How Long Should I Take Vitex for Fertility?
on May 17, 2013
by Brittany Null
While Vitex can start working as soon as ten days after beginning treatment, sometimes the full benefits are not realized until six months or more into treatment.
Vitex is one of the most popular fertility herbs out there. It has been used for thousands of years to help women with their fertility and gynecological issues. Vitex does not contain its own hormones, it just supports the body’s natural hormones, and it is a very gentle herb. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Vitex has so many different benefits. It can increase the amount of luteinizing hormone in the body, as well as lengthen a short luteal phase. Vitex has also been shown to increase progesterone levels, and it can also keep endometriosis symptoms from getting worse. Some experts think that Vitex might even help to prevent miscarriage, relieve pms, reducing uterine cysts, and it can even help to stimulate milk production in new moms.
Most experts agree that in order for Vitex to work at its best, it should be taken long term. While Vitex can start working as soon as ten days after beginning treatment, sometimes the full benefits are not realized until six months or more into treatment. Depending on how severe the hormonal imbalance issues are, it can even take more than year. Some doctors recommend that you take Vitex every single day, unless you get pregnant, and other doctors say that you should take Vitex for the entire month besides the week of your period.
Vitex comes in all sorts of different forms. There are capsules, loose tea, powders, and even tincture. Most doctors recommend that you take Vitex first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you are taking capsules, you should aim for somewhere between 900-1000 mg per day. If you are using the tincture, you should aim for somewhere around 60-90 drops per day. While there are several different forms of Vitex, the most easy to control forms for dosage purposes are capsules and tincture. If you are going to make a Vitex tea, you will probably have to mix it with some other herbs, because it has a very bitter taste.
Vitex is very safe. In fact, it is one of the safest herbal supplements out there. As in, over 2000 years with no real side effects reported. How’s that for safe? In most studies, somewhere around one or two percent of women experience very mild side effects like headaches or nausea in some cases. You shouldn’t use Vitex while taking birth control pills, simply to make sure that nothing interferes with your birth control. Also, there might be a shift in your menstrual cycle when you first begin Vitex. Your cycle might get shorter or longer, but this is just your body’s way of “resetting” once you begin using Vitex. It will even out and get back to what it is supposed to be very quickly.
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Brittany lives in Kansas City, where she and her husband Austin are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. You can subscribe to their lively and entertaining YouTube Channel to follow along on their journey.