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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.

It Can Happen To You

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to start off with a little background. My partner and I had been trying to conceive for two years. For a year we have been using OPK's. We pretty much always baby danced every day or every other day the week leading up to ovulation. This never worked for us, though. After a while of not conceiving, we went to get a semen analysis and I got an HCG test done (this is where they insert dye into your Fallopian tubes to make sure that they're open and also look at your uterus). The results came back as me having 1 blocked Fallopian tube and a healthy uterus. My partner had normal semen analysis results except for his morphology (shape of the sperm) which came back at 3%. The cycle after I had my HSG test done, I got the positive ovulation test and we tried something different. Since we knew that he had pretty normal sperm when withholding from ejaculation for 4 days, he abstained from masturbation and intercourse right when I started getting the cervical mucous. I am irregular, so this is the only way I knew to start testing for ovulation. 4 days later, I got the positive OPK test. I started testing like a maniac and never got a positive pregnancy test this cycle. I actually started my period 16 days after ovulation which never happens to me. It's always 15 days for me. It started as spotting and then got heavier. It lasted two days (also so weird for me, as my period is 5-6 days). I had horrible cramping...cramps that are hard to explain. I had a feeling I had a chemical that month.

Anyways, I figured we needed to try something different because I can't expect different results by doing the same thing every month. I started taking FertilAid as well as FertillCM. My partner started taking multivitamins. I stopped my medication for migraines since those are potentially dangerous to a little bean. I started taking prenatal vitamins every day just in case. I also bought softcups. I thought that my cervical mucous would be more abundant after taking the FertilCM, but it was hardly anything. I also started taking Robitussin daily for a week before ovulation. I stated getting a little bit of cervical mucous, which is how my partner and I knew to abstain. 4 days later I got a questionable positive OPK. I had no idea if I should count it as a positive or not since it was so borderline. We counted it as a positive just in case and baby danced the night after the positive OPK (I always ovulate 2 days after my positive OPK). So, the night before ovulation we knew that he probably had a healthy amount of sperm. I put pre seed into the soft cup and inserted it right after intercourse. It may also help if you climax yourself with the softcup in. I laid down for about 20 minutes and then got up. I think I kept the cup in for a few hours. We also had intercourse the day of ovulation. We didn't do any special this night. I kept track of my temperatures afterwards to confirm ovulation. My temperature didn't increase as soon as it normally does, so I really thought I had not ovulated. I had a big temp drop at 3dpo, then the temp went back to normal pre ovulation temps. My temps finally went up at 5dpo, but they just went up to my normal temps after I ovulate-98.6. I was totally confused. I was feeling symptoms of PMS, but I didn't even sure that I ovulated. At 8dpo I took a internet cheapie 25miu test and it came up negative. At 9dpo I took a dollar store test-negative. Then, later on 9dpo, I received some tests I had ordered a few days earlier. They are super sensitive 10miu tests. I took one and saw the faintest of lines. I didn't think anything of it. I know women already have HCG in their system, so maybe it was just picking that up. However, on 10 dpo I got a first response test. Obvious pink line. I continued taking tests for a few weeks and they gradually got darker. I was so so so very surprised!!!! I'm sorry this was so long. I just hope that by being so detailed with what I did, maybe I can help someone else. Below are my symptoms by DPO. I kept track of them via countdowntopregnancy during my wait.

Best Gift Ever!

Today I am officially pregnant with Baby #2! Both my babies will be IUI babies now. Thank you science! It took 3 IUI's this time since we just kept trying what worked the first time around. Took much longer back then - 3IUI's, failed IVF, and 3 more IUI's to get baby #1.

Here is the breakdown from this time around: [Non medicated cycle, except for neupogen for my lining issues)

Day 14 - Ultrasound (5mm lining) & Neupogen (this drug has helped thicken my lining, which stops around 5mm without it.)
Day 17 - Morning - Ultrasound (6mm lining) & Neupogen - 1 Follicle around 22MM, HCG Trigger shot given that morning.
Day 18 - Morning IUI#1 - DH count - 6.46M 85% Mot (1/2 fresh/ 1/2 frozen)
Day 19 - Morning IUI#2 - DH count - 4.5M 85% Mot (1/2 fresh/ 1/2 frozen)
1DPIUI - 6DPIUI - No Symptoms
7DPIUI - Vivid Dreams, Emotional, & Twinges.
12DPIUI - OPT = YES!!!!

We were so happy to finally have our first baby after 3 years of trying, but after finding the right doctor (Thanks Dr. El-Roiy!) and trying different things we feel so incredibly lucky. I know how hard and heartbreaking it can be especially dealing with a low count or lining issues. My husband had to freeze 4 samples in order to reach those small numbers above, but it just proves that you should not give up hope and that a small count can work eventually! Wish everyone luck and happiness in the new year.


Hello :)
After being diagnosed with moderate endometriosis, and my husband being diagnosed with male factor infertility in 2006, we have finally conceived naturally! Doctors in the past told us there was a slim to none chance that we could do this! We have been trying for 9 years! I'm only 5 weeks along and am praying everything goes okay. My husband did start the Fertilaid supplements back in October but slacked up a little in November because we were busy preparing to move overseas. I honestly think those supplements did what an IVF cycle and multiple IUI cycles didn't!

Prayers works!

Been reading so many stories in this website that gave me hope and I promises that when my turn will come I' ll post my story to inspired other.

After 3 and 1/2 year of trying I got a BFP on Dec 2nd at CD 31 and 4 days late. This was on my so natural cycle, meaning no fertile aide of any kind and I mean NONE. BD a week before ovulation, the day of O, and 4 days later. So I believe that conception occurs on day of O. I was in no trying and not preventing mode, since I was scheduled to start IVF treatment on January 2015. Went for IVF in Belgium in January this year but didn't went trough the process cause hubby couldn't get to Belgium in time. But had a polyps removed while in Belgium to prepare me for IVF. Was put back in Clomid for 6 months in the mind time from April to September and nothing. Decide to take it easy while waiting on IVF for January so didn't take any medication to clean out my system to be ready for IVF.

But there is two thing I will give credit for this miracle, 1st prayers and never stop believing God faithfulness. Did surrender my self with all bible verses on fertility in my closet, declaring it every day every time my eye payed on it!!!
2nd For some reason hubby and I were so busy that I realize now that we didn't have Intercourse all month of Oct. So abstinence may have strengthen is sperms.
Didn't test earlier cause I felt my usual AF cramps and started spotting and was convince she will show. Was 2 days late when spotting started and 2 days later still didn't start so I bought a dollars test and the test line showed up before the control line and was just stunned.
Sorry for the long story but I had to give you some details to this... I have to say it still surreal but I guess it will sinck in a couple of days, your are among the first among the first person to know. Hubby will be next . Thanking God for all of you ladies cause each and everyone of your prayers made a difference. Thank a lot a God bless

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 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!