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BFP With Very Short Luteal Phase, It IS Possible!

I've held off writing this for a couple of days just in case I jinxed things, but I could wait no longer! Like most of you I've read the stories every day on this site for quite a few months now and I've found them really helpful - especially with regards to twinges and aches and things, helping me to identify the ones that felt different from the other cycles. So here goes: Came of progesterone only BC in November, had been on one form of BC or another for 15 years so had no idea what my cycles were like. I ended up with cycles ranging from 25 to 30 days with positive OPK sticks occurring around about 7 - 9 days before the next period. I'd read a number of comments on various sites saying that a short LP was a defect of some sort and that it would stop me conceiving - I then read some actual proper scientific research and discovered the luteal phase length has nothing to do with LPD's. I spoke to my GP and she said some women even have a LP of only 4 days and still conceive! So fear not, those of you who ovulate way late in your cycle, get BDing, and keep your fingers crossed!! :-)

Sun 4th March positive OPK - BD'd
Mon 5th March - presumed ovulation day, DP out of the country so no BD action
DPO 1 - DP returned home, so BD just for good measure (you never know!)
DPO 2 - whacking great spot, almost like a boil, appears on my left cheek, my nips are a touch tender but otherwise feeling pretty darned great! Unfortunately my unusually upbeat mood didn't last as following a salad with green onions, in the evening, I felt very nauseous and also, rather bizarrely was crying at soppy adverts on the TV. Went to bed feeling a bit fluey - odd, thought it would be WAY too soon for any symptoms so put it down to stress at work.
DPO 3 - Exhausted. Took ages to wake up. Felt like my skull was stuffed with cotton wool, went to bed at 5pm and slept till 9pm. Then went back to bed 11pm and slept all the way through.
DPO 4 - Tired again, headaches have been coming and going all month but today I had a major headache and very sore ears, like when you have an ear infection. Felt bloated, PMSey and had sore boobs.
DPO 5 - Felt PMSey. Figured AF would arrive in a couple of days.
DPO 6 - Few symptoms other than my normally very small boobs looking a bit bigger than normal.
DPO 7 - Boobs tender. Very very faint pink/light brown water spotting - would have missed it if I hadn't been looking. Mild AF style cramping - bit twingy. I assume AF will be arriving today or tomorrow. Wondered hopefully if this was implantation!
DPO 8 - Boobs tender but not sure if its cos I had them hiked up in the most outrageously pushing up of push up bras the night before. Mild AF cramping on and off, quite twingy in AM and felt like I'd pulled a muscle in my lower right abdomen when I stood up off the sofa a couple of times. Not consistent or getting worse, just kind of coming and going. Feel bit bloated. Boobs very sore in evening. Tiny bit of pink watery spotting on toilet tissue.
DPO 9 - Tiny bit of light brown watery spotting on toilet tissue. Mild cramping on and off. Constipation. Boobs sore but seem less sore than yesterday. Tired, bit headachy and nauseous. 2pm OH MY GOD there's a second, albeit faint, but still a definite line on the $ store preggers test!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of out to buy FRER tests and not drinking any water or anything for several hours now to concentrate my juices! Couldn't find any FRER so got Clear Blue Digital with Conception Indicator test, two cheap tesco tests and all positive! CBDCI says "pregnant 1-2 weeks".
DPO 10 - Test again on $ store test and line seems fainter. Freak out a bit and test again later and line much darker.
DPO 11 - Test again today on $ test and line even darker. Probably should stop testing - terrified it won't stick but trying to remain positive!

Things I did different this month: fairly skeptical about the effectiveness of herbal preparations but I bought some Vitex off of Amazon and took that along with Vitamin B6 (I'd been taking an array of other vits and minerals, including EPO, Omega 3 etc etc in previous months). Maybe Vitex and/or Vit B6 really do work??? The Vitex was £8 a bottle and I didn't even use half, so I guess, against my skepticism, I would recommend it! We also used Conception Plus (a Pre-Seed like lubricant) all months. Never saw hide nor hair of any kind of CM at all - no egg whites, no nothing and my cervix seemed to be throwing different shapes each time I checked. OPK's are all we used, other than pretty much daily BDing from about 4 or 5 days into the cycle. Good luck to all those who are still TTC, I hope this sticks as it is my first every BFP - baby dust to everyone! x

Comments

Congratulations to you!! And thank you for sharing this information. My luteal phase has been 10d for the last year or so! And I have been so worried about it. I also take B6.    

Congrats to you! You gave me a little hope that despite of LPD, it is possible to get pregnant. I have also short LP wit spotting and right now I'm after 6 months of taking Clomid with no success :(. Next month will past a year since we've started TTC journey. Wish you healthy pregnancy :) Good luck.

Thanks to both of you. Tnette - no idea if the Vitex really works but there was some fairly sound research evidence done on it in California (funded by a fertility vitamin company though, so this bias should always be taken into account) that appeared to have a pretty good success rate for women with short luteal phases or confirmed LPD. Darla - how old are you? Are you in the states or the UK? I know over here (UK) under age 35 they wont even give Clomid or anything until you've been TTC for a year, this shortens to 6 months for over 35. Have they offered you any other options? I was drinking moderately (sometimes a bit more than that) and nothing was happening, so I cut down dramatically on alcohol as well last month. Apparently even moderate alcohol use can affect fertility by about 50% and this increases with age. Effects men's sperm as well. Do you drink? I also started getting more exercise last month. I'm in the ok weight range but I was pretty unfit. Apparently there's been new research showing men who are overweight or even just have a diet high in saturated fats can dramatically lower their sperm motility/count. I'm sure you've probably considered all of these things already - nonetheless I wish you all the baby dust possible that you are posting your story soon. x x

Thanks to both of you. Tnette - no idea if the Vitex really works but there was some fairly sound research evidence done on it in California (funded by a fertility vitamin company though, so this bias should always be taken into account) that appeared to have a pretty good success rate for women with short luteal phases or confirmed LPD. Darla - how old are you? Are you in the states or the UK? I know over here (UK) under age 35 they wont even give Clomid or anything until you've been TTC for a year, this shortens to 6 months for over 35. Have they offered you any other options? I was drinking moderately (sometimes a bit more than that) and nothing was happening, so I cut down dramatically on alcohol as well last month. Apparently even moderate alcohol use can affect fertility by about 50% and this increases with age. Effects men's sperm as well. Do you drink? I also started getting more exercise last month. I'm in the ok weight range but I was pretty unfit. Apparently there's been new research showing men who are overweight or even just have a diet high in saturated fats can dramatically lower their sperm motility/count. I'm sure you've probably considered all of these things already - nonetheless I wish you all the baby dust possible that you are posting your story soon. x x

Margie, thanks for your reply. I'm 29 and I live in US. After we've being trying for couple months I decided to see my OB. I felt that something is wrong cause I had a lot of spotting during my cycle. I did a blood test which show that my progesterone level is low, so my OB put me Clomid. Even though It worked for me I didn't get pregnant and don't know what we should do next. Margie- for how long you have being taking Vitex and B6? What doses? Did you start taking it on your 1st day of cycle?

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