(Closed) Short luteal phase, 7 months away from TTC, what can I do?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Mrs.Enne:  I would suggest a preconception appointment.

Post # 4
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m not familiar with the short luteal phase, so I can’t give any advice. But I would definitely meet with your doctor to discuss this so you are prepared for ttc soon!

Post # 5
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A ten-day LP is not technically considered short, so in all likelihood a doctor would tell you not to worry, but I think making a pre-conception appointment is a great idea. 

I take a B Complex vitamin (Whole Foods brand) to help with pre-AF spotting and to thicken my lining and it works REALLY well.  I have also heard that B can do wonders for a short LP, so you may want to start there.

Post # 7
20 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

clomid and progesterone are commonly prescribed for short luteal phase!

Post # 8
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My LP was around 10-12 days.  B complex can help, but didn’t do much for me.  When I took chinese herbs (prescribed by a naturopath), that helped some too.  Progesterone supplements were the primary thing that really kept AF at bay longest though.  I’d say keep tracking a few more months to see if the 9 is more of a fluke or your norm.  From what I know, 10-11 is borderline, but I think most docs will agree that 9 is pretty short as the uterine lining actually starts shedding internally before you start bleeding.  Good luck!

Post # 9
1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

You should try bioidentical progesterone cream.

Post # 10
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I was in the same boat as you. I tried vitamin B and L-Arginine, plus I started seeing an accupuncturist who specializes in infertility. She prescribed me some Chinese herbs in pill form. I tried all these in combination for several months with no improvement in my luteal phase length. So I finally saw a fertility doctor. She had little regard for my charts and actually told me there is some disagreement in the medical world as to whether a short luteal phase actually means anything, but she did help me come up with a plan. Each time we TTC’d, I would use OTC progesterone cream (I got mine at GNC for about $30) and take frequent pregnancy tests. As soon as I got a positive test, I could call her up and she would call in a progesterone prescription to my pharmacy. This is the plan we used and I got pregnant the very first try! My son is now a toddler 🙂 So don’t feel like things are too hopeless, maybe you will have a great outcome like I did!

Post # 11
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have a shortish luteal phase (10-12 days) that has slowly lengthened over the course of twelve months.  I’m now almost nine weeks pregnant.

When I first came off the Pill my LP was ten days but by the time we’d been actively TTC for almost a year it had lengthened to 11-12 days.

I would try a B-Complex vitamin but you might find that your short LP sorts itself over time (particularly if you’ve just come off BC).

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