Having one miscarriage is sad, but having them recurrently is emotionally devastating on couples. The one bright spot is that according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine only 1% of women will experience 3 consecutive miscarriages or more. Many doctors will want to perform tests on a woman that has had recurrent miscarriages, but for some the cause will never be known. Some of the most common reasons for miscarriage include genetic problems or a chromosomal defect, age of the woman, uterine abnormalities, an incompetent cervix, or hormonal problems. One of the most common hormonal problems is related to a luteal phase defect, which for some women is easily corrected either using natural methods or through medical means by adding progesterone supplementation.
A luteal phase defect is a treatable condition and when properly handled, most women are able to go on to become pregnant and have a baby. A long luteal phase is anything that extends beyond 14 days and is something that can be determined with body temperature charting and tests performed by a medical doctor. A long luteal phase after miscarriage means it can be more difficult for a woman to determine her fertile period, which can result in confusion and frustration. Treatment for a long luteal phase is generally done through monitoring body temperature, noting cervical fluid changes and following the advice of a licensed medical professional. For a woman that experiences a long luteal phase, the best thing to do is keep track of any bodily changes and note anything that may need to be mentioned to the doctor during check-ups. A luteal phase defect is one of the most common reasons behind recurrent miscarriage and once diagnosed many women have gone on to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, which is reason to always hold out hope.