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Luteal Phase Defect

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Treatment of Luteal Phase Defect

Treatment depends on your overall health and whether or not you are trying to get pregnant. Any health conditions that can lead to luteal phase defect should be appropriately treated.

You may not need any further treatment if you do not wish to get pregnant.

If you are trying to get pregnant, the following medicines may be helpful:

  • Clomid (clomiphene citrate) stimulates your ovaries to make more follicles, which release eggs.
  • Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) may help induce ovulation and produce more progesterone.
  • Progesterone injections, pills, or suppositories may be used after ovulation to help the lining grow.

Talk to your doctor about all your treatment options. Not all treatments will work. And studies have not proven that treatment for luteal phase defect improves the chances of successful pregnancy in women who do not use assisted reproduction techniques.

Progesterone can help some women who receive fertility treatments. However, there is no proof that taking progesterone after you become pregnant will prevent miscarriage.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on January 10, 2013
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