Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP with timed intercourse and thin uterine lining after miscarriages and Asherman's Syndrome diagnosis
I've waited almost 5 months to share my BFP story because I wanted to make sure I didn't miscarry again (that happened to me on this site). I am now 6 months pregnant. My goal in sharing this story is to give hope to other people who have had similar experiences with ovulation issues (possible PCOS diagnosis), miscarriage, Asherman's syndrome and multiples. It's too complicated to give all of the details (yes, I used pre-seed, ovulation predictor kits, every kind of pregnancy test, charted my temperature, etc.), but here's a summary: November 2013 - started trying to conceive naturally with my husband, but noticed I wasn't getting my period or ovulating February 2014 - took clomid prescribed by OB March 2014 - first BFP on first round of clomid April 2014 - found out that it was a blighted ovum at a 7 week ultrasound and had an uncomplicated D&C at 8 weeks June 2014 through January 2015 - took clomid 6 more times total, noticed that my periods were extremely light and almost non-existent, complained multiple times to OB about my lack of period, but was told it was not an issue November 2014 - second BFP which turned out to be a chemical pregnancy (got my non-existent period about a week late) January 2015 - started seeing an REI for infertility work up, everything looked normal except for my uterine lining; on a sonohysterogram, the REI thought I had a polyp and scheduled a hysteroscopy to remove it February 2015 - diagnosed with moderate Asherman's Syndrome (aka intrauterine scarring) during the hysteroscopy; cause of Asherman's Syndrome was the D&C from the previous year (this is a rare complication from an early pregnancy D&C) March 2015 - second hysteroscopy to treat the scarring April 2015 - third hysteroscopy to check whether more scarring should be removed, was given the green light to try to conceive again after taking estrogen to build up my lining for another month May 2015 - induced period with progesterone, then used femara (aka letrozole) and follistim and an ovidrel trigger shot to try to conceive through timed intercourse; at the doctor's visit before taking the trigger shot I was told that there was very little chance of getting pregnant that cycle even though I had lots of mature follicles because my uterine lining was only measuring 3.1mm (and 5mm the following day - they made me check again) and that I would likely need another hysteroscopy; we did the trigger shot anyway and had timed intercourse 36 hours later... June 2015 - third BFP Details of third BFP: DPO 7 - breast tenderness DPO 10 - partial ovarian torsion (very painful), generally did not feel well DPO 11 (aka DPT 13) - BFP on my 35th birthday, pregnancy line was quite dark DPO 12 - extremely sore breasts, hurt to shower, this lasted on and off for several weeks DPO 13 - lots of spotting and cramping (this also lasted on and off for several weeks), serious paranoia about having another chemical pregnancy DPO 14 - HCG level (from blood test at doctor's office) was 576; upon reflection, this was probably the first indication that there were multiples DPO 16 - HCG level had more than doubled to 1,317 7 weeks - at the first ultrasound, I discovered there were 3 heartbeats; 2 of them were identical twins that would share a placenta but had separate sacs; I had a pretty significant bleed on and off for about 3 days right after the ultrasound and was again paranoid about miscarriage, but all 3 heartbeats were still there at subsequent doctor's visits 11 weeks - CVS testing of both placentas for genetic issues 13 weeks - multifetal pregnancy reduction of the identical twins based on decision that it would be too risky to carry all of them, I still think about them everyday Can't wait to meet my baby. Don't give up.