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BFP with Preseed

Pre-Seed, the sperm-friendly lubricant (and only lube that should be used while trying-to-conceive) is a staple of the TTC community. We love it, and we'd hazard a guess that all these ladies on this page with BFPs speak highly of it as well!

If you don't have Pre-Seed yet, we recommend you pick some up at Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com. It ships for free anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, and comes with free pregnancy tests. Can't beat that. And when you get your Pre-Seed assisted BFP and you're ready to give credit where credit is due, by all means, send us your symptoms here!

Implantation pinch at 10 dpo, BFP at 14 dpo!

Hi all! These stories really helped me during the two week wait so I'm excited to add my BFP story :)
CD1-10: not much going on
CD11-14: EWCM, BD, +OPK on CD13
DPO1-9: not many symptoms, sore breasts which I've had with other cycles before AF
DPO10: At night, I was about to go to sleep and was laying in bed. I felt a sharp stabbing pinch on my right lower abdomen that made me get up halfway and say ouch! Implantation? I had never had this before with prior cycles.
DPO11-13: Did not check HPT since in the past I would get bummed with a negative so I was waiting it out for AF.
DPO14: AF 1-2 days late, quick positive on FRER, confirmed on Clearblue in the afternoon!!
The day I got the positive was such a high, enjoy those moments before morning sickness sets in!! To everyone who is on the TTC journey, keep going and don't lose hope! It can be difficult at times but so worth it. Baby dust to all!!

BFP with unexpected symptoms

Another BFP story from an older mom with TTC/loss/rainbow baby experience…

I have a short LP (10-12 days), so by the time it makes sense to POAS, I already get my period or indications of it. And this cycle was the same. Here are my symptoms by dpo:

1-7 dpo: nothing in particular
7-8 dpo: stabbing pain in breasts (typical AF symptom for me)
9 dpo: I went and bought a big box of sweets for hubby and me. I was emotional and irritable. (Both, also AF symptoms for me).
10 dpo: My BBT fell, close to, but not below coverline. I also had a lower backache and felt moody/irritable. (All AF symptoms).

I felt like testing late in the evening (10dpo), just to be sure. I fully expected AF to come soon, but I guess I didn’t want it to. I used a Wondfo dip strip. It says you should read it after 5 minutes (no upper limit given). I forgot and looked after 10 minutes. There was a faint but visible second line. Even hubby, who doesn’t know anything about POAS or faint lines) could see it. I thought it must be an evaporation line.

I went and took care of some business. Two hours later, I wanted to test again, because I felt some slight soreness on my breasts and irritated/sensitive nipples (not AF symptoms). I used a SurePredict and a Wondfo. Read both at 5 minutes, but both were negative. After another 5 minutes or so, I looked with a flashlight and both had a second line. I couldn’t leave this hanging in the air. So, I went ahead and used a FRER and got a clear positive at midnight!

I already got confirmed with a blood test and put on progesterone. Now in the waiting game and hoping and praying that it sticks!

BFP After 4 Years

I received my BFP today!! My DH and I have been TTC on and off for the past four years!! I can’t believe it! I’ve been sitting at work ALL DAY after getting a BFP at 5:30AM and am ready to jump out of my skin! I won’t get too much into what didn’t work for me as all I had tried before was just the basics of preconception which includes a healthy diet, increase water, have sex, get sleep, and such.
This cycle, I tried to follow TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) method and, without diagnosing myself, I followed what it suggested to combat a Cold Uterus which can actually prevent implantation. Below is a list of what I did, including the TCM which I adopted:
What I did differently:
1. Hormonal Balancing Yoga every other day leading up suspected Ovulation
2. Two Week Wait Yoga the day after suspected Ovulation
3. Avoided “damp” foods such as yogurt, milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, and greasy foods.
4. Consumed Cayenne Pepper at least once a day nearly every day of the Day 1- Day 25 to keep my uterus warm and inviting for my precious little baby
5. Took Ginger Baths once a week to keep my uterus and the rest of my body warm, again, to aide implantation
6. Took ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) baths once a week combined with Epsom Salts to rid my body of any toxins
7. Took Prenatal & Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplements
8. Used Preseed and DTD CD 8, 12, & 13 with suspected Ovulation on CD14 going by previous months.
9. I avoided OPKs this month mainly because I only like CB Digital Advanced but didn’t want to fork up the cash and left it up to God for the timing.
10. Prayer Prayer Prayer!!!!!!!!!!!!
CD 1- CD7: Did my best to incorporate a healthy meal plan and survive the period from another planet
CD 8: DTD
CD9: No symptoms logged
CD 10: Increased sex drive, Crampy, Gas, Pelvic pain on both sides, Bloating
CD 11: No symptoms logged
CD 12: DTD with preseed
CD 13: DTD with preseed, Cramps, Backaches
CD 14: Suspected Ovulation Day!!!
1DPO: Right Pelvic Pain (which I found weird because I normally ovulate from my left side) No usual sore breasts
2DPO: No usual sore breasts
3DPO: Weird gush of EWCM (second guessing if I should have just opted to get the CB OPK), no sex drive, cramps, acne on my nose, pelvic pain on both sides, lower backache, No usual sore breasts
4DPO: No usual sore breasts
5DPO: No usual sore breasts
6DPO: Watery CM, cramps, no sex drive, left pelvic pain, diarrhea, headaches, tender BBs FINALLY
7DPO: Backaches, cramps, and left pelvic pain, cried at a commercial about HPV
8DPO: Cramps, Constipation, right pelvic pain, backache
9DPO: Negative pregnancy test, No symptoms logged
10DPO: Crying easily, no sex drive or appetite, tender breasts, gas, diarrhea, bloating
11DPO: BFN, No symptoms logged
12DPO: BFP at 5:30AM and 2 more since!!! 1 Digital and 2 FRER!! At the moment, all I feel is just off and on cramps which I know are normal BUT still worry me. They aren’t as bad as AF but they are a little uncomfortable. I actually woke up with them thinking of taking an ibuprofen so that prompted me to take the test. I took it, put it down, walked away thinking “if God wants this to be, it will be, and if not, I will just move on to taking even better care of myself” I prayed before I even opened the package, to be honest. The first test I took, showed me the pamphlet symbol and per the instructions, prompted me to take another test which turned out to be my BFP!! It was one the sweetest surprises God has given me! This will be our 3rd child and I am MORE THAN EXCITED to welcome him or her! Or them?! AGH! I hope this is helpful to someone, anyone trying on their own. Just know the wait is hard, but nothing happens when it is not supposed to. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, each month you do NOT conceive, just remember that just was not your month, but the next MAY be! Take it as an opportunity to do something BETTER for you. Take a drink, eat healthier, start your workout, start meditation, all these things not only can help aid conception, but can help YOU in the process of all of this. Most importantly, pray, and leave it to GOD. His timing is perfect and I’ve waited for 4 years blaming him, jealous of friends and family until I realized that their journey isn’t mine! It will all work out the way it is supposed to! God bless you all!

BFP after loss at 20 weeks

I lost my Marin at 20 weeks a few months ago. She was a rare baby to begin with, having been conceived on the Mirena IUD. But the moment I heard that little heart beating I knew I wanted her more than anything in the world. The loss was unimaginably difficult, I thought I was in the clear so far into it but she was sent to us only to teach us a lesson. My SO and I waited a bit then decided, when I started to be able to smile again without feeling guilty, to try once more.

I looked up everything I could find on success stories, how people were getting pregnant, I downloaded the Ovia Fertility app and started tracking everything from my basal, to my cervix, to my CM. We snagged some Preseed (pricey though it is) and gave it a shot in mid to late June. The TWW was agonizing. I spent a better part of my free time reading forums of women that got BFPs and what symptoms they experienced during that time. I typed in the new DPO every day. So I wanted to share my experiences with you guys in case my story gives anyone hope during those long 14 days.

1-5 DPO: Nothing.
6 DPO: I felt some intense gas pains and bloating. Lasted all day.
7 DPO: I had an odd pinching sensation in my lower right abdomen near my belly button. Lasted most of that day. No spotting. Basal increased by .5. No other symptoms.
8 DPO: Woke to the tiniest hint of red and pink streaks. No pinching. Increase in CM that was clear and stretchy like my ovulation CM. Increased need to urinate. Basal increased by .5. No other symptoms.
9 DPO: Clear CM remained, spotting gone, Basal increased by .7. Increased need to urinate. Got BFN.
10 DPO: Clear CM remained, gas and bloating returned, Basal still heightened by .7, had mild headache threatening to get worse but never did. Incressed need to urinate remained. Almost feinted with low blood sugar symptoms, ate carrots, felt better (my blood sugar has always been perfect).
11 DPO: Clear CM remained, gas and bloating as well, constipation kicked in full swing, traffic was at a standstill in there. Except my urine...of course. Mild headache upon waking until sleeping again.
12 DPO: Same as 11 DPO, checked cervix, it was fairly high (I have short little sausage fingers but it took two knuckles to feel it) and it was soft and puffy like a little water balloon. It was closed. Basal still up .7. Fatigue settled in and what I call, the super sniffer, happened. I started smelling days old bleach in stores and cigarette smoke from blocks away.
13 DPO: Same as 12 DPO. Tried to keep mind off the last bit of wait. Super sniffer allowed me to, somehow, smell spicy queso Pringles the MOMENT he opened the can from 3 rooms away.
14 DPO: Same symptoms as the last few days but I noticed some mild breast tenderness and nipple sensitivity. Super sniffer continued, aversions set in (bacon has betrayed me), craving for tomatoes (I hate tomatoes) settled, and I experienced a coppery blood-like taste in my mouth. Got second BFN.

I decided to wait a few days into my missed AF. I ended up with the same symptoms 3 days into my missed period and woke that morning with intense, dizzying nausea, and as I pulled my blankets up over my chest I cried out at the pain the weight of the dinky things put on my breasts. My eyes SHOT open. Time to take another test.

3 Days past AF: BFP on FRER test at 10am. BFP on First Signal at 3pm.
7 Days past AF: BFP on Clear Blue plus/minus and Clear Blue Digital.

Doctor confirmed pregnancy 7/23/17 at 5 weeks, 5 days, due date March 20th, 2018.

Ladies, do NOT lose hope, I got that second BFN on a FRER at 14 DPO. Every woman is different and every pregnancy is different. Your HcG levels have to be high enough to be detected by any of those tests. Good luck!

It will happen to you to! BFP at 9dpo!!!!!!

My husband and I have been trying to conceive since March of this Year. Like many others I thought it would be a super fast process and became really anxious when it didn't happen on the first try. What I really believe helped me this cycle was that I stopped taking my prenatal's and other vitamins (Vitamin B) (I am a firm believe that they were messing with my cycle) I confirmed this through monitoring my BBT temp and OPKS. I also feel like a big key player was drinking grapefruit Juice non-contrate from the end of my period to O day. I also ate pineapple Core from O day to 5dpo. I honestly did not thing this month would be it! As I did everything contrary to what most people do when they get their BFP's. In fact I was sure this month was not it that I finally decided to got through with getting my Colposcopy and cervical biopsy (which i had been putting off since last month after my abnormal pap) at 7dpo. They tested me for pregnancy but it was negative... i finally got my BFP at 9dpo...

What I used in the previous months that I got BFN's:
1. Preseed- cycles 3-5
2. Prenatals cycles 1-5
3. Softcups-cycle 4 only
4. Temping Cycles 3-5
5. OPKS Cycles 3-5
6. Vitamin B6 & B12
7. Green Tea
8.Stopped drinking coffee cycles 1-5

9.Laying in bed after intercourse and different positions TMI---- i feel like in previous months it would all come out so fast this month the sperm stayed over night until the next day, my guess is the increased muccous helped retention? who knows.

What I did different this month:
ALOT OF PRAYERS!

1. Stopped taking prenatal vitamins

2. Drank Grapefruit Juice -non concentrate from the last day of AF to O day----- this SIGNIFICANTLY increased my cervical mucous. I would rather drink Grapefruit Juice than take EPO because I have read EPO messes with your cycle.

3. Exercised (not too extreme) i went on walks with hubby every evening to take my mind off things. I also made sure to do abs since I read somewhere that having a stronger core helps with conception? anyway this helped me stay distracted more thank anything. i also ate semi healthy..

4. I consumed Pineapple Core from O day to 5DPO

5. Preseed i'm not sure this helped as i had used it for 2 cycles before without success.

6. Green tea occasionally

7. people say to relax but i don't ever relax i'm always on the go and thinking about things so instead of "relaxing" i kept busy and my mind off things.

I honestly did not thing this month would be it! As I did everything contrary to what most people do when they get their BFP's. In fact I was sure this month was not it that I finally decided to got through with getting my Colposcopy and cervical biopsy (which i had been putting off since last month after my abnormal pap) at 7dpo. They tested me for pregnancy but it was negative... i finally got my BFP at 9dpo...

SYMPTOMS
1DPO-7DPO vivid dreams
7DPO to today 11DPO- peeing a lot, hot flashes, and waking up in the middle of the night to pee and feeling wide awake.
other than these symptoms i have nothing else. no sore breasts or anything else.

I hope this helps someone out there!
Baby dust to you all!

BFP after 4yrs TTC, PCOS & 3 cycles Clomid!

I'm in total shock! It's still early days but I'm celebrating each day as it is. I've had one chemical pregnancy before in 2010, and I wouldn't have known if I didn't test early. I've tested early again because I had a feeling. I'm crossing my fingers for a sticky little one!

I haven't ovulated for over four years. We've been trying to conceive for four years with no luck whatsoever.
I started seeing a fertility specialist at the start of the year. I've had two cycles of 50mg Clomid, and no ovulation.
I'm on my third cycle of Clomid, first cycle of 100mg. I ovulated! I had a blood test two days ago. It showed a progesterone level of 26, which my doctor says is fine.
I was excited about ovulating, so despite being only 8dpo yesterday.. I tested with cheapies and got a super faint line. I wasn't sure it was real cause it had no colour and was barely there.
This morning I took a First Response test and got a faint pink line!?!?!
Here is my info that I gathered using the Glow app:

CD16 - I got my first ever Peak symbol on the Clear Blue Dual Hormone Fertlity monitor.
CD17 - OVULATION DAY! Mild headache, indigestion, nausea and pelvic pain. Moderate cramps and backache. Severe constipation.
CD18/1dpo - Mild backache, headache, sore boobs and pelvic pain. Moderate cramps.
CD19/2dpo - Mild backache. Moderate sore boobs and cramps.
CD20/3dpo - Mild insomnia. Moderate sore boobs, bloating, fatigue, and pelvic pain. Severe hot flashes, backache, appetite and cramps.
CD21/4dpo - Mild insomnia. Moderate sore boobs, constipation, bloating and pelvic pain. Severe hot flashes, headache, backache and cramps. I went to hospital on this day because I was in so much backache and cramping pain that I thought I had developed OHSS! I hadn't. An ultrasound showed a corpus luteum! (The leftovers from the ovulated egg, which supplies progesterone to the embryo until the placenta takes over. So, good sign!)
CD22/5dpo - Mild nausea and insomnia. Moderate feeling sick (I had lots of mouth ulcers due to lowered immune system which happens at ovulation and/or early pregnancy), indigestion, fatigue and sore boobs. Severe cramps, constipation, backache, bloating, headache, hot flashes and pelvic pain.
CD23/6dpo - Mild cramps and hot flashes. Moderate headache, bloating and backache. Severe sore boobs and constipation.
CD24/7dpo - Mild pelvic pain, hot flashes, backache, appetite and constipation. Moderate headache. Severe cramps.
CD25/8dpo - Mild pelvic pain, insomnia, headache and constipation. Moderate cramps, appetite and hot flashes. Severe sore boobs.
CD26/9dpo - Mild cramps, bloating, fatigue, headache and pelvic pain. Moderate backache. Severe sore boobs.

I'm hoping for a very sticky baby and a healthy and happy nine months of pregnancy. Please God, give us this blessing.

Notes:
I used Preseed every time we babydanced.
I took Metformin 500mg three times a day, Clomid 100mg from cycle days 2-6, CoQ10, Pre-conception Vitamins, Probiotic, double folic acid dose (800mg), vitamin C and Zinc, and 400mg Myoinositol twice a day.
I kept my feet warm all the time. (Apparently keeps uterus warm)
I did femoral artery massage, which is what I think helped a lot! Youtube it!
I drank Pomegranate juice around ovulation and for a few days after.
I tried to eat and drink mostly warm food stuffs. Never anything freezing cold. (Apparently keeps uterus warm)
I inserted my menstrual cup/Moon Cup after sex with hubby, to keep sperm in. Similar to soft cups, but cheaper and reusable.
I lay with my legs up the wall and a pillow under my butt.

ZERO symptoms and BFP after 11 months

I am still in shock and absolutely certain (this is me being paranoid) that it won't stick...because this has been such a difficult process from the start...but I FINALLY got my BFP!!!

This website was SO helpful with easing my anxiety each month, and I wanted to share my own story with the community to, maybe, help someone else who is having a tough time.

At about months 8 and 9, the 2 week wait anxiety had really fizzled for me. I figured that a BFP was less, rather than more, likely to happen. I had taken a "temp tracking" and "supplement" break for month 7, which really helped me to get out of the symptom-spotting cycle. I stopped obsessively looking at my calendar, only opening it to put in my BBT each morning (5AM so I was still mostly sleeping, which made it easy not to obsess over it).

This month was literally just like every other month, except for a few details, which I will get to below. For starters, this was my regimine almost every month (except month 7):
Prenatals since month 1
Vitamin D since month 3 (because it was in my drawer)
Evening primrose oil and licorice root tea from day 1 of cycle until ovulation since month 5 (to help with CM)
Omega 3 and B612 since month 6 (to help with CM)
Preseed since month 6 (to help with CM)
I had also cut back on my exercise, ate organic and healthfully, and gained 10 pounds over the last year in prep for pregnancy.
I also took my temp every morning without fail since month 2 (except for month 7) because OPKs never showed up positive.

I had my annual Gyno visit month 9 and mentioned what we had been doing so far. I am 30 BTW. She immediately ordered our initial fertility blood work and tests, stating that with our tracking and health she would expect us to have had some success. She also said that all the tests take a few months and why not go into the 12th month with the knowledge we need if we need it. She also mentioned clomid if all tests came back normal, saying that my size and lack of CM could mean low estrogen.

My blood work came back 100% normal with estrogen on the slightly low side of normal. My HSG (this month) was uncomfortable with the LEFT tube taking a little but of time to open. DH hasn't even done his SA yet! I actually attribute this BFP to the HSG more than anything else!!!

The only other thing I did differently this month was try to pineapple core trick...I made it 2 days and forgot the rest!

So my TWW...as I said, I was not tracking or symptom spotting.
-5 & 8 DPO: had erratc BBT temps...huge dips...maybe inplantation dip. I actually swore I was out this month with how erratic my temps were!
-10 DPO: sore/swollen boobs, AF-like cramps, and weepiness started...like clockwork...just like every month when AF is on her way...literally NOTHING else!
14 DPO: I was so convinced that AF was on her way that I was in full "witch with a B" mode with some crying sprinkled on top.
-15 DPO: my BBT didn't drop...in-fact, at 97.9 F, it was the highest it's ever been without having been sick or having a drink the night before. SO...just like a million times before...I took a pregnancy test, expecting a BFN, just like every other month. I really just took it just to shake the nagging feeling I would get at > 14 DPO (this has happened on more than 1 month up to 17 days, still getting a BFN!). Well, to my surprise, it was a BFP!!!! The line was not as dark as the control line, but it was also not a line I had to squit at to see...it was clearly there! On 15 DPO, I also started getting dry mouth, and peeing more frequently, but this was after my BFP and I don't know if it was in my head.

I am now at 17 DPO with no further symptoms (maybe some very slight nausea, but I am thinking it in my head). I have taken a pregnancy test every day to make sure it wasn't a fluke! I took a digital this afternoon just to make myself feel better...it helped to see the word "pregnant" and not worry that I am misinterpreting the lines on the other tests!

The reason I wanted to share this...well...if it's going to happen it's going to happen. I have literally bent over backwards trying to get pregnant for 11 cycles. In some ways my anxiety has served me. I have been driven to research to make sure that I have taken the right supplements and that I have added the right things to my regimine (preseed) based on my own needs. Ultimately, though, for me, it took having a HSG for me to get my BFP.

My dream for everyone in this community who is still trying is that you find a way to enjoy this process, that you smile daily, and that you feel grateful for your significant other whom you love and get to share this life and jorney with. It is not easy, but if you can find a way to not obsess, it will be a lot easier and more enjoyable.

BFP with Femara, PCOS, and Endometriosis

I am so excited to share my news of my BFP!!! I know it is still early but this site has been so helpful for getting through the tww!

Me:28
DH: 35
Cycles: 9

Sorry for the long story! Skip to the end for symptoms.

In October 2015, we decided to start a family and had my Mirena removed. Three days later, I started having terrible back pain and was diagnosed with a kidney stone. After a week with no relief, I went to the ER and had an emergency CT scan which found a tumor that was cutting off my ureter-I went for surgery three days later and they found that it was endometriosis. After a year long battle, I ended up having a serious surgery to remove part of my ureter that was damaged, my appendix, and had a laparoscopy to remove stage 2 Endo. My left ovary was stuck to my side with Endometriosis and my surgeon was amazing and able to save it.

During my surgery, my surgeon suspected that I had PCOS because of the small cysts on my ovaries. We tried for 6 months on my own, but when I realized that I wasn't ovulating every month I went to my OBGYN. He is amazing and recommended me to go to an RE.

My RE sent me for a full panel of bloodwork, which came back fine but he confirmed that my symptoms met PCOS. I was placed on Metformin, Vitamin D3, vitamin E, CoQ10, and Femara. The first two cycles of Femara I tried 5 mg days 3-7, with no success. This last cycle I was placed on Femara 7.5 mg days 4-8.

Things I did differently this cycle:
Pineapple 1 dpo-5dpo
Pomegranate juice 1 dpo-5dpo
Femara 7.5 mg days 4-8

I used OPKs to confirm ovulation as well as bbt.
We BD everyday (sometimes twice a day) CD 10-16

CD 16- ovulation
CD 17/1 dpo-Loose bms, very frequent bms, cramping, gassy
2 dpo- cramping
3 dpo- none
4 dpo- gassy, skin break out, progesterone check came back at 19.6
5 dpo- cramps, gassy, increased appetite, shooting pain in my breasts
6 dpo- cramps, bloated, gassy, headache, increased appetite, slight nausea
7 dpo- bloated, gassy, headache
8 dpo- cramps, heartburn, bloated, gassy, skin broken out
9 dpo- cramps, heartburn, BFN
10 dpo- heartburn, gassy, increased appetite, skin broken out
11 dpo- bloated, constipated, gassy, headache, BFN
12 dpo- bloated, skin broken out, sore nipples, BFN
13 dpo- bloated, skin broken out, sorry nipples
14 dpo- sore nipples, BFP!!!!!!!!!

BFP After First Ovidrel Injection!

Hello ladies!

I have read so many of your stories and symptoms since my husband and I began TTC in March, and now I get to share my own story and symptoms. Hopefully some of you will be able to gain some insight from it and some hope as well.

I turned 39 years old last month, so time was of the essence for DH and me. We were married this spring, and while he has children from a previous marriage, we want one together. By all accounts I am a healthy woman with the exception of borderline hypothyroidism for which I take a low dose of medicine. My cycles were like clockwork until DH and I started TTC ( go figure ). For a couple of months I had short cycles and intermittent bleeding. By my third TTC cycle things seemed to straighten themselves out, but the doctor still wanted to do an ultrasound just to check things out.

It was during that visit, during our fourth TTC cycle, that my doctor said I was a good candidate for the Ovidrel trigger shot. She said I had a mature follicle we could trigger to ovulate and DH and I could time our BDing. If you're unfamiliar with trigger shots, they're hCG shots that do exactly what they sound like, trigger ovulation.

After getting the shot, I went home and, of course, researched the heck out of it. The trigger shots give you a positive pregnancy test, so many women "test out." This involves taking a pregnancy test every day or two to evaluate when the hCG is out of your system. Once you get a negative test, you can feel fairly confident it has run its course and you can begin to test for a true positive result.

So I did that. By the way, I used FRER because they're supposed to be the most sensitive test on the market, and I thought they would give me a good indication when the Ovidrel was really out of my system. My tests, though, never truly turned negative. The test line grew lighter and lighter each day, and by 8 dpo/10 dpt the line was so faint I was convinced I would get a stark white, negative test the next day. Only, I didn't. In fact, the test line the next day was ever so slightly darker than the day before. At 10 dpo, the line was darker. At 11 dpo it was slightly darker than the day before. I called my doctor at 10 dpo and I went in for a beta test at 11 dpo. By this morning, at 12 dpo/15 dpt, my test was twice as dark as two days ago!

I got the call from my doctor this afternoon who confirmed an early pregnancy, and she said today's darker test line was a good sign! I'll go for another beta tomorrow!!

I never thought, at 39, I would get pregnant after just 4 cycles, but I did! I feel so fortunate! I definitely attribute our conception to the trigger shot.

I would also like to note, I was using OPKs and getting positive tests, but I think they were off, or perhaps it was operator error. haha! Just days before the ultrasound and subsequent trigger shot, I had two positive OPKs. I told my doctor this, and she said they can be difficult to read and not always accurate. I had not been having EWCM since we've been TTC, like I normally have had all my life (another go figure), so that's one reason why I used the OPKs. (I also didn't really start temping like I should until our third TTC cycle. ) Nevertheless, I think DH and I were missing the actual ovulation. If I had not had that ultrasound DH and I would have missed yet another ovulation cycle.

In addition to the trigger shot, we used PreSeed. I also drank a cup of decaf green tea each day which is supposed to help ovulation from what I've read. I also drank each day a fruit smoothie that included a cup of whole fat yogurt, raspberries, blueberries and half a banana. I increased leafy greens. I also took a prenatal vitamin.

Good luck to everyone! Never lose hope.

Here are my symptoms. Some of these could be contributed to the trigger shot, but the symptoms beginning at 9 dpo - I think - are true pregnancy symptoms.

Natural BFP at 43

I was lurking and promising myself like others that if successful I would share what I did to get here.

I conceived my DS at 39 with no issue and was 40 when he was born. I knew though that trying for a second would be a very uncertain road at my age. Looking back we were really lucky to conceive after only about 16 months of concerted effort. During that time I had two failed IVF cycles and travelled long haul for work away from my husband for seven 3 week trips and missed quite a few opportunities making the outcome even luckier, statistically speaking.

I also trawled the internet, consulted a snake oil naturopath, charted, and took a buttload of supplements to help regulate my cycle. These included vitamins B (group) C, D, E (tocotrienols as well as tocopherols), magnesium myo-inositol, alpha lipoic acid, vitex, ubiquinol and red maca. I also ate two eggs for breakfast every day (gross!). I also cut out all alcohol and caffeine and soy and cold drinks and gee life was dull. As I added more and more to the daily mix it was interesting to see the effects. My BBT became much more stable and predictable and easier to map to my ovulation symptoms. My luteal phase lengthened slightly from 7or 8 days to 9 or 10. The follicular phase actually lengthened, annoyingly. The long weeks of jet lag from the 10 hour time differences made it harder too but I doubt they had much impact in the end. In the end I would put my money on the ubiquinol (500mg daily before tapering down to 200mg per day) and the red maca. Gross but I think that's what did it. A small disclaimer that I had a high AMH and low FSH at 42, and am in good physical shape.

BFP Symptoms were same as all the BFN cycles (headaches, cramps, bloating) except for tender nipples from 6DPO, same as other pregnancy. Squinter BFP on IC at 11DPO when temps stayed up. Lines gradually got stronger then two strong lines 13DPO on FRER.

Am now at 35 weeks and 4 days after a complication-free pregnancy. Tired and looking forward to welcoming LO to the outside not long before I turn 44.

Wishing all of you the best of luck.

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