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What should you know about luteal phase defect?

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If it's hard for you to get pregnant or you get miscarriages, it's possible that something called a luteal phase defect is playing a role. It's a condition that disrupts your menstrual cycle, though there's debate about whether it's a direct cause of infertility and there is no way to really test to see if it is. See your doctor so he or she can figure out what's going on and talk with you about your treatment options.

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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