A luteal phase defect is a condition that affects a woman’s ovulation cycle and makes it difficult to experience a healthy pregnancy. A luteal phase defect, characterized by low progesterone levels and limited uterine lining growth, undermines egg implantation and fetal development. Dr. Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center in Los Angeles, CA, can diagnose and treat luteal phase defects, increasing your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
How Does a Luteal Phase Defect Affect Fertility?
During the luteal phase, which is the 12 to 16 days between ovulation and menstruation, progesterone levels increase and the uterine lining (endometrium) thickens. This creates a healthy environment for egg implantation and eventual embryonic and fetal growth.