Post # 1
Could someone explain Luteal Phase Defect and how you know or suspect if you have a problem? I have read a lot about it making your LP too short and that spotting is a symptom.
For me, my LP is actually really long– 17 days on average, up to 18, but I start spotting about 5 days before AF. So, I don’t even start spotting until 12DPO, which isn’t bad, but I wonder if I do need to be concerned about all that spotting anyway. I’ve been off the pill for almost 6 months and my cycles have been pretty regular since about month after stopping. I’ve been taking a B Complex throughout my cycle, and I think it did make the spotting start a little later, but it’s still definitely there. Maybe I should go to straight B6 instead of B Complex?
I think you can view my charts here:
And, I do have my first appt with the doctor since stopping BCP in a few weeks, just for my regular annual anyway.
Post # 3
I don’t have information to really help you, I apologize! My LP is about 16 days but I also spot about 3 days prior to AF, or at least this has started the last two months so I am interested in what others have to say to you…you could also look up one of my posts that talks about spotting but not specifically to an LP defect since I am not sure yet.
You seem a bit ahead of me, I haven’t started any BComplex or B6. I was worried about it extending LP? Maybe that shouldn’t be a concern as much as spotting is, I’m not sure.
How long have you been TTC?
Post # 4
@MrsJuneBee: This is our first month trying, but I’ve ben charting since April so I noticed it. Who knows, maybe in 2 weeks I’ll find out that it wasn’t a problem at all!
Post # 5
@foodnerd81: Spotting is tricky because it can mean completely NOTHING or it can totally indicate a problem! For example, Luli29 and hergreenapples both spotted a lot (hope you guys don’t mind me calling you out) and both of them got BFP’s. I think they both “treated” it with B-complex and a few other natural remedies, which I am a huge fan of! However, I was diagnosed with a luteal phase defect for several reasons, and it was confirmed with an endometrial biopsy. One of the things that lead me to believe that I had an LP defect is that my temperature would not get or stay very high in my LP, then my spotting would occur up to TEN days before AF, and it would occur with temperature dips. Here’s a site about an LP defect.
Because your LP is so long and your temp gets and stays much higher than the coverline, I’m not sure I would be super concerned, but you could try adding like progesterone cream after confirmed O and see if the spotting gets better?
Post # 6
@ChuckNorris: Thanks– I was hoping you would respond! I wouldn’t start progesterone without a doctor/midwife telling me too, but it’s good to hear that the temp staying up means it should be fine. I’m definitely bringing my charts in when I see the midwife, hopefully she will actually look at them!