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BFP after TTC with partial Thyroid Lobectomy(no meds)

I want to explain my circumstances leading up to my BFP to help give those in similar circumstance a glimmer of Hope that you too can get your BFP. So if this too epic, please skip to the relevant sections.

Arguing and Make Up Sex:
So you know how you hear those dreaded words, "just relax and it will happen", or , "when you least expect it..." - well there might be some truth to that! But that being said you're never going to relax if your actively ttc and if it's putting loads of pressure on yourself. Well that's what it was like for me/us. We relaxed because we thought we needed IVF and had an appointment to see a specialist at the fertility hospital. Apparently we couldn't get pg without assistance said the GP. Whom was delighted when I went back 1 month later to say hey Preggers!

We'd been having a pretty bad argument during my fertile windo pre-o day so there was no BD beforehand, and I certainly wasn't feeling relaxed leading up to the "moment"! Lol! But we had make-up sex on Day of O and each day for the two days afterwards.

Male factor? 2%morohology combined with Thyroid Disease:
DH and I had pretty much given up hopes of conceiving naturally, even contacted the GP for assistance. We'd not long got the SA results (2% morphology, but 106mil count) and I received normal on the ovulation and thyroid results (please know I still don't know my latest readings as yet), so we were feeling pretty deflated.

Now in the 2 years we'd been TTC I found out I had thyroid issues and had a partial Thyroid Lobectomy and isthmathology (however you spell it). My thyroid results were good enough I didn't have to go on thyroxine post surgery. I made an effort to juice and change my diet drastically, take relevant vitamins as well pre and post op (jan 2014).

I have read on the net that to conceive your tsh should be under 2. Well I was determined to bring my numbers down and through diet and juicing, vitamins etc I believe I managed to manage my thyroid, as I saw the numbers drop each 6 months when it was tested. In October 2014 they were at 2.72. Please note UK guidelines says anything under 5 is normal.

Monitors & vitamins used:
The CBFM wasn't showing peaks until OCT last year! And I stopped using it in February this year. I felt the POAS was stressing me out as was temping. Instead I relied on FF, CM and mittelschmertz pain to give me the tell tale sign of O day.

I got agnus cactus and took that for one month, but stopped after getting spooked, I was taking multivitamins for 50+ (lower iron content as iron can affect thyroid!), and sometimes took complex B vitamen pack, magnesium n calcium, zinc with vit c. Rather than the multi vit.

Symptoms:

Oday: largest amount of ewcm ever with red streaks. Small pain on left lower abdomen like a stitch. DTD, stayed laying down for approx. 45 - 1 hour

1dpo: DTD, same ewcm as above, just a smaller amount.
2dpo: DTD - clear stretchy cm
3dpo: no symptoms
4-5dpo: dark red/ brown spotting
6-8: lightly tinged lotion CM - more brown than pink.
9-11: mild cramps on and off like getting period. Brown spotting is back.
12: no symptoms and no spotting
13dpo: no period, no pmt, no sore boobs nothing!

Decided to test using CB digital with counter. Came up straight away as pregnant ( I thought it was broken as the timer was still showing) but took a little longer to say how many weeks. But it came up 1-2 weeks.

I want you to know don't give up, if after all the above, 2 years ttc we got that BFP, so can you. Wishing you all baby dust xxxx
Currently 4w +2 days: DD 19 Feb 2016 ps cycle used to be 31 days until February when changed to 28 days, o happening on cd14 (used to be 16/17). And I'm 31 on 16/6, BFP on 12/6!!!

PCOS, DH low Morph. Femara+Trigger+TI & IUI= BFP!!!

Hello Ladies! Finally posting my BFP story! It's been such a long journey and all women suffering from infertility are some crazy strong women!
I was diagnosed with PCOS as a teen (Me 31 DH 39) so I knew it would be hard to get pg when the time came. 5 Years ago we decided to try and after 4-5 rounds of clomid we ended up with a BFP and had our DD. Since having her we were NTNP for years before we decided to REALLY try again. This time I was referred to an RE and this journey began! Ugh how exhausting it is to be infertile! I did a couple rounds of clomid that I didn't respond to until he switched me to femara. After 5 medicated cycles we finally got it! Thank you science, thank you to my doctors and nurses for all the hard work! :) Here's how this cycle went:

CD 3 started Femara 7.5mg for 8 days (instead of 5 like my previous two femara cycles) so days 3-10. At my mid cycle u/s I had 3 good sized follicles (yay!) which is what my RE wanted from adding the extra days. I triggered on sat May 23rd and ovulated the morning of May 25th. We had our iui scheduled that morning. Here's my DPO:

We Bd CD 11- CD 15 (day of trigger) skipped CD 16, BD CD 17 day of IUI.
Ovulation Day! IUI - Pretty bad O pains, it was worse than the last two cycles.

1DPO - very uncomfortable from O, a bit crampy. No sensitive nips like I always get after O which I thought was strange.
2DPO - 5DPO Not much, maybe a little bloated and gassy.
6DPO - Trigger was pretty much out of my system already so I could trust my symptoms. I woke up feeling hungover! I had a headache all day, dizzy and fuzzy headed. My ears felt like they were going to pop. Maybe a little bit of nausea, gassy
7DPO - Holy Nausea Bat man! I had a quick wave of it as I was driving to work. Hmmmm.. I Got full quick after eating anything.
8DPO - Tired, bloated and gassy all day! Like I couldn't control my gas haha! oops!
9DPO - Finally My bbs are feeling something! I hadn't felt a thing until today, my right nip started to hurt like it usually does after O. Oh my!Sleepy, took a nap today, I never nap!
10DPO - Been having vivid dreams, I didn't think much of that since I usually dream. But these were different and constant. Feeling really full after eating and bloated.
11DPO - Bloated, gassy, Tender bbs and nips still.
12DPO - I was sure AF was on her way. Bbs are killing me! nips on fire! I was getting red dry skin on my chin which usually mean AF is close by. Annoying stabbing pains on my left side and some pulling. tugging behind bellybutton? Sleepy and heartburn.
Went out had a few drinks, I was sure AF was coming. Had an outburst at DH bc I was sure this cycle failed.
13DPO - BBS still hurt, cramps, pulls and twinges and super tired. Took a test in the morning bc what the hell!? lol And I was shocked to see a super duper faint positive! WHAT?! Dang Wal-mart cheapies.
14DPO - BFP with FRER!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!

Sorry This was so long! lol! I have waited a long time to post it! ;) I got my first beta (75) and I go back on Friday for another before I'm released to an OB. I'm so so so happy and wish nothing but the best for the rest of you ladies. Especially those dealing with infertility, it can be so difficult and frustrating. FYI I didn't relax at all this cycle, i was actually pretty stressed out. I didn't lay around all day after my iui, i went out and did some furniture shopping lol. I was on this site the entire TWW reading every story I could! I really didn't think the first IUI would work but it did!!! DH had a count of 10Mil and I had at least two mature follies rupture (maybe even 3!) Also I did use Pre-seed, Soft cups and I ate pineapple DPO 1-6. I'm wishing the best for all you ladies still waiting for your bfp and send you lots of love and baby dust!!!!

BFP 4th IUI!!!

I can't believe I finally get to write my story eeeee!!! So exciting and so surreal! :) I'm 31 with Ovid and my dh is 29 with very mild mfi. So I did 6 medicated rounds (2 with Clomid - no response), (3 with femara 2.5mg, then 5mg, then 7.5mg - ovulated each time but with only one follicle). And finally I switched to injectables which is what brought my BFP!!! (100iu of puregon otherwise known as follistim days 3-6, then day 7 i did 75iu since I had over 8 follicles, then day 8 i coasted since I was over-stimulating with over 15 follicles!!! Day 9 i started surging on my own so I triggered around 3pm and had my iui 19 hours later at 10am with 4 potential follies in the running at 15mm, 16mm, 16mm and 17mm. 3 days later the ultrasound showed that 2 follicles had ruptured :) Here are my 2ww symptoms. Mind you around day 3-6 piui I had very bad sharp pains and bloating from all the follicles/cysts, but it went away. So I truly believe that this 4th iui worked because it was the only one where I had more than one follicle (2 released eggs) :) Dh has mild mfi since his count is a bit low, but the funny thing is that this bfp cycle is the one where he had the lowest posh wash sperm count of only 8.5million versus the other rounds of 12 mill, 12 mill, and 20mill!!!! Amazing how things work out :) Thats why I give credit to having more than one follicle this round!

1dpiui- abdominal tenderness,sore nips,gassy
2dpiui -abdominal tenderness, gassy, sore nips
3dpiui- abdominal tenderness, a bit bloated, smelly gas! ,sore nips
4dpiui- very bloated, sharp pains, tender boobs
5dpiui- very bloated, sharp pains, tender boobs
6dpiui- tender boobs, feeling good
7dpiui- tender boobs, feeling good
8dpiui- tender boobs, feeling good
9dpiui- tender boobs, left ovary pain
10dpiui- tender boobs, diarrhea, Super faint line on free. Tender boobs.
11dpiui- possible bfp line getting darker on frer. Sore left ovary and backache when I woke up, but went away after about 30 minutes.
12dpiui- beta - positive! I'm PREGNANT!!! I will get my 2nd beta on 16dpiui to confirm that my hcg is rising :)

Natural BFP w/ PCOS, Pituitary gland tumor-prolactin producing, Low sperm count, low motility, low mobility

My story: I am 33 years old (34 in August) Husband is 38. We have been trying to conceive for 4 years 7 months. I found out that I have a pituitary tumor that is prolactin producing at the age of 24. I was put on bromocriptine to regulate my prolactin levels. I am not that great about taking my bromocriptine and haven't probably taken it in over 2 years. In 2011 I was diagnosed with PCOS. Tried metformin and clomid for 3 months didnt work. Had tubes checked all clear. Couple months later husband and I were in horrible car wreck, he had to learn how to walk again TTC put on hold. Spring of 2013 first sperm test. Horrible numbers in every category.... 1.5 million sperm total. In Novermer 2013 FALSE POSITIVE with grocery store digital....HEARTBROKEN!!! Met with IVF Doctor in spring of 2014 slightly better numbers but not really. IVF doctor said IVF only option for us. Decided to think on it. March 1, 2015 Period starts and comes on super heavy. I am wearing 2 pads at a time and end up in urgent care. Put on BC pills to stop bleeding...a months worth over 10 days. Period doesn't stop. Put on provera for 10 days period stops. I see OB/GYN for annual on 3-30-15 he said to take one more month of BC normally to give my body a break from all the bleeding. Take the BC throughout april end pills, no period. Notice around may 8-may 12 egg white cm. BD on mothers day 5-10-15. Take a cheap dollar store test on 5-24-15...NEGATIVE. Figured that's that. Last week frequent urination 20+ times a day including middle of the night (which I NEVER do). Get up Saturday morning 6-6-15 pee in cup run to the store get a EPT 2 pack come home and BAM instantly positive. Take the other test BAM instantly positive. Husband is super skeptical because of false positive before. I wait a couple hours go to walmart buy 4 of the .88 cent cheapies and a clear blue easy digital 2 pack. Take two .88 cent tests on Saturday late morning and evening both instantly positive. Next morning 6-7-15 take the week estimator and one more cheapie both come up positive and CBE Advanced 2-3 weeks. 6 tests total all positive....Confirmed by blood test yesterday. First ultrasound 6-18-15. No drugs, NO IVF, no pre-seed or anything.....It just happened on its own....Miracles do happen Don't lose hope!

39, 18 months ttc, 1st pregnancy!

This is long, sorry!
I can't tell all of you how very very grateful I am to be writing this. THere were many months I didn't think it would happen! Being a mom has been my biggest hope and dream since I was a teenager.

My fiancee and I have been actively TTC for 18 months. In that time my sister got pregnant, and my best friend accidentally got pregnant with her 4th child. It was so difficult.

I have to say what I think really turned everything around was discovering Julia Indochova's book "The Fertile Female: How the power of longing for a child can save your life and change the world". It took me from throwing major pity parties to becoming the strongest I have ever felt in myself. I read her books, began writing down my dreams, went to her workshops, did imagery work everyday alone and with my fiancee. And most importantly, I listened to myself and did what I felt I needed to do. I was even able to throw a baby shower for both sister and friend without crying at all! :)

So here's what I did:
cut caffeine, Usana prenatal vitamins, fiancee on Fertil-aid, we both got in shape again, lost a few pounds, acupuncture, we BOTH ate a LOT more vegetables, cut out all white flour and sugar (with an occasional cheat cuz you have to live!) and did the imagery work. Also- infused my relationship with a lot of love, made a point to let little things go. TTC is so stressful and it can take over your life if you're not careful. The panic I would often feel was overwhelming at times, until I got a grip and made this a journey about growth, and made a commitment to become the healthiest inside and out that I could possibly be. Knowing I was on the right path really helped me.

I have read so many stories on this site that have given me hope, as well. THANK YOU! it was a big part of my healing, and got me through some dark times.

Symptoms? Really nothing yet. My period was supposed to start tomorrow, so my sore boobs and sensitive gums could be attributed to that.
I would so appreciate prayers, healthy thoughts, etc., as I know it is still very, very early!
Thank you ALL! And no matter what, don't give up! You will find a way to become a mom.

pregnant pcos and male factor

Dear girls

I dont know how many times i have read this site. I live in Perú. I have been trying to conceive for 10 months now. I have pcos and have been taking metformin for 8 months now. My husband has 18 million as a sperm count witch is really low. We found out about his condition in april. I bouth black maca pills and we both started taking them plus folic acid since 1st of may.
It is 3rd june and i just found out i am 5 weeks pregnant. We are soooo happy.

Cd 16 bd and stayed laying in bed until next day
Dpo 1 - Dpo 4 right ovary cramps ewcm
dpo 5 - dpo 8 ovary cramps metallic taste in mouth
dpo 9 nothing
Dpo 10 cramps yellow cm little
Dpo 14 sore boob
Dpo 15 - dpo 17 sore boobs ovary pain. I was sure af was coming but it never happened
I bought a pregnancy test and it was positive i couldnt believe it.

My advice is dont lose hope! Give it a try with the black maca!!! It really really works!

Baby dust to everyone!

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BFP almost 2 yrs, IVF #3, Donor Sperm

Some may know my story, my username is Reapage.

I Praying for a sticky bean. This has been in the making since Sept 13.

I am 23, My love is almost 33 (end of june) I was 21 when we first started trying. We thought it would be so easy! We own our home, we have stable jobs. I am one of 6 children- infertility is not a word we hear in our family.

After six months off birth control and crazy cycles I was diagnosed with PCOS. I had no cysts but my ovaries were swollen (round instead of oval) and my cycles were a mess, 50+ days. I was put on Metformin and we kept trying.

After 3 months of met, 9 months of ttc. We decided it was time for a SA. We got the results and we were DEVASTATED. He had 0-1% morphology, only 1.5 million count (normal is 20+ mill) and he had 24% motility. That weekend we had to travel to Florida to meet our new nephew... It gave us so much motivation and as soon as we got back I got with my primary physician to get a referral to the RE.

It took a month to see the RE and in the meantime all the research I found said we would basically be getting a free pass to IVF- do not pass go, do not collect $200. I also found a local RESOLVE support group... and went to my first meeting a few days before our RE consultation. Best decision I ever made for my psyche.

I was right- the RE said IVF was our only option. We did not have insurance coverage, but we have Aetna and the clinic offers a prorated discount to Aetna patients, so instead of 17k we paid 10k plus meds for ICSI. (the ended up covering my meds even tho they said they wouldn't, all three cycles) Fast forward a few months after all the testing...

Dec 14/Jan 15 IVF cycle #1- yielded 2 AB blasts... we transfer one and froze one. Chemical
As soon as I got my period, we went straight into cycle #2 with our only frozen embryo.
Feb/March IVF #2 FET- BFN
As soon as I got my period, we moved right into another cycle, We found out DH only had FOUR good sperm.
April/May IVF #3 Fresh w/donor sperm- yielded three blasts, AB, BB, BA. We transferred AB, BB and froze BA. BFP 4dp5dt(9dpo) faint faint faint. BFP 5dp5dt(10dpo), darker. BFP 6dp5dt(11dpo) with a digi!!!!!!!!

Praying that this is truly the end of the road for us. We have been through so much. I pray that my story encourages everyone to NEVER GIVE UP. Do what it takes to get your baby. This moment is worth every tear, every heartbreak, and every tough decision.

Infertility has changed my life. I am a better person for it. I have been raising money and will be walking on June 6 for the RESOLE Hope Walk to raise awareness for infertility. I will never forget this journey, and will forever support my sisters fighting the good fight<3

BFP on 1st Cycle of Clomid

Hi TWW! I have found so much hope and positivity through all the BFP stories I've read and I am so blessed to be able to share mine!

A little background: I am 26 and my husband is 32. My cycles started out regular however when I started college they became irregular (every other month, sometimes every two months) up until I got married July 2014 which was when we started TTC. The first 8 months we tried to conceive naturally (while using OPK), however long before we were TTC I was already concerned that I would have a hard time due to my irregular cycles. After 8 months of disappointing BFN, I scheduled an appointment with my OBGYN and my husband scheduled a SA. After a lab test, my results showed a low progesterone level of 0.3 ng/mL, my OBGYN prescribed me Clomid to take on days 5-9 of my next cycle. My husband's SA showed normal for motility and count however morphology was at a low 4%.

April 25th was day one of my heaviest flow so I started Clomid April 29th through May 3rd. OPK showed high fertility on CD14, and peak fertility CD15 and CD16 - BD all three days using PreSeed
1DPO to 3DPO - no symptoms other than normal amount of CM
4DPO - I had a glass of wine and it hit me right away (I am not a lightweight!), was dizzy and eyeballs felt like they were vibrating
5DPO - CM was thick, felt wet down there all the time. This was also my CD21 and I was due for another lab test to see how my body took to Clomid
6DPO - CM was abundant but curdy...ew.
7DPO - CM still thick and curdy, tired earlier than normal, the girls felt heavier and I had really bad backaches (have had back problems due to previous accidents, attributed backaches to this)
8DPO to 9DPO - same as above but CM lessened, frequent urination (normal for me as I drink a ton of water on a daily basis), some tiny cramps here and there. Also, received my lab test from my OBGYN and progesterone levels are now at 23 ng/mL!
10DPO - Took a FRER test with AM urine and immediately see a BFP! I was in disbelief sitting on the toilet for 10mins just jaw to the floor, shocked, looked around to see if anyone was seeing this (clearly, no one was). Went out and bought three other brands (CB digital, EPT and Walgreens) and tested with PM urine, all but the EPT were BFP.
11DPO - POAS this morning using FRER and CB, both immediately showed BFP!

What worked for us -
Prayers <3
PreSeed
Cutting back on drinking (literally have had 3 glasses of wine since March)
Find a genuine OBGYN who cares about your needs - two previous OBGYNs I saw about family planning told me not to worry after I expressed my concerns about my chances of infertility

We are so grateful that God has blessed us with a little bean, we are no where near the safe zone but we are praying that this peanut sticks! Sending lots of baby dust and positivity to all of you!!

Hope After 40

I write this story to give others hope. If I can get pregnant, naturally, then anyone can:)
I'm 40 (and a half) and my bf is 45. We both have kids from previous marriages, but, after carefully weighing the risks & fully understanding the odds, we decided to try for a baby. After all, the worst thing that might happen is nothing! Even so, my doc said my chances were slim without meds, due to my age. But I am an eternal optimist! So, in January, 12 years after the initial vasectomy, my wonderful bf had a vasectomy reversal. The doc told us it would be 3 months before viable sperm were present. I tried not to obsess, but I was hopeful each month....Sure enough, on the third month after the procedure, I got a positive!
I know it's early days yet, I'm only 5wks 3 days, but I remain hopeful. I try to temper my worry over MC w the joy & promise of our baby:)
Ladies, I offer this story to give hope to those of us a bit older, a bit sad, a bit weary of this process. There are sometimes not enough joyous stories out there for older women TTC. I submit my story to encourage hope and inspire us to have faith in our bodies and celebrate the love we all have to offer our babies!
The only symptoms I can share are, unfortunately, *exactly* the same as PMS: sore boobs, irritability & fatigue. Mommies-To-Be, have heart! If it's possibLe for a aging, older gal like me, it's possible for you!
Xoxo

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TTC: 14 months, 2 failed IUIs (IUI 1: 1 follie, 14mil sperm. BFN) (IUI 2: 1 follie, 19mil sperm BFN)

Me: 30, one ovary, mild PCOS. I take Metformin to help regulate my cycle.
DH: 33, Mild male factor.
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*CD1 : ready for a new cycle! After two failed IUIs and an additional month canceled due to a cyst, I was ready to get started.

*CD3-7: Clomid 50mg

*CD11: Two follicles on my one ovary. Both measuring at 10mm.

*CD15: Sono shows that one follicle is 14mm and the other 16mm. Lining is at 9. RE suggests waiting to trigger until CD 17 and to do the IUI on

*CD 19 so that my larger follicle can mature.

*CD16: BD

*CD17: I wasn't supposed to trigger until 9pm, but I got a blazing smiley OPK at 2pm. Called RE and she said "Trigger NOW!" and that it would boost ovulation. IUI moved up a day.

*CD18: IUI at 12:30pm. DH's motile count was 29Mil. Best numbers he has ever had! She did an external ultrasound right after to see that 1) I hadn't ovulated just yet and we didn't miss the egg. 2) that the sperm showed to be sitting and just chilling out ready to go. I put in a SoftCup before I left..ya know...just in case one of those pesky swimmers tried to escape.

*1DPIUI: barely noticeable flutter cramps from IUI. BD

*2-8DPIUI: Nada. Just really tired. But I get randomly tired all the time so it's not really noteworthy.

*9DPIUI: BFN. Kind of crampy. Barely noticeable though. Normal AF signs.

*10DPIUI: BFN. Have a total cryfest breakdown with DH about the possibility of us not being able to have kids for another year because we will have to save for IVF and I just *KNOW* this month isn't going to be it.

*11DPIUI: Woke to AF cramps. Took a Wondfo in AM and thought I might see a shadow. Posted to TWW blog and people said they saw it too, so I ran out to get a FRER for the evening. BFP by 6pm. Kept it secret from DH because tomorrow is his bday! By bedtime I had a huge headache and didn't sleep well. Sore boobs by morning.

*12DPIUI: BFP for sure in the morning! Had my DH open a present with a picture of our dog next to a onesie with the Dallas Stars logo on it (he plays hockey). We are both optimistic an ecstatic! Blood later in the morning had an HCG level of 24. Tender boobs, aversion to coffee smells, and headache are really the only symptoms I have so far.
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Honestly, I have had more "symptoms" with BFN months. The only thing I notice now is somewhat tingly boobs, bloating, and headaches, and those are all indicative of AF as well.

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My strategies:
-pineapple core plan 1-5dpiui
-Brazil Nuts 1-5dpiui
-peppermint tea/remove caffeine
-eating lots of salad and sweet potatoes
-Softcups after sex and IUI
-PreSeed
-Digital OPK instead of wondfo

DH strategies:
-Maca root
-Multi vitamin
-Folic Acid

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