(Closed) Long luteal phase… Help/advice sought!

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Sea_bass:  sorry, i don’t have any real advice, but wanted to sugget that possibly your diet has improved your cycle even further and this is going to be a regular cycle!

I haven’t used the monitor before – are they usually accurate?? I got a +OPK at CD18 this cycle, but then didn’t ovulate until CD29 – I wonder what that would have shown on a monitor. I’ve also heard that PCOS can give you multiple +OPKs through a cycle, not sure if this would also happen on the monitor. Hopefully someone else has ideas here!!

I also have never heard of such a long LP – but the FF gallery occasionally has charts with them (I sometimes wonder if the cross hairs are actually right though).

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hi, I had very long luteal phases! It was several months long when I got pregnant! I never found an answer. Good luck x

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m by no means an expert but I would advise to keep testing – just incase you are getting multiple LH surges but only one ovulation point which might be later on. This past cycle I got a positive OPK at CD17 but have just started AF on CD43. From all I gather what is likely is that I had a failed peak surge and then my body just tried again later… given I was under a huge amount of stress, this seems quite likely. Unfortunately the only real way to know is to have a CD21 blood test – that will tell you whether you are indeed ovulating at CD14 and having a long LP, but that seems pretty rare.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Your body can definitely gear up for ovulation and then not ovulate until much later.  My body has done that to me many times.  I guess the best piece of advice I can give here is don’t borrow trouble.  Just because you are getting a peak today doesn’t mean you are for sure ovulating.  And if you ARE ovulating, it’s almost guaranteed your luteal phase won’t be 25 days long unless you end up pregnant.  Likely it would mean that this cycle is shorter/more normal then your other cycles have been.

The other thing is that the CBFM’s can take a couple of months to get to know you, so this might be a case of an oopsie.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Hey there –

Generally speaking, luteal phases are roughly the same in length each cycle (I say that, but mine rarely are). So, if you’re having 40 day cycles, and you’re always O-ing around CD25 for example, then your luteal phase probably averages like 15 days or something. If you are indeed O-ing at CD14, then I’d count your luteal phase as usual (and expect AF in 15 days). Diet has a HUGE impact on cycles, so its very possible that your cycle is just regulating itself even further.

I really wouldn’t worry about long LPs, especially if they seem to be roughly the same length each time.

Hope this is indeed early O for you, and your cycles are sorting themselves out!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Sea_bass:    It’s not that I think you aren’t ovulating, it’s that I think that if you are ovulating that this cycle won’t be 40/50 days.   Do you temp or check CM (cervical mucus) or CP (cervical positioning) to verify ovulation?  As @redsmarties:  says, luteal phases tend to be the same or roughly the same (unless you have had a miscarriage recently in which case all bets are off), so whatever your luteal phase has been in your 40/50 day cycles, that’s what you are likely to be able to expect this cycle as well, so like she says, if your LP is 15 days normally, then assuming you are ovulating now in this cycle your total cycle length would be 29/30 days for this cycle.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’d have to agree with sweetmamam, though I am no expert, either.  If you have PCOS you can have multiple LH surges and your LH levels can also consistently be high.  OPKs might then not be very reliable indicators of when you will finally ovulate because LH is what they test for — if you have PCOS. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Sea_bass:  You might not have PCOS, then.  Be careful — it is really overdiagnosed.  I have wonky cycles, too and have suspected I am in the HA camp of things (though mildly so — it is a spectrum disorder) and a lot of HA-ers get told they have PCOS solely because they have long, irratic or missing cycles.  Anyway, if I were you I’d be hopeful that this will be a nice short cycle and things are getting on track! 

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