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    Default Short Luteal Phase - how did you fix it?

    I'd like to hear about anyone's experience with a short luteal phase.
    How did you confirm you had a short LP? How long did this take? How did you fix it and how long did that take?

    Totally jumping the gun and stressing myself out but I think this may be my issue - 25 day cycle and (think) I am ovulating day 17/18 (inconsistent OPK - only feint 2nd line day 16/17 but nothing rest of cycle. Just started BBT this month and think I had a good temp spike day 18 - still waiting to see if my temp drops but still up on day 20). I've just had bloods done so off to see doc this week and have a FS appt early next month, but in the meantime it's just me & Dr. Google...

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    Default Short Luteal Phase - how did you fix it?

    Bbt are a fantastic way of checking out luteal length. I have a 23-25 day cycle, ovulation on days 11/12 but I generally have ALOT of spotting from about 9dpo or earlier. My doctor believes I have a luteal phase defect.

    If you are Oing at around cd17 this could definetly be an issue. But without bbt charting or blood tests you can't really be sure.

    I took B6 which some people swear by, but it seemed to make my spotting worse. So I started vitex which worked really well and stopped the spotting. It started to work the following cycle. I also had acupuncture which helped. I had to stop all the supplements as I am on injectables for other reasons...But I do have medication for luteal support.

    If you do have a luteal phase defect, I am under the impression it is one of the easier things to address. I would def reccomend continuing with the bbt to find out for sure when you o over the next few cycles...and if it is on the later side, given your cycle length I would reccomend trying B6 and vitex. If worst comes to worst you may also be able to get some progesterone pessaries from your FS/oBGYN

    Good luck! I know how frustrating it can be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patience86 View Post
    Bbt are a fantastic way of checking out luteal length. I have a 23-25 day cycle, ovulation on days 11/12 but I generally have ALOT of spotting from about 9dpo or earlier. My doctor believes I have a luteal phase defect.

    If you are Oing at around cd17 this could definetly be an issue. But without bbt charting or blood tests you can't really be sure.

    I took B6 which some people swear by, but it seemed to make my spotting worse. So I started vitex which worked really well and stopped the spotting. It started to work the following cycle. I also had acupuncture which helped. I had to stop all the supplements as I am on injectables for other reasons...But I do have medication for luteal support.

    If you do have a luteal phase defect, I am under the impression it is one of the easier things to address. I would def reccomend continuing with the bbt to find out for sure when you o over the next few cycles...and if it is on the later side, given your cycle length I would reccomend trying B6 and vitex. If worst comes to worst you may also be able to get some progesterone pessaries from your FS/oBGYN

    Good luck! I know how frustrating it can be.
    Thanks I don't know for sure I guess I am just preparing myself in case. Hoping my obgyn/FS will be able to shed some more light. I don't have any spotting or other issues that I know of, I had a MC late last year and am desperate to conceive again asap. Having acupuncture with a lady that specialises in fertility/women's health so I'll ask her what she thinks too...

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    Acupuncture and chinese medicine brought forward ovulation and delayed period. I needed ivf though but am positive acu and tcm definitely helped my cycles

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    I confirmed my short luteal phase by temping. I'm breastfeeding which is playing havoc with my cycles...i have been ovulating fine but my lp has beeb 4-8 days in the 6 cycles since af return after having ds. It was obvious after 1-2 months of temping that my luteal phase was too short. At first I tried b vitamins but they are really only good for lengthening lp by 1-2 days. I tried bfing ds less which ended in an lp of 8 days for that month. This cycle I am taking vitex which has helped a lot! Currently 9dpo and in the first half of my cycle it brought my libido back. If af stays away it is quite possible I will get a bfp this month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdornedWithCats View Post
    I confirmed my short luteal phase by temping. I'm breastfeeding which is playing havoc with my cycles...i have been ovulating fine but my lp has beeb 4-8 days in the 6 cycles since af return after having ds. It was obvious after 1-2 months of temping that my luteal phase was too short. At first I tried b vitamins but they are really only good for lengthening lp by 1-2 days. I tried bfing ds less which ended in an lp of 8 days for that month. This cycle I am taking vitex which has helped a lot! Currently 9dpo and in the first half of my cycle it brought my libido back. If af stays away it is quite possible I will get a bfp this month.
    Thanks I haven't been temping long enough to confirm yet but it's been a suspicion of mine for a while. I will see what the next week brings... I can't help to wander if it could have caused my MC last year. More questions for the FS...


 

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