Post # 1
I decided to take Vitamin B6 this month (along with my daily multivitamin or prenatal) because I read in a few different places that it causes your luteal phase to be longer, and has many benefits like normalizing estrogen levels, helping with your metabolism, etc. My cycle is pretty much a consistent 25-26 days, so I was hoping that I could extend it slightly longer, maybe to 28 days. But looking back on that now, I probably shouldn’t have messed with it because some Bees are complaining about their cycles being too LONG, right?
My husband was out of town for work during my FW so I was hoping the B6 would delay ovulation tiil he was back home. But when I started looking at my chart, I couldn’t figure out if I didn’t ovulate this month (past months, the temp spike is more obvious) or if B6 affected my temps.
As a result, I have stopped taking the B6, since my luteal phases seem ok anyways (about 12 days). I was wondering if any of you have had experience with B6 and if you’re still taking it, or off of it completely. I know others have taken B-12 or a B-complex. Should I take those instead? I’ve also read up on Vitex or chaste berry…but now I’m a little hesitant about taking other supplements for fear that they might have other side effects. Any experiences to share?
Here’s my chart: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/46d8d3
Post # 3
I don’t know if I specifically tribute my wacky cycle last month to b-6 but I sure did have a significantly longer LP than normal (usually 10-11 days, this past month it was 17 days). I can’t imagine that taking 50mg of anything would affect a cycle that much, but it is the only thing I did differently this past cycle. Granted, I have only been charting for 5 months total.
That said, for me it’s a good change, so I’ll keep taking the supplement. While I have read that b-6 is known to assist in lengthetning the LP, I don’t know that it’s also supposed to delay ovulation.
I also think that I, and anyone considering taking supplements like this, might want to consider talking to our doctors before we do it!
Post # 4
I wouldn’t bother taking B6 unless your LP is under 10 days. 10 days is a minimum.
In my case, B6 had very positive effects. My luteal phase was between 8 – 10 days, averaging 9 days, after getting off the pill about 7 or 8 months ago. By cycle 4 or so, that still had not changed.
I take 100 mg B6 every day and have for the past 3 cycles. I started ovulating a few days sooner..and my cycles got longer by a day or so overall. My luteal phase last month was 11 days – the longest I’ve ever had. The month prior, it extended it by 3 days.
But, it’s trial and error. It doesn’t work that way for everyone. Worst I ever had was that it didn’t do anything at all the first cycle I was taking it.
Post # 5
@kate02121: Maybe 50mg is safer to take than 100mg. When I went to the local pharmacy, 100mg was the only B-6 they had. And I definitely agree with you—gotta talk to our doctors before taking extra vitamins. Who would have thought vitamins could mess up a cycle like this?
@CookieCreamCakes: I guess for some, it does wonders. For others (like me), it messes up our cycle!
I’m officially off B-6 and only taking a daily multivitamin or prenatal right now. Hopefully next month will be back to normal. Bummed that Darling Husband was gone during my FW but will try again next month. Thanks for the responses!
Post # 6
Yeah, your situation is not unheard of. I tend to hear the opposition’s side more than I hear the good sides of B6.
Post # 7
@CookieCreamCakes: Oh wow, really? When I read up on B-6 before deciding to take it, it seemed to do wonders for so many people and seemed so positive. I guess I should have paid more attention to the opposing arguments too! Same thing with something called Vitex. I’m not even sure of what it is, but the Amazon reviews were glowing. But then again, you have a handful of people who have experienced negative effects, so I guess it’s best to consult a doctor before taking anything! In my desire to increase the changes of a BFP or better health, I might end up messing myself up completely. 🙂