(Closed) How long is you Luteal phase? & how to make them longer …. :)

posted 6 years ago in TTC
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  • Post # 3
    4336 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    can you have your progesterone checked? 8-9 days is definitely short – probably won’t give an egg time to implant.

    There’s a great book Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition that also addresses stuff like this, and gives additional suggestions. 

    Post # 4
    2315 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @MrsHoneyC:  My first month charting I had a LP of 9 days, so I did some research (yay google!). There’s some evidence taking B6 can increase the LP in some women by 1-4ish days, and to increase absorption it’s recommended to take it with other B vits. So, most recommend a B50 complex (50mg of B6) once a day. There are some unsubstantiated claims out there that taking more than 100mg of B6 may cause fetal abnormalities, thus why B50 is recommended.

    Taking progesterone would lengthen it as well, but you run the risk of screwing up your cycles with the extra hormones, so that’s something to do only with a doc’s approval.

    I remember people mentioning other supplements too, but B50 sounded like a safe and easy thing to try, so that’s what I decided to do. I’m only on cycle 2 charting so I can’t say if it helped. (and I honestly think I’d attribute any LP lengthening this cycle to be due to being 1 more cycle away from bcps being in my system)

    I’d recommend starting B50 complex! Your LPs are definitely on the low side – most references say a LP under 10 days runs the risk of causing difficulty conceiving and/or early miscarriage. It’s worth trying something to lengthen them! If the B6 doesn’t do it, I’d see a doc and show them your charts to see if you should be doing something more.


    Post # 5
    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I started taking a B vitamin two cycles ago and I didn’t notice a difference in my LP.  Then I started taking a suppliment made by Lorna Vanderhaeghe called Estra Smart Plus (http://www.healthyimmunity.com/products/Estrosmart-Plus.asp) and in the first month, it increased my cycle by 1 day (usually I have a 25 day cycle).  I’m in my second month of taking it so we’ll see!

    Post # 6
    1306 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve been taking B-50 complex since late November and I haven’t noticed any increase in my LP so far (2 complete cycles, I’m on cycle #3 7dpo…so we’ll see…).  I’ll be following this thread for more suggestions!

    Post # 7
    4582 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    When I was charting, I would start spotting at 10 – 11 dpo, then get AF 2 – 3 days later. The spotting concerned me so I started taking a B Complex (B6 is what supposedly helps but it works better when paired with other B vitamins). 

    I can’t tell you if the B vitamins helped or if my LP was fine because I got a BFP the next month.

    Post # 9
    554 posts
    Busy bee

    Maca root! And acupuncture, great results

    Post # 11
    485 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Mine was never over 9 days but I started taking vitamin B6 daily and it lengthened mine to 11–after just taking it for one month! My whole cycle was longer though, so it didn’t move ovulation up, just added on two days at the end. The next cycle we got our BFP so I only have the info from the first cycle with B6. I have continued taking it into pregnancy, because research says it helps stabilize hormones and can minimize morning sickness–this has held true for me so far! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck! 

    Post # 13
    8145 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @MrsHoneyC:  i was taking maca (maca root is an herbal supplement) to help with cycle regulating and CM, it totally helped with CM, but no luck for anything else! I’m following this thread for ideas.  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 14
    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    11 days on the dot for 6 cycles. I tried Vitamin B to lengthen it but nothing changed ๐Ÿ™

    Then last month I started taking a womans multi vitamin and my luteal phase jumped to 15 days! I’m not sure if this is related but it’s the only thing that changed. 

    Post # 15
    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I dk if you know my story but I have a diagnosed LPD; my progesterone levels die as early as 3DPO but usually at 7DPO. Based on your charts so far I don’t think you have one or anything but if you want to try making your LP longer, I recommend taking a B complex (which had 5 mg of B6) WITH a separate tablet of 50 mg of B6 because all of the b vitamins in the complex help B6 absorb, plus there is B6 in your prenatal which I’m presuming that you are already taking. You should not take more than 100 mg of B6 because it can cause birth defects. If you do take it all cycle long, I’ve seen very good results in 1-2 cycles for a lot of bees!!!! =) But you gotta stick with it for at least 2 full cycles to see if it works. Good luck!!!!

    I hope this gives you a little hope: I am now 15 cycles post BC and my LPD has progressively improved with every cycle, longer LP and less pre-AF bleeding (I call it bleeding because I get this weird on/off bleeding spotting thing before I start my period…it’s really weird). Obviously I hope it doesn’t take that long and HIGHLY doubt it will, but if it does, I just want you to know that it does seem to be improving =)

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