Luteal Phase Defect - Starting Therapy

by Angela
(Kansas City)

I am 38 years old, married for 2 years and found out this past December that I have luteal phase defect (max prog. 5.6ng/ml mid-phase).

My ovulation cycle is also short on average 4 days consistently each month since stopping birth control (was taking for 6 years), which does not help this situation at all. My Dr wanted to start me on Clomid on Day 1 of ovulation,however, after doing much research I convinced her to let me try progesterone therapy. I am in my 2nd week of using approximately 85mg 2x/day. My husband and I are hopeful that this will work for us as we've experienced one miscarriage which I am quite certain was due to low levels of progesterone at the time of conception (miscarried at 6 weeks by my calculation).

I am hopeful that we will have good news in the next few months as I am sure it is going to take some time to get my levels up to a normal level. In the meantime, I have added a multi-vitamin, DHA and 5000IU D3 to my daily regimen (vit. D possibly related to low prog. as well??). Will keep you all posted on our progress....

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Mar 26, 2011
Luteal Phase Defect - Starting Therapy
by: Wray

Hi Angela I'm relieved you did research on Clomid, you might like to see these papers here, here and here. I'm happy you are using sufficient progesterone. We do have a page on Pregnancy, which gives you an idea of the role progesterone plays and how to use it. Unfortunately all Contraceptives come with adverse side effects while using them, and after stopping them. Please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance too, this can occur when first starting progesterone. I'm delighted you're taking enough vitamin D, too many of us have a low level. You are right, a lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone. For more info please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Plus this video here. Vitamin D is critical for a growing foetus, see here, here, here, here, here. Taurine is also vital, see here, here and here. Take care Wray

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