Post # 1
Okay, so my last period started promptly on 9 DPO. (I’ll get back to the short LPs in a minute.) It lasted ten days. I had really bad cramping on 8DPO. Then just a light period for the first three days. Then HORRIFIC cramping for two days, VERY heavy bleeding. Then medium bleeding that FINALLY tapered off to spotting to nothing.
I have never had a ten day period. Ever. Not before I was on the pill, and not for the last seven months of TTC.
So, first question, why on EARTH would my period decide to last ten days when it’s normally at the MOST five days? My cycles are usually predictable: a day or two of spotting, medium cramping, medium bleeding, then back to spotting and done.
The short LP. I talked to my doctor at my appointment last week (she saw me at six months for an annual and I talked to her about TTC so she wanted to see me again at nine months to see where we stood. I asked for blood tests to check everything at the appointment last week [hormones and all that junk.]) about how I was worried about my short LPs. She said that 8-9 days is enough to get pregnant but once I get pregnant they’ll probably have to put me on progesterone. But…what if I’m either not producing enough progesterone to even GET pregnant OR I’m having chemicals or VERY early miscarriages because of the low progesterone? That would put me at not even having a chance.
My short LP ladies, what do you do? I tried taking a b-complex and threw my cycles so out of wack, I won’t touch them again. Has anyone tried using progesterone creams?
Post # 3
First step: Fire your doctor. Srsly. While the “luteal phase defect” debate rages over whether or not a too-short-LP is anything under 12 days or under 10 days, the answer remains the same: fewer than 10 days is BAD.
My RE didn’t even blink when I showed him my charts (with one as short as 5 days; many between 8-10; a few at 11). He immediately told me that it was concerning and they were going to run tests to get it in line.
An LP that short is a concern because you’re right – it may mean you CAN’T get pregnant. Incredibly shortsighted of your doctor to just go, “Meh, once you’re pregnant, you’ll need (blank).” While I’ve heard of doctors shrugging off a 10-or-11-day LP, never one that tends to be shorter.
I’m lucky in that I don’t need a referral, and it’s one of the reasons why I started with an RE – too many stories of women who are with OBGYNS or started with OBGYNs reporting that their concerns were shrugged off and months or years were wasted. Infertility is an OBGYN’s hobby; infertility and hormones are an RE’s career.
Post # 4
For me I took 100mg of B6 and a B-Complex vitamin. It’s the B6 vitamin that is the key, it brought my LP from 7 days to 10 days to pregnant. (I added the B-Complex a couple months in because I heard it can increase progesterone.)
It may not work for everyone but it worked wonders for me. Good luck!
Post # 5
@CookieCreamCakes: I guess I’m sticking with my OBGYN for now because of insurance purposes. If I go to any other specialists, I’m not sure if I’m insurance will automatically kick that in as “infertility treatments.” I guess I have to figure that out, huh? I’m going to see what she says when I go in a month (and it’ll also give me a chance to see if my LP is super short again this month.) If it’s short again, I might tell her that I want to try progesterone and if she tells me no, then I’ll look into an RE. I’m incredibly frustrated with the whole thing, really. Why can’t my stupid LP just be normal?!
@Lyndzo: When I tried the B-Complex it caused me to have a 45 day cycle. I didn’t ovulate until AFTER I stopped taking it. I then had a short LP again. My body is weird, apparently -___-
Post # 6
One thing that *might* help to even out the length of your cycles is maca root. I had really long cycles, and it helped to shorten them. I have also heard of people taking it and it helping to lengthen their cycles. I don’t know whether it has an affect on LP, but it would be worth doing the research to find out.
I am sorry you are stuck with your current doctor. As far as insurance goes, call and talk to someone about your plan BEFORE you go to a specialist. That way you know what specialists are covered, and even which tests and procedures. Some states mandate coverage for fertility– don’t know about Louisiana, though. If you know what is covered you can advocate for yourself when it comes time for testing. Some docs may even work with you in coding things certain ways so that you can get coverage.
Good luck! Sorry you are having to deal with this.
Post # 7
@missrain: I’ve decide that when I go next month, if all my blood test she ran last visit come back normal, I’m going to pretty much demand a progesterone test. The next step we take is an HSG test, and I don’t want to have invasive testing done until after we’ve exhausted all of the “smaller” avenues first. Especially since my LP is on the short side.