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BFP after 19 months ttc w/ PCOS and blocked tube

Hello soul cysters. Here is my story. I also never thought I would EVER post here. When I was younger, my cycles usually lasted 3-4 months, sometimes longer and sometimes shorter. I always have a good laugh at ladies who say their cycle length "varies so much" and then follow that up with "it's 28-38 days long." Really? I wish that were me :) Anyway, I never even realized anything was wrong. I was uneducated and the doctors never spelled out how much difficulty I'd have becoming pregnant. At some point, I went on hbc (hormonal birth control) and had regular cycles for those five years.

I married DH in July 2013 and stopped hbc in September 2014. I didn't have a period after the withdrawal bleed for 4 months - in January 2015. I saw my obgyn and he ordered an HSG, diagnosed me with PCOS, and prescribed clomid for 3 cycles without any monitoring. The HSG revealed that my left tube was blocked - no fluid was able to get through. I cried all the way home. In the meantime, I'm making special trips to places like Whole Foods for natural remedies like maca root, vitex, and raspberry leaf tea..enough to cost a small fortune. I started using BBT and obviously discovered that I was not ovulating, and if I was, it was super late in the cycle like cd28 or cd36. I had continuous positives on opks that meant nothing as is typical of PCOS. I overanalyzed my BBT charts when there really wasn't any hope in it. I also joined a wonderfully supportive community - Kindara - and connected with other PCOS ladies. In April 2015, I had a consult with a fertility clinic. We didn't begin treatment immediately due to cost. We saved until September 2015 and officially started trying at the clinic. I also began acupuncture for fertility in August 2015. I stopped buying the natural remedies and focused on what my clinic and acupuncturist told me to do.

I went through 3 timed intercourse/femara/ovidrel cycles = BFN. The 3rd femara cycle, all follicles were on my blocked side. I was devastated. Then, we did 2 timed intercourse cycles with gonal f, low dose hcg, and ovidrel = BFN. This brings us to January 2016. During the next cycle, I was forced to take a break because I had too many cysts..fast forward again to February 2016. At this point, DH and I decided we would do 1 or 2 iuis (he had no sperm issue so we had said no to iuis for a while), then take another several month break and save for IVF. We planned to start IVF around September 2016.

But, IUI #1 with follistim, low dose hcg, and ovidrel did the trick!. BFP in March 2016...Beta #1 167; Beta #2 385.
I'm also taking a prenatal, metformin, progesterone, levothyroxin (which I had to start doubling now that I am pregnant). I'm nervous and excited and hoping it's a sticky baby. I NEVER thought it would happen for us. I cried countless times over negative results, and over the stupid, insensitive things people say (I could write a book of these awful things!). Much love to all of you struggling to ttc with pcos and a blocked tube. I remember wanting to hear people say "never give up!" but I would also think...but maybe it won't happen. Just don't give up on your dreams, even if those dreams change over time. Never give up!!

I was on progesterone so my symptoms may all be attributed to that, but I did have some lower back pain, bleeding gums, and different feeling cramps/bloating. Also, I did lose 20-30 lbs over the last year, but am still overweight (thanks pcos). <3

Comments

Huge congrats and hugs!

I am suffering from secondary infertility, my left tube is blocked while my left ovary is dominant.  it's pretty sucky.

Your story gives me hope - I too have been trying since Sept 2014.

Wishing you the happiest (and healthiest!) pregnancy, my dear.  Congrats again!

Best of luck to you on your ttc journey. It is the hardest thing I've ever been through so I hear you on the sucky part although it sounds like you have an added difficulty of a dominant ovary on the opposite side. Hang in there.

 

After all of this infertility, it's still hard to trust my body to get its act together and know how to stay pregnant. I guess that's what I have my fertility clinic for :)

 

I hope your clinic has a wonderful plan in place for you! Going to a fertility clinic was probably the best decision I made, and starting acupuncture.

This is a really reassuring post. Thank you! Good luck for a h&h 9 months :-) 

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