Post # 1
We are going to start TTC in about a month right after our wedding, so I went to see my doctor with some concerns, one being a short luteal phase (9-10 days). He gave me a few choices but pretty much said I can wait to see what happens or I can start Clomid. I think we’ll try naturally at first and then switch to Clomid if that doesn’t work.
Does anyone have any experience or advice regarding Clomid?
Post # 3
OK, I have the exact same LPD problem as you, and I did tons of research. Clomid should be your last resort, because there are several risks. Also DO NOT just “see what happens” because it is likely you will miscarry – and you don’t have to! First, you can try fixing your LPD homeopathically. Take Vitex, Vitamin B6, vitamin C, and L-Arginine (all are available at GNC), and do accupuncture with a fertility specialist 2x a month. This lengthened mine slightly but not enough.
So the next step is to buy some Progesterone cream (also available at GNC) and let your doctor know that you are interested in getting a progesterone prescription when you become pregnant. Then start TTCing. When you begin TTC, stop taking the Vitex (it can cause miscarriage if taken when pregnant). Right after you ovulate and TTC, start using the progesterone cream twice daily and taking a pregnancy test every morning. The minute you get a positive test, have your doctor fax the progesterone prescription to your drugstore and start taking that instead of using the cream. If you don’t get a positive and you get your period, stop using the cream until after you ovulate and TTC again. If you get a positive test, continue taking the progesterone prescription until your 12th week of pregnancy (your doctor might say 10 weeks, but studies show that 12 is safer).
I am not a doctor but this all worked for me – we are now 10 weeks pregnant! Feel free to ask me any questions you have.
Post # 4
I agree with snmcDowell’s recommendations. I switched to a vitamin with more B vitamins (they’re from Trader Joe’s) and within 2 cycles my LP went from 10 days to 14 days. Pretty drastic.
Post # 5
I definitely wouldn’t “hop” on Clomid. My SIL didn’t go on it until a year w/o getting pregnant…not to just start out…there are definitely other things to try first that may not have as many risks.
Post # 6
A friend of mine took Clomid. it was like, $50/cycle I think. I would only go on Clomid if necessary, though, because it does carry some side effects. Plus, i don’t know for sure how Clomid affects a luteal phase–i was under the impression it increases the number of eggs you release.
Did you see a specialist or just your regular gyno? if you haven’t seen one, I HIGHLY recommend a fertility specialist like a Reproductive Endocrinologist to discuss your options and any non-drastic measures you could look into first