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BFP with OPK, Baby Aspirin & Soft Cups!

I've been stalking these boards for the past couple of months and thought I'd share my story hoping it may help others, since I found lots of good advice and stories here! Me: 37, He: 35 This will be both of our first. Mirena IUD came out in January after 10 years of virtually no periods. Got my period back right away. May, started using the Ovia app on my smartphone. Super duper helpful! I didn't do any temping, but AF is fairly regular (~25-28 day typical) and I checked CM during the week up to predicted O. July I bought OPK & Preseed, planning to use both. Started taking a daily baby aspirin since my last couple of periods have been brown color, a little light, and sluggish. Have been on prenatal vitamins since December. 7/31, Ovia app told me my fertile window was starting the day we left to go on a big family camping trip several hours away. So I packed the OPK. I would have packed the Preseed, but our puppy decided it made a delicious treat and ate the whole tube the day before we left - only got to use it once - one expensive puppy-treat, LOL! On the way to the campsite I told hubby that we had to stop at the store - he was amused when I told him what I was up to with the Soft Cups but game for whatever. So, in 100 degree afternoon heat the next day I got a + OPK. We sneaked away for some quick alone time in the tent (not super fun - it was soooo hot!). When it was time, he pulled out and finished in the cup - hah! I inserted the cup and left it in for about 5 hours. Next day, same thing - sweaty quickie finished in the cup, inserted and this time left it in for 12 hours. When I finally removed it, it was pretty much empty! Next day, we did 'regular' BD in our bed (in air conditioning!) before going to sleep for the night. So, here's the summary timeline: 7/29 - BD 7/30 - BD, first day of fertile window 7/31 - long day driving 8/1 - EWCM, + OPK, BD, finished in Soft Cup, inserted, left in for 5 hours 8/2 - EWCM, ovulation pain right side, BD, finished in Soft Cup, inserted, left in for 12 hours 8/3 - EWCM, + OPK, BD before sleeping, ovulation twinges right side 8/4 - tender bbs, watery/clear CM, diarrhea, probably O'd today 8/5 - Begin TWW: creamy CM, tender bbs, sore nipples, constipation 8/6 - creamy CM, bbs fine (worried about drop in Progesterone), + appetite, indigestion, high libido 8/7 - no CM, bbs sore, indigestion, crazy bloating and terrible gas, high libido 8/8 - creamy CM, tender bbs, high libido, crazy bloating, really offensive gas, crazy high libido- starting to notice things are unusual 8/9 - creamy CM, tender bbs, weirdly high libido 8/10 - feeling down today (normal PMS for me), creamy CM, sore bbs, indigestion, still lots of bloating and offensive gas - not typical for me 8/11 - no CM, tender bbs, constipation (not normal for me), bloating, still so terribly gassy! Hubby wonders why I've been so gassy these past few days (sorry honey!) 8/12 - approx. 7-8 DPO, brown implantation bleeding! I never spot before my period, so I'm really excited, bloated, sore bbs, gassy, constipated 8/13 - brown implantation spotting, very light - trying to hold out for EPT - still bloated, gassy, sore bbs, slight cramps right side 8/14 - very very light implantation spotting, dark brown - bloated, gassy, super sore bbs, a little crampy 8/15 - EPT with FMU - very faint BFP! still spotting brown a tiny tiny bit 8/16 - going on another weekend trip with hubby. Woke up early in our cabin, took one of the digital tests that said... Pregnant! Put it in a box with a ribbon. Hubby looked worried and asked if he forgot an anniversary. When he opened the box - at first he laughed thinking I was playing a joke, then his face changed... he exclaimed "Oh!" and cried a little - big hugs. We both cried and laughed for a few minutes. 8/17 - still super bloated, a little nauseous & still gassy, insomnia 8/18 - bloating better, feeling almost normal except indigestion, BFP this morning. 8/19 - insomnia, sore bbs, indigestion, would have seen AF by now, but hopefully won't see her until April! New pregnancy app tells me my due date is April 26th - my birthday!! We're overjoyed. I hope this helps - I think the soft cups really helped us!

BFP!! 8dp5dt

This is my second attempt to post my BFP, the first time I tried was on the day after I got my first very faint positive on 8dp5dt when I started spotting.. I didnt do it then because I got terrified that I was actually having a CP as I already had one about 18 months ago... so i decided to wait a bit longer before I shared the news. Background... Me (39 going on 40 next month) DH (41) I have a wonderful daughter (11yrs) from previous marriage, got pregnant by accident and thought it was extremely easy to get pregnant... life has a way of showing you the truth! After remarrying started ttc right away as I had just turned 36 and wanted to have my kids not that far apart... again life showing me the reality of how thing work!!! We tried for 1.5 years and nothing, OBY-GYN send us to fertility specialist... how dare he??? I'm so healthy and fertile!! punch in face number one, You have your uterus covered in polyps, cannot hold a pregnancy with uterus like that you need to get a hysteroscopy. :-S Afterwards doctor recommended at list to try IUI, but he recommends IVF because of my age... again I was in disbelief! I'm healthy, I exercise, eat properly, age with grandma!!@#$$@! so we tried non assisted IUI... BFN of course! I was an idiot and doing IVF made me feel sick and wasn't! so we only did the one IUI and since it didnt work I thought that's fine, because they couldn't find anything wrong with us, except the polyps and they removed them... Sure enough 2 months later I was late :-D I always have been a swiss clock when it comes to AF... so I tested the they after I missed my period and got a faint BFP!!! In your face fertility doctors!!! I'm pregnant as I knew I would be! made my appointment with my regular OBY-GYN for the following week... and just 5 days after my " good news" I started bleeding... of course panic and called the doctor to go in early... when I arrived the spotting was not as light as early in the morning and the nurse made sure she pointed that out, as if I couldn't see the freaking pee cup all tinted with blood and my heart falling into pieces....:-( The doctor said we dont even get a positive on the urine test are you sure you got a positive... i was really frustrated with that doctor's office because of their lack of empathy!!!! basically the next days was full blown period that lasted 7 days! so i'm pretty sure there was something in there that just didnt stick. I decided ( my DH had no choice) that we would continue trying naturally and if by 39 we didnt get pregnant, we would visit the fertility doctors again They received us with the same positive attitude as usual, now I said I want IVF right away! doctor was on board but warned me about the insurance, and not to get frustrated... of course that didnt happened I got frustrated when my insurance had a maximum life expense and requires that you do at least 3 IUIs before you move to IVF, now 2 years after the first time I saw them my AMH was lower than expected for my age... so basically chances getting smaller and silly insurance have the same requirements regardless of your values. the only good nes is that they counted the IUI we had 2 years ago as the first one. Ready for IUI #2, pop me with drugs and get me ready to be pregnant!!! :) oops we can't, you now have cysts in your ovaries, that are producing hormones, and we cannot give more because we risk making them bigger... you need to be on bcp :-( :-( 2 cycles came and go until finally those things started to go away. Now ready and on Clomid, only one follicle with the right measurments... good sperm count... now 2ww... my boobs were so sore that anything touch them and I felt like they were going to break... hopes getting high I'm having symptoms! result: BFN. Ok, now IUI#3, same drill, BFN... but finally we are ready to go for IVF, right? well no, because after the IUI one of follicles still there and is now cyst almost 35mm big... so you have to take bcp again! One week on bcp, cyst still there and getting stronger!! I hate you cyst!!! doctor put me on double bcp per day, i was definitevely feeling the hormone crazyness... but finally after full cycle on double dosis the cyst stopped producing hormones, but was still there same size, but my doctor, says it's ok we can go ahead and start you on your IVF meds. My cycle was a little aggressive, I had to take 3 vials of Menopur + 325 units of Follistim and Omnitrope 5ml per day, after a few days values still low for the amount of drugs so I was bumped to 4 vials of menopur and 375 of follistim, kept Omnitrope the same. Stims lasted 15 days!!! after breaking the bank to pay for all this drugs, my insurance called t say that I have exhausted my limit and now everything is out pf pocket. You know relaxing times... Finally we start seeing progress and i produced about 11 follicles, however about 4-5 were below 15mm... a couple were already 25mm so by day 15 we were done and now get ready for retrieval.
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BFP at 36 years old using OPKs

Hi you lovely ladies, As so many of you I have been stalking this forum (for years) and especially within the past 4 months. A bit of background info: I've had a surprise BFP about 4.5 years ago. DH and I had just started to get over the shock (as I had been on the pill) and were really looking forward to being a family - when that pregnancy ended in a MC at 6 weeks. I was so heartbroken, looking back I should have gone to counselling. It took me a long time to move on. But that also made me realise how much I wanted a baby! However because of personal circumstances we waited another 3 years until we gave it a shot. I finally came off the pill 1.5 years ago and we were going to let it happen naturally, without pressure. Well, nothing happened. My cycles were all over the place, from 24 days to 39 days. Additionally I found out that I had hyperthyroidism and my TSH was around 5, when it should be between 1-2 generally and around 1 when you are actively trying to conceive, so it was way too high to support a pregnancy. This might have been the cause for my earlier MC. Fortunately was easily fixed by taking one magic little pill each morning (for the rest of my life) and my blood tests now show a TSH about 1. 4 cycles ago I started using OPKs to give us a better chance at catching the egg. 3 cycles I tested positive on OPKs and we BD at the right times before and after the positive result, however the 4th time was a charm :) I am 36, DH is 38. Here are my symptoms: CD 10: BD CD 11-19: OPKs negative (light line) CD 14: BD CD 15: BD CD 19-22: OPKs negative (but progressively darker) CD 20: BD early morning CD 21: watery CM, nipples slightly stingy CD 22: BD at noon. watery CM, some pinching and tugging around ovaries, nipples sensitive CD 23 + OPK positive: BD again late at night. creamy to watery CM. Nipples not longer sensitive. 1 DPO: nips painful. wet and creamy CM 2 DPO: ate some pineapple (incl. core). creamy to sticky CM. Sensitive nips 3 DPO: ate some pineapple (incl. core). creamy CM. Nips still a little sensitive 4 DPO: ate some pineapple (incl. core). chunky sticky CM. Nips quite stingy. Breasts feel full. Sharp shooting pain in uterus but only once. It's too early for implantation anyhow. 5 DPO: ate some pineapple (incl. core). chunky sticky CM. Nips hardly sensitive :(. Nauseous at 8:30am but then okay. stayed at work late. 6 DPO: ate some pineapple (incl. core). Woke up realising that I dreamt I was pregnant! It was a weird dream where i was in a futuristic place where a machine tested my functions and statistics. On the screen of the machine it mentioned that I had low blood pressure but this was not harmful to my baby. Baby??? Nips normal. Some pulsating twinges down below. Slightly pink crusty CM in the evening. Stared at it pathetically for what felt like hours trying to figure out if it was pink or not, or if I was nuts. The 2 week wait does strange things to us usually sensible women! 7 DPO: ate some pineapple (incl. core). Woke up realising that I dreamt I was pregnant AGAIN! Even weirder dream I swapped body with another woman just for fun. Suddenly I realised that that woman might not know that my body was pregnant and that she would unwittingly drink alcohol and endanger the embryo. She was gone somewhere and DH and I had to run and find her. How very very strange. Nips normal, don't feel pregnant at all. Sticky CM. 8 DPO: Nothing. Breasts seem full but that's normal before my period. Sticky CM. 9 DPO: Constipated. Feel stuffed and like not enough space down there. Bloated and fat. Tired and procrastinating at work. Clear CM, not a lot of it some slightly watery. Bra seems tight/too small. 10 DPO: DH and my anniversary :). Nothing besides tired and some backache. Still constipated and fat feeling, if I manage to squeeze out anything it's more like rabbit poop. But feel nothing special. Breasts still feeling full but that's about it. CM between sticky and creamy. Skin is really clearing up. 11 DPO: Breasts feel bigger and slightly sore around the sides and below upon waking. Still a little constipated. DH asks me if I am pregnant as he noticed 'your boobs are popping', haha, I take this as a compliment! They are normally a standard sort of medium sized, feel slightly larger now though. Usually around this time in my cycle they kind of deflate a little. I notice I need to pee every hour or so.

"AF" was IB!!! BFP and SHOCKED!!!

The title is a mouthful in itself!! After a short "AF" starting on the 9th of this month and ending last night (the 11th), I am SUPRISED, yet HAPPY to say we are having another BABY!! I was very let down when I kept getting BFNs at what I thought was 9, 10, and 11 dpo. So after the 5th, I stopped testing. "AF" came 4 days later. This is our 3rd cycle TTC after getting my PPAF back from pumping BM. We unfortunately lost our Tubal Reversal miracle baby after she lived for a month in the NICU due to NEC. She was hastily delivered at 25weeks gestation due to me developing sever Pre E (which was rare being that she was our 3rd child).We were devastated, to say the least. I mean talk about the worse day of our lives! Our miracle baby was put to rest in early March and we were somewhat on the fence about TTC again out of fear and just plain grief. When my PPAF arrived in May, we prayed and started TTC again. DH is military (Army) and no time is better than the present because he will be deployed all of next year. Well 3 cycles later and here we are again, ladies!! I am EXTREMELY NERVOUS!!! The bleeding was like a normal AF (it started off light and picked up a bit by the 2nd day), but wasn't nearly as long. I usually get AF for 5 days. So 3 days of AF kind of tipped me off to test just once more. I mean, I completely tested on a whim, totally expecting to waste a good test (FRER) that could have been used next cycle. But BFP!! Instantly as I sat there on the toilet. LOL!! I went running for my phone to call DH, unfortunately he is training away from home right now. He was JUST as shocked!! When he left I was so down due to AF coming, and a few days later her I am with a BFP!! With my late DD's pregnancy, I did bleed early on too. In fact, I had IB that went on for about 2 weeks. Ultrasounds never showed subchorrionic hemmoraging, or anything showing where a substantial bleed may have come from. OB said it was IB, and that some women have a lot of it. Although I am a little nervous, I suppose my little babies really "borough" themselves in to that uterus!!! The bleeding has since subsided (was never overly heavy or full of clots), and now I feel just a few cramps here and there which is typical. Symptoms: Before I got the IB I SWORE I was cramping, and nauseous, and having all those early "symptoms" we ladies have each month before AF shows up. I tested and used at least 6 test this cycle before the 5th of this month because DH and I were out of town and I wanted to ride on roller coasters and do a lot of walking for our anniversary. ALL BFN!! I stopped testing after that. I am not sure if I could have gotten a positive earlier, but perhaps not because I am assuming what I thought was AF was actually IB. So I am not sure what DPO I am at the moment. I may have been testing too soon, maybe late O, maybe late implantation. Who knows? I stopped tracking O this cycle to just kinda go with the flow, and not work myself up too much this early on TTC. I will say that we did DTD A LOT! We DTD at least EOD. Especially around our anniversary which was the 31st of July. According to ovulation trackers I am due between the 16-18th of April, making conception around July 26-28th. I am still unsure, but we did DTD at LEAST EOD this entire cycle until about August 2nd. Tested for the last time August 5th (BFN). Got "AF/IB" August 9th-11th. Tested today on the 12th, got an INSTANT BFP. It was dark, so I suppose I could have gotten it maybe on the 9th. I definitely would have freaked out then, though, because my IB was NOT light pink or spotting. It was a FLOW. I wouldn't have been the wiser if I weren't TTC. Praying all is good, but my last pregnancy was very similar and all should be fine. GL ladies!!! And I hope this helps someone else. Sorry so long, just wanted to be thorough. Thanks for letting me share my story and I pray this little bean comes home to meet her siblings in April!!

BFP with focus on holistic healing, post copper IUD removal

I spent a lot of time on this site during my two week wait and found everyone's stories comforting, so I thought it appropriate to share my own with the hopes that it will help others out there. Background: been TTC baby number 2 for five cycles. Paragard IUD removal in March. Our first baby was a surprise, so I think we assumed this one would be easy. While having the paragard IUD for two years, my cycles were regular (~29 days) but I had a lot of pre and post-period spotting. I would have about 10 days of bleeding. Not fun! The pre-period spotting continued right up until this cycle when I got my BFP. So the two week wait was only about a 10 day wait because I would always start spotting about 5 days pre AF. This is my second cycle drinking 2 - 4 cups of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea daily to help balance my hormones. Second cycle charting my BBT. First cycle doing acupuncture and reiki for fertility. First cycle using PreSeed. Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Magnesium, B complex, Folic Acid. Also potentially important: I started a gluten-free and sugar-limited diet this cycle. I had done a three-month diet earlier this year to help my skin and while on that diet, I never had pre-period spotting so my naturopath suggested it may help. I'm not sure if it did, but it may have contributed to an earlier ovulation day then normal for me (about 2 days earlier then my previous cycle). BD on CD 9, 11, 13. O'd on 13. Used PreSeed on CD 13, but it was in about 4 hours before we had sex, so it may have not contributed to my BFP. 1 - 4 dpo: No symptoms. Light spotting on 4 dpo. Not sure why. Too early for implantation? 9 - 10 dpo: bit of cramping 11 dpo: skin breakout/skin sensitivity. Something I experienced with my first pregnancy, so I begin wondering that this may be it! 13 dpo: BFP! So excited. My temps stayed high above my coverline throughout my luteal phasw. And that's about it! I had very few symptoms. The biggest 'symptom' I had was that I didn't have PMS spotting this time around. Baby dust to all and I hope you get your BFP very, very soon. I've never experienced such an emotional rollercoaster as I did while trying to make this second baby.

BFP 10dp5dt despite BFN the day before

- 2 years and a half ttc - unexplained infertility - 2nd IVF finally brought my BFP From the day of my blastocyst transfer until 7 days past transfer I had the following symptoms: That would be until 12 dpo I gather: - bloated - headache - really sore breats especially around armpits - dry skin - I felt like my stomach was pulling Then from 12 dpo: Everything disappeared. Absolutely everything! But new ones appeared... 13 dpo: nausea, headache and brown spotting , AF cramps 14 dpo: BFN on clear blue digital. Headache, brown spotting , cramps 15 dpo: headache and positive blood test!!! I'm still spotting ... 16 dpo: brown spotting , headache , cramps. I'm taking utrogestan and it can irritate the cervix. Hence the brown spotting. My beta is quite low. I'm praying my little bean will stick!!!!

Bfp after almost 18 months!

Hi everyone! Everytime I ran into this space I kept praying and waiting for the time when I'd write my own bfp story! Well we've been ttc since Jan 2014 and each month disappointment. All tests done at the gynaecologist proved positive meaning that there was no problem with me or with hubby.we were even prescribed with clomid for three cycles ( though I knew I had no ovulation issue). Some days we also used preseed but still no success. What we did differently this cycle was go for hsg..and guess what we fell pregnant the same cycle. I really believe that the hsg cleared out any impurities in the tubes so that conception was easy.i waited till period was more than two weeks late before testing as I did not have any symptoms at all and didn't want to be disappointed. In these two weeks of lateness I spotted one time, bled a little one day and had almost blackish brownish discharge for three days but no cramps.i strongly recommend hsg to all those having problems ttc!

Still in disbelief

I have been watching this site for at least 3 years, and today I finally get to share my bfp story. The only thing I've done different this month is eat a ton of broccoli and actually BD every OTHER day before suspected ovulation. My main symptom of pregnancy was period cramps without my period, and my breast didn't hurt at all after ovulation like they usually do until AF. 1 Dpo: weird back spasm and tons of burping tons of creamy cm. 6 Dpo: neck pain and slight nausea, side of boobs began hurting then abruptly stopped. 9 Dpo: AF like cramps while using bathroom 12 Dpo: AF like cramps feels like abs are spreading thought for sure the witch was on her way. 15 Dpo: had dream AF started, surprised to see nothing when I awoke, just creamy cm, sharp pains in cervix, light sand colored discharge 19 Dpo: 7 days late I decided to take pregnancy test due to a dare with roommate, 3 very dark BFP!!
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Our Rainbow

Our rainbow baby We lost our son at 17 weeks in May. It is the worst thing DH & I have ever been through. We feel so blessed to be expecting so soon. DH: 37 ME: 28 Period started June 29th. I have a 30 day cycle. CD 1: Period started. No cramping. Light pink and brown CD 2: period. Heavy and dark red. CD 3: period. medium dark red. Minimum clots. CD 4: period ended. Brown cm. CD 5: Brown cm (lots) CD 6: Brown cm (med) CD 7: Brown stretchy cm (minimal ) CD 8: White creamy cm (minimal ) CD 9: White creamy sticky cm ( minimal ), CP soft medium closed. DTD. CD 10: same as above CD 11: same as above, tender heavy feeling breasts, strange tugging feeling in uterus (to early for ovulation). CD 12: clear watery cm (minimal ), feeling moist, mild cramping left side, CP soft medium closed, very tired (couldn't get out of bed. slept 11 hours. missed work). DTD @ 12:20am. CD 13: crampy off and on all day , clear watery cm, pinching in left and right side CP soft medium closed. CD 14: Nausea, less cramping, EWCM, CP soft high open. O? DTD@ 11:00pm. CD 15: mildly sore breasts, mild nausea in AM (maybe from O) CD 16 : pimples on forehead, runny nose in am, cream white cm, mildly tender breasts. DTD@ 11:30pm. Vagina sore after (possible YI?) Will monitor over the next few days. 1 dpo: hot flashes, pinching lower back left side, EWCM, tired, tender breasts. DTD @ 11:00pm (just in case). 2 dpo : tender breasts, tired, spasms in uterus, cramping, shooting pain up rectum, pulsing on left side of lower abdomen. 3 dpo: pinching on left side, tender heavy feeling breasts, shooting pain up rectum, heavy feeling in vagina. EWCM? (clear with white). Tired slept on and off all day. 4 dpo: stretchy-ish (cloudy egg white) cm, cramping on left side, no appetite, burning sensation in lower abdomen on left side (for around 20 seconds), mild tingling sensation in breasts (maybe in my head?) Late O?, DTD 12:30AM. 5 dpo: EWCM, diarrhea, shooting pain up rectum, exhausted by 7:00pm, cramping. 6 dpo : ewcm, up to pee 3 times at night, slept 13 hours, pimples, Nausea, heartburn, dreamt about being pregnant and rock bands, hot flashes. 7 dpo : up to pee every hour. at 6:15am pink spotting only when I wiped, headache, heartburn, cramping, craving for chocolate. 8 dpo : cramping, pinching on left side of lower abdomen, sore throat, frequent urination, clear & creamy white cm, feeling dry, headache, heartburn. 9 dpo : emotional, itchy feeling vagina, clear & creamy white cm (slightly stretchy), milky cm, sore breasts ( mild), craving chips like crazy for the past few days. finally succumbed and bought Pringles (ate the whole thing ) craving went away lol. 10 dpo : frequent urination, mild cramping, white milky cm, large pimples on chest. couldn't sleep so I decided to take a pregnancy test and BPF!!!!! *****Baby dust to everyone!
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Implantation?

So this cycle been of the scale from my normal typical cycle.. It started when I gave in to taken a test way to early slight edge to just it and really shouldn't have but funny enuff it can up positive thay was on a gess around 8dpo... Since the I had crazy symptoms my boobs feeling sick and around 12 dpo my left boob was killing me and twinge sqeezing like cramps on left side on and off for one day. I was priity sure this month was it I hat utrla gut instincts... My period are normally 23-26 day cycle only on cycle 3 since having inplant out for 6 years... So on Friday would of maid me (guessing) 15 dpo was CD 23 was no sign AF normal I have back cramps night b4 so send my bf wilkos in morning for test b4 I took it I Chen my cm and there was blood on my finger I was probber gutted as really thou heart in heart I was pregneat.. So just get used to my period starting.was quite light put snuff for a pad And then satday (day after I notice it stopped half way and had brown spotty discharge instead.. So now I question implantation or too heaving what goin on. Did a pt clear blue on Sunday night no visable like maybe a fair but just jeep thinking hanging on to straws.. I have doctor app Wednesday anyway was gnna takeanouther test then see what what mention to her. Storage other way right k
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