Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP after 1st IVF!!! - Luteal Phase Defect
My husband and I are both 31. We started trying a year ago right after we were married and it wasn't working no matter how hard we tried. I tried everything. Sex everyday, sex every other day, checking cervical mucus, doing handstands, etc. After I started temping and using OPKs I realized that I ovulated late in the month (day 18-20) and then had a short luteal phase. The longest my luteal phase was naturally was about 10 days and some months I would start spotting around 5 days after ovulation.
Once I realized this I went to a specialist and told him about my Luteal Phase Defect. Then I tried everything again. 1 month of Clomid, 1 month of Femara, and about 4 months with Follistim with trigger, and 1 failed IUI. Husband has no sperm issues, it just wasn't working. I started trying progesterone support to extend my luteal phase. One month endometrin (suppositories) worked and gave me a 14 day luteal phase, and one month it only gave me 10 days. I also tried progesterone in oil shots- and still just a 10 day luteal phase. I was nervous about my progesterone levels and my doctor was not monitoring me during that luteal phase which really upset me. I know it's standard that they don't because levels can change all the time, but I just felt like I needed a blood test to make sure given my history. Since I wasn't getting the attention I felt I deserved, I decided to switch doctors and move straight to IVF.
I felt really comfortable with my new doctor and was so excited to start the process. They retrieved 10 eggs and 8 were mature- all of them fertilized naturally. By day 5 though I had 3 blastocysts, 2 were transferred and 1 made it to freezing. Started 1cc of PIO and estrogen patches.
1dp5dt - nothing much - on bed rest
2dp5dt- 9dp5dt- each day was pretty much the same - off and on period like cramps. More so around day 6-7 (implantation) but then they continued right up to the day of my beta. Felt more tired than usual and also out of breath at times.
I was worried about my progesterone level given my past and about 4 days past transfer - (9dpo when I would usually start spotting) I just felt off and called my doctor to ask for a blood test. I had a feeling 1cc of PIO was not enough since it did not work for me last time. I basically told them I needed to be monitored- turns out my gut was right. My progesterone had dropped a little and they changed my dose to 1.5cc.
Just got the beta results today and its 332!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY!!!! I was so nervous and anxious ALL day waiting for the nurse to call. I also refused to test at home because of the disappointments I have had in the past. I am just so thankful for this. Thankful for a healthy 9 months, and healthy babies- hey could be twins?! ;)