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1st clomid cycle 11 dpo BFP!

Me and the hubby have been together for 9 years this year and have been trying to conceive off and on for about 4 years with no success. We literally tried everything you could think of or read of online... I decided to go see an infertility specialist in January of this year and we did a bunch of testing from blood work to HSG, everything came back normal. My doctor was talking about doing an IUI for my first cycle with them but it wouldn't be until march that we would do that due to the time it would take to do the testing. I asked if I could try clomid this first cycle and it worked! 50 mg days 3-7, I ovulated 4 days after my HSG test which may have helped! I got my positive ovulation test on CD 16, we inserted the swimmers using a softcup CD 14,15 and 16... sounds crazy but after so long of trying sometimes your just tired... which I was lol. Anyways he would go in the cup and I would insert and leave in for about 30 minutes on CD 14,15 however on CD 16 he has a little bit more volume so I decided to put some I. A syringe and slower release it in me then put the remaining that was in the softcup inside of me. I honestly had no real symptoms that were different from every other month, I felt dull pains on 6 dpo that I thought might just be in my head because I was symptom spotting, I was tired but just thought it was from work and eating bad, nipples were sore starting 8dpo but this always happens after o until af. 9 dpo I felt nauseous at night but attributed it to me eating 3 ice creams (whoops!) then 11 dpo I decided to test using target brand blue dye with second day urine at 12pm and got a very faint line which you can see in the picture... I still wasn't convinced so I bought cvs brand digital with now 3rd day urine that I basically pushed out 30 minutes after the 1st test and it came up pregnant! I'm shocked!! Going to blood work tomorrow wish me luck! Good luck ladies!!

NYE BFP after 2 years!

I can't believe I'm actually getting to share my story. My husband and I have been struggling with unexplained fertility for two years. We've watched family and friends achieve pregnancies with ease and often by accident. It's been so hard to be happy for others while secretly dying a little inside every time someone else would give us their news. For those reading this who are going through something similar, I want you to know that there are so many others who are in your shoes. There is hope, even if it often feels like there is none to be had. I was pretty much out of hope until today.

We tried for a 2 full years, with a 2 month break last jan and feb. I had one CP in June 2015, but otherwise no luck whatsoever. After getting some tests done after the 1 year mark, I found I had elevated prolactin levels, and this was making my cycles a bit irregular. I started bromocriptine, and my cycles became like clockwork. We also tried clomid for 4 months, and I had a HSG that came back normal. My doc kept telling me that I'd be pregnant soon, but luck didn't seem to be in our favor.

I work nights and my husband is on days, so we started using soft cups not only after sex but also as a way to inseminate. On days we didnt see each other, my husband would "deposit a sample" (lol) in a cup and wake me up for insemination. I'd leave it in until I went to work. This was our second month trying the soft cups. It's hard not to think they are part of the reason for my bfp.

I decided to skip the clomid this month, and I ovulated early (cd13). I usually ovulate on day 15 or 16, but I noticed I was more aroused than normal, and I was suspicious and took a LH test. Glad I did, bc we would have probably missed our window. After ovulation, which I felt around 9am on cd 13, I had my stereotypical PMS symptoms, so I thought I was out this month again. I usually get the full gambit of symptoms before my period. Sore boobs, lethargy, headaches, mood swings, bloating. You name it. All have been present. The ONLY thing that was different were cramps on 8dpo that woke me up. Maybe it was implantation? Maybe?

Fast forward to NYE, which was 11 dpo. I stopped taking pregnancy tests months ago, bc they brought too much heartbreak. Before I was getting in the shower, I peed on a stick and left it there while I showered. I fully expected to see nothing, which is the norm, and I mostly just wanted a clear conscience to drink at a party. Low and behold there was an extra pink line. I fell to my bathroom floor and cried. And laughed. And laughed while crying.

My husband was out buying champagne for our New Years party. When he got home, I told him he'd be drinking it alone. It took him a second to process it, and kept saying "are you serious?" "Are you joking?!" Haha! Like I could joke about such a thing! He was starting to lose hope too, so he was just as shocked as I was.

When we got to the party, I noticed my friend was suspiciously drinking water. I asked her if she was pregnant and she just smiled. She's 6 weeks and I'm almost at 4. I got to share our news with her, and we got to have a little secret together. Such an awesome surprise!

I'm anxious that this little one holds on after the CP I had last year. Both mentally and physically, this somehow "feels different."

I didn't have implantation bleeding or any symptoms that stand out as definitively "pregnant." I'm still in shock and plan on buying more tests to make this feel more real.

Happy New Year everyone!!! 2016 may have been a beast of a year, but I can't be too mad at it, because it gave me my BFP, even if it was at the last minute.

After Mirena, a miscarriage, D&C and 8 months of prayers

My journey started one year and a half ago. I had my Mirena removed and I had all the crash symptoms. I found myself with up and down cycles (long and then short) with heavy bleeding and then no bleeding at all. I have tried it all!!! Maca root, fertility teas, angus castus, epo, temping, charting, all the apps, ovulation tests, pineapples, paleo diet, jets diet, and the list can go on and on.

This month I was filled with faith and believed that God had a plan and I just needed to wait until he was ready.

The things I did different this month:
1) castor oil packs
2) new vitamins:bryophyllum, Artemis vulgaris, and ovaria comp (all given by a naturopath in Germany)
3. Diva cup and pre-seed
4. Keto diet
5. A whole lot of prayer

So I don't know if any of these things helped me but I finally got my BFP and I feel so blessed after so many months of tests with only the control line. I don't know if it was the Mirena finally working itself out of my system and my fertility returning... But I feel so happy and blessed!!!!

My secret to be pregnant after 10month!!!!

So about me: 27, and really wanted a baby since a long time... but We tried from 2016 february to get pregnant... unsuccessfully.... but today at 12.dpo after 10month ttc I got my BFP!!!!! Im so so happy!! And there is only ONE NEW THING WE MADE IN THIS CYCLE!! INSTEAD SOFT CUPS! I ordered them from ebay(in hungary there is no thing like this... only a menstrual cup like diva or moon cup). And when i ovulated we were soooo tired, that we tried that 3days in a row my love put his "thing" in the soft cup and I put the soft cup with the sperm in to me...:) than i made myself "happy" .... obviously orgasm...:) than put my legs up for 5-10min! And baaammm after 12days i got my bfp!! I put photo of my chart also . So here is my symthomps:

-1 - softcup action
0 - ovulation and softcup action (i used ovulation predictor kits and it was waaay tooo obvious about the ovulation :) ) O-pain
1dpo - softcup action , O-pain, feeling dizzy
2dpo - breasts are bit tender but that is usual for me after Ovulation
3dpo - tired, bloated, twingles in my belly, dizzy, tender breasts
4dpo- tender breasts and nothing much...
5dpo - tender breasts nothing much
6dpo- nothing much
7dpo- craving...bit pain in belly...temp getting higher.....interesting..
8dpo- dizzy, sharp pain in the backside of my left leg..nausea, much creamy cf ..sorry for tmi
9dpo- highest temp ever!! Bfn
10dpo- temp drop..:( O-type pain, depressed, bloated, tender breasts
11dpo- very very very faint bfp, maybe line eyes... but temp still low...but above coverline, twingles in belly
12dpo- temp went back!!!!and baammm BFP with CB Digital 1-2weeks!:) sharp pain in breasts, and muchh twingle in belly.... very happy!!

Here is my chart: http://www.kephost.com/image/vqPh
And just to know we really thought that i cant have baby in a natural way so i got an appoitment to a clinic for this friday... but i just called them to cancel that:))
USE SOFT CUPS AND FERTILITY LUBRICANT!! And have an orgasm after every ejakulation! Yes! It helps!! Really!!!:))

BFP with grapefruit juice and softcups

Background: me 31, OH 32. Low AMH (13.1 a year ago), him low morphology (1%), but everything else fine on SA.

I have 12 day luteal phase, and recently my EWCM seemed to dry up a little bit. Never been pregnant before, but this was only our second month of trying, so despite low AMH and low morphology there was no proven infertility. So who knows what would have happened if we'd just left it to chance...

Anyway, this is what we did:

Temping, charting on kindara, CM monitoring, drank 250ml of pure grapefruit juice from CD10 to CD16 to improve slipperiness of EWCM, used instead softcups after intercourse during fertile days, monitored my follicles through ultrasound (lucky enough to a midwife sonographer), this not necessary by the way ;) it was only for my personal curiosity :)

CD1 to CD5: menses
CD6: spotting
CD7: spotting + sticky CM
CD8: sticky CM, intercourse
CD8,9,10,11: sticky CM
CD12: creamy CM, slippery and lubricated vaginal sensation, follicle not mature yet though (as per ultrasound)
CD13: creamy CM
CD14: EWCM! slippery and lubricated vaginal sensation
CD15: EWCM, slippery, wet and lubricated vaginal sensation, temperature dip. Intercourse, instead softcup inserted straight afterwards and kept in overnight.
CD16: another temp dip, CM somewhat creamy and vaginal sensation only slightly slippery. Intense Ovulation pain in the evening. Ovulation day! Intercourse + instead softcup overnight.
1DPO: temp rise above coverline, CM back to sticky.
2DPO: sticky CM
3DPO: sticky CM
4DPO: sticky CM
5DPO: sticky CM
6DPO: sticky CM
7DPO: sticky CM
8DPO: temp dip waaaay below coverline, sticky CM
9DPO: even deeper temp dip, sticky CM
10DPO: temp back up, creamy CM, slight nausea in the evening for about an hour
11DPO: temp dip below coverline, creamy CM
12DPO: temp dip below coverline, sticky CM. POAS (not FMU) just out of curiosity as these temps don't look promising at all... faint BFP!!! Sore breasts.
13DPO: no menses, temp very high. BFN :(
14DPO: no menses, very, very, veeeery faint BFP.
15DPO:no menses, sore breasts, faint BFP.
16DPO: breasts suuuper sore, and nipples... OMG, so sensitive and sore. Slightly darker BFP.
17DPO: temp dip, tiny amount of spotting, more brownish sticky CM. watery discharge.
18DPO: temp dip, watery discharge.
19DPO: temp back up, nausea in evening.
20DPO: temp dip, breasts not sore anymore.
21DPO: finally a clear and strong BFP :D sore breasts and sensitive nipples.

I think implantation was late-ish, hence it took a while for those BFPs to get darker.

I also started taking maca and vitex from CD15, OH also started maca. I honestly do not think they had anything to do with the BFP as I don't see how they would have had time to work!

I think the winning combo was: intercourse on the day before and the day of ovulation + softcups. I improved the fertile quality of my CM with grapefruit juice, but if your EWCM is wet and fertile you don't need this.

What I learned: BFPs can take a loooooong time to get darker!

Baby dust to you all :D

First BFP after 2yrs ttc, no symptoms and was sure AF was coming!

Hi ladies, I can't believe I am finally able to tell this story! DH (34) and I (32) have been ttc for 2 years and I just got my first BFP!! I really think it was all due to soft cups and Geritol which were the only things we tried differently the last cycle. I temped everyday and about 4 days before AF was due I had a major drop in temp so I started to count us out this cycle. I stopped temping that day and just went about the rest of the week like AF was coming. I had a little bit of brown spotting 2 days before AF was due which was normal for me. Fast forward to 18DPO and still no AF, but I've had 2 previous cycles ( a year apart) where she was over a week late, so I was still counting us out. I had none of the "normal" pregnancy symptoms, no sore boobs, sense of smell was the same, no weird dreams, no extra creamy cm. The spotting stopped but I still didn't think about testing. I already had a pre-conception/fertility appt scheduled with my dr the next day so I figured she would tell me it was just one of those cycles again. Typical appt, pee in a cup, but this time when they did a PT it came back positive!!! Did a HCG test as well and it was positive!! I was in shock!! The next morning, (bc I peed on so many sticks I wanted to finally see that BFP myself) I took a HPT and there it was! PREGNANT!

I hope my story gives someone ttc a little bit of hope to not count yourself out! There were so many times I symptom watched or came on here and tried to compare symptoms and when I finally got my BFP there wasn't one symptom there for me to notice! Everyone is different! Baby dust to all!!

BFP after over 2 years with short luteal phase!!

So I want to start off with how much this website has helped me in the 2 years of ttc!! I promised myself after I got my bfp that I would post my symptoms and my baby boy is now 13 months old and I'm finally getting the time to write this!
About me. I have had 23-24 day periods since I could remember. Never did I think it would prevent me from getting pregnant. After 1 yr of ttc I met a coworker who got pregnant using ovulation sticks so I started using them and found out my luteal phase was only 7 days long! I researched till my eyes bled. (I have already tried vitex and preseed with no luck) I found that vitamin b6 could lengthen my luteal phase. I started with 50mg everyday then 100 then 150. And I also used softcups to keep the sperm in there where it needs to be! My luteal phase went from 7 days to 12 in those 3 months and BAM I got blessed with the most amazing baby boy a mother could ask for. I still thank god everyday for him. I wanted to share with you ladies in hopes that I could help one woman who felt as hopeless as I did to get their miracle. If anyone tries please message me to let me know if it worked for you... Id love to hear!!
I got my BFP 10dpo after a million BFNs. My only symptom was while I was jogging on 9-10dpo I felt like I was going to pee my pants everytime my feet hit the pavement. I truly thought I was getting a UTI but it was ONLY while I jogged. No pain either. I hope my story and methods help!! Babydust to every single woman wanting a miracle!!

I prayed for this bean to stay stuck...

So my husband 36 and myself 33 have been ttc since we were married in 2011 almost five years! We had one pregnancy that lasted for 11 weeks and three chemical pregnancies. Well here is how I received my BFP this time :)

I was on 50mg of clomid the two cycles previously but ran out of prescription.
I usually take .125mcg of synthroid and 7.5mg two times daily of Sustained release T3 for my Hypothyroidism, however I upped my T3 to 15mg twice a day to see if it made me more energetic as I kept forgetting my mid day dose and had tons of extras.

I was on quite a sushi kick for the TWW, however before we all panic it was cooked sushi!
Started going to a chiropractor as I had hip/back issues and had one massage too.
Didn't do ovulation testing due to it being a break cycle and no fertility meds, however we maintained our schedule with pre-seed and softcup combo CD 8 - CD 12. Didn't really track nothing this month as I just feel like a failure after years and years!

We did the deed on CD 5, CD 8, CD 10, CD 12, CD 18. My cycles are max 23 days, usually 21 so we were on a family trip and came back on CD 24 and tested mid afternoon and it came up positive. I just thought I was late from the clomid in my system from previous two months?! Totally shocked as I haven't had any symptoms that I can recall, maybe a bit tender breasts and frequent peeing, little diarrhea on CD 17 now I am a bit dizzy CD 25? Which all before have happened with no BFP.

I hope this is the one that sticks for us, I would be more than blessed and would thank the heavens above!!!

Wishing you all the luck on your ttc :)

BFP after 2 years, pcos, low morphology

So I've never posted on a forum....just searched and read them for what feels like almost daily for the past 2 years and 1 month. I told myself (and I even made a promise to God and I'm not very religious) that if I get a positive I will share my story.

I have had PCOS since I was 24 (probably longer but that's when I began treatment) so I knew getting pregnant would be hard. I suffered with horrible cystic acne and was on bc and Spironolactone for like 5 years until after I got married at the age of 30. (I'm 32 now DH is too) We started trying for a baby around May 2014. My cycle was immediately out of whack after stopping bc and my skin was too. Let me add I also have Hashimotos (hypothyroid) I started researching foods and diet and decided to go Paleo. I was very strict in the beginning, eating very low card,absolutely no dairy and all grass fed meat. My period and skin improved almost immediately. My face was more clear than when I was on the pill. Let me add by saying I have Lean PCOS so I'm not overweight which actually makes things more difficult. It was very difficult to be strict but I kept with it as much as I could. I let more things into my diet but stuck with dairy free and gluten free because that kept my skin clear and cycle somewhat normal. After a while my cycle settled around 36 days being the average length, sometimes 42 days sometimes 32 days. It was difficult to track my ovulation if I didn't pee on an opk. Which was expensive month after month because I could only interpret the digital ones. After a year or so of trying my husband was tested and it came back that he had low morphology. 1% to be exact. He tested again and it went up to 3%. His counts and all other numbers were fine. Tested neg for vericicole. I tried charting, my temps were all over. We would bd everyday in the fertile week, sometimes every other day...we gave it our all every month. My obgyn told me there is nothing more she could do for me. Finally we went to a fertility specialist who told us that because of the morphology we would most likely need to do IVF. She sent us home, gave my husband some supplements which included L Carnitine Fumarite 500mg 2 pills twice a day, acetyl L carnitine 1 pill twice a day, and a pouch of emergen c each day. After 3 months he was supposed to retest his semen, and after my next period I was to begin a million tests. A month before our apt I fell pregnant. I just found out last night. I truly believe that morphology means nothing and there is hope just keep trying. This cycle I was desperate and I pulled out all the stops. I tried everything I had ever read in a forum. I used the digital opk, mucinex during my fertile week, preseed during intercourse, andI bought soft cups to insert after intercourse to keep the sperm in (which was a nightmare and I couldn't get it out for a while. We didn't get a chance to bd the day after ov but did 2 days before, the day of and two days after. I didn't think I was pregnant. I had stopped drinking coffee two months prior and my boobs didn't seem to get as sore each month anymore so sometimes they did sometimes they didn't. Leading up to now every month I felt pregnancy symptoms so I didn't even want to bother testing. What I did notice was my boobs hurt again, they hurt earlier on and never tapered off. my nipples tingled. I felt very hot and very cold. I had cold sweats at night. I felt twinges in my abdomen. I finally tested at 18dpo and received a strong two blue lines immediately. I'm Still in shock.

If I had to give any advice it would be change your diet, if you have PCOS you probably shouldn't be eating Dairy. Cut out gluten and eat low carb, sugar wreaks havoc on your ovaries. I love coffee but when I stopped drinking it my PMS symptoms all went away, and also weird pimples I would get on my neck/lower jawline. If your husband has sperm issues tell him to take the supplements listed above. And don't lose hope!!!!!!

BFP using soft cups, SMEP, and Mucinex after 3 months TTC!

We've only been trying for 3 months, but I have to say I was feeing pretty discouraged that we weren't instantly pregnant. This will be baby #3 for us (I'm 30 years old), and my first two babies we got pregnant the first go round, so I just assumed it would be that easy this time! After obsessing over every symptom the last two cycles, and being so disappointed with a BFNs, I tried to take it easy this time and not read to much into every little thing. But here are my symptoms, by DPO:

CD 16: O Day! Actually had gotten a positive ovulation strip on CD 14 and 15, and by CD 16 it was negative, but this is the day that FF chose as my O day. Also, CD 15 and CD 16 I had what felt like bad menstrual cramps (o pain?) but I was also gassy and constipated so cramping could have been related to that.

DPO 1: Nothing, slow rise in temperature.
DPO 2: Nothing, temp still going up.
DPO 3:Nothing, record high temp at 98.84
DPO 4: Feeling warm and flushed, but it was warm out so I wrote it off as nothing. A bit bloated. Temp slightly lower.
DPO 5: Temp dropping still. Bloated and gassy. Very emotional, cried watching TV (again, not that unusual for me).
DPO 6: Temp dropping further (still well above cover line though). Feeling grumpy and irritable that my temp as gone down three days in a row, I feel like I for sure cannot be pregnant. Very snappy and irritable mood, I figure that it is PMS. Boobs achy on and off, which is normal PMS symptom for me.
DPO 7: Temp is back up at 98.75. Feel in a much better mood. Weird stabbing pain in left nipple, which is not normal for me. Pain continues on and off throughout the day.
DPO 8: Gassy, temp is still high. I don't feel pregnant so I have coffee and feel weird and jittery (possibly because I've been abstaining from caffeine for so long).
DPO 9: Boobs achy (only a little). Gassy and a little bloated, face is breaking out a bit more than usual before AF. A few twinges and pains in my uterus. Menstrual like back cramps. Feeling very tired, take a nap in the afternoon, and still fall asleep at 9:30 at night.
DPO 10: Temp is still high (usually by now it starts to go down). Decide to take a cheap pregnancy test (Easy at Home Brand), and I am amazed that there is a very definite faint line!! Continued cramps and weird tingling in armpits and occasional stabbing pains in boobs. Feeling warm and flushed. Twinges in uterus. Can't keep eyes open after 9:00 PM.
DPO 11: Temp still up, take a Clear Blue Easy test and definite line appears! Also take another cheap test, and line is darker than yesterday's! Feeling very warm, gassy, and having twinges/pains in uterus. Very tired, napping a lot.

So that's it! Most of my pregnancy symptoms were so similar or identical to PMS, so I really wasn't holding out much hope (although at the beginning of this cycle I did have a good feeling about this being our cycle to conceive, but then after not really feeling pregnant I lost hope). So don't stress if you don't have that many symptoms, it's different every time. With my daughter I knew I was pregnant before I even tested, but not this time!

Things we did this cycle that might have helped our BFP that we didn't do last time:
DH: Took Maca Root, Zinc, and multi vitamin.

Me: Took Evening Primrose Oil to O day, then switched to Fish Oil. Also drank Red Raspberry leaf tea the whole cycle until I got a positive Pregnancy test. Also took prenantal, vit. d, vit. k, magnesium.

Followed Sperm Meets Egg Plan, using Soft Cups, Preseed, and took Mucinex during fertile period.

I have a retroverted uterus, so we DTD with me laying on my stomach and my hips propped up on a pillow. I also laid on my stomach (not my back) afterwards for at least 1 hour. I put the Soft Cups in after about an hour with a bit of preseed in it, and kept them in 8-12 hours.

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