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BFP with unexpected symptoms

Another BFP story from an older mom with TTC/loss/rainbow baby experience…

I have a short LP (10-12 days), so by the time it makes sense to POAS, I already get my period or indications of it. And this cycle was the same. Here are my symptoms by dpo:

1-7 dpo: nothing in particular
7-8 dpo: stabbing pain in breasts (typical AF symptom for me)
9 dpo: I went and bought a big box of sweets for hubby and me. I was emotional and irritable. (Both, also AF symptoms for me).
10 dpo: My BBT fell, close to, but not below coverline. I also had a lower backache and felt moody/irritable. (All AF symptoms).

I felt like testing late in the evening (10dpo), just to be sure. I fully expected AF to come soon, but I guess I didn’t want it to. I used a Wondfo dip strip. It says you should read it after 5 minutes (no upper limit given). I forgot and looked after 10 minutes. There was a faint but visible second line. Even hubby, who doesn’t know anything about POAS or faint lines) could see it. I thought it must be an evaporation line.

I went and took care of some business. Two hours later, I wanted to test again, because I felt some slight soreness on my breasts and irritated/sensitive nipples (not AF symptoms). I used a SurePredict and a Wondfo. Read both at 5 minutes, but both were negative. After another 5 minutes or so, I looked with a flashlight and both had a second line. I couldn’t leave this hanging in the air. So, I went ahead and used a FRER and got a clear positive at midnight!

I already got confirmed with a blood test and put on progesterone. Now in the waiting game and hoping and praying that it sticks!

Just when we were going to "stop trying"

My history:
30, Skinny PCOS since 7th grade, cycles over 160 days, 1 ruptured ectopic.

I always knew it was going to be hard for me to have a baby. But there's nothing more I wanted in life. My husband and I started trying about 2 years ago. From all the research I was doing, I knew I had to get my cycles regulated before anything would happen. So i started Vitex. I did vitex for six months, I was getting my period closer to 40/50 day cycles, but still no egg. I found a wonderful RE that would check me out whenever I thought I might be ovulating. I had an HSG done, left tube was blocked - from the ectopic. I was hoping there was some miracle and it would open up by itself, but obviously that's not possible. Anyways, fast forward another 6 months, we decided to try Clomid. Worked great the first cycle - one follicle at 22 and one at 24 (both on open right side). Hubby's sperm was good and abundant so we skipped IUI thinking it would naturally happen. Triggered and all that hoopla. Maybe our timing was off - BFN..womp womp, even used Pre-seed
Second round of clomid, one follicle on right, one on left. we figured not to waste money in IUI because of the low chances. Follies were smaller too, BFN
Third and final round of clomid. Hubby and I agreed we would stop any kind of intervention after this go, if it happens, it happens, if it doesn't, its not in God's will. We said we'd do the IUI this time with progesterone supplementation, RE agreed

Here are the details of this two week wait:

Day of IUI - argument with hubby about something pointless- thought the stress would count me out, IUI hurt like a B*TCH!!!!
1 DPO/IUI- Nothing significant, moody and bloated from progesterone
2 DPO - Nausea, but this was probably from the progesterone. some boob pain too, but my boobs are always hurting
3 DPO - weird runny nose, continued bloating and nausea
4 DPO - exhausted beyond exhausted, i'm still blaming the progesterone in my head
5 DPO - runny nose, bloating, nausea goes down
6 DPO - Runny nose, and I had a pinch on the lower left of my uterus and it made me scream a little. (I'm thinking that was an implantation pinch)
7 DPO - Nothing except runny nose on an off, fatigue
8 DPO - Same, I'm thinking I'm out because my boobs are fine, no changes in CM from other failed cycles, no nausea
9-11 DPO - Same - absolutely no symptoms that stood out to me that would be different from a PMS cycle (Back pain, fatigue)
12 DPO - Have a gut feeling I should test. I know they say you should wait 14 days after trigger shot because it still might be in your syste, I just wanted to see what a positive test looked like - i tested, put the stick behind me, gave myself a pep talk, turned around and my heart sank. The two lines were there!!!!!! and it was a dark second, so I kinda knew it couldn't be the trigger left over.
13 DPO - Brownish tinged CM - extreme fatigue HCG - 278
14 DPO - Same
15 DPO - HCG 692!

Now I have no symptoms except hunger at almost every hour and fatigue. No sore boobs, no cramping, no nausea, no smell aversions, not emotional. I've had more symptoms on BFN cycles! It'll come ladies, it'll come when you least expect it. Trust in God's plan and everything will fall into place when its meant to be.

No symptoms and used pre seed

My background is I had 2 miscarriages and an ectopic last year and hadn't conceived since. We were talking to IVF clinics and I'd quit my job to see if it helped.

1-5 dpo - nothing
5-9 dpo - sore boobs which is normal for me after ovulation
9 dpo - BFP

We used pre seed, had sex every 2 days before ovulation and then an extra time on the day. I was convinced I was out this month as I had no symptoms (but have also given up symptoms spotting as I though I was pregnant every month!)

Crossing our fingers that this one is in the right place and sticks.
Good luck to you all and I hope your baby's come soon!

NEVER GIVE UP!

I can remember the days of wanting to be someone writing on this board telling my story. I promised myself I would do it. There were so many days I would look at this board hoping my symptoms matched up with someone else's giving me that big fat positive. That actually never happened for me.... So here it is....

Oct 2015--first time ttc we got pregnant, only to start miscarrying about 5 days later which we later found out was ectopic...I was a lucky one in that I did not lose my tube or damage it. (Found that out with a hsg the following January)
In February 2016 we were giving the okay to start ttcing again! Yay! I was so optimistic. 6 mos later I was still not pregnant so we went to my ob/gyn to discuss options. It was suspected that I had mild PCOS and that using the fertility medication clomid would help. I took this 3 months in a row and had confirmed ovulation from blood work....still not pregnant.... we decided to stop the medication in November 2016 and seek additional help from a fertility specialist. I saw the specialist in January who also suggested a mild case of PCOS that would not be affecting my fertility. My husbands SA came back perfect. We decided to try an IUI (Just google it if you aren't familar). I was told that the first one has a chance of not working because they may miss my ovulation while learning my cycle, so I was cautiously optimistic. The next day after my first appt with the specialist I got my period! (I was SO excited for this) I began my medication (clomid again) on day 3-7 then went in for a follicle scan on day 12 that determined I had 2 great mature follicles and 1 potential (so possibly 3 Eggs) I was instructed to trigger shot on day 14 and have my iui on day 16. I had mild cramping on this day. The following symptoms are post iui....

Dpiui 1-11----not a single symptom! I normally get sore boobs about 7-10 dpo when I get bfn's so this was a little strange to me, but has fluctuated before so I didn't think much of it.
Dpiui 12----waves of nausea after lunch which I chalked up to me eating greasy chicken at lunch, I really didn't think much of this either.

I was instructed not to test until day 15 due to the hcg trigger shot potentially giving me a false positive, however the night before I was supposed to test my husband and I really wanted to go to the casino....and because if I was pregnant I wouldn't want to be around second hand smoke, I told him I'd go ahead and test and if there was no line we would go...because obvious it would be bfn....
It was BFP! With FRER. I took a digital one the next morning and it said positive 2-3weeks!

Then I was instructed to do blood work at 16dpiui...came back great at 346!
I was instructed to return 2 days later...bad news...it had only risen to 593 and the doctor would like to see it double....I was told to be cautiously optimistic. But they wanted a recheck in another 48 hrs....hcg was 979...still not doubling....after googling (mistake!!!) I read it could be ectopic....and my doctor asked if I could come in first thing Monday morning for an ultrasound to see if it was ectopic....I prayed. And prayed. And prayed. And asked everyone around me to pray. To my surprise, the baby was in my uterus, there was one baby and everything was measuring normally. (All we could see was a yolk sac at this point) yay! Two weeks later we saw a baby and heard a strong heart beat of 144 ❤️ And two weeks after that I saw my baby with arms and legs and measuring right at what it's supposed to.

My best suggestion is to NEVER give up hope, never stop praying. I stopped telling God what I wanted and started saying "if it is your will, will you please give me a child" I let go of the control and just put my faith in God. I'm not saying this will be God's will for everyone but he always has the greatest plan in mind. Just trust him.

I'm 10 weeks pregnant now and continue to pray for God to keep his hand on this pregnancy. I pray for each one of you reading this that God will answer your prayers. He will.

BFP whilst waiting to start IVF!!!!

I'll keep the background brief but I've read these stories for years hoping that one day I'll get my chance to share!

We have been TTC baby no.2 for 21 months, had an ectopic pregnancy straight away when started TTC and had my right Fallopian removed after it ruptured at 7 weeks.

was told my chances of conceiving were 70% but this was taken with a pinch of salt after month after month of bfns.

Eventually decided we had had enough and got on waiting list for IVF. Excited about this starting we finally 100% gave up on it ever happening naturally.

We only DTD 3 times over the ovulation period. I didn't even really know what cycle day I was on as we were busy and I was utterly convinced IVF was only option. I had cut out caffeine that month, eating healthy but nothing unusual.

I finally realised I should have had my period. At this point I was 3 days late. I just thought here we go body playing mean tricks on me. my husband convinced me to just take a test. First of all I took an opk as no hpts at home. I was slightly freaked when I saw the test line much much darker than the control line...queue rush to chemist for tests!

Husband was in kitchen with my son whilst I went to bathroom. I was saying look don't get your hopes up, we've been here a million times and it's ALWAYS negative. As soon as I had dipped it it flashed up with big dark blue BFP! I looked away thinking No Way, you're wanting this so much you're seeing things (again)!! But no sure enough there it was I was FINALLY pregnant! Queue 3 more tests later and I finally could see it was true. My husband was and is still in utter shock. We were due to start our IVF may so it's the most perfectly timed.

The only thing I truly believed helped me was I really spent the last 6 months working on myself, I took up daily meditation, yoga and regularly took time for myself whether it was a big walk or a massage/facial I just worked on healing me. I had a lot of hurt and fear in me after nearly dying with the ectopic and it took a long time for me to move on from this. I had previously had a MC at 12 weeks prior to my son too. I had just been saying to my husband how happy I had been feeling and that was regardless of the baby number 2 situation or outcome and then bang here it is.

I'm not going to tell you to just relax, that was one of the most annoying things I used to hear. How can you relax when you're trying and you're having problems?!! But I would say try take time for yourself where your focus isn't TTC and it's about you enjoying yourself or getting some space to breath.

No idea of dpo symptoms as I really dismissed it all. I had pulling/lightening bolt feeling right side and queasy spells. Very tired. Bad cold. Lightheaded. Put it all down to being unwell with cold.

Good luck in all your pregnancies and TTC. I'm wishing baby dust for you all. Don't give up and try be happy regardless of what the TTC journey may bring.

Hope this helps someone out there xxxxx

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BFP success story with IUI and PCOS (some advice on what REALLY works included)

I am currently in my 9th week and have been on various forums for years waiting to write my own story. This journey taught me a lot about myself and taught me not compare myself to others because we all have individual needs and challenges.

I am 31 and have had PCOS since the age of 13. I am not overweight but have always been careful about what I eat as can easily put on weight while my friends could stuff their face with no consequences. I also hardly had periods on my own - had to take birth control hormones to bring my cycle for years. Wish I never did as once you are ready to conceive your body has been messed up by pills and depleted you of certain vitamins. Takes a while to get back to normal.

I have been trying to conceive since the age of 28.
I had two failed pregnancies :
at the age of 29 - miscarried at 5 weeks (conceived naturally)
at the age of 30 - ectopic pregnancy after IUI (no tubes were lost due to methotrexate working for me)
In total I had 3 IUIs and the last one worked! YAY!
12/26/16 1st day period
12/28/16-1/1/17 femara
01/06 hcg shot 250
01/07 and 01/08: two days of IUU (42 mln sperm) and 01/08 (23 mln sperm)
01/17 BFP!! faint positive
01/19 BFP!! bright positive
01/20 BFP!! confirmed positive blood test HCG 126
01/24 HCg 965
01/26 HCg 2299

ADVICE FOR WOMEN WITH PCOS:

I finally got pregnant and attribute it to really CLEANING what I eat and what my husbands eats. I have cut out ALL processed foods, ALL processed Sugar, started juicing every day (mainly 80% veggies, 20% fruit) juices, mostly GREEN (incl kale, spinach, ginger, cucumber, celery, green apple etc). Started eating a clean diet: vegetables, fruit, nuts, fish, meat, chicken, high protein grains like quinoa, buckwheat. We both started taking high quality supplements such as Coast Science PCOS and Coast Science Male Fertility supplement, and some others like Vitamin D, COQ10. Also I went to a well known fertility clinic from the beginning and followed the recommendations of the doctor who was very precise and methodical.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THERE IS NO EASY FIX WHEN YOU HAVE PCOS BUT YOU NEED TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO LIFESTYLES AND DIET CHANGES. NO EXCEPTIONS. IT TOOK ME MONTHS TO REALLY TO DETOX AND FOR MY BODY TO FINALLY CONCEIVE.
Also Green Juicing Brought my period back after about a month of juicing! If you regulate your cycles, and clean your diet your body will be in a much better position to conceive and most importantly KEEP the baby.

Wishing everyone success in this important pursuit!

BFP with one Fallopian Tube After Ectopic!

Hello everyone!
I figured since I couldn't stop reading these during my TWW I would share with you all my success after ONE month of trying with an Ovulation Predictor Kit! Plus, I didn't come across too many posts for women TTC with one Fallopian Tube.
After reading reviews on Amazon I ordered the Easy@Home OPK kit that came with 50 LH strips and 20 HCG (for only $20!, like, really?!). So, I had an ectopic pregnancy in 2013, and they removed my right Fallopian tube. For ladies with only one tube, YOU MOST CERTAINLY CAN STILL CONCEIVE!
So, my first positive ovulation test was on CD 15. Though I think I ovulated on CD 16. AND I felt the O pain from my RIGHT side/ovary. So those stories about Fallopian Tubes being able to pick up an egg that ovulated from the opposite ovary are TRUE! (Plus I asked my OB/GYN and she said yes it is true.)

Had sex CD15, 16,17 & 18.

1DPO- No symptoms
2-5 DPO- Yeast Infection accompanied by weird smelling urine that ended up going away on it's own.
6-8 DPO- No symptoms.
9 DPO- Cramping in uterus (implantation?) and sore breasts/ armpit area.
10 DPO- FAINTEST of faint lines on HCG strips. Thought I was seeing things. Boyfriend saw something too though. Tried another one that night, negative. Sore breasts/ armpits.
11 DPO- Tested again with FMU, negative. Used same urine and dipped another test, this time another VERY FAINT line appeared. Okay... now I'm confused. Couldn't wait, ran out and got a FRER, tested with mid-day/ afternoon urine and BFP! Faint, but MUCH more noticeable than on the cheaper test strips. Sore breasts/ armpits.
12 DPO- Tested with FMU on both FRER and cheaper tests. Cheap tests still VERY faint line. But the FRER came back quick! and a tad darker than 11DPO!

Symptoms I did NOT have:
Spotting
Dizziness
Metal taste in mouth

Wishing you all the best of luck and sprinkling baby dust to you all!!
I highly recommend an OPK kit, simply because timing is everything.

A Story of Hope

Like many of you, I had read this blog with the hope of having symptoms that would correspond to a positive pregnancy test. For each cycle, every month, I would be checking my symptoms with the blog posts. Over the years, this site had provided me much encouragement when I needed it the most. I vowed to post my story once I was successful in becoming a momma. In sharing my journey, may you find a story of hope that resonates within you during your personal journey!

My husband and I were married for four years before we started infertility treatment in 2011.  Our case could be classified as unspecified infertility; although, I was diagnosed with PCOS.  We underwent a fresh IVF cycle in 2011, which resulted in an ectopic pregnancy outcome right before Christmas.  I think that first cycle was the hardest one because of all of the medications used for egg retrieval and then transfer.  We were devastated from it and took some time before going back for two frozen transfers in the summer and fall of 2012.  Unfortunately neither of those embryos implanted, but those cycles were less taxing on my body than the original fresh one.  Unsure of why the FET cycles were unsuccessful, my husband and I took a break as to better evaluate our situation.  We even considered surrogacy; however, the investment needed was a little overwhelming financially and emotionally.  By spring of 2013, we were absolutely shocked to learn that we were pregnant naturally.  We were not trying to get pregnant, but it happened and we were thrilled.  We had heard the heartbeat and started to make plans for a baby due in 2014.  At our 12 week appointment, a heartbeat could not be found during ultrasound and the baby measured 9 weeks.  After genetic testing, we learned our baby had Turner's syndrome from paternal chromosome.  This loss was equally as devastating as our first embryo transfer.  It was definitely a low point for us; however, we found that even in the deepest pit, our faith and love grew stronger.  We put our trust in God's plan for us. With hope that a frozen transfer might work after this miscarriage, we transferred two embryos in December 2013.  Again, we were met with the disappointment that neither embryo implanted.  It was shortly after this time that we decided to take another break to try a more integrative and holistic approach to pregnancy.  We started with diet and supplements through a naturopathic practitioner.  Eliminating dairy, gluten, sugar, and processed foods was a start to becoming more healthy.  I lost about 15 pounds through diet and exercise (going from a size 10 to a 6).  Then we started acupuncture and herbs in May 2015 with sessions once a week.  I was temping and tracking my cycle, yet our attempts to get pregnant naturally were not successful.  The acupuncturist was extremely helpful in diagnosing that my uterus needed improvement and my husband had to lower his body heat.  By November 2015, the acupuncturist advised that my uterus was in the best condition possible to try another transfer.  At that same time, I started taking Metformin 500mg once a day, along with Aspirin 81mg daily.  In December 2015, we transferred one embryo and our pregnancy test was scheduled for New Year's Eve.  To be honest, I was nervous about the timing of it all.  Of course, I was hoping that we would be celebrating the best New Year's Eve ever; however, I was also realistic of our history.  It was with great joy that we received a positive phone call on New Year's Eve!  And in August 2016, our daughter was born!  We rejoice in the miracle of her life each and every day.  For anyone who has gone through infertility, miscarriages, and high risk pregnancies, you understand the sweet sorrow that accompanies it.  My husband and I are humbled by friends, family, and strangers that have prayed for us during this journey.  As we get ready to celebrate our first Christmas as a family of three, I want to share our story of hope so that you find encouragement and always believe!

Parents Age: Dad 36, Mom 35 (Embryo age of Dad 30, Mom 31)
FET (Singleton, Day 6 Blast)
Medications: Endometrin, Estrace, Metformin, Aspirin
Notes leading up to transfer date: Baby danced four and six days prior to transfer of embryo, Massage two days prior to transfer, Cold sore developed one day prior to transfer and Valtrex was taken (first cold sore ever).

no symptoms

I just wanted to say to all who are in the horrible two week wait and are symptom checking, I had no symptoms. I just knew i was out this cycle. I have a 25-28 day cycle, type 1 diabetes, had an ectopic pregnancy exactly a year ago, 35 year old. Prior to my ectopic last year (which took 9 months to conceive) the one thing i did that time and then again this time was not get up afterwards and go to the bathroom. We did the deed at bedtime and i would just wait until morning. All the months where i hopped up and went to the bathroom, i didn't get pregnant. Not that everyone needs to do this obviously but for me it worked. My symptoms were none. I have no sore breasts, just some cramping today. I am super early however, I am only on day 23. I predict I ovulated on cycle day 11 or 12. I used clue blue easy ovulation tests and I always have horrible cramping during ovulation. I am a test addict and have been testing everyday. So hoping this one sticks and in the right place :) baby dust to all!

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Hope after Ectopics!

I'm 9 weeks today with #2 and I just wanted to share my story to give others some hope if they lost a Fallopian tube. I was on this site from September 2014 through January 2015 and in that time had two ectopics where the last one ruptured my right tube. Both had been misdiagnosed as miscarriages and I almost died from internal bleeding. I fortunately conceived my son only weeks after the surgery (no temping, no tracking, no elevation, nothing) and my dh and I dtd only once. Fast-forward to this summer and my dh and I decided in July to Ntnp and I got pregnant immediately. I even o'ed from my tubeless side as the early sonogram showed the corpus luteal cyst on the right. There is hope!

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