question about luteal phase

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belzy's picture
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question about luteal phase

I have been charting for the past few years and have a 8 month old son. I got my AF back 2 months after having him and have been charting my temps since then. For the past 6 months i have been ovulating between day 21-23 and my AF has been starting on day 29/30.......My Dh and i are hoping to start trying for another baby once my son turns 1 but i am concerned that my luteal phase is not long enough for that to happen, is it possible that my hormones are still a little wonky from having my son and that it might take a little longer for my luteal phase to balance out?? I am ovulating and starting my AF like clock work which is worrying me that my luteal phase hasnt balanced out......prior to getting pregnant with my son i ovulated on day 14 or 15 and AF would arrive on day 28, i have always been text book so i dont know if i am worrying about something silly??

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You aren't worrying for nothing. From what I understand (pretty new to this all) you need about a minimum of 9 days of luteal phase for the concieved baby to have time to implant.
I see that you are from Ontario. Did you mention this to your GP at all? I know there are prescriptions that can help you lengthen your luteal phase but I also know that sometimes up here, we have to struggle through one year of infertility before they will look at the problem. But maybe yours will be open to a converstation because you have your charts.

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"Mamma_Bear_81" wrote:

You aren't worrying for nothing. From what I understand (pretty new to this all) you need about a minimum of 9 days of luteal phase for the concieved baby to have time to implant.
I see that you are from Ontario. Did you mention this to your GP at all? I know there are prescriptions that can help you lengthen your luteal phase but I also know that sometimes up here, we have to struggle through one year of infertility before they will look at the problem. But maybe yours will be open to a converstation because you have your charts.

My dr is not fond of charting and looked at me like i was nuts when i said i didnt want to go on birth control after i had my son and said he doesnt believe in charting as a good form of birth control (i charted for 4 years prior to having my son as my only source of birth control) so i dont know if he will take me to seriously if i talk to him about a short luteal phase, i plan on waiting and watching to see if it balances out on its own until we are ready to start trying and if it hasnt by then i will probably bring it up with him, i am worried that if it hasnt corrected itself that he will make me wait the year before looking at other options, at this point i am not to worried and hoping that its just my hormones still a little off from having my son, i just cant seem to find much info on luteal phases after giving birth

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"belzy" wrote:

My dr is not fond of charting and looked at me like i was nuts when i said i didnt want to go on birth control after i had my son and said he doesnt believe in charting as a good form of birth control

Ugh! I hate it when doctors are like that. Sad After I had DD (and still nursing) my luteal phase was short. I think it sometimes takes your body a while to regulate progesterone levels after giving birth, especially if you are nursing. Progesterone levels affect your luteal phase quite a bit. I took B6 for a month and my luteal phase jumped from 7-8 days to 12 days. I know others have some natural remedies you could try as well. Good luck! Smile