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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, 4.4 out of 5 based on 23 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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  • Amy

    My question has not been answered. Are there any experts reading these?

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  • WantingToBeAMommy

    So you can only take Vitex, while on your cycle or how should you take it?

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  • Hopingforalittleone

    My first month on vitex nicely decreased my cycle to 30 days (from 33-36 days) and caused no side effects. Now I’m in my second month and I have intermittent lower abdomen cramping and started mid cycle spotting 3 days ago (day 15-17 of cycle). I have never had midcycle bleeding before. I have 3 sisters with endometriosis but ive had a negative ultrasound for it. We have been Ttc for 6 months. should I stop the vitex 800mg daily?

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  • maribel

    Hellow I been talking vitex 2 capsules for 2months and I use to get my cycle for the past 3 mo nths on the 8 and lasts for like 3 days heavy then10 days spoting and today is 8 and no signs of period

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  • myesha

    I have been having irregular periods for about 3 to 4 years. I have had a baby in 2008 and i would like to conceive again! I have had a camera insertion and i came back nothings wrong. I have been on provera and my periods didnt change. What am i to do now?

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  • rosy

    I am irregular and been taking vitex for about a month n last week I started having cramps. Is it normal to have cramps while on vitex?

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  • danielle

    Clomid can NOT be taken in addition to Vitex – they cancel each other out. Vitex is the “natural clomid” and is recommended to those wanting to stay away from prescription drugs. Better advice: Aside from Vitex, you can also try maca, raspberry leaf, red clover, damiana leaf, dong quai and evening primrose oil. All natural options.

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  • maria

    How many vitex of 500mg can i take a day ?

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  • Lik mama

    The doctor gave me folic acid can that get me Pregant

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  • valkyriekee

    is that a “typo” did you mean to say not to take vitex during ovulation……
    Also everyone want to know what IS the proper dosage.
    And, do we ladies take it during our menstruation.

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  • valkyriekee

    I also have cysts. They come and go as they please. Some times they stay for a long while. My MD says that they indicate ovulation is occurring. I do wonder if they block anything. I did have a check and I have no blockages. I have been TTC for 1 yr. and am taking Vitex and Maca; along with whoe food vitamins.
    what does a hormone cleansing therapy entail?

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  • josie

    does vitex help thin out a thickened trine lining

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  • ayeshatryinhard

    Ive been trying to get pregnant for two years, I have had two tubule pregnancy…and I have two kids so after Mt last one I had the tubules..will fhe vitex help me out. I have two boys and would like to have a girl, what can I do?????

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  • Nicole

    I’ve been taking Vitex for three months now taking 2 capsules a day but just a couple of day ago increased it to 3. I’ve been averaging 32-40 day cycles since taking Vitex and today my period was supposed to start but she has not started yet and I was wondering if upping the dosage could be what is delaying my period. On CD 23-25 I had some light pink spotting that was only there when I wiped lasted a few hours then went away. Yesterday morning I woke up with soapy taste in my mouth like I had soaked on a bar of soap and I’ve been having creamy/lotiony discharge, moody, constipation, little pinching cramps, tingling and itching breasts, headaches, back aches, was having heightened sense of smell, indigestion, slight nausea, and this morning I got a sharp stabbing pain in my right breast, not the nipple, the breast that lasted for a minute or two and went away. I took an OPK it was positive, the test line was darker then the control line and then I did a HPT today and it was negative. Did I test too early for pregnancy? Should I wait until I have missed my period completely, then test or is increasing the Vitex dosage delaying my period?

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  • shina

    I had irregular periods and after consulating my OB, I was diagonised with PCOS and was prescribed 50mg Clomid daily on CD 2-7 of my period. I was been taking Clomid for 8 cycles and got pregnant once but miscarried within 5 weeks of pregnancy. My HCG test showed 630. Since then I am still taking Clomid but I am not ovulating; atleast thats what the OPK shows. I am using clear blue fertility monitor. My cycles are regular (30 days) and i am taking metformin twice daily (500mg x 2). Can I be Clomid resistant as I am not ovulating? Shall I start taking Vitex?

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  • Unknown

    I dnt ovulate his sperm count is hood and i have type 1 diabetes we want a babi i need help

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  • Nicole

    I have factor V Leiden and irregular cycles. Is it safe to take vitex?

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  • BRIANA

    IVE BEEN TRYING TO GET PREGNANT FOR OVER A YEAR. WE DO NOT USE ANY PROTECTION. MY PERIOD ARE IRREGULAR BUT I HAVE A PERIOD TRACKER ON MY PHONE & WE ALWAYS HAVE HAD SEX AROUND THE TIME IT SAYS I OVULATE. IM STARTING TO GIVE UP HOPE. IM GOING TO THE DOCTOR NEXT MONTH TO SEE IF THERES ANYTHING WRONG. CAN YOU MAYBE HELP ME BEFORE I GO?

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  • nana

    Hi, I have high prolactin and just bought Nature ‘s Answer Vitex of 40mg per day. My concern is that is will the 40mg lower my prolactin?

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  • Shree

    Hey,I m confused if vitex should be taken everyday or after ovulation or before ovulation.please clarify soon.

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  • tdeck83

    If you are taking approx 1,000 miligrams a day for trying to concieve, if and when you do get pregnant what is the dosage you should go down to for the first 12 weeks to help prevent miscarriage.?

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  • pandu india

    I am 27 year’s old. I have problem with my periods from past 10 months. Every three months after i used the provera i am getting the period otherwise not.I want to know what is the best way for me to get regular periods.And also we are planing for kids…

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  • Shad

    Hi. Is it ok to take vitex during ovulation? I wanted to get pregnant and I’m on vitex. Now I’m ovulating but wasn’t sure if it will be safe to conceive.

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  • saddened

    I have a very low amh but everything else is normal with my womb. I am 27 an was never pregnant. My husband an i were trying for 5 years. Do u think vitex could work 4 me

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