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BFP with Male Factor

Male factor infertility can certainly insert a few turns and detours on your path to your BFP. If you've managed to get double lines on your pregnancy test despite contending with male factor infertility, we want to know about it! Send us your story through this contact form.

BFP after 16 months, 1st IUI

We tried naturally for 15 months with not a single BFP or late AF. We found at the beginning of the 12th cycle that DH had low count, low motility, and low morphology. I later got tested as well, I have normal, pretty predictable cycles, clear tubes, and normal hormone levels. DH began taking a few other vitamins along with his multivitamin, stopped taking baths, and for all of the 15th cycle started taking Naturally Smart vitamins recommended by our RE.

The 1st week of our 16th cycle of trying, DH got retested, his count improved to 4 times what it was, morphology went up 2% into the normal range, but his motility decreased by 6%. The improvements meant that we qualified for IUI that cycle! I took Clomid 100mg CD3-7 to produce more follicles for better chances at conception, then the morning of CD 13 was given a Pregnyl trigger shot to induce ovulation. I had two good follicles, 21mm & 26mm, ready to go! We had back to back IUIs, on the mornings of CD 14 & 15 (November 18 & 19). They were fairly easy, with only a little minor cramping after.

I was supposed to wait until December 3rd to test, but DH convinced me to test early at 11pm on November 30 (which was 11 & 12 DPIUIs). To my shock, there was a second line on the FRER. Right away I was so happy but fearful that it was still the trigger shot. Over the next few days, I continued to test and see a somewhat faint second line on 3 brands. The lines were not getting much darker, so of course we were paranoid it would be a chemical pregnancy!

Come "test day" December 3, I took a Dollar Tree cheapie, saw a faint line, and a FRER digital and got a "No-" I thought our fears were confirmed! I called the RE office, told them the situation, and scheduled my first beta for the next morning. The morning of the blood draw, I tested on a cheapie again and the line was darker! After the blood draw, I anxiously anticipated the phone call while at work, I even got butterflies on and off! Finally at 3:25pm I got the call! Beta was 134!! I am pregnant! It feels so surreal after trying for so long. We cannot help but be afraid of losing our little nugget, but are remaining hopeful and positive. I have the second beta test tomorrow along with a progesterone test, I hope see great numbers!

My symptoms: Before testing the first time (which was 11 & 12 DPIUIs), I had nothing to even hint at pregnancy. Because the Clomid had changed my normal mucus and other ovulation signs, I decided not to chart this cycle, and stopped temping after the IUIs. After seeing a positive test Sunday, Nov 30, the next night I did notice pretty sore nipples. That only happens at/after O for me, so I was hopeful it was the pregnancy progesterone. Then, starting Wednesday (14 & 15 DPIUIs), I got really gassy and bloated for 3 days, I even woke up that way, so I knew it had to be a sign (my bloat and gas usually go away over night). I also had some lower abdominal tenderness (not sure if it's my growing uterus or bloated intestines). Now, 18 & 19 DPIUIs, I am barely bloated, but my breasts are starting to get tender, and I occasionally have some aches in my uterus area.

Good luck to all of you trying! I know how hard this whole process can be!

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Our BFP after 18 long months!

I am still in shock after finally getting my BFP this morning! I had finally mentally accepted our RE's recommendation of IVF so seeing that positive test was surreal after 18 months of negatives. So here's my story: I'm 33 & OH is 36 with no prior children. We're both healthy, average weight, no major issues. After TTC for 15 months, we went to a RE who diagnosed us with male factor infertility. My fiance's SA was bad; very low count (less than 1 million), poor morphology (less than 1%), but motility was good. Our RE told us to go straight to IVF due to our age & the SA results. We were devastated that day leaving his office, I saw my fiancé cry for the very 1st time. It was absolutely heartbreaking news. We do not have the financial means to jump right to IVF so we decided to keep trying while saving our money. We also took a much needed vacation for a week to regroup & just focus on having fun. The only things we did differently was I took a prescribed pre-natal, vitamin D, and omega 3 daily. My fiancé started taking Fertilaid the same month of his SA results. We had done some research online & decided what could the Fertilaid hurt? We were willing to try anything! So fast forward 3 months after our RE appointment & here we are, pregnant! I am writing this to give other women hope who have been trying for so long & keep getting BFN's month after month. I know the emotional roller coaster of thinking you're pregnant every month but then seeing that stark white HPT with no hint of a line. Please know that God has a plan & will answer your prayers, it's just on His time & not ours. I know it's hard to wait when you want something so badly everyday, please know that it is possible despite what doctors may tell you. Do not give up hope. Here is a list of my symptoms by DPO:

I had EWCM leading up to O day & confirmed with OPK & BBT.

1DPO-9DPO: I honestly had no symptoms that were unusual. No cramps, bloating, twinges, pains. Nothing.

10DPO: I took a clearblue HPT thinking if I was pregnant I would maybe have a faint positive but it was clearly negative. I starting thinking I was out this month.

11DPO: Started feeling very small pains in my breasts. I usually don't have breast pain before AF so I thought that was kinda odd. The pains were more like tingly sensations that lasted seconds but occurred throughout the day. Also during the day I had gas which was unusual for me. I hadn't eaten anything to cause it but I had gas pains throughout the day.

12DPO: I tested using a FRER with FMU and thought for sure I would see a BFN. I was still having tingly breasts but the gas was gone. I woke up with a massive headache but that's common for me. I went back to the test after a minute or so & saw that second line coming up! I just stood there & stared at it for what seemed forever. I just couldn't believe we actual did it with no medical interventions. My fiancé was beyond happy, I saw him cry for the 2nd time!

Later on 12DPO I confirmed the earlier BFP with a digi test & it came back "pregnant 1-2 weeks". I have my 1st OB appointment in a few weeks for blood tests & an ultrasound. We are cautiously optimistic and still in a bit of shock. Now we are praying for a happy & healthy 9 months until we get to meet our little bean :)

Many years in the making- A PCOS success story

Ok, this is long- I read this board day in and day out for years while trying to conceive. I would cry thinking that I would never be able to have a baby but found solace in the fact that so many other women could. I had severe PCOS, never had a period, my husband also had a super low sperm count due to meds he took for gout. The odds were stacked against us.

After a year of trying, we saw a fertility specialist. We went through 6 months of clomid treatments and nothing. Each month with a BFN was like a death. Everything set me off. I kept it bottled up and became depressed. Finally, the fertility specialist let me try femara. I took the highest dose possible off the bat. And it worked! I got a super super faint line on a FRER. So faint, only I could see it. I went straight to the doctor and confirmed that by blood levels were 15, which is barely pregnant, but I was pregnant! The very next day, I started bleeding. I kept registering positives but I knew that it just didn't stick. I was so disappointed. I remember that night, I drank an entire bottle of wine and drowned myself in my misery. I knew I would never be a mother.

I made an appointment with the fertility specialist again. I was ticked. I was angry, I cried, I blamed him for not getting pregnant. I basically had a meltdown. He suggested that we move on to an IUI. I agreed. We timed ovulation just right and had the procedure done. A few days afterward, I was exhausted. Like going to bed at 7 pm exhausted. I knew then. On 10 dpo, I registered positive on a FRER! It stuck! And she did stick. My wonderful daughter was born on June 25th, 2014. That is her picture. I can't express the love I have for her. She has changed me.

Right after her birth, my doctor started to discuss birth control options. I knew we wanted another baby and figured that it would take another 2 years so we passed on the birth control. Lo and behold, I'm now 12 weeks pregnant with #2! No fertility treatments, no IUI. My next one is due two weeks before my little girl's birthday! I went from the woman who everyone thought would never have kids to having two babies under the age of 1!

There is hope..... never never never give up. Push your doctor and believe in yourself. It will happen.

Against the odds

Ok so I love reading these during my 2ww so I thought I'd return the favor. It is very early, but I am hopeful and got my bfp this morning at 10dpiui. And it was far from faint. I was terrified to see a negative.
Short background. 2 yr old ds, donor sperm iui, 2nd round on gonal f. I have high fsh (12-13) and low amh (.4). 6 failed iui's this past yr. 1 m/c in June between 7-11 weeks. Md said likely bad quality egg/chromosomal, no testing done. Advised IVF, I did one more iui with gonal f and the last remaining donor sample, as he retired. Rolled the dice even though md said less than 15% chance. So here the cycle:

Trigger cd 10 w/17, 19 and 2 14mm follies. Lining 8.5
Iui cd 12....worst post wash sample yet! So sad. He's always a good performer. 4mil total. Discouraged, but tried to be positive.

1-5dpiui normal after iui stuff. Pain in my ovary for 1-2 days.
6dpiui cramps all day into evening. Some moments of "was that implantation?"

7dpiui nothing until woke up out of sleep with sharp pain in my stomach...not sure it was low enough to be related.

8-9dpiui boobs on fire. Sore like pre-period, but I haven't had sore boobs before a period since before my son was born. OH and I'm on progesterone, so I kept telling myself it was that. The thing that had been different each time I was pregnant was sharp/electric pain through my nipples. Only a few seconds at a time. That was kind of a give away. But I didn't want to get my hopes up.
Also a very distinctive loss of appetite at lunch, I ate anyway but it was not at all appealing. (I was familiar with the feeling so it also made my go hmmmm)

10piui AM BFP

Blood work Monday. Fingers crossed it sticks! :)
Best of luck all!

BFP finally after 3 IVF & 2 FET!!!! There is always hope....

Me: healthy, 35
Dh: low sperm counts (2-11 million), 32

We tried naturally for 11 months and I just new something was wrong. I took my temp & used opk's but I was so regular I knew within hours when I would ovulate--so frustrating!! So my dh agreed to get tested and the results were heartbreaking. I left that appt hopeful that the clomid my dh was prescribed would def work. 3 months later and his numbers were the same. Next came the fertility dr, I thought he would say let's try IUI, but we left that appt with brochures explaining IVF. We were devasted! I had no idea how we were going to afford IFV since my dh was working partime and I work for myself= no insurance that covers IVF. A few months later-- Lots of praying and lots of luck,my dh got on full time with full benefits. I was beyond ready so we got started right away. I responded GREAT to all the drugs and had 13 eggs retrieved (round 1), 14 eggs (round 2), and 15 eggs (round 3) but nothing worked. Each time we put back 2 great looking embryos but every time BFN! I was at a loss....we had 1 more chance that insurance covers for a lifetime so I did some research. I wasn't overly happy with my current dr and the way he ran his practice-- soo many patients and he didn't even know my name on my 3rd surgery. I found a new dr and it just felt right!! We did a fresh cycle then froze the 2 best embryos right away and gave my body a month to rest.

Got my BFP 9 days later!!

Only thing I added this cycle was baby aspirin and COQ10
I was very open about the process this time around and actually filled out a prayer card at church-- I literally said it out loud and prayed like crazy!
I'm 14 weeks today but going thru all the ups & down of infertility it still seems unreal.
I'm not gonna say "It'll happen, don't worry", because sometimes it doesn't happen- you need some assistance. I'm just glad I didn't wait, didn't stay with my old doctor, and didn't take any breaks. Taking the drugs was a part time job...in the car, in a restaurant bathroom, shots in the stomach, in the ass.... But you just do what needs to be done!

If you're in the Chicagoland area-- check out dr springer in crest hill :)

8 Years and 2 IUIs Later!! BFP!!!!

I'm a major stalker of this site, and you've all given me such hope for a BFP. I can't believe I'm posting my very own BFP story! I truly have so much to be thankful for in this Thanksgiving season.

I'm 35 and my husband of eight years is 55. We have age working against us for sure and have been TTC ever since we got married. Over time, we've discovered a myriad of reversible health issues on both our parts. I've lost 150 pounds since fall 2013 and, though I'm still overweight, I'm at a range where pregnancy is not a terribly high risk.

I had my first IUI this past September with only one mature follicle and progesterone at 13 on the day 7 check. It yielded a BFN. I had to skip a month due to my travel schedule, and our next IUI was done on November 11. This cycle, I took 200 mg of Clomid on CDs 3-7 and had a 250 mcg Ovidrel trigger shot the day before the IUI, although I was told I would probably ovulate that same day (November 10). I ended up with 3 big follicles, two on the right and one on the left.

Here are my symptoms (or lack thereof):

IUI/1DPT: Got a massage to relax, since I was so stressed about this process.

1DPIUI/2DPT: No symptoms.

2DPIUI/3DPT: No symptoms.

3DPIUI/4DPT: No symptoms.

4DPIUI/5DPT: Severe cramp in the big toe of my right foot. My toe involuntarily started pulling toward my knee and it HURT. No other strange happenings.

5DPIUI/6DPT: No symptoms. Tested out of Trigger.

6DPIUI/7DPT: No symptoms.

7DPIUI/8DPT: Progesterone tested at 25.1. No symptoms.

8DPIUI/9DPT: No symptoms.

9DPIUI/10DPT: Breasts starting to feel mildly tender, gassy, tired, freezing cold and sneezing like crazy.

10DPIUI/11DPT: Very light line on FRER. Runny nose, shooting pain down there (I told the nurse it felt like electric shocks). Nurse tells me it's probably still the Trigger. Very mild cramping, thumping sensation near uterus, mildly tender breasts, freezing cold and sneezing like crazy.

11DPIUI/12DPT: Line still there on FRER. Mildly tender breasts, shooting pain near right ovary, felt dizzy after running up 11 flights of stairs (abnormal for me).

12DPIUI/13DPT: Based on previous cycles, I should have started spotting by now or at least getting pink tinged CM, but nothing. Twinges and slight cramps, cheap HPT now showing light line, diarrhea, freezing cold and sneezing like crazy.

13DPIUI/14DPT: Lower back discomfort, burping, gassy, mild cramping, very aware of uterus. Lines on HPTs getting darker.

14DPIUI/15DPT: Bloodwork! Beta is 200 and progesterone is 46... good and pregnant! Gassy, jaw pain/tension (and I was surprised to learn that this is an early symptom), mild abdominal cramping, tired, already starting to pee like wild.

AF isn't due for another two days, so I'm very pleased with my blood numbers so far.

A few things I did differently this time were having a massage the day of the IUI, taking Robitussin, and eating lots of pineapple. However, I think this BFP is most attributable to my extra thick uterine lining the month and lots of mature follicles.

Praise the Lord for the first BFP of our marriage!

3 1/2 years BFP after first frozen transfer

I have been on this site for 3 1/2 years still ttc. I was hestitant to even post my story but I figured it may inspire others. I am 33 and husband is 28. We were orginally unexplained infertile after trying 1 1/2 years with no luck. I underwent lapo to rule out endometreosis and none was found. I then had a hysteroscopy to remove minimal scar tissue. None of this was the factor. The only factor they found was slightly low sperm count on my husband but it was not alarmingly low. We underwent 5 clomid cycles, no luck. We had 3 failed IUIs no luck. We did our first round of IVF in September. I produced 18 eggs. They transfered two embyos and 5 were able to freeze. The retrieval was very ruff on me, I was sore and swollen and still believed I was over stimulated. Of course we were devistated when we got a BFN. We waited one cycle to give my body time to recover from all the meds. My doctor decided for us to try and natural frozen egg transfer for November. We were nervous of the thaw, but they had our 5 embyros frozen in one set of two and one set of three. They thawed the first two which were beautiful ready to hatch blatocysts. The night before transfer I went to the spa and got a full body massage. 11/5 we had the transfer. The week after was our 4 year anniversay on 11/14 so we took a cruise which was nice because it helped me relax. We got back Monday 11/17. I pretty much was preparing for the worst I had no symptoms but was exhausted from lack of sleep on the cruise. I was so tired that the night we got back, I made a pot of sauce and dropped two plates of hot pasta and sauce all over me and the floor and then slipped. I started crying and was a bit over emotional. We were due for our blood test yesterday on 11/19. I honsetly did not want to go, I had no symptoms and figured we would just take an hpt in the morning today so yesterday could have been my last day of the progesterone oil and my period would just come so we can use our other frozen 3 embryos for next month. I took a cheap test this morning. My husband and I waited patiently. We both walked back into the bathroom and nearly passed out when we saw a perfect + -. We cried and cried and cried and looked at the test a million times. I can't believe it, after 3 1/2 years of heartache and watching everyone else have babies we did it. We went into today for blood work to confirm. I really did think I was out this month.

The only symptoms I had were heightend sense of smell, tired and super sensitive emotions. Not sure if that was from being over tired from the vacation of actual pregnancy symptoms.

The only thing I did differently this month aside from the frozen transfer was the spa visit the night before transfer, and I pretty much just tried not to even think about it. I just stayed busy and relaxed. I also took a baby aspirin each day from transfer on.

I am literally in disbelief even typing this. I strongly believe in the frozen transfer as opposed to fresh ivf cycle. I believe the body works best when it is not under a huge dose of medications and is overstimulated. Plus the frozen eggs that are able to survive a thaw have already proven to be the strongest and are at a later stage of developement. Ours were ready to hatch already.

Looking back on all of this and all the let down we have had over the years I have realized the importance of not giving up, but more importantly the importance of believing that things happen when and how they are supposed to. My husband has recently done amazing with our business and we are bringing in great money and have a lot of stressful things past us in the last two months. This is finally our time, the right time and I feel very blessed.

Good Luck friends, don't give up and trust in what fate has to offer!

4 years TTC, 3rd IUI with injectables

Like many of the ladies on this site, getting able to post here seemed like a distant dream. I will try to sum up our story as much as I can, given over the past 4 years we have certainly gone through a lot. We started TTC in November 2010, and after a full year of trying with no success, we decided to seek help from a fertility specialist. My husband was tested and came back with low sperm count, so immediately the fertility doctor said we needed to go straight to IVF. We weren't ready to go down that path yet, so we decided to take a break from the doctor route and continue to try on our own. A year after that, I started seeing a nurse midwife who specialized in pelvic massages and manipulation to help with the uterus. First, my periods were much improved after my sessions. The therapist recommended a fertility doctor who she felt would really listen to our situation and not immediately resort to IVF unless that was our last option. We started seeing him and he wanted to try a few IUI cycles to see how I would respond to it. The first cycle I took Clomid, and my husband's post wash count was 4 mil. No success. The second cycle I went on the Gonal F injectable, and my husband's post wash count was only 1 mil. No success. On our third go around, i went back on the Gonal F, and his post wash count was 2 mil. We also BD'd the day after the IUI in hopes to increase our chances. On CD 23, I started to experience my typical pre-menstrual spotting, so immediately felt I was out. I have been a spotter for the past three years, and no doctor has ever been able to tell me why or has seemed concerned (I have always been concerned about it). Two days later, the spotting was almost gone and I started feeling crampy and really bloated. I tested on CD 27 when the spotting was completely gone, and got my first BFP ever! I have had two blood tests already confirming the pregnancy as well as my HCG rising numbers. I am praying for a healthy pregnancy as it has been such a long journey to get here. I believe in God's plan and prayed every night that He give me the strength to have patience in His plan. Not that it was ever easy, or that I didn't have meltdowns every month Aunt Flo showed up. This site has been my go-to for hope and comfort over the years.

Ok, so my symptoms have been on and off cramping (exactly like menstrual cramps), bloated, dizziness, sore boobs (these started while I was taking the Gonal F and have only subsided a little) and constipated. To be honest, ever since I found out, I have not felt great at all physically but we are over the moon that we are here and are hoping for the best! My prayers and best wishes to everyone out there reading this. It does happen when it's supposed to, as cliche as it sounds.

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TTC #1 for 11 months with low morphology, possible PCOS and probable endometriosis

I know most gals say this but I'm so happy that I can finally post my BFP story!! I've been reading this site for many months now, especially the post laparoscopy BFP stories.
A little bit about me first: both DH and I are 29 and have been trying for 11 months. I knew that I probably had endometriosis for about 4.5 years now but chose not to have laparoscopic surgery initially (my consultation with the surgeon is tomorrow!). Had an U/S in the summer which showed borderline PCOS and a probable endometrial cyst on my ovary. DH had SA done which showed low morphology (only 3% normal!).
I really thought that I was out this month since my temps were all over the place and I didn't ovulate until CD23 (Halloween!). The last time we BD'd was CD20 so I wasn't feeling good about my chances. Had my annual physical exam with my family doctor on CD30 and asked that a pregnancy test be done on my urine and it came back negative (I wasn't surprised). But my temps have been nice and high and I had a dream last night that I had BFP so I decided to test this morning on CD33/10 dpo with FRER and I was SHOCKED to see a BFP!! It was faint but definitely there. I woke up DH to look even though it was only 5:45 am. It really took a while to sink in, but I couldn't be happier! I never thought that this would happen!!!
No symptoms except for subtle brown CM the night of CD30, but I thought that it was from my PAP. Also my bbs have been big and sore, but that happens sometimes before AF.
Some of the things we did differently since the summer: DH quit drinking, switched to boxers, no baths, no cycling and started fertility vitamins for men. I've been taking chinese herbs, B100 complex (along with the usual pre-natal vitamins), gained some weight by eating healthy fats (I had a borderline low BMI) and had a mayan abdominal massage.
Praying for a sticky bean!

BFP on First IVF - no symptoms

Me: 32 (turned 33 during IVF) - No fertility issues
DH: 37 - operated on varicocele. A year and a half had gone by once we started with IUI and, later, IVF.
3 failed IUI with Menopur and Gonacor.
Once the third IUI ended in failure, we decided right away to continue with IVF. We did all four procedures one after the other. We did not stop to rest.
First IVF – 9 eggs. 8 fertilized ok. Two “perfect” ones (according to the Doctor) were transferred after 2 days.
During Two-Week-Wait: no symptoms. I was on progesterone and, even so, I really did not feel different. As a matter of fact, during the first 5 days after embryo transfer I felt my boobs very heavy but once I reached 7dpet they weren´t any more. The only thing which was really noticeable was the feeling of a high body temperature, but I thought it was progesterone´s side effects.
On 11 days past egg transfer I was sure I was out: I had no symptoms, no heavy boobs and I started feeling pre-menstrual camping. I cried my eyes out all day long and once I got home from work that evening I decided to POAS just to get it over with. It came out a very faint positive. Before leaving home on 15dpet for my Beta I POAS again (I was afraid it would be negative and did not want to hear it from my Doc over the phone). It came out a much darker line. Beta was 206. After 48 hours my second Beta was over 1000.
Later, my Doc said to me it was very unusual that I have gotten a BFP on a HPT so early.
I am now waiting for my first scan and the only thing I feel is cramping. Doc says it´s normal.
Baby dust to all of you!

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