Short Luteal Phase Chart

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    saranode78

    Why is there a minimum of a 10 day luteal phase required for pregnancy? Is there any possibility of becoming pregnant with a shorter luteal phase?

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    Courtney

    Hey saranode78, while it's not impossible to get pregnant with a luteal phase that's shorter than 10 days, it's pretty unlikely. During the luteal phase, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone, which serves to build up and sustain the endometrium (uterine lining). A healthy endometrium is necessary in order for implantation to take place. 

    A short luteal phase often indicates that your body isn't producing enough progesterone, which means that the endometrium probably won't be thick or strong enough for implantation to occur. Even if fertilization occurs, the fertilized egg will likely be shed with the endometrium at menstruation.

    However, if you have short luteal phases, don't despair! There are plenty of ways to naturally and easily lengthen your luteal phases. Here are a few tips from our co-founder Kati: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22959931-How-can-I-lengthen-my-luteal-phase-

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    kellbell82

    I would love an answer to this as well. I have been on progesterone for 3 cycles, but still spot around days

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    kellbell82

    12, so should I count spotting or just a full flow?

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    Lauren

    Hi Tinkerbell and Kellbell, you should consider the first day of red bleeding (not spotting) as the first day of your period.  So days with spotting still count as the previous cycle's luteal phase.  Hope this helps :)

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    kristina04eatm

    My luteal phase is typically 12-14 days long, however, my BBT starts to drop slowly at day 9. Could that mean that I have low progesterone? Is it anything to be concerned about?

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    Lauren

    Hi Kristina, thanks for contacting us!  As long as your temperature doesn't drop below the coverline, there's nothing to worry about.  A coverline is a horizontal line drawn on your chart so that it's easier to visually separate the preovulatory temperatures and the post-ovulatory temperatures.  You can read more about this here: http://blog.kindara.com/blog/how-to-draw-a-coverline

    If your temperature is dropping very low at day 9 (as low as your pre-ovulatory temperatures), then this could potentially indicate low progesterone and you may want to check with your doctor to be sure!

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    fionnalane

    My doctor directed me to get my blood progesterone levels tested 7 days after I got a + on my OPK. I followed her instructions, but my BBT indicated I didn't ovulate until 2 days after the +. Did I get my levels checked too early? My progesterone levels were low (6.7 vs. 10 or higher).

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    Sam

    Hi fionnalane,

    It's possible that your progesterone levels were checked too early, but I imagine your doctor probably had a reason for saying 7 days after a positive OPK. If she's familiar with the test and with your cycles, then hopefully she knew what she was looking for. You should bring this up with her and see if the timing would have affected the results.  Good luck!

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    airbird25

    My temperature dropped on day 11. Do I mark that as the beginning of my next cycle or wait till I start bleeding?

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    cl_byers

    After charting for a year now, I am convinced I have a short luteal phase. However, when I asked my Obgyn about this, she said that does not exist! She said if I ovulate, it will always be 14 days prior to the first day of my period. Now I am really confused! That makes no sense to me. I am an educated woman in the healthcare sector, but this is my Obgyn telling me this! Please help, should I switch doctors?

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    Lauren

    Hi airbird25, thanks for your question!  You should mark the start of your next cycle when you start bleeding, regardless of whether your temperature has dropped yet.  I hope this helps!

     

    Hi cl_byers, I'm qualified to give specific medical advice but it does sound like your obgyn may have given you some bad information.  It's generally widely accepted that luteal phase lengths can vary significantly and luteal phases that are too short can interfere with conception.  I'd recommend getting a second opinion from another doctor.  I hope this helps, and good luck!

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