What Do You Recommend for Luteal Defects?

Kati Bicknel
Women's Health
March 21, 2013

Dear Kindara,What’s your thought on Luteal Phase defects? Through gaining weight I have recovered from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (no periods at all) to having roughly 30-40 day cycles. My LP has increased from 3 days to 11 days. I have recently started TTC. This will be my second cycle using natural progesterone cream (over the counter) but am wondering if you’d recommend other interventions. Thanks!-Alexa29New York

Hi Alexa!

Though progesterone cream is available over the counter, we don’t think it’s a good idea to take it unless it’s prescribed to you by your healthcare provider. Some women have great results with it, others not so much. If you’re using progesterone cream, your body is not making the progesterone itself, which can be problematic when trying to get pregnant.

Short luteal phases often respond well to an increase of healthy fats (fish oil, organic grass-fed meat, free range eggs, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, etc). Adding these regularly to your diet may foster a healthier luteal phase.

Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective at helping correct fertility issues. Herbalism too, but always make sure to go with a professional if it’s anything over and above changing your diet.

We are so glad that your cycle has improved and continues to do so. We wish you the best of luck in your journey to conceive. Continue charting and if you come up with more questions, ask away!

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