Post # 1
I’m a long time lurker, and just joining the boards to ask for help 🙁
I started charting last month and I realized a short luteal phase, only 8 days :S
I had a copper IUD removed early August, and my first cycle after removing it was really short, just 1-2 days spotting/light flow, when it’s usually 4-5 days medium/high flow. I thought it was odd, I had never had such a light period in my life, so I decided to chart this month to learn more about my cycle and also help with my TTC chances if anything was wrong.
My cycles are 28 days, plus/minus 1 day.
Thus I charted last month and I realized I had a short luteal phase, only 8 days.
I took my temperature at the same time, every day (5:30am) with at least 5 hours of sleep every night, so I think the temperature values should be accurate.
I read that B-6 vitamin helps, but I also read is better to take a B-50 complex.
Has anyone tried it? Which one should I take? Or should I take both?
Here is my chart:
Post # 3
@Turtle Bride: It might just be that your body is taking some time to readjust to having periods again. My first cycle off bcp, my luteal phase was 6 days. The second, 11 days. Now I’m on day 14 of the third luteal phase. I don’t know if the copper IUD might have similar adjustment time as a horomonal method, but you might just need to give your body time to remember what it’s supposed to do!
I also started taking vitex, as it’s supposed to help regulate things.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
my LP varied coming off of birth control pills by quite a lot. 1st cycle was 11 days, then 7 days, then 8, now I’m back to around 11-12 or so. It does take a bit to adjust to “normal” again.
I do take a B100 vitamin as that is supposed to help
Post # 5
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@Turtle Bride: Vitamin B6 is pretty well known as a daily supplement that is supposed to help extend your luteal phase.
Post # 6
Thank you all for your help and suggestions!
I hope my cycles get more “normal”. I wouldn’t have expected a copper IUD to have much effect being that it was not hormonal :S
I’m going to order Vitex & B100 complex on Amazon.
Thank you! 😀
Post # 7
I took POPs for a year, and prior to that, a combination pill for a year before I started trying. I’m entering my 5th cycle – I had a short luteal phase for 3 of the past 4 cycles (one luteal phase was 10 days, so I barely made it). This past month was 9.
It’s possible to get pregnant with a short luteal phase – just more difficult. I started taking 100 mg B6 a day starting halfway through my 4th cycle (3rd cycle luteal phase was FIVE – FIVE! days. That was when I said ‘aw hell no’).
We’ll see if it helps me regulate, but yeah, I say go for it.
Post # 8
My LP started at 7 days! I was so upset when I realized I had a LP defect.
I took 100mg of B6 and a B-Complex vitamin daily and got my LP up to 10 days, the next month I got pregnant on my 7th cycle. I’m now 24w4d 🙂
Post # 9
After coming off BC, I had a super short LP too! For 2 months I O’ed on CD21 of a 28 day cycle…on the 3rd month, I O’ed on CD22 and 10 days later I had a positive test… I’m currently 38 weeks! Just saying, there is hope for us gals with short LPs! I can’t speak to the B6 or any other vitamins because I hadn’t gotten around to trying any before my BFP came. But I am definitely interested in hearing how things end up working out, keep us posted!
Post # 10
@Turtle Bride: I used the Paraguard IUD for about 5 years prior to TTC and loved it (FYI- it is non-hormonal, so please don’t compare it to coming off BCP). But when I took it out, my periods did get wonky for a while. I was shocked because I read so many stories about people getting pregnant the first ovulation off the IUD.
Since I knew well in advance I was going to be TTC, I charted for 6 months prior to get familar with my cycle. When we removed the paraguard I asked my OB about my suspected short (8-9 day) LP, he said to just try for 6 months before doing any intervention. So, I wouldn’t self diagnose before trying for a few months, simply because charting is imperfect.
FYI-I got my BFP on the 4th cycle.
Post # 11
@CookieCreamCakes: I hope your get your BFP soon 🙂
@Lyndzo: You give me hope that B6 will help 😉 Congrats on your pregnancy!
@mrsjroo: Will keep you posted if this cycle my luteal phase increases
@KH: Yep, I know it’s non-hormonal. My doctor told me I could even get pregnant that same day she removed it. I wish that had happened hehehe. That day she also said that every couple is different and to not stress about it, and if after 18 months of trying I was still not pregnant, just then we could discuss other options :S I think 18 months it’s a long time!