Length of Luteal Phase and Pregnancy Symptoms in Luteal Phase

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The second half of your menstrual cycle is called the luteal phase, which follows ovulation and lasts until your next period starts. Here we take a look at what happens to your body during the luteal phase at its length, including any pregnancy symptoms you might have.

Luteal Phase Length

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Your luteal phase is normally between 10 – 16 days, although it can vary depending on your age and other factors. It’s referred to as a ‘normal’ luteal phase if it’s between 12 – 14 days long. Anything less than 10 days is considered luteal insufficiency or ‘luteal dysfunction’, which could cause you problems conceiving. If your luteal phase is longer than 16 day then this will also make it difficult for you to conceive. Having said that, women who are over 35 years old may find their cycles are affected by the natural aging process, so having a slightly longer-than-average luteal phase could be perfectly normal for them.

However, there’s no need for concern – after all, not everyone finds conceiving easy. Here are some Pregnancy Symptoms in Luteal Phase.


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Cramps in early pregnancy are a common symptom that may be caused by implantation or menstruation. If you experience cramps after a missed period, you could still be pregnant if the symptoms of pregnancy don’t disappear with your next period.

Breast tenderness

Breast tenderness in early pregnancy is often common because of the changing levels of hormones during pregnancy. This symptom may also be caused by PMS or another condition, so it’s important to check with your doctor about this issue if you are concerned that you might be pregnant.


Spotting may be a symptom of implantation bleeding, which occurs when an egg implants into the uterine lining. If you experience spotting after a missed period, get ready for good news – you’ve got a bun in the oven! However, remember that spotting can also happen at other times besides implantation, such as menstruation. Be sure to visit your doctor for clarification on whether these symptoms are truly early pregnancy symptoms.


Fatigue is a common symptom of early pregnancy that can start around two weeks after conception. It’s also common to experience fatigue in the luteal phase because of PMS, so don’t be surprised if your headaches, cramps, and mood swings return just before your period! “Morning sickness” may also cause feelings of nausea or general malaise during the day; if you feel ill in the morning but better during the evening, these could be signs of pregnancy rather than PMS (or both!). If you think you may be pregnant but are experiencing all-day fatigue instead of menstruation-related fatigue, visit your doctor for confirmation.


Bloating is also a common symptom of early pregnancy that may begin shortly after conception. It can also be caused by PMS or could mean that you are coming down with the stomach flu (gastroenteritis). If this symptom doesn’t end when your period comes, it’s time to see your doctor! He or she will help determine whether these symptoms are actually due to pregnancy or something else like PMS.


Headaches can occur in early pregnancy because of hormonal changes, but they can also be caused by stress and other factors. Be sure to talk with your doctor if you experience severe headaches during the luteal phase; he or she will help you figure out what is causing them so that you know for sure whether you’re dealing with early pregnancy symptoms or something else.

Food cravings and aversions

Many women experience food cravings and aversions during the luteal phase of their menstrual cycles, but some women do feel that they have different cravings and aversions while pregnant. Don’t be too concerned if you suddenly start craving french fries when you’ve never liked them before – it’s just your body telling you what it needs! However, if these symptoms begin around two weeks after conception or persist throughout pregnancy, talk to your doctor about this issue so he or she can help determine whether these could actually be early pregnancy symptoms instead of PMS-related symptoms.

Mood swings

Mood swings are very common during the luteal phase, but they can also be an early symptom of pregnancy. Mood swings that occur within two weeks of conception or continue throughout your first trimester could signal that you’re pregnant! However, if mood swings do not follow this timeline and only occur in the luteal phase before menstruation, these symptoms are more likely due to PMS rather than pregnancy. Visit your doctor if you have any concerns about how your mood has been recent.


The luteal phase is the second phase of the menstrual cycle which is from ovulation until your next fertility. During this phase, some women experience pregnancy symptoms as early as their menstruation. In contrast, these symptoms can also be due to PMS. If you think that you are pregnant, then visit your doctor for confirmation.

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