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Bfp 10 dpo, unexpected symptoms

This is my second conception during a very stressful month. With my first baby, I was finishing my dissertation, graduating, hosting both sets of parents, presenting at a major conference, and dealing with my dad's cancer diagnosis. This time, I was hosting a conference, submitting a paper for review, and hosting my parents. Clearly, "relax and it will happen" is not in my playbook!

Anyway, here's how it happened. We were busy, then sick, then hosting, so only 2 attempts this month. We did a fertility workup with #1, so we knew to take mucinex, due to hubby's high viscosity. His counts were low when we checked a couple years ago, so we were surprised it happened quickly this time. I'm 37, he is 38.

CD14: EWCM, high on cbfm, bd at night
CD15: EWCM, peak on cbfm, bd at night.
CD16: EWCM, FF says ov day. Parents arrive, no more bd!
4-5 DPO: lotiony CM (happens sometimes).
6 DPO Tired and happy. Feel like cold starting. Some time in here I randomly got vesicular athletes foot, which I got last pregnancy from a bad pedi then never got again. Didn't think much of it.
7 DPO: exhausted, some cramping at night. Still feel like cold coming. Bloated. (Bloating not unusual.)
8 DPO notes seem worth sharing: EWCM! Was I wrong about ovulation date? Or is period coming? Have been bloated a couple of days. Insane if this is ovulation. Poor, stressed out body! Otoh, have pooped like 3x today so could be period. Blood on tissue when blew nose at night. Maybe it's just progesterone, middle of month stuff.
9 DPO: hosted BIG conference. Presented a paper at it. Attended dinner until late. Exhausted but fun. Was emotional when it ended -- felt I had underperformed, even though it was GREAT. Slight cramping continues. More blood with nose blowing.
10 DPO: took 2h nap middle of day. Also had carpal tunnel in right wrist -- strange for me! More blood with nose blowing. We had a double date planned, and I had been drinking 2 nights straight already. Felt really hot while napping with daughter. Decided I should test before going out. BFP on CB digital. It came up in about 30 seconds. Mind blown.

It's only 11 DPO today. Still have big waves of fatigue, cramping. Super excited!! Hoping it sticks, of course.

Good luck, all. I figured I'd be waiting another year for a bfp, like last time, with this site to keep me company. Here's hoping that won't be the case :)

TTC w/ PCOS and MF

Hello ladies! I got my very first BFP ever last night, but first I will give a little history. I'm 26 diagnosed with PCOS about 2-3 years ago. I always felt something was very wrong bc I would go months w/o af and I had serious weight gain in a short amount of time. Me and my hubby have been trying to conceive for the last year with no luck. My DR sent hubby for a SA which came back with low sperm count at about 3 mil and pretty good motility. We decided to do medicated IUI rounds but the first round would just be medicated no IUI bc of how my insurance is set up (I have tricare). He put me on 2.5mg of femara cd 3-7 and then I started follistim on cd 9-11, had an us on cd 12 showed 3 follies: 11mm 13mm and 24 mm so I had just one mature follie. I triggered that night with ovidrel, and also bd that night, cd13, and cd 15. I was expected to ovulate on cd 14. I honestly thought this cycle would be a bust and was really just interested in seeing how my body reacted to the meds. I paid no attention to any symptoms UNTIL af never should up. So at 21 dpo I tested with a FRER and that first line showed up immediately! It was so dark it pulled most of the ink away from the control line! I couldn't believe it! So I waited and tested again this morning and got the same result! I can't wait to call my dr office 2mro to set up my beta test! I just want all you ladies ttc to always have faith, I too thought it would never happen and here I am. I'm just praying for a sticky bean and a healthy pregnancy!

BFP and I knew it!

This site has helped me hold my faith many a night when I felt like becoming pregnant was something unattainable. It helped so much to read about other women achieving this prize. It's not about the BFP they are new lives our families growing. So special this site and these times these precious moments. Hope you also find hope here.
Me now 35 DH is 36. Both healthy and active. We have a 4year-old.
My story begins two and a half years ago when we started trying for our second child. A year into it and after trying every trick and every bd position known to man, I decided to see a specialist because I secretly doubted my hubbies little swimmers were doing their job. I was right and we were advised to go straight to IVF. Ladies don't depend on your obgyn sperm count, my husband was assured it was fine. Well it was not! If you are over 35 and trying for more than six months you may need intervention!
Well we did. I have to say my retrieval was hard and I was unprepared for it all and the recovery after. I didn't get OHSS but it took me an entire week to not feel excruciating pain and I have a high pain tolerance! They did retrieve 26 eggs which I am sure is the reason behind my painful recovery. 19 fertilized and 9 were able to be frozen this was December 2014. I had my transfer done March 19th 2015. It was a 6 day FET of two grade A embryos and it was a much more pleasant experience. The very next day I felt a burning hot spot in my right ovary area. I needed to eat three times as much as I usually do. Over that week the week leading up to my BFP I was short of breath, extremely cold especially at night, and very sleepy. All I wanted to do was eat and sleep. I POAS the morning of the 26th and got my BFP. I had blood work done on the 27th and it was confirmed. IVF is no easy road but keep your hope and dreams alive with prayer and positive thinking. I hope this little bean or beans stick around and lots of baby dust to us all.
God Bless each and every one of us with the desire of our hearts...children!

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BFP after first IUI

I just got my first BFP, and the hubby and I are elated! :D

A little back story on us: DH is 30 and I am 27 with mild endometriosis. He has a slight male factor (3% morphology and slightly low numbers). I went off of birth control in 2011 because it made me feel miserable! Just screwed my hormones up and left me feeling overall horrible. So we were not trying/not preventing until Christmas 2013. We decided to go for it and try all of 2014, no luck. Every month was more and more heart breaking. I actually got so depressed that I couldn't even look into fertility specialist without crying and feeling hopeless. However, my best friend just had a baby in November 2014, and they stayed a few nights during Christmas time with us. Seeing her perfect little angel made me realize that I needed to face my infertility issues.

So DH and I start doing our research and find a clinic 2.5 hours away from our town (sadly, nothing closer exist in our area). We went trough the normal tests,my hormones and tubes all look great, I'm ovulating on my own. His sperm is pretty good but not perfect. Fortunately, I already had my endometriosis diagnosis from 2010, so I pretty much knew why we were getting nothing but BFNs every month. This sped up the process, and the RE didn't waste any time once we were done with all of the initial testing and immediately put me on a combination of Letrozole and Gonal-f, with Novarel as the trigger and progesterone suppositories after the IUI.

I produced 3 follicles, all over 18mm. The day of the IUI i had horrible stomach pain the entire day (probably ovulation pain). And here were the rest of my symptoms for my fellow symptom trackers! (I was reading these stories nonstop during my 2ww).

dpo1- major stomach cramps/discomfort
dpo2-3 - mild cramps, nothing else really noticeable
dpo 4-5 - twingey/crampy feeling in the area of my uterus on and off as well as in my actual vagina (sorry if tmi, but no one else ever warned me about these!) and fatigue starts to hit me, but I assumed that was from the progesterone, as well as sore nipples
dpo 6 - vivd dreams start, slight insomnia, sharp pains in uturus for a few minutes at night (im assuming implantation pains) more weird v cramps and sore nips, and of course fatigue
dpo 7-8 - sore nips turning into sore breast (like, super sore!), more vivid dreams, more weird v cramps, and fatigue
dpo 9 - no more vivid dreams, full blown breast soreness and nips randomly getting excited for no reason (again, sorry if tmi!) less v cramps, took a HPT to see if trigger shot was gone and it was negative, more fatigue
dpo 10-11- symptoms same as above, except first BFP! I was hesitant to believe it so I took more and all BFP!! every day the line gets a little darker (so Im assuming it cant be the trigger because the hormone level is increasing, not decreasing)
dpo 12 - all the same symptoms still, more BFPs, but add in sensitive stomach. I gagged trying to eat oatmeal and made DH scrape it out because looking at it made me feel queasy

So, now we are waiting for the blood test on DPO 14! We are still a little in shock and trying not to get overly excited, because anything can happen in the next few months. I wanted to post this to tell all of you mommies to be that there is hope! I really never expected to get a BFP and started loosing hope! But stay strong and don't give up! Baby dust to all!!!

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BFP with Male Infertility

I'm writing this to hopefully inspire and encourage women that it is possible to get your BFP. Believe me I was definitely to the point of thinking it would never happen to us. It took us 2 years and 3 unsuccessful IUI's, plus a lot of dough before we got our BFP. It was a complete SHOCKER!!! After about a year of TTC with knew there was an issues. I had a bunch of test ran and they all came back normal. So on to the husband, he had his sperm checked and unfortunately he had low morphology (2%), but his count and motility were on point. We decided to see a fertility specialist. The doctor stated that we would have no issues conceiving with the help of IUI. He assured us if it didn't happen with the first IUI, it would definitely happen with the 2nd IUI and we trusted him. Well, 3 IUI's down and still not pregnant. We were heartbroken. So we decided to take a break and save some money. I heard on the internet about this fertility lube called Preseed. I heard some good things and some bad, plus it was $20! BUT we decided to try it... Hell it couldn't hurt, right?! The first month of using it, we had no success, but it felt good so we used it again the next month. At about 13dpo I thought to myself "I have had heartburn with every meal for the last 3 days, plus some unusual cramping. BTW, I am not an HPT freak and haven't taken one at home in forever. I said to myself "what the heck, I'm going to take a HPT". In seconds of taking the test those two beautiful pink lines showed up. I was so in shock, that I took another one. I COULDN"T BELIEVE IT! After all this time we are finally PREGNANT!!! Well I had my first doctors apt today and we are 5 weeks and 2 days. So Ladies... IT CAN HAPPEN.... STAY POSITIVE!!! Baby dust to you!


I just got the amazing news this afternoon from the RE and couldn't have been more shocked, considering I had no symptoms during the tww after my first round of IVF (2 blastocyst 5 day transfer). The only "symptom" was likely from the progesterone, resulting in sore bb, which has gone away recently. I went in for my beta this morning, sure that it was negative (was too scared to POAS so I abstained!) and even told the nurse that I expected a bad call later. Shockingly, it was the opposite. The RE said "Are you sitting down?" and then delivered the best news: a positive test with a beta at 112. Hours after the good news, period like cramps have set in, 9dpt, but before that, no cramps and no implantation bleeding. Crossing my fingers for continued success and a normal, comfortable 9 months ahead! Best of luck to everyone!


I can’t believe I’m posting this after 20 years TTC. I have convinced myself many times before I was pregnant but nope. This time I had no symptoms other than missing my period. My husband has low sperm and we tried fertility treatments but nothing work. Ladies please don’t give up I’m 37 years old and pregnant with my first child.

DPO: 1- 11 nothing
DPO 12: Cramps thought AF was starting.
DPO: 13 Lower back pain and cramps AF due.
DPO: 14 Cramps
DPO: 15 pink cm
DPO: 16 Cramps
DPO: 17 cervical check creamy cm, low, soft but closed. Bloated. Took dollar tree test strong line instantly. Went a brought Clearblue confirm pregnancy 2-3 weeks. Dr. was able to see me that day. I had an ultrasound but embryo could not be seen. Beta was 1554 on 17dpo wow.
DPO: 18 No cramps NOTHING

BFP! PCOS & MFI, Femara, IUI#1 with 1 20mm follicle!

I am beyond thrilled to post my BFP story, and want this post to be as helpful and encouraging as possible to all who are struggling with infertility (as I did for the past 10 months of TTC). It's tough and emotional, but don't lose hope!

I have thin PCOS (BMI 18.5) diagnosed by very irregular periods and polycystic ovaries. My husband has low sperm count & motility. After 7 months of TTC naturally, we got some help. Tried 2 months of Clomid- first time on 50mg I ovulated and BFN, second month on 100mg I didn't ovulate at all. I also got very bad headaches from Clomid (and also Femara, but Clomid headaches lasted for a week and Femara headache only lasted 1 day). Not fun.

Tried 5 mg Femara for first time this month and it worked! I only grew 1 follicle on the left side and when it was 20mm, I did HCG trigger 10,000 iu at 10:00am and we did IUI the following day (at 2:30pm-- 28 hours later). My husband's count was ~9.91M and 35% motility.

I felt a little pinch later around 8pm the evening, think it must have been ovulation. I was bloated for about 2-3 days after the IUI. I ate Pineapple core for 5 days following IUI- not sure if this really works, but it seems it can't hurt! (Google it)

Really had zero symptoms for the next 10 days! On 8DPO I had a 1/2 glass of red wine and felt very dizzy/light-headed. On 10 DPO I had loose stools but only in the morning, which is common for me 1 day before AF, but this time felt different (gassier) and lasted until 13DPO. Also feeling pretty bloated and a little tired.

I tested 10 DPO and BFN. 11 DPO, 12 DPO and 13 DPO I got faint positives, but not really getting darker. Beta blood test at 13 DPO and got results today (14 DPO)-- HCG 126! Repeating beta test tomorrow to make sure it's increasing.

I wish you all tons of baby dust and peace during this tough process! I loved reading these stories because they gave me hope- but don't worry or stress about comparing symptoms to others.. we're all SO unique! Stay positive, grab a good book to distract you, eat healthy and take your vitamins! This is what worked for me. Good luck ladies!! I'll be praying for you.

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BFP 2 days before IVF!!!

My husband and I have been TTC for 2 years. I've regularly stalked this site and held onto every BFP story as a shred of hope.

Our RE told us along the way that due to our particular fertility issues (PCOS, low sperm count, 0% morphology), we would not be able to conceive naturally, and IVF would be the best option. We did all the prep and pre-requisites for IVF, and I was supposed to call the nurse last week to tell her when I started my period, so that we could begin the medications and IVF cycle.

My period never came, so on a whim, I took a HPT the morning of my missed period. I knew it would be negative, just like it had been for the last 2 years, so I set it on the counter, went to the kitchen and started doing some things around the house. I had forgotten about the HPT and went back several minutes later to check (prepared to pick it up and throw it in the trash immediately) and was SHOCKED to see that it read "Pregnant 2-3 weeks"!!! After picking myself up off the floor and drying my tears, I immediately ran out and bought several more tests and tried them...all BFP!!!

Since then I've had 2 Beta tests and all numbers look great. Still very very early (5 weeks) so I am praying that our little miracle baby sticks and I am thanking God every minute for this amazing surprise. I would never tell someone TTC that "it will happen when the time is right" or any of those other annoying things people say, but I will say I 100% believe this is a miracle and prayer is a powerful thing.

Here are some symptoms I've had along the way:

14 DPO - extremely moody/weepy/irrational
16 DPO - Strong food aversion (feta cheese)
17 DPO - BFP!!! Cramping and backache
18 DPO - Cramping and dizziness
19 DPO - Cramping, bloating, dizziness, fatigue, craving anything salty
20 DPO - All of the above and empty stomach feeling, insomnia
21 DPO - All of the above and heavy boobs, sore on outside/left

Good luck to you all and please wish us sticky baby dust!!! :)

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How quickly things can change

BFP stories on the internet are beautiful. A giant library of women sharing and supporting - and getting support. Even if we know symptom spotting is rather pointless, and even if the risk is high that I'll mcing, I will still share my story:

I'm 40. OH left me 4 yrs ago, just when we had decided to try for a baby. I got depressed and realized after a year that I didn't have the energy and strength to work on yet another relationship. Instead I spent my time coming to terms with living a life without kids. This was a difficult process, and one that I never had thought I would had to go through.

Fast forward to now: I eventually realized that my last chance of getting preggo was soon as I for the last couple of years have noticed pre-menop symptoms. I also knew OH wanted me back, and wanted a child. I decided that I would regret not taking this chance so I invited him over two months ago for a 3-nights' stay. That month I got a faint BFP with strong symptoms - headache, v sore breasts, sore throat, etc, and a Massive night sweat (prev unheard of) the night before I started bleeding, around 2 days overdue. Then bfn. I was however mostly puzzled that we had conceived, and I am still not sure it was a proper bfp.

I don't chart or temp but I am fairly regular, so I invited him back last month for a 5-night stay. We BDed three times; twice doggy s. I fell asleep afterwards without going to the loo. I remember tossing and turning a bit. I could tell that when he came he made an effort to stay deep inside of me, and 'move around'. I think this is absolute key to our 'success' - his effort. Anyhow, I got BFP (again!) four days ago and this time I feel pregnant, like 'stable', unlike last month which was mainly a havoc of hormonal imbalance.

since i don't chart i'll say dps (days post sex) and still this is just an estimate

1-3 dps - uterus felt 'full', or a 'slight pressure'
3-4 dps - more appetite than usual
5-8 dps - nothing
9 dps - white discharge, unusual for me, slight headache, also unusual
9 - now - uterus felt 'full', or a 'slight pressure' again
10 dps - white discharge again, sweet smell, tested bfn
10 dps - freezing in the afternoon
12 dps - faint bfp pink dye
13 dps - slightly stronger bfp, I actually trust my own eyes for once. I couldn't stop Eating that evening.

13-now - there is a smell around me (coming from me), which I feel constantly, not bad but not nice. milky, sweet, old, murky

Today is 15 dps no AF yet, normally I spot for several day before F. I haven't taken any more tests because I do feel pregnant and solid. White discharge today, pulling sensation in lower abdomen, slightly sore breasts, Appetite.

I still haven't told OH, I will wait a few more days since I'm very likely to mc according to stats. But Hey, look how quickly life can change.

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