Short Luteal Phase

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Short Luteal Phase
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:56am

Does anyone know what you can do about a short luteal phase? I've read that your luteal phase needs to be at least 10 days in order to sustain a pregnancy. Based on

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Registered: 10-22-2010
Thu, 06-09-2011 - 2:13pm

There are many natural methods to increase the function of the luteal phase. Acupuncture and herbs are extremely helpful in working with miscarriage and with lengthening out and stabilizing

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Registered: 11-17-2008
Sun, 06-05-2011 - 6:12am

Hi there,

I used to post here and am back lurking and feel compelled to tell you about my experience.

I have had 2 mc after both of which I had 8-9 day LPs. I tried Vitex, vitamin B6 to lengthen the LP but no natural tactics worked for me.

I suspected I had low progesterone, so I took my charts along to the fertility specialist (12 months worth of no BFPs) and he tested hormone levels and game me two options:

1) progesterone suppositories (not an option for me as I spend my days on my feet and didn't want the discomfort)

2) 50mg clomid to balance the progesterone.

I took the Clomid. Without intending to upset anyone here I must say, for me, Clomid changed the game in a very positive way. I wish I had gone to the doctor sooner as I seriously believe the low progesterone/ short LP caused my two MC.

:) Good luck. I know Clomid doesn't work for everyone but I thank God every day that I got a hold of some and had a very understanding doctor prescribe it.

B, loving wife to L. Proud Mum to William Luke (22 months) and expecting Samuel James in November. >

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Registered: 06-21-2006
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:34pm
I have had short luteal phase of 5-8 days. They put me on progesterone suppositories after ovulation for 14 days or until bfp...if bfp then have to take until 10 weeks along or so. You can try B6 though too, some say they've had success w/this....I think 50 mg to 100 mg is a good amount per day. I did try the b6, but the first month i started taking it I also started on the prog so don't know which, if either, helped (I got pregnant that cycle, but just ended in m/c at 9 weeks along). Good luck!
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Registered: 02-24-2011
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 5:32pm

I've read that B6 can lengthen the luteal phase. Can you take B6 while also taking a prenatal vitamin?

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 4:41pm
There's very little you can do shy of what Tee said. Ask your dr to test your prog. during the LP and see if you need supplements. The OTC supplements are hugely ineffective because they have to be so low level to be OTC, that by the time they absorb (poorly) you're really not getting much med. Now I now a couple ladies have had good experience w/ accupuncture lenthening the LP, but IMO, the cost of the accupuncture is higher than the cost of progesterone supplements.
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Registered: 02-24-2011
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 11:35am

Thanks for the info, very helpful!

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 10:26am
If you have 3 consecutive charts, I would bring them to your doctor and ask if they would test your progesterone levels. My doctor tested mine at 4dpo, 7 dpo, and 11dpo. He said that they like to see a nice bell-curve to the numbers. Something, for example, like: 11 at 4dpo, 15-20 at 7dpo, and then 11 again at 11dpo (this is all "for example" - numbers may vary). Mine were 11.4 at 4dpo, 8.2 at 7dpo, and 2.3 at 11dpo. So, they gave me progesterone supplements to take starting at 3dpo. Of course, I don't take them anymore because we're no longer taking Femara or any of the other protocol for infertility right now. But, progesterone supplements are usually what is used for low progesterone, which can be a reason for a short luteal phase. You might also want to get your iron and B12 levels tested, as I read somewhere that low levels of those can cause a short luteal phase, too.
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