Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
Unexplained infertility, BFP with low dose aspirin
I promised myself I would post my story if I ever got a BFP, and here it is!
My DH (31) and I (29) started TTC just over a year ago, month after month passed with no positive result. I was relaxed about it for the first 6 months, but started getting a little worried after that. I over-analysed every little symptom, convinced that there was something wrong with me. We both went for the initial fertility checks at about the 10 month mark, with everything coming back normal... which was great, but also SO frustrating... why wasn't it happening for us? At the 12 month mark, I went to see a private gynae, who wanted to do a laparoscopy to rule out endometriosis. He found one small spot of endo on my one ligament, which he removed, but told me that it really shouldn't affect fertility, and that everything else looked perfectly normal.
I recently started looking into the reproductive immunology area, as it seemed this could be the only explanation for our "unexplained infertility". I went to see a dermatologist/allergist (as my skin had been really dry and reactive for the past 6 months) to see if she could give any answers. She ended up diagnosing me with eczema, but after hearing about my fertility woes, gave me the great advice of "Relax, and it will happen"... always the best thing to hear! But she also said to try taking 75mg aspirin a day (baby aspirin) - which apparently helps with blood flow to the uterus. I was willing to try anything at this point, and it seemed pretty low risk. So I went and bought a pack off the shelf, and have been taking one pill a day along with my conception vitamin... and here I am today (10 days later) with a BFP! I tried to convince myself that the weird twinges and sore boobs were just normal PMS for the last few days, but finally gave in and took a test this morning when AF didn't arrive on schedule.
Now I'm not sure whether it was the aspirin that finally made the difference, maybe it was the lap 2.5 months ago, maybe I finally started relaxing (doubtful), or maybe it was the 10 day holiday to sunny South Africa 3 weeks ago, but I wish I had started the aspirin months ago, as it could have saved me a whole lot of worrying!
Now I'm just praying that everything goes well in the coming weeks, I'm really nervous that something will go wrong. But this is the first step, and it is such a good one.
I hope this helps anyone who might be struggling with the unexplained infertility "diagnosis", chat to your GP about trying low dose aspirin and see what happens:)