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Luteal Phase Defect

What is the Luteal Phase? The luteal phase is the active, proliferative phase of the menstrual cycle after ovulation when the uterine lining should become lush with proteins and glands to provide a nine-month home for a fertilized embryo.

What are the possible causes of Luteal Phase Defect? The underlying causes of luteal phase defect can be attributed to stress, pituitary imbalances, energetic blockages, improperly nourished follicles, or lack of blood flow.

What is Luteal Phase Defect? When a luteal phase defect occurs, this means that the hormone progesterone isn't produced in adequate amounts, the follicle hasn't developed properly, or the tissue is unresponsive because of stress or other 'environmental' reasons, thus the uterine lining may fail to respond to the body's progesterone output, and won't support a pregnancy. In the case of luteal phase defect, If a lack of progesterone were the only reason for this deficit, the administration of progesterone would cure it. Yet rarely does progesterone alone cure luteal phase

defect. The endometrial glands must be able to respond to the progesterone in preparation for a successful pregnancy.

Symptoms of Luteal Phase Defect include short menstrual cycles and unusual symptoms during the luteal phase such as bleeding, low back pain, nighttime urination, and loose stools.

Chinese Medicine for luteal phase defect

Chinese Medicine assists the body in producing adequate progesterone, and most importantly, in responding to the body's own progesterone production in preparation for a healthy, ongoing pregnancy to resolve luteal phase defect scenarios.


Luteual Phase Defect Articles

General Articles

  • Luteal Phase Defect

    The luteal phase of the menstrual cycle spans from ovulation at mid-cycle until menstruation. The luteal phase should last for at least 12 to 14 days. A luteal phase which is less than 10 days will have difficulty producing an environment favorable for implantation...

Medical Research Articles


    Sixty cases of infertility due to luteal phase defect were treated with herbs to tonify the Kidney and regulate the menstrual cycle. After the treatment, the hyperthermal phase score of basal body temperature (BBT) was markedly increased (P<0.05), the hyperthermal phase 7-8 days after...


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