I'm so happy that it’s finally my turn to write my BFP story. I am 26 and DH is 36 with no fertility issues. We started ttc in February 2012, the month I have been promoted at a high position at work. Conception was not my priority at that point but it happened that I conceived from first try and it was an ectopic pregnancy. Pregnancy ended at 5 weeks with medication and tube saved. We have been advised to wait 6 months and then try again. With the ectopic, the symptoms were: BFN at 16 DPO with hpt; increased appetite, frequent urination, sore breasts, spotting till bleeding and right side pain, so practically these were what I expected to feel when becoming pregnant again (except the two last ones).
August 2012 – we had officially started ttc. I was sure I would get pregnant again from first try but nope, months went by and I kept receiving BFN every month. We had 2 unsuccessful IUIs, we tried the hcg trigger shots because I couldn't ovulate by myself sometimes, I had hsg done which showed tubes were clear - no success. So, due to my husband’s age we agreed that we would go for IVF in August. AF came 10 days earlier than “expected” and we decided just to give one more chance to natural conceiving. Here are the details:
Clomid helped me produce follies: 23, 17, 14.
CD 13 – hcg trigger shot
CD 14 – IUI in the morning
CD 15 – No ovulation pains (what???)
CD 16 – Doc confirmed I did not ovulate and I had a 30mm cyst and a good follicle of 18 mm; I was so disappointed that we lost our last chance in such a stupid way.
Second trigger shot in order to get rid of the “cysts”. I finally felt ovulation pain and DH and I bd that evening, just in case. We were sure it was in vain because it takes more time for the sperm to reach to the egg.
1-5 DPO – Nothing
6-7 DPO – Left side pain
8-9 DPO – Left side pain, heavy and full breasts, sensitive/sore nipples, fatigue, yellow discharge, frequent urination, crazy dreams; tested the trigger with a internet strip and it showed a shadow line (sure it was a hcg trace)
10 DPO - Heavy/sore breasts&nipples, fatigue, crazy dreams, spotting brown (I was TERRIFIED I had an ectopic again and I cried and read all the ectopic forums on the internet, pls DON’T DO THAT!). Ectopic survivors know how hard is not to focus on that. Tested with internet strip: same shadow line BFN.
11 DPO – Heavy/sore breasts&nipples; fatigue, spotting is less and brighter, no more side pain. Tested with internet strip: same shadow line BFN
12 DPO - Heavy/sore breasts&nipples; spotting is definitely less and almost like a very light brown discharge…what??? Tested with an internet strip with diluted urine: wait, does the shadow line has some color in it?
13 DPO – No more spotting; heavy/sore breasts&nipples; fatigue, increased cervical fluid; AF cramps and backache…oh noo!!!
14 DPO – AF due.Tested with FMU: Faint BFP appeared within a minute. I rushed into the bedroom and told DH that I think I’m pregnant. He was happy but when he saw the hpt said: “Hm…so where’s the second line?” I showed it to him and he was very skeptical; he admitted there was a light pink line but he refused to believe it. I thought I look foolish and I took it at work where my colleague said it’s definitely positive. I was very upset about my DH attitude.
15 DPO – Tested again with FMU and got darker BFP. I left the hpt on the washer for DH to see it. He looked at me somehow guilty and said “I think it’s really darker and we should go to a doctor”. Finally!!!
16 DPO – Super early morning: DH left for a 2 week business travel. I was so scared that I might have an ectopic pregnancy again. I felt so alone and cried a lot to DH (hormones). I told him before leaving that I hoped I would be still pregnant when he comes back. Standard BFP few hours later.
I kept having AF pains since about 12 DPO so don't get disappointed if you have them too, AF may never appear!
What I did different this cycle? I took Evening Primrose Oil (second cycle) and I prayed to God. I highly recommend EPO to those women who have less cm. After the ectopic, I hardly discovered any cm even during ovulation but EPO helped me to release more cm and it eased the PMS symptoms. I must say I was less stressed this cycle because I knew if I don't get pg now I will get in fall, with IVF.