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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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BFP on 2nd IVF after 2 years of trying with PCOS and male factor

Hi Ladies. I'm actually writing this 35 weeks pregnant and belatedly keeping a long-ago made promise to myself to share my story and encouragement with others, as during my fertility struggles hearing from other people who had been through it too was something of a lifeline for me. Like many of you, it has been a long, difficult journey for me. Shortly after I got married (husband and I both aged 33 then) I came off the pill, in preparation for trying for a baby in a year or so. But my periods were irregular and I felt like something was up so went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a dermoid cyst and polycystic ovaries. Given this, we decided to start trying sooner rather than later. Also my husband's motility and count were quite poor. Here's what we tried:

- 3 rounds of clomid: had to stop because it thinned my lining and also the last round gave me really bad blurred vision
- 3 rounds of letrozole
- husband had an operation to fix a varicosele
- husband went on Fertil Aid pills and reduced alcohol and caffine intake
- I switched to a low GI diet
- I did acupuncture, yoga, biotherapy, reduced alcohol intake, took wheatgrass, started juicing, took a range of vitamin supplements
- I did 2 rounds of IUI with letrozole, both times lining was thick, had a couple of good sized follicles, husband's sperm was fine but BFN
- I had an operation to have the dermoid cyst removed (doc thought there was a chance it was causing hormone imbalances)
- 3rd round of IUI with injectibles. I totally overstimulated - the doc said we couldn't carry on with IUI as it would be too dangerous with so many large follicles, the risk of multiples was too high. So we pushed through and turned it into an IVF - increased the stims and did the whole thing. I had 2 good embryos 5 days after egg collection, implated one and froze the other. BFN.
- Waited 2-3 months and tried to live healthy and relax, and get over the hearbreak. Husband got me a kitten to try and cheer me up and weirdly it really worked!
- 2nd round IVF (Now aged 35. Also fresh cycle - I am from the UK but live oversees right now, so instead of implant the frozen embryo I had, I used my trip back to the UK to do a whole new fresh cycle). They put me on a really high dose of stims, I produced 24 eggs; of which 6 made it to good quality 5 day blastocysts. I implanted 1, froze the rest. I also went to a acupuncture clinic who do specialist fertlity treatment and had acupuncture 3 times during stims and twice on transfer day (immediately before and after transfer). I ate a high protein diet during my treatment and took some time off work. The treatment made me very sick - two days after egg collection I was rushed to A&E with ovarian hyperstimulation. I wasn't sure if they could compelete the treatment, but they did; I was just in a lot of pain for a week or so.

A week after transfer I had left the UK again and was testing (too early, I know!) and all BFNs. I had spotting 7dpt and was convinced it was game over. I went to see my doctor to discuss a FET and to my amazement the blood test he asked me to do showed that I was pregnant.

I tried so many things and made a lot of changes to my lifestyle. I'm not sure whether it helped get that positive result with the final IVF but I think it can't hurt. IVF and pregnancy are both really hard on the body so getting yourself healthy and in shape can only be a good thing. I feel for anyone going through this, it's brutal. All I can say is try to have faith that this is temporary and eventually it will work. And try to be kind to yourself, be proud of your ability to cope with something so hard. Good luck to all of you.

BFP IVF and Donor Sperm

Hi Ladies,

My DH and I have been TTC nearly 4 years. My husband was diagnosed with Azoospermia back in 2013. We have just done our first round of IVF with donor sperm. Today I got my BFP!

I promised myself I would post on this site as during the TWW I drove myself crazy reading the threads and trawling the internet for every twinge and cramp.

3dpt I had horrendous AF cramps and thought I was out for sure. Today was OTD and I tested 3 times just to be sure. But sure enough all 3 were positive.

Really hoping it sticks.

Lots of baby dust to you all! X

BFP 10 dpo with male factor au naturale

I can't beleive this is happening!!!! DH is 42 and I am 31. We've been ttc #2 x 12 months. Found out 3 months ago that my husband had zero motility. That's right. ZERO percent motility. Count was 12 mil. I have very irregular periods ranging 29-40 days. I ordered dh count boost, motility boost, and fertiliaid for men from Amazon. Got me some opks and prayed and prayed and prayed. DH also lost 40 lbs, started exercising, and drinking plenty of water.He had his second SA when I was about 4 dpo. It came back at 80% motility and 15 mil count! Ok...now we knew we had our first real chance in a year. Absolute no symptoms out of the ordinary 1-10 dpo. I always have cramping and sore boobs before af, so I knew not to count these as symptoms. Here we are 10 dpo and Bfp on Frer and wondfo. I go for betas today. Im scared and nervous about the next 8 weeks (to get me out of the first trimester). But right now, I AM PREGNANT! Thank the good Lord. If your DH has had a bad SA, try these supplements gals. It can't hurt! I wish you all the best. And hope to see u all on the pregnancy boards soon.

Bfp but no baby yet

I have a 20 years old son, had a few abortions in my 20ths, but as I got older wanted another child. Conceived at 41 but the pregnancy had to be terminated as the baby had trisomy. I conceived at 42 again but that one was a missed miscariage at 10 weeks, then again bfp but no heartbeat and miscariage at 7 weeks. Since then I had 3 chemical pregnancies, done all the checks with no obvious cause found apart from my age. My partner's Sperm test shows bad morghology of 2%, I don't know could this be a reason for my miscariages? I am 43 now and feel so sad and heartbroken, sometimes I feel like stop trying,but I want a child so much... If anyone can give me any advice on checks or anything that I could try?

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Finally!! BFP with IVF ICSI after 4 yrs TTC :)

Me: 32
My Love: 31
TTC: 4 yrs

Like so many others I have been reading these posts as a way to find hope during my fertility journey that oftentimes left me feeling utterly hopeless. Almost exactly 4 years ago my husband and I decided I'd stop taking my bc pills and we'd just "see what happens". We weren't consciously trying but not trying to prevent it either. After about a year I started to wonder what was up, and began charting my cycles and paying attention to my fertile days. My husband wasn't concerned and was not at all interested in getting anything checked out. After another 6 months of bfn's, I started using ovulation predictors and still, nothing. Finally my husband agreed to get a semen analysis. The results were 0-1% morphology, low motility, and the low end of normal for count. We were devastated. Thus began the rollercoaster ride of infertility and fertility treatments. We moved and waited to get settled into our new home and new jobs before going to a new RE and beginning treatment. After months on vitamins my husband's numbers hadn't changed. They did every test under the sun on me, and everything came back fine.

The ups and downs and constant disappointments have been heartbreaking and I honestly began feeling a little depressed at different points in the journey. I would try to remain positive and hopeful and patient, but as you probably know, it is so hard to keep it all together when going through this. I felt guilty for the sad feelings I had when so many friends and loved ones became pregnant and gave birth around me. I was happy for them but couldn't help feeling sorry for myself, which in turn made me feel like a selfish person. It was also very hard to talk about with anyone. Even the people who love me seemed to cause me more pain when I tried to open up about it. It's very hard to understand this journey unless you have personally experienced it. I've learned so much since going through this and reading other people's experiences online really helped me. Sorry to go on and on, but I just can't believe I have finally made it to the other side of the infertility mountain! I'll try to skip to the good stuff.

We did 2 natural cycles of IUI which both failed. We then moved on to a medicated cycle of IUI, which also failed. At this point I was ready to move on and started researching adoption, an option I am still very interested in. We found out that our insurance would cover IVF and so decided to give it a try. It took a few months to get everything in order and finally in December 2014 we began our first cycle of IVF with ICSI.
14 eggs were retrieved, 8 fertilized, and only one blastocyst was good enough to transfer 5 days later. None of the others made it to freeze. This made me worry very much. The day of transfer went really well and we were so happy and excited. My husband asked for a picture of the blastocyst and then taped it to our headboard so we could see it before bed and when we wake up lol. Hearing that none of the others made it to freeze made me nervous and anxious. But our Dr. had only planned on transferring one anyway, so that gave us hope. I felt constipation and bloated, with sore breasts, but wasn't sure if it was from the progesterone suppositories. A few days after the transfer I started feeling really bad. Super bloated and my abdomen was very distended. I felt tightness in my chest when I would lay down, like it was a little hard to breath, and a little swollen. I got worried and looked up my symptoms. I think it was mild ohss, and so I ate plenty of protein and salty foods and drank a lot of gatorade. THis helped. (At retrieval they said they had to remove some fluid and had advised me even before that on how to treat mild ohss due to my trigger shot... we accidentally injected more than prescribed into my butt!!). I was confused, thinking ohss only happens before the transfer, but was surprised to read that a positive pregnancy result can also cause the symptoms, since the hcg hormone goes up. Reading that gave me some hope. I was way too nervous to take an hpt though. I couldn't bear the thought of another bfn, and then having to wait for the blood test anyway. Btw I was definitely a nervous wreck most of my 2ww. I was not sleeping well and anxious and worrying. So if you feel like that too, its ok! It’s not going to make or break your embryo’s implantation :)

BFP - 2nd time with IVF!!!

Ok, I will make this as short and sweet as possible, just to give others a bit of info on what led up to my BFP and the symptoms I experienced. B/c I know, the hardest part is the 2ww and judging every single symptom!
After a year of trying with no BFP, we found out my hubs has an unknown condition that leads to low sperm count. Basically 1 million when it should be 20 million. And, out of that 1 million, many are not good quality. We were informed right away we would have to jump straight to IVF. The first time I started the meds, my body over stimulated and I got ohss and we had to 'pull the plug early' as my doc said and do the retrieval sooner than planned. I had 29 eggs, several fertilized, we used two, froze the rest. The first 2 did not implant. It was devastating to have gone through all of it with out getting pregnant. We had all our hopes into it working. But, in the 2ww with that cycle, I had some dark brown spotting, so I guess that was my indicator it didn't work. We waited about 7 months and used a frozen cycle, and used the only 2 embryos that were good to go at that point. Within a few days, I just knew I was pregnant. I had a metallic taste in my mouth while at work, as if I just sucked on a penny! Gross! So, of course, I googled 'taste like metal in my mouth' and it popped up as an early sign of pregnancy! What!!! A few other symptoms were in the list, one being an elevated body temp, so I pretended to be ill, and rushed home to check my temp. Sure enough it was almost 100 and I felt just fine. It was at that moment I just knew it had worked. After my beta, the nurse called to confirm what my body already knew.
Fast forward to today, about 4 years since last IVF fresh cycle. Today is my 9 days past 5 day fresh embryo transfer. My beta is tomorrow. But, my nerves got the best of me and I felt like I needed to be eased into the news for tomorrow. So, I took a test this morning, and it said Pregnant! Overjoyed, tears, and thankful to God! In the past few days, I have not had any very prominent signs of pregnancy, but a few things do stand out. I charted my temp twice a day since transfer, and 4 days ago it was 99.2, and I felt just great. So, I had a feeling it could have been implantation and it was working out for us! I also have just been tired, eyes droopy at strange times of the day, and still bloated. Since I had OHSS again this time, I knew that if the bloating didn't go down, it was a good sign that it worked b/c the levels of hcg are going up and not down. Also, I've had just a fullness feeling in my uterus area, along with similar feeling cramps to my first BFP. I just had high hopes and felt that these things added up to another successful attempt. I go tomorrow to have beta, and I can't wait to hear the nurse confirm what my gut and EPT already said is true. In all things, be thankful. And, for everyone in these shoes of infertility treatments, my prayers are with you. It has not been an easy road, but it has been worth it.

Almost too good to be true

Same as everyone else I stalked here and read almost every page looking for hope and over analyzing everything. I owe it to the women in my same shoes to add my story. First thing I have to say is that I had so many more symptoms during my BFN cycles than I had with the BFP: sore boobs, swollen gums, early AF cramping, heartburn, you name it. This time around I wouldn't have caught anything if I wasn't looking for it.

This was my first IUI cycle after 14 months of TTC on our own. Numbers were:

Clomid days 5-9
Scan on CD 11 - 2 follies at 19 and 20mm.
Ovidrel trigger on CD 12
IUI on CD 14
1 DPO: ovulation cramps
2 DPO: still some ovulation pain
3 DPO: nothing
4 DPO: nothing
5 DPO: could it be maybe some nipple soreness? I never get sore nipples, only sore boobs right after O
6 DPO: definitely some soreness, left nipple only
7 DPO: still kind of sore, pretty strange for me
8 DPO: still a little sore. Since I know it's too early for BFP, let me see if I still have the trigger in my body - Very very faint line
9 DPO: is the line darker? It's still so faint I can't even tell. Still think it's the trigger
10 DPO: don't even have to squint - BFP! BFP! Confirmed later on at my doctors office with a beta of 42.

Ladies this journey is cruel and heartbreaking, I know, but worth it!

BFP on second IUI!!!!

I can barely believe it's true! I am 38 years old and we have been TTC for about two years. I had my 2nd IUI on Dec 20th and wasn't at all optimistic about it working. When we first started working with an RE, we were told to go straight to IVF based off of my age and my husband’s sperm quality. We thought we'd get a second opinion and I am so glad we did. Our new amazing RE agreed to let my husband go on clomid to improve his sperm. It appeared that the clomid worked because his sperm improved significantly and they approved us for IUI. He was also taking Fertil-Aid but I'm giving most of the credit to clomid. He is at a healthy weight but he also tried to exercise more as well. My tests came out fine (sono and the HSG as well as my FSH and AMH levels) but I also implemented several healthy lifestyle changes. I continued to exercise moderately, mostly boxing classes, jogging and weights. I also started acupuncture and eating full fat dairy. The only other thing I did differently this cycle was get a massage the day before the IUI, but I don't think that had any real effect over my success, it was just a nice thing to splurge on.

I didn't have any symptoms prior to getting my BFP except for a bit of nausea. I was taking progesterone supplements which can mimic signs of pregnancy so I didn't really stress out too much about it. I was supposed to wait and take a pregnancy test 15DPIUI, but does anyone really wait that long? Not me! I tested on NYE, thinking I might have a couple of drinks if it was completely stark white but lo and behold, I saw a faint positive! I was dubious because it could still have been my HCG trigger shot (I did injectables for both my IUI's). But every day, those lines got darker and darker! My first beta was 880! Two days later it jumped up to 2240! I am now five weeks pregnant and waiting for my week seven and my first ultrasound!

I feel like this is a miracle!

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