(Closed) Shortened Luteal Phase after BCP?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@takemyhand:  Mine were short initially due to coming off BCP (came off in April-May). I started taking B6 around July I think? and by September I had a 13 day LP (and thend got pregnant after that AF). It could also be that you O before you get EWCM, or that you interpret your CM a little different. I find it difficult to judge only by CM because it’s so subjective and personally, I barely ever got EWCM… mostly just W and I’m pregnant so I don’t believe it’s as essential as it seems.

Try some B6 and you’ll see with BBT for sure what’s going on with you cycle. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’d get more evidence that you have a short LP before you worry too much.  You might want to start taking your temps.  I have a really hard time judging CM all on its own.  It’s also possible to have a day or two of EWCM a couple of days after ovulation — you can get a surge of estrogen post ovulation. 

Even if it turns out you do have a short LP, it’s a fairly easy fix.  Try B6 as suggested, and if that doesn’t work there are progesterone creams, etc. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was concerned about the length of my LP (they weren’t super short, but borderline) and I started taking B Complex (with 50mg of B6.) Could be coincidence but I got a BFP the following cycle. So B6 definitely couldn’t hurt, and I do recommend temping. I never had much luck checking CM but my BBT gave me a very clear picture of when I was ovulating. It’s likely you’re worrying over nothing (I know how that is, believe me!) so try temping and B6 for at least a month or two. If it still seems like your LP is short, I know some ladies have had luck with progesterone creams. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This is incredibly common. Apparently, the synthetic progesterone in BCP means that when you come off BCP your body kind of “forgets” to produce enough progesterone (the dominant hormone during the LP). I too had great success taking a B complex (I took a B 100 complex, under the care of my naturopath), which lengthened my LP from 8 days to 11 days. I got pregnant on my second cycle of TTC. I had also been charting since coming off BCP and found it to be incredibly helpful, especially since I am a late ovulater (usually O around CD 18).

As a fellow Ontarian, I would urge you to find your local academy of medicine’s website, as they typically list family doctors who are accepting patients. What I found while I was looking for a GP (I finally got one through work, which is wonderful) is that while many aren’t accepting “regular” patients, they will make exceptions for women who are expecting. So once you get pregnant it should be easier to find a GP 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had this same problem as well.  The first few months off BCP I had “normal” cycles but I suspect I wasn’t ovulating.  I had regular periods but they were very very short and I didn’t have any PMS symptoms or anything like that.  After about 5 months being off BCP I suspect that I finally started ovulating as the acne, PMS symptoms, cramping, and longer periods finally came back like prior to BCP.  But I would get spotting regularly starting 4-6 days before my period.   I finally started charting and realized that I wasn’t ovulating until CD 18 or 19 and I was getting spotting first, then my period at day 27.  So not a long enough LP.  This went on for about 4 months.   We were TTC so I got impatient and started taking a b-complex vitamin and the spotting disappeared the first month and my LP got longer by a few days.  The next month we got our BFP.  I suspect that my cycles probably would have returned to normal eventually, but it was taking forever and I know the b-complex helped since it was such a big difference in the first month taking it.  We also started using preseed that month so maybe that helped as well.  

So like the other ladies said, try the B-complex (mine was nature made balanced b-100 complex  sustained release with 100 mg b-6). It seems to have helped a lot of ladies on here.  Best of luck to you!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@takemyhand:  I agree with the PP, you don’t have enough evidence to confirm O with just CM. I’d say a pack of OPK’s and BBT would be better in identifying an LPD. Several women have CM changes throughout their cycle that are inconsistent and occur before during or after O. I have an LPD. You are welcome to PM me if you have questions! 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

@takemyhand:  oh ps I totally agree with the B complex thing if you’re worried! Just start it now just in case you do have a problem with your LP. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Dang, I must be the only one who did not see a lengthened LP with B complex.  It did reduce my spotting, but did not lengthen my LP, at least I don’t think so.  Last cycle I had a 21 day cycle total, an 8 day luteal phase, and I was on the B complex.  I haven’t been charting my cycle all these years, but i’ve been keeping track of my periods and that is an extremely short period for me.  So this is my 4th cycle charting and I am completely off any supplements to see what happens.

But I have been off hormonal BC for at least 6 years now.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@takemyhand:  I have an off topic question about universal healthcare in Canada. Is there still the option for private insurance, if you pay for it? Would that in turn increase your chances of being able to see a doctor? Just curious for the US in the future, if we ever get universal healthcare.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@takemyhand:  Nice! Thanks for the update. Fingers crossed that you get more than one extra day!

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