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Vitex and Fertility

on Jul 31, 2012

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Vitex and Fertility

Vitex is an old folk herbal remedy that many women have sought to assist in increasing their fertility. Find out what it is and what conditions it can help with.

One of nature’s best remedies for female infertility, as well as a special friend of all women, is an extract from the fruit of the chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) which is able to balance out the feminine hormonal system in a natural, safe and effective way, with no side effects. The standardized Vitex fruit extract is a natural tonic targeting the female reproductive organs. Vitex is an over-the-counter herbal remedy, which can easily & fairly inexpensively be found at most health food stores. Additionally, Vitex is often found as a key ingredient in various fertility supplements on the market, including ConceiveEasy Advanced Conception. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Studies have shown the effectiveness and safety of the Vitex (Chaste berry) extract in the case of a variety of medical conditions affecting women:

premenstrual stress syndrome
cyclic breast pain
irregularities of the normal menstrual period
hormonally-induced acne
infertility

Vitex lowers high prolactin levels

Since it safely addresses the imbalance of the pituitary gland, the extract is useful for lowering the high levels of prolactin present in the blood. This is a hormone connected with lactation and breast development during pregnancy. Moreover, the Vitex extract boosts fertility, and represents a reliable natural treatment for improving the chances of pregnancy.

Vitex treats various gynecological disorders

Clinical data supports the oral use of Vitex for the symptomatic treatment of other gynecological disorders, as well, such as corpus luteum insufficiency, because the corpus luteum is vital for establishing and maintaining pregnancy. The Vitex dried, ripe berries are considered to be herbal remedies, and their uses are described in well-established pharmacological documents which point out their efficiency in treating endometrial hyperplasia, excessive menstrual flow or lack of menstrual flow, endocrine-related eczema, luteal phase defect, decreased levels of progesterone, fibroid cysts and hot flashes during menopause.

Vitex helps prevent miscarriage

The extract increases and improves fertility also due to the fact that it stops miscarriages on account of progesterone (the hormone related to the luteal stage) insufficiency, during which it should be higher. Endometrial hyperplasia which consists of an excessive growth of cells within the inner layer of the uterus also interferes with fertility, and could ultimately lead to uterine cancer.

Vitex assists with those with PCOS

The Vitex extract is mainly recommended for the most frequent female endocrine condition, called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), responsible for a high percentage of women’s infertility. The chaste berry fruit restores the balance between estrogen and progesterone levels, with no side effects reported.

How long is the treatment?

The average treatment with Vitex lasts about 3 months, and it proved to be successful in open clinical trials involving women with menstrual cycle abnormalities, as well as in the case of other endocrine imbalances. Vitex is taken orally, as capsules or tincture. The only notable contraindication is that this extract should be avoided during pregnancy.

Will Vitex help me get pregnant?

Ultimately, the Vitex extract will get you on the path to pregnancy, if you take the daily dose correctly, as improved luteal hormone concentration will effectively increase your chances of becoming pregnant and experience motherhood. Therefore, Vitex will offer you all of nature’s best advantages regarding fertility restoration and a healthy pregnancy.

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Vitex and Fertility, 4.1 out of 5 based on 31 ratings

Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • Shunessia Smith

    So You Saying taking Vitex When Ovulating It Turns Your Chances Of Getting pregnect but my bottle said take all month long

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  • lara

    Can I still take vitex as my period is regular? However I have PCOS and didn’t ovulate during my last cycle. Thanks

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  • kawal nain kaur

    I am 40 had 8 miscarriages and 3 surgeries and now trying to conceive again, please advise if I can take vitex to prevent miscarriage again.

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  • kawal nain kaur

    I am PCOs as since 2005

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  • kawal nain kaur

    and fibroids too

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  • Sonia Maria

    I’ve had endometriosis since I was in middke school. My life has never been the same since then .I barely got through school because my pain was so bad. And now until this day it hasn’t change . Only the pain gets worse . I’ve been to multiple hospital nobody can help me. I ve had all test possible( so they tell me ). I even asked if surgery was an option and I get the run around. Ive been told told numerous times I won’t be able to have kids!! But that I need to have them soon because eventually I wouldn’t be able to have any. My heart was crushed . my world is crushed.
    So what I’m trying to ask is , What are my options? Do you have any advice or any direction you can point me in?

    Sonia ,23

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  • Shalena

    I ovulate every month. I also have PCOS. Take metformin for that. Could I take Vitex to try and help me get pregnant? I’ve been trying for 6 months without any luck.

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  • Mary

    Hi, Would it be advisable to begin taking Vitex the week after you conceive? Of course, I don’t know yet if I have conceived, but wanted to get on a regimen to up my chances of healthy pregnancy and am feeling like I may be pregnant (like 1 day pregnant). I have endometriosis. Thanks.

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  • yshanee

    I took vitex on CD15 and take it 2x a day for a week then 3x day for a week again. I am now CD31 still no period but having cramps at my lower left abdomen and sore boobs. Do i need to increase or lower my dose of vitex?

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  • Ann

    what is the age limit for taking vitex? can vitex be taken after menpause and concieve

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  • Zainab

    Hey how to have vitex to induce period?

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  • Ashley

    Can you take vitex with the pill? I keep getting cysts with my pcos… I don’t want a kid right now but I read it lowers whatever causes cysts to form.

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  • Wendy Handley

    I recently started Vitex and I have just had a period but after taking the meds for a few days, I am having another period….is this normal?

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  • Alyssa

    I have PCOS and Chaste Tree Extract was recommended to me. I took it for maybe two weeks and had a normal period, I kept taking it but I haven’t had another period its been over a month since my last one. Why would I just not have a period? What could have caused that?

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  • Stephanie

    Older person told me about vitex she said take that I will have a baby then

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  • maqtader ali

    hello D r . please doctor ; What is the dose of vitex in the treatment of hyperprolactinemia in two month ?

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  • maqtader ali

    what is your opinion about Fairhaven products of infertility because my wife uses this products but no results?

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  • Tabby

    I heard that with Vitex or Maca there’s an increased chance of twins is this correct? I’m 34 year old Caucasian and this will be my 3rd pregnancy. Which one is more likey for this to happen? We are welcoming to it if it happens but we would like to be prepared. If we decide to try for twins is there a route that doesn’t involve IVF like something natural? I’m interested in taking one of them for the benefits of memory, calcium, acne and getting my body ready for a new edition & I can’t decide which is a better choice. I have regular cycles to my knowledge are either of these pills considered a good fit for me.

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  • Summer

    I been taking vitex for 7 weeks to the doctor did test on me and said everything is fine. I am 36 years old trying to have another baby before it is to late. I haven’t started my period I am now 7 days late took a pt Friday and said negative any suggestions

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  • Marjorie Collado Guiang Tactay

    Hi, I’m 34 years old. I been trying to conceive for more than 2years. My doctor said I have hormonal imbalance but he didn’t give me any medication to balance my hormones. And my cycle and period are getting shortly… I really wanna get pregnant. What kind of medicine should I take.. I really need your help..

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  • Olivia Huynh

    Can you take Vitex in conjunction with Conceive Easy pills?

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