What to Know About Vitex Before Using It

Vitex for Fertility - What You Need to Know Before Using It

Pregnancy is pleasingly overwhelming. Knowing that you are going to be parents soon can light up your face like never before. However, getting pregnant is not very easy for many people. Fertility issues are common today and couples are resorting to fertility vitamins and herbs, and complicated fertility treatments in order to have a baby. Vitex, popular as chasteberry, is one such example. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Vitex?

Indigenous to Central Asia, India, and the Mediterranean, this herb has been proved to be very good for a number of problems relating to fertility or in other words, gynecological problems. These include irregular periods, menopausal symptoms, PMS or postmenstrual syndrome, uterine bleeding, and so on.

Vitex may be popular because it solves all these problems but its effect on pregnancy and whether the effect is positive or negative is yet to be established. Hence, you should consult your doctor before thinking about taking this herbal medicine during your pregnancy.

Fertility and Vitex

The relation between fertility and Vitex was successfully established in 2006 during a study. The group of scientists came together to study a supplement containing Vitex and to see whether it affects fertility at all and if it does, how it affects fertility.

Through the study it was clear that vitex played an important role in increasing the hormones in the luteal phase, thereby lengthening the luteal phase. Thus, it was proved that indeed Vitex is helpful in increasing fertility.

It was also tested on patients and it was found that fertility significantly improved in patients who had failed to get pregnant for over a year. The luteal phase is an extremely important phase during the menstrual cycle because it plays a role in the development of the eggs that have been fertilized.

Pregnancy and Vitex

It is currently unclear whether Vitex plays a role in pregnancy at all. However, a few scientists did come to a conclusion that it may affect pregnancy by increasing the activity of progesterone and estrogen.

When this happens, the risks of miscarriage are significantly reduced. However other scientists remain rooted to the results revealed in a study conducted in 2008 according to which the prior finding was stated false.

Dosage

If you are taking the crushed fruit, you should take around 30-40 mg. If you are taking the dried extract, you need around 1.6 to 4.2 mg. of Vitex. Vitex supplements are most commonly found as tincture or liquid extracts.

The amount of active ingredients in different Vitex supplements may vary according to the manufacturers. This is why you should be very careful. You should follow the instructions on the label of the supplement you purchase.

Precautions

There are chances of Vitex controlling your hormonal activity such that it has a direct effect on your pregnancy. Your chances of getting pregnant may also be hampered by Vitex. According to data, Vitex is well tolerated but that does not rule out side effects. Everybody is different. Some things might just not work for your body. If you want to take Vitex during pregnancy, thus, you should talk to your doctor and do as she asks you to.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.