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How is luteal phase defect diagnosed?

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There's no single test that can diagnose it. Your doctor may suggest blood tests that can help figure out what's happening, such as ones that check your levels of:

  • Follicle-stimulating hormone
  • Luteinizing hormone
  • Progesterone

A pelvic ultrasound may also help your doctor measure the thickness of the lining of your uterus. Keep in mind that every woman can have luteal phase changes from time to time.

SOURCES:

Resolve: The National Infertility Association: "About Luteal Phase Defects," "Luteal Phase Defect."

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2009.

Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 6th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2012.

Coutifaris, C. Fertility and Sterility. Nov. 1, 2004.

Ginsburg, K.A. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, 1992.

Fertility and Sterility, November 2012.

E-tegrity: "E-tegrity Test."

Glock, J.L. Fertility and Sterility, September 1995.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Hyperprolactinemia."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Resolve: The National Infertility Association: "About Luteal Phase Defects," "Luteal Phase Defect."

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2009.

Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 6th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2012.

Coutifaris, C. Fertility and Sterility. Nov. 1, 2004.

Ginsburg, K.A. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, 1992.

Fertility and Sterility, November 2012.

E-tegrity: "E-tegrity Test."

Glock, J.L. Fertility and Sterility, September 1995.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Hyperprolactinemia."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2019

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