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First post on a forum - hope it helps somone

I promised myself I wouldn't become one of those who obsessed about ttc. It didn't work. Turns out I'm a bit of a control freak and, somehow, reading these boards made me feel more in control over something which we seemingly have no control over. It's still early days so I'm trying not to get too excited but yesterday I got a bfp the second month of trying. I realise how lucky this is and only put a dpo story here because I hope it will help someone else. Here goes: I have had roughly a 31 day cycle +/- 3 days or so since coming off the pill in February. I decided not to temp (although was planning to next month if didn't get a bfp this month) but instead used a period tracker, which I've been using since I came off the pill and monitored CP and CM. Last month we timed DTD around O but only every other day or so and I'm pretty sure I O'd when my DH was away with work so bfn. This month DTD cd 9, 12, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26. It was exhausting, I'm not going to lie!! -2 dpo lots of clear, watery cm, high and open CP DTD -1 dpo lots of clear, watery cm, high and open CP DTD o - clear, watery cm, a little ewcm. DTD Pain in lower abdomen that evening, like a really heavy pressure (presume O) 1dpo - clear, watery cm, a little ewcm. Pain continued until lunch time. After that things pretty much calmed down. Less cm that afternoon but DTD that evening just in case. 2dpo - slightly sore boobs. DTD just in case but cm turning sticker, CP lower. 3dpo - slightly sore boobs (presumed this was related to ovulation) 4dpo - slightly sore boobs, slight cramps. CM has completely dried up. I mean bone dry. CP high. 5dpo- slightly sore boobs, slight cramps. No CM at all. CP VERY high 6dpo - slightly sore boobs, extreme pain in pubic bone that evening. This is really hard to describe but the left-left hand side of my pubic bone (groin) ached and was actually tender to the touch. Sometimes the pain moved underneath it. Sometimes it felt like it was coming from the inside and sometimes from the outside but it felt like I had been kicked. The area around what I presume is my left ovary was also very sore. No CM. CP VERY high. 7dpo - Pain in pubic bone and cramps until lunchtime. tmi but on checking CP I noticed brown cm. Stuck some tp up there for a better inspection and there was more but really very dry cm. That evening I had sharp, stabbing pains in boobs. 8dpo - bfn. boobs definitely hurting more. CP VERYhigh. No CM. 9dpo - boobs very painful. Feels like someone is squeezing them really hard from the inside mainly on sides and on tops. This pain was completely different to the slight pain felt around ovulation. That afternoon checked CP and saw brown again. Stuck tp up - tiny pink blood and some brown cm 10 dpo - same breast pain. That evening bfn. Cramps, mainly on left side but sometime on the right, like the edge of groin. 11 dpo - same breast pain. Decided not to test as was running out of tests. Same cramps. 12 dpo - Same cramps. Sore breasts still. I should say that these cramps feel less like af is coming and more like O pain. Caved that evening BFP on FRER. Very tired but worke up at 5am and couldn't get back to sleep. 13 dpo - Woke up and wanted to check it wasn't a dream/false positive so used a supermarket brand blue dye test. BFP. Starting to feel quite light-headed today. I have low blood pressure to begin with so will have to see how that goes. The tell-tale thing was the sore boobs really. The IB also worked timing-wise but I'd read loads about getting creamy CM and a high CP and I was bone dry. Only now on cd30 am I starting to get some CM again. I hope it's helped someone. Thanks to everyone who posted their stories. Good luck to everyone.

Bfp after 16 months of not even a faint line!

I have stalked these boards so much over the past 16 months and found them so helpful so I wanted to add my story in case it helps someone else! My name is Beckie and I'm 31. DH and I have been trying for a baby for 16 months. We both had various tests and I was found to have hypothyroidism and diminished ovarian reserve. I was put on levothyroxine and after only one whole month of taking it I got my Bfp! Here are my symptoms! 1-8dpo Usually from ovulation I get cramping but this month I didn't have any. That was the first clue. 8+9dpo I had brown spotting - I usually spot closer to af so I think this was ib 10dpo lots of creamy cm which is quite unusual for me at this point 12dpo I was travelling by train and my motion sickness was really bad (this was another clue for me but I tried not to get too excited!). No sore breasts which was unusual. 13dpo still no sore breasts, just some sharp pains, still creamy cm and no spotting which was v unusual. Light cramps though which did feel similar to af cramps. 14 and 15dpo af style cramps continue but they are light, creamy cm, still no spotting and noticed that I was thirsty and going to the loo more often. 16dpo - due on - still no af or spotting and lots of creamy cm so I decided to test and bfp! It came up while I was still peeing on the stick! Since then I'm now 5 weeks 4 days the af style cramps have continued but are getting less frequent. I've also had some backache. I'm exhausted and my boobs are very sore and seem to have already doubled in size! I'm also c bloated! I'm so happy and so is DH. Just hoping with the added complication of my hypothyroidism that everything works out. Hope my story helps someone!

BFP after 1.5 years of trying

My adventure started with an unplanned pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage last year. We spent the following year and a half not preventing and figuring out my cycle, I average 32 days and ovulate around cd 19. I tried vitex for a couple months, and ended up getting pregnant the month I stopped taking it… not sure if that is a coincidence or not. This cycle I had a positive opk on cd 18. Differences from other cycles: I had read somewhere that couples generally had more luck getting pregnant doing it every other day or once a day, and not to overdo it, and we were following this over the last 1.5 year. Well, this month we tried really hard and did the deed at least morning and night cd 17 18 and 19. I tried to elevate my legs and lay for as long as I could after. I did have a UTI from 1 to 3 dpo, not unusual, but I did have red spotting on 2 dpo. I have never had ovulation spotting and am not sure if that was what this was or if it could have been the UTI. Here is what I had for symptoms: 2 dpo- bright red spotting one time on tp 5/6 dpo- backache, REALLY bad headache, I worked this weekend (in Healthcare) and all of my patients had obnoxious smells, sensitive nose! 7/8 dpo- af like cramps, boobs started to hurt but definitely in a different way than af, more internal and around, I remember telling my boyfriend that my armpit muscles hurt and ached into my collar bones 9 dpo- morning test was negative, very faint positive in the afternoon and evening, was already convinced I was pregnant at this point 10 dpo- more obvious positive this morning, I have type one diabetes and had harsh spikes in the early morning and sharp drops in the late morning and early afternoon, had to leave the lab to eat glucose tabs 4 times throughout the day, felt very faint and dizzy, had to sit a lot, took a digi when I got home and it was positive! Told the boyfriend with a classic bun in the oven trick. Hot dog bun, and I put the test inside! He was shocked and amused.

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.

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