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Very Detailed Journey to BFP by DPO!

Let me start by saying that the TTC and BFP Stories board were life-savers for me during my two week wait. I promised myself that if I ever got a BFP of my own, I would definitely post my experience here.
It took four cycles, but we finally did it! I’m feeling pretty great so far and I really hope we’ve got a sticky one. I tracked cycles 2-4 by DPO and have included all the details below—as you can see, I was definitely a symptoms spotter! I’ve also included some information about myself and my cycles. I hope this helps!
• AVERAGE CYCLE LENGTH- 26-29 days.
• MISSED PERIODS- I have never missed a period.
• ABNORMAL SPOTTING- never.
• PMS SYMPTOMS- Yes. I usually have symptoms approx. 1-2 weeks before my period. These include cramps, mild acne break-outs, food cravings and moodiness. I would not generally consider these symptoms unmanageable.
• FAMILY HISTORY: my mother had a Fallopian tube blocked w/ scar tissue (cause unknown) and subsequently had an ectopic pregnancy. It took her 9 months after surgery to conceive. My maternal and paternal grandmothers had normal pregnancies.
• PRENATAL VITAMINS- I have been taking prenatal vitamins since the beginning of January 2017 when we started TTC.
• AVERAGE LUTEAL PHASE- 11-12 days.
• FERTILITY AIDS- I used Clear Blue digital opk for cycles 1-3. On cycle 4, I used the Clear Blue Advanced digital opk. I used pre-seed for cycles 3 and 4. I did not temp.
• AVERAGE SUSPECTED OVULATION DAY- cycle day 16-18
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CYCLE 1
I didn’t start charting extensively this cycle. Apologies for the caps.

• LAST PERIOD- 12/30/16
• LH SURGE NOTED- 1/14/17
• OVULATED PER POSITIVE OPK- 1/14/17-1/17/17
• HAD INTERCOURSE- 1/11/17, 1/12/17, 1/14/17
• AF CRAMPS NOTED 8-10 dpo
• PERIOD: 1/28/17
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CYCLE 2
• LAST PERIOD: 1/28/17
• NEXT PERIOD DUE: 2/26/17

CD 13 (2/9/17)- HAD INTERCOURSE.
CD 14 (2/10/17)- HAD INTERCOURSE. NEG. OPK
CD 15 (2/11/17)- WATERY CM NOTED. NEG OPK.
CD 16 (2/12/17)- LH SURGE NOTED ON OPK AT 3:00 PM. HAD INTERCOURSE AT 9 AM AND AGAIN AT 9:00 PM. WATERY/MILKY/THIN CM. NO DETECTABLE EWCM.
CD 17 (2/13/17)- LH SURGE NOTED AGAIN OPK AT 3:00 PM. OVULATION CRAMPING STARTED AROUND 7 PM AND LASTED UNTIL APROX. 11 PM. HAD INTERCOURSE AT 9:00 PM. CM SAME AS YESTERDAY, VERY WATERY.
CD 18 OR 1 DPO (2/14/17)- NO LH SURGE DETECTED AT 11:00 AM. SCANT AMOUNT OF EWCM FOUND W/ BOWEL MOVEMENT, OTHERWISE CM WAS STILL WATERY. NO OTHER SYMPTOMS NOTED.
CD 19 OR 2 DPO (2/15/17)- DULL, GENERALIZED/RIGHT SIDED AF CRAMPS IN THE AFTERNOON FROM OVULATION? CM ALTERNATES BETWEEN THIN AND MILKY AND THICK AND CREAMY WHITE.
CD 20 OR 3 DPO (2/16/17)- NO CM NOTED (TINY DROP OF EWCM ON BM), SLIGHT CRAMPS AT NIGHT, NO OTHER SYMPTOMS NOTED.
CD 21 OR 4 DPO (2/17/17)- SCANT, THICK CM. NO CRAMPS, MOODY, INCREASED CM AT NIGHT.
CD 22 OR 5 DPO (2/18/17)-STRANGE DREAMS.
CD 23 OR 6 DPO (2/19/17)- GASSY, HEADACHE, SORE THROAT, BODY ACHES, WATERY/MILKY CM
CD 24 OR 7 DPO (2/20/17)- BREAST PAIN, CM THICK AND WHITE, 99.5 TEMP IN AM, DULL, EARLY MORNING CRAMPS ON RIGHT SIDE.
CD 25 OR 8 DPO (2/21/17)- STILL STUFFY, TIRED, H/A, SNEEZING, SINUS PRESSURE, LIGHT COUGH, CM IS MILKY/THICK AND WHITE, RIGHT SIDED AF PAINS 10 PM, 99 TEMP.
CD 26 OR 9 DPO (2/22/17)- STILL STUFFY, TIRED, HEADACHE, SNEEZING, SINUS PRESSURE, LIGHT COUGH, CM IS THICK AND WHITE, BIG BURST OF IT AROUND 3 PM AND 7 PM. R SIDED TWINGES AROUND 3. NO CRAMPS. NEGATIVE FLU TEST.
CD 27 OR 10 DPO (2/23/17)- STUFFY, HEADACHE, SINUS PRESSURE, LIGHT COUGH & SNEEZING, THICK, WHITE CM, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS YESTERDAY. NO CRAMPS.
CD 28 OR 11 DPO (2/24/17)- VERY TIRED. THICK, WHITE CM/SCANT CM.
CD 29 OR 12 DPO (2/25/17)- VERY TIRED. RIGHT SIDED AND GENERALIZED CRAMPS. THICK, WHITE CM.
CD 30 OR 13-14 DPO (2/26/17)- CRAMPS EARLY AM. AF ARRIVED AT 6PM. DEFINITE YEAST INF.
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CYCLE 3

LAST PERIOD: 2/26/17
NEXT PERIOD DUE: 3/27/17
WHAT I DID DIFFERENTLY: PRE-SEED STARTED

CD 11: NEGATIVE OPK
CD 12: INTERCOURSE (NO LUBE), NEGATIVE OPK
CD 13: INTERCOUSE (NO LUBE), NEGATIVE OPK
CD 14: NEGATIVE OPK
CD 15 (3/12/17): EWCM W/ BOWEL MOVEMENT, BUT OTHERWISE DRY, INTERCOURSE EARLY 9-10 AM W/ ASTROGLIDE, POSITIVE OPK 4:30 PM, INTERCOURSE W/ PRESEED 7:30 PM
CD 16 (3/13/17): POSITIVE OPK 10:30 AM, DRY CM, INTERCOURSE AT 10 PM W/ PRESEED, AF CRAMPS 7 PM. O?
CD 17 (3/14/17) 1 DPO: NEGATIVE OPK IN AM AND AFTERNOON. INTERCOURSE W/ PRESEED AT 1 PM.
CD 18 (3/15/17) 2 DPO: NOTHING. DRY/THICK CM. MILD AF CRAMPS AT NIGHT. VERY HUNGRY. ACNE BREAKOUT ON CHIN. FREQUENT URINATION.
CD 19 (3/16/17) 3 DPO: THICK, WHITE CM. PAIN IN LEFT THIGH VEIN. MILD AF CRAMPS. FREQUENT URINATION. INTERCOURSE IN EVENING.
CD 20 (3/17/17) 4 DPO: NOTHING. DRY CM
CD 21 (3/18/17) 5 DPO: NOTHING. DRY CM. HAD INTERCOURSE TWICE.
CD 22 (3/19/17) 6 DPO: NOTHING, MILKY CM.
CD 23 (3/20/17) 7 DPO: SNEEZING FIT, STUFFY (?ALLERGIES). CM IS MILKY. NO CRAMPS. GASSY
CD 24 (3/21/17) 8 DPO: AF CRAMPS AM. BREAST TENDERNESS FROM WORKING OUT? BAD REFLUX IN AFTERNOON. DRENCHED IN SWEAT 1:45 PM. CLUMPY, WHITE/MILKY CM-- DEFINITE YEAST INFECTION. STABBING PAIN IN LEFT BREAST NEAR ARMPIT 3:45 PM. ALLERGY SYMPTOMS AFTERNOON. DIFFICULTY SLEEPING THIS NIGHT. BEGAN TREATMENT W/ MONISTAT AT NIGHT.
CD 25 (3/22/17) 9 DPO: BREAST TENDERNESS, SOUR STOMACH W/ REFLUX AND GAS CONTINUING INTO THE NIGHT. RESTLESS SLEEP. BAD DREAM.
CD 26 (3/23/17) 10 DPO: BREAK-OUT RIDE SIDE OF CHIN/JAW. SORE BREASTS. GASSY AFTER LUNCH.
CD 27 (3/24/17) 11 DPO- VERY EMOTIONAL, GASSY, REFLUX. SORE BREASTS. AF STARTED AROUND 6 PM. VERY BAD CRAMPS. 26 DAY CYCLE DAY HERE.

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CYCLE 4

This was the magic cycle! I didn’t have ANY EWCM or any ovulation pain during this cycle, but I had a relatively good feeling.

LAST PERIOD: 3/24/17
NEXT PERIOD DUE: 4/22/17
WHAT I DID DIFFERENTLY: STARTED ON PROBIOTIC, CONTINUED TO USE PRE-SEED, MORE INTERCOURSE.

CD 10 (4/2/17)- INTERCOURSE. USING EXTRA SENSITIVE CLEARBLUE OPK. OPK FLASHING POSITIVE TODAY (WHICH INDICATES HIGH, BUT NOT PEAK FERTILITY).
CD 11 (4/3/17)- OPK FLASHING POSITIVE
CD 12 (4/4/17)- OPK FLASHING POSITIVE
CD 13 (4/5/17)- INTERCOURSE. OPK FLASHING POSITIVE.
CD 14 (4/6/17)- INTERCOURSE. OPK FLASHING POSITIVE.
CD 15 (4/7/17)- INTERCOURSE. OPK FLASHING POSITIVE.
CD 16 (4/8/17)- INTERCOURSE. OPK SOLID POSITIVE. NO O PAIN. USED PRE-SEED
CD 17 (4/9/17)- INTERCOURSE. OPK SOLID POSITIVE. NO O PAIN. O? USED PRE-SEED
CD 18 (4/10/17) 1 DPO- INTERCOURSE. OPK NEGATIVE. NO O PAIN. USED PRE-SEED.
CD 19 (4/11/17)2 DPO - VERY HUNGRY.
CD 20 (4/12/17) 3 DPO- VERY HUNGRY. CM SPARSE/THICK AND CLEAR/MILKY. REFLUX AFTER PIZZA. GAS. FREQUENT URINATION.
CD 21 (4/13/17) 4 DPO- TIRED. SPARSE CM.
CD 22 (4/14/17) 5 DPO- NOTHING. SPARSE CM.
CD 23 (4/15/17) 6 DPO- LIGHT AF CRAMPS EARLIER IN THE DAY. SORE BREASTS. CM THICKENING.
CD 24 (4/16/17) 7 DPO- ACNE BREAKOUT ON RIGHT SIDE OF CHIN. STARTING W/ YEAST INFECTION. SORE BREASTS IN THE EVENING. NIPPLES FEEL PINCHED. VERY TIRED. ALLERGY SYMPTOMS (PUFFY, ITCHY EYES AND RUNNY NOSE). WOKE UP SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE COURSE OF THE NIGHT TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. DIFFICULTY SLEEPING.
CD 25 (4/17/17) 8 DPO- SOUR STOMACH IN AM AFTER PROTEIN SHAKE. STABBING BILATERAL EAR PAINS 1:30 PM. TENDER BREASTS IN AFTERNOON. AF CRAMPS 7-8 PM. ACNE AROUND CHIN AND JAW CONTINUES. DREAMED AF STARTED. THICK, WHITE CM.
CD 26 (4/18/17) 9 DPO- TENDER, FULL BREASTS. THICK, WHITE CM. WORSENING BREAKOUT ON RIGHT SIDE OF CHIN AND JAW. LEFT-SIDED LOWER BACK PAIN MID-AFTERNOON. VERY THIRSTY. FREQUENT URINATION. NO CRAMPS.
CD 27 (4/19/17) 10 DPO- TIRED, ACHY. TENDER BREASTS (ARMPIT AREA). UPPER BACK PAIN. REFLUX & GAS. ABUNDANT CREAMY, WHITE CM. FREQUENT URINATION IN AM AND EARLY AFTERNOON. PELVIC PRESSURE/TWINGES LEFT SIDE 10 AM. CONGESTED IN AM. VERY TIRED AND DIZZY AT THE GYM. SYMPTOMS INCREASE AT 7 PM—SORE BREASTS, LEFT SIDED AF CRAMPS, NAUSEA, REFLUX/GAS, HEADACHE. WENT TO BED EARLY.
CD 28 (4/20/17) 11 DPO- ALL SYMPTOMS EXCEPT FOR SORE BREASTS, UPPER BACK PAIN AND TIREDNESS SUBSIDE BY 8 AM. CM SPARSE IN AM—THICK, CREAMY/MILKY. FREQUENT URINATION. BACK AND BREAST PAIN INTENSIFYING AROUND 4:30 PM. THIRSTY.
CD 29 (4/21/17) 12 DPO- CM IS ABUNDANT THICK, CREAMY & WHITE. PERIODIC MILD AF CRAMPS AND TWINGES. SORE BREASTS. FREQUENT URINATION. VERY TIRED PERIODICALLY. VERY THIRSTY. HANDS BLOATED. SORE EVERYWHERE.
CD 30 (4/22/17) 13 DPO PERIOD DUE- SORE BREASTS, FREQUENT URINATION, LOSS OF APPETITE. REALLY WANTED FRUIT SMOOTHIE. VERY TIRED PERIODICALLY. CM THICK, ABUNDANT, WHITE AND CREAMY. AF CRAMPS IN THE EVENING. SORE EVERYWHERE, HANDS BLOATED. I THOUGHT I WAS OUT.
CD 31 (4/23/17) 14 DPO- 1 DAY LATE. VERY CLEAR BFP ON FIRST RESPONSE 6 DAYS EARLY! SHOOTING PAINS RIGHT THIGH. MILD AF CRAMPS. BREAST PAIN. NECK STIFFNESS. FREQUENT URINATION. MILD GAS AND REFLUX. INCREASED THIRST. CM STILL CREAMY, BUT LESS ABUNDANT AND MORE WATERY.
CD 32 (4/24/17) 15 DPO- TOOK ANOTHER FIRST RESPONSE TEST—THIS ONE WAS EVEN DARKER THAN THE LAST! SORE, FULL BREASTS. SLIGHT APPETITE LOSS, FREQUENT URINATION, AND PERIODICALLY TIRED. MILD CRAMPS/REFLUX AND GAS ON OCCASION, BUT SYMPTOMS ARE RELATIVELY MILD. CM STILL CREAMY, BUT LESS ABUNDANT AND MORE WATERY.

That’s all for me! Good luck everyone!

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