Short luteal phase

Since Oliver was born, I've been taking my temperatures and tracking my cycles on Fertility Friend. I don't really need to for birth control purposes, as I have the copper IUD, but I just wanted to know what was going on with my body. I think I have a short luteal phase. It's been averaging about 10 days, but it's been as short as 6 days. Also, I often get spotting a few days before my period, which from my reading in TCOYF might show low progesterone levels. I haven't been tested for anything like that.

Is there any implication to all this? I am not trying to get pregnant. I got pregnant very quickly with both my babies. Maybe this is how my cycle has been all along, but I'm just now discovering it by keeping track. As far as I can tell from TCOYF, the only issue with short luteal phase is that it can make it difficult to get pregnant, which I'm not wanting to do at this time. Anything else I should be aware of?
My LP is consistently 10 days also. I worried after reading the same thing you did in TCOYF, but it didn't impact on my attempts at conception either.

Have you always had spotting before your period, or is this since you've been on the IUD? I have recently noticed this but since I have the Mirena I assumed that this is the cause.

I wouldn't sweat it. If you plan on having another baby, I'd just keep it in the back of your mind in case it takes longer to conceive than you would expect.


My luteal phase is about 10 days too. I didn't have a problem getting pregnant either time.

Your luteal phase shouldn't vary though, so it's interesting that yours could be anywhere from 6-10 days. Are you sure about it being shorter than 10 days?
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Are you still nursing? my cycles took a while to settle down when they finally came back because of nursing.

Pre-baby, I had a 10-12 day LP, more usually 10, and no trouble conceiving, but TCOYF says less than 10 could be a problem conceiving - 6 days is not long enough for implantation.
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I'm not sure about the 6 days. That's what Fertility Friend said one cycle. I'm just charting temperatures, not cervical fluid, so I might be more assured of when I ovulate if I were to chart both. It's usually 10 days.

I'm not breastfeeding anymore. I don't really need to be charting temperatures, like I said, so maybe I'll quit until/unless I'm trying to get pregnant someday. Then again, it only takes a minute or two a day, so it's hardly any bother.
I'm not sure about the 6 days. That's what Fertility Friend said one cycle. I'm just charting temperatures, not cervical fluid, so I might be more assured of when I ovulate if I were to chart both. It's usually 10 days.

I'm not breastfeeding anymore. I don't really need to be charting temperatures, like I said, so maybe I'll quit until/unless I'm trying to get pregnant someday. Then again, it only takes a minute or two a day, so it's hardly any bother.
Originally Posted by sarah42
Sometimes the software screws things up, or once in a while, you can have a weird cycle, so if it was just once that it was 6 days, I wouldn't worry.

10 days is not a problem as far as I've ever heard.

I think even without wanting to get pregnant, charting is a great thing - knowing your cycle has so many benefits.
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