Luteal Phase Defect

Quite simply, luteal phase defect is failure of the uterine lining to respond to normal levels of progesterone. Thus, fertilization can occur, but the uterine lining will not support implantation of the fertilized egg.

The best way to learn your own cycle is to begin charting your basal body temperature (BBT) and using ovulation predictor kits (OPK).

Certain supplements can help lengthen the luteal phase if it is too short. Vitamin B6 and progesterone are two such supplements.

Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is required for the balancing of hormones in women as well as assisting the immune system and the growth of new cells. Vitamin B6 may be helpful in treating PMS and some cases of gestational diabetes as well.

Vitamin B6 can be safely taken throughout your cycle.

Taking 50 to 200 mg every day of the month can help lengthen your luteal phase.

Good food sources of vitamin B6 are dried beans (legumes), nuts, eggs, meat, fish, and whole grains.

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Low progesterone levels are the number one reason for a luteal phase defect, according to statistics. If you do indeed have LPD (or suspect that you do), your doctor can do a progesterone test on you seven days after ovulation to determine exactly how deficient you are.

Or you can use saliva testing, which some believe is more accurate than blood testing. If you find out that you’re deficient, then you can take steps to correct your deficiency.

Progesterone cream is useful in lengthening the luteal phase. A cream with natural progesterone works best. Use about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of progesterone cream on the inner arms, inner thighs, neck, and chest area twice daily from the day after ovulation to menstruation (alternating areas of application for best results).

If you find that you’re pregnant, continue using the progesterone cream at the same dose until the 10th week of pregnancy.

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