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BFP after 16 months TTC, 37 years old

Wanted to share my story as I used to check this site out for hope on my TTC journey and I know how frustrating it is when you are trying so hard with no results. I finally got my BFP after 16 months of trying and feeling like it would never happen! I am very early on, so pray that he/she stays put! I knew I was pregnant before taking the FRER test because I spotted light brown blood about five days before my period was due. The spotting was minimal and happened twice over two days.

Here are the things that I took away from my journey:

It can take over a year and that's ok and that's normal.
Get your physical exam before trying to conceive.
Take your prenatals before you start trying.
Make sure you BD once to clear out dead sperm prior to the fertile window.
Make sure you BD two days prior to predicted ovulation.
The ovulation strips you can buy on Amazon work just fine, but test later in the day rather than first thing in the morning.
Try to remind yourself of the positives when you don't get pregnant, such as being free to do what you want, when you want!

Hang in there and remember you are never alone!!!

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38 yrs old, BFP 13dpo, few "typical" symptoms

Hi!

A BFP success story to share myself since I've enjoyed reading the others so much. I'm a 38 yr old mom of a 2 yr old and 4 yr old. My cycles are usually 26-27 days long with ovulation around day 10-12. Had copper IUD removed in Sept to start TTC our 3rd. In the years I had the copper IUD, I would often spot a couple days before period start, which was also common when I had no IUD. My IUD was taken out a few days before my period in Sept, then I had another period in Oct. Even though I wasn't pregnant then, I had so many pregnancy "symtoms" I was sure I was, but spotted a couple days before period arrived. This cycle was really different.

Ov was a bit wonky this time. I can always tell by high open cp and ewcm leading up to ov and spotting, with a clear shift to creamy cm and closed cp after. This time I had a couple days ewcm and open cp, with creamy closed cp after, then a couple more days ewcm and open cp, with that ending cd 12 or 13. I got really sick with a stomach virus around this time so maybe that threw it off a bit? DPO stated below is just a best guess.

* Had sex with a sperm friendly lube CD 9, 10, 12
* Ov somewhere between cd 9 and 12, but regular ov type spotting at 9dpo
* 1 dpo to 9dpo stomach virus for 2 days followed by a nasty cold (still stuffed up sinuses today at 14dpo)
* 2 dpo to 12 dpo cm either dry, sticky or creamy with med to high and closed cp, normal for me
* 6 dpo implantation spotting, creamy cm mixed with light pink, then a little later a tiny amount of a light brown coloured sticky clump
* 6 dpo to 13 dpo, not everyday but on and off cramping, slight sore lower back and twinges, though nothing extreme
* 7 to 8 dpo heartburn
* 10 dpo cm had a slight yellow tinge for a couple hours
* 13 dpo cm became more watery, cp moved a little lower, and breasts became tender (thought period was coming)
* 13 dpo tested anyway with 10miu using very diluted midday urine and got light positive
* 14 dpo tested first thing with 25miu and clear positive, woke with slight headache, cm still watery but cp high closed and soft

Differences this cycle were: no common pre period bloating and gassiness, really just a couple times so far. Also my pre period breast tenderness usually starts about 10 dpo. I just started getting tender breasts at 13dpo. Also no normal pre period spotting. These symptoms are so similar to when I conceived my son. I was sure my period was coming then too. With my daughter was more convinced I was pregnant and had lots of bloating and typical "signs". I guess we'll see :). Hoping for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Wishing everyone else good health, love and luck!

BFP 11 DPO after Unexplained Stillborn at 33 weeks

1-4 DPO: Chest cold. I was worried it would affect conception, etc. Stronger sense of smell. Gums bleeding after brushing my teeth. Didn't really read in to anything too much.
4 DPO: Sharp leg cramp that made me shoot out of bed. I had leg cramps constantly with my first pregnancy and haven't had them since. This was my first clue.
5 DPO: Very sharp, stabby cramps on my left side. Abnormally sharp and painful.
6 DPO: Light brown spotting before bed. I have never spotted in between cycles ever. More centralized cramping. This was my second clue.
7 DPO: More light spotting after bathroom. More light/medium centralized cramping. Craving mashed potatoes and feta cheese, lol.
8-9 DPO: All symptoms GONE. No more cramping or spotting. I'm convinced I'm out/something went wrong. BFN on 9 DPO.
10 DPO: Very obvious BFN. Most symptoms gone. Some light/medium bloating and cramps. Figured AF was due soon.
11 DPO: No symptoms. Convinced I'm out then BFP with CBE and CBE Digital!

I want to note I haven't had any breast/nipple pain. No noticeable CM. No extreme fatigue, etc. I had all of these symptoms with my first pregnancy and thought everything would be exactly the same but it wasn't!

BD every day of fertile window, cycle days 10-16.

BFP at 10dpo after the Evra Patch

I cant quite believe its happened so soon - I was convinced that it would take me ages to concieve #2 especilly as my forst month off the patch was a lllloooooonnnnggggg month with no ovulation detected!

i used the clearblue easy monitor which is what i used last time when i conceieved my son on the 2nd month of using it after 3 years off the pill!

last month i had so many symptoms after ovulation.. pains in my boobs, slight nausea, cramps. i stared AF on 7dpo ( thought it could have been IB) so was worried about my LP... this month my main symptom has been, well.. no symptoms..

that said I made a note of anything which may be useful to you guys..

0 - positive OPK - peak on machine - no EWCM BD'd 6.30am
1dpo - a little spotting (ovulations) cm creamy, gas, bloating, ovulation cramos
2dpo - creamy cm, bloating some stomach ache
3dpo - no cm??? slightly tender breasts, bloating, a little cramping but really really mild
4dpo - cm back and creamy, bloating and stomach ache
5dpo - creamy cm, bloated
6dpo - creamy cm, a little twingy cramoy feeling at the left hand side
7dpo - i didnt record anything- i was on holiday and totally forgot about it!
8dpo - creamy cm - took a cheap pregnancy test -ive
9dpo - a little pink spotting, creamy cm, bloated
10dpo - a little pink spotting, creamy cm - faint +ive on a FRER!
11dpo- now - mild cramps occasionally, some waking in the night for a wee (last night 14dpo)
12dpo - did another test (clearblue) pregnant 1-2 weeks
done a few more tests since.. just to make sure!! ha ha

hope this helps.. i think the main thing i get from this is that cm stayed the same from ovulation till now, there was little implantation bleeding - id have missed it if i wasnt looking (with my son i had 3 days of what i thought was a period) ivehad very little cramps and i feel ok....

BFP after over 2 years

My boyfriend, now husband, and I had unprotected sex for 2 1\2 years, which resulted in one chemical pregnancy and nothing since. I am 37 and he is 45, we both have children from previous marriages who are 7, 9, and 11.

I always spot for 2-4 days before my period. The period itself lasts only 2-3 days. I get really bad PMS, just like I'm pregnant. Fairly sure I have low progesterone.

The only sign I was pregnant, was that I never started spotting. Saturday, the day after our wedding, I got an immediate and strong BFP.

1-12 DPO. Tired, fatigued, swollen breasts, all normal for me. No spotting.
13 DPO. Had lots of milky white \tissue like discharge. That was unusual because I never have that kind of discharge after 7 DPO. No spotting.
14 DPO. Got married, no spotting.
15 DPO. Extremely tired, even more than PMS fatigue, extremely cold, tested and was positive.

Praying for a healthy baby! I'm now 4 weeks and 5 days.

I owe my story to all the unhopeful

My story begins back in 2011..I stopped taking the pill, and had regular sex with my husband though it became about baby making. I over thought the symptoms every month, oh I peed do I normally pee now, my boobs are sore, I have a head ache, I am craving chocolate etc etc if you on this site you have been there. Buying pregnancy tests before my period was due, after I had my period cause I could find a symptom. This went on till 2012, off I went for monthly bloods to check I was ovulating....yep ticked that box :-) husband sperm sample came back low...(long story but turned out he had a porn addiction) retested him and 90 million sperm so back the doctors must be my fault...next step surgery and exploration into my womb, all ok a wee patch of fibroids but nothing to worry about. Back to a few months of more random pregnancy test over exaggerated symptoms. Being angry, trying to convince myself it was a false negative and searching these websites till I found the answer I wanted, yep the test is wrong, it must be etc etc I was never pregnant. I convinced myself I couldn't have children naturally, even spoke to friends who absolutely where failing at ivf and going down adoption route and believing that would be my life. I split with my husband 2013 now with reflection it's a blessing I didn't fall pregnant. I remember the sting of tears and genuine heart ache as friends fell pregnant, joyed for there life there happiness and watch them become parents, internally I got depresses more reclusive, and more convinced I couldn't become pregnant. I met my now fiancé in 2014, it was long distance but I never bothered with contraception I couldn't get pregnant in my head. We had sex in 2014/2015 randomly every couple of weeks while we commuted, then oct of 2015 I moved in, in all honesty we never had the contraception talk, he knew about my past experience but not how much my head was certain we would need help to conceive. He had tried and failed due to 4/5 miscarriage with a woman who previously had children. We probably had to much sex for a baby to ever be possible but it never happened. June this year he wanted to start trying for a baby cut sex back to every other day, but I knew I hadn't got pregnant so far so why would I now. One late cycle and the hopes where up, 5 negative tests later...I thought who are you kidding, we can play this game till we go to docs and get help. This cycle I knew I was pregnant yep here we go again...should of had my period last Sunday/Monday...we had sex Sunday night after it a wipe of blood so I put a tampon in that was that. Tampon on was clean in the morning. Monday a dark dot of blood when I wiped and a little dot in my pants. Tuesday, wed, Thursday nothing. But my boobs ached and I was tired Thursday. Ached like never before on the outside, going over a bump in the car etc. I knew something was up for them to be this sore. I had a headache Thursday, but I had lowered my calories to loose some new romance weight so put it down to that. Drank a lot of water upped my calories had a rest day. The only other thing I can describe is heat and thirst, thirst walking for a couple of miles and warm sweating in exercise where I wouldn't normally be so hot and wet not wet like ovulation or particularly wet pants but wet. I have also been on and off cramps. I knew something wasn't right, but even though I was late I couldn't bring myself to test. Back to these forums I came even took some online pregnancy tests, they came back negative. Sunday a week late my partner bought a hpt, just in case I wanted to use it. He was pretty sure I was just stressed and that's why I was late. And me well I was a week late living in fairy tale pregnancy land seemed ok, this morning I didn't use first morning pee so that was a good reason not to test. Then I actually peed in a cup to test but so convinced it would be negative poured the pee out no test. Then I got my brave pants on and tested...before I could even pull my jeans up I could see it bfp. If this will stick I can only hope and prey, but guess what I can get pregnant! After all these years I am now experiencing what pregnancy feels like. Wish I had spent more time figuring out the what nows, what can I eat do what can't I than focus on make believe pregnancy in my head. Thus boob pain is not like pmt boob pain...it's like broken rib boob pain, the wetness is like having missed the first hour of my period bleed wet but yet nothing on pants or toilet paper to show it. Please don't over anylise believe the negatives and move on. My story is long winded but if it helps one person I am glad,. Keep believing keep trying, and enjoy life :-)

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Pregnant Following a Chemical Pregnancy Last Month

Hello,

I am in shock and disbelief still. July 24 was actually my bleed after getting a very, very, very faint positive bfp a couple days earlier. This faint test appeared at 13 dpo and was negative the next day. My doctor confirmed that my hcg was back to zero and this bleeding ended. So my husband and I decided to try again after careful thought. We did not BD often in August as our work schedules conflicted. We BD on CD 10, CD12, CD14, and CD15. My opk was positive on CD15 and Fertility Friend confirmed my ovulation for CD17.

Symptoms:

2DPO: anxiety, fatigue, emotional, increased sex drive
3DPO: creamy cm, hot, fatigue, sore boobs
4DPO: scant cm, boobs achy in the center, faint burning on sides of boobs, increased sex drive
5DPO: sore boobs, fatigue, increased sex drive
6DPO: increased sex drive, creamy cm
7DPO: no cm at all (very dry), cp high, increased sex drive
8DPO: no cm, CP way high (I can't reach it), fatigue, dizzy, increased sex drive, faint positive Wondfo test today
9DPO: no cm, all symptoms GONE, Clear Blue Digital Weeks Estimator "Pregnant 1-2", sharp twinges in pelvic area lower left, sex drive WAY UP!!! Sharp cramp at night and heavy uterus feeling, Beta HCG at 35
10DPO: little creamy cm, heavy uterus like AF is on heavy but it is not on, faint nausea, burning cramps on lower left pelvic area, increased sex drive, no appetite, Wondfo test way darker and Pregnent result on digital CB.
11DPO: faint brown spotting at night when I wipe, CBWE jumped to "Pregnant 2-3", incredibly horny, fatigue, no appetite
12DPO: no cm, heavy uterus, light brown spotting not on underwear, increased sex drive, no appetite
13DPO: HCG beta at 240, light brown spotting, heavy uterus feeling gone, cramps on lower right pelvic region strong, lost 4 pounds since 8DPO:(, increased sex drive
14DPO: backache and anxiety, but appetite is back somewhat
15DPO: no symptoms but winded easily

So I have continued to POAS because of my chemical last month. Last month, I only had one faint BFP. This cycle, I have had BFP's everyday 8DPO. I have never been more horny in my life and I never had such a dry luteal phase before. I am usually creamy cm from ovulation through to AF.

Pregnant!

Hi Ladies,

Yesterday I got my BFP. Things seemed to align this month. I ov'd right before I had a big holiday, I have been surrounded by babies and preg friends and finally decided to be happy for them and not envious... I had a miscarriage in January. After the m/c I went into panic mode decided to buy every vitamin and fertility aid in the book. Prior to the MC I had regular cycles. I couldn't understand why they were so irregular after the miscarriage. I was ovulating 2x in a month, my cycles were up to 40 days! It was so frustrating. I spoke to a friend who works in the medical field and she mentioned that vitamins can shock your system and cause irregularities! One month after I stopped taking prenatals and a B50complex my cycle was completely normal. OV'd on day 15 and got my BFP.

1-6 DPO- Nothing
7 DPO - Slight breakout
8 DPO - Breast tenderness (1 breast only?) Exhaustion
9 DPO - Weepy, breast tenderness increasing, creamy CM, hot flashes, cramps, no energy at the gym
10 DPO -At the cottage, had a party weekend, breasts seemed huge, mid-back pain, exhaustion, creamy mixed with ewcm cm
11 DPO - 12 DPO - Hot flashes, back pain, breast tenderness/fullness, cramps, frequent urination, blood when I brushed my teeth
13 DPO - AF like cramps, hot flashes, exhaustion, slight brownish spotting only when checking cevx (thought it was for sure AF), got a pregnancy test, thinking once it was negative I'd buy a big bottle of wine and husband and I would plan for next month. I brought the test into work, snuck it into the bathroom and holy it was positive, like really positive. In total shock!

My biggest lesson after having a miscarriage is... don't think you can get preg right away. My new doctor says he advises patients to allow at least three months for their hormones to regulate. My initial doctor told me I could get preg right away and it caused me lot of stress. Also, maybe hold off on the vitamins, especially if you never used them before. I think If I was still ODing on vits that I wouldn't be where I am now. I hope it all works out. It is very exciting. Good luck ladies and just know it will happen :)

First BFP after 2yrs ttc, no symptoms and was sure AF was coming!

Hi ladies, I can't believe I am finally able to tell this story! DH (34) and I (32) have been ttc for 2 years and I just got my first BFP!! I really think it was all due to soft cups and Geritol which were the only things we tried differently the last cycle. I temped everyday and about 4 days before AF was due I had a major drop in temp so I started to count us out this cycle. I stopped temping that day and just went about the rest of the week like AF was coming. I had a little bit of brown spotting 2 days before AF was due which was normal for me. Fast forward to 18DPO and still no AF, but I've had 2 previous cycles ( a year apart) where she was over a week late, so I was still counting us out. I had none of the "normal" pregnancy symptoms, no sore boobs, sense of smell was the same, no weird dreams, no extra creamy cm. The spotting stopped but I still didn't think about testing. I already had a pre-conception/fertility appt scheduled with my dr the next day so I figured she would tell me it was just one of those cycles again. Typical appt, pee in a cup, but this time when they did a PT it came back positive!!! Did a HCG test as well and it was positive!! I was in shock!! The next morning, (bc I peed on so many sticks I wanted to finally see that BFP myself) I took a HPT and there it was! PREGNANT!

I hope my story gives someone ttc a little bit of hope to not count yourself out! There were so many times I symptom watched or came on here and tried to compare symptoms and when I finally got my BFP there wasn't one symptom there for me to notice! Everyone is different! Baby dust to all!!

2.5 Years - Unexplained Infertility. Finally BFP

All, this is so soon I was hesitant to share but I remember all the hard times I've hard times I've had the past 2.5 years so figured whatever I could do to help others as this board has helped me, was important. I got my first BFP in almost 30 months just TWO DAYS AGO. I am literally 4 weeks 5 days right now...I never thought it would happen.

Brief history then what I did that might help you:

I'm 32 and my husband is 31 (32 next month). TTC for about 2.5 years. Let me preface this with telling you everything I tried before seeing an RE or doing prelim blood work:

Vitex
Fertilaid
Fertilitea
At any given point I was on multiple supplements (including but not limited to: Royal Jelly, D3, Milk Thistle, Selenium, Baby Aspirin, Dandelion Root, Zinc and Magnesium, OvaBoost, Melatonin). I charted the whole time (even this cycle) and did ovulation tests the first year or year and a half.

After a year, I got prelim blood work from my OB-GYN and then went to see an RE after doing blood work that suggested everything was fine.

RE did blood work (all was normal) and sono-histogram (all clear)
Month one we did just progesterone support. BFN
Month 2 we did Clomid + HCG Trigger + IUI (great follie reading before for all three)
Month 3 we did Clomid again + HCG Trigger + IUI
Month 4 we did Clomid one more time + HCG Trigger + IUI

All BFNs obv. Progesterone made me super depressed. Clomid made me crazy so I decided that until someone had a diagnosis, I refused to keep putting hormones in my body and be told nothing was wrong. Costs thousands and doesn't help state of mind.

I finished all of this about 7 months ago and decided to take a break. My break to me meant that I wanted to do whatever I could in my power to figure out what was wrong (I love medical diagnosis and I decided to see this as a challenge to get to the bottom of what was wrong with me).

The first thing I did was read "Making Babies" - I highly recommend it to anyone TTC. Mostly because it gets you in touch with your body and makes you more conscientious about what you are eating and how you are treating yourself.

The only supplements I stayed on since were: Selenium, Milk Thistle, Royal Jelly and D3. Fast forward to this month.

Several years ago I had a Naturopath tell me I seemed to have adrenal fatigue. I looked into it a little over 30 days ago and it sounds like me (I'd bet it sounds like most of you too). I ordered a natural supplement and started taking it - I believe it's called Adrenal Support. I then wondered about the vitamins I took and if my body was absorbing them. I looked into ways to ensure my body was getting the most out of my vitamins and I stumbled across a little know thing called Dr. Willard's water.

Before I continue let me say that I have no affiliation with this company at all. I literally found it on a website that lists things that help you absorb nutrients better from food and vitamins. I ordered a bottle of Willard's water (clear version) from Amazon after reading some reviews. It only had about 30 or so reviews but I spoke with a few people in the more rural part of the country through a Facebook great about pet wellness (haha) that swear by it. Not only does it help you absorb nutrients, it also balances your body's PH. As a coffee drinker (and wine drinker) I thought it might be a good idea to try to balance my PH a bit (figuring it might be acidic).

I added a little bit of Willard's water to my water (and my dogs' water, haha) for the last 30 days or so. Bam.

The only thing I really changed in my diet was I added avocado about 5 of 7 days a week for breakfast (avocado toast). This month I took the adrenal support supplement (my blood pressure was the lowest its been in at least 15 days at 108/68 so I do think it helped), Willard's water (I believe this is the big difference maker) and avocado.

I think a lot of fertility medicine focuses on treatment and not enough on diagnosis. Who knows if this baby will stick but I think we often need to look at our own lifestyle and go back to basics (30-40 years ago PH balance was a big thing with conception - hence the advent of baking soda douches prior to OV day).

I am just like one of you who spent 29 months getting frustrated because nothing was physically wrong with me but I wasn't having any success. Though it's still super early, I am much more confident that I can get a BFP - something I truly thought would never happen.

Before you think you're at a dead end. Think of my situation and know that you need to be your biggest advocate. You know your body and your behaviors and you have to be willing to think critically to find a solution. Unfortunately a doctor will only do so much since they have a lot of people like you who visit.

PS I had an appt to see a new RE next week - great timing :)

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