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    Question Anyone have or know about long luteal phase?

    AF has never really been regular for me. My cycle can be anywhere from 27 days to 34 days long. What I have noticed is that I do usually seem to ovulate about the same time each month. Its the luteal phase that is usually off. I know that the luteal phase should be between 10 - 14 days. Last cycle my luteal phase lasted 20 days. This is common for me to have a long luteal phase. I'm guessing this is one of the reasons that my RE has had me take clomid.
    I have looked for information on line about luteal phase defect (LPD) and can only find info about how a SHORT luteal phase can cause IF. I can't seem to find anything about a luteal phase that is too LONG. Anyone else have a really long luteal phase that can help explain how this would add to IF? Whats going on with my body that might hinder implantation? And what has your RE done to help adjust to this problem?
    Does this make sense to anyone?
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    Hmm, I've never read anything about a long LP either. Are you being monitored with u/s while being on clomid? I'm asking b/c I'm wondering if you are REALLY ovulating when you think that you are. Sometimes clomid can delay af, but for most people it regulates them (but there is always that exception). Are you taking progesterone? I know that can make your LP longer.

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    Dawn - Thanks for responding.
    I've just been taking clomid. And they didn't monitor the first two clomid/IUI cycles. I wish they had. I requested to have an US for the third one. At 13dpo the RE said I looked like I would be Oing right away. I got a + on the OPK the next day. But I noticed that I get a + result for SEVERAL days, not just that one. AND I don't usually notice fertile CM until a few days after I get a +. I'm wondering if I need Ovidrel (sp.?) to trigger a release? I don't know. Its all become very confusing since being on clomid. I'm going to a new RE in a week and moving on to IVF. I would guess that I would get better monitoring at the new place.
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    Has anyone heard of a Luteal Phase being too long?

    I have recently had two early miscarriages (one at 5 weeks and one at 8 weeks). I think my luteal phase is 16 days long. Could that possibly cause miscarriages? We don't have any problem getting pregnant...just can't keep them. Does anyone know anything about this? I can only find info about short luteal phases.


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    I have a long luteal phase of 17-19 days. I know this because of temping: I usually have 17 or 18 days of elevated temps before they fall and AF starts.

    In a woman's menstrual cycle, it is the follicular phase that is variable, while the luteal phase is fixed from cycle to cycle. So, first of all, you need to make sure how long your LP is and temping is a very good way to do this. It is more likely that your O day is varying from cycle to cycle rather than your LP.

    A long luteal phase is not a problem and doesn't contribute to IF. It simply means it takes a bit longer for your prog level to crash and bring on AF. Prog is necessary to maintain a pg, so I say we ladies with long luteal phases give any embies the best possible chance to implant.

    After having confirmed O, if you end up going 3 weeks or more without AF this does not mean you have a long LP. More likely, it means you did not produce enough prog during your LP (it is the crash of prog levels that brings on AF) so its important to have a 7dpo prog level.

    Your doctor cannot tell from an u/s that you will be Oing "right away," so I'm not sure why he would say that unless he meant within the next few days. All he can see is a follicle (before O) or a collapsed follicle or no follicle at all (after O). It is rare that he would actually catch a follicle rupturing before his eyes, in which case you would be Oing right then and there, not about to. Its kind of like looking at an X-ray and telling someone they are about to break their arm. Impossible! Its either broken or its not broken.

    Also, have you had your LH levels checked (baseline and leading up to O)? Women with elevated LH (like myself) will have difficulty using OPK's as they can be inaccurate showing days and days of +++'s followed by --'s and then more +++'s, frustrating to say the least! Elevated LH is a common symptom of PCOS, but you don't have to be diagnosed with PCOS to have elevated LH.

    Is there a reason for jumping right to IVF after Clomid, or would you consider trying injectables first?


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    i DID HAVE a long luteal phase of 22 days for 2 cycles post Ovulation .. also sometimes 17 days and yes my progesterone is on lower end 7. 10. and 9.2 in last 3 cycles... I am going to do pre and post and post ovulatory U/S soon


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