Question about short luteal phases

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Registered: 08-17-2011
Question about short luteal phases
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 6:10pm

My husband and I just started trying to conceive in July, so I'm very new to tracking my cycle.

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Registered: 07-10-2008
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 7:22pm
I also have a short LP. You can take up to 100mg of B6 safely. Prenatals don't have that much. Mine only has 25mg so i added 50mg for a while for a total of 75mg, but didn't notice much change. One month was a little improved, then the next wasn't but I probably only took it 2 or 3 months, so maybe it takes longer.
I am at my year mark of ttc and now have a rx for progesterone but haven't started it yet. I am excited to see if that's the key. If you feel there's an issue, don't hesitate to be your own advocate and talk to your doc! It took me switching doctors to feel like I was being heard.
Sorry I'm not much help but know you're not alone.
There are several women here who swear by B6. Also some women like yo use Vitex. You can google it to read how it aids in fertility. Don't get discouraged! I know it's easier said than done. There are a lot of wonderful women here with loads of good info and advice! Good luck!
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Registered: 10-13-2008
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 9:57pm
First of all ... Welcome to the board! If you have questions about tracking your cycle, I would highly suggest

I think I'm a little lost thought ... LP is the time from O to AF. If you think you just O'd a few days ago how can you already know what your LP is?

I temped for almost a year straight. It really helped me to realize what my cycles were really doing. If you just started TTC in July it's early. Were you on BCP before? If so, that can have some affect on your body too. So try to give your body some time to level out and yourself some time to get in sync with your body.

Hope your stay here will be short and sweet!
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Registered: 08-17-2011
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 8:21am

I found this link:

You might be interested in reading.

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Registered: 06-21-2006
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 9:51am
I think the bottom line is there is no definitive research to prove that short luteal phases are really an issue, there's a split in the medical community and you'll find some dr's who very much believe it's an issue and others who don't. The west coast seems to think it's less of a "real" issue whereas the east coast tends to view it more of an issue. (At least this is what one RE told me.) However, he also told me that since there's no harm in trying the progesterone so many dr's will try it b/c a) it won't hurt anything and b) the research just isn't there to say "no, it definately isn't an issue". So after my chemical pregnancy in february and having dealt with short luteal phase of 5-8 days I decided since this RE said progesterone couldn't hurt, that I'd talk to my obgyn about it...who said basically the same thing the RE had said, but didn't mind giving me scrip for it at all. So the next month I tried it and got successfully pregnant that cycle, although it did end in m/c at 9 weeks. Did the progesterone help? Who really knows, but I do feel better being on it, knowing that if it is an issue at least I'm able to do something. The progesterone vaginal use them after you ovulate for around 14 days then stop them and let your period come if you're not pregnant....the supps kinda leak out of you during the day though so it is kind of annoying wearing a pantyliner all those days. And if you do get pregnant they ask you to stay on the supps for the first 10+ weeks of pregnancy...hello pantyliners! But it isn't too bad.

Oh and I did try the B6 (100 mg/day) before starting progesterone vaginal suppositories, but only for like one month so not sure if it would have helped long term or not.

Also, maybe your cycle will end of being longer this month since you ovulated later that you thought you would and your luteal phase may end up being longer....I guess time will tell! Good luck.
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Registered: 05-24-2011
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 11:48am
Ok, so first off, if your temp surge was today, that means you most likely ovulated the day before, *maybe* (if you have a slow progesterone rise) two days before (but this is unlikely). I know you said you are taking your BBT, but are you charting as well? Temping without charting is pretty much useless. I used, but I know Taking Charge of Your Fertility has a website that you can use to chart as well. TCOYF (the book) will really help you to understand the whole cycle and what to look for as signs of O. Now, on to your real question. PP is right - you can't yet know what your LP is until after AF arrives - then you will get a better sense of how long your LP actually is. In any event, I have a 10 day LP and got pg after 4 cycles. :) So don't worry too much. It can make things a little more difficult but not impossible. I did take 50 mg of B6 during my pg cycle. Of course I have no way of knowing if it helped, but it's worth a shot. If you do have a short LP, it usually signals a progesterone shortage. You could discuss this with your doc - if it is really a problem then you could look into taking a progesterone supplement. My progesterone was a bit low so I am on supplements until the end of T1.
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Registered: 08-17-2011
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 3:33pm

Wow, thanks so much for the responses!

I'm also wondering how much my worrying about getting pregnant impacts my ovulation! I try not to stress myself out about it, but I can't help my Type A personality. Unfortunately, this morning, my BBT was back down to 96.8, so it looks like yesterday's spike was just an anomaly. Perhaps I just didn't ovulate this month. I'm on CD 25. I'm going to keep charting and hoping that a trend emerges for me to discuss with my doctor.

For the person who posted that ovulation occurs just one day before the spike in temperature... is this true for everyone?