Craving a baby? 3 quick fixes to lengthen your luteal phase and overcome luteal phase defect (LPD)
Maureen Stephens, RN writes:
Before we start, it is good to know what your luteal phase is. A luteal phase is the period of time in a woman's cycle that occurs between ovulation and menstruation. Receive 20 Free Ovulation Tests
When a woman is pregnant, the luteal phase is when the fertilized egg travels between the fallopian tube and the uterus where it is ready for implantation. Luteal phases usually last 14 days, but average out to about 10 to 17 days. Anything that falls under 10 days is known as a luteal phase defect.
If you and your partner do conceive when you have a luteal phase defect, the uterine lining breaks down and makes you have menstrual bleeding which causes a miscarriage. Usually a luteal phase defect is caused by low progesterone levels. A doctor can do a test for progesterone 7 days after ovulation to see how low your levels are. After this test is done, there are a number of things you can do to lengthen a luteal phase.
3 Simple Tricks to Lengthening Your Luteal Phase
Luteal Phase Tip #1: Breastfeeding - One of the most obvious, but more commonly overlooked causes of a short luteal phase is when you’re breastfeeding. There's no question that breastfeeding is a truly amazing gift that you can give your newborn, and more and more women are choosing extended nursing as a way to fully extend those benefits to their baby. But it’s also your body’s natural way of suppressing your progesterone levels which is necessary for a normal length luteal phase and successful implantation.
Even though breastfeeding may be the obvious culprit behind a shortened luteal phase, it can be a very difficult decision for a mother to have to choose weaning in order to achieve successful pregnancy. What compounds the issue, is that many women either personally, or know of other women who have successfully conceived in spite of breastfeeding. So this tends to exaggerate the notion that pregnancy is easily achieved despite extended breastfeeding. However, your own circumstances, age and specific body chemistry can make this the number one reason you should investigate if you’re experiencing a luteal phase defect. Many women will find that they quickly overcome LPD, sometimes as soon as the very next month, following weaning.
Luteal Phase Tip #2: Vitamin B6 - Vitamin B6 is another remedy that you can use to lengthen your luteal phase. This is considered to be both effective and safe. It's recommended to start with a dose between 50 and 100 milligrams every day of the month to lengthen the luteal phase. If your short luteal phase is still preventing you from getting pregnant after a few months of trying, you may consider consulting your physician about increasing the dose up to 200 milligrams. Remember that taking too much vitamin B6 is not good for you, so try to start with a lower dosage first. Make sure you talk to your doctor before starting on any vitamin B6 regimen to lengthen your luteal phase so you know that it is the best option for you.
Luteal Phase Tip #3: Progesterone Cream - Progesterone cream is another remedy that can be used to help lengthen a short luteal phase. This is usually used with menopausal women, but is also a good remedy when wanting to lengthen the luteal phase. Using progesterone creams that contain natural progesterone are the best. Measure about a quarter or half a teaspoon of the cream and apply this to the inner thigh, inner arm, chest or chest. Switch these places up twice a day when going from ovulation to menstruation. If you're already pregnant, you can use this method up to 10 weeks into your pregnancy and then discontinue use.
If you are still unable to get pregnant using these simple do-it-yourself home remedies, there are also a few prescription medications that your doctor can prescribe to you if you wish to lengthen your luteal phase. These vary from pills to suppositories, so if you have exhausted all other options, then it's time to consult your personal physician to determine which prescription medications might help you overcome a luteal phase defect.
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