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So confused about what I should be taking to lengthen my LP / ovulate earlier

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Cnix Tue 18-Mar-14 14:56:52

I get a +opk on day 18/19 and AF normally day 28. What can I do about this. Can I bring forward ovulation or lengthen LP or both? So confused. Keep reading different things online. I am taking vit b6 and vitex as I think these are meant to lengthen LP. Just been reading about soy isoflavones too. Does anyone know what these do?

misshoohaa Thu 20-Mar-14 07:22:32

Hi CNix - I had the same problem with my cycles and j took vitamin b6, it was a combination b vitamin from holland and barratt called b50 and one way or another it worked - 26 weeks pregnant. Although I'm actually convinced it was more due to resigning from a stressful job and drinking an entire bottle of wine on the night we conceived but I'm sure the b6 helped somewhat too.

mrsnec Thu 20-Mar-14 07:32:29

hi, I took lanes complex b vitamins and that was enough to sort out my luteal phase. I wouldn't try the soy just yet as it can do more harm than good just try the vitamins first and see what happens.

frogslegs35 Thu 20-Mar-14 10:26:57

Another for b6 - I bought some separately as I already took a bcomplex in my daily pills. It worked a treat and I noticed a difference in my second full month of taking it.

mrsnec Thu 20-Mar-14 10:32:38

Also noticed the other part of your questions op, from my understanding soy adds to your hormones and thats where it could go wrong if you haven't been diagnosed as defficient. I was considering taking soy as I thought id read online that I was low on progesterone and the soy would bring the levels up but b vitamins regulate hormone production and have loads of other benefits too so that's why I went down that route in the end. Good luck!

Cnix Thu 20-Mar-14 15:40:07

Thanks. I think I will just stick with the vitamins then. I have b6 and b complex. Hope that will do the trick! Miss hoohaa - I too have a stressful job! Also really considering resigning from!!!

misshoohaa Thu 20-Mar-14 16:57:23

Well if you can it without doubt eased my stress and I think that was such a big part of struggling to get duffed up! Good luck OP!

LuckyAugust Thu 20-Mar-14 17:06:17

I had a very short LP of 7-9 days and also took Holland & Barretts Vitamin B complex high strength. I can't remember where I read it but on some recommendations (because I was forever googling the subject!) I also took evening primrose oil. I did fall pregnant not too long after too so who knows if it did do something!! wink

zippygeorgebungle Fri 21-Mar-14 16:23:54

Hello, same problem here. No 1 came along first month, but been trying a year for 2nd and beginning to think it won't happen sad

Fertility monitor tells me that I am peak fertility today (day 20) and AF due next weekend. A few months back I had low hormone levels due to bfing but apparently they have returned to normal. When should I start taking the b vitamins, is it at the start of the cycle?

somedizzywhore1804 Fri 21-Mar-14 16:32:42

This is purely anecdotal and I'm in no way medically trained but I wonder about this and if it's as important as everyone thinks.

When ttc I had 28/29 day cycles. Ovulation seemed to happen around day 18 and period on day 28 or 29. I tried everything to lengthen them- including B6- and I did get my cycles up to 32 or 33 days. However when the period came it was horrible- heavy and more painful, so I packed it in. Evening primrose oil simply brought my periods on earlier confused

I have up on the b6 after about four months and decided as I'm not a doctor I should think on about this and went and saw my GP. She said that all cycles are different and that if I was ovulating I would conceive so to stop messing about with them.

I eventually got pregnant on month 7 and conceived on October 15th. I had a positive pregnancy test only 10 says later.

Like I say this is purely anecdotal and I totally understand the theory behind lengthening your LP. But I do wonder if a little learning is a dangerous thing and if maybe we are doing more harm than good with supplements sometimes.... And I say that as someone who was a Holland and Barrett devotee when ttc so I feel your pain.

somedizzywhore1804 Fri 21-Mar-14 16:33:25

Excuse typos. Phone is a menace.

frogslegs35 Fri 21-Mar-14 17:34:59

Dr's will prescribe B6 (it's called Pyridoxine) for hormone treatment mostly relating to pre-menstrual symptoms but some will also prescribe it for this very reason - mine did at 50mg daily.
The risk of harm is minimal providing you've got no further illness/disease and you are not taking it at mega high doses.
B6 is water soluble so what you put in - the body will only take what it needs then flush the rest out. You'll know this is happening because pee will smell stronger (actually stinks smile ). I dropped my dosage down as my body obviously didn't need so much as my pee consistently had a strong smell.

Cnix Fri 21-Mar-14 19:11:33

I am a bit ridiculous with all the pills I'm taking at the moment so I can see where you're coming from! Maybe I should stop messing about with my cycle...

Bue Fri 21-Mar-14 22:46:57

This is my problem too. I seem to ovulate day 18 and AF arrives day 26!!! I did one month of B complex but didn't see any improvement in LP, and DH was very hmm about my ever-increasing pharmacopeia (it does make you feel ridiculous doesn't it?) so I discontinued it. I am starting acupuncture next week, however, to see if that has any effect. The lady I am seeing specialises in infertility/women's health. She told me she sees this problem lot in women who have fairly recently come off the pill, so we'll see if there is any improvement...

Sparkle9 Sat 22-Mar-14 07:05:11

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mrsnec Sat 22-Mar-14 07:15:14

I must admit I didn't take the vits for long but starting keeping track of my cycles with ff ap at the same time. When I gave up the vitamins my lp carried on being a bit longer. However it was around that time that I found out my weight was also causing my fertility problems, I lost 4 stone in 6 months and got pg as soon as I reached my goal. So I don't know if losing weight helped regulate my hormones too. Not saying the same would happen to anyone else that's just my story.

barkingtreefrog Sat 22-Mar-14 07:25:50

Whether you bother with vits depends on your LP. Anything from 10 days is fine anyway according to many sources and lots of women report getting pg on a 10 day lp. Mine is 7 days and I've tried vit b6 before which didn't do anything but I've now been advised to take vit b6 (100mg) with Vit C (700-100mg) as the combination of the two is stronger to support progesterone.
The other thing to try is accupuncture, it's already changing my cycle. I'm Oving earlier (I was on clomid as well but clomid without the accupuncture didn't change my ovulation date or LP) and although I'm getting a lot of spotting at the moment, my AF flow hasn't come until later in the last two cycles.
Over two years of ttc and I think acupuncture is going to be my golden ticket smile .

Lindsay81 Sat 22-Mar-14 13:36:54

Hi cnix I actually think your LP is ok and many GPs will say that 10 and above should be ok :-) However, I understand why you'd want to try an extend it a bit. As with all things TTC, I think different supplements will affect different people in different ways and there's probably not a one-size-fits all approach..unfortunately!

But I wanted to tell you my experience this month. My cycles have been 23-25 days since coming off the pill and my LP a measly 7 or 8 days. This month I started AC and the Holland & Barrett B100 complex on cd1. I just got my period today on cd31 and I ovulated on cd20! So around a week added to my cycle and 4 days to my LP :-)

It's really the only thing I've done differently this cycle... Although obviously don't know if it was the AC, the Bvits or the combo! Excited to see what this cycle brings now.

Good luck with everything Cnix!

Cnix Sun 23-Mar-14 08:46:18

These stories are all really encouraging. I have considered acupuncture too will try next month if no success this month.

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