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Stress Didn't Prevent This BFP!

My husband and I have been trying for 15 months. I have mild PCOS and cycles that range from 27-35 days. He has slightly low count (9m) and extreme viscosity. We have been just about to go through IUIs. He used Robitussin this month (1 hr before sex only), and BAM! BFP, right in the middle of a horrendously stressful month. I'm also three months post-HSG. We always use Pre-Seed. We were both on South Beach for most of March and April -- first time I ovulated on CD14 in all the time we've been TTC! I wasn't very vigilant about it this month, but I'm back on it now, trying to prevent miscarriage (not sure if that will work).

What was so stressful about this month? Let me count the ways, in chronological order:

CD5: I submit my dissertation

CD7: In-laws and parents both arrive for graduation

CD10: Graduation (that's "Dr. Mommy" to you!)

CD13-15 (ov'd on cd 14): 3 different sets of guests in 3 nights!

CD20/6DPO: Find out my dad has a rare and aggressive cancer

CD21/7DPO: Travel across county, flight cancelled, get 2 hours sleep

CD22-24/8-10DPO: Work and play for 3 days at friend's house on the opposite coast from where I live

CD25-26/11-12 DPO: Present my research at the most important conference in my subfield, which was a super high-pressure situation

CD27 - now (18dpo): Travel to be with my parents as dad undergoes cancer treatment.

The day that dad called to tell me about his cancer, I told my husband that we had to put off infertility treatments, and that even though we timed it really well this month, we were surely a bust because of the stress. Ha.

Symptoms: very few, though I spotted after we had sex 8 DPO and a bit on 9 DPO. Enough for me to use a small tampon. I now wonder whether that was implantation bleeding (I thought I was under so much stress that my period had arrived). I cried for an hour about infertility stuff on 4DPO, but I think it was stress-related. I obviously cried 6DPO when I got dad's news. Otherwise, not moody. I have really vivid dreams anyway, but I screamed out loud in my sleep three times the night of 16 DPO! Finally, starting 17 DPO my nipples have been sore. I had to sneak away from my folks this morning (18 DPO) to get a test.

I'm really praying that this sticks, for so many reasons! If there's anything to take from my story, it's that if you are going through a majorly stressful time, keep on going. And screw anyone that says that stress prevents pregnancy!

The very best of luck to all of us TTC'ers. I don't think I'll relax until I'm 12 weeks -- so worried about miscarrying!

Positive Test - Dr Confirmed!

Hello! I am thrilled to add my tww symptoms! Here's my story last two months:

Been TTC two months. Last month – I had weird cramps, lots of random breast pain, and felt exhausted for no reason at all! Even though I didn't think we'd timed it right, I thought I must be pregnant since the "symptoms" were so strong. Absolutely no lines. I POAS about 10 times (I couldn't help it!) and absolutely nothing, no lines at all, not even a shadow of a line. Here are my "symptoms" for my BFP now:

4 Days Prior to Ovulation – BD

3 Days Prior to Ovulation – BD

Ovulation day – felt O pain, had EWCM for about an hour at work, (10am) then it went away. I felt so horrible all day because I thought we wouldn't have a chance now since we wouldn't be able to BD till next day (DH was working nights that week).

1 DPO – BD early in day – and later in day

2 DPO – BD

3 DPO – BD

1 DPO through 8 DPO – Nothing weird at all, no cramps, no extra discharge (CM was same as last month, not a lot, but creamy, like lotion, I only check externally). I didn't feel any different, so I assumed I wasn't pregnant, felt bad because we'd have to wait another month.

9 DPO – Had major bout of intestinal cramping, like stomach flu – NOT like AF cramping. Lasted about 5 hours, coming in waves.

10 DPO – took Pregnancy test out of curiosity, wondering about stomach flu, wondering if it was safe to have a drink that night. It was 10pm, I'd held pee for a while, but I saw the faintest of faint marks. It was a blue dye test, and It was more like a shadow than a line, but I could see it without squinting. I dismissed it as negative after reading about how the blue dye tests are notorious for readings like that, even though I'd never seen any line like it before.

11 DPO – nothing

12 DPO – took another test, curiosity, at 10am at work – very faint line, but definitely there! I went straight to store at lunchtime, bought a three pack digital tests, and tried again an hour later, Pregnant!

13 DPO – another test, just to be sure. Called DR. Managed to get an appointment for next day

14 DPO – saw Dr., line barely registered on their test (looked cheap, weird looking, they only put a couple of drops of pee on it) the line was just enough that the nurse told me she could see it. I think she passed it around to the other nurses outside the door while I was waiting for the Dr., to see if they saw it too. My Dr. told me she could see the line, and believed I was pregnant, but she had a blood test drawn to make sure. They called me at 5:15 tonight to tell me I am indeed pregnant! I did ask my Dr. about the intestinal cramping and stuff, she told me not to worry about it, probably gastroenteritis (or something like that, I don't remember exactly what she said!) I saw light brown spotting with a small brown clump about two hours later, felt very scared at first, but I know that spotting is normal, I'm guessing implantation bleed, late since it's brown, I'm a little nervous, but praying everything is OK! Hang in there ladies, I know the wait is hard. 

It Took Much Longer Second Time Around!

This site has been my saviour in the last 8 months so I'm hoping my story can offer some support too!

First time around with our 2.5yr old daughter, we hit the jackpot the first month. This time, it's taken 8 long and stressful months and 2 rounds of Clomid.

After 6mths trying I went to get checked out and was told by the specialist it was unlikely I was ovulating.

This was a shock because every month I had an OPK+ on or around day 14/15 plus OV cramps. My cycles had suddenly started to become a bit shorter after being a 28 day girl all my life, so I guess that was an indicator. They suspected I was gearing up to release an egg but for whatever reason I wasn't.

So after a month on 50mg Clomid, then a second month on 100mg I now have my BFP! I really cannot praise my specialist and Clomid enough. I know so many ladies having problems second time around and I just wish I'd gone to get checked out sooner.

Anyway, I was a serial symptom spotter so here's mine to add to the mix...!

1-8dpo - nothing
9 dpo - slight BB tenderness (normal for this time of the month)
10 dpo - BBs getting more sore (normal).
11dpo - BB tenderness increasing (normal), feeling v tired at 2pm, had to take a nap! Increased thick CM (unusual) EXTREME BLOATING! Beyond belief in fact! So strange as I have quite a flat tummy but today I look 6 months pregnant.
12 dpo - BB tenderness coming and going - more at night. Still quite bloated. Had to take a quick power nap at 230pm.
13 dpo - BB's not really sore anymore, maybe a bit at night (probably because I keep prodding them!) Convinced AF is coming because the BB tenderness has subsided. Slight uterine twinges. Think it's AF coming. Another nap at 230. If I'm not pregnant there is something wrong!
14 dpo - Woke up at 3.30am feeling extremely nauseous and BB's sore again. Yey! I knew from that moment I was pregnant. That unmistakable morning sickness feeling. Went out first thing and bought a FRER and didn't even have to wait. Those two beautiful lines showed up immediately. Twinges on and off all day
15 dpo 3.30am nausea again. Great. Here we go...!

Wishing you all the success in the world and here's to lots of healthy and happy little 2013 babies! 

BFP 14 DPO w/ Spotting

Hello all you lovely ladies. Like most of you I have searched this site endlessly hoping and praying that one say it would be me writing on here, and what do you know, here am!!! A little background, me and my partner have not been trying but not preventing for a year now, last year I was diagnosed with PCOS. I am one of those who has skinny PCOS as in quite petite and the only symptoms of this disorder I have are swollen ovaries with the string of pearl folicules and severe abdominal pain with irregular to no ovulation. I found out on April the 2nd that I am pregnant! Here are my symptoms. Bd cd15, cd 18 o'd cycle day 19.

1dpo woke up with blood in my nose
2dpo suddenly turned constipated :(
3dpo-7dpo cramping all over the place and started to go to the loo every half hour....this happens often when my ovaries are swollen so I thought nothing of it.
8dpo nose bleed...haven't had one of these since I was 16.
9dpo sudden elastic band type flick in my abdomens that made me say " auch" out load. This lasted no more than a few seconds.
10dpo to 14dpo started feeling really crampy as if I was going to get my period so when I was at work on 14dpo and I saw brown discharge in my nickers I figured that my period had arrived and that was it. Except a) just before the brown turned up I had an unbundle nice of creamy white cm in me nickers which I found odd b) the brown had disappeared the time I got home and was never on the toilet paper when I wiped which I found odd. So against my better judgment I pulled out a first response and peed. Lo and behold only one line, thought to myself I'm going mad, then took a second look and as I was staring a beautiful second line started to appear in front of me!!!! Holy cow!!!!! 15dpo took an other using FMU positive!
17dpo positive blood test. I'm overjoyed that even when I was told I would have to go on fertility treatment if ever I wanted to get pregnant, I am now pregnant naturally!

Thank you to all for your stories and symptoms they really helped me stay sane and comforted me when I was told it would be very difficult.

BFP After 20 Months of Trying!

I have been TTC for almost 2 years!!! I am 34, DH is 32. I had bloodwork done last month and tests came back normal for DH and I. I actually changed jobs and insurance because I figured I was going to need coverage for fertility treatments! Was scheduled for a HSG next week but I am going to have to cancel because I got the BFP yesterday! Still in shock and planning to tell DH tonight.

Normally I start spotting about 5 or 6 days before I start my period. So my major sign that something was up was that I only had one day of a tiny bit of spotting on DPO 8 and then it stopped

Other symptoms
5 dpo and 6 dpo- Emotional, weeping at every little thing...more so than normal pms. Thankfully this seems to have passed for now
7dpo- Sore BB's. But not any worse than normal pms.
8 dpo- Some minor spotting. I figure it is the start of my normal pre-period spotting. So for those of you that spot for up to a week pre-heavy period don't get discouraged...it can still happen!.
10 dpo - 12dpo some minor cramping. Nothing as strong as period cramps...but I notice it especially at night. Also hungry!
13dpo. Wake up and can't get back to sleep. Pee three times in the night. This is when I know something is up. Especially because I am always spotting by now pre-period. BFP with a very very faint pink line
14 dpo- BFP with a darker line. Still can't believe it. Just minor cramping, Sore BB's. Hungry.

Advice: I starting charting my temps about a year ago. I think it really helped me gauge my overall health. When I first started my temps were all over the place. I started Acupuncture and Herbs about 5 months ago (If you have it in your budget I highly recommend trying it twice a month). I also gave up coffee (so difficult, but I think it made me less anxious), Jogging three times a week (was worried this might be hurting my chances because my doc told me to gain 10 pounds but I knew I was being healthy so I kept my exercise routine the same) I know this might sound silly but I really think another thing that helped was that I started juicing...making fresh green juice, fruit, beet etc. I had beet juice for the first week of my cycle to build blood and then post ovulation I drank fresh pineapple juice. So much healthier and more delicious than store bought stuff.

Loved reading others stories on this site while TTC. Can't believe I am writing up my own experience :) Baby dust to all!

BFP With Spotting

I loved scouring this site while I was trying to conceive...here are my symptoms...
1 dpo to 10dpo spotting, dark brown
7 dpo implantation dip, sore bb, nausea, tired
8 dpo sore bb, tired, nausea assumed AF was on the way
9 dpo really sore bb, tired, nausea- did not affect appetite. Tested, faint pos?
10 dpo really sore bb, tired, nausea BFP!

I was ignoring a number of my symptoms as we had a death in the family. I just thought they were part of my grief. The only reason I tested was because I desperately needed good news.
I spotted until 12 dpo then it sort if went away. This was my third clomid cycle, 100mg, day 4-8.

DPO Symptoms

Ovulation: Sunday, February 19, 2012
(TTC for 6 cycles)- Using OPKS and charting cm.

1-2 dpo (Monday- Tuesday): No Symptoms
3 dpo (Wednesday): Backache
4 dpo (Thursday): No Symptoms
5 dpo (Friday): Vivid Pregnancy Dream- Sore BBs
6 dpo (Saturday): Sore BBs, stomach cramps from gas. EXHAUSTED- slept 14.5 hours! Wet cm.
7 dpo (Sunday): Got 6 little (really painful) zits clustered around right side of mouth. Twinges/ very slight sharp pain on right side. Small amount of EWCM.
8-9 dpo (Monday-Tuesday): BFN w/ FMU. VERY oily skin on face. Skin on legs feel unusually dry (Cold weather?). Skin breaking out on back and shoulders (WHY!?) Not feeling quite as tired today, no cramps or anything. Sore BBs. DH says I am extremely bitchy. Wet, sometimes lotion-like cm. Very Gassy...
9 dpo (Tuesday evening): Dry heaving for about 3 minutes. Thought I was going to throw up but then I burped (really gross) and felt totally fine.
9dpo (Late Tuesday night): Feeling slightly nauseous and queasy, burping often. Pain in butt, mostly on right side, upper thighs and lower back- only while sitting.
10 dpo (Wednesday): BFN w/ FMU. Waves of nausea, near constant gagging feeling deep in my throat. Exhausted. Uncomfortable... no matter how I sit my body aches. Feeling a bit constipated. Wet cm. Headache also coming in waves, very mild. Dull stomach pain in lower abdomen (NOT like period cramps at all).
11 dpo (Thursday): BFN w/ FMU. Increased saliva, gagging often. Sore BBs. Bitchy. No other symptoms.
12 dpo (Friday): BFN w/ FMU. Slight period-like cramps. EXTREMELY emotional... possibly due to believing I am not pregnant? Very wet cm, at times feels like EWCM. Just feeling like my period will start at any moment. Sore BBs.
13 dpo (Saturday): Period due today. BFN w/ FMU. Convinced period will start at any moment. Very gassy. Sore BBs. Wet cm.
GOT BFP (!!!) with SMU using FRER, negative using Wondfo.
Light smear of pink blood. Possible implantation bleeding? Later on turned to brownish EWCM. Gross! Got another BFP with FRER this evening!

BFP w/ Clomid, PCOS, Spotting!

My partner and I have been trying to conceive for 17 Months! It has been a really long road and there have been many, many, many tears.
My partner was an adamant believer that it would just happen when it is suppose to happen... thus the reason I held out for a whole year before heading to the Doctors!

So after the longest year of my life had passed, in September 2011 we headed to the doctors for some initial investigations. Only too discover I have PCOS.

I was then referred to a gyn who then ordered further tests AMH level (Ovarian reserve was 13.5 which is below average for my age) and Hy-Co-Sy which showed a perfect uterus and tubes! phewww! Partner's SA was all within normal ranges.
I was prescribed Clomid as the first course of action.I was advised to take it days 2-6 and did so. Although I didn't go in to get the ultrasound to confirm ovulation (naughty I know!) But here I am first round of clomid with our beautiful BFP with FMU on 12DPO- on the 29th of feb! We are blessed!!!

BFP After 9 Months With Irregular Cycles and Spotting

This website has given me hope over the last few months and I hope my story does the same for someone. I got off BC in May 2011, and it was very unpleasant to say the least. I gained 12 pounds in 2 months (I always watch what I eat and exercise 4x a week), my hair started falling out, my skin went from normal to extremely oily and acne prone. And lastly my cycles ranged from 43 - 63 days and I would usually spot for a few days before my period even started. My hair and skin calmed down after about 6 months but my cycles never returned to normal. This cycle I O'ed on day 31.

28 - BD
29 - BD +OPK
30 - BD +OPK
31 - BD O Day
32 - BD
2-4DPO I got a horrible cold out of nowhere.
5 DPO - Cold is miraculously gone! Very strange!
6 DPO - The spotting starts :( I even wiped and had BRIGHT red blood, I put a tampon in and later took it out and there was only a tiny spot of blood. I cried, I was sure I was out this month I thought this was my normal cycle where the spotting comes a week early. Nips are sore but completely normal also.
7-13 DPO - Brown spotting continues mostly when I wipe, nips still sore.
14 DPO- I decided to take a test since I had one left, I told myself that I was 95% sure I was not pregnant so the disappointment would not be as bad. I was in complete SHOCK when I looked down and saw PREGNANT! I am still in shock!

Some of the things I was doing was pre-seed, only on +OPK days, Chaste tree (Vitex), B complex, and I also saw an acupuncturist who specialized in women's fertility to try to make my cycles shorter and regulate my hormones. I really had no symptoms except for the 3 day cold that disappeared. Don't give up hope and try to remain positive even though I know it's every tough at times.

Good luck!

BFP with Spotting

I promised myself I would share my ttc story because this site helped me so much!!! I finally got my BFP after trying for about 4 months! These were my symptoms!

1-7DPO- No symptoms at all
8DPO- sore bbs, sleepless (which is strange b/c once my head hits the pillow I'm out)
9DPO- bbs still sore (just on the sides), another sleepless night- tossing and turning all night long.
10DPO- sore bbs, starting to get mild cramps in lower abdomen- pretty sure AF is on her way- boo. Also, random bloody nose..?? Thought that was strange!
11DPO- still cramping in lower abdomen- now have a small amount of dark brown spotting when using the bathroom- thinking I'm out this month.
12 DPO- cramping, tugging sensation in lower abdomen, no pain with the cramps like usual AF cramps- still tiny amount of spotting.
13DPO- spotting gone, still crampy- tightness in abdomen. Decided to test and got a faint positive- thought I was making up the line b/c I was sure AF was coming.
14DPO- AF supposed to arrive and NOTHING! No spotting, still tugging, cramping in low abdomen- tested with clear blue digital...PREGNANT!!

Seriously took about 10 more tests b/c I cant believe they're all positive! I'm almost 5 weeks now and my husband and I are elated. This website helped me stay sane because in the back of my mind I knew I was having symptoms! I understand now when they say it feels like you're going to start your period because it's so true!!! Totally thought AF was coming....not this time : )

Good luck to all!!!! ~*Baby Dust* ~

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