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BFP 2nd cycle after IUD removal

I've been trolling this site FOREVER so I thought it was only right I added my own story :)

Backstory:
I got my first IUD after I had my daughter in 2011, had it in for 6 years (removed in July)
I had my second IUD removed 9/19 after having it in for a little over a year and had my first cycle 9/22
Last cycle we tried actively everyday during my fertile cycle (as indicated by Ovia Fertility App) and I SWEAR I felt every symptom possible including "implantation cramps" but wasn't pregnant.

This cycle I had next to no symptoms, but I took that as a good sign considering how many I swore by last month which were actually nothing, so here it is:

1-8 DPO: Absolutely nothing.

9 DPO: [[Yeast infection-like symptoms]] SUPER uncomfortable feeling during sex and then general discomfort afterward which reminded me of a yeast infection. I knew this was odd because I'd only ever had one yeast infection, seven years ago, from antibiotics when I got my wisdom teeth out.

10 DPO: [[Super sensitive sense of smell]] My boyfriend was eating Philly cheesesteak soup, which he has done a million times and it's never bothered me but the smell was killing me! He thought I was being a brat when I covered up my face because I couldn't stand the smell but I really could have been sick. Tester FRER around 5 pm, BFN - nada - not even a squinter.

11 DPO: [[SUPER tired]] Came home for lunch and nearly fell asleep, got home and felt a familiar exhaustion I remember having with my daughter; not "sleepy-tired" but feeling like my body could sink in my bed, reluctant to get up for any reason. Went to Walmart and got three .88 tests (because I'm an addict) Tested around 6 pm, VERY faint squinter. Naturally, I took the test apart and help it up to the light and saw a VERY VERY VERY FAINT pink line. Aware that tests are basically invalid after scientific probing, decided to retest in the morning.

12 DPO: Took .88 Walmart test with FMU and as dye swept the window I saw the test line light up! After sitting for a minute or two I could see a faint positive BUT I didn't have to rip it apart or hold it up to the light!

I've attached a picture of my test both tweaked and not tweaked but I'm over the moon to start this journey again :) I will attach my test Monday (expected period). Baby dust to everyone!

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BFP at 9DPO - hardly any symptoms

I'm so excited to share my BFP story after spending the last 6 months stalking these boards! I really didn't have too many major symptoms. I honestly felt more pregnant in other months when I got all my BFNs. Here is my story

1DPO- ovulation cramps on the right side (typical)
2DPO- same
3DPO- very emotional, thinking I was never going to get pregnant
4DPO-6DPO- nothing to speak of
7DPO- temp drop (.2 degrees) started having persistent lower back pain on my right side
8DPO- another temp drop (.1 degree). Had to use a heating pad on and off throughout the day for back pain. Started noticing blue veins on my breasts and chest. Told myself I was being ridiculous. They were probably already there and I'd never noticed. Literally look at my boobs like 60 times throughout the day. Thank goodness for work-from-home days :)
9DPO- temp spike (.3 degrees) Crazy insomnia. Woke up at 2:30am and couldn't go back to sleep until nearly 5. Got up and peed and didn't think to test. Looked at my boobs some more. Blue veins were more prominent. Decided to torture myself and test with 3rd morning urine knowing it would be negative. After months and months of looking at stark white test sticks, I checked after 3 minutes expecting more of the same. But wait! Is that a line? Is it a shadow? Is it an evap? Am i nuts? i had already gotten rid of my pee cup and had to get to work so i couldn't test again. At work, I drank my usual protein shake for breakfast and felt super nauseous. Took over an hour to feel better. I waited until I got home that evening and decided to take another test. Afternoon pee with only a 90 minute hold showed a definite line. Very faint but there! Had to skip the margaritas that night when DH and I went out to dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant.
10DPO- more insomnia! Awake from 1:30ish-4am. Boobs feel a little sore. Another small temp spike (.1 degrees). Tested on FRER and BFP!!!

I'm now starting to feel the fatigue. Hard to stay awake during the day. I'm 4 weeks today and just oozing with excitement and joy. I told DH at 10 DPO and his reaction is one that I will never ever forget. Truly one of the best moments of my life. Praying for a healthy pregnancy- this baby is already so loved! Best of luck to all- sending babydust your way!

2nd times a charm

Basic stats:
Age 32
Mirena removed 8/26
Cycle 2 post Mirena

Background:
Husband and I decided to start trying a bit on a whim, but I started doing research immediately. Read "expecting better" then on recommendation in the book read "taking charge of your fertility." Started tracking with Glow app, following cm, bbt (vag) and using opks. CP all over the place.

Story:
Cycle one lasted 49 days, CD39 ovulated and short LF. Was using clear blue advanced for first half and was high but not peak for 10 days, never had ewcm and doubted I ovulated. Thanks to the books I knew what was happening later when cm picked up and tested with cheapy opks to track ovulation. Confirmed with bbt. Got period day 10 but learned a great deal. Wonder if delayed ovulation was due to a trip right when it should have happened based on CBA opk.

Following cycle switched to vaginal bbt which I found easier to do consistently. Tracked with cheap okp from CD7. Had a positive on 13 with ewcm but bbt never rose so kept waiting.

CD17: opk -, creamy cm, bd
CD18: opk -, ewcm
CD19: no opk, ewcm, bd
CD20: opk + (night), ewcm, bd, suspect ovulation (traveling, missed temp)
1dpo: opk +, ewcm, bd, temp rise, sore bb
2dpo: opk -, creamy cm, sore bb
3: sore bb
4: bb pain increases, swollen bb
5: bb huge and painful. In evening blue veins appear on them
6: bb enormous and so painful. Hungry
7: bb same, plus stabbing sensation. Sensitive to smells - cologne of coworker nauseating
8: bb continue, sharp pain in groin 2x when stand up from couch, metallic taste in mouth beginning in afternoon continuing all day
9: bb awful and veins more pronounced, some metal taste, creamy slightly stretchy cm
10: wake up at 3am and then 4am, can't fall back asleep. Lay in bed reading bfp stories here!! Bb awful, more metal taste. Hungry and bloated

Had negotiated with my husband that would test 12dpo am, but on 10dpo pm used the countdown to pregnancy stats of positive by time of day to sell him on it being far enough along. Took an opk and it was negative and worked up courage to test with frer- BFP! Solid line no question!

So happy to be pregnant and really glad in 2 cycles as I hated the tww with a fiery passion. Think the difference maker was knowledge - knowing how to read the signs made it easy to plan and gave me confidence in the process, which made me less crazy. Also used Pro-Gest cream 2x daily as I was worried about short luteal phase. Going to continue until see a doctor.

First pregnancy so excited! So scared! So hoping it all goes well! Good luck everyone!!

BFP post-Mirena and using progesterone cream

It's so hard for me to believe that this is actually happening...

I'm 28 years old and my husband is 34. Neither of us have ever conceived. We've been ttc for 4 months, and this is our 6th cycle. Obviously I have very short cycles; they average from 23-24 days. My last cycle was only 21 days, though. I was also experiencing mid-cycle brown spotting on the regular. I started to think that I had a progesterone problem, especially since I was on Mirena for about 4 years. I had Mirena removed a year ago, but I heard that some women continue to experience problems maintaining an adequate level of progesterone far after Mirena is removed. After my husband and I had tried for 5 cycles and timed everything correctly, including BD'ing 4 times during each fertile window, I decided to invest in some Emerita Pro-Gest progesterone cream. I used this the day after ovulation (I probably ovulated on CD 11 but unconfirmed) and continued to apply it twice a day every day.

Here are my symptoms/activities by CD/DPO (didn't keep track of some of my earlier CDs):

cd 5 / -6 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 6 / -5 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 7 / -4 dpo: Nothing.
cd 8 / -3 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 9 / -2 dpo: BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 10 / -1 dpo: Positive OPK in the morning. BD. Laid down for 20-30 minutes after.
cd 11 / 0 dpo: Probably ovulated. Did not BD.
cd 12 / 1 dpo: Husband left for job out of state. I started applying progesterone cream twice a day, every day on and after this day. started eating a VEGAN diet (cut out all dairy, eggs, and meat), not because of ttc but as a personal experiment/for my own health. Tracked my nutrition to ensure I was getting enough protein. 1 hour of spinning on the bike.
cd 13 / 2 dpo: Creamy cm; blamed it on the progesterone cream. Still eating vegan diet. 1 hour of spinning on the bike.
cd 14 / 3 dpo: Creamy cm. Still eating vegan diet.
cd 15 / 4 dpo: Creamy cm. Still eating vegan diet.
cd 16 / 5 dpo: Took a plane to out of state to meet my husband in the state that we will be moving to at the end of August. Started shopping for a house on this day. Ate vegan in the morning and then officially stopped the vegan "experiment" once my plane landed in the afternoon (planned). Felt great. Good energy. Hung out with friends. BD. Creamy cm; my husband noticed it was "wet."
cd 17 / 6 dpo: Creamy cm. Enjoying lots of great food and hanging out with friends. Shopping for houses. Good energy.
cd 18 / 7 dpo: Creamy cm. Still enjoying lots of great food and hanging out with friends. Shopping for houses. Good energy.
cd 19 / 8 dpo: Creamy cm. Bloated; blamed it on the food I was eating. Boobs and back hurt; blamed it on PMS. Flew back to state we are currently living in. Made an offer on a house and it was accepted by the sellers (!!!)
cd 20 / 9 dpo: Cm starting to dry up. Very bloated. Start to feel like AF is on her way. Disappointed but excited about the house.
cd 21 / 10 dpo: Dry cm. Very, very light brown, watery stuff only when I wipe. Sporadic and not enough for a liner. Start to definitely think AF is on her way. Very bloated and back and boobs hurt.
cd 22 / 11 dpo: Dry cm. Woke up with increased sex drive. Still having light brown stuff come out but it's not increasing. No cramps. Saw one DROP of brown blood on the toilet paper. Very bloated and back and boobs hurt. Cravings for chocolate and other junk food.
cd 23 / 12 dpo: Dry cm. Out of breath going up the stairs. Blame it on not being acclimated to the high altitude again yet (I live at high altitude and we had been visiting a place at sea level). Cravings for chocolate and junk food. Tender breasts and back pain. VERY bad gas. Bloating. Breaking out on face and butt. No desire to exercise.
cd 24 / 13 dpo: Supposed to start my period on this day. Wake up and don't have any cramps. Run to take a test as soon as I have to pee. It was one of those Amazon cheapies and I got a very faint positive but definitely saw it. Blinked a few times to make sure I wasn't imaging it or seeing an indent line. Waited a couple more minutes, looked away and back at it several times. Always saw a line. Ran to tell my husband. He was still sleeping (it was 6 AM) but he woke up IMMEDIATELY. Sent a picture to my best friend and she said she didn't see a line, but she "believed me." Husband drove me to take another test and I got a positive on a FRER (see pic)!!!!! Sent another picture to my friend and she finally agreed :-) Got a bit nauseous in the car ride to the store to get the test, but that's it. Random boob pain, and some twinges and pulling in my uterus. Still very bloated. All my pants feel too tight.

Age 39 BFP after giving up

Hi ladies! I've lurked here for months and promised myself I'd post if I ever had a bfp. I want to encourage the over 35 chicks who are ttc.
I'm 39, hubby is 34. I have 4 from previous marriage current ages are 20,18,14, and 12.
Hubs and I wanted a baby, I removed Mirena in Jan 2016. I temped, charted, peed on ovulation sticks, took vitamins and BD'd whether we felt like it or not.
Month after month I got my hopes up, then nothing. One evap line gave us 24 hours of false hope. I had smoked for years, had ovarian cysts, and my mother was menopausal early. I accepted that this meant that I'm probably not fertile and I gave up on ttc when my periods became irregular. Every time my period was late, I was elated, only to be crushed with a neg test.
My employer has great infertility benefits, but I decided that approaching age 40, that the chances weren't great and i couldn't go through the emotional turmoil of infertility treatments. Every month really made me feel like a failure.
We stopped all the temp taking, charting, opk, and timing BD. We bought a house and broke it in ONCE during my cycle. It was CD 14, for those of you that track that. My cycle was between 22 and 40 days long.

5 days dpo: acne flare up, not unusual for me, but worse than normal.

12-14 days dpo: I was emotional and weepy during a particularly difficult week at work, chalked it up to pms and anxiety. I had a sore throat and thought it was a summer virus.
15 dpo: missed period, didn't care, work is too rough this week to think about anything else.
16 dpo: breasts not fitting in bra, no tenderness
17&18 dpo: fall asleep at 8 pm, grateful for the sleep.
19 20 21 dpo: pants tough to button, breats are quite full. I suspect another ovarian cyst is messing with me, or that the dreaded perimenopause is in full swing.
21 dpo: stop home beiefly and take a quick pg test before making ob appt for the ovarian cyst, because i know they will ask about pg possibility.
I've taken so many negative ones that I barely even glanced at it.
It was positive. Bright bold blue unmistakably positive.
Hang in there, girls.

BFP with Femara, PCOS, and Endometriosis

I am so excited to share my news of my BFP!!! I know it is still early but this site has been so helpful for getting through the tww!

Me:28
DH: 35
Cycles: 9

Sorry for the long story! Skip to the end for symptoms.

In October 2015, we decided to start a family and had my Mirena removed. Three days later, I started having terrible back pain and was diagnosed with a kidney stone. After a week with no relief, I went to the ER and had an emergency CT scan which found a tumor that was cutting off my ureter-I went for surgery three days later and they found that it was endometriosis. After a year long battle, I ended up having a serious surgery to remove part of my ureter that was damaged, my appendix, and had a laparoscopy to remove stage 2 Endo. My left ovary was stuck to my side with Endometriosis and my surgeon was amazing and able to save it.

During my surgery, my surgeon suspected that I had PCOS because of the small cysts on my ovaries. We tried for 6 months on my own, but when I realized that I wasn't ovulating every month I went to my OBGYN. He is amazing and recommended me to go to an RE.

My RE sent me for a full panel of bloodwork, which came back fine but he confirmed that my symptoms met PCOS. I was placed on Metformin, Vitamin D3, vitamin E, CoQ10, and Femara. The first two cycles of Femara I tried 5 mg days 3-7, with no success. This last cycle I was placed on Femara 7.5 mg days 4-8.

Things I did differently this cycle:
Pineapple 1 dpo-5dpo
Pomegranate juice 1 dpo-5dpo
Femara 7.5 mg days 4-8

I used OPKs to confirm ovulation as well as bbt.
We BD everyday (sometimes twice a day) CD 10-16

CD 16- ovulation
CD 17/1 dpo-Loose bms, very frequent bms, cramping, gassy
2 dpo- cramping
3 dpo- none
4 dpo- gassy, skin break out, progesterone check came back at 19.6
5 dpo- cramps, gassy, increased appetite, shooting pain in my breasts
6 dpo- cramps, bloated, gassy, headache, increased appetite, slight nausea
7 dpo- bloated, gassy, headache
8 dpo- cramps, heartburn, bloated, gassy, skin broken out
9 dpo- cramps, heartburn, BFN
10 dpo- heartburn, gassy, increased appetite, skin broken out
11 dpo- bloated, constipated, gassy, headache, BFN
12 dpo- bloated, skin broken out, sore nipples, BFN
13 dpo- bloated, skin broken out, sorry nipples
14 dpo- sore nipples, BFP!!!!!!!!!

BFP at 9 dpo after Mirena removal. Yeast infection, first sign!

My husband and I were TTC #1 for us and #7 for our family (we were the real Brady Bunch with 3 children each when we met! Haha). Also: yeah we're nuts. Our other children are older for the most part. I had my IUD removed at the end of February so it took us 3 cycles to conceive. We are both 33.
During my two week wait I wondered if I was going insane because I read so many stories about having no symptoms and I had almost all of them! Haha.

I usually have a 29 day cycle, extremely regular. I didn't have a period at all while I had the IUD. We only BD on CD 11/12 in my fertile period. We didn't use any meds or supplements, but I did take a prenatal since we were trying and I've read folic acid is best in advance.

CD 13: O day according to OPK's and a temp spike the next day. I also was bloated and had o pain.
1 dpo: I still had watery cm but my cp was high and already starting to close. I had cramping and tender breasts, which is normal for me after O.
2-4 dpo: I had a yeast infection for the first time in years and thought that's strange...the last time I had a yeast infection I was *gasp* pregnant! So I googled it and found a ton of stories about women having this sign before implantation even because of the rise in estrogen! Tried to stay realistic but couldn't help but think I'm definitely pregnant, haha. I also continued with the sore breasts and cramping, normal.
5 dpo: I had looked up what was safe to take during pregnancy and saw monistat externally is fine so I picked some up. Strangely, my yeast infection cleared up on its own before I even used this! My cm went to lotion like and yellow but no more itching or discomfort or clumpy like discharge. Also I had the slightest tinge of pink at one point but I had read that yeast infections can cause spotting because of the irritation so I didn't think much of it because I thought it was too early for implantation. Still crampy and tired. My bbs had a milk let down feeling but no pain or swelling.
6 dpo: Milk let down feeling. Cm was not much and watery. Cp was mid firm and closed. I had a stuffy nose, was tired, emotional, and my bbs started becoming sore but not bad at all. I was bloated and so hungry. That lasted from 6 dpo till the present 12 dpo.
7 dpo: Still SO tired. Bbs still slightly sore. Just all over. I had CM but it was hardly anything and creamy. My cp was still med firm and closed. I noticed this day that my areolas/nipples were darker. And my actual nipple had pronounced Montgomery's tubercles! Not the areola, the nipple.
8 dpo: Tired, hungry, emotional, crying over television which I don't do, sore bbs, areolas even a little darker and slightly bigger. Cm creamy but increased a lot. Cp low firm and closed.
9 dpo: Tired, hungry, emotional, and nauseated after eating. I was bloated and crampy. Nipples now puffy and a little bigger and still brown. I took a test that morning because of all of the symptoms but it was negative. Took a dollar tree that night because of the nausea, faint BFP! But I wouldn't say 100% it was because I've tricked myself in the past thinking I saw a line.
10 dpo: Same symptoms and cm and cp. went to get an FRER to double check the dollar tree from the night before, 100% positive. It was light at first but darkened over a few minutes. It was a 2 pack with one digital, one regular and the digital was negative. I wanted a digital for hubs, because he of course always questions the lines, though he did say he saw the one on the frer, but the digital said no ugh!!
11 dpo: Same symptoms, cp is higher now and a little softer and my cm is more milky and there's a lot. I got another digital and it was taking forever so I thought it would say no but it said YES +
I'm very thankful for this blessing and pray for a healthy bundle of joy in February of 2018. Something funny: I was a young mom at 17 and had my oldest son, who will be 17 when this baby is born! I thought that was neat.

Baby dust for you all!!

BFP 2 days after AF Due.

On the day AF was due I was having mild cramping and was feeling very sluggish. Boobs were tender so I knew I was out. Two days later when AF was still a no show I decided to pick up two cheap test from the Dollar Store and took them that night. They both were positive. I took a third later on that night after drinking tons on water that test had a faint line but it was visible. Not what I was expecting this year at all. I'm excited. I already have a 6 year old daughter. Dr's appointment this coming Friday but so far my symptoms are heartburn, tons of gas and I am extremely tired. Nausea as well and the elevator ride to the 19th floor at work doesn't help at all.

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BFP 2 days after AF Due.

On the day AF was due I was having mild cramping and was feeling very sluggish. Boobs were tender so I knew I was out. Two days later when AF was still a no show I decided to pick up two cheap test from the Dollar Store and took them that night. They both were positive. I took a third later on that night after drinking tons on water that test had a faint line but it was visible. Not what I was expecting this year at all. I'm excited. I already have a 6 year old daughter. Dr's appointment this coming Friday but so far my symptoms are heartburn, tons of gas and I am extremely tired. Nausea as well and the elevator ride to the 19th floor at work doesn't help at all.

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7 months after removing IUD

My DH and I have been TTC for 7 months, after removing the IUD birth control. For 6 months, I would start spotting anywhere from 3dpo to 8dpo and I would continue to spot until AF came on time. I got my progesterone levels checked and the doctor said they were normal, although I didn't agree. I even took prenatals for the entire 7 months and used preseed. Finally it happened, and I believe it was due to the fact that I started taking methylated b6 vitamin supplement. I have done research that indicates a gene mutation can cause an inability to properly convert b6 and b9 (folic acid) into the forms your body can use. This is likely why the normal prenatals I was using did not work. Anyway, I will also be taking methylated b12 and methylated folate instead of regular folic acid to ensure that me and baby get the usable forms of these vitamins. In the mean time I am also getting my genome sequenced to see if I have the mutation. We only BD once this cycle, which speaks for the effect of the b6 since I got pregnant the same cycle I started taking it.

As for the symptoms, I had almost none but I will go through anyway because I know how it is to symptom spot

1-5dpo - no symptoms
6/7dpo - nausea, I also normally have insomnia but these nights I passed out before midnight and I could not keep my eyes open
8dpo - no symptoms, I just thought it was odd that I wasn't spotting like I normally do by now and I had no breast pain, took a test and got an extremely faint BFP
9dpo - tested w/FMU and got a faint BFP, but it is darker, only noticeable symptom is that I did not want an egg with my bagel, will be purchasing FRER today just because I am still in disbelief

If you are spotting every month before you period while TTC, I strongly suggest trying a methylated b6 (not Pyridoxine HCl). If you get pregnant after doing this, consider taking methylated prenatals as well since this gene mutation is fairly common.

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