Vitex: Ancient Symbol of Chastity Helps You Get Pregnant

Vitex: Ancient Symbol of Chastity Helps You Get Pregnant

New evidence reveals vitex (chaste tree berry), may actually promote female reproductive health and natural fertility…
Today I have the pleasure of posting the first part of an email interview that I conducted recently with Sarah Abernathy author of ‘So You Want to Have a Baby’. I’ve been wanting to go into more detail about the wonderful herb vitex, so I asked Sarah to share her insights and wisdom. I hope you enjoy it.

What are some women’s concerns Vitex may help with?

PMS

In one study, vitex outperformed vitamin B6 for relieving PMS symptoms like depression, headaches, water retention and constipation. 77% of women taking vitex reported PMS relief, compared to 60% of those taking vitamin B6. In addition, vitex has been clinically shown to relieve breast pain related to PMS or hyperprolactinemia.

Fertility problems

Vitex has been found to help normalize ovulation, improve a short luteal phase and reduce Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), all known fertility inhibitors. In one study, vitex helped normalize progesterone levels and increased the luteal phase from 5.4 days to 11.4 days. In addition, two double-blind studies show vitex extract increases a woman’s fertility and chances of successful conception.

Increase mother’s milk after childbirth

In one study, vitex significantly improved milk flow and milk release for nursing women when compared to placebo. Vitex is most helpful if milk flow is low after childbirth. (Ask a lactation consultant if you’re unsure.) European research confirms its safety for breastfeeding infants.

Hot flash rescue

Many herbalists find vitex relieves hot flashes better than black cohosh, the most common herbal choice in the U.S.

How does Vitex work?

For fertility, Vitex increases luteinizing hormone production while mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This indirectly boosts progesterone production and chances of achieving and maintaining a successful pregnancy.

Vitex decreases high prolactin levels, which are associated with breast pain. Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates milk production and breast growth during pregnancy. High levels in the absence of pregnancy are often the result of a very common women’s endocrine’s disorder called hyperprolactinemia. High prolactin levels are also linked to fertility problems.

Vitex is an incredible hormone balancer, which adapts to women’s different needs. Vitex has been shown to normalize heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), relieve amenorrhea (absent menstrual cycle), and decrease polymenorrhea (too frequent periods). Vitex even eases inflammation of the uterus or ovaries, so it’s good choice for women prone to painful fibroids or cysts, too.

How much Vitex should one take, how much and for how long?

Just 60-90 drops of vitex extract, taken once a day all month long can improve many women’s imbalances. However, unlike, powerful hormone drugs, vitex works slowly to normalize the body. Maximum benefits are often achieved after 6-12 cycles with vitex.

Can I use Vitex while I’m on progesterone?

You can use vitex together with natural progesterone cream. But, if you’re taking oral progestin drugs (synthetic progesterone), you should first discuss using vitex with your physician because it is not known how the herb might affect your treatment.

Can I use Vitex if I am going to get IVF?

Consult with your doctor before using vitex if you’re planning on having IVF. Many physicians will suggest their patients avoid herb use altogether during an IVF cycle. Because vitex does influence hormone level, some researchers speculate it might interfere with IVF or fertility drug treatments.

Does Vitex interfere with medications my Dr. prescribed?

Vitex is quite safe when used in its whole form. However, because of its influence on hormonal balance, it is suggested to avoid concomitant use with birth control drugs or hormone replacement therapy.

What is the best form to use Vitex in and why?

I prefer herbal tincture or capsules. I have found these forms to be the most effective. Teas don’t seem to extract the medicine as effectively as tinctures or capsules.

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  1. I have been TTC for 1 year. I just started taking Vitex 3/29 3 pills in the morning 1200 mg along with a prenatal vitamin. I have regular cycles 24-25 days lasting 5 long days!! with very heavy bleeding. Trying to see if Vitex will work?

    • Hello again, Victoria,

      It sounds like you need to give it more time, to truly know. Vitex takes many cycles of use to be effective. It is specific to helping to lengthen a short menstrual cycle and to help normalize menstrual flow.

  2. can we take chaste tree capsule after food or before food. which is the right time to intake the caspsule.

  3. i just what to know what products can be a pregnant………

    • Dear Jona,

      We are more than happy to work with you! The very best way to receive a full plan designed specifically for your fertility health needs is to have a Fertility Consultation. Click here to learn more about, or book a Fertility Consultation…

      Through a Fertility Consultation, one of our Master Herbalists will review, layout and explain each step of a natural fertility health program designed specifically for your needs. Once completed, your Fertility Consultation will be emailed to you as a PDF and you get a live link to an audio recording to save and review as often as you need. You also receive the opportunity to continue your relationship with your herbalist through follow-up email correspondence for a few weeks after receiving your consultation, with any questions you may have regarding your consultation.

      I hope you will consider!

  4. Hello, Being tryin to get pregnant for about 10 months now. My gyne blood test and scan said that i don’t have cyst on my ovaries but I have other symptoms of PCO like acne, facial/other body hair (Hirsutism), little to no period, an-ovulation, high Lutenising hormone (high LH:FSH ratio) and low progesterone. Three month clomid cycle hasn’t worked. Do you think taking supplements like vitex or those that contain vitex will not make things worse for me since it increases LH? thanks.

  5. I am looking to get pregnant. It has been 7 yrs since my last pregnancy. I have had hormonal testing, endometrium scrapping, sonograms, scans, thyroid checked, etc. and everything came back clear. I want to have a baby so that I am stressing my self crazy. At the age of 32, I now have cramps and back pains associated with my menses and I become extremely emotional. None of these things happened before the birth of my daughter by the way. I am now about to start taking Vitex and I am not sure if I should take the capsules or the chaste tree drops to be most effective. I also am going to start the progesterone cream rub. Please advise on a system that works best. Thank you!!!!

    • Dear Lynn,

      Fertilica Vitex capsules and liquid extract (drops) are equally as effective. In general, liquid extracts tend to be faster acting and are often more concentrated. An herbal liquid extract often contains alcohol (if it is a tincture) and one has to taste it when taking it. It is because some do not want to taste herbs and to consume even minute amounts of alcohol that Fertilica Vitex capsules are offered.

      We also feel it best to determine the need for progesterone supplementation prior to using natural progesterone cream. Learn more via the article Natural Progesterone Cream Use: 10 Things You Should Know.

      It may also help to learn more about how to naturally support the body when trying to have a child after a normal, healthy first pregnancy proves challenging. The article Secondary Infertility – When Trying for Another Child is a Struggle may shed some light on the topic.

      Take Care!

  6. Pls I need help here,I have been taking vitex for 3-4months now,started with fertilica vitex tincture had hot flashes both day n nite that sum times my hubby wakes me up @ nite to complain abt my temperature,had to switch to capsule still same,am actually thinking of switching to harmonize phase 1&2monthly program,pls is it adviciable to do that? So worried cos I had high prolactin,low progesterone,high fsh,and blocked tubes.my doc placed me on cabergoline for close to a year got tired n stopped den I came across your sight where I purchased,cleansing kit,falopian wise kit n vitex.but d hot flashes won’t go away

    Or all I need is fem rebalance?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Rose!

      The way in which we are able to offer you a clear personalized plan of the dietary and lifestyle changes you can make, as well as the herbs, supplements and therapies best suited for your individual needs is through a Fertility Consultation. This offers you a chance to share with your herbalist all that you have done to support your fertility issue in detail, and share about your lifestyle, health history, fertility challenges and even ask detailed questions.

      I do hope you consider a Fertility Consultation!