Luteal Phase Defect: Cause of Infertility

Luteal Phase Defect: Cause of Infertility

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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. This can cause you to have troubles getting pregnant. 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.

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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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
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.