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Can somebody with a luteal phase defect carry a pregnancy to term?

Can somebody with a luteal phase defect carry a pregnancy to term?

Yes.. But: Luteal phase defect (lpd) implies an inadequate amount of Progesterone (p4) after ovulation. P4 is a critical hormone for pregnancy and in theory if the level is low then you should miscarry. However, the diagnosis of lpd is controversial because p4 levels are tricky to measure accurately. Therefore many women with lpd deliver the baby because they do not really have lpd. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How does a woman correct a luteal phase defect?

Two ways: Luteal phase defect (lpd) implies a low Progesterone (p4) after ovulation. The diagnosis is controversial because measuring p4 is easy but interpreting the results is tricky. We have several normal levels accepted plus the use of an endometrial biopsy to indirectly assess p4 levels. If we believe the test results then we give p4 supplements or stimulate the ovary follicles to make more p4. ...Read more

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It's about a week before period is due and i'm tracking basal body temp, I have been getting really low temps of 68.7, do I have a luteal phase defect?

It's about a week before period is due and i'm tracking basal body temp, I have been getting really low temps of 68.7, do I have a luteal phase defect?

Pattern matters: When you look at BBT charts, what matters is the pattern, not the actual temperature. You should expect to see a rise in the temp about 2-3 dys after ovulation. Even though it may help you figure out cheaply when and of you ovulate, most fertility docs discourage its use since it not terribly accurate and doing it properly increases stress which makes it harder to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Are progesterone creams safe to take for a luteal phase defect in women with pcos??

Are progesterone creams safe to take for a luteal phase defect in women with pcos??

If prescribed: Progesterone creams may be used if prescribed by your doctor for a specific medical condition. If so they should be used exactly as directed. ...Read more

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I was told that I have luteal phase defect. What is this and how common is it?

I was told that I have luteal phase defect. What is this and how common is it?

Inadequate progesterone: Luteal phase defect means your ovary is not producing the normal amount of Progesterone during the second half of your menstrual cycle (luteal phase). Then, the lining of the uterus where a pregnancy implants will not thicken normally, your cycle may be short, and you may have trouble getting pregnant. This occurs in 3 to 10% of women. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: luteal phase defect?

What is the definition or description of: luteal phase defect?

See below: Luteal phase defect (lpd) occurs when the luteal phase is shorter than normal, Progesterone levels during the luteal phase are below normal, or both. Lpd is believed to interfere with the implantation of embryos. The lactational amenorrhea method of birth control works primarily by preventing ovulation, but is also known to cause lpd. ...Read more

Luteal Phase (Definition)

The luteal phase (or secretory phase) is the latter phase of the menstrual cycle (in humans and a few other animals) or the estrous cycle (in other placental mammals). It begins with the formation of the corpus luteum and ends in either pregnancy or luteolysis. The main hormone associated with this stage is progesterone, which is significantly higher ...Read more


Luteal Phase Defect (Definition)

Luteal phase defect (lpd) occurs when the luteal phase is shorter than normal, Progesterone levels during the luteal phase are below normal, or both. Lpd is believed to interfere with the implantation of embryos. The lactational amenorrhea method of birth control works primarily by preventing ovulation, but is also ...Read more