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DS is 31 mos., breastfeeding 2x a day, and my PP periods started up about 4 mos. ago. My cycle is 21 days. I am not charting my temps, but I assume I'm having a short LP because 1) I'm pretty sure I'm ovulating (TONS of ewcm & some cramping at 14ish days) and 2) I had short LPs before DS - resulting in at least one early miscarriage. My periods last well beyond 7 days...maybe 10 days. I feel like I am bleeding all the time, and I think it may be affecting my iron. Ugh.<br><br>
I have been taking 200 mg B6 since the first short cycle, with no apparent effect on cycle length. I am concerned about increasing that dose, because after doing some online reading, it seems that B6 works by reducing prolactin. Well, I'm already not producing a ton of milk, as I can tell that DS is dry nursing at least a third of the time. I'm not trying to wean him, but it wouldn't break my heart if he did. I doubt that less milk would discourage him from nursing, IYKWIM. It would just be irritating to me.<br><br>
Does anyone have any insight into the advisability of increasing B6? Or other things I could try to lengthen the cycles? I am not necessarily trying to get pregnant, just tired of bleeding half the time!
 

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I wouldn't take more than 200mg of b6. If you had a short LP before when not nursing, have you ever had progesterone checked to make sure it's not hormonal related?<br><br>
I take maca which helps to lengthen cycles (or at least make them regular) and it's working for me. I have heard vitex helps with LP as well. Taking a b complex will help with b6 absorption, but make sure you are not overdosing on b6. B6 isn't healthy in very large doses (google b6 toxicity).<br><br>
Congrats on your nursing milestone, BTW. We are 1 day away from 22 months and I know my son seems to be dry nursing sometimes too but he still wants/needs to nurse so whatever I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My AF came back at 11 months but took a long time to regulate.
 

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I think I had my progesterone checked once, and it was in the low-normal range. I did take progesterone at the beginning of my pregnancy with DS, as I had already had 2 mc. My guess is that it is still low-normal or low. I'd like to try a few 'natural' methods before going in for testing and all that.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I take maca which helps to lengthen cycles (or at least make them regular) and it's working for me. I have heard vitex helps with LP as well. Taking a b complex will help with b6 absorption, but make sure you are not overdosing on b6. B6 isn't healthy in very large doses (google b6 toxicity).</td>
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I did take maca before I got pg with DS, but I don't remember if it worked. I guess I could try it again.<br><br>
I have read online that Vitex has caused some women to dry up (breastmilk), so I'm not willing to take that. Yet.<br><br>
I am taking a B-complex, and 100 mg of the B6 comes from that. I take an additional 100 mg B6 in addition to the B-complex.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Congrats on your nursing milestone, BTW. We are 1 day away from 22 months and I know my son seems to be dry nursing sometimes too but he still wants/needs to nurse so whatever I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My AF came back at 11 months but took a long time to regulate.</td>
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What do you mean by "a long time to regulate"? Were the cycles super short, or were they differing lengths?<br><br>
I'm not trying to get pregnant (although I wouldn't have a problem if I did); I'm just trying to lengthen these cycles so I'm not bleeding and bleeding. (And it seems like whenever I'm bleeding, we're traveling - 2 business conferences earlier in the spring and next week headed to visit family for Memorial Day. I hope this period is over by the time we leave.)
 

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i'm taking a b-complex w/100mg b6, plus get 25mg from the multi i take, i am also taking 1000mg of maca and last cycle my LP was 14 days and previous months it had been 9-12 days. i also stopped drinking soy milk and slowed down my exercise routine, from 4-5 hours to 3-4 hours and my weigh loss has slowed, so i am not sure what the cause of the longer LP, but i suppose trying some maca could help in your situation since you are already taking so much b6.
 

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Uh, do you mean 3-4 hours a week? Not a day, right?<br><br>
I am very low weight. I don't exercise. I don't do soy milk or other soy-intensive products. (but I don't necessarily avoid it)<br><br>
I'm headed out to the HFS for some maca.
 

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After my first son, I got my first AF at 11 months, had 2 cycles with an LP no longer than 8 days and got pregnant somehow on the third cycle. Both of those cycles were about 28 days, Oing on CD20 or so.<br><br>
After my second son, I also got my first AF back at 11 months, but my first few cycles were anovulatory (I started temping right away, we are trying for another and I'm 38). My cycles were anywhere from 28-40 days, always Oing after CD 20, either no ovulation or ovulation detected on my chart but very short LP (I had scant EWCM and not the clear O signs I have now). And by short, I mean 5, 8 days, nothing over 10). I got pregnant in november on a month I didn't chart oddly enough but we lost the baby in Feb. I started maca immediately and the b6 but my cycles, even with a 12 week miscarriage were oddly normal. Like, ovulation around cd15 and a 12/13 day LP. Maybe it's because I'm not nursing as much, maybe it's the maca? Who knows. We do still cosleep and nurse 2-3 times a day, and I don't limit the nursing sessions so some bedtime sessions are close to an hour.<br><br>
I have found that maca seems to help my energy levels, or maybe it's the combination of the vitamins, but I seem a little more peppy since I've been good about taking them. Good luck to you!
 

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Like finnegansmom, I have found results with maca. The first month I started it, my LP increased from 7 days (pre-maca) to 10 days, then 12 days the following month. Always the skeptic, I wondered how much this was due to maca. I stopped taking it and my LP went back down to 8 days. I'm now taking it again and am eager to see where I'm at this month!<br><br>
FYI, I am also nursing (22 mnth old DD).<br><br>
Best of luck to you!
 

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Well, how's this for whacky?<br><br>
I went away for 2 weeks, brought my supplements with me, but took them only once or twice. I went off everything, including B6.<br><br>
According to my 21-day cycle, I should have started bleeding yesterday.<br>
No signs of bleeding today, either!<br><br>
The other things I am no longer taking include:<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">morning</span><br>
whole food prenatal<br>
B-complex<br>
Vit D<br>
milk thistle<br>
molybdenum<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">evening</span><br>
liquid cal-mag<br><br>
Does anyone have any insight into why something(s) in the above list might cause a short LP?<br><br>
I think I will start the cal-mag again tonight, because I am getting leg cramps. The rest I will wait until after my next period.
 
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