After 15 long months, we are finally pregnant! I wanted to submit my story because I really benefited from reading these stories throughout my time TTC. A quick back story is that my husband and I were trying to conceive for our first as soon as we were married. Me (31) and my husband (30) want 4 children and we figured we'd better get on it. I had heard from my co-workers and friends how challenging TTC can be, so we thought we try. We found out the hard way that trying to have a baby isn't so easy.
I tried everything under the sun during these 15 months including tracking basal body temperature, opks-both cheap and expensive, preseed, coq10, cod liver oil, fertiliaid, vitex, prenatals, Femara, progesterone, municex, eating pineapple, consuming high fat dairy products during ovulation, waiting 15 minutes after sex with legs up on the headboard, softcups, sperm-meets-egg-plan, daily sex during fertile window, sex every other day, cutting caffeine and alcohol, detoxing, yoga to stimulate fertility, exercise, decreasing exercise, and husband taking supplements including fish oil, coq10, and men's daily vitamin. I tried everything I read within reason.
After about 6 months of TTC I went for a preconception appointment. Within a couple months of that I was having inconsistent results on OPKs and I was prescribed Femara to promote ovulation and progesterone to encourage implantation. My husband had a semen analysis that came back all good as well. I stopped using digital OPKs because I didn't feel as though I was getting an accurate reading.
12 months into TTC I got an HSG test done that came back normal. I also have had bloodwork done on my thyroid, FSH levels, AMH levels, progesterone levels, and probably others that all came back normal and healthy. There appeared to be no reason why I wasn't getting pregnant, but I wasn't. My husband and I are healthy adults who exercise regularly and eats healthy (to a degree- I love sweets :) and my husband loves beer).
15 months TTC I met with the RE who said I would likely be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. She explained there was a couple more tests she could do, but that IUI with Clomid would likely be our best option, but we only had a 10% chance of that working. We could later consider IVF which has a 70% chance of working.
2 weeks later, I got a faint positive at 9 dpo. I am in shocked and cried tears of joy! I just fall to my knees and praise the Lord for this blessing! I had a feeling this might be our month!
Here's my breakdown:
What I did differently:
Much more apathetic about trying as I knew we were meeting with the RE.
Stopped using Femara (I had been using for past 5 cycles or more)
Didn't obsess as much over timing, OPK testing, and HPTs
First month using Fertiliaid. I do not think this is the only reason I got pregnant, but I may have helped
What I used:
Preseed- great lube regardless of TTC
Tracking BBT to confirm Ovulation
OPK- cheap online strips with afternoon urine
Prenatal, CodLiver Oil, Vitex, Fertiliaid
We BD: CD 5, 10,12, 15, and 17. I think I ovulated CD 14 per OPK and BBT.
DPO: 1-5 No Symptoms. I noticed absolutely nothing which was different in other cycles. I perhaps had some fatigue, but that's also normal for me.
6-7 DPO: Spotting. I am a chronic spotter, but not this early. It was a watery brown on my underwear and when I wiped. It seemed to stop 8 dpo, but I noticed more the morning of 9 DPO.
9 DPO- brownish spotting when I wiped, but I noticed a faint line on the Wondfo brand. After 15 months- I've learned if that if you really want to see a line, you'll see a line, but I took a first response 6 days soon and saw a faint, but clear line. My first ever BFP!!! I cried and cried and praised God.
I was told I needed IUI or IVF to have a baby, but we did it all naturale! I was prepared to do whatever it took to have a baby, but God had a plan for us already.
In my 15 months TTC, 30+ women I knew personally announced their pregnancy. Please know that through this journey TTC you are not alone. Don't give up hope! Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel! For me it was sadness, anger, jealousy, resentment, hopelessness, fear, but I tried to hold on to hope, love, joy, passion, and appreciation for my marriage and life without children yet.
Don't give up hope! Continue to pray and seek support from women in your life who understand the difficulties of TTC. Good luck to all!