Do luteal phase defects impact getting pregnant?


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).

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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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