Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP Clomid + IUI Cycle #3
I am so glad I came across this discussion board and all of your stories just 3 days ago. My husband and I have been TTC for two years, since we got married in July of 2013. I am 33 and he is 32 (both going on 34 and 33 in a couple of weeks) and the only thing that was a concern was my hypothyroidism. In 2012, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and had the radioactive iodine treatment, which eventually made me hypothyroid and placed on thyroid medication. We TTC on our own for a year at the recommendation of my doctor but were not successful. My doctor then asked if I wanted to be referred to infertility and I said yes. TTC on our own put such a strain on our marriage - using OPK to determine my fertility window, I became obsessive about BD during those days no matter what, even if we were dead tired and had to get up early for work the next day. I really felt the urgency because I felt like I was past my baby-making prime being that I was already in my 30s. Some of those nights, my husband was just not up for BD because he commutes an hour to and from work and has to get up really early. On top of that, he did not feel the urgency I did because he felt I was still young and there are many women who get pregnant at my age and older. It got to a point where one night, when he wasn't up for it, I got so upset and we ended up staying up late discussing everything. I came to the realization that we may never get on the same page in terms of the urgency to get pregnant and he even suggested that perhaps we needed to seek counseling to get us on the same page. I was so disheartened at this - I wanted to have a baby so bad but at the same time I was really concerned that after only one year of marriage, we were already talking about seeking counseling. We eventually agreed that the referral to infertility may be helpful in more ways than one.
We had our consultation in September 2014 and diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The plan was to start with Clomid and IUI for a few cycles before moving on. We did our first cycle in October 2014 and second in November 2014, both ending in BFN. Because the process is so time consuming and required us to take time off work, we decided to take a break and wait until my Spring Break (I am a teacher) in March. When I went back in March to start a new cycle, the ultrasound showed that I had a cyst on my right ovary and I had to skip that cycle. After that, we just decided to wait until summer as I would be on break and my husband took the entire month of July off for vacation. I had been going through a lot of stress because of work so it was best to wait until I was stress free and was able to go in anytime.
We did our IUI on July 1st and I was told to go in for a blood test two weeks later, which would be July 15. A few days after our IUI, we went down to Disneyland for a couple of days. I figured maybe a couple of days at the Happiest Place on Earth would do us some good. When we got back, I was extremely exhausted...unusual from the I normally am after some time away. I was taking at 1-2 naps every day and sleeping 8-10 hours and on top of that, I was getting up to pee every hour. So I started searching the internet about IUI success stories, early symptoms, etc. and I came across this board. I read that several of you tested early around 10-12 DPIUI so after that on Sat night (7/11) I decided to take a HPT just for fun...I expected to get a BFN since that's what I usually got when I tested early but l got a BFP instead! I was still cautious about it because I didn't want to get my hopes up only to be disappointed later so I decided that I would test again the next day but with a couple of different brands - again I got a BFP on both tests I took. Still cautious after that but more hopeful since I can't possibly have that many false positives, right? Well, I tested yesterday and today and again both were positive. My blood test is scheduled for tomorrow so we're hoping it is confirmed!
I don't wish infertility on anyone. It's such a difficult experience to go through, especially when it is unexplained. It's so easy to get discouraged because you pretty much have no control over making it (pregnancy) happen and you see it happening to so many people around you so easily. I really think finding boards like this or finding people you can talk to for support is really helpful. I've been on several forums for people who are struggling with infertility and doing treatments like IUI and I found it comforting. I also know a former high school classmate of mine who was open about her struggle with infertility on FaceBook so I reached out to her when we got our referral and she really gave me some great advice and encouragement. Don't give up hope! Find the right people that you can go to and read/listen to experiences of people who are going through or have gone through the same thing.