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BFP after 4 CP's and 15 months, first time Clomid success, spotting

I started TTC'ing in August 2014. I have regular cycles and really didn't think it would take long to get pregnant (I was 31 and healthy). In September 2014 I tried opk's and to my surprise, I didn't get a positive opk until CD 20, which is crazy considering my 28ish day cycles. I then started temping and this confirmed late ovulation and short LP. The doctor dismissed my concerns and said to stop stressing. Fast forward a while and I had 3 confirmed CP's and one suspected. My doctor agreed to refer me to a fertility clinic where they did a full workup. Everything looked fine except slightly high TSH (5-6). I started on Synthroid and Progesterone supps during the luteal phase. Almost right away, I started ovulating earlier which I thought was great. But I then started having a lot of spotting around ovulation (I could feel ovulation for sure!) and during my LP. I tried not to worry about it but it was hard. After 5 cycles of nothing happening since the last CP, my doctor ordered a HSG and gave me a prescription for Clomid (50mg). I decided to go against the doctors orders to get the HSG before trying Clomid. I o'ed on CD 13! And sure enough, BFP first try on Clomid at 9DPO on Cycle 15! No one knows why the Clomid worked. I had a lot of spotting again ... 3DPO until 9DPO and then again a few times in the following weeks. Mostly brown and pink.
Beta's were 10DPO 18, 13DPO 64, 15 DPO 208, 22DPO 5300, 29 DPO 23000, 36 DPO 48300 (it starts to slow at this point)

My first symptoms were irritability and constipation. The constipation and bloating were pretty bad for 3 weeks (and I never have this issue). Breasts are sore. Right at the 6 week mark hit, the nausea started and hasn't let up since.

I am now 7 weeks 3 days and saw the little bean yesterday. Heartbeat was 155bpm. Still nervous but it's looking good so far. I've never made it past 5 weeks before. My advice would be to trust your gut. If you think something seems off, keep pestering your doctor. I'm so glad I didn't wait until the 1 year mark.

BFP during extended nursing, short-ish LP, bleeding (Long)

34 y/o, husband is 35. We have a 2y/o son who I have been nursing this entire time. He only night nurses now. Cycles 'returned' in February of this year (when he was around 16 months) but weren't anywhere near normal until June, ranging anywhere from 26-65 days. We have been TTC his sibling since my cycle returned.

I started using OPKs in May, assuming that because my cycle had started back up I was ovulating around the same time I did prior to giving birth (day 13/14) so I wouldn't continue using the OPKs past that point, assuming I had not ovulated if no surge was detected. I could not have been more wrong and should have realized things were different now. In June, I began to use the OPK thru the entire month because I feared something was wrong. On CD22 I detected my surge. Our timing was off that month (hard to get things done with a toddler around!) and my period came on CD33. In July I repeated the process, detected my surge on CD19, all the timing lined up and had tons of EWCM but no luck. Started my period on CD28, for a LP of 9 days. I was a little scared about a LP defect but persevered. More of the same in August, ovulation on CD19, timed our BD accordingly, period began on CD27, LP was only 8 days. My awesome OBGYN told me I would have to quite nursing entirely to conceive. Challenge accepted!

I took Vitex for the first week of my September cycle but it was causing severe headaches that would last days. The moment I stopped, they stopped also.

Breakdown:

CD1-CD16: low temps, cramping, EWCM on CD12, 13, 14, 15, BD CD13, 15 and again on CD18

CD17: intense, gripping pain on both sides of my hips and in my back early in the morning, blazing positive OPK AM, Midday, and later evening, EWCM, absolute lowest temp I have seen in several months of temping (96.47, coverline is 97.13)

CD18: creamy cm, scant; OPK unquestionably negative, temp still lower but a significant rise over the previous day (.3); this day I also noticed I was having trouble making a BM which is very atypical for me, I'm a regular kind of girl!, breasts hurting which is usually my go to verification that ovulation has occurred

CD19(1dpo): big temp rise (.5), BD, starving, breast pain gone; CM swinging between copious and creamy and scant EWCM; mild headache; extremely tired; all normal symptoms of higher progesterone for me except this next one: EXTREMELY SHARP pain shooting from behind and into my right nipple. it hurt so suddenly I cried out and scared my son. gone as quick as I noticed it.

CD20(2dpo): nose is stuffy, so much so that I'm mouth breathing a lot at night and getting worried my temps won't be consistent this month. temp up another .2; leaked breastmilk all over my tank top while sleeping, hasn't happened since I first began nursing two years ago, I rarely even get engorged anymore. Hmmm. So hungry I was shaking; terribly metallic/bitter/sharp taste when brushing my teeth, mouthwash made it worse.; flushed, burning eyes, tired, headache

CD21(3dpo): I have to get up in the middle of the night to pee, i can normally sleep straight through; temp up again .5; having cramps like AF is coming and feeling like I'm out this month; GIANT cystic pimple under my chin, in my "hormone" spot that I used to get them in when I was a teenager, mortifying. Pinching pain on right, cramping on left at night; another sharp pain in my right breast, behind nipple, not as bad as the first one

CD22(4dpo): definitely peeing more, getting up 1 to 2 times a night no matter how much or little I drink; stronger cramps today, not painful but feel exactly like AF, breasts almost feel sore again, particularly when I lean into something that presses my nipples back; so hungry I had to eat mid morning; more shooting pains in breasts, both left and right; a weird thing and I dont' know what to make of it: this day on my way to the bank and at costco two honey bees hitched a ride on me. The first time it was on my hand that was holding my phone, second was on my back. I'm a beekeeper and they just don't typically grab onto moving objects. It was super weird.

CD23(5dpo): headache again, every day since O; oily skin and hair, figure I'm going to be right on time for AF; breasts sore on bottom, which is unusual and nipples are dark, not pale like they normally are; bad AF like cramps around noonish; hungry but filling up fast, frustrating; husband follows me after I use the bathroom and comes out asking if I ate something weird because my pee smelled like catnip, which he could still smell after I had flushed. Weird and a little gross. Bad cramps and pelvic pressure after 10pm, while i'm trying to sleep

CD24(6dpo): low cramps; feeling nauseated but I had just gotten some terribly sad news about two people who used to work for me; feeling hot; waking more frequently to pee at night; headache

At home insemination did it work?

Ok chicks so the hubby brought to my attention how in the heck could female couples allow their partner to lay with a man to become pregnant. I laughed and said artificial insemination!!!!!! So interesting enough we are reading articles and desperate journeys to become pregnant. Women: We are crazy lol. We said no way this works so only way to find out was to test it out.

We bought ovulation test strips, pre-seed, and about 15 $1 hpt's. I am normal 30 day cycle so waiting around for 14 days after period I wake up one morning majorly turned on CD9. I tested positive on opk. So the journey begins. All sperm was collected into a cup. 3 injections within 2 days of 1 teaspoon pre-seed and approximately 2 tablespoons semen. Injected with an oral medicine syringe. Using saline made it watery and wanted to drip out. Anywho I sat on arm of couch and laid back so hips was elevated. Hubby slowly injected semen all around my cervix(cervix was open but never entered it with syringe) we waited 5 minutes then he gave me clitoral simulation as we read orgasm helps cervix dip low into canal. Testing this was exciting, fun, and brought us closer it was like an activity or something.

CD9 positive opk @ 11am. BD 8pm & 10pm 8-26-15
CD10 positive opk @ 11am BD 9pm 8-27-15
CD11 positive opk @ 11am work over so no BD but stomach is cramping like crazy never felt these cramps before. 8-28-15
CD12 positive opk @ 11 cramps so severe no BD fever 99.8 never had ovulation cramps like this. 8-29-15
CD13 positive opk @ 11am 4 +opk????? Cramping and belly sounds like a bubble fest going on. Diarrhea. Dry mouth. Fever 99.7 8-30-15
CD14 positive opk AGAIN!!!! I said this has to mean I'm pregnant but this early??? HPT - of course. Same symptoms. Food aversions I wanted bell peppers just raw! 8-31-15
CD15 positive opk again same symptoms HPT - 9-1-15
CD16 Wow positive opk same symptoms adding back n shoulder pain. HPT - 9-2-15
CD17 positive opk belly ache, emotional, no appetite, sore body HPT - 9-3-15
CD18 omg positive opk extremely energetic today and so overly happy HPT - 9-4-15
CD18 opk still positive still energetic and happy HPT - 9-5-15
CD19 -opk -HPT I'm thinking well AF must be around the corner but got gas really bad. Stomach cramps back. Now I'm unhappy. 9-6-16
CD20 positive opk uh huh? WOW!!! Happy again thinking this is a sign!!!! Energized with gas and bloating. HPT @ 3pm BFP omg faint but very positive!!!!!!! 9-7-15
CD21 positive opk faint BFP on HPT. Severe cramping. Go to doctor he tells me my pregnancy test is negative. Excuse me? I'm sent to hospital for further testing. HCG came back 17. So I was testing + on dollar store cheapies with HCG of 17. 9-8-15
CD22 bed rest still cramps and lethargic. 9-9-15 HPT +
CD23 wake with unbearable cramps went to emergency room crying ultrasound shown cysts on ovaries. HCG now 55. Bed rest see obgyn 48 hours.9-10-15
CD24 bloat and severe cramps doubled over walking and crying. Positive HPT 9-11-15
CD25 obgyn HCG now 117 ultrasound shown blood and fluid in my pelvis but I've had no bleeding or spotting. She wants to take me into surgery right tube swollen size of 2 fingers she said its ectopic and tube ruptured. Yeah well you better go get me a second opinion lady. So she gets mad that I question her expertise and I call her a few choice words. A high risk specialist is sent in to talk me into going to surgery. He says sweetheart get back on the table I want to do an exam myself BC I looked at your ultrasound from the ER. Tube was in tact even though swollen and cysts on right ovary was gone they had ruptured!!! Explains the pain and blood. He calls for chick Dr to come in room and he explained it to her. He said I ovulated from both ovaries, corpus luteum was on both ovaries. But the tube swollen was the issue. I refused surgery and opted bed rest. I went home thinking what can I do besides pray? Steroids!!!!! Yes I had prednisone at home from when I had poison ivy and safe for pregnant women. I took 1 when got home 6 hours later pain was decreasing. Took 1 every 12 hours for next 2 days well well well pain completely vanished I feel happy and pregnant. 9-12, 13, 14-2015.
CD28 wake up happy obgyn HCG 937 progesterone excellent. He said I'm so happy you didn't choose surgery. Me too doc! He adopted me as his patient only. He said I think this is going to be a special pregnancy and interesting and I want to be your care provider to witness this miracle. We hugged and I'm crying with joy. He said go home and rest no work until ultrasound on 9-30-15 :)

Sorry this was so long but thanks for reading and ladies prednisone took my swelling away and helped absorb the blood and fluid in my pelvis. Since I ovulated from both sides we're hoping twins!

BFP 5th cycle after stopping breastfeeding!

I am estatic to share my bfp story! Like everyone else reading everyone elses story helps make that two week wait a little easier!

My cycle didn't return until 6 weeks after stopping BF my son. My first few cycles we used OPKs timed intercourse perfectly but kept getting bfns. I did note that my luteal phase was short 9-10days.
After the 3rd cycle with a short luteal phase I started blackmores conceive well gold tablets. (I was on blackmores pregnancy and BF tablets before that) and also started taking 50mg vit b6.

This cycle I started drinking one cup of green tea and used pree seed. It seemed to do the trick for us!
I didn't really have many symptoms in the two week wait.

7dpo: some diarrhea
8/9dpo: small amount of spotting
9/10dpo (not 100% sure which day I ovulated.) Bfp ( very faint, barely there on FRER
10/11dpo: much darker Bfp nearly same as control- have started having sore boobies today. But no increased CM

Change Doctors

I'm 36 years old and have been trying to conceive for the last 15 months with zero results. I developed major early spotting (from a few days before my period to 1-2 weeks before my period) with a 32 day cycle. I had never spotted early in my life, this only started after TTC. I had day 4 blood tests twice, both normal. My husband's blood and sperm were checked, both normal. I invested in the Clearblue Fertility Monitor, nothing. My doctor finally put me on progesterone oral tablets for the last 2 weeks of my cycle for 2 months and while the side effects were wicked, I still spotted. After months of visits she gave up on me and suggested if we really wanted to get pregnant right away, to explore IUI... but not to worry because I'm still young and have lots of time. I saw the IUI specialist with the goal of gathering information, she confirmed all the results I had were normal and suggested my spotting was functional. I became resigned to not getting pregnant, was fed up with everything, and found it hard to believe IUI was my only option. Then, encouraged by my friend who got a BFP after 2 years of TTC (she went through 5 different doctors), I decided to see her miracle worker.

That first visit was unreal. She reviewed all of my test results and showed me the estradiol was too high for my age, saying this is usually the first indicator that egg supply and quality is diminishing. She prescribed 4 things:

1) redo blood tests on day 4 of cycle, and included antimulleriana to be checked for the first time (she wanted to confirm if eggs are an issue or not)
2) hysterosalpingogram anytime day 5-10 to make sure my tubes are open
3) "Seidivid" nutritional supplement twice per day. It's supposed to help with egg quality and is composed of myoinositol 2g, melatonin 0.975mg, folic acid 200 mcg, selenium 27.5mcg.
4) progesterone vaginal suppository 200mg once per day to help with spotting (last 2 weeks of cycle)

My feelings during that visit were mixed: gratitude that somebody is finally listening and explaining things to me, fury at the incompetence of my two previous doctors, and sadness that I may have waited too long before TTC... It was all too much, I burst into tears and my doctor ran around the desk to give me a huge hug.

After a day of raging, I moved on... I dutifully took my Seidivid and progesterone and waited for my period so I could do the tests. I have never been so excited for my period to arrive!!! I was relieved to have a course of action, concrete steps to do.

My period never came. I got my first ever BFP!!! Saw my doctor yesterday, I'm just over 5 weeks.

What I have learned through all of this is that there is a range of competence in any field, even medicine. That MD degree doesn't mean they are competent, and it is always worth getting another opinion!!!!!

Bfp after mc and luteal phase defect on

Totally overjoyed but still very cautious. Finally a bfp after 7 months since mc and obsessing over ever little symptom. Ds is 17 months- also conceived on clomid after 14 months ttc
Things I did differently- took b6 vitamins and used progesterone cream. Bought a cbfm which was expensive and didn't give me a peak- this may be because of clomid. We bd every day around middle of month and I put legs over my headboard after- this technique worked for baby one too.
8dpo- woke to strange uterus sensation. Felt heavy
9dpo- heavy feeling again in uterus
10dpo- was surprised I didn't start spotting yet as I usually do 4-5 days before af
11dpo- started spotting. Was upset took at pg test anyhow- negative!
12dpo- more thick pink spotting. Took cb gp test- very very faint line. Hopes up again
13dpo- negative cbdm preg test with fmu. So annoyed with myself for getting excited. Really heavy af feeling and cramps
14dpo- positive test! Spotting stopped. Had confirmed preg test at doc. So relieved!

BFP at 11DPO

For any ladies out there who worry about getting little/no symptoms, I hear you!

Got my BFP yesterday and today at 11/12DPO and I'm ecstatic.

Quick summary:
- very irregular cycles generally 35-44 days
- tried for 3 cycles before getting BFP
- Used Preseed but only sparingly (about 2 pea size drops because DH complains it's too slipper!)
1DP0 to 8DPO - not a single symptom other than interrupted sleep. 8DPO, temp starts to rise and stays high
9DPO - glob a yellow mucus once on the morning
10DPO - moody and insomnia (moody possibl. Because of insomnia!). Temps still high.
11DPO - starting to get mild AF cramping. FRER and Clear Blue Digital both showing positive. FRER was fainter than control line, but still strong. Photos shown were taken on 11DPO
12DPO - tight "pulling" feeling on and off throughout the day on lower right pelvic region. Still experiencing poor sleep. Second BFP thru FRER AND CB Digital.

Over the moon! Baby dust to all! Please keep trying!

BFP (cautiously happy)- after 2 MC, low progesterone, short LP

I had my first baby in the fall of 2012. To my great surprise, he was conceived on the first try. I was not expecting this and in a new job so was not symptom spotting at all. There might have been some but I didn't notice and to be honest, was in denial that I got pregnant so quickly. I had four negative HPTs before I finally got a positive when my period was three weeks late.

My expectations then changed when we decided to try for number two. I began charting my cycles again once they became regular after I was no longer breastfeeding, I notice my LP was shorter than it was pre-baby but not every cycle and not crazy short. We began to try in October 2014 and I once I missed my period I tested and got a faint positive. Sadly this ended in an early miscarriage around five weeks. We started trying again right away but I notice my cycles were really a-typical compared to the norm of 29 days with O on day 17. I had spotting mid-cycle and began to get a very short luteal phase (9-10 days). Many of my symptoms lined up with low progesterone or luteal phase defect.

I went to see a naturopathic doctor as well as my regular doctor, mainly the mid LP spotting was my concern, not particularly not getting pregnant again right away. The NP suggested a list of things to help regulate my cycle, the main one being chaste tree (vitex) and a good quality folic acid. My regular doctor was unconcerned as I had already had one successful pregnancy. I was also doing acupuncture pre/post ovulation at this time.

My first month on vitex I became pregnant again and was thrilled. However, this ended in miscarriage as well at about 5.5 weeks (very much the same as the first MC). Devastating. Now I knew something was certainly wrong so back to the doctors I went. I was referred to an OB by both doctors and had to wait patiently for my appointment this month.

My appointment just happened to be the day I was ovulating for the month. The OB ordered some blood work to be done on day 22 of my cycle and told me to contact him right away if I became pregnant. For some reason I gave up caring this cycle and was very positive at the same time. Here's what happened...

1-6 DPO irritable but nothing physical
7 DPO teeny tiny spotting
8 DPO lots of yellow creamy CM, itchy nipples, not normal pms...I started to get suspicious...
9 DPO tender breasts, nipples were itchy, larger and with a darker ring around the edges.
10 DPO same as 9DPO and the fact that I hadn't spotted again convinced me to POAS. I wanted to know asap to be able to call the Dr. as it was a Friday. So, I went for it with an afternoon pee and very quickly a faint but clear BFP. I saw my regular Dr. right away as he is in communication with my OB and the OB was in hospital. I was prescribed progesterone pills which I have been taking daily.

13 DPO another darker HPT and continued symptoms of tender breasts, more frequent bathroom trips, bloating and fatigue in the evenings.

We/I did not do anything different this cycle. In fact, I O'd earlier then expected resulting in just one, maybe two possible good baby dances. We used pre-seed sometimes and OPKs.

My blood work did confirm low progesterone at levels that were "unlikely to sustain a pregnancy" so hopefully with the help of these pills and continued healthy eating and supplements I should be able to carry this pregnancy to term.

I am now just trying not to worry too much. HA!

Overall, we were not "trying" for very long. Nine cycles all together with two miscarriages and two breaks from being in separate cities. I hope this gives some hope to anyone else with low progesterone/short luteal phases. Much baby dust to all.

BFP with fibroids, spotting, short LP, hypothyroid

Hi all, writing because of how helpful everyone's stories were to me and because I believe so fully that the steps I took to get my BFP were critical and feel it's important to share in case it could be helpful to anyone out there! Hence the length of this post :)

DH and I are both 34. Started trying in August 2014 after having been off BCP for about 2.5 years. The prior December I had noticed spotting before AF which was new for me, but I guess since we weren't trying I wasn't that concerned/focused on it. But when nothing happened in the first two cycles I also realized my cycle was 27-29 days but my LP was only 9-11 days. Was concerned that I had low progesterone causing AF to come too soon, or maybe something on the other side of the cycle causing late/weak ovulation. So I went to see a gynecologist at a very well-respected practice/hospital to check things out. I was diagnosed there with small fibroids, largest was 2cm. Gyn said she wasn't concerned at all about the short LP or the fibroids and to keep trying. I was not satisfied with her response so in January I went to see a functional medicine doctor (more holistic/natural approach) to delve more into the issue (had to wait to switch from HMO to PPO insurance plan bc my PCP wouldn't refer me). She tested my blood for a laundry list of hormone, vitamin, blood lipid, and mineral levels and diagnosed me with estrogen dominance (VERY common if you've been on BCP - which I was for 17 years - but for some reason not always fully accepted/diagnosed in western medical community). Progesterone was normal at 19.5 ng/mL (?) at 7DPO but estradiol was way too high at 249 (pg/mL?) when the luteal phase range should have been 56-214. Whatever those units are supposed to be - very difficult to conceive with that ratio. And thyroid was sluggish, too with TSH at 3.05.

So for a few months she put me on an all-natural hormone balancing protocol to help reduce estradiol and prop up thyroid function. Daily I was taking:
-Estrium (a powdered mix you put into water or make a smoothie with which balances hormones);
-Advaclear (a liver support supplement as it's the liver that metabolizes/helps you excrete excess hormones including estrogen);
-FemOne (multivitamin formulated for women - with the right selenium/iodine to support thyroid function);
-vitamin D (4000 i.u. per day for 2 months and then down to 2000 i.u.);
-cod liver oil or fish oil;
-vitamin C;
-and a probiotic.

The other thing to note is that I've been on the paleo diet for about 4 years now and that the functional med doc told me this was the exact diet she would have put me on if i wasn't already on it. No gluten, no dairy (except I still use butter in cooking), no soy. So this would have been a big change too, had my dietary choices not already lined up with her recommendations.

Sounds like a lot but because I believed so strongly in everything I was doing it was no big deal at all. After two months no BFP but numbers were improving so I was optimistic. However TSH was still too high indicating a still-sluggish thyroid so I ALSO then went on 30mg of Armour Thyroid (the natural version of Synthroid). The reason we didn't start there was that excess estrogen/low thyroid can be chicken/egg situation so we isolated one thing first to see if balancing sex hormones would improve thyroid. Ultimately needed help with both. But anyway, after a few months of improvements to estrogen dominance (spotting went from 5 days pre-AF to 1 day), and literally just a few weeks on Armour, got my BFP. I'm 12 weeks now and just had an ultrasound where I saw the little guy/girl bouncing up a storm in there like a gummy bear!!!!!!

I wanted to write all this out because I so firmly believe that a good functional med doc can get to the bottom of things that a western med doc might not prioritize or even understand - they aren't necessarily trained in the subtleties of hormone interactions. My PCP actually said to me, "I don't know how to interpret these numbers." Thank goodness we do have western medicine - and the reproductive technology to assist when that's what is needed - but this isn't always necessary or even appropriate as an approach. Case in point: during this time I also went to a fertility clinic to get genetic testing and a fertility workup and they straight up told me that all my levels were good (AMH, FSH, etc) so if we hadn't conceived in our 6-7 months of trying (plus the prior 2.5 years of "pulling out") that our chances were less than 4% of conceiving naturally. Literally the day after she told me this we conceived.

BFP first month trying with short luteal phase

Been charting for a few months, noticed a short luteal phase of about 10 days so was a little concerned about my fertility so partner and I decided to start TTC right away, my partner saying I would owe him dinner if it worked first time! I am 28 and he is 30.

We BDd 7 times, mostly during the fertile window. Didn't do anything particularly special to try and help things along.

My symptoms were all extremely mild before I got my first BFP (9dpo), I don't think they were preg symptoms, just my body doing its usual thing.

0-8dpo usual stuff. Some small amounts of creamy/sticky CM. Feeling quite PMS-y.

9dpo decided to try a cheap pregnancy test. Showed a very faint line. Partner thought I was being crazy as to him it looked like a shadow, but I could see the outline. By the end of the day, I had decided I was imagining things. Tired. Mild cramps. Very mild tender BBs. Dizzy. I put these symptoms down to it being hot/AF on her way.

10dpo BFP! Partner still doesn't believe me, but it's pink today and so obviously there. By the end of the day I've taken another test and partner admits to seeing a line. Tired. Emotional. Low mood. Irritated. Cramps. Tender boobs. Heavy feeling down below, need to pee lots. Dizziness. Still having doubts as to legitimacy of faint line.

11dpo Clearer BFPs, thankfully! Trusting the lines more now. Watery CM. Hungry. Emotional - crying over silly things. Irritated. Cramps. Tender BBs. Need to pee lots. Dizziness.

12dpo Cried whilst listening to the radio where a woman described how she fell down the stairs but was fine afterwards. Actually cried about 5 times over stuff that wasn't that sad. Sometimes happy tears too! Also felt slightly sick all day after gagging on my breakfast. Tired. Cramps. VERY tender BBs. Dizziness. Nausea.

13dpo BFP clearer still. Starting to believe this is real. Guess I owe my partner dinner!

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