New here with a question about luteal phase?

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New here with a question about luteal phase?
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Thu, 09-06-2012 - 4:57pm

My husband and I have been TTC for 8 months. I started "charting" four months ago - I use OPK, BBT and CM methods at once. I seem to ovulate every cycle on day 16/17, and have an 11 day luteal phase. I only just learned this morning that short luteal phases can be a problem! Does anyone know anything about this? My obgyn wants us to try for a year before she will do any tests.

I was told when I was a teenager that I have PCOS. I don't seem to have any symptoms of it as I have always been skinny (I'm 100 lbs at about 5'4''), I have mild pimples, normal hair growth, and regular cycles. I was diagnosed because an ultrasound showed that I had PCOS ovaries, and my androgen (?) level was slightly high. I'm 27, and my husband is 31, if it matters. My doctor isn't worried about my weight because I have a small frame, and I'm in good health and very active. I have had two LEEP procedures - but I'm all clear now. 

I have been pregnant once before, accidentally, many years ago while in college. I only found out at 11/12 weeks because we had used a condom and it didn't occur to me that I was pregnant - but when I had an ultrasound to confirm, the fetus was found to have a serious defect and would never have lived, so it was terminated. I'm pro-choice anyway - but it still made me feel upset. I can't remember exactly what the problem was, but the doctors said it wasn't likely to happen again. 

Sorry for all of the information - I'm just frustrated that I have to wait four more months to be hear by a professional. Any advice would be very welcome. 

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 12:02pm
Hi celieee00! Some members have had luck using B6 to lengthen their luteal phase. I agree with Christina that if you have the PCOS diagnosis that you don't want to wait to long before asking for a referral. If you get pregnant in the meantime, that's even better and you just cancel the appointment.

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 12:50pm
Hi Celieee00. I'm glad you have found some answers from the ladies here. There is so much more to having babies than putting part A into part B and learning about everything can get a little intimidating. There are some really smart ladies around here, so feel free to ask away.
I like the idea of making the appointment now instead of waiting. Also, have you heard of Preseed? it's a "fertlity-friendly lubricant."

Good luck and KUP!

Britty  & DH (both 30) TTC since late 2008

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Registered: 01-18-2008

Yes, I'm sure you can get a referral from your regular doctor to see an RE.  You can find out about RE's in your area by using teh SART website(http://www.sart.org/frame/detail.aspx?id=3893).  You just click on your state and it will come up with a list of fertility centers.  I suggest comparing ther stats for IVF for your age group even though you are not to that point yet.  Hopefully, you will not ever need IVF, but if you do, it helps to already be at the best clinic in your area.  Pick an RE and then ask your doctor for a referral to them. 

I can imagine the insurance system in the US can seem strange when you're used to a national healthcare system.  I wish we had a system more like other countries do.  Unfortunately, health care is a for-profit industry in the US.  It's terrible and immoral if you ask me.

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Registered: 08-27-2008
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 1:53pm
Welcome! I also have a LP on the short side, average around 11 days. I've taken B6 to help make it longer as Melissa mentioned. Christina's given some great advice I would agree with about going directly to an RE. Keep in mind that fertility coverage is kind of rare in the US so you could end up paying out of pocket. However many insurance companies cover the diagnotist appointments at an RE so you might want to call your insurance ahead of time to be sure you understand what the fees might be. What state is your insurance issued in? Hopefully you're one of the lucky ones that has some coverage =) If not, I know that another European friend of mine got treatment (IVF) back home instead and the costs were about 1/4 of what they are here.

Hope that is helpful. Look forward to chatting with you!

Caryn
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Registered: 01-18-2008
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 4:09pm
That's great! Let us know how it goes.

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Registered: 08-27-2008
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 4:12pm
Look forward to hearing about your appointment, keep us posted!!!

Caryn