Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
Finally, after over two years of trying to conceive, I can happily post my very own BFP story! I want to give hope to other couples out there who are going through the same struggles I went through. My husband and I tried for years, saw numerous doctors, and barely got any answers in the beginning.
I was so niave. I always had normal menstrual cycles, so I never thought I would be one to have infertility problems. Boy, was I wrong! After months of not having any luck conceiving on our own, my husband and I started seeing a doctor for our problems. My husband's sperm tested great. I had blood tests done, an HSG performed, ultra sounds, etc. All my tests kept coming back normal, which was good, but still wasn't giving us any answers...
After trying months on Clomid, months on Femara, and even a few IUI procedures, we began to get frustrated. I even lost 136 pounds because I had been overweight. Nothing was working. After doing a bit of my own research, I asked my doctor to perform a laparoscopy to check if I had endometriosis. Turns out, I did! I had small spots on both ovaries, which were removed. I understood that there was no cure, and the disease would eventually return, but was advised to try to conceive in the following months, before it came back. Months later? Still wasn't working.
Finally, I was told about a "mini IVF" procedure. It was a cheaper/less medicated version of the regular IVF. We did three cycles of this, and while being monitored during these few months, it was discovered that my ovaries were not responding at all to the fertility meds. I needed the "strong stuff!" So, the husband and I saved and saved, until we had enough money for a full, regular IVF cycle. (It's not cheap, especially with insurance not covering anything!)
During this IVF cycle, I had 17 eggs retrieved, but only 2 survived the whole process, which is uncommon for someone my age, I'm only 28. My doctor says the endometriosis I have probably plays a huge role in my egg quality, unfortunately, so thank God we opted for IVF, finally, because the chances of us conceiving on our own were slim to none.
I just completed that cycle of IVF, and went in for a blood test three days ago. To my surprise, it was positive! I'm still in disbelief! It just doesn't seem real, after trying for so long! I thought for sure that it was going to be negative, I had even taken a couple pee tests leading up to my blood test, but they were barely positive. I could only see them if I held them in a certain light, so I assumed the tests were junk, or that I was seeing things. For the first time, I am glad to be wrong! Also, the only symptoms I have are huge/sore boobs (in fact, I have to wear a bigger bra at the moment), and I'm exhausted all the time and need daily naps. That's it! But, I'm also on progesterone suppositories, so I assume that it could also be from that.
I'm currently 4 and a half weeks, and I go in for my first ultra sound in a couple of weeks. So ecstatic!