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BFP on Clomid 14 dpo , 42 years old, with tubal reversal

Like most of you, I have been using this site every month, to review other women's experiences, successes, and challenges. I am in in the very early stages of my pregnancy - 4 weeks today, in fact - and because it is so early and anything can happen, I wanted to share mine in case it helps anyone who may be in similar situation.

As stated on the title, I am 42, I have been on 3 cycles of Clomid, and I had a tubal reversal 1 year ago this month, and had an HSG back in November to see if the tubes closed again. The results showed that the dye spilled out beautifully out of my right tube, but there seemed to be slight blockage on the left side. This was a challenge because monthly ultrasounds would show that most of my eggs were coming from the left ovary.

This is my second marriage, and I have 2 healthy kids, ages 16 and 13 from my previous marriage. My husband is 34 years old, and a wonderful stepdad to the kids, and we were hoping for an opportunity to expand our family. While on Clomid, I have been tracking my BBT daily, so I can tell you that CD 1 for me was on 5/13/15, and I am fairly certain of when I ovulated, which was on 5/27/15 (per temp peak on BBT).

CD 1 was on 5/13/15
DPO 1-7: No obvious symptoms. CM would vary from creamy to yellowish. Quite moody and emotional - paranoid too.
DPO 7: Sore nipples; fluttering on left and right side of uterus, again, not too obvious, but I did note it.
DPO 8: Sore lower back; took an HPT (digital Clear Blue Easy) because I am impatient, and of course, BFN.
DPO 9: A little tired, but I do BodyPump 3-4 times per week, so I attributed my tiredness to an extra hard class this day; nipples sensitive.
DPO 10: A bit tired on and off; feeling anti-social at a birthday party for our friends' daughter - very moody; heartburn after dinner (1st clue).
DPO 11: Not as moody as I had been; still tired on and off; sore nipples; slightly sore back; heartburn after dinner (2nd night in a row).
DPO 12: Sore nipples; a bit moody; no energy after BodyPump; slight cramping in uterus; heartburn after dinner (3rd night in a row).
DPO 13: Took another HPT (dollar store) before I went into the shower this morning; VERY, VERY faint line 6 minutes later. Could it be? Took another HPT after work, this time a different brand (Target Brand for CBE), and another VERY, VERY faint line; darkened area around nipples; cramping as if AF was coming; heartburn after dinner (4th night in row).
DPO 14: Slight lower back pain; fluttering feeling in uterus; heavy feeling in uterus; took HPT (dollar store) when I woke up, same faint line as the day before. Took 2 more HPTs 5 hours later at work, this time First Response, and you can see the second line without having to squint. With the same urine sample, I also used a Target digital, and it came back as "Pregnant".

It is so very early, and with my tubal reversal, there is a slightly higher chance of ectopic, due to the scar tissue that builds after the surgery. There's also my age (42), but I am pretty healthy and try to stay active every day. After a year of trying, and no matter what happens in the coming days/weeks, I am just so happy to know that at least I was able to get pregnant. When I had my 2 kids, it happened so fast and easily, so I foolishly expected to get pregnant right after my tubal reversal. After reading the stories here and all over the web, I see how lucky I was when I had my 2 kids, as there are women on this site who have been trying for 1...2... 5...10 years. The difference in this cycle was that the Clomid caused adverse reactions with my moods, so the last cycle was going to be the last time, and we just took a step back and stopped stressing about whether or not it would happen. And then I got my BFP....

Comments

Congratulations!  I am 43 and trying for my first.  Thank you for sharing your story and giving me hope.

Wishing you all the best, FurbabyMomma! Please keep me posted if you can. Looking forward to hearing about your BFP. :)

congratulation! May I ask what dose of Clomid were you on and what cycle days? Everything I read says no clomid for over 40 TTC, so hearing of success is great. Did you still have EWCM or have to use something like Pre-seed?

I was on 100 mg of Clomid for CD 3 & 4, and then 50 for CD 5, 6, and 7. I've never actually heard that Clomid was not recommended for women over 40, but it seemed to have worked for me. My cycles are pretty regular, and 2 of the 3 fertility specialists I had seen all seemed to think I was capable of conceiving naturally, even at 42. The Clomid helped my eggs mature for ovulation. I still had EWCM, but not every month, so the doctor gave me Estradiol to help with that and thicken up my uterine lining - I've never used Pre-seed. We have our first OB appointment this Monday, June 29th. Hopefully everything is okay.

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