(Closed) Shorter luteal phase, spotting, light AF. Help?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Hi!  I’m about as new as you are to this stuff (you probably know more than I do already!) but I’ve heard that a luteal phase of 12-16 days is just fine to support a pregnancy.  I think it’s when it’s less than 10 days it becomes a potential issue.  So far mine is 7-9 days and I just started 100mg of B6 yesterday so we’ll see what happens.  I’ll let you know!  I think I’d wait it out 6 months first since you only have a 20% chance (or something) of getting pregnant each month even if your timing is right.  Good luck!

ETA: I’m not sure, but I’ve heard most doctors won’t even do testing until you’ve been trying a whole year?  Hopefully it won’t come to that for you.  🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@iheartnerds:  Hey lady! Disclaimer: so definitely not a doctor, just wanted to give you some ideas to try someday.

Okay, so, 12 days is a sufficient LP. Also, you can treat pre-AF spotting with things like progesterone cream and stuff, just so see if it helps? There’s a girl on Hellobee that uses it. I do not use it (yet, but plan to!).

I, too, have pre-AF spotting AND I have extremely light periods. It, too, am concerned about it. I also have low estrogen in my labs which may be contributing to my light periods, since estrogen is the hormone that tells the uterus to build the lining. My dear friend, MsWasatch, found this AWESOME thread about thickening uterine lining with several ideas and suggestions. Just some more things to try if you want!

http://community.thebump.com/cs/ks/forums/thread/15253566.aspx?MsdVisit=1

If you are clearly ovulating, and have no other issues (I think your situation so far sounds okay), then I would say try to wait at least 9 months – but it is likely a doctor won’t see you for infertility until 12 months. You have time on your side, you’re ovulating, and you have a sufficient luteal phase; I see a baby in your future!

Also, JuliePants is right, you only have a 20% chance of conceiving every time… Even with perfect timing. It sucks!!! Check out the great sperm race on youtube. It’s pretty sweet!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

12 days should be long enough! At least, I hope so because that’s how long my LP is. Not pregnant yet, but I don’t think it has anything to do with my LP length. 😉

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@iheartnerds:  That definitely sounds like a low P issue to me.  I would try B Complex and OTC progesterone and see if it improves…  If you get to six months of ovulatory charts and are still having early spotting, I would ask your doctor for a 7 DPO blood test (that measures P).

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@iheartnerds:  I agree w/ septcabride.  B Complex and OTC Progesterone cream should help until you are able to meet w/ your Gyn. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The suggestion is:

 a good B-complex vitamin with 60 mg of Vitamin B6

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@iheartnerds:  I think what squeak is saying is that just any B complex in addition to a 60 mg B6 supplement. Any is fine. 

Beware though, don’t exceed 100 mg total of B6, there is a link to excessive amounts of B6 with birth defects. I will try to find the article.

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