quick summary of how we got BFP. We were on our first iui cycle with natural ovulation. Docs confirmed ovulation started cd 13 so took ovidrel trigger shot. Had iui cd14 and 15. Hubby had low levels. Cd14 was 6 million and cd15 was 4 million however doc said although levels low his sperm was grade a (4). From 8pm on cd 15 I started taking prometrium and will continue to 12 weeks.

Here are my symptoms

1-6 dpo: nothing

6 dpo: had a weird dizzy episode while at work, i turned my head to talk to a colleague and it was like my eyes took a minute to catch up. Also had a weird implantation dream. Woke up twice in the night and was awake early in the morning and I am not a morning person.

7 dpo: didn't sleep through night again. Felt tired

8dpo: dizzy again and tired

9dpo: really tired awake in night again

10- 13dpo: period like cramps felt just like AF was on way. Feeling down

13dpo: blood test revealed BFP. In total shock!!

I'm now 4 week pregnant and still have on and off cramps had another blood test today and levels are progressing well. Cramps now feel a little less like the pulling cramps of AF and more like zappy cramps. Still having a few dizzy episodes but no sickness and bobs don't really hurt at all. Don't seem to sleep through the night now and waking up before my alarm but also feeling very tired during day. I even went home at lunch one day and had a nap on lunch break.

Thanks for letting me share ladies. I know everyone says it but just try relax and think positive and know it will happen when it's supposed to.

Good luck to all those ttc!! Finger crossed for a h&h 9 months!! :-)

Natural BFP with low morphology

Well I never thought I'd get to write this. My husband and I have been trying for a year. We finally got the results for the SA to hear the sad news that although his count and motility were normal the morphology at 1% was very low and we'd probably need help to conceive.

We really hit rock bottom and this month started DH on wellman and vitamins and started looking into saving for IVF.

My symptoms were very little,as follows.

CD12 BD with preseed
CD13 BD with preseed ,positive opk
CD14 (O day) BD with preseed
1DPO-7DPO nothing
8DPO feels like cystitis might be coming
9DPO now feels like bladder infection,stabby pains in it all all morning but no wee pain. By afternoon it was dreadful cramps in my tummy and back,lasted several hours and was really painful. BFN
10DPO BFN nothing in the morning but tummy and back pains returned in the evening
11DPO all hope is gone. I feel fine so didn't test but had more lower back cramps in the evening.
12DPO nothing. Tested with midday urine just because I had a FR rapid result left in the cupboard and watched in amazement as a BFP appeared! Rushed out to tesco and bought a clear blue which was also BFP!

I feel totally normal,no sore boobs or anything other than back pain! I'm really scared but I'm hoping more than anything this baby will stick around. Don't give up hope if it takes a while.

Surprise BFP Already 3 1/2 Months Pregnant with Rainbow Baby!!

This is going to be a long post! We are still in shock that God has answered our prayers to be parents as we decided to stop TTC and trust in his plan for us. As soon as we surrendered to him and trusted in him He gave us our biggest blessing! God is faithful, trust in HIS timing!

Our story begins like most women. We began TTC in September 2014 with the hopes of getting pregnant ASAP. When it didn't happen immediately I tried not to stress too bad. My cycles were very short and by March 2015 I was beginning to think something wasn't right with my body. My dr took some blood work and I was diagnosed with PCOS with high testosterone levels and I was most likely not ovulating on my own. The diagnosis really stung but I had a lot of hope in the 50 mg Clomid she prescribed for us. March 13th I got my period and went in 21 days later for a progesterone check. My progesterone was 37 and we found out April 10th that I was indeed 4 weeks pregnant. We were amazed the Clomid worked the first round. My DH and I were so excited and we told close friends and family. We began to start thinking of what it would be like to have a baby and be parents. The planning had already began!! However, the day of April 24th will forever be etched in my mind as it was the day I began to miscarry our baby at 6 weeks 1 day. It was devastating, and at the time I spent most days being angry and bitter at God for taking away our child. After that I determined I could get pregnant immediately again without God, and after my period returned in June we started the second round of Clomid. BFN. Third round BFN. Fourth round BFN. By October I could feel God was screaming at me to just listen to him but I ignored him once again. I was still trying to work through the grief of loosing my baby and TTC was my outlet to ignore the pain. I wanted to try Femara in October as I was just convinced my body was used to Clomid by now. By this point I wasn't even getting a natural period and had to be induced on Provera. I felt so broken as a woman. And to top it off my DH got a sperm analysis and had only 11 million sperm count. I got my progesterone checked after the first round of Femara and I didn't ovulate. This was rock bottom for me. Why God? Why didn't you want us to be parents? Why us? The pregnancy Facebook announcements seemed so cruel.

Then something hit me like a ton of bricks. I finally let God in and began listening to him. I started to surrender everything to him. All of my own plans for motherhood, my worries, fears, etc. It was not easy at first. He was telling me this entire time to TRUST him and his plan in our lives. He started by canceling our next doctor's appointment scheduled for November 23rd. The receptionist called and told me that I was scheduled on accident for that week and since it was thanksgiving that week they were only seeing OB patients. I could have rescheduled but I knew this was Gods first sign for us. I amazingly got a natural period on November 21st. However, December 9th I started "spotting" for 9 days straight. I was convinced my hormones were messed up from the drugs. I continued to pray for strength and grieved our baby's due date in December. In January we began visiting a church. Every week the preacher would talk about the power of prayer and how important it is to hold on to your faith even when you don't feel like God is listening. We held on tight. This was so hard for me, as I felt like I failed him daily. I STILL wanted to be pregnant! January came and went with no period. The first week of February I took 5 days of Provera I had left and then realized I had momentarily stopped listening to God. I didn't continue with the Provera after I felt God telling me this was not his plan. Usually when I would take Provera I would get my period on day 3 of the pill but when nothing happened I thought it was really odd.

February came and I continued to pray for strength daily and trusted more and more in Gods plan for us. I would tell him daily that even though I would give anything to be pregnant, he's plan is far greater than anything I could understand. Most people are probably wondering why didn't you take a pregnancy test if you weren't getting a period? Some woman can relate to the absolute devastation of seeing a negative pregnant test over and over again, and since I knew what it was like to be pregnant already, I hadn't had any symptoms and therefore no need to test! Lol The Sunday before we found out we were expecting, the preacher at church preached about how he felt God was speaking to someone there. He said God was telling someone that it was going to be the end of their night season and their morning would be coming soon. This gives me chills thinking about this.

BFP after 2 years ttc, low morphology

I want to preface this by saying this bfp did end up as a chemical pregnancy, and while not ideal, has given us hope, because we got pregnant on our own for the 1st time in 2 years!

Backstory: I am 25 (26 next month), husband is 27. We have been ttc since Oct 2013. In this time we have, I feel, done everything you could do (without an RE) out there, and there are a few things that I feel have made a difference.

First of all we discovered after a SA, that DH has low morphology, 3.5 %, 20 mil sperm count, and good motility. His Urologist has prescribed him Clomid to increase sperm count. It works with testosterone in men as it does estrogen in women. He takes 50mg every other day and has also been on fertilaid for men for the last 8 mo.

Everything has so far checked out ok with me with the exception of slightly low progesterone in the 2nd half of my cycle. (Still have 13 day luteal phase though ), as well as THS of 2.4 (for optimal fertility they say between 1-2 is where you want to be. To lower my TSH, I began taking kelp (iodine), and selenium.

On this cycle I had day 3 blood draw to check and see if my ovaries were doing as they should: everything came back great! TSH was at 1.5! I was happy with that.

CD16-BD with preseed and softcup
CD17-BD with preseed and softcup
CD18-+OPK, BD with preseed and softcup
CD19-O day, BD with preseed and softcup
1DPO-Woke up feeling like I had been hit by a bus, could tell I was coming down with a cold, as well as a raging UTI! Its like my immune system crashed! And I never get sick!
2DPO-went to work, huge mistake I was so sick, went to Dr after work, UTI confirmed along with sinus and ear infections, started augmentin. Coffee does NOT sound good!
3dpo-5dpo-feeling terrible bc of cold, nipples started to feel sore, breasts full, not that sore though. Still not drinking coffee. Super irritable with hubs.
6dpo-bbs starting to get really sore, wake up in morning with gurgling feeling in esophagus, kinda like heatburn. Hungry for eggs and meat first thing in the am, unusual, still can't stomach coffee. Irritability with DH continues.
7dpo-supposed to have 7dpo blood draw for progesterone, but it's a Saturday and the office is closed, have to do it on Monday (9dpo). Have dreams about having a baby girl.
8dpo-bbs still sore, still hungry in a.m., no coffee, had dreams about baby girl again. Super tired.
9dpo-same as above, serum progesterone blood test
10dpo-got results for progesterone (5.1) feel a little surprised at how low it is, start counting myself out this cycle and preparing for next. Pregnancy cant stick with low levels of prog! Out of nowhere, at 9p.m. I decided to take first response, fully expecting a bfn, only to see a faint bfp! I was completely in shock, broke down in tears! Called for husband to come here. He was a little surprised to find me hysterical and crying. When I handed him the test he looked down and said "baby?...is...is that a line?!" We were so happy and shocked! I don't know what prompted me to take a test, it was almost like Devine intervention. (I don't normally test this early, or at night, for that matter).
11dpo-even lighter bfp on frer, negative digital. HCG and progesterone blood test done in AM.
12dpo-bfn on frer, blood results 4 HCG, 1 progesterone :-( knew I would get period.
13dpo-AF arrived right on schedule! Chemical pregnancy.

Even though this ended in a chemical, I think it was meant to happen! I was meant to find out that we were able to fertilize an egg but it just couldn't implant, possibly due to low progesterone! My midwife prescribed me progesterone supplements for this new cycle to start after O. That way if we are able to fertilize an eggie, it will hopefully be able to implant and stick, FX. It's important not to lose hope. I've had way worse lows than when I realized we were having a chem. I know my sticky bfp is right around the corner, it's just a matter of time! This cycle I've started taking premama fertility in hopes this helps! I also take a prenatal, folate, cold pressed fermented cod liver oil, vitamin e, calcium/mag/D, pregprep, and vitamin C. I also did pineapple core for a couple days. Good luck ladies, never lose hope! Never give up!

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