(Closed) Extended period, short LP, blah blah blah.

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

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
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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 # 6
1018 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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.

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