A Short Luteal Phase
Less than 10 days


A short luteal phase (or post ovulatory phase) may be a contributing factor to early miscarriage, mistakenly thought to be lack of pregnancy taking place in a month.

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A woman may mistakenly think she has not conceived, when a miscarriage takes place right away, due to a short luteal phase, when pregnancy cannot be sustained.

In the three phases of an ovulation cycle, each phase has its own contributing importance for pregnancy for various reasons. Even though the luteal phase is post ovulation, this phase is a critical part of promoting pregnancy.

Charting the days of the month each cycle, will provide the best knowledge around your cycle. On your ovulation chart, the length of the phase will soon emerge, as a distinct number of days.

For each woman, these days are fairly consistent from cycle to cycle. Once the days have been monitored for a few months a pattern will emerge showing if the days are between 12 to 16 days, indicating a good luteal phase length.

Unfortunately if the length of the third phase in the cycle, is found to be 10 days or less, there may be reason to be concerned. The luteal phase primary function is for the build up of the hormone progesterone, to support and sustain conception when it takes place.


Short Phase Impact!


Women who have a short third phase, will have difficulty in conceiving. If the phase is 10 days or less, there are insufficient days to allow enough progesterone build up. The lack of progesterone build up is necessary for the endometrium lining the uterus.

The endometrium lining needs to be in perfect condition and thickness for sustaining a healthy pregnancy.

A short third phase in the cycle is a serious condition, which will require treatment.

Monitoring and charting the days in each cycle will identify the days in the luteal phase. If found to be less than 12 days, it is best to seek the advise of a nutritional expert, homeopath or a doctor, for a treatment recommendation.

Should you already be under treatment for infertility, the patterns available from charting, as recommended on conception calendar will be an important bit of information to take with you to discuss with your doctor.


Treating short luteal phases - naturally


If you discover that you have short luteal phases, there are a few options to consider. Diet and exercise considerations are highly recommended on alkaline diet. Other dietary recommendations are similar to those recommended for treating pre menstrual syndrome (PMS). Most nutritional experts recommend:

  • a well balanced diet (eating plan),

  • increase intake of complex carbohydrates; sweet potatoes, beetroot, brown rice.

  • whole grains,

  • plenty of fruits and vegetables,

  • legumes

  • increase, partake in daily exercise

  • a supplement of vitamin B6

In any daily eating plan, certain foods may affect the body in an adverse way. Therefore in most eating plan recommendations, certain items will need to either be minimized or eliminated from the diet. Cutting back on these items may also treat your short post ovulatory phase:

  • all foods high in sugar, fat and salt

  • chocolate

  • alcohol, nicotine and caffeine


Treating short luteal phases - medically


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There are many instances, where natural treatments are not effective, and your physician may recommend conventional medical treatment in the form of hormone therapy.

Treatment may include: Clomid, HCG injections or progesterone suppositories, or natural progesterone creams, as prescribed by your doctor. Usage of the medication or cream will be required as soon as ovulation has taken place.

Even if you are under a medical or natural treatment plan, continue to monitor and chart your signs of ovulation. The impact of charting the three phases of the cycle can be seen when you are able to recognise any areas of concern in whichever phase of the cycle the problem may be occurring in.

Treating a short luteal phase is as important as treating any ovulation disorders, during the infertility journey.




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