I had my first baby in the fall of 2012. To my great surprise, he was conceived on the first try. I was not expecting this and in a new job so was not symptom spotting at all. There might have been some but I didn't notice and to be honest, was in denial that I got pregnant so quickly. I had four negative HPTs before I finally got a positive when my period was three weeks late.
My expectations then changed when we decided to try for number two. I began charting my cycles again once they became regular after I was no longer breastfeeding, I notice my LP was shorter than it was pre-baby but not every cycle and not crazy short. We began to try in October 2014 and I once I missed my period I tested and got a faint positive. Sadly this ended in an early miscarriage around five weeks. We started trying again right away but I notice my cycles were really a-typical compared to the norm of 29 days with O on day 17. I had spotting mid-cycle and began to get a very short luteal phase (9-10 days). Many of my symptoms lined up with low progesterone or luteal phase defect.
I went to see a naturopathic doctor as well as my regular doctor, mainly the mid LP spotting was my concern, not particularly not getting pregnant again right away. The NP suggested a list of things to help regulate my cycle, the main one being chaste tree (vitex) and a good quality folic acid. My regular doctor was unconcerned as I had already had one successful pregnancy. I was also doing acupuncture pre/post ovulation at this time.
My first month on vitex I became pregnant again and was thrilled. However, this ended in miscarriage as well at about 5.5 weeks (very much the same as the first MC). Devastating. Now I knew something was certainly wrong so back to the doctors I went. I was referred to an OB by both doctors and had to wait patiently for my appointment this month.
My appointment just happened to be the day I was ovulating for the month. The OB ordered some blood work to be done on day 22 of my cycle and told me to contact him right away if I became pregnant. For some reason I gave up caring this cycle and was very positive at the same time. Here's what happened...
1-6 DPO irritable but nothing physical
7 DPO teeny tiny spotting
8 DPO lots of yellow creamy CM, itchy nipples, not normal pms...I started to get suspicious...
9 DPO tender breasts, nipples were itchy, larger and with a darker ring around the edges.
10 DPO same as 9DPO and the fact that I hadn't spotted again convinced me to POAS. I wanted to know asap to be able to call the Dr. as it was a Friday. So, I went for it with an afternoon pee and very quickly a faint but clear BFP. I saw my regular Dr. right away as he is in communication with my OB and the OB was in hospital. I was prescribed progesterone pills which I have been taking daily.
13 DPO another darker HPT and continued symptoms of tender breasts, more frequent bathroom trips, bloating and fatigue in the evenings.
We/I did not do anything different this cycle. In fact, I O'd earlier then expected resulting in just one, maybe two possible good baby dances. We used pre-seed sometimes and OPKs.
My blood work did confirm low progesterone at levels that were "unlikely to sustain a pregnancy" so hopefully with the help of these pills and continued healthy eating and supplements I should be able to carry this pregnancy to term.
I am now just trying not to worry too much. HA!
Overall, we were not "trying" for very long. Nine cycles all together with two miscarriages and two breaks from being in separate cities. I hope this gives some hope to anyone else with low progesterone/short luteal phases. Much baby dust to all.