(Closed) Anyone struggle with a short luteal phase?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I didn’t, but if I would recommend talking to your OB about it.  They won’t most likely jump to invasive methodologies, but they can help you troubleshoot and start thinking about possible solutions.

BTW- I’m sure you’ve googled short luteal phase and stumbled onto some of the info about people supplementing with B6.  I’m not in a position to recommend this or anything, but just passing along what I’ve heard.

If I can give one piece of advice it would be to not look too far down the road into testing and treatment options, but just take it one day at a time…  And it’s so great that you are charting and were able to recognize this issue!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

First, try to relax as much as possible.  My doctor actually asked me not to chart until we’d been trying for a year.  (Which, I would’ve ignored after a few months anyway.)  😉  I was also 30 when we started TTC, so I realize how you probably feel more time pressure.

Did you say whether you know you are ovulating?  My friend used this device that uploads your info to the computer, based on her saliva.  She was able to know the ideal time to “spice things up” and also saw that she wasn’t ovulating.  One round of Clomid later, and she was pregnant…now at 5 mos! 

My periods were anywhere from 23-29 days, and we actually think that day 9 of my cycle is what “took”, bc my hubby got sick after that until day 14.  I wouldn’t have even thought it would be that early!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

  I had a short luteal phase after my daughter was born. It took another miscarriage to test everything and find out what was up. But, I have heard that vitamin b6 helps. I took prometrium for the first 12 weeks of this pregnancy and am now 33w. You’re supposed to take it before you get pg too, but I thought I was supposed to start af and it didn’t come so I stopped taking it and then it still wouldn’t come so I tested and it said no, then a couple of days later I tested again, and then I knew why it hadn’t started!

 Hopefully it’s a pretty easy fix for you. They tested me by doing a uterine biopsy on a certain day of my cycle. I don’t remember what day exactly. It’s a very quick procedure and while uncomfortable, compared to everything else I did it was easy!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Check out the book Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition. I have it and it has tons of information about how what you eat can impact your cycle. There is also copious information on what sorts of vitamins and supplements might be helpful depending on what symptoms you have.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve heard great things Chinese medicine in regards to this issue. If you’re into trying something a little different I would look for a Doctor of Chinese medicine or acupunturist in your area that specializes in fertility issues. It is especially helpful (for any doctor) if you’ve been charting for awhile so they can see any problems/patterns that may be of concern.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

Oh, I forgot. We tried for 6 months this pg after it only taking 2 months every time I’d gotten pg before (I’ve been pregnant 5 times) and I started taking Vitamin World’s Mega Vitamin for women the same month I got pg as well as baby asprin which I’m still taking for other issues. But, I know that it worked for a lot of other women as well as myself. It does have the b6 in it I believe and it’s a good mulit vitamin anyways you just don’t take it when you’re pregnant. From other women I talked to it did lengthen their luteal phase.

I’m not a dr of course and I’d for sure talk to your dr about it your symptoms and what to do. It’s pretty common I think, you’re not alone!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My cousin is dealing with this same issue. Her fertility specialist perscribed clomid, which I guess is supposed to make you ovulate eariler, thereby giving you a longer LP? (sorry, I’m no expert on this stuff). Long story short, it didn’t work at all for her and her doc suspects she’s in the small percentage of women for whom clomid has no effect. Just a suggestion of something to look into.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I can’t relate directly to the short luteal phase but I can relate to feeling like you are failing, especially when everyone around you got pregnant so easily (or so they say!). Once you decide you are ready its SO hard when it doesn’t work out right away.  While we were TTC, I had a lot of friends get pregnant “oh it happened right away!”  “it took 2 months!” I couldn’t have been happier for them, but it did make me feel even worse that it wasn’t happening as easily for us.  Clearly you are not a failure, and hopefully through a combination of your doctor helping you and posisbly your body still adjusting back to normal after the pill, everything will work out great!!  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

snm- you are not a failure! But I understand your frustration and your heavy heart. I had three miscarriages before I got pregnant with this baby. I felt like no one else in the world understood my pain. One miscarriage, yeah that’s normal and can happen to anyone… but three? I felt like the biggest failure ever, especially because everyone and their mother was getting pregnant and carrying their babies to term with no problems at all. It’s a very dark and lonely place to be. Finally my doctor put me on progesterone and that seemed to solve the problem… but I never, ever take this baby for granted… and I never get too complacent or comfortable. My advice is to never give up! You are taking steps to help the situation and it will eventually pay off! Luckily a short luteal phase is something that usually be fixed, it may not happen over night.. but it will happen!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Congrats! Every little bit helps! Just wondering, have you confirmed if you are ovulating? You can read up in “Taking charge of your fertility” to help you with your charting and in noticing when you may or may not be ovulating. A Basal Body Thermometer is only like $10 and will help to tell you if your ovulating when you experience a temperature shift… Sorry if this is repetitive, I don’t know how much your charting or what methods you’re using… 

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