(Closed) Short Luteal Phase

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Vitamin B is all it took for me!   After 2-3 cycles, my LP went from 9 days to 11!   You need 10 days to maintain a pregnancy.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JaneyD: Though we’re not TTC, I’ve had issues with this off and on for years.  Progesterone supplementation seems to help…I’ve taken it orally days 15-26 of my cycle, and I’m currently trying an OTC cream until I see the gyno in a few weeks.  Things do seem better when I am taking a high-quality multivitamin, though.  Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I forgot to add, I have heard a lot of great things about vitex and even maca root.  Vitex (with vit B) was the herb of choice on the fertility site I was on.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have a short luteal phase, too, but I still got pregnant on the first try.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I had read up on it just in case and heard lots about Vit B.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JaneyD:  I have a 3 year old and those issues were from when I was avoiding, just before we TTC.   Right now, by cycles are textbook for the first time in my life, and I have no idea why.   We’ll be TTC after the wedding.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You should look into progesterone supplements; have your doctor check your levels through a blood test and see if they can give you supplements for the end of your cycle.  Other ways is to take a really good multivitamin and improve your nutrition.  You also might be estrogen dominant.  I’ve read Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon and she gives a lot of good advice.  One of the vitamins she suggests is Optivite PMT.  I’ve taken it and have no ill affects, I stopped taking it when I switched medications for something else so my body could get used to taking my new meds.  A lot of gynecologists suggest Optivite for women TTC.  Good luck, again check w/ your doctor about these things first!

EDIT: I just looked up another post that I made for a women w/ a short luteal phase on another site.  Vitamin B6 is what you need which is in Optivite!  Here’s to quote what I wrote: “Marilyn Shannon says that a luteal phase defect can be caused by high levels of estrogen, high levels of prolactin, and/or hypothyroidism/low thyroid function (low pre-ovulatory temps–97.2 degrees or lower would be a give-away). She said a change in diet which is given in the book, increase in Vitamin B6 (200-600 mg/day) can decrease prolactin, and actually diminish PMS, and an increase in Vitamin C. Hopefully this helps you!”

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@JaneyD:  I don’t have the book on hand, but when I get home later tonight, I’ll look it up and reply.  I think she mentioned something about it but I don’t recall what specifically she said.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

@JaneyD: I would recommend seeing your doctor and asking to have your thyroid checked. I have hypothyroidism and other than being depressed at the time, I wasn’t showing any physical symptoms – not overweight etc… You can also ask about the short luteal phase issue at the same time. Even if your insurance won’t cover an infertility appointment, it will certainly cover an appointment to ask about thyroid issues. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Yes, B complex is supposed to be better than just B6.  I have a shorter luteal phase too, usually 10-11 days, and I’ve tried maca, vitex, and B vites.  Frequent acupuncture was the only thing that seemed to make a noticeable difference, I usually got up to 12 or 13 days while I was doing that, but it got pretty expensive.

Now that I’m working with an RE and she suspects low progesterone as the root, and I’m on medication pre-O and most likely progesterone suppositories during LP – hopefully that does the trick.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Vitex actually makes you drop more eggs, which may or may not be something you want to do considering we’re born with a set amount of eggs and can’t make any more. Progesterone supplements, synthetic and actually called Progestin, are made from pregnant horse urine and have some awful side effects. I use bio-identical progesterone cream during my luteal phase only, as it can suppress ovulation if used other times in your cycle, and it’s regulated my cycles, cleared my skin and given me a 14 day luteal phase. I would recommend you read some of Dr. Lee’s research and the cream I use is “Happy PMS” –one of the creams he recommends.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@eryepye:  I agree, it’s important you use BIO-IDENTICAL progesterone and only between ovulation and menses.

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