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What is a Short Luteal Phase?

on Dec 29, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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What is a Short Luteal Phase?

Women who have luteal phases that are shorter than twelve days are said to have a luteal phase defect, which while easily correctable, can make it more difficult to conceive.

Your luteal phase is the period of time that occurs in a woman’s cycle after you ovulate but before you start your period. Usually, your luteal phase comes and goes without much thought being given to it. However, if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, suddenly you become much more aware of your luteal phase and it’s importance. Read on to find out why your luteal phase is so important. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is a short luteal phase?

When you become pregnant, your luteal phase is one of the most important parts of the conception puzzle. The luteal phase is the period of time that the fertilized egg travels through your fallopian tubes and into your uterus. In most women, the luteal phase typically lasts, on average, around fourteen days. Women who have luteal phases that are shorter than twelve days are said to have a luteal phase defect. If you do have a luteal phase defect, your doctor can give you advice on what steps to take to lengthen it.

What a short luteal phase means for pregnancy

For women who are not trying to become pregnant, a short luteal phase is usually nothing to be concerned about, and usually goes unnoticed. However, when you are trying to become pregnant, a short luteal phase can be a huge cause of concern. This is because in many women with a short luteal phase, the short luteal phase will actually cause miscarriage. The reason for this is that during a short luteal phase, the uterine lining begins to break down before it should, bringing menstruation early. This, in many cases, can cause an early miscarriage.

What causes a short luteal phase?

The most common cause of a short luteal phase is a low level of the hormone progesterone in the body. If your doctor thinks you have a short luteal phase, he or she will probably do a progesterone test to see just how low your progesterone levels are and how short your luteal phase actually is. Doctors actually have many different treatments available to help with a short luteal phase and get your progesterone levels up. If you have a short luteal phase, don’t panic, because many times you can do quite a few things to lengthen your luteal phase. Vitamin B6, Progesterone creams, and Clomid are often used to lengthen your luteal phase, with great success.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • cutgarlic

    my period is always on time, but this month i was 6 days late, it started on the 7th day. but my period is not the same as always. can i still be pregnant or should we keep trying? thanx

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    There is a good chance for you to be pregnant, knowing that your period came late. I do suggest that you take a home pregnancy test 14 days after the first day that you have missed your period for a reliable result. If the result comes out as a negative, it is best that you keep trying. You should try to take fertility supplements, and increase your sexual activity during your fertile window to boost your chances of getting pregnant.

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  • rosie

    I was on birth control (the pill) for 3 months, I stopped taking it because my hair was falling…A LOT. after that I get my period twice a month, yeast infections before my period and started breaking out like crazy, do I have hormonal imbalance? Is it safe to get pregnant if I have hormonal imbalance? Please help!

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