Post # 1
Hey y’all, I need some help. So DH and I want to start TTC in October. I started taking prenatal vitamins and this was my first cycle charting. Before I started charting I was only really paying attention to my cervical fluid and noticed that my LP might be a little short, about 10 days. I wasn’t entirely sure until I charted this month: 9 days 🙁
I’ve heard that vitamin B can help but I’m wondering if there is anything else I can do health-wise to lengthen my LP before October: diet? exercise? sleep? anything?
I wasn’t planning on doing a preconception appointment but now I think I might have to… 🙁
Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@Mrs.Enne: I would suggest a preconception appointment.
Post # 4
I’m not familiar with the short luteal phase, so I can’t give any advice. But I would definitely meet with your doctor to discuss this so you are prepared for ttc soon!
Post # 5
A ten-day LP is not technically considered short, so in all likelihood a doctor would tell you not to worry, but I think making a pre-conception appointment is a great idea.
I take a B Complex vitamin (Whole Foods brand) to help with pre-AF spotting and to thicken my lining and it works REALLY well. I have also heard that B can do wonders for a short LP, so you may want to start there.
Post # 6
@MarryMeTiffany: @Jenn23: Yeah, at this point I feel like I have to. I’m also Rh negative so that’s something I’ll want to talk to an OB about.
@septcabride: From what I’ve read, 10 is considered borderline, but according to my chart my LP was only 9 days. I heard about B6 or B Complex, so I’ll probably start doing that- in moderation, of course.
Thanks for the input ladies!
Post # 7
clomid and progesterone are commonly prescribed for short luteal phase!
Post # 8
My LP was around 10-12 days. B complex can help, but didn’t do much for me. When I took chinese herbs (prescribed by a naturopath), that helped some too. Progesterone supplements were the primary thing that really kept AF at bay longest though. I’d say keep tracking a few more months to see if the 9 is more of a fluke or your norm. From what I know, 10-11 is borderline, but I think most docs will agree that 9 is pretty short as the uterine lining actually starts shedding internally before you start bleeding. Good luck!
Post # 9
You should try bioidentical progesterone cream.
Post # 10
I was in the same boat as you. I tried vitamin B and L-Arginine, plus I started seeing an accupuncturist who specializes in infertility. She prescribed me some Chinese herbs in pill form. I tried all these in combination for several months with no improvement in my luteal phase length. So I finally saw a fertility doctor. She had little regard for my charts and actually told me there is some disagreement in the medical world as to whether a short luteal phase actually means anything, but she did help me come up with a plan. Each time we TTC’d, I would use OTC progesterone cream (I got mine at GNC for about $30) and take frequent pregnancy tests. As soon as I got a positive test, I could call her up and she would call in a progesterone prescription to my pharmacy. This is the plan we used and I got pregnant the very first try! My son is now a toddler 🙂 So don’t feel like things are too hopeless, maybe you will have a great outcome like I did!
Post # 11
I have a shortish luteal phase (10-12 days) that has slowly lengthened over the course of twelve months. I’m now almost nine weeks pregnant.
When I first came off the Pill my LP was ten days but by the time we’d been actively TTC for almost a year it had lengthened to 11-12 days.
I would try a B-Complex vitamin but you might find that your short LP sorts itself over time (particularly if you’ve just come off BC).
Post # 12
Thanks for all of the responses! I will definitely be talking to my doc about this!