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Old 05-04-2007, 02:44 PM   #11
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Re: Can someone please explain "Luteal Phase" to me..

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Your LP is very important when TTC. If it isn't long enough, typically 12-14 days, it may be an indication that your body isn't producing enough progesterone to support a viable pregnancy. If that's the case your dr/re can give you progesterone (suppositories or otherwise) to increase your levels, lengthen your LP and increase your odds of a H9M. Many drs consider 10 days the minimum. Also important to know your LP if you have long cycles, b/c it's possible you have long cycles and regular LPs (ok) or long cycles and irregular LPs (not ok, b/c this is considered an irregular cycle, which means you aren't Oing optimally).

Some drs believe than a longer than average LP could be a precursor or red flag to cancer, as some exhibit the symptom of increased estrogen levels, associated with some cancers. But that's a still far-fetched under studied/proven idea. My LPs are typically 17-19 days on a *regular* cycle.

Could it be too long? I had AF 4.22.07...Ive taken OV tests and still neg..My average cycle is 25-26 days so shouldnt I be O'ing right about now? I thought I was 2 days ago. Cervical mucous looked right but now it looks "not" right again... Are you supposed to count from your FIRST day of AF to get an O time frame? Im so confused. Im starting to wonder if Im not O'ing because Im still BF'ing. But AF has been normal for about 4-5 months now....

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Old 05-05-2007, 01:59 PM   #12
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Bumping this so maybe someone will read my lsat post and give advice...Still BFN on the OV test
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Re: Can someone please explain "Luteal Phase" to me..

Maybe you didn't ovulate this month.....? I think that FAM(Fertility Awareness Method) says that generally your LP doesn't vary that much...like 1-3 days.
I don't have any answers for you.....but it sounds like you might not have ovulated this month yet....I had a really random 40 day cycle recently for NO REASON!
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:19 PM   #14
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Re: Can someone please explain "Luteal Phase" to me..

BFing throw most everyting for a loop with your cycle. My LP ranges from 6 to 10 with BFing, and O can occur anywhere from CD 15 to CD 55 for me.
Temping, using OPKs and checking CP/CM will be really important while BFing if you are TTC.
My CM is only fertile while BFing and abundant enough to notice the 2 days before and hte day of O, the day after I totally dry up.
While using your OPKs are you doing it everyday around the same time of day? Is it after a couple of hours of waiting to go potty?
Does DC nurse frequently still?
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Old 05-05-2007, 06:02 PM   #15
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Well, this is my first try at all this, usually it just "happens" I do use the OPK at the same time every day. For the past few days, when testing it was only one solid red line. Today, I got a solid red line and a very faint line. I know that the test line has to be darker than the other one, but is it weird that I actually saw 2 lines today? Does that mean its closer? Since February, my cycle has been 25-26 days. I havent really figured out HOW to count to get O days. The OPK test says to start testing on day 9 or 10 for a 25-26 day cycle. DO I count days from the FIRST day of AF? If so, then today is only day 14, so maybe its coming tomorrow? Would it be unusual to go 15-16 days on a 25-26 day cycle?
DD still BF's about 2-3 times during the day and ALOT at night...
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