This has never been talked about before. Luteal Phase Defect can be quite serious. There are four phases of the women’s cycle: Menstruation, Follicular, Ovulation, and Luteal. The Luteal phase is the last one and it’s supposed to be fourteen days long.
It is a serious disruption in a woman’s cycle if not treated properly.
Luteal Phase Defect is when the luteal phase of a woman’s cycle is shorter, resulting in a shorter cycle. This phase would be around 10-12 days. It is caused by low progesterone levels. I used to get this quite a few times pre COVID as I was exercising too much. I was trying to train for a marathon and also trying to learn my gym stuff. Thus this puts a lot of stress on my system. Now that the gym lockdown is almost over I will aim to only go to the gym twice a week and run four short runs a week.
As marathoners this not uncommon for us to get it if we don’t eat or rest enough during the week and in between runs.
Another risk factor for Luteal Phase defect would be obesity. People who are obese can expect to have a shorter luteal phase.
Anorexia has been linked to a luteal phase defect.
What are the symptoms?
- Spotting in between periods
- Trouble getting pregnant
- Periods come more frequently
What should I do if I get these symptoms?
You could try modifying your diet and exercise. Try not to exercise as much and instead learn to love yourself. Be happy with the weight that you are. Try to get some good fats into your diet.
If all else fails and you’re still getting the defect after 3 periods then you should see your GP and then they can help you out. Don’t wait until its too late. Don’t forget to mark when your period and symptoms were. You can do this on my apps like Myfitnesspal and the Garmin app which you can download from Google Play.