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Early spotting and BFP

My husband and I are trying for our second baby, and I had the mirena removed 5 months ago. With our first, we tried unsuccessfully for a year, and then got pregnant our first month on clomid.

I've been pretty convinced that I wouldn't see a bfp without the help of clomid, but the plan was to try for 6 months before taking it again. (I'm 35 now). This month we decided to skip trying, since i have a big trip coming up that I didn't want to be 6 weeks pregnant for (i had pretty bad morning sickness), so we weren't going to bd around ovulation.

cd6- bd
cd8- pos opk (early for me)- so realized we cut it close
5 dpo- bright red blood- only lasted a few hours
10 dpo- brown spotting & very moody
11 dpo - light brown spotting
12 dpo- light brown spotting, gassy
13 dpo- BFP

I'm very nervous. I didn't have any spotting during my first pregnancy. Also, my initial reaction to bleeding so close to ovulation was that it could it be an ectopic pregnancy. 5 DPO seems to be to close for implantion bleeding.

Has anyone had a similar experience?

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Surprise BFP after 20mths with endometriosis and low egg reserve

I could not be more surprised to be writing this!

Background - TTC for our first for 20mths, recently got a diagnosis of endometriosis and was told I have low egg reserve. We were advised to start treatment as soon as possible - treatment being 3mths of lupron to try to shrink my endometriosis (for me, the main problem is cysts on my ovaries - one ovary appeared to be working fine but the other was not), followed by IVF. As lupron stops you ovulating and you have to take precautions against conceiving, this was literally our last shot of conceiving naturally.... against all odds, we managed it!

This month, we felt disheartened, we didn't even try that hard (just twice in the fertile period), and I was away over ovulation so we definitely didn't BD around the time I would have liked. I thought there was NO chance.

After trying for so long, I admit that I don't bother recording my potential pregnancy symptoms anywhere near as much as I did in the early days! And having endometriosis means I can get extreme PMS which can seem like pregnancy symptoms anyway - there have been months in the past that I've been nauseous or even physically sick in the lead up to my period, so I just didn't think anything of it this time.

Possible symptoms:
Sore boobs - yes, but extremely sore boobs is fairly normal for me pre-AF anyway
Nausea - once on 12dpo, which I put down to travel sickness and being hungry, once on 13dpo when I saw something particularly gruesome on The Walking Dead!
Nighttime waking - a few times (from 7dpo to 12dpo), this was unusual for me and I put it down to feeling anxious about work, house renovations and impending treatment
Bloating - yes but again this is normal for me pre-AF
Fatigue - yes, again so normal for me before AF! I workout and found my workouts this week (11dpo, 13dpo) particularly tough. I've noticed I've been breathless running up the stairs (where I'm usually pretty fit)
Cramps - yes, I'm still feel small cramps as if my body is starting a period
Spotting - yes, once on 11/12dpo - I often get spotting before AF so the only thing that made me think I might be pregnant was the fact that it stopped

I have been waiting for my period to start so that I can call the hospital and get the Lupron injection. I ignored the potential symptoms as they have been SO similar to my usual PMS, so my first real sign was a missed period. In all my time of tracking my cycle, I have never once had a period longer than 28 days, so in the evening of day 29 when I had no spotting, I bought a decent quality test and waited till this morning, day 30 (16dpo). Tested with a cheapy and a digital - both came up really clear straight away, the digital says 2-3 weeks, which is spot on.

I'm very pleased, I know we have a way to go to see whether this will stick, but we have NEVER reached this stage before, I want to celebrate where we're at. My OH said that it feels like a film - we managed it in the nick of time!!

I have found it useful to read about other people's experiences, particularly when people have had the same issues we were facing. I really hope that writing this can help someone else feel that they are not alone.

Best of luck to all of you reading this xxx

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Suspicions were correct

I've been trawling this website for the last 2 weeks. Convinced I had conceived on our 2nd cycle post Mirena coil removal but worried after seeing how long it took some following removal of this coil.
Mirena removal 19th Feb. Had one period on 9th March for 3 days and fairly light. No Mirena crash as expected after reading the horror stories.
We decided to download Ovia immediately and entered my last 3 periods (had the coil 5 years and the last 6 months my periods had restarted). My tracking showed 26 to 28 day cycles and average 25.
My story is:
Cd1 to 3 light bleeding
Cd8 and 9 spotting. Possibly ovulation bleed but was far too early according to the app as these were the first two fertile days according to charts.
Ovia suggested I was due to ovulate on cd13 so I didn't track until then.
DPO1 constipation fatigue cramps insomnia and v CRANKY
DPO2 99.86 temp nausea hot flushes increased appetite diarrhea increased sex drive headache neck ache backache (major back ache which has been a constant to today) right pelvic pain and fullness fatigue bloating gas cramps dizzy spells frequent urination insomnia. Thick creamy cervical fluid. Very wet feeling down there all day. Frustrated impatient and angry
3DPO 98.6 temp. Cold flu symptoms and stuffy nose mainly. All as DPO2 but really cranky and angry then suddenly happy and confident before being cranky and angry again. Constipated
4DPO 98.78 temp. All above but also tender BBs and diarrhea. Felt stressed cranky angry then confident focused and motivated. And back to bad moods.
5DPO 98.06 temp. School glue fluid started. No change to other symptoms. Still insomnia back ache daily and pelvic pain.
6DPO brown spotting on tissue paper. 3 tiny drops and nothing since. Assumed this was implantation bleeding. Felt like someone shoved a sharp pencil into my lower back and made me wince a little. 98.96 temp. Itchy down stairs. Indigestion -which I never get! Backache so bad I made hubby rub my tailbone area for over an hour with no relief.
7DPO neg test. Of course! Was far too early but was convinced. Temp 99.14. Nausea headache (still) bloating gassy indigestion cravings +sex drive +appetite backache (like murder) moody and angry. Poor hubby got an earful for no reason. Just v short tempered. Discharge stopped so assumed I wasn't pregnant as I'm normally dry at this stage.
8DPO neg test again. Temp 98.78. School glue is back. Same symptoms as day before.
9DPO neg test again. Naturally! Still too early. School glue and temp 98.96. Return of hot flushes and dizzy spells. No other changes to daily symptoms.
10 DPO another negative test. Starting to think it's in my head now. Temp 98.6. All same symptoms but then added to them with v serious cramping like AF was going to come early and was going to be the nastiest bitch ever this month. Convinced myself was coming on early and felt wet. Kept going to check in case I came on. No bleeding though. Plenty of school glue today.
Took kids to cinema and cried at the happy ending. Not normal for me at all....
11DPO. Was due smear test at 10.30 am so thought I'd do another test to be on the safe side. Digi one that says can confirm up to 4 days early. I'm 3 days off AF yet but thought what the hell. This test wasn't with FMU however so expected another negative. Digi response said not pregnant but when I ejected strip I could see a second line. Ran out and bought 2 more tests. One Digi from clear blue and one with the lines so I could see lines instead. Both BFP. With 3rd wee of the day. And it was a forced wee too. Digi clear blue says 1 to 2 weeks which was spot on as I'm effectively 3 weeks and 2 days from first day of LMP.
This was totally different for me. Last 2 kids I didn't get a result (but knew for ages) until I was 6 weeks gone as my HCG is apparently low rising. Also I didn't have my usual tell tale signs of really sore (unbareably) breasts. I also never get backache which I've had daily this time. So my symptoms are totally different to my last 2 children and finding out early is new for me. Just praying it's not twins now.
Your posts on this site have kept me reading for hours so I wanted to share my symptoms here for others to read too.
Good luck to all trying x

BFP with possible implantation spotting, long cycles

Gaaahhhhh I feel like I have to post this just to make it real for myself! And also as a sort of "thank you" to everyone who has shared their BFP stories and symptoms that I read obsessively during this 5 WEEK WAIT (yep, you read that right!) that helped me feel less crazy.

So, some background info:

- I have irregular cycles that, in the past year, have ranged anywhere from 26 to 49 days.
- We were not actively TTC, but took a "let's see what happens" approach starting a few months ago, so no OPKs or temping or anything like that. I do pay attention to my cm, though.
- I had almost all of the same symptoms, including two stretches of spotting, and a pregnancy dream, back in October 2015 but eventually got my period after three negative tests and 60 days. I think it must have been a very early miscarriage where the hormone levels were so low that they never registered on a test. The cycle after that was 49 days long, and I wonder if my body was still sort of "recovering" from the cycle before. The next cycle was only 26 days long, but I'm still hesitant to say that I even menstruated because rather than red blood it was brown, sticky, a little smelly, scant, and lasted 10 days. At that point, after 2 weirdly long cycles and a bunch of weird discharge, I began to think that I must have an infection or ovarian cyst or something. That brings us to the current cycle:

BFP* iui first time

Same sex relationship 13yrs, highschool sweethearts. Graduated college ready for a family so we went right to a reproductive specialist. No major issues with fertility just no male partner. We used a sperm bank and they did our iui. During my cycle we used clomid... trigger shot(thigh) and iui 36hrs after trigger shot. No other meds. I was pregnant on our first try. So it's very much possible.

1dpiui bloated ovary pain
2dpiui bloated ovary pain
3dpiui ovary twinges dizzy
4dpiui ovary pain, dizzy when I initially stand up
5dpiui uterus and ovary pain
6dpiui gassy/burning in stomach and sharp/pulling sensation in groin
7dpiui nausea and light cramps
8dpiui nausea on/off entire day started at 11a, fatigue on/off, slightly soar breast/nipple, two vivid dreams that night
9dpiui very sharp ovary pain on right, nausea, fatigue, tested at 1107p BFP
11dpiui blood test BFP
13dpiui doubling HCG numbers remained BFP

She came 3 day early 6lbs 3oz
Blessings and pregnancy dust to you all.

2 years of trying and crying…..

This has been such a long road I cannot believe I get to post here!!!! I had a tubal reversal in 2014 after having my 5th baby I almost died from a rupture during my csection and so I thought that door was closed even though I had wanted one more……
Fast forward a few years and we started doing foster care and fell in LOVE with our girl she was 7 and a sweetheart after one year she was ripped away we fought and cried but she went back to another family……. So that day was the day I decided to have one more baby and after having the reversal we tried….and tried……and tried……….. and with each month it was a kick in the gut I went on clomid for 6 months no bueno then on letrozol and femoral and from that one round it regulated me (I have PCOS as well pretty severe) well I missed my period back on Feb 27th no positive NOTHING then little by little I would see a faint line on my Clearblue which I thought were evaps I even called the helpline guys I was so positive it was evaps VERY faint but showed up pretty fast….. Well my husband is a PA and happens to have hook ups to do a blood pregnancy test (basically they spin your blood and use the plasma to do the test) and low and behold this morning a BFP blazing blue! and blazing pink!!! Im still in shock really I cried and cried still faint lines on my urine tests but def there I will call my OB on Monday but I am stoked beyond belief….. my husband has heard of this happening and while Im not out of the woods yet I AM finally pregnant
Symptoms
Tingling breasts
nausea especially this last week
a weird metal taste in my mouth if I went to long without eating
My beloved Diet Pepsi started tasting really gross to me
SOOOOOOOOO tired I started napping mid day when I had the chance
Loose stools and then constipation
Bloating
This week my nips have def gotten a bit darker
I also had weird spotting last week it was light light pink and then turned brown

Guys I feel your pain I have been on these boards for 2 years and its so hard to see everyone else get their positives you are all in my prayers and I hope for the best for all of you!!!

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Exactly 12 Months of Trying, 1st IUI w/ Femara, Low Count, Success!

Here's my story to help others still in the process. It'll happen, just keep doing what you're doing.

Husband and I both are 31. Got off BC February of last year. Like many others I naively thought we'd conceive right away. In my excitement, I blabbed about it to everyone which later backfired as I kept being asked. Pro tip: Keep it to yourself if you can!

For the first three months off BC I didn't get my period which was very unnerving. Finally got it, after some acupuncture and vitex, and kept trying. Started temping- never got a clear chart. Gave up on temping. Tried ovulation tests which were hit or miss. More acupuncture. More BFNs. Cycles erratic. I exercise regularly, drink infrequently and in moderation, and started taking supplements like bee pollen, spirulina, B12, Vitamin D, baby aspirin. Friends got pregnant by blinking, had babies, talked breastfeeding and whatever, while I carried on living that BFN life.

In November I went to a specialist, was told I have mild PCOS i.e. I don't ovulate every month. Husband's count perfect. Started monitoring. Then December took Clomid which made me crazy and found out made my lining very thin. January Femara, BFN. Then February we decided to go forward with IUI with Femara because why not? Insurance covered it.

Trigger shot the day before then the morning of IUI my husband's count was at 2.9 million which the doctor told us was very low. They did it anyways, offering for us to go for second IUI at their other location an hour away the next day if we wanted to. We decided against it (didn't want to make it more stressful than necessary.) Evening of IUI I had a beer at a friend's birthday and then we had sex that night and again the next afternoon. Doc had me take estradriol to support lining.

Because of the low count I was pretty sure it was a no go this month. On top of that I had practically no symptoms (while other months I was CONVINCED we had conceived because I'd be feeling everything: sore breasts, tingling nipples, bloating, pulling, etc.) All I felt this month was like my period was about to start the entire week before the day it was due and I was PMSy af.

So:
DPO 1-7 nothing but some creamy CM
DPO 8 - very faint blood after sex. Mild cramping.
DPO 9 - Got anxious, took test, BFN. Mild period-like cramping.
DPO 10 - PMS, crabby, barely tinted CM, little watery CM
DPO 12 - PMS, slight sharpness behind bellybutton, wet but no spotting (CD27, day before period due.)
DPO 13 - PMS cramps. Sex, no spotting. Period due.
DPO 14 - Dark blown/black blood, not full flow. Figured it was my period, used tampon. Disappointed, drank a glass of wine with dinner, a beer later on in the evening. Later in the night realized something was up when tampon was practically clear. Hello implantation bleeding?
DPO 15 - Took cheapie wondfo test first AM urine. Couldn't believe I was seeing a second line for the first time ever. BFP! Took two more cheapies later in the day, both positive.
DPO 16 - And another, BFP.
DPO 17 - FRER two lines right away.
DPO 18 - Blood test at doctor's office. Confirmed!

Relieved and hoping the next part goes smoothly. We haven't told anyone yet as we're both still stunned. Also gonna work on the whole keeping it to myself thing for a while until we learn a little more about how this pregnancy is going. But thanks for letting me at least share here, anonymously, with all of you!

I know it's tough and can be a real mind-fuck with each passing month. Just remember you're a person first with interests, good qualities, and other attainable goals and that (hopefully) you and your partner like each other for reasons other than just becoming parents together. Good luck out there.

BFP cycle #3

When OH and I decided to start trying for a baby, I reliased how little we knew about TTC. Then I found this site and couldn't go a day without checking out BFP stories. I found all your stories inspirational and helpful so I would like to do the same.

I used Ovia app to record my data, started using OPKs on cycle #2 and started taking bbt on cycle #3.

As I was certain cycle #2 was our month until AF arrived. I was concerned that I was not ovulating and not producing fertile mucus so on cycle #3 I went all out. I started taking Conception Pregnacare (previously took Original version); took evening primrose oil (my CM became watery before +OPK which never happened on my previous cycles but not seen ewcm) and took my bbts every morning.

Ovulated CD11- opk and bbt dip confirmed
DPO 1-2 sore nipples
3- sore nipples, flu/cold symptoms (suspected ovulation symptoms)
4-5 sore nipples, twinges on my left pelvis
6- dry skin, increasing amount of creamy cm
7-10 dull aches and pulling sensation on my lower abdomen
11- spotty, notices my temp creep up (possibly triphasic shift)
12-13 bloated, temp stayed elevated, spotty face and back, flu/cold symptoms (I started to suspect pregnancy, I read that OPKs could pick up hcg- both days positive). On dpo13 I bought a Poundland hpt and thought to have seen a shadow line, still not convinced.
14- temp highest it's ever been I was ready to take another hpt with FMU but before I took the test I noticed brown blood as I wiped. I was heartbroken!
I felt dizzy,body ached and had flu/cold like symptoms in work. I couldn't understand why my temp did not decrease and +OPKs on luteal phase. It must be implantation bleeding so I bought a Superdrug Value pack during lunchtime, it was BFP!!!
My OH suggested to do another test with a good hpt that same evening, First Response gave a very obvious BFP :) OH triple checked!

Just in time for the OH 30th birthday and now we face the dilemma of when to tell our peers, especially when we go on holiday with his family in 2 weeks time and I would have to refuse a glass of wine for the whole trip that will raise suspicion lol

Finally BFP!!!!!

Omg!! I cannot believe I finally made it! I know 7 months doesn't seem like a long time but for me it was an eternity! I felt like I was broken somehow, (even though yes, I know infertile women are not necessarily "broken") I even made a fertility appointments for the month of March! I wasn't keeping track because I had somewhat given up hope, and thought whenever it happens it will happen:) I believe I got my BFP at 9dpo???

Here are my symptoms!:

Ovulation day I was nauseas and spotting. I knew to baby dance. We had been like crazy but I made extra sure to the day of and day after for 3 days.

Through the two week wait I felt:

Stuffy nose

Watery eyes

Sneezing constantly- like 60 times in a day! I couldn't make it stop for the life of me lol

Slight cramping-not like period cramps,beat lighter.

Very tired!! I cannot stress enough! And I knew exactly when because usually bedtime is 9:30 to 10:00 and I was so sleepy at 7:30 0.O

Agitated and easily annoyed/moody

Not a symptom: And last but not least very family oriented....looking up how to make cloth diapers, watching family videos on YouTube etc etc...

Cervical mucus:
Regular medium amount until about 5 days after I thought was ovulation and then increased. I had a huge amount. It was egg white still and stretchy. Then when I got my BFP, it was like water, constantly felt wet and it was milky white.

So that's it!! That is my BFP:):):):

Still in shock!

I had to share my news since I was always scrolling through these stories looking for hope! After 16 months of TTC and 1 failed IUI. I just got my first ever BFP from my 2nd IUI with Letrozole.

This was my first month since we started trying to conceive that I stopped basal temping after confirming ovulation. It really helped me to not over analyze everything! I didn't even Google IUI stuff this time around! And it really helped take the stress off.

Anyways, on 14dpiui I woke up with a couple bright pink spots when I wiped and thought FOR SURE I was getting my period so I cried and cried. Then I had a little brown spotting throughout the day but my full on period never came! I thought for sure I'd wake up the next morning with cramps and the whole shabang but nothing but a tiny tiny amount of brown discharge. I really didn't want to take a test though because I was so afraid and really thought my period was coming! But yesterday morning, 16dpiui, when I woke up with still no period, I took my first test and got my BFP! I couldn't believe it! And today is my birthday! So it was a great early birthday present! I went in for blood work today so I'm hoping everything looks good and it sticks!

For those of you who have been trying for what seems like an eternity, don't lose hope. It will happen!

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