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BFP post-Mirena and using progesterone cream

It's so hard for me to believe that this is actually happening...

I'm 28 years old and my husband is 34. Neither of us have ever conceived. We've been ttc for 4 months, and this is our 6th cycle. Obviously I have very short cycles; they average from 23-24 days. My last cycle was only 21 days, though. I was also experiencing mid-cycle brown spotting on the regular. I started to think that I had a progesterone problem, especially since I was on Mirena for about 4 years. I had Mirena removed a year ago, but I heard that some women continue to experience problems maintaining an adequate level of progesterone far after Mirena is removed. After my husband and I had tried for 5 cycles and timed everything correctly, including BD'ing 4 times during each fertile window, I decided to invest in some Emerita Pro-Gest progesterone cream. I used this the day after ovulation (I probably ovulated on CD 11 but unconfirmed) and continued to apply it twice a day every day.

Here are my symptoms/activities by CD/DPO (didn't keep track of some of my earlier CDs):

cd 5 / -6 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 6 / -5 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 7 / -4 dpo: Nothing.
cd 8 / -3 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 9 / -2 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 10 / -1 dpo: Positive OPK in the morning. BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 11 / 0 dpo: Probably ovulated. Did not BD.
cd 12 / 1 dpo: Husband left for job out of state. I started applying progesterone cream twice a day, every day on and after this day. started eating a VEGAN diet (cut out all dairy, eggs, and meat), not because of ttc but as a personal experiment/for my own health. Tracked my nutrition to ensure I was getting enough protein. 1 hour of spinning on the bike.
cd 13 / 2 dpo: Creamy cm; blamed it on the progesterone cream. Still eating vegan diet. 1 hour of spinning on the bike.
cd 14 / 3 dpo: Creamy cm. Still eating vegan diet.
cd 15 / 4 dpo: Creamy cm. Still eating vegan diet.
cd 16 / 5 dpo: Took a plane to out of state to meet my husband in the state that we will be moving to at the end of August. Started shopping for a house on this day. Ate vegan in the morning and then officially stopped the vegan "experiment" once my plane landed in the afternoon (planned). Felt great. Good energy. Hung out with friends. BD. Creamy cm; my husband noticed it was "wet."
cd 17 / 6 dpo: Creamy cm. Enjoying lots of great food and hanging out with friends. Shopping for houses. Good energy.
cd 18 / 7 dpo: Creamy cm. Still enjoying lots of great food and hanging out with friends. Shopping for houses. Good energy.
cd 19 / 8 dpo: Creamy cm. Bloated; blamed it on the food I was eating. Boobs and back hurt; blamed it on PMS. Flew back to state we are currently living in. Made an offer on a house and it was accepted by the sellers (!!!)
cd 20 / 9 dpo: Cm starting to dry up. Very bloated. Start to feel like AF is on her way. Disappointed but excited about the house.
cd 21 / 10 dpo: Dry cm. Very, very light brown, watery stuff only when I wipe. Sporadic and not enough for a liner. Start to definitely think AF is on her way. Very bloated and back and boobs hurt.
cd 22 / 11 dpo: Dry cm. Woke up with increased sex drive. Still having light brown stuff come out but it's not increasing. No cramps. Saw one DROP of brown blood on the toilet paper. Very bloated and back and boobs hurt. Cravings for chocolate and other junk food.
cd 23 / 12 dpo: Dry cm. Out of breath going up the stairs. Blame it on not being acclimated to the high altitude again yet (I live at high altitude and we had been visiting a place at sea level). Cravings for chocolate and junk food. Tender breasts and back pain. VERY bad gas. Bloating. Breaking out on face and butt. No desire to exercise.
cd 24 / 13 dpo: Supposed to start my period on this day. Wake up and don't have any cramps. Run to take a test as soon as I have to pee. It was one of those Amazon cheapies and I got a very faint positive but definitely saw it. Blinked a few times to make sure I wasn't imaging it or seeing an indent line. Waited a couple more minutes, looked away and back at it several times. Always saw a line. Ran to tell my husband. He was still sleeping (it was 6 AM) but he woke up IMMEDIATELY. Sent a picture to my best friend and she said she didn't see a line, but she "believed me." Husband drove me to take another test and I got a positive on a FRER (see pic)!!!!! Sent another picture to my friend and she finally agreed :-) Got a bit nauseous in the car ride to the store to get the test, but that's it. Random boob pain, and some twinges and pulling in my uterus. Still very bloated. All my pants feel too tight.

Bfp at 9dpo after 2 mths trying

So excited to finally get to do my own story!
Me - 31 yrs old. Hubby - 34 yrs old
Came off the pill in January 2017. We wanted to have a baby in 2018 so the first 3 months were getting thinhs normal. The first cycle was 32 days, then the next cycle was 28 days. That's where it then went haywire. Third was 37 days. This was stem i decided to start temping. The 4th cycle was 38 days. This was our first month of actively trying. After temping it turns out i only have a 10 day luteal phase so had i not been temping i would have been trying at the wrong time. This brings me to our succesful cycle.

My ovulation was delayed a couple of days i think due to a little cold i had. This resulted in a longer cycle of what would have been 41 days. This meant we DTD fpr 7 days straight just waiting for that temp to go up! I tried OPKs but never got a positive. Only a faint line. So i didnt find them useful.

-6 to 0 - DTD. Only difference this cycle i put a pillow under my butt for 30 mins in the last 3 days. I also didn't go to the loo or stand up til the morning. Difference this cycle i also had tender breasts 4 days before O which was not normal. Also had EWCM 4 days before O. Temp -1DPO 36.3

0 - EWCM. DTD. Sick with a cold/mild flu from -1DPO to 4DPO. I thunk this may have helped. Apparently your immune system is lowered and less likely to attack his swimmers. Temp 36.4

1DPO - EWCM. Sick with cold. Temp 36.8.

2DPO - creamy cm. Pimple break out. Still have cold. Temp 36.8. Also my 31st birthday!!!

3DPO - creamy cm. Gassy. Cramps. Still have cold. Temp 36.8

4DPO - creamy cm. Still have cold. Temp 36.7

5DPO - creamy cm. Cold finally over. Temp 36.9. Sore boobs start (and have still not let up now at 11DPO)

6DPO - sore boobs. More pimples which is definitely not liked me. Starting to get suss. Temp 36.8

7DPO - sore boobs. Gassy. And this is when i got super sick. Diarrhoea that got me by surprise i didnt make it to the toilet (sorry TMI). Temp still 36.8. Had the worst sleep. Body aches started, like the flu. One more diarrhoea episode that night.

8DPO - sore boobs. No appetite whatsoever. No appetite means no food which means no diarrhoea at least. Terribly body aches. Slept all day. Temp 38 degrees...fever! Temp discarded. Boobs normally stop hurting at 8 DPO if AF coming.

9DPO - more pimples. What's going on! Temp back to 36.8. Body aches gone but still fatigued. Appetite slightly back. Headache. First very faint BFP on internet cheapie in AM. Little sussed. Did another internet cheapie at PM and slightly more darker. Horrible sleep. Maybe cos my brain was racing and my boobs were killing.

10DPO - sore boobs. Gassy. Slight cramps. More pimples OMG. Dizzy. Very fatigued. Got home from work and decided to bring out the big guns - FRER. Very clear dark BFP and a YES on the digital!!!!!! Wooooooo!!!!!

Now on 11DPO. Blood test tomoro. Much darker BFP on internet cheapie after work today. So tired by the arvo. And hungry! Boobs still hurting :(

We did not expect this to hapoen so quick. I had PCOS as a teen as into my early 20s. My long cycles were also freaking me out. I definitely swear by temping! Can't wait to meet our healthy little bub! Bub also looks to be due on our 3rd wedding anniversary :)

Natural BFP at 43

I was lurking and promising myself like others that if successful I would share what I did to get here.

I conceived my DS at 39 with no issue and was 40 when he was born. I knew though that trying for a second would be a very uncertain road at my age. Looking back we were really lucky to conceive after only about 16 months of concerted effort. During that time I had two failed IVF cycles and travelled long haul for work away from my husband for seven 3 week trips and missed quite a few opportunities making the outcome even luckier, statistically speaking.

I also trawled the internet, consulted a snake oil naturopath, charted, and took a buttload of supplements to help regulate my cycle. These included vitamins B (group) C, D, E (tocotrienols as well as tocopherols), magnesium myo-inositol, alpha lipoic acid, vitex, ubiquinol and red maca. I also ate two eggs for breakfast every day (gross!). I also cut out all alcohol and caffeine and soy and cold drinks and gee life was dull. As I added more and more to the daily mix it was interesting to see the effects. My BBT became much more stable and predictable and easier to map to my ovulation symptoms. My luteal phase lengthened slightly from 7or 8 days to 9 or 10. The follicular phase actually lengthened, annoyingly. The long weeks of jet lag from the 10 hour time differences made it harder too but I doubt they had much impact in the end. In the end I would put my money on the ubiquinol (500mg daily before tapering down to 200mg per day) and the red maca. Gross but I think that's what did it. A small disclaimer that I had a high AMH and low FSH at 42, and am in good physical shape.

BFP Symptoms were same as all the BFN cycles (headaches, cramps, bloating) except for tender nipples from 6DPO, same as other pregnancy. Squinter BFP on IC at 11DPO when temps stayed up. Lines gradually got stronger then two strong lines 13DPO on FRER.

Am now at 35 weeks and 4 days after a complication-free pregnancy. Tired and looking forward to welcoming LO to the outside not long before I turn 44.

Wishing all of you the best of luck.

2 months TTC

Hello Ladies!
I am so blessed to report that after only two months of TTC, I got my BFP on 9DPO (faint positives starting 7DPO)!

Here is my background information- 28 years old, no family history of infertility but my mom did miscarry at 12 weeks between her 2 successful pregnancies.

I used period tracker app for 2 years before trying so I knew my cycle length (25 days). I used the OVIA app while TTC. It incorrectly predicted my fertile window, so it's a good thing I was using OPK's! I ovulate late around CD 14-15 and have a short luteal phase (10-11 days MAX)

Fertile window for me was CD 10-15, We BD on CD 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16. I'm pretty sure I O'd on CD 15.

Now on to the good stuff:

1DPO- EWCM *BD today

2DPO- Gas in the evening

3DPO- Slept 9 hours the night before, fatigue, Vivid dream, thick yellow CM, runny nose

4DPO- Vivid dreams (Very emotional dreams, which is something I've never experience before), Mild teeth sensitivity, yellow CM, increased appetite, Sore nipples (This is a symptom that made me really hopeful, as my nipples are never sore during PMS)

5DPO- Yellow CM, Minor cramps, Sore Nipples, Pimples on chest and back appeared, Bloating

6DPO- Yellow CM, Minor cramps, Sore Nipples, Heavy/tender breasts, Emotional

7DPO- Slept 9 hours night before, Vivid dream (Again, involving high emotions), 3 BM's before 2pm, Sore nipples, yellow cm.

I took my first HPT with FMU on 7DPO (4 days before AF) I was in a rush and didn't examine the results fully. It wasn't until my lunch break that I took a look and saw a very very faint positive! I know the test dye could have bled, so I took another HPT in the evening and sure enough, very faint positive.

8DPO- This is the morning I knew I was pregnant for sure. I went to bed the night before around 1am and woke up at 7am with TONS of energy. Felt like I could run a marathon. I should mention this was a Saturday, a day that I usually relax in bed until 10am. HPT with FMU and a faint positive (stronger line than the night before). Around 5pm I started having weird cramps...Not anything like PMS cramps. Almost like what I would imagine a small contraction would feel like. It felt like my uterus was expanding from all sides. It lasted for about 45 seconds. Little cramps followed, but nothing with that kind of distinct feeling. Light brown CM.

9DPO- HPT with FMU. Even stronger line than day before. Still not getting a BFP. I went and purchased clear blue digital (To get my "PREGNANT" result clear as day). I couldn't wait for the next morning, so I took my test around 7pm. It took 3 minutes to appear, but I got my BFP. For some reason it wasn't real to me and my husband until then!

Baby dust to all of you ladies out there!

42 and after 5 years a BFP with several faint positive

I swear the first five days those positives kept jumping at me I would insist on tweaking, messing with lighting. Surely it's an evaporation line.
Amazingly every single dollar store test would turn positive after the 10 mark time and I discounted that until I read a few posts about how many women got pregnant and same scenerio. Thought the test was negative, threw it out, dug it out and a positive.
But I still didn't believe it. It's been 5 years of this TWW stuff I'm in pregnancy denial maybe?
Well tonight I said enough with these dollar tests and spent 16.99 on a two pack of FRER'S. Didn't need more than four seconds for that second line and then I went total mental usual suspects mode analyzing every damn test I'd been staring at on my phone and put it together like a puzzle. YOU ARE PREGNANT WOMAN!! STOP PEEING ON THINGS.
So here I sit. With the following obvious signs I had for a week that I've blown off
6dpo sharp dip in my BBT chart. This was my very first month temping and using preseed and softcup.
Also my second month on vitex.
7dpo headache. Way sore girls. They did not want to be caged, free the boobies! Such a sharp pain I went down to the floor and had to take something. Felt like my uterus was falling out. So much pressure
8 dpo first positive (I convinced myself was negative because you know....the time frame thing
9dpo fell asleep at 3 pm woke at 6 went back to sleep at 8 and didn't get up until 5 am the next morning
10 dpo. What is this crap??? Why does my coffee taste like butter? Searched the fridge to find the smell that I kept getting a whiff of at every pass to the bathroom. Found it! Open bag of broccoli in the vegetable bin. How the heck did I not know this was a huge sign?
Skipped testing this day and tweaked old tests I have officially peed on all the things !!

11dpo damn you dollar tree, I'm on my way. Af cramps. Maybe I'm wasting my time. Bope, I'm going. 10 in hand. Lady at the counter started to make a joke and I looked at her with the stare of pure evil so she knew not to go there. I have been holding my wee for 1 hour lady this is not ok.
Hmmmm a bit snappy today. The perfume from the lady behind the counter at dunkin donuts attached itself to my cup and I had to throw it out because I couod smell that perfume everywhere.
Pink line after 30 minutes and dollar tree test dried ON 3 tests!. Must be me being hopeful.
12 dpo AF cramps for about an hour again. Left side. Dull headache and falling asleep on the phone.
Scratch cottage cheese and tomatoes off my grocery list. All I want is cereal.
Another line same time frame and density as the previous 4 days. Never ever seen color on an evap line and trust me I've peed on A LOT of things in these 5 years. I've even Googled sugar tests, all the DIY tests that BTW do not work.
These evaps must be a bad batch.
13 dpo. Today. Stitch feelings are precisely the perfect term for what I'm feeling on the left lower pelvic area. Almost in the hip.
Definitely a pink line after staring at a test for two hours on my phone. I'm convinced. Completely talked to myself driving to the store to get a frer and thought nothing of it until I got out of my jeep.
It seriously was like the end of the usual suspects. All the lines. The pink evaps. The tests. The dollar store trips. The hold. Oh I hate the hold. Is this for real?
I had already went to the restroom before I went to the store so that was less than 20 min. Who cares!!! I've got two and I need to pee on something and analyze the heck out of it.
And there it was. My Beautiful moment. Clear as day.
Omgosh I haven't had a baby in 19 years!!!! If I can't pee on things I must start planning.
I put a collection together for you all to see all the tests that were indeed positive
Still having the stich feeling. It's very obvious
Sore girls but not too bad.
Headaches and no pimples were a huge sign for me as well.
Wishing everyone loads of baby dust. It will happen. I have a 26 -28 day cycle 2 grown boys one with severe disability and all I can do is smile.

Bfp with Short Cycle, preseed, and very few symptoms.

I can't believe I'm writing this. I'm in denial, if I can be honest. I've taken multiple cheapie tests, one digital and a clearblue.
I've spent some time on this site, scouring and finding hope. My journey started many years ago, in my early 20s. And in spite of years of trying, I was a firm believer that it would happen when it was supposed to. I considered more invasive fertility treatments, but let's get real - Those options can get expensive, and I (like most of us) don't make a lot of money. Even with damn good insurance, it just wasn't feasible. I envy anyone who is in a position to explore those options. But, back to my BFP.

LMP March 27, 2017. I have a 24 day cycle.

CD 1-5 AF
CD 6 BD with PreSeed
CD 7 & 8 nothing exciting
CD 9 BD with PreSeed
CD 10 BD with PreSeed
CD 11 nothing
CD 12 BD 2x (what can I say, we were feeling frisky!)
CD 13 BD with PreSeed
CD 14 Nothing special. I believe I have ovulated at this point.
CD 15 - 1dpo (?) Instant hemorrhoids. Made my partner run to drug store for Prep H.
2dpo - 5dpo Constipated, hemorrhoids (not uncommon for me, but I took note of them)
5dpo - BD, no PreSeed. Just frisky.
6dpo. Very thirsty. Skin on lower stomach seems softer??
7dpo - 9 dpo. Still very thirsty. None of my usual af symptoms. Just a different sensation in my lower region. Like, I'm more aware of my babymaker, if that makes sense.

9dpo/cd23 Faint positives on dollar general tests, not fmu.
10dpo/cd24 More faint positives on cheapie tests, DG/dollar tree. Negative Target digital.
11dpo/Cd25 (Today) 2 more Positives on cheapies, Positive on ClearBlue easy.
I'm waiting another day or two to take the other digital. I've read that they aren't as sensitive, somehow. None of my +s have been with fmu.

What we did different?
PreSeed - I believe, 99%, that this was the deciding factor this time around. Let me explain- I like lube. I've used another brand for many years, always suspecting that it was hindering my chances. The PreSeed was wonderful, and I would highly recommend it.

Baby Danced twice in one day! - We had fun with it, went to bed happy. We did this 24-36 hours before I expected my ovulation. I imagine I may get some backlash about this, as many of you suggest to wait a day in between bd, as to get higher quality & quantity swimmers. But we had a blast, and perhaps it helped? :)

Layed on my stomach post-BD. - I don't know lol. Maybe this helped.

Prenatals daily, drank a lot of Powerade (B vitamins)

I haven't temped in years, and my last run with opk's was January. In other words, I cannot say with certainty when I O'd. Past experience suggests that I ovulate between CD12 and CD13, giving me an 11 day LP. I did not experience any kind of implantation bleeding.

I'm writing this to give you ladies some hope, the way previous BFP stories did for me. I have a short cycle, short luteal. I'm in my 30s. This is my first pregnancy. It is possible. Much love, Baby Dust, Good vibes, prayers to all.
Have a beautiful Thursday!

Shan

10 years Infertility

10 years ago I married my husband and we immediately started trying for a baby. After a few years we found out I had PCOS, a short Lutheal phase wen I do manage to ovulate and premenopause. Devastated, but determined that it would happen we refused to give up. We tried to adopt and the mom changed her mind the day before the boy was born and after negative after negative, fertility treatments that just didn't work, and immense stress on our marriage we finally resigned to the fact it would never happen. Until 3 days ago when out of the blue I peed on that stick and got a double pink line.

I don't have periods I don't know when I ovulated and I'm not sure how far I am yet. But I couldn't stop myself from writing this. 5 pregnancy tests later and I still cannot believe it!

I started a new job working around lots of girls. 4 periods in the month of February. Lots of spotting all through march! No fertility meds for 5 years!

Here were the symptoms that made me test!

Day 1 of symptoms(march 15): My nipples looked so weird! Swollen and a bit darker but mostly puffy painful but not bad... I think AF is coming not just spotting. this lasts a week no other symptoms

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Day 2: (second day of symptoms but this is a week after day 1) My nipples hurt so bad I can't wear a bra!

Day 3: (this is day after boobs) Peeing every hour. Cramping think AF is coming.

Day 4: boobs hurt so bad I take a pregnancy test BFN

Day 5: boobs hurt peeing all the time. Friend says I'm peeing too much. Husband says boobs look the same but I don't think so.

Day 6: boobs (nipples only) hurt!! Peeing! Feeling slightly nauseous but not too bad. Another pregnancy test BFN.

Day 7,8,9,10: same symptoms nothing new. Felt off didn't want to take last pregnancy test bc I knew I wasn't but woke up at 4 am to pee and could not help it. Clear as day BFP! ❤️❤️❤️ Still can't believe it. Getting cramps now and lots of back pain. Acne when I NEVER get pimples. I'm very excited and nervous but hopeful and grateful. Baby dust everyone.

For those who don't *feel* pregnant!

i told myself as soon as I got a BFP, I'd share, so here I am! My husband and I used an OPK, we did the deed every day of fertile period and used preseed. I also took B6 vitamins, but it was only for a month. Maybe that's what did it? I cut my dosage in half (200mg to 100mg) with doctor's approval after BFP.

7 DPO: no spotting despite the fact I usually do. Short LP. :( I wasn't sure if I it was a sign yet since I took the B6.
8 DPO: still not spotting (not other symptoms)
9 DPO: same as before, except I took a HPT because I couldn't help myself. Got a VERY faint positive and seriously thought I was seeing things. It was with afternoon urine!
10 DPO: started letting very light cramps and a tiny bit of brown discharge. Darker FRER but negative CB digital.
11 DPO: darker! Still light cramps.
12 DPO: cramps continue, a little more brown discharge, positive CB digital.
13 DPO: nipples are tingly. I think left breast has swollen a little. No pain.
15 DPO: blood test came back positive! Doctor said slight cramps and light brown discharge is normal!

Basically, I did not have crazy symptoms! Even with positive tests, I thought is was a chemical and AF was coming. I have not had tender breasts or nausea yet. But, it's been confirmed with good HCG levels and I go back next week to see if it's increased! Good luck to all of you, and remember, you're still in until AF shows. Also, don't disappoint yourself or waste money with digitals too early!

Finally BFP at 39, no supps!

So at last I am not out this month! I got my BFP early this morning and it's surreal bc I wasn't even getting my hopes up, as I don't really feel PG. I believe the only weird thing I noticed was irritation down there. I have been around this site for over a year, and we ladies always symptom spot inside the 2ww, but I must say that this cycle was where I experienced the least symptoms and I am PG! And believe me bc this is the 5th time in my life I've been PG with one live birth, DD 17. I had a non-viable at 7 weeks in 2015 and took a break so this was my 7th cycle actually tracking my O dates and with much prayer to the Almighty, and one baby aspirin each night, here I am!

I mentioned not much symptoms, but I am still going to give you what I was feeling. Now my cycle is like clock work every 26 days with a 11-12 day Luteal:

2DPO – Nothing much, slept in til 11am. (Daylight saving day) took a long walk with SO and starting to feel irritation in groin and vaginal area and itchy butt. Very hungry. IBS with bloody stool. (not unusual for me prob eating too much sh**) Didn’t sleep well.
3DPO – Super tired in the morning, didn’t want to get up. More IBS. Hungry. Otherwise, all seems absolutely quiet.
Extra tummy churning and loud rumbles.
5DPO – Vaginal and rectum area extremely irritated. Piles?
6DPO – Nothing much, slight discomfort in lower pelvic area.
March 17th/7DPO - 8DPO – Early AF spotting? Not yet.
9DPO – AF due. Not yet. Felt super tired and slept a lot this day, was bloated in the early part of the day then it went. Some discomfort in lower pelvis but not out of the ordinary. If I was still spot checking I would think this is ligament stretching pain.
10DPO – AF here? No AF yet! But strangely no longer thinking I could be PG either. Woke up with slight headache. But no symptoms, no sore or throbbing BBs so I know I’m not PG just waiting on AF to arrive sometime this week.
11DPO – AF? Not Yet. AF is always early never later, but I don’t feel pg so I don’t want to POAS. Late afternoon still no sign of AF. Lower pulling in pelvic. Feeling as though I did a bunch squats and crunches.
12DPO – AF? Nope.
13DPO – Now AF is officially late and I still feel pulling in my the middle of pelvis, especially when I stand up. I went to buy a HPT. Breasts started getting sore that evening, loosing concentration and I sliced my finger while cooking!
14DPO – 4:20am I got up to pee and took the HPT and BFP! BumP! Wow within seconds too! I’ve been super forgetful and sleepy all day.

I sum it up to my only symptoms in the 2ww to be headache and piles. I will keep my prayers going for my sticky bean, I wanted to wait until a see a HB but I have faith this is the one, I just know it.

Good luck to you ladies, your time is coming! ***Baby dust to all!!

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BFP age 38

Hi Ladies

Ive just got my BFP after 5 months of trying after losing a baby late on last year (the baby was fine, i had an infection). It took us a while to conceive the baby we lost so I was worried about now being a year older. I did a lot of research into supplements that improve egg quality and fertility and I thought I would post here incase it helps others. I had my AMH tested recently and it came back low - 4.3 p/mol. This worried me a lot. After that i had my antral follicles counted and this was fine (17). I'm really not convinced on the value of AMH personally after doing a lot of reading about it. I wish i had never bothered having the test. I also have a retroverted uterus which probably makes things a bit harder for us but i've conceived 5 times in total (2 children).

Supplements I took:

For egg quality:
DHEA (do you own research on this). Its supposed to take 3-4 months to work and i conceived after 3 months. I played around the with dose, starting on 25mg for 10 days, then 50 for 10 more days then 75mg. After 8 weeks i dropped back to 25mg as i had my DHEA levels tested (saliva test - £40) and they were the upper end of normal. I didn't want them higher than this. DHEA i supposed to increase antral follicle count, AMH and egg quality. I would definitely consider it if you are over 35 and have trouble conceiving. There is also evidence that DHEA reduces miscarriage by 50-80% which the impact being most dramatic in older ladies. The side effects i had was slightly greasy hair at first but nothing major, little spots but again nothing major, it made my hair go a bit limp but it didn't get thinner or fall out.

Ubiquinol - 300mg per day
Alpha lipoid acid - 600mg
PQQ - 100mg
N-Acetyl-Cystenine - 600mg
DHA

For general fertility:
Pregnacare multi vit
Vitamin D
B6
Vitamin E

I read the book "it starts with the egg" - i would highly recommend this. After reading it i stopped taking L-Argnine and Royal Jelly. Theres no evidence either way on Royal Jelly but there is evidence L Arginine can be harmful to egg quality and implantation.

After 3 months of taking the above i conceived, although i had only just started vitamin E, not sure if that made a difference.

I've had 2 chemical pregnancies (in the past, not recently) so I have waited to write this until i'm sure this is not a chemical. My tests are getting darker and darker and i'm currently 17dpo. I know there are no guarantees but so far its going ok.

Other things i did:
Gave up caffeine and only drank alcohol if i was out - maybe twice a month
drank wheatgrass powder
Started acupuncture in November - this helped me greatly with stress and anxiety after my loss. I would highly recommend trying acupuncture.
drank lemon water all day - helps make the body alkaline and detoxes the liver
soft cups
Ovulation tests
lay on tummy afterwards (supposed to be good for retroverted uterus)
pre-seed

Symptoms

I ovulated a little late CD 17 or 18.

4dpo - mild sore boobs, tired, a little thirsty
6dpo - night sweats - this is normal for me and i thought i was definitely out - its usually a sign AF is coming, mild headache on and off
7dpo mild cramps like period pain
8dpo - much stronger cramps in the evening, just like period pain
9dpo - night sweats again - expect to start AF very soon as i have a short luteal phase since taking DHEA (9 or 10 days)
10 dpo -mild hot flashes - usually a bad sign for me so was sure my period was coming. Some mild heart palpitations
11dpo - convinced my period is coming although its a little late now. I had period paid exactly like when AF comes. I went out and got drunk that night i was so sure i was out.
12 dpo - Couldn't sleep last. Nothing all day then hot flashes in the evening, gassy, a little reflux at the back of throat.
13 dpo - took a test and got a BFP pretty quickly. Then had some brown discharge and thought it was another chemical. Lower back ache, still feel like period is coming
14dpo - pink discharge when wiping - sure this is not going to last. Cramps, backache, slightly queasy in the morning. woke early again
15dpo - darker HGC test. woke early again, still got lower backache, slight queasiness. No discharge/spotting
16dpo - Struggled to sleep last night, aching legs and couldn't drop off. darker HGC test, mild night sweats, sore boobs, mild back ache. tired in the afternoon.

Currently 17dpo and praying this pregnancy is ok.

Hope this helps someone out there. Best of luck to you all.
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