Understanding Luteal Phase Defect

Understanding how your body functions is important if you are wanting to become pregnant or if you are having problems with reproduction. One of the problems that several women will have is known as luteal phase defect, or LPD. By knowing what this defect is, as well as the problems with it, you will be able to determine the levels and balances in your body.

What is the Luteal Phase?
A luteal phase is known to be the time between a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation. Over the period of a month, the luteal phase will be part of the cycle that a woman goes through. During the luteal phase is when most women will become pregnant, as it allows the egg to become fertile and travel through the fallopian tube. Once the egg is in the fallopian tube the sperm has a better chance of reaching the egg and fertilizing it. Usually, this time period will be between ten and seventeen days long.

If your luteal phase does not last for at least ten days, then it is considered to be a defect. This can then lead to a pregnancy that will turn into a miscarriage or will not allow you to become pregnant. The reason for this is because the defect causes the lining in the uterus to break down. As a result, your menstrual period will continue and a miscarriage can occur.

There are several reasons for luteal phase defect, all which can be helped. The number one reason for this is because a woman does not have a high enough hormone level. If there is not enough progesterone to support the pregnancy, it can lead to the defect. The lack of progesterone will cause several types of problems that lead to the defect. One of these is an imbalance of hormone levels and the corpus luteum may fail to be supported. The uterus lining may also not be able to respond.

If you think you have luteal phase defect, you should first get it checked by a health care provider. They can measure the level of progesterone that you are supposed to have. This is especially important if you have had a miscarriage in the past. You can then talk to your doctor about which medications, whether over the counter or prescription, that will work for you. There are also creams available to help with the problem so talk to your doctor about this as well.

If you have irregular menstrual periods, can not become pregnant, or have had a miscarriage, it could be part of the luteal phase defect. By understanding and knowing how to solve the problem, you can make sure that your hormone levels become balanced again. This will then give you the chance to have regular hormonal cycles in your body as well as to become pregnant. Making sure that your luteal phase lasts for at least ten to twelve days to help you become pregnant is one of the first steps to take in rebalancing your body.


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