What is the luteal phase?
The luteal phase is the second phase of your cycle – it takes place after ovulation and before your period. This phase ends when your period begins (the start of a new cycle). Towards the end of this phase, you may experience PMS symptoms. There are plenty of trackers for pain and mood in the app, so you can keep track of how you feel throughout your cycle. The algorithm will inform you when PMS is forecast for your unique cycle.
After ovulation, progesterone is produced from the remains of the follicle that released the egg - the follicle is called the corpus luteum.
The corpus luteum is what produces progesterone, which the body needs to soften the endometrium (lining of the uterus). This makes it easier for the egg to attach if fertilized. If the egg isn’t fertilized, your period starts.
An increase of progesterone levels in the body also increases the temperature, which is what the algorithm uses to confirm both that you have ovulated and when you ovulated. If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum stops producing progesterone after approximately 12-16 days, which causes your temperature to drop below your cover line again (visible on the graph view), and your period will start soon after.
The luteal phase lasts roughly between 10-16 days, the average length is 14 days and is usually equally as long in every cycle. In the My cycle tab, you can see detailed information about your luteal phase, such as how long it usually lasts (the average length of your luteal phase), and your temperature variations. Read this article to read more about the My Cycle tab and what you can learn from it.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare professional.