Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
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