Clomid for LPD

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AshG's picture
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Clomid for LPD

Hi there! My names Ash and I have 2 LOs. We had no problem conceiving either of them and we are not TTC a third yet but have been talking about it. My question is what would constitute a Luteal Phase Defect and did anyone here have one after having two succesful pregnancies and is clomid a common solution for it??

My cycles have been all over the place. I have really painful ovulation lately (last 6 months or so) and they have been between CD10 and CD 20 and my luteal phases have been about 10 days with spotting starting 5-7 DPO then I spot for 3-5 days before full blown AF. So far this month is the worst with a spotting 5 DPO and have been spotting super light brown only occasionally when I wipe for about a week.

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Ashley, normally a doctor would say anything under 10 days is a defect, but trying to get them to diagnos you with it is hard. I've tried and they all say everyone's LP is different. You can use progesterone suppositories to help with it. Clomid might help, but didn't with me. Good luck

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Have you tried B complex?

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I have never been pregnant but I had a 10 day LP which I considered too short and my ARNP agreed. I've read that implantation can occur as late as 10 DPO in some cases. My ARNP put me on progesterone suppositories to help lengthen my LP since progesterone dropping is what generally leads to your cycle ending. The additional progesterone has added an extra four to six days to my LP. She also put me on clomid to shift my ovulation earlier (I used to ovulate closer to CD 20 - on my most recent clomid cycle I O'd on CD 15) with hopes that this would also lengthen my LP as well.

Since you start to spot prior to your actual period it sounds like your progesterone is beginning to drop only a few days into your LP...maybe ask your PCP about getting on progesterone.

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Hi Ash! I have had 3 pregnancies, the last of which was the only successful one. We suspected a progesterone deficiency was likely the cause. After my 2nd loss, my AF was 40+ days, and my luteal phase was 10 days. The month that we conceived my son, I started progesterone suppositories at 5DPO. It seemed to work perfectly and sustained the pregnancy. Now, we are TTC our 2nd, and through charting I discovered that my cycles are 23-30 days, with a 7-8 day luteal phase! The last few months I've been getting AF before it was even time to test early. So frustrating!

After meeting with my dr, we decided we are going to do a low dose cycle with 50mg Clomid on CD 3-7 in hopes that it will cause a stronger O which should also cause increased progesterone production. I will still use the suppositories if I get a BFP. So anyway, I am also going to try Clomid because of a LPD, so I thought I'd comment to let you know we have a similar situation. Best of luck to you!!