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Luteal Phase Defect Treatment: 8 Natural Options

on Aug 08, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Luteal Phase Defect Treatment: 8 Natural Options

Women who experience a luteal phase defect have difficulties sustaining a pregnancy once implantation has occurred. Find out these 8 ways to naturally & effectively help correct your luteal phase defect.

Before seeking any related treatments to the luteal phase defect, you must understand what exactly it is. The luteal phase occurs in the latter half of a woman’s menstrual cycle when fertilization and implantation occurs, and is defined from ovulation until the start of the next menstrual cycle. So, any disruption in the menstrual cycle may be cause for concern, because it could be a sign of infertility. How does this happen? If the luteal phase takes less than 12 days, then the uterus does not have enough time to set the nourishing growing lining for the fetus or, due to the lack of this important hormone, to preserve the pregnancy during the first trimester. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Some easily detectable signs of the luteal phase defect are: a too short or a too long menstrual cycle, low progesterone levels, irregular basal body temperatures after ovulation, back pain, loose stools or bleeding during the luteal phase.

There are many natural solutions to help correct the luteal phase defect, to assist you in regulating this portion of your menstrual cycle, to maximize your chances at conception. The first thing you should do, if you are one of the women who are suffering from this condition, is to be very careful about your diet. Why? Because a diet that could determine a higher fertility level should include:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C improves hormone levels and consequently increases fertility. You can easily get Vitamin C by eating foods such as broccoli, bell peppers, oranges or Brussels sprouts. Vitamin C tablets can also be added to your diet. A new study published in Fertility and Sterility (2003;80:459–61) has shown that adding 750mg of Vitamin C per day increases fertility in those suffering from luteal phase defect.

Essential acids & Omega 3

Essential acids and omega 3 fatty acids are also important for the production of hormones. You can find essential fatty acids in foods like walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, shrimps, scallops and sardines.

Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are especially rich in B vitamins, and are very good for keeping a proper hormonal balance. Read more below about the addition of Vitamin B6 to your diet to help lengthen a shortened luteal phase.

Cholesterol

For once, cholesterol is not a bad thing. ‘Good’ cholesterol from coconut oil, eggs, and the fats from organic and animals that are grass-fed are beneficial due to their effects over hormone production. Foods rich in these substances are: raw milk, grass-fed beef, 100% natural yogurt and coconut oil, kefir, butter, and eggs.

Chaste berry

Chaste berry increases your progesterone level. This is an herb that helps to increase the length of the luteal phase, by helping the body to produce more luteinizing hormone. It is also known as Vitex Agnus Castus and can be found in tablet form in health food stores. It helps the body produce luteinizing hormone (LH) which elevates progesterone levels during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

Progesterone cream

Progesterone is produced by the body in the second half of the menstrual cycle, during the luteal phase. Progesterone causes the basal body temperature to rise and helps the lining of the uterus to thicken for a possible fertilized egg to implant. Progesterone is what sustains a pregnancy, after implantation. When your progesterone levels are low, you will experience a luteal phase defect, or a shortened luteal phase, which is not long enough to sustain a pregnancy. Progesterone cream will help to elevate your progesterone levels.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 can be found in foods such as: tuna fish, liver, bananas, salmon and many other green vegetables. Vitamin B6 has been widely studied to be effective at 50 mg a day to help to correct the luteal phase defect.

Antioxidants

Women who have a luteal phase defect have been found to have lower levels of antioxidants than healthy women. The most important antioxidants for fertility are: lipoic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, CoQ10, glutathione, gingko biloba. These are antioxidants that you can get easily from a large variety of foods.

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Luteal Phase Defect Treatment: 8 Natural Options, 4.5 out of 5 based on 13 ratings

Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • Vickyklopfenstein

    I have been trying since the end of last year and I have had any luck. Is there something I can do?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    You are more likely to get pregnant if you and your husband are both in good health and younger, of normal weight and make love regularly but especially during the 5-6 fertile days. Making some changes to your lifestyle may improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. I would recommend seeing your gynecologist for an evaluation. Medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, obesity and other problems can affect your chances getting pregnant.

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  • LadyMaple

    My husband and I have been ttc for about 4 months now. I’m 31 years old and this would be my first pregnancy. I have regular periods, am a healthy weight and my husband is pretty healthy too. I thought we might be lucky enough to get pregnant right away, but now I believe there is something wrong.  I thought I had a bit of implantation bleeding on 8 days after ovulation this cycle. I saw a bit of spotting for a couple hours after I wiped and then nothing. I have a 13 day luteal phase and I just can’t seem to get pregnant. I know I’m ovulating because I use opk tests and I also check my bbt everyday around 7am. My pre-ovulatory temps range around 36.5 degrees celcius (97.7 F) and my luteal phase temps hang around 37 degrees celcius (98.6 F). Are BBT’s normal? It’s day 11 and I see a tiny bit of spotting when I wipe (pink and brown blood in my cervical mucous). I think it’s my period. 

    I’m thinking of adding vitamin C  and B6 to my regimen. I’m just not sure how much to take, when to take it and when to stop in my cycle or even if a pregnancy is to occur. I eat really healthy–I get about 5-6 servings of veggies a day and about 3-4 serving of fruit. I eat whole grains, have 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites a day, some kind of meat (chicken, goat or beef about 3 times a week) and only drink one cup of orange pekoe tea a day. I have also limited my sugar intake. I take a prenatal multivitamin (with folic acid) and DHA omega 3 everyday. 

    My doctor is quite frustrating to talk to–always rushes me out and doesn’t really listen, so any advice or comments would be helpful. So, my main questions are:

    1) are my basal body temperatures normal? do they need to be higher? if they do, how do i make them higher?

    2) Is a 13 day luteal phase long enough?

    3) what steps should I take next? Do you think I should see a naturopathic practitioner? (I rather go the natural route)

    Thank you so much!

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