Posted by MissKimmi
I can't believe I'm here writing a success story! But I am!
I'm a 33 yo single woman and I've always wanted to be a mum. After a bunch of failed relationships (one of which long term), and a long time of being single, I decided I wasn't going to wait around anymore. Every date I went on I found myself "scanning" the man in front of me more on whether he could be a potential dad, than whether we could be happy together. Starting a relationship "under pressure" didn't feel fair. Not to him, myself, or a future child. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
In April 2014 I had my first IUI with donor sperm at a clinic. Naive me thought I'd probably get pregnant within the first 2 attempts. After all, my mother and sister had gotten pregnant very quickly. But then again, they were doing it the natural way... Donor sperm only lives for around 24 hours, as does the egg, so timing is crucial.
I did not get pregnant that 1st time, nor the 2nd time. Or 3th. Each cycle I had lots of symptoms (I didn't always record them) and many a time I figured "this is it!" Sometimes my period came late, sometimes early. I found out I usually ovulated late (cd17/18), but sometimes early (cd14) or even later (cd22). All my IUIs have been natural. I only used OPKs and ultrasounds, nothing else.
After the 5th IUI I had a foam ultrasound to see if my tubes were open. They were. This was good news, but at the same time made me wonder why I wasn't pregnant. My tubes were open, I had enough follicles each month and still nothing.
From IUI 5 onwards I started taking wheatgerm oil. The first two months I took pure wheat germ oil. Only from ovulation onwards.
During the tww following IUI 7 I was going on holiday and figured, since I'd be eating out a lot, bringing pure wheat germ oil wouldn't be convenient, so I took capsules this round.
My holiday was great! Somehow I had a lot of faith in this cycle even though I did not experience any symptoms. NO achy breasts, NO exhaustion, NO nausea. My faith in this cycle wasn't based on anything.
At 9dpo I did a test with fmu. Neg. Oh well. It was early days. I had learnt to be on the lookout for spotting from 9dpo onwards though, since my LP was usually 11/12 days always proceeded by a few days of spotting.
At 10dpo I tested again with fmu. At first when I glanced at the test I thought, "nope, nothing." But then I looked closer and, OMG, there was actually a very faint line there! I could hardly believe it and decided to do another test the next day to be sure.
At 11dpo, I took another test and voila, a darker line.
Now I'm 13dpo and have been testing every day since. The line is still getting darker and it's finally starting to sink in: I'm actually pregnant!
Other than emotional outbursts and having to pee more, I still don't have any symptoms, while I had loads every other time. So, even if you have NO symptoms, it doesn't mean you're out!
To sum up, these are the things that were different for me this time:
* 6.8 million sperm cells were injected. This wasn't my highest number (which was 7 million), but I've had many IUIs with lower numbers too.
* I went on holiday to a place I love. I looked forward to this, so even though I was still obviously very occupied by thoughts about getting pregnant, I had other, happy, things on my mind as well.(This doesn't mean I didn't worry at all though, but I think having happy distractions does help, when the whole "thinking positive" gets hard)
* I took capsules instead of pure wheatgerm oil.
* I cut down my caffeine intake. I never drink coffee, but I do drink a lot of tea. This month I was lucky to find decaffeinated teas.
I don't know which of these things are relevant, or if they made a difference, but I wrote them down anyway, just in case they can be of help to anyone.
My pregnancy is still in its early days, but it's looking good, so I'm enjoying it and I shall just assume it continues to be good. :)
Added: Oct. 26, 2014