Are you completely aware of the menstrual cycle that comes every month and causes hormonal changes in your body? Below is the information relating to the luteal phase in your menstrual cycle which each and every women should know about.
1. Why consider it?
The luteal phase is pretty crucial for someone who wants to be a mother. It gives them the first indications of whether the uterus lining is thick, healthy and ready to support a baby. For instance, the high amounts of progesterone can affect the entire body. The internal body temperatures may rise thereby reducing physical endurance capacities.
On the bright side, the cognitive control increases. This causes enhanced decision making skills, increased judgmental capabilities, increased appetite and also increased abilities to break bad habits. The increased progesterone amounts also lead to healthy bones and their maintenance, long-term heart health, reduced cholesterol levels as well good refreshing sleep.
2. Are you a mother?
As discussed earlier, it is the first step to pregnancy. Breast tenderness may be indicative to naturally occurring amounts of progesterone. So, it is advisable to take a pregnancy test between six and ten days after ovulation. This is because pregnancy testing should not officially begin before implantation.
The endometrium is a fertile matrix of vascular rich tissue. After implantation, the embryo continues to dig deep into this endometrium. The embryo casts a membrane around itself called chorion, which later forms the umbilical cord.
A pregnancy test should, thus, be conducted at least ten days past ovulation. What makes the test successful is the increased Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone or hCG. This hormone secretes rapidly at an increased rate during the first weeks of pregnancy.
3. Symptoms of Luteal Phase
- More frequent periods
- Trouble getting pregnant
- Spotting between periods
5. Luteal Phase Defect
If you have a luteal phase defect, the uterus lining may not be growing properly each month. This can make it difficult to become pregnant. It may also happen if your ovaries are not able to release enough progesterone.
This condition is linked to many health problems like:
- Extreme amount of exercise
- Thyroid disorders
It may be hard for the doctor to pinpoint luteal phase defect as the source of your problems. There’s no single test that can diagnose it.
The doctor may suggest blood tests that can help figure out what’s happening, checking your levels of:
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
- Luteinizing hormone (LH)
In addition, your doctor may also ask you to undergo a pelvic ultrasound to measure the thickness of the uterus lining. The length and quality of your luteal phase can tell you a lot about your fertility. If it is lasting less than 10 days, you might have a hard time staying pregnant.
So ladies keep yourself aware and stay healthy!