How can I lengthen my luteal phase?

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    stacey79

    Besides the reason of having a short luteal phase (<12 days), is there any other reason why I would want to elongate my luteal phase? Is it unhealthy to have too long of a luteal phase?

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    Courtney

    Hi stacey79, if your luteal phases are less than 12 days, you may have a hard time getting pregnant. During the luteal phase, your body secretes progesterone, which builds up the endometrium (uterine lining) so that it can be a thick, nourishing environment for a fertilized egg. If the luteal phase is less than 12 days, the endometrium probably won't be thick enough for implantation to occur. 

    As for longer luteal phases, a luteal phase that is longer than 18 days almost certainly indicates that you're pregnant! So no, it's not unhealthy to have a longer luteal phase :) 

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    fra_nichole

    How many days of the luteal phase can I get pregnant? (I'm avoiding pregnancy).

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    After you've had a temperature shift, and your temperatures have remained high for at least 3 days, and it's been 4 days since your peak day, you are considered infertile for the rest of your cycle. For more information on when you are and are not considered fertile during your cycle, please read this article.  

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    jengiesbrecht

    12 is way too high - you can get and stay pregnant with 8-9 days

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    Actually, the average length of the luteal phase is 12-14 days. While it's not impossible to get pregnant with an 8 or 9 day luteal phase, women with luteal phases less than 12 days (particularly in the 8-9 day range) may have difficulty getting pregnant, as the body may not have produced enough progesterone to sustain a pregnancy. 

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    gabriela.klongova

    Does spotting prior to menstruation indicate end of luteal phase?

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    jocie.ellis

    Any supplements recommended to lengthen the luteal phase?

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    Lauren

    Hi Gabriela, spotting prior to menstruation is still considered part of the luteal phase.  You should consider your first day of RED bleeding as Day 1 of your next cycle.

    Hi Jocie, a general multivitamin supplement may help correct cycle irregularities.  Make sure it has B-complex vitamins in it :)

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    jocie.ellis

    I had a 9 day luteal phase followed by three full days of very light brown spotting- now full AF. Does the spotting indicate a short luteal phase or should I count that as an 11 day luteal phase? Wouldn't pre- AF spotting like that mean that your projesterone is in just as bad of shape as if you had your full period? It alarms me either way!

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    Lauren

    Hi Jocie, spotting before your period is actually quite common and isn't anything to be concerned about!  The light spotting before your actual period is still considered part of the luteal phase.  You should consider the first day of any red-colored bleeding as Day 1 of your cycle.  So in your case, it sounds like you had an 11 day luteal phase this cycle :)

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    kelly.fertaro

    12-14 is optimal, but anywhere from 10+ can sustain a pregnancy. If implantation happens day 7 (considered normal) and takes 3 days, then a 10-11 day LP can sustain. I'd be careful of telling women that anything less than 12 is normal, especially in such a hyper-aware environment. The best response should be "consult your doctor."

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    Lauren

    Hi Kelly, thanks for your feedback!  I completely understand your concern and thank you for clearing that up.  If you have any other feedback, please let us know!

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    raegeniler

    I have spotting nearly everyday of my cycle, varying in color (including red), amount (sometimes will wear a tampon), and presence of CF (usually egg white). I tend to have cramps and consistent flow when on AF. I am hoping this isn't my period b/c it seems that would indicate short luteal phase. Could all this bleeding be related to a cervix that easily bleeds?

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    Lauren

    Hi Raegeniler, thanks for your question! Usually red-colored bleeding, especially in quantities large enough to warrant wearing a tampon, does indicate a true menstrual period and that counts as Day 1 of a new cycle.  However, it's hard to say exactly what's going on unless you're charting your basal body temperature, which can tell you whether or not you're having a true menstrual period.  To learn more about tracking your BBT and what it can tell you, this may help: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23626932-BBT-101

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    kiarakiara78

    This cycle I have a 11day luteal phase... I miscarried September 9th then had my regular period. And today is my last day of ovulation. Is there any chance that I have a low chance of conceiving again?

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    Lauren

    Hi Kiara, thanks for your question, and I'm so so sorry to hear about your miscarriage.  If you're currently ovulating, there is definitely a chance you could get pregnant.  Not all women ovulate right away after miscarrying, but some women do and it's possible for them to get pregnant right away.  If not, your body will likely go back to its normal cycling pattern within a few weeks and you'll be able to conceive again.  I hope this helps!

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    morgan92243_2000

    So if my average luteal phase is 13 days and today is day 14 of my luteal phase and all I've had is some brownish pinkish super light spotting, would this be day 1 of a new cycle? What are the odds that my luteal cycle would become longer than 14 days if my average is 13 days?

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    Lauren

    Hi Morgan, the first day of your next cycle is generally marked on the first day of any RED-colored bleeding that you observe, so if you've only seen spotting, that would still count as part of your previous cycle.  It's actually quite common for women's luteal phase lengths to occasionally vary by 1-2 days, so a 14 day luteal phase when yours are normally 13 is totally normal.  I hope this helps!

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    please_jenny

    I'm 8 months postpartum and have just completed my first chart with a luteal phase of 8 days. Could his just be my body returning to a normal cycle or because I'm breastfeeding?

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    Lauren

    Hi Jenny, thanks for your question!  It's definitely possible that breastfeeding may be the culprit for the short luteal phase.  Breastfeeding stimulates ovulation-suppressing hormones that can have effects on your entire cycle and can definitely affect your luteal phase too.  I hope this helps!

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    nicola.jones114

    Please help- My luteal phase is only 9 days, It's my first chart TTC and have been on mycrogynon for 15yrs, could this explain my phase being low as my body is adjusting?

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    info

    This is the first time I've used temps and all looked perfect until today (2 days after peak day) and my temp dropped right down.. from what I've read this isn't good?

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    agaag

    I just finished a cycle with an 11 day LP (last two of those days had brown discharge). I have read a few things about how to lengthen it and ordered 750 mg Vitamin C to start taking, along with 400 mg Magnesium Di(something), and 50 mg B6. That is all in addition to a prenatal. Am I overdoing it? Should I also take fish oil? I have long cycles and ovulate late, so I am trying to make each one count. Thanks for help!

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