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Luteal Phase Defect: Cause of Infertility

on Aug 02, 2012

Monica Scott, BS, RN

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Luteal Phase Defect: Cause of Infertility

A luteal phase defect is a shortened luteal phase, the time between ovulation & your next menstruation. Women suffering from LPD have difficulty with implantation of the fertilized egg, thereby causing infertility.

If you are trying to get pregnant, you need to start showing interest in things that may not have interested you before, but will help you have a healthy pregnancy and may also explain your infertility if you are having troubles getting pregnant. One of those things is the luteal phase defect, which is often misunderstood and mistaken by some of its symptoms such as disrupted basal body temperature or shortened luteal phase. If any of this sounds familiar or if you do not know what I am talking about, you need to read further in order to make sure you are not affected by this condition and you can carry a pregnancy to term. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is the luteal phase?

A luteal phase describes the period of time in your cycle that passes between ovulation and your next menstruation. As you may know, this period is usually 14 days long, as ovulation tends to occur midway through your average 28-day cycle, although a luteal phase can vary between 10 and 17 days. If your luteal phase is shorter than 10 days, you are having what it is called a luteal phase defect. Moreover, some doctors consider that a normal luteal phase should not last less than 12 days if you want to be able to sustain a possible pregnancy.

How does luteal phase affect fertility?

Luteal phase affects fertility because this is the period of time when the fertilized egg will travel from your fallopian tube to your uterus for subsequent implantation. The luteal phase defect translates into the failure of your uterine lining to be in the right phase during the right period of time. This affects the embryo, whose implantation depends on the state of your uterus’s lining. In other words, the fertilized egg is unable to be successfully implanted. However, if pregnancy does occur, you will be prone to an early miscarriage.

Why do some women have a luteal phase defect?

Women who are suffering from luteal phase defect cannot sustain pregnancies because their uterine lining breaks down as a result of not being in the right phase at the right time, resulting in menstrual bleeding which causes early miscarriages. There are several reasons why women are affected by this condition, but the most common cause is the low progesterone levels. Other causes may be poor follicle production, failure of the corpus luteum to persist as long as it should or failure of the uterine lining to respond to normal levels of progesterone.

How can you treat luteal phase defect?

Fortunately, if tests show that you have luteal phase defect, you can correct it easily and then have a healthy pregnancy. Some remedies include common over the counter solutions, like additional vitamin B6 (50-100 mg a day during the luteal phase) or progesterone creams, progesterone suppositories, and prescription fertility drugs like Clomid. Other fertility supplements on the market, like ConceiveEasy, also address the luteal phase defect with its proprietary blend of ingredients.

While luteal phase defect is very common amongst women, as long as you are informed you can easily treat this condition that is keeping you from getting pregnant, because LPD is easy to diagnose and very responsive to the right treatment.

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Luteal Phase Defect: Cause of Infertility, 4.5 out of 5 based on 15 ratings

Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Having irregularities in your cycle make conception more difficult, because the day when the woman suffering from such menstrual disorders starts ovulating it becomes unpredictable. Fertibella ConceiveEasy helps to regulate the menstrual cycle, which means that the rhythm of ovulation can also become predictable, making it possible to calculate fertile periods.

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  • Frischr2003

    If I have trisomy 13, could I also have a literal phase defect? Could I treat myself the same as if I hAd a LPD?

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  • apol

    Is 31days of cycle is still normal?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

     Long cycles of 31 days are ok, it is the short cycles that are not. If previously-28-day-cycles are now 26 days, it suggests egg quality is failing. Cycles are shorter because of the early ovulation and shortened luteal phases described above.

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  • mcaa1234

    For the last few months I have been having 26 day cycles with spotting on day 24. I haven’t been doing BBT but I believe I usually ovulate around day 10 of my cycle. I had a miscarriage in Nov. 2012 at 4 weeks, 5 days. I had another miscarriage in March 2013 at 5 weeks but felt off at 4 weeks, 6 days. First miscarriage I did not have many pregnancy symptoms other than some mild breast tenderness. Second miscarriage I wanted to eat any food in sight and had a lot of breast tenderness and swelling. I have previously had two children. The first is almost 10 years old, and the younger is five years old. Please help!

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Your recurrent miscarriages are normally due to your developing embryo’s chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, and these will not affect your ability to conceive again. For you to prevent miscarriages, it is best that you take folic acid supplements, limit your intake of caffeine and most especially, avoid stress. It is also important that you regularly visit your ObGyn for prenatal check-ups in order for you to successfully carry your pregnancy into full term.

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  • RS

    I started acupuncture treatments as well as Chinese herbs to assist with my less than .1 amh level. Normally, my lh surge occurs on day 14 with the first day of my next cycle on day 27. I am not sure if this is a coincidence, but after being on the herbs/acupuncture for 1 month, I now have lh surge on day 22 with my next cycle still beginning on day 27. When that happened, I stopped. It has been a month since I’ve been off the herbs and my cycle is still the same with lh surge on day 22 (this is the 2nd time with this pattern). Have you ever encountered herbs causing this? Thank you!

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Chinese herbs are considered to be effective fertility treatments that can increase one’s fertility and regulate menstrual cycles.Knowing that these Chinese herbs are able to induce your ovulation and somehow adjust your hormonal levels, experiencing changes in your LH surge dates are just normal. It is important that you continue taking these herbal treatmentsto improve your likelihood of conception.

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  • Nina Barro

    Is it better to use acupuncture to fix LPD or progesterone supplements?

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  • Nina Barro

    Is it better to correct LPD with acupuncture or progesterone supplements?

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  • Bushra

    Hi i have previously had an implant for 2 and half years, and had it taken out 6 months ago. Been trying ever since , but no joy. I am having irregularities in my cycle which has been 21 days for 4 months, then 28 day, and finally 26 days. I’m worried what can I do.

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  • Pancake

    Hi there, I think I have the opposite problem I ovulate later. I also have horrible heart palpitations and anxiety before ovulation it is horrible. I am an avid athlete and am in good shape but can’t figure what my problem is. Any insight would be great

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  • Beth Gilliland

    I am 42, had an early miscarriage last year (8-10 weeks). I’m sure miscarriage was largely due to egg quality. My cycles have always been very regular, every 26-29 days. My Amh is very low, undetected at times, my FSH is high, 17 as of July 2013. I am currently 3 days late but getting a negative hpt. If I ovulated late in my cycle around day 17, will my period come later like day 31-36? Could I be pregnant and get a negative result? Or is this lateness a peri menopausal symptom?

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  • Jenn

    Hi Beth, I was wondering if you ever got any answers? I also have a low amh and came across your post while researching online.

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  • yam

    i have thin endometrium.. i have also short period of menstration about 2 days.. what do i do it o get pregnant?

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  • laura

    my doctor gave me a blood ovulation test it showed that I did not ovulate is it possible that I could be pregnant and that caused my ovulation test has come back negative and do women always ovulate each month

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