Luteal Phase Dysfunction Clinical Presentation

Updated: Dec 09, 2016
  • Author: Thomas L Alderson, DO; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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History

The patient may report menstrual cycles of less than 26 days or a luteal phase of less than 11 days by basal body temperatures; however, neither of these circumstances can alone be used to diagnose luteal phase deficiency.

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Physical

Physical findings that might aid in the diagnosis of luteal phase dysfunction are those associated with abnormal endocrine function.

  • An enlarged thyroid gland is indicative of hypothyroidism.
  • Expression of milk from the breasts (galactorrhea) is indicative of hyperprolactinemia.
  • An enlarged, irregularly shaped uterus is indicative of uterine myomas.
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Causes

See Pathophysiology for a full discussion of the causes.

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