A luteal phase defect can affect the ability of a woman to get pregnant. If the defect in the luteal
phase causes progesterone levels to be insufficient, the maturation of the endometrium may be
delayed and implantation of the embryo into the lining of the uterus may be delayed or fail. This
can result in infertility due to the failure of the embryo to implant into the uterus or it can result in
early pregnancy loss (either too early to recognize, or a very early recognizable loss).
Wendy Fried, M.D., FACOG, FACS,
is an OB/Gyn with Northern Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in North Hills, New York
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