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BFP after IVF #5

After over 2 years of trying and 5 fresh cycles of IVF, I finally got my first ever BFP! I haven't posted much in forums during my struggle, but I found so much comfort in googling success stories anytime things got too hopeless. Now that I finally have a confirmed pregnancy, I'm here to share my story.

TTC History:

Me: 38, AMH 1.9, poor IVF responder
DH: 43, male factor
TTC 28 months

#1 IVF: BFN
#2 IVF: BFN
#3 IVF: BFN
-- changed clinics, started taking DHEA --
#4 IVF: BFN
#5 IVF: BFP

Pregnancy History:

2ww symptoms: none
HCG Beta @ 13dpo (10dp3dt) - 24
HCG Beta @ 18dpo (15dp3dt) - 236
HCG Beta @ 26dpo (23dp3dt) - 5621
Vaginal ultrasound @ 6w5d - embryo 3.8mm, heartbeat detected

Currently, I'm 8w5d pregnant and obviously over the moon! It felt like I was never going to get here. When my first beta came up as 24 (which is a very low positive) I was freaking out that I would miscarry right away. Because the normal level for my beta day should have been 80-100, the doctor said only a second test would be a better indicator. Luckily the numbers zoomed up from there. It was only after the 2nd beta that I allowed myself to believe that I could really be pregnant!

BTW, after two positive blood tests, I still was coming up negative on my home pee sticks at 18dpo. I was using the cheapo internet cardboard sticks, but still. I decided to stop peeing on sticks at this point because it was really messing with my mind. I also had NO symptoms until I was about 6 weeks pregnant. So much for early symptom spotting!

What did I do different on my successful cycle? I adopted two kittens two months before my last cycle, which helped cheer me up a lot and give me an outlet for my mothering instincts. Sounds silly but they really helped lift me out of a two year low caused by infertility and unemployment. I also completely abstained from alcohol for 3 months before. Additionally, I did weekly acupuncture sessions with someone who had experience with IVF treatments.

I hope this story helps somebody else during their struggle, and gives them a bit of hope.

Comments

Congratulations!

Wow!! Major congrats --- I love stories with happy endings!  You are such a trooper to go through 5 IVFs.  I've done 4 but only transferred from my last IVF since I was stockpiling blasts.  I wish you the happiest and healthiest of pregnancies!

Congratulations!!! This done indeed give me hope! DH (41 MFI) and I (37 and old eggs) are in the middle fof our first IVF after trying for 19 months previously. I only produced 4 eggs, luckily 2 fertilised and survived to day 3. I had the 2 embryos transferred yesterday but they were only grade C...so very much looking for positive stories of people in a similar boat. I am very aware that this could well be a long process, but at the same time trying to be positive about this tww. Wishing you a H&H 9 months and thanks again!!

How much of DHEA dosage did you start taking?

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