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BFP 10 DPO Baby Number 2! Short luteal phase

Hi all!
I am beyond excited to share my BFP story with you ladies! I've been following this board for months and I feel so blessed to be able to share my details after TTC for just 2 months.
My husband and I have an 18 month old baby girl. We decided a couple of months ago to start trying for baby number 2! It took about 8 months to conceive on my daughter, so this was a huge shock. But, in hindsight, I wasn't charting very well and we didn't use OPKs until the month we did conceive on her.
Here is my story:

CD 13 DTD because I knew my fertile window began.
CD 14 DTD.
CD 17 I randomly decided to take a CB opk (as I thought I had already ovulated) and sure enough I got a static smiley face, which meant PEAK time to conceive! We DTD. It was pretty sensual and I also orgasmed, haha. I think this may help!!
CD 18 this is when I likely ovulated; ewcm, L pelvic pain.
1 DPO glue like cm, vaginal itchiness (came to find out in a few days that I have BV), joint pain, hungry, cold/flu symptoms, L pelvic pain, BM.
2 DPO glue like cm, gassy, light nausea at one point, tired all day.
3 DPO vaginal itchiness, VERY gassy (like clear the room gassy, haha), tired.
4 DPO glue like cm, nausea, gas, bloating, started Monistat 3 because I thought I had a yeast infection (turned out to be BV), decided to take a HPT and it was negative.
5 DPO gas and insomnia.
6 DPO gas continued, bloating, very hungry! Decided to take another HPT (I bought 25 cheapies online), it was negative again.
7 DPO no cm noticed, gassy, bloated, increased sex drive, vivid dreams, thought I cleared up my yeast infection, and I added a note "feeling out of the game this month" (!!)
8 DPO glue like cm, no BM, tired. I decided to follow up with my gyno about my vaginal irritation and she tested me for yeast/BV.
9 DPO no cm noticed, some cramping (but AF was due in only one or two days), finally had a decent BM, some bloating, minor acne, felt "sharp zaps" in center of uterus around 2pm (but this is somewhat normal for me right before AF).
10 DPO gas, bloated, constipated. Doctor called and said I have BV!! She told me to take a HPT to ensure I am not pregnant so we can decide which course of medication/antibiotics would be best. Took a First Response early detection HPT (not a cheapie!!) and saw a very faint BFP line!!! Thinking I got my BFP! Called my Doctor back and she was so excited for us. I began taking Clindamycin cream that night since it is safe during early pregnancy.
My mom was randomly visiting from out of town, so this was super exciting for me to share the news with her in person.
11-12 DPO I probably took 10 more HPTs, all of which had faint to slightly less faint BFP lines depending on the quality of the test. The cheapie tests from online are pretty much worthless until high levels of HCG is in your blood as the FR test showed a much darker, albeit faint line.

I can't believe I will have 2 babies as of July 3rd, 2017!
Side note: I have very regular periods every 28 days and my luteal phase is rather short at about 9 days. So don't be discouraged if you also have a SLP.
Baby dust to all!!!!!! xoxo

13DPO BFP!!!!!!!!!

So I kinda feel bad that it's taken us only two months to conceive but I understand infertility and I wanted so desperately to share my symptoms with you, even if it helps just one woman conceive. Also my BFP story is PROOF that a FAINT positive OPK can mean pregnancy too!
Baby dust to everyone!!!!

~ Things we did differently to previous month ~
Had more sex, first month using OPK's, chilled out a LOT during fertile week, used hot water bottles every evening on pubic area during TWW(supposed to keep womb warm), didn't check CM because I have a low cervix and heard this can disrupt implantation.

~ BD dates and OPK ~
We DTD every other day or more during fertile week (I have short 25 day cycles so FW is usually only a few days for me)
Positive OPK CD11, We BD on CD's.. 6, 9, 11, 12 and 15. Didn't spend a crazy amount of time with legs in air but we DTD at night before bed so usually rested afterwards.

~ Symptoms by DPO ~
1DPO (Counting CD12 as O day) - No symptoms Noted
2DPO - Nothing, Dreamed about being pregnant with a daughter who became a toddler when she was born! Very weird.
3DPO - Nothing. Dreamed AGAIN about having a daughter.
4DPO - My notes say "It feels like my boobs vibrated for like, ten secs in the evening, really weird?" No other symptoms.
5DPO - Nothing too noticeable, some strong ovulation pains before going to sleep, more from the left but pretty sure I O'd from the right?
6DPO - Nothing too major but did notice that minuets before I fell asleep at night, i felt the weirdest spasm in my uterus.. best way I can describe it is that it felt like someone had a finger on the outside of my womb and just pressed against the right side, really strong spasm but it didn't hurt, only lasted a few seconds.
7DPO - Woke with really strong AF cramps, mainly on the right side, feels so heavy on this side.. like someone is scraping against my uterus. Boobs are quite sore today, they feel bruised. Super super cold, freezing all day and can't get warm!
8DPO - Right ovary twinges, boobs feel bruised when I press on them.. sure I felt nauseous in the morning? Could be imagining it.. Dizzy spells and headache on and off ALL day. Freezing cold all day also. Left ovary had some very strong cramps in the evening when watching TV with DH. Very Hungry.
9DPO - Af cramps in the morning, My notes say "I'm out, I just know it. All of my symptoms match my negative cycle and I know i'm not". Emotional. Pinches on the right side, feel very very specific in the same spot all day. Boobs still sore.
10DPO - Had a pelvic ultrasound today to check on some pains I've had for a few cycles, watched the sonographers face because I have a bit of health anxiety and she looked very surprised at one point!?? Very faint AF cramps in the morning but nothing else for the rest of the day. Boobs and nipples are very sensitive. Cried because I chipped a nail....
11DPO - Af cramps in the morning until lunchtime when pinching in right ovary took over for the rest of the day. Boobs and nipples still very sensitive. Emotional.
12DPO - Took an OPK in the morning because I read that OPK's can detect pregnancy, it basically came up as 'half' a positive, not faint, but not as dark as control line. Everywhere I read said that meant no pregnancy, so didn't take HPT today. Nipples and boobs more sore.
13DPO - Took another OPK because my cramps were so strange, just like AF but sticking to one side. OPK was almost a positive, basically just slightly off. Took a HPT and... Positive!

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I really didn't think I was pregnant, honestly. Despite typing out my notes, it didn't seem obvious to me, and it still doesn't.
I think OPK's really helped because they showed me that I O a little earlier than I thought. It's also worth noting I've had no IB so far!!

Really hoping for a sticky baby and a healthy pregnancy with a baby due in june 17 , I wish you all a massive amount of baby dust and I hope every one of you reading gets a giant BFP!!!!!!!!!!

BFP at 10dpo after the Evra Patch

I cant quite believe its happened so soon - I was convinced that it would take me ages to concieve #2 especilly as my forst month off the patch was a lllloooooonnnnggggg month with no ovulation detected!

i used the clearblue easy monitor which is what i used last time when i conceieved my son on the 2nd month of using it after 3 years off the pill!

last month i had so many symptoms after ovulation.. pains in my boobs, slight nausea, cramps. i stared AF on 7dpo ( thought it could have been IB) so was worried about my LP... this month my main symptom has been, well.. no symptoms..

that said I made a note of anything which may be useful to you guys..

0 - positive OPK - peak on machine - no EWCM BD'd 6.30am
1dpo - a little spotting (ovulations) cm creamy, gas, bloating, ovulation cramos
2dpo - creamy cm, bloating some stomach ache
3dpo - no cm??? slightly tender breasts, bloating, a little cramping but really really mild
4dpo - cm back and creamy, bloating and stomach ache
5dpo - creamy cm, bloated
6dpo - creamy cm, a little twingy cramoy feeling at the left hand side
7dpo - i didnt record anything- i was on holiday and totally forgot about it!
8dpo - creamy cm - took a cheap pregnancy test -ive
9dpo - a little pink spotting, creamy cm, bloated
10dpo - a little pink spotting, creamy cm - faint +ive on a FRER!
11dpo- now - mild cramps occasionally, some waking in the night for a wee (last night 14dpo)
12dpo - did another test (clearblue) pregnant 1-2 weeks
done a few more tests since.. just to make sure!! ha ha

hope this helps.. i think the main thing i get from this is that cm stayed the same from ovulation till now, there was little implantation bleeding - id have missed it if i wasnt looking (with my son i had 3 days of what i thought was a period) ivehad very little cramps and i feel ok....

Suprise BFP after two years of trying

I woke up this morning, and took a pregnancy test and surprise! It was a BFP! I took a FRER just to confirm the Wondfo test.

My husband and I have been trying for two years. I have PCOS and went on Metformin. Went through a few rounds of letrozole and TI. And then got frustrated and stressed out, so I decided we would take the summer "off" from the fertility visits and caring about perfect timing. My last period was end of August and in Early September we took a fun trip to a music festival and then went on another trip for our anniversary. We ate a lot, drank a lot, and relaxed.

I took a pregnancy test when we got home from vacation last week, and it was negative. The only symptom I've had are really sore nipples. So, this morning, I took another one (CD 30) since I'm going on vacation next week again and wanted to see if I should drink. And Voila, BFP!

I cried and laughed and I'm still in shock and disbelief. I haven't told my husband yet. I still can't believe it's happening.

What I did differently this month? "Forgot" about trying to get pregnant (easier said than done). Started taking a liquid D3 supplement and Vitex (although I wasn't very regular with the Vitex).

Symptoms: Heightened sense of smell. Sore boobs/nipples. Breakout on my chin (which could just be from eating crap). Achy muscles.

Prayers for a sticky bean!!

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BFP after Lap, 4th cycle of Femara and 2nd with Prometrium

I wanted to share my BFP story since I always came to this site for hope and reassurance from all the stories here.

This will be our 2nd and we have been trying just under a year. I have endometriosis and had a Lap 4 months before becoming pregnant with my first, and I didn't do any fertility meds and was able to get pregnant naturally.

With this one, I had another lap almost 4 months ago as well this time but stated on Femara the month after having the lap to try to hopefully give my ovulation a boost especially being over 35 now. I did monitoring with the Femara for the 1st 2 cycles but then didn't do any monitoring these past 2 cycles as it was too time consuming. I noticed my luteal phase was getting alot shorter the past few months, down to only 7 days one month so I asked my Dr to start me on progesterone the cycle before I got my BFP to hopefully lengthen it. I took it from 3-4DPO the first cycle and took a test around 14DPO and then stopped taking it and got my period a couple days later.

This cycle I took the progesterone from 4dpo and was busy with family in town and a couple of overnight trips and so I decided not to test and just stop taking the progesterone around 13DPO and let my period come so I didn't have to deal with another negative test. Well period never came and I started to get suspicious around 15-16DPO when my period had not yet come. I decided to wait to test until 18DPO when we got back from a little overnight trip with family. BFP came up right away and super dark!! Made me so glad I waited to test.

I didn't track my DPO symptoms this month because I had symptoms so many other months that turned out to just be PMS and just didnt have time.

I do think we had really great timing this month with BD every other day from about day 10 and BD 2 days before +OPK, day of +OPK and the day after (O day). Other months didn't work out as well so obviously Im sure that helped us get our BFP this month. Also the Femara made me ovulate earlier in my cycle around day 14-15 when normally I ovulate later around 18-20 so that may have helped.

My main symptom and still my #1 symptom currently at 5 weeks is sore boobs. I always usually get sore boobs before AF but they were definitely more sore this time and were more sore on the sides this time. They are now even more sore and all over.
Also have had cramping off and on since around 12-13DPO when I would normally get my period. Very similar to AF cramps with some twinges and sharp pains here and there as well.
Also I have been more hot then usual, several nights sweating alot!
I did also notice alot of CM around 16-17DPO.
One other random thing which I am not sure if is related is I found like 3-4 long hairs on my breasts. I normally get one random one every once in awhile which I pluck but i had at least 3-4 this month which was kind of wierd but I didn't think anything of it at the time but maybe a hormonal thing?

Praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby. God is so good! Good luck and baby dust to all of you!

BFP after over 2 years with short luteal phase!!

So I want to start off with how much this website has helped me in the 2 years of ttc!! I promised myself after I got my bfp that I would post my symptoms and my baby boy is now 13 months old and I'm finally getting the time to write this!
About me. I have had 23-24 day periods since I could remember. Never did I think it would prevent me from getting pregnant. After 1 yr of ttc I met a coworker who got pregnant using ovulation sticks so I started using them and found out my luteal phase was only 7 days long! I researched till my eyes bled. (I have already tried vitex and preseed with no luck) I found that vitamin b6 could lengthen my luteal phase. I started with 50mg everyday then 100 then 150. And I also used softcups to keep the sperm in there where it needs to be! My luteal phase went from 7 days to 12 in those 3 months and BAM I got blessed with the most amazing baby boy a mother could ask for. I still thank god everyday for him. I wanted to share with you ladies in hopes that I could help one woman who felt as hopeless as I did to get their miracle. If anyone tries please message me to let me know if it worked for you... Id love to hear!!
I got my BFP 10dpo after a million BFNs. My only symptom was while I was jogging on 9-10dpo I felt like I was going to pee my pants everytime my feet hit the pavement. I truly thought I was getting a UTI but it was ONLY while I jogged. No pain either. I hope my story and methods help!! Babydust to every single woman wanting a miracle!!

I prayed for this bean to stay stuck...

So my husband 36 and myself 33 have been ttc since we were married in 2011 almost five years! We had one pregnancy that lasted for 11 weeks and three chemical pregnancies. Well here is how I received my BFP this time :)

I was on 50mg of clomid the two cycles previously but ran out of prescription.
I usually take .125mcg of synthroid and 7.5mg two times daily of Sustained release T3 for my Hypothyroidism, however I upped my T3 to 15mg twice a day to see if it made me more energetic as I kept forgetting my mid day dose and had tons of extras.

I was on quite a sushi kick for the TWW, however before we all panic it was cooked sushi!
Started going to a chiropractor as I had hip/back issues and had one massage too.
Didn't do ovulation testing due to it being a break cycle and no fertility meds, however we maintained our schedule with pre-seed and softcup combo CD 8 - CD 12. Didn't really track nothing this month as I just feel like a failure after years and years!

We did the deed on CD 5, CD 8, CD 10, CD 12, CD 18. My cycles are max 23 days, usually 21 so we were on a family trip and came back on CD 24 and tested mid afternoon and it came up positive. I just thought I was late from the clomid in my system from previous two months?! Totally shocked as I haven't had any symptoms that I can recall, maybe a bit tender breasts and frequent peeing, little diarrhea on CD 17 now I am a bit dizzy CD 25? Which all before have happened with no BFP.

I hope this is the one that sticks for us, I would be more than blessed and would thank the heavens above!!!

Wishing you all the luck on your ttc :)

BFP at 8dpo after 3 years TTC & 2 miscarriages

So happy to be able to say DH and I are expecting baby no.1 after 3 years of TTC and 2 miscarriages.
DH was diagnosed with a grade 3 varicocele in February, had embolism surgery in April and here we are 2 months later with our BFP.
Wanted to leave my story for anyone out there who might be struggling with infertility or who might have suffered a loss, hope is still there!
So here is my dpo info for you.
Day before O day and O day we BD, my first 2 pregnancies happened by doing this.
Ovulation was particularly 'strong' this cycle, cramps and EWCM abundant.
1-6dpo - I usually feel hopeful every cycle but this time I felt something had happened as my nipples were only sore on O day and usually they stay sore until at least 5-8dpo.
7dpo - Mild twingy cramps started.
8dpo - I decided to test as I had had some funny twingy cramps low down 7dpo and 8dpo and up popped a faint positive! My previous two BFPs didn't show up until 10dpo and we're much fainter. The cramps carried on until about 9/10dpo and then stopped. Now my uterus just feels a little bit strained when I stretch.
11dpo - Took the test I have pictured.
12dpo - Boobs started to hurt a little.
Praying for a sticky baby!
Good luck ladies.

BFP!!! 5 cycles ttc first baby age 30

I'm 30 DH is 32. We decided to ttc in December (but stopped trying for two months in amongst this time to avoid a december due date) after 10 years together married for 5 years both of us had been career focused until now.

After 3 months of ttc we began to panic that nothing was happening.... after 10 years of being so careful not to conceive both of us healthy non smokers and very light drinkers we were so sure it would happen immediately.... I became so obsessive and so worried about it that I was sure there was something wrong....

So I cleaned up my diet to super healthy and exercised more losing about 14lbs over a month or two going from a dress size 16 to 14 took folic acid magnesium vitamin D zinc and vit b6 supplements to balance my hormones and aid fertility hubby took zinc vit c and selenium supplements too so he could hopefully produce some super sperm.

The month of my bfp I had just bought some fertility crystals that I carried around with me and kept a rose quartz under the bed doing everything that could possibly help. I'd been tracking my cycles on a fertility friend app and using opks and noticed that my luteal phase was quite short (10/11 days) so I also tried agnus castus this month at just 20 drops of tincture once a day all through my cycle (half the recommended dose as I'd read mixed reviews n didn't want to disturb my otherwise very regular cycles if it wasn't right for me) along with the vitamins n minerals for hormone balance.

I'm not sure if the crystals or the agnus castus done it or if they just coincided with when it was meant to happen but I was so happy to see a BFP after a few heartbreaking BFNs!!! This process has taught me that some things do just take time and there is no need to panic if it doesn't happen straight away.

We had been BDing every other day on a fairly strict schedule throughout the months of trying but when I spoke to a doctor about it during a routine smear test he advised us just to BD as much as possible anytime of my cycle n not to even think about timing of it or schedules and just do it all the time. He also suggested the supplements I used and to use a pillow under my hips after BDing which we did this cycle.

My symptoms were as follows...

CD1-4 Period
CD 10-12 lots of ewcm
CD12 and 13 +ve opk
CD14 -ve opk and ovulation pain along with a horrible migraine
CD15-17 Sharp stabbing pains on the right ovary area thought must be ovulation pain but was worried that it continued for so long as I don't normally get ovulation pain at all.
CD18-21 No Symptoms ovary pain eased but still niggles a little. Quite grumpy.
CD22 Huge emotional breakdown couldn't stop crying for a whole evening after work. Thought I was getting my period craving chocolate n felt really angry for unknown reasons but so upset thinking we were out again this month.
CD23 weepy and grumpy again feeling cramps like period cramps begin but feel different more like shooting pains than period pains.
CD24 Heavy feeling in breasts with shooting pains around the nipples.
CD25 -ve hpt period due today no show
CD26 Heavy breasts and cramps like before no period I normally have aching heavy breast just before period n my symptoms have been so similar to my normal period symptoms
CD27 Still no period test again....BFP +ve clear blue digital HPT states 1-2 weeks pregnant so so happy.

Still getting the odd cramping bout and stabbing pains in ovary area but not as severe. Im also experiencing lots of wind and alternating constipation or the runs and have started to become quite nauseous first thing in the morning. Praying that nothing goes wrong with my little sticky bean. Still taking the supplements and now just 10 drops of agnus castus tincture once daily which i intent to keep taking up until week 12 just incase that was what helped me this cycle.

My absolute best wishes to everyone out there ttc I now have a much better understanding of what an emotional roller coaster this journey can be and a huge amount of respect for people out there still trying! Good luck everyone! Xx

BFP! Beginners luck with clomid + IUI

Like so many others, I never thought this day would come but we finally have our first ever BFP! I'm 33 and my husband is 35. We've been married for 7 years and decided last year that we are ready to start a family. When I stopped the pill in January 2015, I was sure that I would be pregnant in no time. We are both healthy, fit, eat well, no health issues, and all of our siblings had multiple children easily. So when 6 months went by and we still weren't pregnant, we decided to see an OB/GYN. I had started to have pre-period spotting every cycle for 2-5 days before AF, so I thought this could be an issue. I had the normal bloodwork done: FSH, Day 21 progesterone, prolactin, vaginal ultrasound, physical exam, etc. but all normal and no reason to explain the spotting. Anyways, we decided to get more serious and started BBT charting, using OPKs, pre-seed, I tried vitamin B6 and red raspberry leaf a few cycles for the spotting issue. I would get a smiley face on the CB Digital OPK or CBFM (I was using both at some point) around CD 11-13, followed by strong ovulation cramps the next day, and a temp rise the following day, and we nailed the BD timing cycle after cycle but still nothing.

Finally, we were referred to a RE who did further preliminary work. AMH (1.65), HSG, hysteroscopy, semen analysis. All normal with the exception of husband's SA which showed slightly low morphology although he was making up for it in numbers--count was 200+ million. RE said we fall into the unexplained infertility category. She recommended we start with 3 rounds of clomid, even though I ovulate on my own--multiple eggs could help increase our chances. We decided to try on our own for a few more cycles, but still nothing. Finally, we decided to try a first round of clomid. And in the meantime, we thought to have my husband rechecked to see if the morphology had changed since last time. I was devastated when his second SA came back terrible. Count was down to 60 million (which is still considered normal) but morphology was down to 2%. He was referred to a urologist who did some more testing and determined that he had slightly low testosterone and too many white blood cells in semen culture. Anyways, husband was put on clomid (25mg every other day) for low T and an antibiotic (3 week course) for the possible infection.

Clomid cycle #1
Clomid 50mg for 5 days (CD 4-8)
CD13 - follicle scan showed 2 follicles: 23mm and 25mm, uterine lining perfect.
CD13 afternooon - smiley face on OPK, BD that night
CD 14 - BD in AM and PM, strong ovulation cramps in afternoon through evening
1DPO - BD in the morning
No need to test as AF arrived right on time, even with my usual 3 days of pre-AF spotting.

Given the slight male factor issue and detrimental effects of continued clomid use (thin lining, no ewcm, etc.), we decided to skip another round of clomid only and move on to clomid + IUI.

Clomid + IUI cycle
Clomid 50mg for 5 days (CD 4-8) - BTW, I had heavily researched the difference between taking clomid cd3-7 or cd5-9 and I learned that taking clomid CD3-7 produces multiple eggs, while CD5-9 produces better quality egg(s) (but maybe not more than 1). As I already ovulate on my own, I opted for something in between (CD4-8) to hopefully produce multiple eggs but also healthy mature eggs.

CD12 follicle scan: 2 follicles, 1 on each side, each measuring 25mm. Uterine lining 10.6mm.
Nurse mentions that these follicles are pretty big but still good. She instructs me to trigger with Ovidrel shot that night and IUI is scheduled for 36 hours later. Of course, I researched ideal follicle size like crazy and everything I read said that 25mm may be over ripe, so I was already bummed out before we even did the IUI.
That afternoon I got a smiley face on my OPK and panicked! Do I still use the trigger shot if my body is already surging? Shouldn't we move up the IUI to tomorrow? I researched like crazy and everything I read said that if you have an LH surge, IUI should be the next day. I called the after-hours line and spoke with a nurse who was clueless and told me to stay on schedule, still trigger tonight and IUI in 36 hours. But that didn't feel right. After studying my last 20+ cycles, I know that I always ovulate the day after a positive OPK, which would be tomorrow. Anyways, I have a moment of calm and think maybe I should just listen to the specialists. My husband gives me the Ovidrel trigger at 9pm. BD tonight

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